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Gun Safety Open Thread: Nudging the Persuadable

Balloon Juice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:11


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Reasonable argument, with a side of humor — “F*ck You, I Like My Guns”:

I always find it interesting that when I was in the Army, and part of my job was to be incredibly proficient with this exact weapon, I never carried one at any point in garrison other than at the range. Our rifles lived in the arms room, cleaned and oiled, ready for the next range day or deployment. We didn’t carry them around just because we liked them. We didn’t bluster on about barracks defense and our second amendment rights. We tucked our rifles away in the arms room until the next time we needed them, just as it had been done since the Army’s inception. The military police protected us from threats in garrison. They had 9 mm Berettas to carry. They were the only soldiers who carry weapons in garrison. We trusted them to protect us, and they delivered. With notably rare exceptions, this system has worked well. There are fewer shootings on Army posts than in society in general, probably because soldiers are actively discouraged from walking around with rifles, despite being impeccably well trained with them. Perchance, we could have the largely untrained civilian population take a page from that book?

I understand that people want to be able to own guns. That’s ok. We just need to really think about how we’re managing this. Yes, we have to manage it, just as we manage car ownership. People have to get a license to operate a car, and if you operate a car without a license, you’re going to get in trouble for that. We manage all things in society that can pose a danger to other people by their misuse. In addition to cars, we manage drugs, alcohol, exotic animals (there are certain zip codes where you can’t own Serval cats, for example), and fireworks, among other things. We restrict what types of businesses can operate in which zones of the city or county. We have a whole system of permitting for just about any activity a person wants to conduct since those activities could affect others, and we realize, as a society, that we need to try to minimize the risk to other people that comes from the chosen activities of those around them in which they have no say. Gun ownership is the one thing our country collectively refuses to manage, and the result is a lot of dead people.

Let’s be honest. You just want a cool toy, and for the vast majority of people, that’s all an AR-15 is. It’s something fun to take to the range and put some really wicked holes in a piece of paper. Good for you. I know how enjoyable that is. I’m sure for a certain percentage of people, they might not kill anyone driving a Formula One car down the freeway, or owning a Cheetah as a pet, or setting off professional grade fireworks without a permit. Some people are good with this stuff, and some people are lucky, but those cases don’t negate the overall rule. Military style rifles have been the choice du jour in the incidents that have made our country the mass shootings capitol of the world. Formula One cars aren’t good for commuting. Cheetahs are bitey. Professional grade fireworks will probably take your hand off. All but one of these are common sense to the average American. Let’s fix that. Be honest, you don’t need that AR-15. Nobody does. Society needs them gone, no matter how good you may be with yours. Kids are dying, and it’s time to stop fucking around.

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Categories: Politics

New Lawsuit Accuses Tesla of Knowingly Selling Defective Vehicles

Slashdot - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:10
A new lawsuit from a former Tesla employee claims the company knowingly sold defective cars, and that the employee was demoted and eventually fired after reporting the practice to his superiors. The lawsuit was filed in late January in New Jersey Superior Court under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). The Verge reports: The former employee, Adam Williams, worked for Tesla as a regional manager in New Jersey dating back to late 2011. While there, he says he watched the company fail "to disclose to consumers high-dollar, pre-delivery damage repairs" before delivering its vehicles, according to the complaint. Instead, he says the company sold these cars as "used," or labeled as "demo/loaner" vehicles. "There's no merit to this lawsuit. Mr. Williams' description of how Tesla sells used or loaner vehicles is totally false and not how we do things at Tesla," a representative for the company said in response to the lawsuit. "It's also at odds with the fact that we rank highest in customer satisfaction of any car brand, with more owners saying they'd buy a Tesla again than any other manufacturer. Mr. Williams was terminated at Tesla for performance reasons, not for any other reason." The lawyer for the plaintiff could not be reached in time for publish. Williams says in the court filing that he reported this behavior in late 2016 and early 2017 to his supervisor, as well as Lenny Peake, Tesla's East Coast Regional Manager, and Jerome Guillen, a company vice president. Shortly after that, he claims, he was demoted to service manager of the Springfield, New Jersey Tesla store. He then says he was demoted again later in the year to a "mobile manager" position and was ultimately fired in September 2017. In the lawsuit, Williams argues that he was terminated for reporting the alleged lawbreaking practices, and he should therefore be covered by CEPA's whistleblower protection.

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Categories: Misc

Review: Alto’s Odyssey—a worthy follow up to a classic?

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:56

Today, the endless sandboarding journey from Alto’s Adventure creators launched for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV a day early. We’ve had the last few weeks to test it out and while a lot of the mechanics the same, we found it a thoroughly satisfying follow-up to a classic.

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Apple sponsors UK BRIT music awards featuring new Animoji karaoke ad

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:55

There is a major Apple Music presence at the BRIT music awards today, with large banners dominating the Apple Music Browse pages for UK users, with an Apple Music playlist listing the performers and winners.

Apple is also playing a few commercials during the televised ceremony’s ad breaks, including the debut of a new Animoji karaoke advert: ‘Panda’. Watch the new ad after the jump …

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032: New iPad rumors, first HomeKit baby monitor, Alto’s Odyssey | 9to5Mac Daily

9to5Mac - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:38

Today we’ve got details about the latest new iPad rumors, the first HomeKit baby monitor, and new apps including Alto’s Odyssey and Things 3.4.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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Categories: Misc

Gladys Marie Harper Steiner Bowman

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:30
Gladys Marie Harper Steiner Bowman, 89, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018 in Temple Terrace, Florida. She was born February 16, 1928 in Hamden, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Clifford Lee and Annabel Louise Oberholzer Harper.
Categories: Misc

Clarence C. Jones, Jr.

