Well, this is just stupid: The X Prize Foundation is havinga $1 million competition for those who want to design something "wearable" for women that will "keep them safe":
The system must comprise a device which can be inconspicuously triggered to contact a community safety network or the police, not rely on a smartphone's Wi-Fi or reception, feedback to the wearer/user that help is coming within 90 seconds and cost less than $40 a year to implement. The Foundation also wants GPS accuracy, not just longitude and latitude but altitude so the device knows if you're in a subway station or on the sixth floor. Lucky then that the X Prize Foundation is "solution agnostic", i.e. they don't much mind how you get there.
That said, wearable tech is an obvious fit - we've seen smart jewelry and wearable alarms trickling out throughout the year but so far, they all rely on a connection to a phone. "That's why we are promoting the IoT aspect," says Tata. "It has to operate with a 90% accuracy even in low connectivity situations where there is no visible Wi-Fi or cell service.
"I use that word - wearable - creatively because it could be your scarf. It could be a band-aid type application, it could be so many things. I would love to see something invisible in the space between a wearable and the chip under your skin. What's that intermediary step?"Get that? Help will be there in 90 seconds! That's a minute and a half, in which time a predator can be done and gone and the women badly injured or dead. Remember "when seconds count, police can be there in minutes"? A minute and a half is not that much of a problem.
Here's a much better idea: Women should have guns. She would actually be protecting herself, not waiting around forever for somebody to come to the rescue. As Glenn Reynolds asks: DIDN’T COL. COLT AND JOHN MOSES BROWNING TAKE CARE OF THIS OVER A CENTURY AGO?
More and more women are also coming to this conclusion, as Salena Zeto writes in the Washington Examiner: Women with guns: The next threat to the Democratic Party:
The increase of women buying guns is relatively recent. Women for years could be counted to support gun control. But the gender divide is fading.
It changes the perception of why anyone, male or female, buys a gun, and it has had an impact on local and national politics.
"As the number of women gun-owners rises, so has the number of women conveying doubts over the virtues of gun control," Cable said.
The gender gap on guns has been huge in the past. But a Pew survey showed that between 2008 and 2012, the percentage of women supporting gun rights rose by nine points.
"As more and more women are connecting gun ownership and self-defense with empowerment, their views on gun control have shifted," said Brad Todd, founding partner of OnMessage.
"I think this is an indication of where Democrats have failed to understand the self-defense aspect of the Second Amendment.
"For a party that invests so much time in intellectually driving the gender gap," he said, "this is something they have completely missed, especially when you get outside the densest urban areas."According to a Pew Survey, between 2008 and 2012, the percentage of women supporting gun rights rose by nine points. Bye, Bye gender gap. The Second Amendment can be seen as a "woman's right?" Who knew? Nobody tell Hillary.
It was Annie Oakley who said, "I ain't afraid to love a man. I ain't afraid to shoot him either."
ELSEWHERE IN THE NEWS:
Finally, new rules of engagement for U.S. troops in Iraq: Browning said advisers like him embedded at the brigade level are now able to directly deliver support such as airstrikes and artillery fire to the units they're partnered with. Previously, such support "would have gone through a whole bureaucracy and through Baghdad," he said. The bureaucratic takeover of the battlefield was true under both Presidents Obama and Bush, and we had to deal with a version of it in Vietnam, so we have a lot of history of knowing it doesn't work.
In a related story, this is absolutely terrific: The White House is preparing to propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency. Might we finally be getting our priorities straight?
RIP, Bill Paxton, dead at 61, from complications of surgery. I had to read a dozen stories before I could discover that he'd had a stroke while undergoing a heart operation.
Yes, the biases of the press can be exasperating, but the press has always had a bias about one thing or another, and a biased press is a sign that we have a free press.
Well, good. Looks like Bowe Bergdahl will go to trial after all.
Rachel Dolezal is nearly homeless, on food stamps and still white. Heaven knows how many people will be too afraid to identify as trans-black after this?
A Trump voter's message to retailers: Keep your mouth shut about our president. This is getting completely out of hand. With the left boycotting any suspected Trump-supporting retailers, and Trump supporters doing retaliatory boycotts against Trump-dissing retailers, we're not going to be able to shop anywhere!
This is a good idea: Just say no to the border tax. Nobody is certain what effect it would have, and the risks seem pretty high.