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Comment: Re:They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone ri (Score 1) 268

by Crosshair84 (#47357765) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone
They weren't even using sniper rifles. They were using a rack-grade AR rifle with a red-dot. They could have had a break-action single shot and done the same.

Though to turn to the critical side, you've clearly never bought a firearm if you think a foreigner buying guns at gunshows and mail-order is simple. Most sellers at gunshows are dealers so they would have to fill out a 4473 and have a NICS check. Of the small fraction who are private sellers like myself, 90% of us are going to demand a drivers license to copy down your info. The quantity and quality of firearms they would be able to purchase would be extremely limited.

Buying guns by mail-order requires you to either have your own FFL or have them shipped to an FFL. So you'll have to write into the government to get your own FFL or fill out a 4473 to get one by mail order. So in reality the only guns they will have access to are black market guns.

Comment: Re:They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone ri (Score 4, Interesting) 268

by Crosshair84 (#47342875) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone
Exactly. Imagine what they could do with everyday objects if they decided to do more than go for a body count and actually had the inclination to come over here. *cough* southern border *cough* Let me just throw out a few possibilities to make the point.

Caltrops. This several thousand year old weapon, first used against humans and horses, remains effective today against vehicles with pneumatic tires. You can make them out of darn near any piece of thin metal. Just have every member go around town once a month to every hardware/big-box store in town and buy a box of nails or screws for cash. Pickup a gallon of milk or something else and you'll blend right in with the millions of other people picking up odds and ends for home.

With a few basic tools and a welder a few guys can build caltrops assembly line style. Then just go out on the road just before rush hour when its dark or during ran so it's harder for the car behind to notice the bouncing spike thing coming from under your car and drop them one at a time through a hole in the floor. (Make sure you make sure they don't bounce into your own tires.) Home-rigged caltrops like these usually don't cause blowouts, but will case a slow leak that will deflate a tire. How many car and truck tires do you need to take out before you case a cluster of a traffic jam? Sure sounds lame, but what happens when your group does this once every month and there are 4 other cells in the area doing the same? In certain areas of the country this could bring commerce to a standstill.

High tension wooden power pole in middle of nowhere + Chainsaw. Don't really need to explain this one further except that power pole wood is hard on chainsaw chains. Sure just one cell doing this would just be a nuisance, a couple dozen driving around the country doing this will quickly overwhelm the repair crews. Just cutting one will usually result in the neighboring poles holding the wires up for the time being, allowing an escape and not letting people know exactly when you did the deed.

Supposedly Iran has sleeper cells in the US tasked with doing exactly this should the US attack Iran. No idea if it's true or not, but attacking infrastructure wouldn't exactly be a hard thing to do.

Comment: Re: Welcome to your new walled garden (Score 1) 225

by Crosshair84 (#47114661) Attached to: Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store
Yea, the DOJ's argument was BS as it could be used to sue Ford for including tires with every one of its cars, giving it a monopoly on the default tires on its cars. Can you imagine the stupidity of going car shopping with every vehicle up on blocks? Likewise with IE, like it or hate it, people want SOMETHING so that they can at least get moving, if for no more reason than to download another browser/get to the tire store.

Comment: Re: Not necessarily hate (Score 1) 1482

by Crosshair84 (#46666161) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights
Easy, the major twin identical twin studies done in the last couple decades show quite clearly that homosexuality is not inherently genetic.

Eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last two decades all arrive at the same conclusion: gays were not born that way.

“At best genetics is a minor factor,” says Dr. Neil Whitehead, PhD. Whitehead worked for the New Zealand government as a scientific researcher for 24 years, then spent four years working for the United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency. Most recently, he serves as a consultant to Japanese universities about the effects of radiation exposure. His PhD is in biochemistry and statistics.

Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay.

“Because they have identical DNA, it ought to be 100%,” Dr. Whitehead notes. But the studies reveal something else. “If an identical twin has same-sex attraction the chances the co-twin has it are only about 11% for men and 14% for women.”

Because identical twins are always genetically identical, homosexuality cannot be genetically dictated. “No-one is born gay,” he notes. “The predominant things that create homosexuality in one identical twin and not in the other have to be post-birth factors.”

Dr. Whitehead believes same-sex attraction (SSA) is caused by “non-shared factors,” things happening to one twin but not the other, or a personal response to an event by one of the twins and not the other.

For example, one twin might have exposure to pornography or sexual abuse, but not the other. One twin may interpret and respond to their family or classroom environment differently than the other. “These individual and idiosyncratic responses to random events and to common environmental factors predominate,” he says.

