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Comment: Already legally settled (Score 4, Interesting) 404

by Foldarn (#43234511) Attached to: Digging Into the Legal Status of 3-D Printed Guns
It's already legally settled. You CAN manufacture your own firearms provided it does not run afoul of NFA. You do not need an FFL for this. You cannot transfer the firearm to another person, but it is 100% legal to make a firearm for yourself. Where does a semi-automatic weapon even come into play here? Subby is very uninformed on firearms laws. There are no questions as to whether an FFL allows someone to teach another how to manufacture firearms. All it does is allows you to buy and sell firearms as a business. Terrible article description.

Comment: Rifle + Tannerite (Score 1) 1016

by Foldarn (#37565800) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?
Tannerite is a binary explosive available over the internet. Get yourself a decent rifle (even if you have to borrow it) and set the hard drive on top of a bottle of tannerite. Get back to 200 yards and fire away. Won't have a hard drive left AND you'll have had a great afternoon. For best results, remove the hard drive lid before ya do.

+ - Utah works to repeal anti-transparency law->

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Foldarn writes "Recently on Slashdot, Utah's Governor was honored with the Blackhole Award. Governor Herbert has now released a statement and a meeting with a concrete date to repeal the opaque law from the books in an effort to stay in offi... err, restore confidence in the public. The law added time for lawmakers to respond to information requests, removed the number of items that can be requested, and increased the prices of those same items. It's currently scheduled to become law this summer."
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+ - Federal government censors critics online->

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Foldarn (1152051) writes "Per Say Uncle, it looks like the Department of Justice has mandated that a particular website be censored. The website in question is CleanUp ATF and is, for now at least, inaccessible through any government networks. What is 'Clean Up ATF' guilty of? It seems they're overly critical of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, a division of the Treasury Department. Among the claims of CUATF are allegations of corruption, incompetence, and they apparently they don't sport a very good track record, indicating 400 complaints with only 5000 employees. However, you aren't allowed to know that if you work for the government."
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Comment: No better tools... (Score 1) 235

by Foldarn (#31433550) Attached to: Digitizing and Geocoding Old Maps?
Extremely expensive, but extremely good. As a Topographic Intel Analyst in the US Marines (our job was called Topo by us), we georeferenced images a LOT. The best tool by far is ERDAS Imagine. It's best to have source maps that are already georectified, but it's not necessary. Another tool that MAY be able to take care of this is ArcInfo. It's also an expensive suite of programs, but it also works well. As far as a service that can get the images scanned for you, you may be able to contact an architect. They frequently have large (36"-48") scanners used to scan old blueprints so they can digitize them. Buying the equipment yourself is probably cost prohibitive.

Comment: Re:Issues I've had. (Score 1) 410

by Foldarn (#30344248) Attached to: Multiple-Display Power Tools For Linux?
Going to be honest, never touched Vista unless I had to and I haven't yet touched Windows 7. I want to be able to do anything I want to with my OS, so WinXP was the last M$ OS I'll buy. With WindowsXP, multi-monitor support on multiple graphics cards works simply and reliably. In Linux, it works 'ok', but sometimes to get a good multi-monitor setup, it involves writing scrips to use 'xrandr' during boot up. That doesn't keep me from using Linux, far from it, but Windows does do multi-monitor support better. As stated before, I only have Windows anecdotal evidence up to WinXP.

Comment: Re:Issues I've had. (Score 2, Informative) 410

by Foldarn (#30341582) Attached to: Multiple-Display Power Tools For Linux?
That's incorrect. I'm a huge Linux fan, but Windows has the multi-monitor down pat. Even when cards are from different MFGRs. Intel on-board + an NVidia card will display just fine. Windows will see all of them and display all of them. In Linux, on my laptop, gnome displays them just fine, but they're the same card of course.

Comment: Re:then what do they actually use? (Score 1) 260

by Foldarn (#28823833) Attached to: Facebook Lets Advertisers Use Pictures Without Permission
Honestly, it sounds like an ad that I got recently to use as an example. I'm a Fmr. Marine, so obviously I talk to a lot of my Marine buddies a lot and I'm in a few USMC groups. I do see USMC Advertisements on the site, so I have no doubt they datamined that information. Doesn't matter to me if they do it, but to each their own.

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