Watching it happen at a utility local to me, they did a big project upgrading their Oracle Customer Care and Billing system last year, and implementing a matching meter data management product, now they have a new Board of Directors and will be converting both software systems to new solutions, while at the same time reducing their IT staff by 20%, with a lot of outsourcing (some of their stuff was already outsourced with contractors/consultants working on site to manage systems and databases). Knowing some of the comparative utility companies that the accounting firm used as a baseline for the headcount and software recommendations, I'm expecting some major issues in a couple of years.
WolfWalker545 writes "Police chasing a carjacked Mercedes reported shots being fired, at some point the suspects managed to steal a Massachusetts State Police SUV, chase involved reported explosions and automatic weapons fire. One suspect was injured and has been reportedly linked to the Boston Marathon Bombing, manhunt in progress for the second suspect."
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The current Federal laws on manufacture of firearms concentrate on commercial production, using an expansion of Federal powers over commerce that was started in the 1930's by claiming the power to "regulate commerce between the states" meant that if an action had ANY impact on interstate commerce, Congress could regulate it, even to the point of restricting how much wheat a farmer could grow for his own use because by growing it for his own use, because if he wasn't growing his own, he'd have to buy it from interstate commerce. Congress hasn't gone THAT far in regulating firearm manufacture, but they do require Federal licensing and tax payments for any firearm manufactured for sale or on behalf of someone else, and that any firearms someone makes for themselves must comply with the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968, except personally manufactured firearms are not required to have a serial number or manufacturer's identifying information. Trying to restrict the home manufacture of firearms would likely lead to a successful Supreme Court challenge based on the Second Amendment, much as many of the newly passed or proposed laws governing magazine capacity are likely to fail Supreme Court challenge.
Tools/equipment I use regularly: Phillips head screwdriver Flathead screwdriver Ratcheting screwdriver with multiple bits Small socket set (1/4") Flashlight Antistatic mat and wrist strap Server lift (especially for getting servers racked in tight spaces or up high) Appropriate cables for console connections Ethernet tester Fibre tester Label maker
How much do you think writers make compared to the time they spend writing? Especially for something that has a limited shelf life like a technical manual?
It's VERY clear that making a firearm for personal use, as long as it is not a type of firearm regulated under the National Firearms Act of 1934, is perfectly, 100% legal under Federal law, there may be state restrictions. There is an entire small industry around what are called "80% receivers", a receiver blank that has had less than 80% of the machining operations performed to produce the final, working receiver is not considered a firearm under Federal law and can be sold without restriction, people buy the 80% receiver blanks and perform the final operations to produce the working firearm (for US law purposes, the receiver is the part that normally has a serial number and, if commercially manufactured, must be manufactured by a licensed manufacturer and distributed through a licensed dealer, all other parts can be bought and sold without any paperwork) at home using a mill, a drill press, or if particularly masochistic, hand tools (for an AR-15 receiver, some types of receivers, including for an AK-47 pattern rifle, are folded and welded sheet metal). A firearm built for personal uses doesn't even require a serial number, although the BATFE highly recommends it, if nothing else to avoid problems with local law enforcement who might confuse a firearm that has never had a serial number, which is legal for one built for personal use, with one that has had the serial number altered, which is a crime. For NFA firearms, other than machineguns (new manufacture of machineguns for civilian use has been prohibited since 1986), a person just needs to go through the process of obtaining a Federal tax stamp (background check, local law enforcement sign off if not incorporated, payment), which currently takes about six months, before starting manufacture. NFA firearms include rifles with a barrel shorter than 16", shotguns with a barrel shorter than 18", silencers/suppressors, firearms that do not look like firearms, machineguns, and firearms such as a shotgun-pistol (short-barreled shotgun with rear pistol grip instead of a stock), these firearms require a serial number and identifying manufacturer information, if an existing commercially manufactured firearm is converted to an NFA firearm, a second set of manufacturing information and serial numbers gets added.
Do it all the time (although I now have an FFL, it's for curios and relics only and not for dealing firearms). I've built three AR-15s up from bare lower receivers, one I bought a kit that included the complete upper, the other two I bought all of the upper components individually and mounted the barrels and rails myself, I've also installed them for other people.
The easiest repeating firearm to make is an open-bolt submachinegun. Both the Sten gun and the Uzi were designed for ease of manufacture in any small machine shop or even bicycle shop, the MAC-10 is probably even easier than an Uzi since it's just folded sheet metal. The plans are readily available online for any of these.
