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Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 350

by Shakrai (#48039001) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

20 years ago, my dad and I came home from a camping trip a day early, but late at night. If my mom had been armed, she would have shot at both of us.

Gosh, if only there was a way to have let your Mom know that it was the two of you instead of a would-be rapist. Perhaps you could have yelled out "HI MOM, WE'RE HOME EARLY!" as you entered the house. Nah, that couldn't possibly work. It's a damn good thing for you she wasn't armed or you'd be dead now. I have the same fear every time I come home early, but thankfully my girlfriend has evolved some pretty neat biological features like eardrums that reduce the likelihood of this happening....

Comment: Re:Anarchy is all fun and games... (Score 1) 350

by Shakrai (#48038887) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Syria is most recent historical example

The Civil War there has been ongoing for a little over three years. The American Revolutionary War took eight years to fully resolve itself. The Syrian Government only controls about 20% of the country if this map is any indication, so that would seem to dispel your notion that you can't effectively fight the police state.

The Syrian Government is doomed in the long term; it's basically a battle of attrition at this point and the cold mathematical reality is that al-Assad's followers have less males of military age than his opponents. Barring decisive intervention from the outside he is doomed; I leave it to the reader to decide if this is a good thing or not...

Comment: Re:This device is not new or interesting (Score 3, Insightful) 348

by Shakrai (#48038787) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

This would be great for organized crime and drug cartels. People with a need for untraceable guns, that use them regularly, and that have money to make it happen

Such people generally use stolen firearms or (more rarely) legally purchased firearms via straw buyers (i.e., Here's $1,500, buy this $1,000 firearm for me and pocket the change)

Criminals don't need to build their own firearms when there are sufficient numbers of stolen ones in circulation.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 4, Informative) 348

by Shakrai (#48038741) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

The Constitution allowed slavery, for instance, and no vote for women.

It did no such thing, it simply reserved such matters to the States, per the 10th Amendment. The 14th and 19th Amendments changed that of course. The 14th was actually intended by its drafters to be interpreted more broadly than it has been, in theory it should have immediately applied the Bill of Rights against the States (including the 2nd Amendment) but SCOTUS neutered it and it has instead taken the better part of a century and a half to get most of the Bill of Rights applied against the States.

Incidentally, the established process of amending the Constitution (Article V) is available for gun control proponents to take advantage of if they think they can actually win a debate on the merits of the issue. All you need to do is convince 2/3rd's of Congress and 3/4ths of the State Legislatures to sign off on a repeal or amendment of the 2nd Amendment. Best of luck with that. :)

Comment: Re:0 if dead, more if alive. (Score 2) 169

by Shakrai (#47967431) Attached to: My resting heart rate:

On the other hand, I don't spend large parts of my life exercising and worrying about my health. Why spend 30% of your off-time to perhaps live 20% longer? Especially if most of that time is going to be in a retirement home, worrying about bowel movements and whether there will be pudding.

In no particular order:

* The person who is fit/healthy is less likely to end up unable to wipe his own ass in a retirement home.
* Fit and healthy people get more attention from the opposite sex.
* Exercise is a natural anti-depressant.
* Exercise boosts libido.
* You'll sleep better.
* You can eat more.

Of course there are no promises. You could be in the best shape of your life and get hit by a bus tomorrow. Such is life.

Comment: Re:Science is... (Score 1) 794

by c6gunner (#47966425) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Your job, not mine. Or, we have a domain not resolvable by science, as was the original claim.

That's easy then; I'll define "best" as "most records sold", look up the figures, and have an answer for you in no time.

What, that's not the kind of "best" you meant? Well then rephrase the goddamn question instead of telling me that I have to define what you're asing for.

Comment: Re:We like to feel smart (Score 0) 794

by c6gunner (#47966071) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Science has no heroes

Bullshit. Science has plenty of heroes, and their stories serve to fascinate and inspire future generations. What science doesn't have is the mindless fanboi-ish worship of heroes. Anyone who actually understands the first thing about science knows that even our heroes can be wrong; and most of them HAVE been wrong about at least a few things. That doesn't stop them from being heroes, it just makes them human.

Comment: Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 3, Insightful) 794

by c6gunner (#47965985) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

"Why?" is still a valid question;

No, it's not. The question "why" in this case presuposes some kind of purpose, without any reason to believe that such a purpose exists. Just because you can phrase something in the form of a question doesn't mean that your "question" makes any sense.

Comment: Re:The Titanic is UNSINKABLE. (Score 2) 358

by c6gunner (#47950611) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Of course, there is video. Yes, there are SD copies and screeners, maybe even someone ballsy enough to cam and slip that on BitTorrent, but 1080i (true, not upsampled) movies are rare.

Say what?

Dude, either you haven't been paying attention, or you don't know how to use teh intertubes. Every movie is available as a torrent in full 1080p pretty much the day the blueray disks hit the store shelves. Many are available even earlier.

Even Blu-Ray hasn't been fully cracked yet (it is still a race with each individual movie.)

If by "race" you mean that the various release groups are tripping over each other in order to see which one can get theirs up in the shortest amount of time, then yes. "X-Men Days of Future Past" won't be available for purchase for another 3 weeks, but there's already a 720p blueray rip available on the torrent sites, and the 1080p version should follow in the next few days.

Comment: Re:Expert. (Score 1) 358

by c6gunner (#47950521) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

It's easy to copy music by plugging a cable from a headphone jack into a line-in jack on another computer.

Got you one better: in this day and age it's pretty much inconceivable that they would disable bleutooth functionality. If you can pair your fancy unpiratable player to a PC rigged to copy the incoming audio stream to disk, you've got yourself a digital copy with essentially no quality loss.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 1) 53

by c6gunner (#47950233) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

The problem is devices that WOULD be significantly cheaper to repair if parts were more easily (and reasonably) available and if the things weren't designed to be harder to repair.

I keep hearing this complaint - that there are devices out there which are "designed to be harder to repair" - but, at least in my experience, that's incredibly rare. More often devices are designed to be difficult to open due to concerns about warranty claims on modified items, and even THAT is pretty rare. Every electronic gizmo which I currently own can be opened with relative ease. Most of them I would be able to perform SOME repairs on, as long as it doesn't involve having to replace chips or capacitors.

There are some things that bug me - such as my Nexus 5 not having a (easily) replaceable battery. However, while I may not be happy about them, they're all design choices which the manufacturer made for reasons that have nothing to do with repairability. And, for the most part, they're things that don't really effect me (eg. it is highly unlikely that I will keep my Nexus 5 long enough to actually need a battery replacement).

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