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The Hill: ‘New Gingrich Says Arming Teachers Only Long-Term Solution to School Shootings’

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This is fucking insane:

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Tuesday argued that the only long-term solution to school shootings is to train teachers and administrators in the use of guns.

Gingrich offered the remarks in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

“I think the only long-term solution, depending on the size of the school, is a minimum of six to eight teachers and administrators who are trained in the use of firearms and have conceal carry permits and are prepared to defend the kids,” said Gingrich, a Fox News contributor and former CNN “Crossfire” co-host.

It’s funny when an Onion story on five-blade razor cartridges becomes a real product just a few years later. It’s fucking insane when an Onion story on arming schoolteachers becomes a Republican talking point just a few years later.

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3 days ago
I don’t understand how Gingrich has any gravitas with anyway.
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2 days ago
From: https://www.caseyliss.com/2018/2/17/no-putting-more-guns-in-schools-is-not-a-good-idea-you-friggin-morons

I have some questions.

Where does the money come from to buy firearms for these teachers?
Where does the money come from to buy ammunition for these teachers?
Where does the money come from to train these teachers?
How much training is required?
Who is doing the training?
How are the trainers compensated for their time doing the training?
Given most taxpayers won’t give money to cover basic school supplies[1], what makes you think they’ll be willing to give money for firearms?
How much ammunition does a teacher get rationed?
Can they bring in their own firearms? Their own ammunition?
How do we regulate their own firearms, ensuring safety, adequacy, etc?
Where do the guns get stored? How do we prevent children from getting them?
If they’re in a safe, doesn’t that defeat the point? Couldn’t that be a life-or-death delay to access them?
If they’re holstered, what if a teacher’s clothing doesn’t permit wearing a concealed holster?
If they’re holstered, what if a teacher doesn’t want to open carry?
If they’re holstered and open carried, how does a teacher ensure that an angry student doesn’t take their firearm?
Actually, that’s true no matter where the gun is.
If the gun is in a safe, who has the key?
If it’s a combination, what happens if the teacher forgets the combination?
If there is a master key, like there is for classrooms, who holds the master key?
What if the master key is compromised?
What if one or more teachers doesn’t have a particular affinity for the idea of shooting a student?
Are teachers allowed to shoot first? Or only after they hear gunfire?
As the husband of a teacher, I can assure you that teaching is one of the most stressful, thankless, and unfairly compensated jobs in the world. How do we prevent a teacher from losing their cool one day and using their firearm, unprovoked?
What if a teacher is the one doing the shooting, since, you know, they have a gun at their side at all times? How can other teachers know if the first teacher is firing in self-defense or in an act of aggression?
Regardless, how do teachers know who the good guy is, and who the bad guy is? How do we ensure there’s no friendly fire?
What if the bad guy is surrounded by hostages? Are they expected to engage anyway?
What happens if a student is in a hallway between two teachers’ rooms? Who shoots? How do they avoid friendly crossfire?
If Chris Kyle, a highly trained marksman, and good guy with a gun, was gunned down in a shooting range, surrounded by other good guys with guns… what makes you think an (at best) amateur marksman will fare better?
What if it’s… stay with me here… maybe not a good idea to put more guns into society?
What if having hundreds of guns in a single building is… bear with me now… not a great fucking idea? What if that building was filled with our children? Doesn’t that make it… an even worse fucking idea?
What if we’re… I dunno… not terribly comfortable with training our teachers how to quickly and effectively kill our children? (This one was stolen from Twitter)
Additional questions from and inspired by Andrew Leahey, via Twitter:

What if the perpetrator is only threatening to use a gun? What’s the rules of engagement?
What about a fight between students? Can the teacher escalate? What if one of the students has a knife?
Do janitors, administrators, guidance counselors, all get firearms?
From and inspired by Michael Smith:

Who pays for lawyers after an incident occurs? What if the gun is a personal one and not a school-issued one? Is the teacher responsible for their own defense, or does their city/county/state have to pay to defend them?
Once you guys have answers to all of these, let me know.

Thanks in advance.
San Rafael, CA
2 days ago
newt gingrich doesnt understand the difference between facts and feelings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnhJWusyj4I
New York

AirPods Case

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The Catalyst Case for AirPods is waterproof, drop proof and allows easy access to the Lightning port. It comes with a detachable carabiner so you can easily hook it on to your belt, bag or purse. Smart.

(via CoolHunting)

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6 days ago
My anker soundbuds cost less than this protective case for the protective case for the airpods.
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A list of 25 Principles of Adult Behavior by John Perry Barlow

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Silicon Valley visionary John Perry Barlow died last night at the age of 70. When he was 30, the EFF founder (and sometime Grateful Dead lyricist) drew up a list of what he called Principles of Adult Behavior. They are:

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.