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:30
Clarence C. Jones, Jr., 90, of Spencer Township, died surrounded by his family Friday, February 16, 2018. He was born October 10, 1927 in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania and played clarinet in the high school band.
Categories: Misc

John "Jack" Kehoe, Jr.

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:30
ohn "Jack" Kehoe, Jr., 87, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 18, 2018.
Categories: Misc

Snapchat Responds To Change.Org Petition Complaining About the App's Redesign

Slashdot - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Snapchat has posted an official response to users who signed a petition on Change.org asking the company to reverse its controversial update, which people say makes the app more difficult to use. In the response, Snapchat promises to make a few more changes to the Friends and Discover section in order to address user complaints. These changes were announced yesterday, along with GIF stickers from Giphy. The backlash against Snapchat has been growing in the months since the company rolled out a major revamp, which aimed to make the social app more accessible to a mainstream audience. Snapchat users have left the app bad reviews, complained on social media, turned to rival Instagram, and they signed a Change.org petition entitled, "Remove the new Snapchat update." Last night, Snapchat posted an official response to the petition, reiterating its stance but also promising a few tweaks that may help to address users' concerns. Specifically, the company said that "beginning soon on iOS and with Android in the coming weeks" it will introduce tabs in the Friends section and in Discover, which it says will make it easier for users to find the Stories they want. This update will let users sort things like Stories, Group Chats, and Subscriptions. Whether these tabs will placate users who just want the old Snapchat back remains to be seen.

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Categories: Misc

Stark County 13-year-old who shot himself inside a middle school bathroom has died

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:27

MASSILLON — Authorities have confirmed that a seventh-grader who shot himself inside a school bathroom has died.

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Stark County 13-year-old who shot himself inside a middle school bathroom has died

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:27

MASSILLON — Authorities have confirmed that a seventh-grader who shot himself inside a school bathroom has died.

Categories: Misc

Montville woman suffers gunshot wound to hand

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:13

MONTVILLE TWP. — Police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting at a home in the 3500 block of Turnberry Drive.

Categories: Misc

Montville woman suffers gunshot wound to hand

Medina Gazette - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:13

MONTVILLE TWP. — Police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting at a home in the 3500 block of Turnberry Drive.

Categories: Misc

New in iOS 11.3: automatically send your accurate location when making a 911 call

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:58

The upcoming iOS 11.3 update supports Advanced Mobile Location (AML), a feature that automatically sends the user’s current geographical location when making a call to emergency services in countries where this potentially life-saving solution is officially supported.... Read the rest of this post here

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Categories: Misc

Instead of Slowing Down Innovation To Protect Few People, Policymakers Should Focus On Helping Displaced Workers Transition Into New Jobs, ITIF Suggests

Slashdot - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:51
A recently published report by Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) argues that rather than slow down change to protect a small number of workers at the expense of the vast majority, policymakers should focus on doing significantly more to help workers transition easily into new jobs and new occupations [PDF]. From a report: There has been growing speculation that a coming wave of innovation -- indeed, a tsunami -- powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, will disrupt labor markets, generate mass unemployment, and shift the few jobs that remain into the insecure "gig economy." Kneejerk "solutions" from such technology Cassandras include ideas like taxing "robots" and implementing universal basic income for everyone, employed or not. The first would slow needed productivity growth, employed or not; the second would reduce worker opportunity. The truth is these technologies will provide a desperately needed boost to productivity and wages, but that does not mean no one will be hurt. There are always winners and losers in major economic transitions. But rather than slow down change to protect a modest number of workers at the expense of the vast majority, policymakers should focus on doing significantly more to help those who are dislocated transition easily into new jobs and new occupations. Improving policies to help workers navigate what is likely to be a more turbulent labor market is not something that should be done just out of fairness, although it is certainly fair to help workers who are either hurt by change or at risk of being hurt. But absent better labor market transition policies, there is a real risk that public and elite sentiment will turn staunchly against technological change, seeing it as fundamentally destructive and unfair.

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Categories: Misc

AGR Manet is DOWN, 1519244586

AGR Manet - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:33
Categories: Misc

Lunchtime Photo

Kevin Drum - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:30

A dandelion growing by the Sneem River in County Kerry.

Categories: Politics

Poland's Central Bank Accused of Paying YouTubers To Make Videos That Attack the Legitimacy of Cryptocurrencies

Slashdot - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:11
Poland's central bank has been accused of hiring YouTubers to "start a smear campaign" against cryptocurrencies in the country, Business Insider reports. From the story: According to Business Insider Poland, the Narodowy Bank Polski spent around 91,000 zloty ($27,300) on a marketing campaign designed to attack the legitimacy of cryptocurrencies. The money was spent on platforms including Google and Facebook, but was also used to pay a Polish Youtube partner network called Gamellon. The Gamellon network reportedly represents many of Poland's top YouTubers, including popular prankster Marcin Dubiel. In December, Dubiel published a video titled "STRACILEM WSZYSTKIE PIENIADZE?!" -- which loosely translates as "I LOST ALL MY MONEY?!" In the satirical video, Dubiel invests all his money in a fake cryptocurrency called Dubielcoin, gets rich, but then sees its value plunge and loses everything. It has racked up over 500,000 views.

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Categories: Misc

You Don't Need a Personal Genetics Test to Take Charge of Your Health

Wired Science - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:35
That in-home DNA test won't tell you much about how to eat or exercise. Fortunately, you don't need it to.
Categories: Bio