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Comment: Re:So SSL is nothing more than an honor system? (Score 1) 107

by nyet (#47425337) Attached to: India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

It's a shame that browsers have such freakouts over self signed certs, because there is really little difference between them and officially signed certs

Exactly. Especially since you can get a "real" cert from one of many, many, free cert signing services. What is the point?

Comment: Re:Tech isn't there yet (Score 1) 765

by nyet (#46995237) Attached to: A Look at Smart Gun Technology

I'm not Arker, and his analysis hides all kinds of issues, especially considering not every gun out there is a .22lr pistol.

Bottom line, Armatix doesn't want you carrying their firearms for self defense for a reason. Somehow I don't think cops would take kindly to you telling them they have to replace all of their carry weapons with .22lr

Comment: Re:Tech isn't there yet (Score 1) 765

by nyet (#46991629) Attached to: A Look at Smart Gun Technology

What about people killed with their own firearms, or stolen firearms? Sure there are a few hundred. Should their lives simply be disregarded?

Yes. If they are outliers, and the numbers of lives saved dwarfs the statistical relevance of your outliers.

"If we can save just one life" is not a good basis for sound public policy making when it disregards broader consequences.

Comment: Re:Valid technology for "non-critical" firearms (Score 1) 765

by nyet (#46991517) Attached to: A Look at Smart Gun Technology

What are the odds that somebody is going to run up to you while you are target shooting or hunting, wrest your firearm from you, and shoot you with it?

Non-critical firearms are generally stored locked and unloaded when there is a concern that a child or unauthorized person might get a hold of it.

Comment: Re: Flawed reasoning (Score 1) 765

by nyet (#46987779) Attached to: A Look at Smart Gun Technology

I'm not sure I follow. I am saying I dislike all legislation that makes firearms less reliable, including mag disconnects and poorly designed drop safeties.

I don't think most LCIs (unless very poorly designed) affect reliability, aside from the fact that they add more (pointless, IMO) complexity to the slide.

In any case, the problem with roster legislation is that while their stated purpose is "safety", they are invariably expanded to include any tech that can be added, such that it is becomes harder and harder to import new models into the state. A perfect example is CA's roster laws: even firearms that are identical (except cosmetically) to rostered models have to be re-submitted for testing *and* are required to adhear to all new rostering requirements, even though other identical models (albiet older) are already on the roster.

At no point are any new features ever subject to any scrutiny with regards to safety.... for example, microstamping. Is a firearm that does not have microstamping less safe than one that does?

Now you could argue that to you, it doesn't matter. All you care about is that there are less firearms being sold in CA. That is fine. That is your opinion. But you cannot claim the roster is about the "safety" of individual firearms, only that it is having the desired effect of slowing importation of firearms into the state.

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