The first very large, reliable study of identical twins was conducted in Australia in 1991, followed by a large U.S. study about 1997. Then Australia and the U.S. conducted more twin studies in 2000, followed by several studies in Scandinavia, according to Dr. Whitehead.

“Twin registers are the foundation of modern twin studies. They are now very large, and exist in many countries. A gigantic European twin register with a projected 600,000 members is being organized, but one of the largest in use is in Australia, with more than 25,000 twins on the books.”

http://www.hollanddavis.com/?p...

I suppose I'm going to be called all sorts of nasty names for pointing this easily searchable fact out.

The "Born that way" myth started because gays wanted to compare themselves to Blacks. If they conceded that homosexuality was not innate and a self-destructive behavioral choice (Given the horrific levels of disease in the gay community.) on the same level of smokers and alcoholics, the whole gay rights movement falls apart.

Just like smokers and alcoholics, you can find plenty of former homosexuals if you go looking for them. Most stay silent, lest they suffer the same fate as others who go up against the LGBT lobby

Robert Oscar Lopez is just one name I can throw. A former homosexual who was raised by his mother and her lesbian partner who is against gay marriage. They gay lobby nearly got him fired for simply telling his life experience and how children should be raised by a mom and a dad. Check out his blog at http://englishmanif.blogspot.c...

Comment: Re:Gold has value in a working economy (Score 1) 249

by Crosshair84 (#46197677) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades
Exactly.

The Jews in that scenario didn't have to spend fortunes of gold to escape or eat because gold had suddenly lost value. They had to spend those fortunes because BRIBING PEOPLE IS EXPENSIVE. It is especially expensive when you have to do it on the spot and only have one chance to offer the bribe.

Picture the scenario, A family of Jews in Nazi Germany is trying to make it to Switzerland. They have their old Jewish ID papers with them, but purchased fake non-Jew IDs so as to be able to travel. They arrive at the last checkpoint before getting to the Swiss border. The guard takes the fathers fake ID and looks it over. Soon the father can tell by the guards body language that he has spotted the ID being fake. The father asks if everything is OK? The guard doesn't answer, the father is sure that the fakes have been spotted. The checkpoint is an open area with people coming and going. Everything he and the guard does might be under observation. The father reaches into his pocket and conceals a sizable gold coin in his hand. He takes his wife's fake ID and puts the gold coin inside of it, and hands it to the guard. Setting down the Fathers ID, the guard opens the Wife's ID and sees the coin. The guard looks at the father for a moment before palming the coin and putting it in his pocket, then hands the families IDs back and apologizes for the delay before letting them through.

Such a scenario is NOT the place where you nickel and dime. The father has no idea what the guards price is, but he has to make an offer high enough to convince even the most devoted Nazi to look the other way and do it in a way that doesn't get spotted.

Comment: Re:Gold has value in a working economy (Score 1) 249

by Crosshair84 (#46197413) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades
"Within their society they'd use reputation-based credit"

This only works in a society the size of a large family. Even Indian tribes used money in the forms of shells, rare feathers, and other items their society deemed valuable.

Using gasoline as a medium of exchange is a non-starter for practical reasons, I shouldn't need to spell them out. Not to mention what happens when you meet a caravan of traveling merchants whose vehicles are all diesel powered and who have plenty of fuel already? Even if one gallong of fuel was worth an ounce of gold, the gold would still win out.

Comment: Re:Gold has value in a working economy (Score 1) 249

by Crosshair84 (#46197341) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades
So you're saying the bitcoins are better, despite admitting you have no idea if that is true.

Selling gold is stupid easy. You can either use it for direct exchange or take it to a coin dealer and sell it. A reputable dealer will sell at a 2-5% markup and buy at or slightly below spot price. If the dealer steals your gold you know exactly who to send the cops after, your bitcoins get stolen and you'll be lucky to know what country the person who stole them is in.

Comment: Re:Gold has value in a working economy (Score 2) 249

by Crosshair84 (#46197263) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades
No we won't. Physics itself dictates that gold is scarce. While stars can forge lots of elements, the current evidence points to them being unable to forge heavy elements like gold. The best theory/evidence to date is that gold is created when two neutron stars collide. Even then, odd numbered elements tend to not be created in quantity vs even numbered elements. Mining gold will ALWAYS involve mining and processing tons of ore and always be incredibly expensive.

Comment: Re:Magic the Gathering Online Exchange (Score 3, Informative) 249

by Crosshair84 (#46197175) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades
"there is far far far less bitcoin than there is gold, and there always will be far far far less bitcoin than there is gold. Limited to 21million coins."

