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Comment: Dear Lord! (Score 1) 165

by niko9 (#44943409) Attached to: New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

This, from the Govenor who brought us the NY (un)Safe Act! That is, that all gun owners load only 7 cartridges in their 10 round magazines in a effort to reduce "gun violence". I'm sure all the criminals are loading just 7 rounds because being prohibited from owning a firearm just became more illegaler.

Same Govenor who banned "assault weapons" in NY State even though the Naval Yard shooter used a 4-7 shot, plain jane Remington 870 shotgun to carry out his attack.

Texting and cell phone use is about convenience. Does anybody honestly think that average cell phone user, receiving the amount of texts per day the do, will honestly pull over every 10 min to send a text? What about the heavy users who carry hour long conversations via text?

More *feel good* measures from career politicians who pass legislation so they can "do something" about a problem.

Comment: Re:How much RAM? (Score 3, Informative) 197

by niko9 (#44753673) Attached to: Tiny $45 Cubic Mini-PC Supports Android and Linux

Not a cabinet like a kitchen cabinet, a cabinet like circuit breaker box mounted in the garage. It needs to be ruggedized so that it can deal with high dust, high humidity, occasional bumps, not ruggedized such that I can throw it off the rim of the Grand Canyon to be found in perfect working order by whoever comes next after humans are extinct.

I want people who are building small, moderate power computers to be thinking that I want a cloud in my home. I want to walk over to it periodically and replace some kind of failed storage device. But other than that I'd like the damned thing to be mostly hands off and not something I have to fit into the decor of my house.

You could buy something like this: http://www.embeddedarm.com/products/board-detail.php?product=TS-7700#

This SKU: TS-7700-IND-800 TS-7700 with the industrial grade (-40ÂC to 85ÂC) PXA166 at 800MHz has the ruggedness you're looking for.

Comment: Re:Incompatible (Score 1) 996

by niko9 (#43728353) Attached to: NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

Let your buddy drive?

I live in one of those "lucky big cities": Washington, DC. It takes me 45 minutes to travel the 1.6 miles to work if I use public transportation, and the roundtrip fare is $6.40 ($1.60 each way, and Metro is 50% subsidized). The subway here breaks down constantly, and is rather unpleasant -- people shit on the escalators

Perhaps mass transit works better other places -- I'm sure that in (picking a city at random) Frankfurt it is more pleasant than here. But mass transit is not a land of faeries and rainbow-pooping unicorns.

Had you taken a moment to really look and waft its Skittles-like aroma, it's unicorn poop you insensitive clod!

Comment: Re:never understood the appeal (Score 3, Informative) 189

by niko9 (#43281037) Attached to: DOS Emulation Arrives For the Raspberry Pi

Other than as a proof of concept is there any fundamental use for this facility?

Does anybody want to play Doom like it was 1993?

I can think of one: DHPOS Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DHPOS

It would make one hell of a dirt cheap advanced POS for the small business owner. Especially those in developing countries. DHPOS website has people using this software all of the world where they can't afford expensive monthly support costs. Link: http://keyhut.com/pos.htm

With DOS and just DHPOS installed your employees can't mess with we browsing, etc.

Comment: Re:A manufactured controversy (Score 1) 280

by niko9 (#43260677) Attached to: IRS Spent $60,000 Producing <em>Star Trek</em> Parody

Additionally as regards this: "The video features an elaborate set depicting the control room, or bridge, of the spaceship featured in the hit TV show."

Except it's pretty obviously green screen.

So they're making a big deal of cosmetic differences that have no actual impact? Kinda like "assualt rifles" then, eh?

Comment: Re:We need gas control! (Score -1, Flamebait) 1591

by niko9 (#42611523) Attached to: New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

And you're the reason why a calm, serious discussion is unable to take place in this country. I would say I'm coming from a relatively reasonable position of allowing firearms, but putting in place common sense restrictions. You immediately dismiss everything, and then proceed to make up an stance to argue against that is completely fictional. I'm really speechless as to where you even get some of your arguments, or how they at all factor in as a response to what I've said.

I am calm. I just abhor lies, misinformation and platitudes when it comes to our enshrined rights. I abhor the fact the lawfule gun owner's whoe have never broken the law are shamed and compared to pedophiles because they are gun owners.

You and others use terms like relatively reasonable and "common sense" and then proceed to regulate and legislate a right out of existence because it doesn't affect you personally. You don't own guns or guns are *icky* so anything is reasonable.

I just became a criminal last night because my already *reduced capacity* magazine of 10 rounds still had 10 rounds in it instead of 7. This for a firearm I keep at home and have a permit for. Is that reasonable? What empirical evidence does one have to limit the capacity of one's legal gun to 7 rounds? What empirical evidence does one have to reduce my *standard capacity* Glock 35 from 15 to 10 rounds?

I didn't make up any stance. The Stop and Frisk program is a clear violation of one's Fourth Amendment rights. We don't don't the Fourth in the name of public safety and more than the Second Amendment.

Comment: Re:We need gas control! (Score 0) 1591

by niko9 (#42603823) Attached to: New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

A little harder? Might not be %100 effective? Shouldn't try? Assault weapons?

I guess all the things you're talking about are just "common sense", eh? Let me explain to you why you are %100 wrong and people like you are dangerous to a Republic.

First, we have a petty tyrant here where I live in New York City who calls himself the Mayor. He says he believes in the Second Amendment but that we need "common sense restrictions". This is the same mayor who has instituted a policy of illegally searching black people for no reason whatsoever. You know, the Stop and Frisk program. Google it. They are stopping and searching black people on the streets, in every borough and in front of and inside all the public projects. Out of the hundreds of thousands of Stop and Frisks less than %10 percent of the citizens they have searched have had a weapon, gun or drugs. But hey, it's not %100 effective but we should try a little harder, right?

