970: The Important Field

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The Important Field
I hear in some places, you need to fill one form of ID to buy a gun, but two to pay for it by check. It's interesting to see who has what incentives to care about what mistakes.
Title text: I hear in some places, you need to fill one form of ID to buy a gun, but two to pay for it by check. It's interesting to see who has what incentives to care about what mistakes.


This comic is a joke about data validation. One form of validation is where a program asks the user to provide multiple inputs to confirm that they entered their data correctly. In the comic, the program only asks for validation for the man's email address when a more important item of data -the missile target- is also entered, but not validated by duplicate entry.

The title text is also an illustration of a mistake going undetected, albeit only a grammatical one (not nearly as catastrophic as, say, a missle landing on an unintended destination.)


[Man sitting at computer.]
Computer: Welcome to the missile launch interface!
Computer: Enter the target's coordinates.
[Type Type]
Computer: Enter you email address for our records.
[Type Type]
Computer: Enter your email again, to ensure you typed it correctly.

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In order to purchase a firearm in the United States from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) you have to submit an official government photographic identification card (State ID or State Drivers license usually suffice), complete a Form 4473 Firearms Transaction Record to include such personal data as name, address, height, weight, ethnicity, age, birth date and Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number and submit the previous personal data from the Form 4473 to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) which is administered by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and receive a "PROCEED WITH TRANSACTION" from the NICS in order to take possession of the firearm.

To pay for your firearm with a check you only need show two forms of identification one of which may just be your Social Security Card.

To take possession of the firearm actually requires more stringent checks on identity than to pay with one by check.

But other than that you're right. -- (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Please enter your name and address, so we know who to blame when New York disappears. Davidy22[talk] 04:22, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

How can a law-bound society write laws about guns when the all-embracing laws cannot first be rescinded?

The USA has much the same life problems that Iran once had -which probably lead to Iran's defeat at Gaugamela (Mosul.) I doubt Darius III's officers had e-mail addresses to worry about, none the less if their aristocracy were bound by bureaucracy at the wrong time and place, that would have been it.

Something else that is probably beyond emails:

"The Iraqi government is planning to retake the city with the help of the peshmerga, Sunni tribes, and US-led coalition air support."

I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 19:29, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

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