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Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 1) 197

by CanHasDIY (#48184069) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Where does the freedom to "say what I don't like" end and harassment begin?

That's for the law to decide. Don't be such a pussy that you can't handle some punk ass talking shit.

Besides, if the cops are going to show up either way, wouldn't the smart money be on you calling them rather than you being the idiot they're coming to arrest?

Comment: Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (Score 1) 197

by bmajik (#48183845) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

I figure that trolling is one of the reasons for the US's 1st amendment.

Speech that upsets somebody for some reason is the only kind that somebody is going to try and restrict.

If you're not upsetting somebody, you're doing life wrong.

The UK is a lost country. It's a shame.

Comment: Re:May I suggest RTFA? (Score 1) 204

by bmajik (#48183427) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Disclaimer: I have no Enfield experience.

It turns out that patent encumberance isn't the only thing that makes something difficult to make.

Many older weapon designs were optimized for low volume manufacturing by skilled machinists, and required hand fitting by gunsmiths and armorers. That made sense when human labor was cheap and skilled.

The Garand and M14 receivers, for instance, are very complicated to build. The 1911 is also a much loved design, but most 1911s are either built to loose tolerances or require custom, per-example fitting.

Comparatively, the AKM receiver is bent sheet metal. Any workshop that can do basic metal work can build an AKM; the barrel is the only specialized part.

The M4/AR15/M16/AR10 family of receivers were designed post-aerospace industry, and are made to be mass produced by machining down aluminum forgings. I know multiple people who have completed their own AR15 receivers on CNC equipment.

The SIG handguns manufactured in the USA are taken from billet to serial number in a single machining center; no operator intervention required.

It turns out that it can be very difficult to re-create old things. Often, the original tooling is missing. The techniques used may no longer be taught nor widely practiced.

Comparatively, building a modern mass produced firearm is a matter of having the right CAD files.

Comment: Re:Sugar only - not diet (Score 1) 236

by Overzeetop (#48183229) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

And, interestingly, HFSC and Cane Sugar (Sucrose), differ by only 10% in the respective fructose and glucose mix. I suspect it wouldn't have mattered, otherwise they would have warned of the (nonexistnt) devastating effect of apple juice (90% Fructose/10%glucose) or pear juice (70%fructose/30%sucrose) or the use of honey (53% fructose) in sweetening your afternoon tea.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 1) 236

by Overzeetop (#48183211) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

HFCS is (depending on the grade) generall 55% fructose / 42(ish)% glucose, and some small amounts of other sugars. Corn is the donor plant.

In comparison, Apple sugars are 90% fructose and Pears are 70% fructose, way above HF corn syrup sugars. Honey is about 53% (very, very close). None of those appear to be in the "oh my God we're gonna die" list for worrying that you're brain doesn't realize it's full yet.

It's worth noting that corn starch is coverted to HFCS using hydrochloric acid (the same acid found in the human stomach), followed by a water washing, followed by an enzymatic conversion of dextrose (similar to the same process which is used in baking bread, where enzymes convert starch to simple sugars like fructose to be used by the yeast in the fermentation process), followed by water washing and distillation. It's the same process used for countless "all natural" products which we have consumed for thousands of years, but done more precisely and on a much larger scale.

It will still make you fat if you eat too much of it, but it's not magical and doesn't have some insurmountable effect on the brain. No more than a good steak, a loaf of awesome fresh bread, or a decadent wedge cheese. You'll eat way more of all of those than you need before your brain tells you you're full.

Comment: Re:The essence of enterprise (Score 1) 140

by drinkypoo (#48182493) Attached to: Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Or it can be employed within a business between teams but only if there is no possibility of their influencing the other team's success, because you should want both teams to succeed.

What I want in this hypothetical scenario is to have the best possible product, and if there are two competing means of achieving the goal I might well choose to explore both of them. And the two ideas are competing, so no matter how much pretty language you dress the idea up in, the two teams will be competing. The important thing is to not see a lack of selection as failure, but as an exploration of an idea which didn't pan out but about which you now have more information. Either you'll have an idea of a scenario where it does make sense, or you'll know why it doesn't make sense and you won't waste time exploring it more completely — perhaps in a finished product which would suffer for it.

Or, maybe it wouldn't make sense to divide your resources like that. It'll depend on your situation. But that's a better use of employees you'll need again one day than firing them and hoping you'll be able to replace them with another unit.

Comment: Troll? Trololol. (Score 1) 103

by drinkypoo (#48182481) Attached to: BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

I know I'm cutting too close to the bone when someone becomes so incensed by what I am saying that they must mod me down for it. I believe both parts of my comment. If you want to claim I went offtopic, so be it, but I was also clearly on topic.

Or in summary: To the moderator: waaaaaaaah

Comment: Comments do not work like that (Score 0) 103

by drinkypoo (#48180087) Attached to: BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

Please, please, please, don't start your comment in the subject. That's not what it's for. It's seriously fucking annoying. Netiquette, it's not just for USENET anymore. And it never was.

The system did not work like that ALl of us born ebfore google remember it. Just because google come and suddenly nothing is forgotten, does not mean it is a good thing.

The system does work like that. When an action becomes acknowledged as commonplace in society, the next generation discriminates against it less. Alternately, a problem which is hidden rather than being pointed out is never fixed. Example, selective enforcement, which shields the wealthy (who buy laws) from the results of bad laws.

Comment: Re:Android (Score 1) 72

by drinkypoo (#48180047) Attached to: Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

Right because rooting android and editing a text file

which text file? if I use reasonable search terms, even including OTG, I just get a bunch of bullshit about MTP.

or simply spending $4

why should I spend money for functionality I can get for free?

is so much easier than installing CM.

how difficult do you imagine this is?

What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev