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Comment: Re:Traffic is up? (Score 1) 144

by qwijibo (#47964041) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Privacy isn't the only reason to not provide a copy of ID. Consider how often we hear of payment data being stolen. When the legitimate company asks for a copy of your ID, they are trying to protect themselves, not you. If someone stole your payment card info and copy of your ID, they have everything needed to "prove" to someone else that they're you. It's not like the old days where you could fax in a low resolution copy of your ID and rest assured that the piece of paper lives in a file that will never see the light of day.

Comment: Re:Distance discrepency (Score 1) 101

by qwijibo (#47834897) Attached to: Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

Being within a factor of 10 is still a good approximation. Considering volume as the most likely interpretation of size, the smallest house is unlikely to be on the order of 10 cars.

When describing objects in space, the general sizes we tend to see recurring in popular news stories are:
Car
House
Texas
Moon
Earth
Sun

While inexact and grossly approximated, this helps generally with the "how does this affect me" question that some readers may have.

Comment: Re:Recording all data to and from a machine (Score 1) 76

by qwijibo (#47477341) Attached to: The Hacking of NASDAQ

That would require basically infinite storage and run very, very slowly. In effect, the disk (which is the slowest of CPU/memory/network/disk) becomes the bottleneck preventing any of the others from being well utilized.

There are much better ways to track what happens on critical systems, but they introduce costs that most organizations consider excessive or unnecessary, right until after a breech where they realize how the alternative can be orders of magnitude more expensive.

Comment: Re:Yes! No more mandates! (Score 1) 584

by qwijibo (#47047995) Attached to: Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Great idea, we should all do our part to collect old guns. There's no reason to let guns sit in warehouses or gun stores for longer than the lifespan of a cell phone.

I was looking at some that were on sale yesterday and was thinking I can probably take 3, maybe 4 of them off the streets myself.

Comment: Re:Yes! No more mandates! (Score 1) 584

by qwijibo (#47047935) Attached to: Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

The drop&discharge issue that was cited is addressed with the firing pin safety. When I said "improvements", I meant there's more than one way to implement that feature.

In order to get a discharge, the gun must be dropped at a fairly specific angle onto a hard surface while the hammer is down to allow the force of hitting the ground to drive the firing pin forward. CA's safety tests were developed specifically to cause rare, specific failures.

The 1911 is a good whipping boy for arguments like this because the original 1911 can be cited as having a specific problem, even if it's difficult or impossible to go out and buy a 1911 that exhibits the specific issue today.

Comment: Re:Yes! No more mandates! (Score 2) 584

by qwijibo (#47047305) Attached to: Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

The state of CA is not a good example of safety evaluation. They require each model of gun to go through an expensive(IIRC, ~$25,000 per) "testing" process. A gun made in 5 different calibers and 5 different colors or finishes requires the manufacturer to pay 25 times the fee to be able to sell in CA. This process has little to do with safety. It's about income for the state and discouraging gun manufacturers from selling in their state.

Do car manufacturers need to have each color of their cars to be "safety tested" before they can be allowed to sell them? If a new color is introduced, is it inherently illegal to sell until it has gone through the testing process?

In fairness to your point, the 1911 design does lack some improvements that have been developed in the last 100 years. During that time, it was a standard sidearm of our military and used by law enforcement agencies. It may not be a perfect design, but it's clearly not inherently unsafe. The hypothetical situation you describe is due to unsafe handling practices.

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