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Comment Worse (Score 1) 330

"In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place."

Less free. The internet would only be as free as the union of of the most restrictive policies across jurisdictions. This would be at least as restrictive as the most restrictive individual jurisdiction, probably more.

Comment "Good Enough" (Score 1) 698

The problem with reworking keyboard layouts is the current layouts are good enough. Good enough, in that most people have learned to type with them and are familiar with the layouts. Muck about with the layout much at all and there's a significant cost involved in adopting the new layout as these people's productivity decreases as their typing speeds decrease while adjusting to the new layout.

I don't think there's another keyboard layout out there (currently designed or possible) sufficiently better, objectively, to over come this.

Comment There's a name for this kind of gun (Score 4, Informative) 116

A gun like this, triple barreled with shotgun and rifle barrels is called a drilling. Most typically they have two shotgun barrels and a rifle barrel, but other combinations are possible, e.g. one shotgun barrel, one larger caliber (e.g. .30-06) rifle barrel, and a small caliber rifle (e.g. .22lr) barrel.

Comment Re:if you think products are consumer driven. (Score 1) 370

Well, mainstreamed, anyway. The more-or-less new vehicle which came about then was the mini-van. SUVs had been around for quite a while at that point with things like the International Harvester Travelall (1953) and Scout (1960), Ford Bronco (1966), etc. becoming available on the US market well before mileage standards.

Comment Re:units please (Score 1) 476

Whilst the USA might be having an unusually cold snap, how often is the temp below 0F there, other than Alaska?

Quite a bit, actually. In my hometown in New York in January the average daily low is just above 0F and it was often colder than Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska. It wasn't unusual to have daily high temperatures below 0F. The record low was -37F. I'd say below 0F isn't at all unusual above about 40 degrees north latitude in the US except in coastal areas; you're probably talking about 1/3 of the continental US.

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