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Part of the social contract in most societies is that the police are the only members of society who can use enough force to kill or injure anyone critically. The governments of these societies create laws to ensure that it is only special well regulated instances when an ordinary citizen can use deadly force (hunting of lower animals and self defense being two examples in the United States). Anywhere these guns can be manufactured successfully thwarts the old laws and contracts.

This means that it will be a "Problem", but no one can say for who. The big gun manufactures are going to be pissed and are already probably already preparing legislation to bitch slap any one who tries to produce these guns. The liberator people are working on making the guns not explode and hurt anyone. The police are scrambling to figure out how to reclaim their sole ownership of force. The people are waiting to see what happens.

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This isn't part of the social contract in parts of the US. Guns are pretty common in rural areas and I've see people open carry in urban areas around Seattle.

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He is referring to the principle of the state's monopoly on violence. It's necessary for some violence to exist to maintain internal and external security (police and the military, respectively). The more effective the state, the theory goes, the better able it is to maintain control over the use of violence in its territory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monopoly_on_violence

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It's still illegal (and not socially accepted) to use those guns outside of the "well regulated instances" zackzackzack mentioned.

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You obviously are not above average in terms of height. I'm 6'5" and planes are a nightmare of cramps and bruised knees. A single inch can mean the difference between being able to sleep comfortably on a long flight and staying awake while stiffening up for eight hours.

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Ditto. I tried the near OD strategy for an Auckland-Rome series of flights. It turns out that you reach the point where they dont work anymore - at least not easily. At 4x the recommended dose I couldn't sleep that last 6 hours. I seem to max out at about 20ish hours of sleep. I almost got a DVT - swollen leg and very painful. I just avoid flights now.

Edit: premature post.

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It’s bad enough on buses and trains already (although newer Dutch Railways trains are great), but with flying I now have to make sure beforehand that I will physically fit. It’s not a matter of comfort for me, and it’s not like one can go to the gym and lose some height.

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I did say "at least".

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If you're interested in using Titan from Clojure, then you'll probably want to take a look at Titanium[0] and Ogre[1]. We've been working hard to make these libraries as useful as possible. If you have any questions about how to get started, then please get in touch! My contact information is in my profile. I've been immersed pretty deep in this stack lately and it's been pretty rewarding so far.

[0] http://titanium.clojurewerkz.org/ [1] http://ogre.clojurewerkz.org/

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The author is is almost exactly the exact opposite of the ideal customer for any startup. He is a venture capitalist and an ad man. He is in the business of buying the startup instead of buying from the startup. He sees orders of magnitudes more startup websites in a month than a customer ever will in their lifetime. He will be looking far more closely at the advertising side of things than a customer and will probably over apply his expertise. Therefore, I don't think his advice will probably be all that useful to founders. Ad hominem is a logical fallacy, but a bayesian's crutch. You can logic it out for yourself, but I don't think this guy knows what he is talking about.

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Customers don't classify the websites they visit as "startup websites" or the businesses they buy from as "startups" any more than they classify the fish they eat by taxonomic rank.

The "ideal customer for a startup" is a human. Humans read what interests them, and buy things based on emotion, not logic. And what interests them is, with 100% predictability, themselves. Not you, your product, your business plan, your home page layout, your design scheme, nor any of the other elements many startups choose to create rigid sets of communication rules around. If you wanna talk to your customer effectively, then talk about your customer. They'll listen every time.

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1. They might actually know what they are doing or 2. they aren't doing payments of the sort that needs this sort of license.

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Stripe is backed by Wells-Fargo, aren't they?

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Stripe uses Wells Fargo as an underwriter for the Merchants it on-boards. Wells Fargo did not invest in their earliest rounds but may take an equity stake in later/future rounds.

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Probably because there are like a billion other things he has to do.

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How does one go about signing up?

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At the very bottom of the page:

    June 1: signup
    June 24: development begins
    Sept 30: contest ends
    Oct 7: winners announced 
So, signup period is June 1 to June 24.. I guess

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sorry about this. i think the HN post caught us slightly off guard. we'll have more details real soon now.

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When are you going to give up the capitalized acronym LISP? It has the same archaic vibe and makes you want to code in it as much as in FORTRAN. Just call it Lisp.

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The language name is actually "lisp", it's the enlightened converts' enthusiasm that causes them to shout it from the treetops. One would guess.

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What are the chances that in the next month pg publishes an essay calling for why more startups should be doing hardware, bitcoin, and/or 3D printing?

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I should apply to YC for my revolutionary 3D Bitcoin Printing startup.

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And now this is a test of how secure HN is as well.

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Looking out for HN users (other than voidnull) that write about Internet privacy a lot will give some candidates.

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I'm not sure about that. I mean, he can register with HN with just about any anonymous e-mail address, no money needs to change hands so as far as I can tell it's perfectly anonymous.

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HN doesn't require an email at signup. You only need to give one if you want password recovery to work.

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No, because it's a new account only associated with this thing. Granted, access logs on HN could be used to crack the problem, but getting to those is non-trivial.

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I'm guessing he is using HN over tor, as well.

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That was easily one of the best bits of video I've seen in a long time. That explains a lot of science really well. Thank you!

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