Probably the Happy Land social club fire in 1990 that killed 87 people, all because a man had a fight with his girlfriend.
The majority of the injuries were probably with the shotgun he used initially, the rifle jammed, which was most likely early on because those drum magazines are most unreliable when fully loaded. He then switched to pistols.
I'm sure the publisher I know will be glad to know that her company has no overhead when it comes to ebooks, that it's all pure profit... Oh, wait, you completely ignored the very real arguments put forth by the previous poster and instead introduced your own straw arguments... You don't think Amazon, B&N, Apple, etc don't charge for hosting?
In my divorce, I kept the domain name that I was the primary user on, I gave my ex the information necessary to transfer her domain name to herself. Email, she set up her own account and told me to delete the one that was tied to the home ISP. The only online account we both used was for purchasing ebooks, I have not removed her access to that, although she says she hasn't used it for a while because her roommates have their own account and maintain local copies on their home servers she can easily access. Any documents she needs (such as copies of old tax returns) are forwarded to her on request. I'm presuming she copied anything she intended to keep off of the home backup servers as she has not felt the need to ask for any of those files (early drafts of some of her writing, story ideas, etc). Technically, anything she left in my house after a certain date was forfeit, but I don't have to be a prick about it, I'll accommodate reasonable requests, but I also won't feel bad if I'm cleaning up and dispose of something that had been hers and she later tries to ask for it.
Yeah, I guess those operations off the USS Tarawa and USS Nassau during Desert Shield and Desert Storm weren't combat (note, the Tarawa and Nassau are amphibious assault ships, they can support VTOL airplanes and helicopters but not conventional carrier aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet), operations off the Nassau and Kearsage during Bosnia, and operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq in the current wars. During the Iraq invasion, forward arming/refueling points were established for the Harriers, allowing for more combat operations without requiring a full airbase. Of course, McPeak was Air Force (and not particularly popular there), so his knowledge of Marine operations is likely limited, and his impartiality is in question since Marine aviation competes with the Air Force for the close air support role.
We have completely different legal controls over what government can do and a MUCH larger infrastructure to deal with. Attempting to cut off Internet service in the US would result in entire armies of lawyers descending on every Federal courthouse within range, with Congress equally intent on shutting down the attempt to preserve their own jobs. The US economy (what's left of it) would come to a screeching halt, since even private corporate links frequently travel through the same trunk facilities as user-based traffic. I know the Obama administration is asking for the power to shut down the Internet in an emergency, but the GOP-dominated House of Representatives isn't exactly likely to cooperate with him on the issue...
No, being professional means knowing that the customer ultimately makes the final call. You can advise them until your face turns blue, but ultimately, they get to decide what they're going to do. I've worked many long hours and torn out lots of hair over situations where upper management ignored my team's advice and it bit us, but that's the breaks. Don't like it, run your own company using your own hardware and you can make the rules how you like. If you're administering somebody else's hardware, the administrative passwords belong to them. Terry Childs wasn't being professional, he was letting his ego get in the way of professionalism. He was so proud of his network design that he copyrighted it. He didn't trust his management not to screw up his baby, he was on call 24x7x365, nobody else had access. That's not professionalism. Professionalism is recognizing that redundancy is good and single points of failure are bad - including the administrator. If the current passwords go in a sealed envelope in the administrative assistant's safe every month, at least that way the company or department has a possibility of bringing someone in if you get hit by a bus or win the lottery and quit suddenly (and I HAVE, in the past six months, taken over a SAN where the totality of the turnover from the outgoing administrator was a list of switches, arrays, and storage controllers and the usernames/passwords to control them, ZERO documentation, with equipment I'd never worked with before, he turned in his notice on Monday of Thanksgiving week just before going on vacation for the remainder of the week, so there was one week for him to turn over all of his projects and environments he was working on to multiple groups). My boss isn't a system or storage administrator - but he has the required passwords to get in, even if it means he has to call a consulting company to come in and handle things until I'm replaced. I'm not afraid of losing my job - I bring needed skills to the job, I do quality work, I get along with my team members, and I also get along with the client management and they have confidence in my abilities. I've been with the same team less than a year and my contributions have allowed us to go from purely managing the operating systems for the client to managing the OS's, the hardware (including partitioning and virtualization), and the SAN, increasing the contract value.