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Comment: Re:Or (Score 1) 117 117

If you do the leading edges and windscreen with furniture polish (people swear by Lemon Pledge, I use Mr Sheen because Pledge doesn't seem to be sold locally) the bug guts wipe off very easily (and I suspect many just don't stick but I've not done a scientific test of this).

Take an awful lot of Pledge to do an airliner leading edge, though.

Comment: Re:First they made food portions smaller (Score 1) 273 273

But if you don't need the allowance, Ryanair is still the best price by a country mile.

I keep thinking of converting a ski jacket so I can pack 2 weeks clothing in the lining (they never check the size of coats!) and go on a fortnight's vacation hand luggage only...

Comment: Re:Slashdotters (Score 1) 181 181

The TV is across the other side of the room, though. It doesn't matter that the TV screen has a lower dot pitch than the phone, I don't use the TV 18 inches from my face. All that matters is can I see jaggies or individual pixels on the TV from across the room? The answer is no. Anything more than 1080p on a TV screen is rapidly going into diminishing returns.

Now a computer monitor on the other hand is a different story altogether. So is VR due to the apparent size of the screen in a VR headset.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 391 391

Well, when you have gun control advocates in Congress trying to pass laws regulating things that they know absolutely nothing about... you get the current state of affairs.

How Carolyn McCarthy thinks a heat shroud is a defining characteristic of an "assault weapon", and then describes it was "a shoulder thing that goes up".. yeah. Enjoy your laws.

Comment: Re:Lower Receiver? (Score 1) 391 391

Barrels are not serialized.

Bullets can be matched up to a point. What you're describing are known an individual characteristics, which are the unique properties of each barrel. Those properties change through regular wear and tear, or by deliberate action such as running a file or other abrasive down the barrel. My hunting rifle is a tack driver, but over time it will start getting worse and worse due to wear. In my case, it will happen quickly as the rifle is a magnum. If I were a suspect, the cops would need to get hold of my rifle quickly before I go for target practice because the properties of my barrel would change. In my case, I'd go to the range and fire off a munch rounds in quick succession, heating up the barrel so it wears faster. My rifle is uncommon enough that just based on the class characteristics, it may be enough to stand up in court.

On certain rifles, such as anything from Savage or an AR, it's pretty easy to change out a barrel, or even change the caliber entirely. I can change out a Savage barrel in about 20 minutes.

Of course, this is assuming that you have a suspect and a rifle to test.

Comment: Re:Fabricating an assualt rifle in California... (Score 1) 391 391

None of the rifles you linked to are assault rifles, and the definition of what an assault rifle is is most definitely settled. This vendor has absolutely no idea of what an assault rifle is (in one case, he's selling an "assalut" rifle), or is attempting to capitalize on idiots who think they're buying a rifle capable of select fire.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming