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Comment Re:Benefits, but still misses the point... (Score 1) 698

I can respond to a, b and c with the same comment. Do not give them to random people. No one mentioned anything about random or untrained people.

Guns are currently in this world. Some people do terrible things with them. If the solution to protect children is to bring in an armed good guy, the armed good guy can be on premises at all times.

Comment Re:Benefits, but still misses the point... (Score 1) 698

I wish I had mod points to mod you up. I don't understand how this solution isn't obvious. In short, the problem is that the only person with a gun is the bad guy. EVERYONE'S solution is to call in good guys with guns (cops). This article admits that a step in the right direction is to get good guys with guns to the scene faster. WHY NOT HAVE THEM ON SCHOOL GROUNDS AT ALL TIMES!?!?! It seems painfully obvious.

Submission + - How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

blottsie writes: On Thursday, the Guardian reported that secret-sharing app Whisper was tracking users' locations even when they opt-out of sharing their location. Whisper has denied the accusations—but this may be a matter of semantics. Whisper allegedly uses an outdated version of GeoIP by MaxMind, which uses your IP address to estimate your location on a map. Whisper's Chad DePue said in a comment on Hacker News that the tool is “so inaccurate as to be laughable,” suggesting that determining something as broad as your country or state won't bother the basic user (and he could be right, but what is and isn't an upsetting degree of user information is another argument entirely).

Submission + - Kickstarter project anonabox has been suspended for potential fraud (

An anonymous reader writes: Anonabox is a project on Kickstarter to build a self-contained Tor router. It proved very popular, exceeding its funding threshold within days. Rumors and accusations started flying almost immediately. On 17 October, email went out from Kickstarter that the project had been suspended and the contributions would be refunded to backers. The official reason is "A review of the project uncovered evidence that it broke Kickstarter's rules." Early indications are that the project claimed to be building original hardware but was actually repacking cheaper hardware from elsewhere. They are accused of requesting a $51 pledge for a $20 router.

Submission + - Tesla teardown reveals driver-facing electronics built by iPhone 6 suppliers (

Lucas123 writes: There's a lot to like about the Tesla Model S. It's an EV that can go from from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and can travel 265 miles on a single charge. But, a tear down of the vehicle by IHS Technology has also revealed that Elon Musk avoided third-party design and build routes used traditionally by auto makers and spared no expense on the instrument cluster and infotainment (head unit) system, which is powered by two 3, 1.4Ghz, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra processors. IHS called the Tesla's head unit the most sophisticated it's ever seen, with 1,000 more components than any it has previously analyzed. A bill of materials (BOM) for the virtual instrument cluster and the premium media control unit is also roughly twice the cost of the highest-end infotainment unit examined by IHS. Andrew Rassweiler, senior director for materials and cost benchmarking at IHS, said the use of large displays in the cabin, the touch-screen-based controls, and the mobile microchips make "the Tesla experience more like a media tablet or high-end smartphone than a traditional automobile."

Submission + - Python-LMDB in a high-performance environment

lkcl writes: In an open letter to the core developers behind OpenLDAP (Howard Chu) and Python-LMDB (David Wilson) is a story of a successful creation of a high-performance task scheduling engine written (perplexingly) in python. With only partial optimisation allowing tasks to be executed in parallel at a phenomenal rate of 240,000 per second, the choice to use Python-LMDB for the per-task database store based on its benchmarks as well as its well-researched design criteria turned out to be the right decision. Part of the success was also due to earlier architectural advice gratefully received here on slashdot. What is puzzling though is that LMDB on wikipedia is being constantly deleted, despite its "notability" by way of being used in a seriously-long list of prominent software libre projects, which has been, in part, motivated by the Oracle-driven BerkeleyDB license change. It would appear that the original complaint about notability came from an Oracle employee as well...

Comment One of the causes? (Score 1) 379

Maybe I'm too late commenting and this isn't going to get any attention, but I was under the impression through reading articles about the situation that wildfires worsening in California is mainly due to the fact that we suppress what would ordinarily be small routine burns that need to happen to keep forests healthy. By suppressing these, the buildup of undergrowth makes the ones we can't control much worse.

I'm not saying global warming couldn't be one of the factors contributing to worsening conditions, but I don't think it can shoulder the lion's share of the blame.

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