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Comment: Re:Doesn't sound all that practical, really (Score 1) 413

by damn_registrars (#48041159) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

True, but you're not going to find those Bushmasters for sale in Connecticut where new AR-15's have already been outlawed.

That's only partially true. Yeah, Bushmaster might not yet have any compliant guns for the new CT laws, but Stag Arms already does. You can bet that others will follow suit once sales get going.

Comment: Doesn't sound all that practical, really (Score 1) 413

by damn_registrars (#48038489) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
The waiting period for an AR-15 is generally on the order of 20 minutes at a gun store in most states. If you have the money, you walk out with it not long after walking in.

On the other hand, if you have $1,200 you can order this lathe and wait for it to show up (days to weeks). Then you buy the "80% lower" from somewhere and wait for it to come (days to weeks). Then you mill it (hours) and if you have all the other parts you can assemble your gun. If everything was correct the first time through, you now have a gun that took far longer - and likely more money - than just buying a bushmaster (or any other brand AR-15 you like) from your local sporting goods or outdoors store.

I've seen bushmasters in the local flyer for Dick's Sporting Goods go for less than $1,200. If I had that much money burning a hole in my pocket I could get that gun the same day. I don't see an advantage here.

Comment: More a study of who is paying their own tickets (Score 1) 226

by damn_registrars (#48036601) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?
Sure, the leading cars are popular with young drivers, but data only gets to this study when someone comes to this insurance company for a quote and self-reports a ticket in the process. If junior is running around in whatever car mom and dad gave him and gets a ticket but they pay the ticket and the insurance it doesn't make it into these numbers at all. The ticketed drivers that go to this site for a quote after a ticket are the ones who are paying their own insurance, and there aren't a lot of younger drivers in that set currently.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 226

by damn_registrars (#48036543) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Looks like they are the car models that are mostly driven by younger drivers

Sure, but where is the Jeep Wrangler, the (base model) Chevy Camaro, the Ford Focus, or the Honda Civic? I would have expected those to have been high on the list for the same reason but they are all quite a ways down. The problem here is that the list depends on people to get tickets and then come to this insurance company for a quote. It would be a lot more informative to have a list of all the tickets issued in a year, but that would be a lot more difficult to obtain and compile.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 226

by damn_registrars (#48036395) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

It's unlikely there's any significant "self reporting bias," as you seem to be implying, which would be caused by drivers being deceptive about the vehicles they're actively seeking insurance quotes on.

Perhaps I was not adequately clear on this. What I was after is that this is just reporting to one insurance company, and reporting only based on people who have gone to this insurance company for a quote for insurance on their vehicle. Hence all we have here are people who were ticketed and then at some point after decided to get a quote for insurance through this particular company / web site.

To really know how this relates to the real world, we would need to know at least how the distribution of vehicles that they insure compare to the distribution of vehicles nationwide.

Comment: They overlooked a very fast-growing religion (Score 1) 464

by damn_registrars (#48032819) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?
I don't know how they would respond to ET, but there are plenty of adherents here on slashdot (with numbers growing at a staggering rate). This is a faith with a number of people who spend a great deal of time attempting to recruit new members. I'm not talking about Pastafarians, nor am I talking about Jedi Knights. I'm talking about the most profound cult in the US in some time, and I'm not talking about Apple fanboys either.

I'm talking about the church of Ron Paul. I expect their dear leader would tell them that ET can be dealt with somehow through the miracle of the open market but what that would actually mean is anyone's guess.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 2) 190

by damn_registrars (#48027507) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

The issue is that people learn Photoshop, they don't learn the fundamentals for the tool.

I'm not sure how that would effect sales. Are people who learned Photoshop without understanding how it works really be likely Linux users? I think the overlap on those sets is vanishingly small.

So they switch to GIMP and then find it's horrible because their skills don't transfer and they cry on the internet that "GIMP SUX" because they don't want to relearn anything.

First of all, I can tell you that I have used a significant number of Photoshop tutorials in GIMP to do various functions and found that they work just fine.

Second, the most critical (by frequency of use) tools in Photoshop are the technical adjustments - color, levels, curves, etc. They work the same in GIMP and are even in the same menus. There is no significant relearning to do. My wife uses Photoshop and Illustrator (as well as InDesign) professionally on a daily basis. A while back we were traveling with only my laptop, which has GIMP and Inkscape but nothing from Adobe. She was able to get by just fine for a quick job while we were out; going well beyond the use level that I get from GIMP even though I use it almost daily.

