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Comment Re:this is outrageous. (Score 1) 312 312

No shortages of goods yet, other than ammo, but most of the others are here. And five year plans wouldn't make sense here anyway because we have no one to catch up to.

The state is deeply embedded into all economic activity already. Pick a type of business at random and go see what permissions you need to seem before you can start, and what rules you must follow while operating.

Nearly all education is collectivized, as is nearly all medicine now. Your insurance may not be under Obamacare yet, but every doctor and clinic you go to has warped their practice and administration to comply with Obamacare and Medicare mandates.

The NSA knows everwhere you go and everyone you talk to. If they notice you, they can expand that to knowing what you talk about, secretly. They have dirt on everyone worth the effort. Parallel construction is an abomination against justice. Your local police are equipped and trained like soldiers.

People are routinely pushed out of work, even out of companies they founded, and out of polite society for saying things opposed to the party line. Someone out there tries to maintain a list, but it is hard to keep up now. Brendan Eich, Tim Hunt, James Watson, Donald Sterling. Martin O'Malley was just forced to supplicate himself publicly for failing to stick to the party script. Reporters are climbing over one another for a chance to demonize Trump for daring to utter hatefacts in public.

Just because we haven't yet reached the stage where we plunge ourselves into another dark age by slaughtering millions of productive and otherwise undesirables people (google: Kulak) doesn't mean that we aren't far down the road that leads there. Check the manifesto and see how many of the 10 planks are in place and which are in progress now.

Comment Re:"Automatic" Weapon? (Score 1) 312 312

Sorry, no.

Almost every AR-15 is "readily convertible" in the normal meaning of that term. Legally, "readily convertible" means the auto sear axis has already been drilled.

(I'm ignoring other conversion devices, like the lightning link and the DIAS, which are generally considered to be machine guns themselves, even in the absence of a host rifle.)

You literally drill one hole in your AR lower and it becomes a NFA gun, and you are guilty of a federal felony. You don't need to mill anything, you don't need to possess an auto-sear, you don't even need to possess any other parts, not even critical parts like the upper receiver, barrel, or hammer.

In the past, some manufacturers, out of an excess of caution, sold lowers with trigger group pockets lacking room for the auto-sear, bolt carriers neutered so they wouldn't be able to trip the sear, hammers without the second hook, selectors milled without the slot that allows the sear to catch, etc.

All of that is gone now. You buy an AR-15, and half the parts are probably surplus / production overruns that are exactly identical to the parts that go into a M4. Or you build your own and the lower parts kit might just be a surplus military M4 kit and include all the parts needed for full auto.

Because it is clear now that the hole, and only the hole, is the difference between a legal civilian AR-15 and a felony.

Comment Re:Existing Law (Score 1) 312 312

I'm not sure that there was any software involved here. I don't know if he's published any of the details, and if he has, I haven't read any of it. Without knowing anything else, my guess is that it was attached to a spare servo channel on his RC rig. That's how I would do it if I could afford another expensive hobby.

Hopefully his circuit requires positive reset and fire signals, meaning that it would only reset after going full-low and only fire after going full-high, so that a neutral signal (loss of radio reception) wouldn't cause either action.

Comment Re:Existing Law (Score 3, Informative) 312 312


Benchrest shooters use mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems to activate triggers all the time. As do gunsmiths when accurately zeroing a scope, or when test firing a gun of unknown safety.

What matters is that the gun not fire more than once per human action.

Comment Re:this is outrageous. (Score 1) 312 312

Are you going somewhere with this?

McCarthy was going after soviet agents. That he was going after mere lefties was fiction written by said soviet agents and piled on by their "useful idiots". (their term, not mine)

McCarthy has been very thoroughly vindicated, first by the Venona project that intercepted soviet communications, and then by the opening of the KGB files.

Claims otherwise are in the same category as claims that Columbus thought the world was flat.

Comment Re:Accuracy? (Score 1) 312 312

It takes up to several milliseconds* for the bullet to exit the barrel. During that time, the gas is pushing both the bullet and the firearm. Because of geometry, shortly after the bullet exits, the gas stops pushing on it, but it still acts on the barrel.