Total quantity in existence is completely irrelevant. People could create a currency backed completely by by copper if they wanted to. Copper historically WAS used as money for very low value transactions where dividing silver or gold was not practical. Being rare is not the be-all-end-all of currencies, it's an advantage, but not required. It is an advantage in that the resulting physical coins carry significant purchasing power.

Money has 7 characteristics and the more characteristics something has, the better it will serve as money.

(1) It must be durable, which is why we don’t use wheat or corn or rice.
(2) It must be divisible, which is why we don’t use art work.
(3) It must be convenient, which is why we don’t use lead.
(4) It must be consistent, which is why we don’t use real estate.
(5) It must possess value in itself, which is why we don’t use paper. (The US dollar was originally backed by gold, which is the reason people accepted it in the first place.)
(6) It must be limited in the quantity that is available, which is why we don’t use aluminum or iron.
(7) It should have a long history of acceptance, which is why we don’t use molybdenum or rhodium.
Bitcoin fails 1, 3, 5, and 7.

It is not durable in a practical sense because it relies on a global P2P network to work. Governments have taken their countries off the internet before. How do you spend your bitcoins during civil unrest when you can't access the network? It is also vulnerable to a 51% attack, which is well within the technological capabilities of many governments.

It is not convenient because it relies on both parties having setup a bitcoin wallet and having an internet connection. If I want to buy a used car for 3 ounces of gold, all I have to do is hand the seller the gold and they can verify firsthand that it is real and then I get the title to the car. I've gone to estate sales where there was no cellular or other data service and was not aware of this beforehand. Someone trying to buy via Bitcoin would be SOL, people using gold, silver, or paper money would go on with business as usual.

It does not posses value onto itself. Lets say that one day, nobody wanted to use gold as money, perhaps everyone decided to use Platinum instead. Would your gold's value drop to zero? No, because gold has uses beyond being money, especially today with its many industrial uses. If people stop using bitcoin as money, the values goes immediately to zero.

Bitcoin does not have a long history behind it at all while gold has a record that spans almost all of human history. 5,000 years of use and gold has never gone to zero. I have cans of SPAM that are older than bitcoin. (and still edible too) Once it earns a reputation that lasts a few decades, perhaps it will gain more widespread acceptance, but it might as well be a .com stock at this point, perhaps it will survive, perhaps it won't.

Comment: Re:Magic the Gathering Online Exchange (Score 1) 249

by Crosshair84 (#46196971) Attached to: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades
Platinum is harder to verify. Toiuchstones have been detecting counterfeit gold for millennia while similar basic technology does not exist for Platimum as far as I am aware of. Both gold and silver have a distinct sound when struck or dropped onto a table that simply can't be counterfeited in a way that produces a coin that will look real. I don't know if the same applies to Platimum

But of course with precious metal money, all three can coexist.

Comment: Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (Score 2) 359

by Crosshair84 (#46009301) Attached to: GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models
Don't get me started on that "Green" solder. That stuff causes so many failures it isn't even funny. The old box camera CCTV security cameras that were made before "green"solder was used would often last over a decade. There are some B&W cameras at one facility still in service that have manufacture dates on them from 1993 when the facility first opened, 20 years of trouble free operation. Only reason I was in the housing for those cameras was to clean the lenses and re-focus.

The newer stuff? Some specimens last as little as two years, 4-5 seems to be the average. Bust one apart and guess what you find? Just like you said, broken solder joints or tin whiskers.

Yea, lead paint in kids toys is a bad idea, but guess what politicians who mandated lead-free solder? Sometimes lead is used in things for VERY GOOD REASONS. In this case, using leaded solder effectively solves the tin whisker problem in most use cases. Any environmental savings by using lead-free solder is more than offset by the decreased lifespan of equipment.

Comment: Re:What is this? (Score 1) 383

by Crosshair84 (#45852667) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

Well, odds are they stopped listening after the "40+ year old GUI" comment, since the "fugly as hell Win9x level GUIs" are at most 25 years old, and that's being generous and including all of them. 20 would probably be the better age.

Way to miss the forest for the trees.

There should not be anything doable via GUI that's not doable via CLI. Why? Because you will not always have a GUI to work with, or circumstances may make a GUI not workable.

WTF man. Seriously, W. T. F. What sort of shantytown operating system and software are you running in two thousand and frigin fourteen where you WILL NOT have at least a VGA resolution GUI available? Since Windows XP, over twelve years ago, if you couldn't get at least a VGA resolution GUI then you're system was seriously broken and the only thing you were concerned about was fixing the operating system or recovering your data. People are NOT gonna be burning CD's or DVD's, connecting to a wireless network, or ANYTHING from the CLI and properly designed commercial software for advanced users has 99.9% of every conceivable option in a drop-down menu or check box. Properly designed software for novice users only shows them the options they need. (Some software, like Nero, have separate "Basic" and "Advanced" modes for different skill levels.

