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UK Police To Allow Gun Users To Renew Licenses With iPhone App 271

Sussex police are creating a number of iPhone apps for the public, including one to renew your gun license. Unsurprisingly, the plan has some anti-gun groups upset. Lyn Costello, of Mothers Against Murder and Aggression (MAMAA), said, "This isn't suitable, especially in light of what happened in Cumbria. We've got to be extra careful giving gun licenses. We have this attitude that gun murders don't happen very often so it's OK to be lax, but it is not OK and we've got to do everything in our power to stop it happening again. We can't put money before life and if you start to do that we are losing our humanity. It is a really stupid idea.''

Comment Re:understanding is critical here (Score 1) 376

T-Mobile lost the Starbucks contract to AT&T a couple years ago. AT&T wanted it so badly that they were willing to take terms that T-Mobile just wouldn't (wanting to actually keep making money off the service, crazy i know).

Requirements that the contract holder develop a method for people to order coffee from their iPhones was one of the driving forces in the decision. Another one was the required development to support their current "pay for coffee with a SBUX card, get free wifi for a couple hours" offering.

All that development work was/is expensive.

TL:DR Response:
The networks at SBUX are all run by AT&T now.

The HotSpot division of T-Mobile has been gutted.

Comment Re:the real threat will be government intervention (Score 1) 388

This kind of mentality is why cutting the federal budget is so difficult. Your case could be applied to any program funded by federal dollars (NFA and crosses floating in a cups of urine come to mind).

Oh no! You are not going to cut MY program! Besides its only of the federal budget!

This stuff adds up.

Comment Re:*First post.. (Score 4, Insightful) 590

"We should be paying teachers twice what they are now and expecting the very best for it."

I agree. But that is not going to happen until we can get rid of the teachers unions. They ensure that bad teachers do not get fired, and that all teachers are paid the same without regard to talent. Basically the opposite of a meritocracy.

Expecting anything other than mediocrity under those conditions is a denial of reality.

Comment Re:When everyone is special, no one is special (Score 1) 284

I am shocked (well not really) that there are classes at a university where 90% of the students can get an A.

When i went to university, many classes were set such that a predetermined number of students would fail. The first day of class, the professor would state the grade breakdown:

10% : A
20% : B
30% : C
20% : D
20% : F

The percentages may have been a little different, but you get the picture.


How To Be A Geek Goddess 349

stoolpigeon writes "The geek world is dominated by those of the male persuasion. For those of us working in a technology related field, or who spend a considerable amount of time pursuing high tech leisure, we usually find women to be in the minority. I've seen considerable discussion over the years on how to change this imbalance but I think it is safe to say that right now that it remains. Many women are interested in using technology, they just don't want to dive in to quite the same depth. Or they may not be interested in the way most men approach it. Columnist and tech-writer Christina Tynan-Wood has attempted to come to their rescue with her book How To Be A Geek Goddess." Read below for the rest of JR's review.

Comment Re:Shocking (Score 1) 292

I dont see how that is going to happen. Last I checked, your average Indian citizen has been denied the gun ownership civil right.

Well, not counting "black money" bribes to the corrupt government agency that issues permits for gun ownership, but we are talking your "average" citizen who cannot afford such bribes.

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