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Comment: How is this going to stop someone? (Score 1) 550

How will this deter someone intent on trying to sneak something onboard a flight? Answer: it won't. Just like gun free zones prevent people from becoming victims. Someone intent on doing harm will ignore this law like they ignore the others. This law is a movie law, it dates back to Die Hard and the "invisible" glock. Schumer is a moron who thinks he knows what is best for you.

Comment: Re:Oh no, they didn't! (Score 1) 289

by markw365 (#42184345) Attached to: Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle

It's violence. Tighter gun laws disarm people who would only use a gun to save their lives. Some of the tightest "gun laws" in the US are in Chicago. I hear it's pretty save to walk the streets there. :) Thinking that outlawing something is going to get rid of it is foolish. I didn't work for alcohol, it's not working for drugs, and it won't work for guns. All it does is disarms law biding citizens. The last time I checked, law biding citizens weren't commiting these crimes. If you want the real stats, go here: http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/welcome.htm . This article talks about an AR15, which is almost never used in a crime. In fact rifles in general account for something like only 2% of firearms homicides. http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2010/crime-in-the-u.s.-2010/tables/10tbl20.xls

So please, before the feel good "more gun laws == less gun violence" take a look at some numbers.
The problem is crime, not guns, and that's a human problem. Victim disarmament does nothing to prevent the crime, other than skewing the odds greatly in favor of the criminal.

Comment: Re:NEWS FLASH!! (Score 1) 289

by markw365 (#42183889) Attached to: Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle

The pipe/nail is called a zipgun and is "illegal" in some states. If you google, you'll find John Moses Brownings workshop. It's pretty basic and he developed the 1911 from scratch there. With CNC's it's not hard to make a real firearm and with the AR, the only thing with "paper" or background check is the lower receiver. I know tons of people who have "rolled' their own, and have done it legally. Heck, an AK47 can be made with hand tools and a hydraulic press.

Comment: Plastic Lowers are already available. (Score 1) 289

by markw365 (#42183403) Attached to: Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle

There are already polymer lower receivers out there. http://www.lw15.com/ is one. I prefer to machine my lower receivers out of an 80% completed block of aluminium. I'm not seeing why everyone is up in arms (punny) over this. :) It's legal to make your own firearm.

Comment: Score 1 for parents in California... (Score 1) 458

by markw365 (#36585412) Attached to: US Supreme Court: Video Games Qualify For First Amendment

As a non-native Californian living in the PRK. I'm still amazed at the rights the state takes away from parents in the name of "It's for the children." Work permit from the school?!? As a parent of 3 teens, I'm the work permit, grades slip, work stops. Done. Just because some parents are slackers, the state tries to impose the "proper" way to raise children with rules and regulations often written by bureaucrats and legislators that have no children. My kids know the rules and know what's allowed, I do not need the STATE telling me how to raise them. This is a great ruling, the legislator here needs to get back to the basics and get off their social agenda. 60 cents a gallon gas tax and you need an offroad vehicle to drive down most major roads here. :)

The Almighty Buck

NY Times To Charge For Online Content 488

Posted by timothy
from the soon-we'll-be-nostalgic-for-free-registration dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "New York Magazine reports that the NY Times appears close to announcing that the paper will begin charging for access to its website, according to people familiar with internal deliberations. After a year of debate inside the paper, the choice has been between a Wall Street Journal-type pay wall and the metered system in which readers can sample a certain number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. The Times seems to have settled on the metered system. The decision to go paid is monumental for the Times, and culminates a yearlong debate that grew contentious, people close to the talks say. Hanging over the deliberations is the fact that the Times' last experience with pay walls, TimesSelect, was deeply unsatisfying and exposed a rift between Sulzberger and his roster of A-list columnists, particularly Tom Friedman and Maureen Dowd, who grew frustrated at their dramatic fall-off in online readership. The argument for remaining free was based on the belief that nytimes.com is growing into an English-language global newspaper of record, with a vast audience — 20 million unique readers — that would prove lucrative as web advertising matured. But with the painful declines in advertising brought on by last year's financial crisis, the argument that online advertising might never grow big enough to sustain the paper's high-cost, ambitious journalism — gained more weight."

Comment: It'll never happen. (Score 0, Flamebait) 130

by markw365 (#28551861) Attached to: US Sets Up Emergency Multi-Band Radio Project

Oh, what a glorious way to waste tax dollars. First design a system, then require everyone to get on board with it. Price it through the roof and have a single vendor for all the gear. So some volunteer fire dept in Iowa that is on a shoestring budget has to spend thousands to upgrade radios. It will take years if it ever gets off the ground. This is _WHY_ amateur radio works, government has too many silos and too many important people that will push their system. Been there seen that, still paying the price. :(

Comment: San Diego Busted in 2001 (Score 2, Interesting) 353

by markw365 (#26748135) Attached to: Italian Red Lights Rigged With Short Yellow Light

I think the crooks running the city of San Diego originated this. They had the redlight cameras shut down in 2001 for doing it. They put them at intersections where there was a high percentage of people that would pay the tickets and not at "Dangerous" intersections. Then they tweaked the timing on the lights and started raking in the dough. Read about it here.

Books

+ - Unusual security for Harry Potter 7->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This article highlights some of the most unusual and unheard of security measures that are being taken to ensure that the secret about the death of two main characters in the story are not revealed till the launch of the book on 21st of July. They include interesting items from various sources such as:

-only Rowling and 20 others — illustrators, editors and continuity experts — know the book's ending

-some employees had to work in near darkness to prevent them from reading the books

-The delivery trucks are fitted with satellite tracking systems GPS) costing up to £1,000 each

-written consent from Rowling's literary agent to read aloud from the book. Quizzes, riddles and crosswords are strictly banned.

http://thinkabdul.com/2007/07/16/highlight-unusual -unprecedented-security-measures-taken-to-protect- jk-rowlings-harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-s ecrets/"

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Media

+ - Blogs Are Eating Tech Media Alive - Forbes.com->

Submitted by Heinz
Heinz (666) writes "Silicon Valley is booming again. But if you work in tech media, there's blood on the floor. Take Red Herring. It hung onto its offices after getting the eviction notice earlier this month. But gossip site Valleywag is breaking story after story not just on its beat — but about its woes. Meanwhile, bigger publications are hurting too: Time Warner's (nyse: TWX — news — people ) Business 2.0 saw ad pages drop 21.8% through March from the same period a year ago; PC Magazine's editor in chief walked out the door after ad pages fell 38.8% over the same period; and one-time online powerhouse CNET is reporting growing losses even as the companies it covers flourish. It may be happening in tech first, but there's no reason the same thing won't happen, eventually, in every media niche."
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Hardware Hacking

+ - Can cryptography prevent printer-ink piracy? 1

Submitted by Zack Melich
Zack Melich (666) writes "Cryptography Research Inc. (CRI), a San Francisco company, is developing chip technology aimed at helping printer manufacturers protect this primary source of profit. The company's chips use cryptography designed to make it harder for printers to use off-brand and counterfeit cartridges. CRI plans to create a secure chip that will allow only certain ink cartridges to communicate with certain printers. CRI also said that the chip will be designed that so large portions of it will have no decipherable structure, a feature that would thwart someone attempting to reverse-engineer the chip by examining it under a microscope to determine how it works. Its chip generates a separate, random code for each ink cartridge, thus requiring a would-be hacker to break every successive cartridge's code to make use of the cartridge. "You can see 95 percent of the [chip's] grid and you still don't know how it works," said Kit Rodgers, CRI's vice president of business development."

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