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Comment: Re:Skunk Works (Score 1) 165

by Wes Janson (#26978971) Attached to: Cold-War Era Naval Vessels Up For Grabs
Except that it wasn't built to go in harm's way, it was built as a proof-of-concept test vessel. Personally, I suspect his theory about the Navy losing interest due to prestige/promotion opportunities was quite possibly accurate. It's very hard to imagine the Navy ditching the traditional surface fleet configuration in favor of ugly, stealthy missile boats with tiny crews.
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Don't Like EULAs? Get Your Cat To Agree To Them 874

Posted by timothy
from the my-cat-toy-is-a-model-m dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Anne Loucks built a device which, when her cat steps on it, can click the 'I Agree' button of a EULA. Who knows what the lawyers will make of this sort of madness. Can a cat make a legal agreement? Does it need to be of legal age? She lures the cat onto the device, and the cat steps on it of its own free will. Anyway, folks who hate EULAs now have another tool to make the lawyers freak out."

Comment: Cylons... (Score 1) 403

by Wes Janson (#26883445) Attached to: Spiraling Skyscraper Farms For a Future Manhattan
This building is very obviously the product of Cylon technology. Compare it to pictures of Cylon Basestars, and the resemblance is undeniable.

It all makes sense now...Gaeta is the 7th Cylon, and this is just an example of his architectural ideas in action-"lots of stairways!" All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again...

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 1235

by Wes Janson (#26617647) Attached to: New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"
Well thank you for the disclaimer, seeing as virtually everything you posted is incorrect.

In the United States, various items fall under the National Firearms Act, and are considered to be NFA items subject to registration by the ATF. These include suppressors, machineguns, destructive devices, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, and Any Other Weapons (pen guns and small shotguns, mostly). "Class III" is an incorrect term, actually referring to the type of license that's held by the dealer selling the items. There is no such thing as an individual "Class III license" to buy and own NFA items-you simply must pay $200 every time an NFA item changes hands. Armor-piercing ammunition is regulated seperately, and high-capacity magazines aren't regulated at all on a federal level.

As far as purchasing goes, the process basically involves filling out a couple of federal forms, submitting a $200 check to the ATF, and waiting a month or two for approval to come back. In some areas police chiefs will sign off on NFA items, but most people simply elect to form a corporation or living trust, and buy them in the name of the legal entity (thus avoiding the need for a law enforcement signoff). Silencers/suppressors (despite what the pedantic say, the terms are interchangeable) generally run from about $300 up to $1000, with a very few specialized rifle suppressors running past $2000. Overall, the process is fairly simple to complete, and anyone with a clean background who lives in a state that allows silencers can purchase one pretty easily.

Presently, there are tens upon tens of thousands of legally owned silencers in the United States, owned and enjoyed by firearms enthusiasts and sportsmen across the country.

Comment: Re:Funny, then not so much... (Score 3, Informative) 298

by Wes Janson (#26602409) Attached to: "Nuclear Archaeology" Inspires Replica of Hiroshima's Little Boy
It's only unsettling to those who are uneducated in the subject. Anyone with a passing knowledge of nuclear weapons can tell you why this is completely irrelevant from a security perspective. And anyone who pays real attention can tell you what you should really be worrying about.

Unfortunately, the percentage of Americans who have even that passing familiarity with nuclear weapons is probably no greater than 2 or 3 percent. Which means 97-98% of the population is going to react out of fear, uncertainty, and doubt in anything related to the matter.

Comment: Re:Legitimate, if disturbing to some (Score 1) 461

by Wes Janson (#26539147) Attached to: Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App
The catch is, this is something much more useful to civilian/recreational shooters than law enforcement or military. Despite what some training programs may focus on, for the most part LE snipers are engaging at no more than one or two hundred yards. And I just don't see a serious military use for an iPod.

But on the civilian side, we've got a product that's potentially quite useful..except that it comes pre-loaded with utterly useless profiles. There's a tiny, vanishingly small number of SR-25s in private hands, and precisely zero KAC PDWs. And the SR16 with a 14.5" bbl is an SBR, which again means virtually no one owns one. KAC would be much better off if they included profiles of the more popular .223/.308/.300WM/.338LM/.50BMG loading and barrel lengths.

Comment: Re:Ballistics calculator on a rifle (Score 1) 461

by Wes Janson (#26538961) Attached to: Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App
The article didn't mention the availability of the mounting hardware. It attaches an iPod Touch mounted in an Otterbox protective case to a side-mounted picatinny rail. That seems much more handy in combat situations than digging an iPod out of one's pocket. This is what makes it not just another ballistics app for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Mounting it on the rifle could be a big deal in certain situations, and lots of rifles can be fitted with picatinny rails on the side.

While I have a lot of respect for KAC, I'm not so sure that a rail-mounted iPod is such a great idea. Even though the user seeks to protect their rifle from damage, in reality stuff gets beat to shit. iPods, while admirably sturdy, just aren't ruggedized for that kind of environment, even in an Otterbox. I Am Not A Long Distance Shooter, but for ballistic applications it's pretty hard to beat something simple like this: The idea that someone is going to be mounting and dismounting an iPod from a number of different rifles is rather unlikely, and giving it ballistic data for the KAC PDW is simply ludicrous-it's a very short range defense weapon, not even remotely close to being a precision rig.

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