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Comment: Re:It's crap (Score 1) 1261

by Nidi62 (#46770385) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

That might have been the case in 1791, when the strenght of an armed force was roughly proportional to the number of men with guns it had.

Today, if you would pit every civilian gun-owner in the US, with all their weapons, against the forces of a single aircraft carrier (one thenth of the aircraft carriers that the US government controls), the civilians would lose. Hellfire missiles beat automatic rifles every time.

Air power alone does not win wars. Tanks can take ground, but they cannot hold it. It takes infantry, boots on the ground, to do both of those things. A small group of infantry, properly prepared and led and on the proper ground, can hold out for a very long time against even a modern army. Look at Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. You don't even have to win the battles to win the war, or beat your enemy to defeat him. You just have to take away his will. You make the cost not worth the benefit.

Comment: Re:It's crap (Score 1) 1261

by Nidi62 (#46770305) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

What? Militias aren't some Libertarian fantasy force. Militias are what countries with limited resources used in lieu of a standing military. They're also all but obsolete in a world where military technology has advanced to the point that private citizens can't be expected to field their own effective arms

Uh, not quite. Even some of the best and wealthiest armies of the times used militias(English Empire, Prussia, etc). The idea was more to have a centralized, smaller, professional fighting force that, when called upon to fight in or defend an area could count on members of the local population to join the ranks and fight. This reduced the number of troops that needed to be trained, fed, housed, and paid, but still allowed a state to field a sufficiently large defensive force. Their record in offensive combat is atrocious, however in defensive situations militia can play a strong role, especially in long-term, low-intensity conflicts. They can be used in anything from guerrilla actions, to urban combat, or even in COIN operations alongside regular troops (my Master's thesis was about this). In urban combat-or at least, urban combat that seeks to do anything more than just simply leveling an entire city- military capabilities change drastically. Armored vehicles cannot safely navigate tight streets and air support is severely restricted if the city has a significant skyline. Soldiers still have to clear individual buildings, leaving them vulnerable even to arms available to (American)civilians such as shotguns and semiautomatic rifles. In places where fully automatic weapons are available to civilians militia have shown to be very effective against regular troops. But in any case, the definition of a militia since at least the 1700s was civilians who arm themselves with their own weapons and join the lines of regular troops. As carefully as the writers of the Constitution chose words, if they had meant anything else they would have chosen a word other than "militia".

And the fact is, if open conflict comes to American soil, militias (in function if not in name) would have to be utilized in some fashion due simply to the size of the country in terms of both landmass and population. Here, I think, is where your "libertarian fantasy force" comes into play, as I do not see large scale open conflict occurring on American soil as long as America remains a cohesive entity.

Comment: Re:old tech (Score 1) 159

by Nidi62 (#46750415) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

I collect WWI/WWII vintage guns. I have guns made as far back as 1923 even though a new AR is cheap, easy and available.

I have an Austrian Lorenz rifled musket that has been in my family since the Civil War. I win. But seriously, one gun I really want to add to my collection is an M1 Carbine made by either GM or IBM, because that's just plain cool, and one hell of a conversation starter.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 3, Insightful) 128

by Nidi62 (#46665101) Attached to: Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

I did not RTFA in depth but I am surprised that they did not have a mechanism to fix it remotely via updates of something.

Straight from the summary:

they are disabling the Nest Wave feature through automatic updates. Owners who don't have their Nest Protects connected to their WiFi net or don't have a Nest account are suggested to either update the device manually or return it to Nest for a full refund

Comment: Re:Checkin will not allow double seating (Score 4, Informative) 144

by Nidi62 (#46660609) Attached to: Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

Lately, when I checkin for a flight, the software in the ticket scanner checks to see if the seat has already been scanned. If it has, it'll beep, if not then it marks it as now allocated.

The gate agents also have access to electronic versions of the passenger manifest, and newer systems even display the names of passengers that are not yet checked in/on board/awaiting seat assignment next to a seatmap of the aircraft so they can be literally dragged and dropped to assign seats. If the boarding pass fails to scan, the first thing the gate agent will notice, either by looking at the list or manually typing in the passengers name, is that no one with that name is booked on the flight, either as a paying passenger or on standby. The name would have to match up with a person assigned to the flight, otherwise they will not let you on.

Comment: Re:But what did he end up flying on? Not that easy (Score 1) 144

by Nidi62 (#46660557) Attached to: Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

Of course there's also the non-rev standby category, but for that you need to fake an airline ID and uniform... and that's a lot more risky.

Non-rev standby doesn't work like that. You are thinking more of jump-seating for pilots and flight attendants, who must be in uniform and can just show up at a gate and get listed. Non-revs wear regular clothes and do not need to show ID at the gate, but when they check-in at the airport they need to have already made a reservation through their online company portal, or need to produce an airline ID to the ticket agent if they are booking the flight day of. But trying to fake either of those, especially jump-seating, is a good way to earn yourself a nice little vacation in federal prison.

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