And on Evil Black Rifles, aka "Assualt Weapons", there is NO SUCH FUCKING THING! You don't like them because they are evil looking and BLACK. See the above paragraph and think about that for a while. Black "Assault Weapons" are hated because of how they look, i.e., *black*, military style with a conspicuous *protruding* pistol grip. Does that remind you of how some white southerners felt about muscular black slaves? The racists who thought that these "Assault Slaves" were ready to rape their wives and pre-teen daughters and thus had to be "controlled" and "restricted" from just about doing anything but work the fields?

Look at the Ruger Mini 14 here: http://www.ruger.com/products/mini14/index.html Look at the differences between the wholesome looking Ranch version and the Evil Black Tactical. One would be legal in New York State and the other would not even though they fire the same ammunition and have the EXACT same receiver, action and trigger group. One is Mighty Whitey with its walnut stock and hunting aesthetics. The other, well... That *black* pistol grip sure looks phallic and *black*! That's nothing but a killing machine!

The majority of murders where a firearm is involved are carried out with handguns and NOT rifles. That's from the CDC and FBI annual stats.

Lastly, just like the Fourth and First amendment, we do not regulate a right out of existence just to make you feel a little safer. These rights are recognized (not granted!) because they *are* all dangerous. That's the price we pay for liberty.

Comment: Re:We need gas control! (Score 3, Interesting) 1591

by niko9 (#42603531) Attached to: New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

While it's very true that mental health is a much more important issue to tackle, it's also exponentially more difficult. It takes far more time and money, neither of which we have much to spare. In the meantime, while it may not be the most efficient, why not put some common-sense restrictions in place with regards to weapons? Banning assault weapons might not be 100% effective, but at the same time, shouldn't we at least try to make it a little harder for mentally unstable people to get their hands on weapons designed specifically to create large numbers of people as quickly as possible?

Sure, there will be ways around it. There are always ways around it, and there are always alternatives. But the mere existence of these doesn't mean we shouldn't try. After all, if you look back at all these gun massacres, you'll find that in almost every case, the firearms were obtained completely legitimately, not from the black market. There is a point, of course, at which we have to say "Okay, we've done all we can reasonably do." Banning cars or propane tanks or whatnot would be ridiculous. Yes, they *could* be used for mass harm, but they generally aren't. Assault weapons are. It's only logical to put at least some restrictions on these things, since they have a history (not to mention purposeful design) of harming large numbers of people.

A little harder? Might not be %100 effective? Shouldn't try? Assault weapons?

I guess all the things you're talking about are just "common sense", eh? Let me explain to you why you are %100 wrong and people like you are dangerous to a Republic.

First, we have a petty tyrant here where I live in New York City who calls himself the Mayor. He says he believes in the Second Amendment but that we need "common sense restrictions". This is the same mayor who has instituted a policy of illegally searching black people for no reason whatsoever. You know, the Stop and Frisk program. Google it. They are stopping and searching black people on the streets, in every borough and in front of and inside all the public projects. Out of the hundreds of thousands of Stop and Frisks less than %10 percent of the citizens they have searched have had a weapon, gun or drugs. But hey, it's not %100 effective but we should try a little harder, right?

In NYC, you have to pay $340 every three years just for the privilege of having a handgun in your own home. In New York State it's $10. Most other states don't charge a dime for you to keep a gun at home. You think a lower middle class family can afford that? At one point, I could not afford that on a paramedic salary. You know what the response was from the NYPD? $340 or turn your guns in; if not we'll arrest you. See, they took an enshrined right and regulated it out of existence; turned it into a privilege.

And on Evil Black Rifles, aka "Assualt Weapons", there is NO SUCH FUCKING THING! You don't like them because they are evil looking and BLACK. See the above first paragraph and think about that for a while. Black "Assault Weapons" are hated because of how they look, i.e., *black*, military style with a conspicuous *protruding* pistol grip. Does that remind you of how some white southerners felt about muscular black slaves? The racists who thought that these "Assault Slaves" were ready to rape their wives and pre-teen daughters and thus had to be "controlled" and "restricted" from just about doing anything but work the fields?

Look at the Ruger Mini 14 here: http://www.ruger.com/products/mini14/index.html Look at the differences between the wholesome looking Ranch version and the Evil Black Tactical. One would be legal in New York State and the other would not even though they fire the same ammunition and have the EXACT same receiver, action and trigger group. One is Mighty Whitey with its walnut stock and hunting aesthetics. The other, well... That *black* pistol grip sure looks phallic and *black*! That's nothing but a killing machine!

The majority of murders where a firearm is involved are carried out with handguns and NOT rifles. That's from the CDC and FBI annual stats.

Lastly, just like the Fourth and First amendment, we do not regulate a right out of existence just to make you feel a little safer. These rights are recognized (not granted!) because they *are* all dangerous. That's the price we pay for liberty.

Comment: Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

by niko9 (#42296819) Attached to: 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

To put things into perspective: over the last twenty years, there have been fewer than 200 fatalities in school shootings (including colleges and universities) in the United States. By way of comparison, during that period in the US there have been about 1000 deaths due to lightning strikes, 25 due to (unprovoked) shark attacks, 3000 due to international terrorism, and 200 due to domestic terrorism. So we really ought to be more concerned about lightning and box cutters than about handguns.

Don't forget televisions. More than 2000 children have died since 2000 from falling televisions: http://theweek.com/article/index/237878/the-shocking-number-of-deaths-caused-by-falling-tvs

It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.

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