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Comment: Re:They still sell those? (Score 1) 105 105

My house has the original opener that isn't rolling, it was built in 1983. Rolling code technology came out in 1993 [wikipedia.org], which really isn't that long ago considering how often you need to replace them.

Similar situation here. I have a side-by-side garage with two separate early-1980s openers manufactured by Overhead Door Company. Each opener came with two one-button remotes.

One of the openers was damaged in 1994 (a roofing contractor backed into the door with his truck), so we ended up with the old fixed-code opener on the left door and a new rolling-code opener (also by Overhead Door) on the right. The new opener came with a pair of three-button remotes. Two buttons are strictly for rolling-code openers, but the third button can do both fixed- and rolling-code. Now, I can open both doors with one remote. Very handy.

Anyway, the point is that some of these openers can last a long time. Like your opener, my remaining fixed-code example is verging on 33 or 34 years old. Considering how often it's opened and closed, it sometimes surprises me how it continues to operate so smoothly.

Comment: Re:Yo dawg, I heard you like keychains... (Score 1) 278 278

I also use a mini-carabiner to hold two keychains together. One is home-related and has a car key/alarm fob, house keys, gun safe key, and safe deposit box key. The other is work-related and has a truck key, office keys, gun safe key, firearm trigger lock keys, Leatherman Micra multi-tool, and an Inova LED squeeze light.

Depending on where I'm going, I unclip them and leave one or the other in the gun safe.

As for other stuff that I carry... Just the usual things like a wallet, cell phone, and a Leatherman multi-tool. On the job, I sometimes also have to carry a satellite phone, GPS, a shotgun, and various other tools.

Comment: Re:I Have Plans Now (Score 1) 222 222

I had pretty much the same experience that you did. I was 14 and was a big PKD fan, so I dragged half a dozen friends down to see it. I recall that one of the other choices at the theatre was a sword-and-sorcery movie; might have been Conan or Beastmaster or somesuch. We were conflicted about which to choose (because barbarian movies usually had babes in chain-link bikinis), but I convinced everybody to see Blade Runner.

Luckily, most of my friends were high-minded enough to recognize and appreciate the film noir aspects of it. The grittiness was a stark contrast to, as you said, the "clean futures" that most science fiction movies portrayed.

The one negative influence that I noticed from Blade Runner is that it influenced the production of a lot of low budget,"neo-noir" movies set in dystopian future settings. The entire decade of the '80s was rife with them. On the other hand, it also influenced many decent movies like 12 Monkeys and even The Dark Knight Rises. You win some, you lose some. :)

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 334 334

If you have "unfailing reliability" why change it? It's a weapon not a computer.

The reliability of the Lee-Enfield is not the issue. Rather, according to TFA, they've run out of spare parts to maintain/repair them.

Therefore, they're looking for a modern, off-the-shelf, firearm with similar reliability, accuracy, and stopping power to replace them.

Comment: Re: The problem with double standards. (Score 2) 292 292

Shit with these kind of stories, even the experts aren't allowed to be experts!

Well, it turns out that she isn't an expert in animal behaviour. Her specialty is zooarchaeology which is mostly concerned with how ancient people utilized animals in their cultural and dietary practices. (Disclosure: I'm an archaeologist who works on Vancouver Island where Dr. Crockford is located (University of Victoria). We hire people like Dr. Crockford to carry out studies like this for us.)

Meanwhile, she does appear to be connected to the Heartland Institute. There are lots of references to this via Google, Bing, etc. (Example: http://www.desmogblog.com/heartland-payments-university-victoria-professor-susan-crockford-probed).

There are also examples of her denialist stance from the Heartland Institute's own website (Example: http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2012/09/17/polar-bears-successfully-adapt-climate-change-scientist-says). A search of Heartland's site finds that she's quoted or cited on several of their pages, actually (http://policybot.enginez.com/results.engz?uq=crockford).

