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Comment Re:I don't believe this propaganda for one second (Score 1) 464

>>Why would you never EVER own it?
A simple matter of reliability and trust which goes beyond firearms. Given the choice between a simple machine and a complicated one proven to be less reliable with unknown points of failure, I will choose to rely upon a simple tool.

>>If this existed, it would be one more layer of protection so some kid can't shoot himself or some other kid.
if. if. if. I don't mean to be snide, but given a limitless list of other hypothetical situations anything could be anything.

Comment I don't believe this propaganda for one second (Score 5, Insightful) 464

Sorry, but I don't believe this for one moment.

A firearm must, above all things, be reliable. There is no indication whatsoever that the so-called "smart" features (whatever that is) have been developed to anything even close to acceptable real-world performance. Meaning "I pull trigger, gun goes bang every time." I've seen crappy fingerprint recognizing prototypes, some that require an associated bracelet or ring (works great until the battery dies...), GPS-enabled (no signal? stinks for you).

The police won't carry it.
The military doesn't want it.
Neither does the general public.

Of course it's a sample size of only a few but the gun owners I know (including myself) with whom I have discussed this very topic are agreed -- none of us would ever, EVER own a firearm complicated with failure points (aka "electronics"), which, I will add, could easily be jammed.

I say the study is propaganda meant to sway the easily influenced public herd, or encourage some politicians with reading comprehension issues to ignore the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution they are sworn to uphold.

Comment Re:Its more complicated (Score 2) 429

>>read the fucking Mythical Man Month and realize that the death march is an idiotic way to do things which doesn't really work.

I disagree. The death march model works just fine -- *IF* you have a sufficiently large pool of new developers to replace the old ones dropping off along the way and *IF* your focus is short-term wins over long-term strategy. To wit: the entire video game industry (layoffs after a release, anyone?), the endless employee churn at all the major offshoring companies, "captive" on-site employees via H1b Visas, etc. This is just an extension of what is common outside the IT industry with low-paying service jobs.

If the only metric is cost, or if cost is valued sufficiently higher than quality (not uncommon), then it's all the more obvious.

Comment Re:1 million dollars per family? (Score 1) 540

Infrastructure for a subdivision (especially one this size) has costs. Clearing land, grading, cutting in roads, installing water, sewer, natural gas, electric and phone utilities, permitting, inspections, impact studies & statements, insurance, contracting, setbacks, advertising, etc. all adds up rather quickly.

Submission + - GAO says IRS taxpayer security stinks!

schwit1 writes: A GAO report has found the IRS financial security system has gigantic holes, including allowing former employees access to taxpayer confidential records long after they have left the agency.

The GAO report says the IRS uses old outdated software without proper security functions. IRS passwords can easily be compromised, the report notes. Even worse, the report says the IRS does not always delete employee access when workers quit or are fired.

But don’t worry. The IRS might not be able to protect your private data, but it is still very good at losing the emails of employees and using the tax code to harass their political opponents.

Comment Meh. (Score 3, Insightful) 880

It's not the World Trade Center, and it's not Bali. It's a single cafe and a maximum possible body count than your typical school shooting in the US (which can hardly hold the news media's attention for more than a week any more).

This news wouldn't have made it out of Australia (if even NSW) if it weren't for the Islamic bogeyman angle.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 271

What does any of that have to do with the story here? The tracking device wasn't added by the police or even at the behest of the police, but by the buy-here-pay-here dealer, operating a business of the same respectability as payday lending and rent-to-own stores, who expect their customers to default. This wasn't done for cops but for repo men.

By all means complain about a violation of privacy, but it isn't by the state. Rather this is the result of a financial system that promotes, aggravates, and profits off of poverty.

Comment Re:It's made of plated steel (Score 1) 54

known for its superb conductivity of heat

Exactly: pinpoint heat sources will see that energy rapidly disbursed throughout the entire suit rather than stay concentrated in a hot spot.

Water's heat conductivity, its ability to spread heat out into meaninglessness, is one of the reasons why it's effective at extinguishing fires.

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