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Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 566

by amxcoder (#48639319) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Now start cleaning that gun and the picture changes.

I don't know how you think guns are cleaned, but when I clean guns, they are less of a danger than normal, as they are usually dis-assembled and non-functional during cleaning. If you don't take a gun apart in order to clean it, then your not cleaning it properly. Taken apart, a gun won't work at all.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 566

by amxcoder (#48639293) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

So, is the reaction from gun rights activists/NRA on smart guns as a whole.

Is that why to this date, NO police department or military organization in the US and around the world have adopted the standard use of these types of firearms? Because of gun rights activists and the NRA? I think there is more to the story than you are willing to admit, and it's called "reliability".

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 2) 566

by amxcoder (#48639201) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

My biggest gripe with gun law conversations in the US is that the discussion never can have a middle ground. Gun law advocates never admit to the 2nd amendment while gun rights advocates never admit to sane policy. So, when there is a technology that may make guns safer or better, it gets muddied by talking point vomit.

There is no middle ground because the phrase "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" is pretty damn clear. Any middle ground between anti-gun laws is an infringment, plain and simple.

Not to mention that it is this "middle ground" you speak of that has gotten us where we are today...

Living in California, I can't get a CCW in my county even though I have a squeeky clean record, the reason is because it's treated as a privelige rather than a right, and the Sheriff does not issue in most of the counties in my surrounding area.

Living in CA, I cannot buy any model of gun available for purchase, I have to pick from the guns on the "Approved Roster" (which is a small subset of guns available in other states, and shrinking each year).

Living in CA, I cannot own standard capacity magazines that were designed for the gun, and can only buy more expensive, low capacity magazines. Living in CA, I cannot own a semi-automatic rifle that isn't permanently modified to require the use of tools to change the magazine out and reload.

Living in CA, I cannot buy another gun without waiting 10 days first (even if I already own other guns already).

Living in some counties in CA, you cannot mail order ammo from distributors and can only purchase at full retail value (or marked up higher due to the fact that there is less pricing competition.)

This is what the middle ground gets you. Once one law is passed that isn't a "big deal" and is only for safety, it is only a matter of time until another is passed, and another, until you are in the situation that we are in here in CA, and other states like NY. The "middle ground" argument is a constantly moving target that moves more toward gun banning with each law. It's the loss of a right by a thousand cuts, and it all started with gun owners giving in and meeting in the "middle ground".

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 566

by amxcoder (#48639109) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
Stupid things you do while intoxicated are still things you have to suffer consequences for. You don't get a free pass just because your intoxicated and "didn't know better". The example you just mentioned even said the real homeowner warned the person verbally several times. I'm sure if the guy wasn't drunk, he a) would have known his house from someone elses... and b) would have understood and heeded the warnings given to him by the real homeowner as he was breaking into what he thought was his own house.

Comment: Re:Ignorance of the law is no excuse. (Score 1) 440

by amxcoder (#48614357) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
Exactly this... Our judicial system started going down hill once we started using the system we call "case law", in which each judicial decision is put into the books and used as an argument for all the next cases down the road. This creates a wavering, or gentle slope away from the actual "Spirit of the Law" that was originally put forth in all aspects.

Comment: Re:Presidential Oath of Office - how quaint (Score 1) 440

by amxcoder (#48613731) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
Yes, you can deport the illegal parent(s), and if they want to break up their family and leave their "citizen" children behind, then that is THEIR decision and the moral decision will rest then on the children's parents rather than the state. They would have the chance to take their children (and/or spouse) with them when they go, or not, it's up to them. This is something that they should have thought about prior to illegally entering the country, and therefore the is a price to have to pay for breaking the law.

Quit trying to put the moral delima in "our" lap as a country and instead put it where it belongs.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by amxcoder (#48611433) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
And why should we dump our money (which we have none of at the moment) into another countries infrastructure, when that country is run by corrupt government officials that are in collusion with drug cartels and organized crime?

Maybe, just maybe... they should get their own "act together" to better the people that live there.

Comment: Re:Hope he doesn't lose power (Score 1) 56

by amxcoder (#48602943) Attached to: Raspberry Pi In Space
I've had a couple Pi's also exhibit FS corruption on power loss as well. Not everytime, but each time you pull the power plug it's a roll of the dice. I was using them running RaspBMC OS and XBMC on top of them for media servers and I've seen them corrupt several times. Each time, there was no booting afterwards, would fail on boot and require a reflash of the SD card in order to get them back up and running.

Comment: Re:$1000 Flashlights? (Score 2) 191

by amxcoder (#48527653) Attached to: Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police
Not sure what kind they are, but they might look something like this: (price $900) http://www.foxfury.com/product...

I've seen many tactical and weapon light systems in the big sporting good stores going for anywhere between $200-$500. I'm sure the military could find a way to pay twice that on dang flashlight somehow.

They may also be using non-standard UV or IR flashlights too, those seem to cost a lot for some reason as well.

Comment: Re:Mod the parent up! (Score 3, Interesting) 329

by amxcoder (#48486037) Attached to: Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber
Bull Crap! I don't taxi much, but I have on occassion when on vacation, and I don't think I've ever had a taxi ride under $15.

Let's see, I took a cab from my house to SF once, a total of about 12 miles and the ride cost me about $90 (plus I had to pay for the bridge fare).

I recently took a cab in the LA area from the Airport to a person's house only a couple miles away, and it was about $50 dollars. I was charged about $7 right off the top just for the fact that the ride started at the airport.

I took another cab in Seattle this past year, from our hotel near the airport to the cruise terminal and the fee was about $80 at least.

The closest I've come to getting charged what you said was in Las Vegas that was only a mile or two and it was $15. After finding out how short of drive it was, my wife and I walked back instead of catching the cab.

Don't know where the heck your riding cabs for $10 (with the tip included), but in my little cab'ing experience, I've never found one. I think they'd charge you that much for driving to the end of the block. Most cabs I've seen charge you a couple bucks before leaving the curb and to start the meter.

Comment: Re:No. The store owners take the hit. (Score 1) 1128

by amxcoder (#48475641) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

(That's why the Koreans were on the roofs of their stores with guns during the Rodney King post-verdict activities in Los Angeles.)

This happened again (not sure about Koreans specifically), but in case you didn't see, the stores that didn't get looted were being protected by groups of store owners and friends armed with AR-15's. Pic: http://www.libertynews.com/201...

Comment: Re:Say "No" to electronic voting machines (Score 1) 127

by amxcoder (#48472389) Attached to: Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County
You seem to have missed my last sentence, that with paper ballots, if problems are discovered after the fact, the votes can be recounted after the fact by referring to the original ballots and hand counting with human eyes that can decern the difference between a fold, or smudge and a legitimate mark on the paper ballot. That is not possible with electronic vote casting.

Also, the you tube videos aren't depicted of people with unfettered access to the voting machines and finding vulnerabilities, they seem to be depicting real world examples where the machine was "malfunctioning" and the user whipped out their camera and recorded it. There are other reports, not caught on camera, where people noticed a problem during voting sessions and reported it to election officials, but did not get a chance to video the reported malfunctions. These are not videos of hackers demo'ing vulnerabilities in lab settings by all means like you seem to make it sound.

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