If you HAVE to go an edit an .INI file for some function it's because they decided not to put that function in the GUI, not because they couldn't have. For consumer grade software, requiring editing .INI files for basic functions is considered to be shoddy design. At work we have a piece of software that requires editing an INI file to display the software on a second monitor because they didn't include that option in the GUI. That is considered by the company, and us and our customers, as a BUG and a high priority one at that. Right away you gave yourself away as a Linux user because Linux is the only operating system people try to use on the desktop that I am aware of with such a flimsy and obsolete graphics stack where actually being without a GUI of any kind is actually a concern.

Also, a CLI based system allows for scripting for checks and configuration, among other things, and a whole hoard of automated processes.

How many times do you people need to be told that CONSUMERS, which is what this particular sub-thread is discussing, DON"T GIVE A FLYING UNICORN ABOUT SCRIPTING. Consumers view CLI like they view a colonoscopy, they will do just about anything imaginable to NOT have to deal with it. When you go around talking to consumers about how great CLI is, they will think of you like they would someone who is going around saying getting a camera shoved up your butt is fun.

Also, in a worst case scenario, it provides a known and testable avenue for 3rd party software to use. This is especially handy when going across multiple versions of OSes or across OSes that share a common tool base.

Again, WTF dude. This is not a problem in any operating system other than Linux because OS's other than Linux don't break compatibility every 6 months. Relying on CLI calls for commercial grade software is a good way for a programmer to get fired.

IOW, no, this isn't for Joe and Sally consumer, who would never even see this level. But if you think this level of access is going away, you are wholly and completely off base as businesses are looking for ways to control and validate lock-downs of devices, and a GUI will not be the way it's done.

Yes it is. That is EXACTLY how it is done. Have you never at least seen an Active Directory Domain Controller? A few clicks and you see who has what permissions and with a couple more clicks can add or revoke access to whatever directory or service you want.

At work we have embedded phone line controllers that are as locked down as can be, but guess what? At the office they are managed by a computer running a gui that is so straightforward I can call our receptionist from a site and have them make basic programming changes. After the changes have been made it takes two mouse clicks for the system to poll the controller and upload the programming changes and the system very clearly marks the poll attempt as having succeeded or failed and why it failed.

To be brutally honest, you're talking as if it was the year 1994 or something.

Comment: Re:What is this? (Score 1) 383

by Crosshair84 (#45839507) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

Want to make a better DVD burning suite? On windows, you'd need to write all teh DVD burning shit yourself too. On unix, you just use the gui to generate the CLI and call that utility to do the heavy lifting.

PLEASE tell me you're joking. Such Micky Mouse amateur hour coding might cut it for the individual tinkerer, but it's certainly not gonna cut it for commercial grade software that you seem to be envisioning. CLI is just another GUI that humans use to interact with computers, so you're going to be using a GUI to interact with another GUI that then actually does the work........why is this seen as a good idea? This reminds me of the episode of Mr. Bean where he rigs his car so he can drive it from the chair strapped to the roof of his car.

Unix way allows for many people to each make "the perfect" gui for a task without having to know how to actually do that task.

No, it's a way that people can kludge together code into something kinda-sorta functional to make up for the fact that commercial software developers won't touch linux with a 10 foot pole.

As a bonus, a user that finds they need more power can more easily drop to CLI and use the underlying utility instead of being forced to always use the GUI.

Which is approximately 0% of the general computer-using population. (+/- 1% margin of error)

If unix lacks good GUIs, it's not because of the CLI, it's because design is hard.

No, it's because there is no money to be made in making GUIs for Linux/unix. More-or-less all the major Linux development is funded by server companies who don't care about GUIs. The only reason many of them put up with Linux in the first place is because Microsoft continues to be pants-on-head retarded when it comes to server licencing.

Comment: Re:The main problem in this plan... (Score 1) 191

by Crosshair84 (#45466347) Attached to: Why Not Fund SETI With a Lottery Bond?

Maybe we're in quarantine, and no one is allowed to talk to us until we develop a world government that can speak for us with one voice. Whatever the case, it's starting to look like listening for radio is a dead end.

I never understood the infatuation with the idea that a world government would be anything but a horrible idea. Is it from people watching too much Star Trek or something? The history of the world is one long lesson AGAINST large centralized government power.

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"

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