Here’s what these principles meant to Barlow:

I don’t expect the perfect attainment of these principles. However, I post them as a standard for my conduct as an adult. Should any of my friends or colleagues catch me violating one of them, bust me.

You can read remembrances of Barlow from the EFF and from his friends Cory Doctorow and Steven Levy. The EFF’s Executive Director Cindy Cohn wrote:

Barlow was sometimes held up as a straw man for a kind of naive techno-utopianism that believed that the Internet could solve all of humanity’s problems without causing any more. As someone who spent the past 27 years working with him at EFF, I can say that nothing could be further from the truth. Barlow knew that new technology could create and empower evil as much as it could create and empower good. He made a conscious decision to focus on the latter: “I knew it’s also true that a good way to invent the future is to predict it. So I predicted Utopia, hoping to give Liberty a running start before the laws of Moore and Metcalfe delivered up what Ed Snowden now correctly calls ‘turn-key totalitarianism.’”

Barlow’s lasting legacy is that he devoted his life to making the Internet into “a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth … a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.”

Tags: Cindy Cohn   Cory Doctorow   John Perry Barlow   lists   Steven Levy
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15 days ago
That's a worthwhile list. I think I'll appropriate it.
Portland, Oregon, USA, Earth
15 days ago
Words to live by
15 days ago
fantastic guidelines. focus. give a shit. love.
16 days ago
Mr Barlow would definitely give me a "D" as an adult. But I'm trying.
Louisville, KY

MyLiFi Lamp Beams the Internet to Devices By Light

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MyLiFi Lamp Beams the Internet to Devices By Light

By all appearances, the Oledcomm MyLiFi appears to be an adjustable aluminum LED task lamp, an assumption almost completely correct. But there’s a bit more behind this task light designed by Pierre Garner of eliumstudio for Oledcomm: it’s also capable of transmitting an Internet connection solely using light.

Light Fidelity, also known as Li-Fi, is an innovative wireless technology invented in 2005 by Oledcomm founder, Suat Topsu. Theoretically, it promises connections speeds of up to 13 MB/s download and 10 MB/s upload using light emitting diodes (LED) in lieu of standard wi-fi routers. Li-Fi operates by modulating light emitted by an LED light at an imperceptibly fast rate; these light signals are received by a dongle and translated into into the data that eventually draws up what we see and hear on our screen while browsing the internet.

By nature of the technology, the Li-Fi equipped lamp also eliminates electromagnetic emissions. And because a signal requires a line of sight of the light emitted, networks can’t be intercepted as easily as traditional WiFi networks.

Network access and personal security is handled by a combination of typical password and LiFi dongle, a physical USB dongle key.

MyLiFi also operates as an adjustable task lamp, one emitting light with temperatures ranging from warm white (2200K) to daylight (6500K) at up to 650 Lumens brightness, adjustable via mobile or web-based app.

Of course, this light-to-dongle requirement may prove beneficial for security, but it also spells out the limitation of a Li-Fi network: you’re only within internet range while underneath it’s luminescence. Still, the MyLiFi might prove to be one of the first and many iterations of fast wireless internet delivered by light  – think bus stops, offices/studios, public venues, or even inside autonomous vehicles. Expect to see the first MyLiFi lamp available this spring, starting at $840.

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20 days ago
This is a crushingly bad idea. And $840! Oof.
Princeton, NJ
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How HomePod Works With Apple Music, iTunes Match, iCloud Music Library, AirPlay, and FLAC Files

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Serenity Caldwell:

I’m still trying to sort a lot of this out myself, but here’s how everything is supposed to work, from what I’ve been able to confirm.

In addition to what she reports here, I have heard from a friend seeded with HomePod that it does work with tracks that are not Apple Music or purchased from the iTunes Store if you have iCloud Music Library enabled. That’s huge.

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27 days ago
Devices working like they're supposed to (minus actual internet radio) is huge. Come on.
Princeton, NJ
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What Can HomePod Play Outside Apple Music?

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Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9to5Mac:

Whilst HomePod works best with an Apple Music subscription, allowing users to ask Siri to play any of the 40 million tracks in the Apple Music catalog, it does not require a subscription to function. We have learned that the HomePod can play content purchased from iTunes, stream Beats 1, and listen to podcasts without needing a subscription.

If you add music to your home iTunes library that was not acquired through a purchase, HomePod will not be able to access it. It appears HomePod doesn’t have Home Sharing, which would enable that kind of feature.

Shouldn’t it work with iCloud Music Library? I get that it might not be able to access songs that only exist as MP3 files on your Mac, but if you have iCloud Music Library, it seems obvious that HomePod ought to be able to access them, no? It’s one thing if it doesn’t work with third-party streaming services like Spotify. But iCloud Music Library is Apple’s own thing.

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28 days ago
Fucking insanity to buy any wifi speaker that can’t play mp3s or internet radio. The original slimp3s still work and have more functionality than these.
Princeton, NJ
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