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Comment Re: Mandatory (Score 1) 250

It's whatever the installer sets it to. The installers around here typically set it to your street address - the added bonus is a dumb robber might try that to disarm your alarm and it'll appear to work until the cops show up.

Huh? If you're using an alarm system with codes that aren't end-user defined, then you're doing it WAY fucking wrong.

During installation, the installer can set the master code. What the guys around here do is call me over, type in the setup and then have me type my code in twice while they walk to the other side of the room and look away. Same thing with the duress code. They suggest the street address. I guess I should have been more specific about the exact steps taken. And, yes, I can change my master code at any time (of course, I have the installer code as well so I can change *anything*).

Comment Re: Mandatory (Score 2) 250

My home security system has the same feature, and it's easy to remember the "panic" code. It's just one number less than your "real" code.

It's whatever the installer sets it to. The installers around here typically set it to your street address - the added bonus is a dumb robber might try that to disarm your alarm and it'll appear to work until the cops show up.

Comment Re: I blame Trump. (Score 1) 1074

I'd blame Trump's ilk for that too. If you vilify a group (gays in the Orlando case) long enough some unhinged asshat will decide he's taking action for the greater good.

Somehow I don't think it was Trump vilifying gays (which he has not done, BTW) that pushed a Muslim shouting "Allah Akbar!" to gun down gays in Orlando. Perhaps you're unaware of the standard treatment Muslims visit upon gays in places where Islam is the dominant religion? And I don't think it was Trump that pushed a pair of Muslims to gun down their co-workers at a holiday party in San Bernadino. And so on and so forth.

But hey, go ahead and blame Trump for stubbing your toe in the dark last night, or for the flat tire you got last year, or for the bird shitting on your windshield right after you washed your car. He's obviously the root of all evil and must be blamed for anything and everything you don't like. You look like a goddamned uninformed fool for doing so, but please, by all means, exercise your right to broadcast that fact to the world. It does wonders for your argument.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 1074

I am suggesting that you are in denial that a problem even exists, despite the figures, and before you can improve things there you need to change you way of thinking.

No one is in denial that homicide is a problem. Where we differ is the severity of the problem in relation to the severity of the proposed solutions. For example, the most recent statistics show there were over 30,000 automobile deaths last year, far more than deaths due to violent use of a gun. Do you propose banning automobiles? There are nearly 4,000 deaths annually due to drowning in pools, more than violent homicides by firearm, yet I don't hear you calling for a ban on pools.

There is no such thing as a perfectly free yet perfectly safe society and a great deal of harm can be done trying to achieve such a thing. For example, while shootings such as these make gun usage seem uniformly bad, there are no newscasts highlighting positive use of firearms for self defense. Nobody gets any air time when a five-foot, 100lb woman doesn't get raped by a six-foot, 220lb thug because she successfully defended herself with a firearm. There are innumerable permutations on the latter, none of which get any attention. Ban firearms by law-abiding citizens and you guarantee a target-rich environment for criminals, none of which will give a damn about any gun ban laws because criminals do not obey the law.

If you could snap your fingers tomorrow and magically delete every gun in existence then I might agree with your stance. That is impossible and any rational, reasonable person should know that. So long as criminals can get their hands on a weapon do to harm upon me and my family, I absolutely demand the right to legally obtain and wield one of my own for defense.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 1074

If everyone had a gun I probably wouldn't be posting this right now.

Far more people have guns than you are probably aware. That's because the vast, huge, overwhelming majority of them are kept for defense instead of assault. There are over 300 million guns in private hands in the United States. If the owners of these decided to be a problem, trust me, you'd be dead by now. That you're not is prima facie evidence of the stupidity of your argument.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 1074

Fine. Let's assume for the sake of argument that guns are a fundamentally bad thing and need to be banned. There are over 300 million guns in the United States alone. Please tell me how you plan to get rid of them in such a way that disarms criminals equally as well as it disarms law-abiding citizens.

You can't, and that's the crux of the problem. Criminals, by definition, do not obey the law. Law-abiding people, by definition, do obey the law. Pass a law banning handguns and you guarantee 100% disarmament of law-abiding citizens whilst simultaneously stopping very few if any criminals from getting them. Congratulations! You just made violent gun crime easier for every thug, bank robber, rapist, murderer, and so on. We absolutely need more of that, right?

