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Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 167

by CastrTroy (#48039613) Attached to: Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?
Well, then they are pretty stupid, or have too much money. Who makes a $300 purchase (probably minimum for a Windows RT tablet) without first Googling to see what kind of experience other people have with the product. Even if they bought on on release day, there would still be reviews by various blogs that would have had access to the device before release. It would have been quite clear that the device only ran Windows RT and didn't run traditional desktop applications. I have a Windows RT Tablet (Surface 2), and I'm quite happy with my purchase. but then again, I didn't blindly pick up something off the shelf when I bought it and was completely aware of the abilities and limitations of the product I was buying.

Comment: Re:Steal? So the army no longer has the software? (Score 1) 44

by bzipitidoo (#48039575) Attached to: Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

Seeming isn't always correct, and espionage is not something I feel tolerant about. But is this really espionage, or is this trumped up military hysteria over well known information?

I know the military. They exaggerate. They would like to make everything, and I do mean everything, into a secret. There is no downside to doing so. If unsure about some information, the default is to stamp it as secret. Covers their asses that way. This includes basic facts of nature that are well known, stuff that is taught in high school science and math classes. They are total suckers for Security Through Obscurity. That this strangles cooperation and collaboration is less important to them because they don't get into as much trouble if a project fails than if a "secret" gets leaked.. At the same time, they demand that their collaborators have no secrets, and go so far as to enforce this by insisting that work be done on a military base, on computers belonging to the military, and that encryption can't be used anywhere on the hardware without lots of permission. That means of course that the contractors have to get security clearances and permission to be on the base. They also want to be in control, and despite not knowing what the heck they are doing, will periodically make off the wall demands to which the contractors can't easily say no. Can really hamstring a project, so much so that it makes the difference between success and failure. It's so bad that many refuse military funding because it comes with all sorts of unreasonable strings attached. Many years ago, OpenBSD spurned military funding, and I'm sure it was because of that sort of thing. I know universities have turned them down, knowing that the money would not make up for their interference.

Comment: Re:Vipers can turn just fine (Score 1) 205

by Lumpy (#48039289) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Yup driven one and raced one. My old pontiac Fiero when I had it utterly destroyed my buddy's 2005 viper at track days on the corners. (Note: I did have an LS engine in the back of mine.... that was a fun project for a winter)

A 1986 sporty looking commuter car utterly destroyed a 2005 "supercar" on a track. On the straights he owned me, but I owned him on the hairpins easily.

Comment: Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (Score 1) 404

by CastrTroy (#48039137) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
I'm not against sending people to Mars, but it seems like sending a bunch of people to Mars, with the current level of technology, having people on Mars does nothing for us. But technology moves fast. Maybe in another 50 years technology will have gotten to the point where sending people to Mars is actually a valid thing to consider. We could develop plenty of the technologies useful for sending people to Mars without actually sending them. Personally, I think the best chance is to send up a bunch of robots to get everything set up for us once we get there. It would be a waste to send the first people to Mars, only to have them die because something malfunctioned, when we could have just as easily sent the stuff up ahead of them and ensured it was working. Send up a few dogs and have them live for a couple years before you try it with people.

Comment: Big Deal.... (Score 1) 284

by Lumpy (#48039135) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Both of my AR's were obtained without a background check. I bought both from a private seller. 100% legal.
Honestly this is all mental masterbation. You can easily build an AK47 lower without a milling machine and just some hand tools and a old shovel.

In fact.... here you go....


The AR15 is not the best platform in the world, it's just popular. if you really want a gun that can take insane abuse and easily built with hand tools.... AK47 is the gun to build to be subversive..

Comment: Re:Drug charges (Score 1) 205

by drinkypoo (#48038967) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

We restrict access to certain drugs for (mostly) very good reasons.

All the evidence shows that this is nonsense, that you always cause more problems than you solve because you drive addiction underground and people wind up taking drugs of varying quality because of their illegal nature.

If you can explain to me the upside to society of someone having a cocaine or heroin addiction then I'll concede the point.

If prohibition prevented use, you would have a point.

Comment: Re:Government gun regulation is useless (Score 1) 284

by CastrTroy (#48038897) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
So you say that the Europeans have lots of guns, and yet aren't killing eachother. I would say from that it isn't because of gun control that there aren't as many gun homicides as the US, but rather some other cultural reason. As a Canadian, we are free to own guns, yet most people I know do not own guns. Those who do are people who use them for hunting. Nobody carries them around all the time or leaves them tucked under their bed in the case where they may have an intruder in their house. Even living in some pretty bad neighbourhoods, I never met anybody who did such a thing.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 3, Insightful) 284

by mrchaotica (#48038829) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

We have to make the laws that are reasonable to our time. The Constitution allowed slavery, for instance, and no vote for women.

Yeah, and when times changed it got amended. But the right to bear arms hasn't been amended, and until it does, it still stands as the law of the land that all arms are included.

Does it make sense now for individuals to buy and sell full-auto weapons? "Assault rifles"? Flamethrowers? Surface-to-air missles?

Absolutely! How else is the public supposed to support a revolt against tyranny? (That is what the 2nd Amendment is for, you know... it's a rule written by violent revolutionaries for violent revolutionaries.)

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik