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Member Since 04 Oct 2010
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In Topic: Smart phones are getting too big!

06 October 2015 - 04:41 PM

I think it would be funny if a new trend popped up of having smaller tablets. I want a world where the iPhone has a 13" display and the iPad has a 6" display.

In Topic: GUN ownership, Killings - a US epidemic

02 October 2015 - 04:27 PM

You would be very wrong.

If you don't know the difference between a hunting rifle and an assault rifle; well here's a good place to start: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun#Types. Here's some more good examples of hunting rifles: http://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/guns/2011/05/best-hunting-rifles-decade/?image=50, clearly a different type of gun than an assault rifle. An assault weapon (as opposed to an assault rifle) can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_rifle#Assault_rifles_vs._assault_weapons.

You said assault rifle, I said assault weapon, but for the purpose of my original point, its the same thing. A hunting rifle is a tool, and though dangerous, is by design difficult to abuse. They are just not very effective at killing people. Assault weapons/rifles are a military/police weapon, designed for the sole purpose of killing people, and are exceptionally effective at it. Treating these two types of guns as 'the same' is just silly, and what I feel is lost in the discussion.



Oh, I'm very wrong. I had no idea.


It's actually quite hilarious because your list of "hunting rifles" includes the AR-15 "assault weapon" and then you go on to post a Wikipedia definition of the term that confirms what I said: it's BS political term made up by progressives to ban certain guns they don't like, mostly for their looks. At no point did I interchange "assault rifle" or "assault weapon", nor did I make a mistake regarding which term you had used. In fact you are the one who seems to use them interchangeably when you say "Assault weapons/rifles are a military/police weapon." The Ruger Mini-14 doesn't have the features to make it an "assault weapon" by the definition you provided, and yet it fires the same round with comparable ammo capacity. It would be no less of an effective weapon. In fact, you can even find AR-15s which don't meet the definition. Does removing the pistol grip make it less deadly or something?




So clearly your opinion isn't in the slightest bit biased.




Did I claim to be an disinterested party from a distant galaxy? I made it very clear where I am coming from. Are you claiming to be unbiased?




Thats simply because the medical system has gotten better at treating gunshot wounds. Its not that less people are being shot, but that more shot people are surviving.




Cool speculation.

In Topic: GUN ownership, Killings - a US epidemic

02 October 2015 - 02:36 PM

I think what's often lost in the debate/argument is that not all guns are equal.  There's a massive difference between the uses and effects of a say a hunting rifle as opposed to a hand gun or an assault weapon.


Where-as I don't really care if a chronically drunk driver were to drive a moped, I have a big problem if he were allowed to drive a big-rig.


A hunting rifle for example is a terrible weapon for mass murder of people.  They reload very slowly, they are terrible at close quarters, hitting an erratically moving target through a scope takes some serious skill, and there's no possibility of hiding the weapon.  You're much better off just using a car or a knife.  On the other hand assault weapons are designed to mow down people indiscriminately.  They have no other use but to kill.


What exactly is a hunting rifle? What exactly is an assault weapon? The term assault weapon has been coined by progressives and has no clear definition. They started using it because they could no longer call the guns they were campaigning against "assault rifles" because that term does have a clear definition and it was inaccurate. As near as I can tell it is supposed to mean any gun which looks scary to someone who knows absolutely nothing about guns. No other use but to kill? Really? The AR-15 is probably the most popular rifle there is in this country and by far its most common use, overwhelmingly, is in recreational and competition shooting, not mowing down poor innocent people as the media would like you to believe. No offense but you sound like you have never even been in the same room as a gun much less ever used one before, which is most often the case with people who are vehemently anti-gun.


I own guns. Almost everyone I know has at least one in their home. I don't know anyone who has committed a violent crime of any kind, much less with a gun. I do know at least one person whose life was probably saved by the fact that he had his concealed carry weapon. I fail to see how gun ownership is an epidemic as the title of this thread suggests.


Mass shootings may be on the rise, but overall homicide has been declining for years and this is despite the federal "assault weapons" ban expiring back in 2004 and despite most states since adopting legal concealed carry. The number of guns is ever increasing, the number of restrictions have been decreasing, and yet somehow homicide is as low as it has been in decades and has a downward trend. Interesting.


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In Topic: Parasol: a pragmatic, functional shader language. Invitation for comments and...

21 September 2015 - 04:45 PM

Simply, I have extreme difficulty understand even the single statements, I just cannot put the things together.


That sums up functional languages from my perspective.

In Topic: Most efficient way of designing a vector class in 3D

04 September 2015 - 03:57 PM

I see automatic vectorization as a way to get a free performance boost from old code by simply recompiling it. If you are writing new code with performance in mind you should not count on the compiler automatically doing anything for you.