Every time there's a shooting, people like you come out of the woodwork screaming about how bad guns are and how they must be eliminated. As noted above, there are over 300 million guns in circulation in the United States. Today about 99.99997% of them were not used in a violent criminal way, yet you insist they are a dire threat to anything and everything. Your argument is both irrational and illogical.

Comment bad study (Score 5, Informative) 249

Sorry, tracking until age 18 isn't long enough. Schizophrenia will show up a bit later if it does. Also, *having* a cat in the house is one thing - how many kids are cleaning the litterbox? Because that's the danger zone.

For those who are unaware, Toxoplasma gondii has a life cycle that relies on cats and their prey - typically rats or mice. In cats, it reproduces in the digestive system and gets crapped out. In rodents who come into contact with the cat crap, it infects their brain and makes them less afraid of cats, which benefits the parasite because it wants to end up in a cat's digestive system again.

In humans, it definitely causes miscarriages. There have been studies suggesting a link to schizophrenia, but I don't believe that's the current consensus. Something like 50% of all humans have been exposed to it, so it would be scary if so. But it might also depend on other factors.

It's conceivable that a parasite that has evolved to control host behavior could have adverse psychological effects on human hosts, thus the research into it.

Comment Re: Umm (Score 1) 392

Out of 1 billion votes cast there were 44 cases of fraud, a rate of 0.0000044%.

There is also widespread evidence that such laws are designed to target democratic voters and that they tend to target the poor and minorities.

And that "44" number is as much utter bullshit as the "13" number that the left was barfing up every time this conversation came up two years ago.

We had one case in Memphis where one member of the Ford family - I don't recall which one - received something like 50 more votes in a certain precinct than there were registered voters. In other words, if there were 100 registered voters he received 150 votes. You know, when doing fraud smart people at least pay attention to *where* to do it. Anyway, that single incident involved more fraud than you claim exists in all of history.

I wonder if you people (leftist lunatics) know this and don't care, or really are stupid enough to believe there have only been 44 cases of voter fraud. I know you're not terribly bright, but, geeze.

Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 204

I don't even understand the point of the claim. So the interpreter has a baked-in crypto library? And how is that different than simply #including a crypto library, which has the added bonus that you can pick any number of crypto libraries.

More to the point - this is the main problem with PHP. The idiots who "design" it think that something like this should be compiled into their interpreter and made into even more built-in function calls. The better way to handle it is exactly as you describe - allow people to add their own code and make your language robust enough to allow them to code the crypto library (or whatever) in your language.

Historically, PHP was terrible at handling binary data and such, so there was no way to do a lot of these sorts of actions in straight PHP. The workaround was to write your functionality in C and then include it as a PHP module - meaning that PHP would have a new set of functions when your module was included. This caused namespace issues and idiocy such as two sets of "functions" for handling MySQL connectivity: the "mysql_" set and the "mysqli_" set. It's like the "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" of programming languages, except "it's so bad, well, it's just bad".

Now their idea is to encourage WordPress programmers to do better by including a crypto library in their already polluted function namespace.


Comment Re:They get you off your ass (Score 1) 93

Scientific study of the benefit or harm is good. No doubt.

But, from a common sense 30,000 foot perspective, if there is even the slightest effect among the majority of these apps of embarrassing you into getting off your ass a little more often, isn't that likely to be a net health positive?

I agree. This guy's questioning the 10,000 steps metric. Fine. Maybe it isn't "best" for everybody. But I'm sure it's a hell of a lot better than sitting on your ass all day.

This is known as allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good.

Comment Re:I'll keep saying it - Global Free Press Foundat (Score 1) 392

The greatest benefit Bill Gates or Warren Buffet could leave to human kind is to use most of their money to fund a global free press foundation.

Yeah, with Democrat cronyist leftists like Gates and Buffet funding it there's no way it would have an ideological bias.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 392

Yes every President lies at some point. But few lie about things so easily disproved.

Right. Like "If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan." Or, "It wasn't a preplanned terrorist attack - it was a demonstration against an internet video that got out of hand spontaneously." I could go on and on, but you get the point. Thanks to that stupid crap, we ended up with Trump.

Comment Re:Be careful what you ask for.... (Score 1) 507

As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.
On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House
will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron.

~H.L. Mencken

And now that he's had his 8 year term, people elected Trump.

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