Comment: Re: Hard to believe (Score 2) 804 804

It's like comparing Kraft Mac & Chesse to your own homemade. Sure, making your own is less expensive and has more options for upgrades (bacon)... but Kraft is much more convenient if you don't want to sweat the details, has a nice box & packaged look, and a taste you cannot fully replicate on your own.

Also, something that do-it-yourself PC builders always overlook is the warranty, phone support, documentation, etc. that comes with a manufactured product (like a Mac Pro).

Those kinds of things are not free, obviously, but are almost never taken into account.

Comment: Re:no you just have lots and lots of stabbings and (Score 1) 894 894

Maybe the GGP was referring to this news article which, coincidentally, was in my local newspaper, yesterday:
Leesburg Restaurant Gives Discount to Gun-Toting Customers

From the article:

"You're not going to hunt for your dinner," said Leesburg resident Anne Meyers. "So I don't know why you'd need a gun in a restaurant."

Lessburg Police Chief Joseph Price agrees, especially since Crosswhite's restaurant serves beer and wine .

"No, sir, I don't plan to go [to the restaurant]," he said, "and having carried a firearm for better part of my adult life, I clearly know alcohol and firearms do not mix."

Comment: Re: NOT posted as AC. (Score 2) 603 603

Is that a new kind of shaver?

I think that he's referring to the Remington Model 7600 pump-action rifle. It was called the Model 760 until 1981.

This model is very popular because it can be stored in the relatively safe Condition 3 (hammer down, full magazine, empty chamber), yet brought to Condition 0 (ready to fire) with one pump.

On the other hand, I think that guards at the kind of checkpoint that the AFGE (the TSA employees' union) envisions would be using auto/semi-auto carbines or SMGs, instead of a rifle more suited to deer-hunting.

Comment: Re:should slashdot be asking if the U.S. should bo (Score 1) 659 659

It's not about taking sides or figuring out who's right or wrong in the spat or what the outcome for me personally would be, and I'm sure as hell not a cop, but I just have to stop it. Even if it means violence.

The likely outcome is that you rush in to try to stop it and get a steak knife rammed into your guts for your trouble.

That's why the police always say that one should let the police handle matters like this.

Comment: Re:japan is a fascist nation that was spared (Score 1) 159 159

But anyways I don't think bringing up internment camps is a prudent thing to do in the greater context of things.

Why not? My intention was to show that wartime propaganda from both sides was used to justify various actions. I exemplified it with events that occurred in Japan and in North America. Also, I think it's safe to say that propaganda was even more important to the war efforts of certain European nations at that time.

Unfortunately, some people seem to be keying on the example used and ignoring the reason why I used the example in the first place.

The original topic was obscured, and it seems that we're now just trying to corner people in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" dilemma. Frankly, I don't know if the new topic is truly of overriding importance to the person concerned (for example, he had a relative who were prisoners of war in WW2 Japan, or had relatives in an occupied area), or if it's just a case of faux outrage.

Comment: Re:japan is a fascist nation that was spared (Score 1) 159 159

I should clarify...

I mentioned in an earlier post that Japanese citizens were under the sway of wartime propaganda. As I also mentioned, demonization of the enemy was de rigueur. Some of that had to do with the fear (instilled by the military) that white men were amoral savages, but also from the notion that almost all non-Japanese were sub-human. That probably explains the dehumanizing treatment inflicted on prisoners of war and on the citizens of nations that Imperial Japan invaded .

Assuming that I was a Japanese citizen around at that time, I would probably have agreed with that policy. Not doing so meant imprisonment and the infliction of that same dehumanizing treatment on one's own person. It would be nice to think that conscientious citizens would rise up and protest, but the truth is that the majority of people would be looking after their own hides. It's a cliche, but we are products of our times and surroundings.

Today, we look back and say that the treatment by the Japanese Army of prisoners of war and citizens of occupied areas was exceptionally brutal. Would I want to be treated in that fashion? No, obviously not. Would I prefer internment In Canada over imprisonment in a wartime Japanese POW camp? I truly do not know. After losing half of my existing family during and immediately after internment, it doesn't seem like either option was particularly savoury.

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