This is even worse in a business situation because relearning things pushes back deadlines and impacts quality

I'm not sure how this applies. How many businesses are running Linux workstations and need Adobe on them? Again this seems to me like a likely very small set. I don't see the absence of Adobe software in Linux as being a critical impediment to Linux migration for businesses who want to do that, either.

Comment: How important is that at this point? (Score 2) 190

by damn_registrars (#48027155) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks
I know that Photoshop is still the gold standard, but I'm not sure how many Linux users are concerned about it. I use GIMP for all my photo work in Linux and it meets all my needs. It seems that the overlap between people who need Photoshop (and are wiling to pay for it) and the people who are using Linux would be pretty small.

I know that Photoshop gets a lot of attention from the WINE community but that doesn't necessarily translate to people who want to buy licenses for running it in Linux.

Comment: They're used to getting it both ways (Score 1) 470

by damn_registrars (#48024903) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
The electric companies (other utilities as well, but electric in particular) have been getting it both ways for some time. They have a lock on providing most - if not all - of their services for their market, and government is generally unwilling to investigate their actions when they use their power to abuse customers. I recall in a previous home of mine, one winter the temperature wasn't as cold as predicted, which led to less need for heating energy. The power companies hence made less money, which they made up for by forcing a subsidy on the customers. Customers who tried to contest the subsidy (which raised their monthly bill) were threatened with disconnect and collections.

Now that solar is becoming a viable option - even if just to reduce the electric bill - the power companies are seeking ways to prevent it from hitting them. Eventually they will follow the same path that the insurance industry took with "health care reform" and dictate to the government a giant handout for themselves.

Comment: Re: Wisdom from these guys? (Score 1) 266

by damn_registrars (#48024607) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Yet you were the person so sure that the stock would tank that you shorted it and got millions? No, didn't think so.

The stock market has been, for quite some time now, a casino for the wealthy. I was one of many who knew that it was drastically overvalued but had no way to make money on that knowledge. Even to short sell, based on the insane IPO price, required vastly more expendable money than I or most others had.

Comment: Wisdom from these guys? (Score 1) 266

by damn_registrars (#48022223) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
This sounds like the same kind of wisdom we saw from people tripping over each other to buy facebook stock on opening day, paying obscene sums for stock that subsequently tanked on the market. It seems like he's just trying to play the opposite argument now in hopes that he might be able to look less stupid.

Too bad he's just as wrong as his type was before.

Comment: Evaluation of a charged topic (Score 1) 450

by damn_registrars (#48019053) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans
I know that RTFA is passe' here, but if we even take a look at the abstract (which shoudl be publicly available to all) we see a key point here:

Turning to a case study of scientific communication, another online sample of adults described public attitudes toward climate scientists specifically.

We already know that a large portion of our country is repeatedly fed biased misinformation on this topic and told to distrust anyone who represents an opposing viewpoint. If we tried this on something that is less of a political football, we would likely see very different results. I would doubt that anywhere near as many people would doubt scientists telling them about research on gravity or the spheroid shape of our planet.

Comment: Re:Is that the only beatable one? (Score 1) 5

by damn_registrars (#48018157) Attached to: Yes, SimCity 2k is beatable.

I ran it under dosbox. Worked fine except for the occasional need to restart because the audio would get munged up, and I like having the audio.

I haven't bothered with the sound. I tried it a few times in dosbox and generally - at least on my thinkpad - the sound would work for about 30 seconds and then never a sound again after that. I didn't personally see it worth additional effort.

There were a lot of Win3x and Win95 games that were just wrappers around a dos extender.

It could be that my memories of SC2K are clouded by rose-tinted glasses. However I am pretty sure that the Win9x version I had was able to run in a window at any of a choice of resolutions. I can't get dosbox to give me that freedom; I start it from dosbox and it insists on going full screen (I probably need to RTFM to solve this one but haven't done so yet) with a rather poor resolution. I know some people love to see pixelated buildings the size of aircraft carriers; I'm the opposite and want to see as many buildings as possible while still being able to resolve individual ones.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?