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Your conclusion on the overall balance may be right, but it would be nice to see the evidence since it would make the entire debate less subjective. The gun lobby is certainly powerful, but I doubt that it can prevent research, and the gun-control lobby has ample resources too. Suspecting that one knows the answer is not the same as taking the trouble to find out - as you have pointed out.I don't think that the other places that you mention are appropriately analogous to...
I've often wondered about the balance between the protective value of guns in the home versus the undesirable uses that they get put to, since protection/crime-reduction is one of the central benefits argued by the pro-gun lobby. Those are interesting data but, even if accurate, may be incomplete. One argument that would be made is that the total of self-defense shootings underestimates the protective value, since a gun does not always have to be fired to influence a...
It's not projecting a 3D image onto a plane - it's projecting two stereographic 2D images (one for each eye) that change with perspective. So no, it's not a hologram.
It appears to be stereoscopic VR. Apart from anything else, one defining feature of a hologram is that its constituent wavefronts exist in space, independent of the observer. The stereoscopic information presented to the eyes of the observer in this application may have been derived from holographic recordings, but they are not holograms.
There is no logical or ethical disconnect in the negative views on Snowden's actions - as already clearly explained in this thread. That he exposed possibly illegal (or at least potentially unconstitutional) actions by Government agencies may be defensible both morally, and under whistleblower laws, if he felt that he had no other recourse (even though he actually did). That he deliberately acquired, and then released, huge quantities of unrelated classified information...
Point taken. I happen to really enjoy reading TS, even when I completely disagree with him, so that probably skewed my interpretation of the comment too.
Definitely. If the board goes so PC that humor is outlawed then we have been defeated by the trolls.
Basic physics makes it hard to achieve though. Noise levels in small sensors continues to improve, but with equivalent technology a larger sensor will always be even less noisy. Ultimate sharpness continues to be diffraction limited. Depth of field is determined by focal length, which is constrained in a phone camera by available dimensions. In optics, size is an inescapable factor so, however much miniature camera technology improves, those same improvements will improve...
By their different implanted chips, of course.
Moderates, you mean. To keep it civil (prevent personal attacks) and on topic. Not to censor opinions.
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