So, most of the recoil happens after the bullet has left, but not all of it.

* The time depends on a lot of factors, the length of the barrel and the burn rate of the propellant are obviously huge, but also less obvious factors like the headspace of the chamber, the geometry of the lede in a rifle or the forcing cone of a shotgun, the seating depth and load factor of the cartridge, etc.

Comment Scratching your head? (Score 4, Interesting) 107 107

Apparently someone was planning to fly across the English Channel today and they were stopped by someone planning to make a similar flight on Friday. One presumes that there is a reason why someone should care, but neither article says why. Reading between the lines, it appears that one or both of these battery powered planes is now certified for sale. Perhaps this is the first time you've been able to buy an electric plane with enough range to fly a round trip across the channel?

That isn't the big question. Oddly, neither of the articles answers the big question that all of slashdot is wondering about. The authors don't even seem to be aware that there is a question.

How the hell did the motor manufacturer prevent the flight?

Looks like the motor in question was a loaner, probably an engineering sample. The quoted letter directly demands that it be returned, presumably because the loan agreement allowed them to recall it at any time. I'd expect a different quote if it was an appeal to the aircraft licensing authority.

Comment policy (Score 3, Interesting) 251 251

You don't control the security policy of most things that you need to interact with.

You should be assuming that every single site that is not under your direct and personal control is doing the same thing. Even if they swear that they are not.

Every password that you give to a remote system should be a unique random password given only to that system and saved in your personal password safe.

The one exception is having a common password for things that you don't care about. The trick to taking advantage of the exception is making sure that you really, really don't care about any of the systems in that category, and never will.

Comment Re:what? (Score -1, Troll) 37 37

In case you missed it, my objection is to calling it a "round-the-world flight", when it is not.

I pretty much stopped reading these stories when I saw that they were landing several times along the way, which makes it a "round-the-world trip", which, while impressive, is not even remotely the same thing as a "round-the-world flight".

If they can stay up for 80 hours, they should be able to do a "round-the-world" flight too.

P.S. Are you 12?

Comment what? (Score -1) 37 37

"round-the-world flight"? Wake me when a solar plane actually does that.

I don't care about a plane making a series of relatively short flights under optimal conditions (daylight), and I don't see why anyone else does either.

This is no more a "round-the-world" flight than if they had taken off in Nevada and circled a rock in the desert from sunrise to sunset for a few days in a row.

Comment Re:Performance? (Score 1) 212 212

I don't know. I don't have that many users.

I can tell you that one of the filesystems I archive has lots of small-ish files in it. Like over 300,000 files averaging like 250kb each. The rsync takes a few seconds to scan everything. Lots of changes or changes to big files will slow things down during the copy.

Oh, a handy tip for running big Linux fileservers: have a minimum of 1 GB RAM per 1 TB of storage. No matter what you are doing with your server, you want lots of room for the stat cache. Even more if you are scanning regularly looking for changes.

As long as the system functions well as a file server, the versioning backend shouldn't hurt too much. A slow sync shouldn't interfere with normal usage, it just reduces the maximum scan frequency.

One small disadvantage to this system is that it has a window. Things can happen in that window that will never be seen. If you have one of the very rare cases where you absolutely need to catch every single change, you can't use this; you need to use COW.

For everyone else, this is a very good solution. And it is fun to set up. One more tip, think about your locks in advance, and pay attention to situations where it makes more sense to bail out entirely (and wait for the next pass) rather than waiting for the lock to clear.

Comment Re:Both sides of the coin? (Score 1) 256 256

Do you really expect people to ignore such valuable information?

How you dress, how you speak, what you name your kids - all things that plainly tell everyone around you, who you are.

Naming your kids has the added benefit of telling everyone that meets them who their parents are. It isn't racism to learn which names are best avoided, it is simply pattern recognition.

Comment Re: Demographics (Score 1) 256 256

Well, fortunately, both problems are solved. I direct your attention first to the question of why there are more black men in prison than you would think "fair" by their fraction of the population:


Next up, a quick look at hiring practices. Note that this one is earlier, and does not walk you quite so explicitly through the cutoff theory.


If you can handle the math, that site will open your eyes.

Any program which runs right is obsolete.