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Comment Re:Torrent (Score 1) 306

Thing is, this law will do nothing about making 3D-printed guns less accessible to be used for criminal purposes. It's still trivial to go and download the schematics and feed them into the printer. Sure, you'd be committing a crime merely by doing so now, but if you're 3D-printing it specifically to go and shoot one, I don't think that you actually care.

In any case, home-made AKs are probably not a good baseline. They still require a reasonably well stocked workbench, and some machinery for things like the barrel. But a single-shot shotgun can literally be made out of two pieces of pipe and a screw, all readily available in any hardware store - and is still more deadly than any of these 3D-printed plastic toys (and for bonus points, no-one is likely to recognize it as a shotgun, especially when it's disassembled).

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 306

I thought silencers were a hollywood invention

In USA, at least, "silencer" is the legal term for the device, as used in the National Firearms Act that sets up the regulatory framework.

As to how much relation the Hollywood type has to the real thing, it depends on the specific depiction and the specific real thing. Modern efficient suppressor designs combined with subsonic ammunition that is specifically designed to be suppressed can be pretty damn quiet, especially out of longer barrels where pressure is lower at the muzzle, and in bolt-action or other manual action firearms where the action itself doesn't make any noise during firing.

visible laser beams

You can actually kinda sorta get that IRL sometimes, with a sufficiently powerful laser (which rifle laser sights often are), because it will light up the dust in the air, or particles of water when it's humid (esp. outside).

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 306

The problem is that you still have to pay $200 and wait for several months to get one (and it's not a permit, by the way - it's a tax stamp; it does nothing other than produce some revenue for the state). And if it breaks or wears out, you have to pay the same for the next one. And the prices on them are very high largely because of the regulatory environment. And all of this is has no rational basis whatsoever.

Also, while it's legal on federal level, some states specifically ban silencers.

Comment Re:WTF is with the US utility tie-in? (Score 1) 142

Even Crimean Tartars are OK with that

You mean, the ones that are permitted to talk about it, as opposed to being banned from Crimea and otherwise prosecuted for "extremism"?

Of course, the very idea of holding up high the results of a referendum on secession in a country where merely distributing leaflets promoting "separatism" can land you in prison for several years is supremely ironic. At this point, it doesn't really matter what Crimeans think, because joining Russia is a one-way ticket - wanting to get out is a crime.

Comment Re:Fuck Mozilla (Score 1) 313

As I recall, the last big battle in IE vs NN war was over "layers", and that was IE4 vs NN4. NN added a proprietary <layer> element and a bunch of related markup, while IE repurposed <div> by extending CSS (or was it still a draft then? I think CSS 1.0 was already done?). Consequently, you had many websites working only in IE or NN, because they used one approach or the other (some people redid their websites in both, but that was expensive). And from what I recall, I saw way more NN4-only sites back then than I did IE4-only sites. It wasn't until IE5 that "this site is best viewed in Internet Explorer" became essentially the default.

Comment Re:I wouldn't put it past Putin (Score 1) 289

But if reality comes to bite Russians by way of a terrorist attack against them due to Putin's actions in Syria then that will be a massive blow to Putin's ability to keep up the tempo.

Given the current public sentiment in Russia, I would actually expect it to rather strengthen Putin's positions by demonstrating to everyone that ISIS really is a threat to Russia and Russians, and thus it needs to be dealt with swiftly and decisively.

Note also that the ongoing operation in Syria is nothing like the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan so far, and is modeled more after the various American operations in the past couple of decades - primarily air strikes, boots on the ground mostly to defend the bases, and spec ops operating behind enemy lines. Also, no conscripts. And also, unlike Afghanistan, the operation in Syria is openly acknowledged, televised etc. Basically, it was intended to be a showcase for how strong the Russia has become militarily and geopolitically under Putin, by doing something that heretofore was largely exclusive to US/NATO - successfully military intervening in some country halfway across the world.

Comment Re:Censoring speech... (Score 1) 585

You're confusing freedom to speak with freedom to be heard. No-one owes the holocaust deniers or AGW skeptics the right to listen to their malarky, or the right to offer the means of effective communication to them for free. But they should not be prohibited from speaking out on those matters in public and using such means that are at their disposal.

Comment Re:Is there a use for overflow_usub? (Score 1) 576

HFT may not be useful to society, but it's irrelevant here. HFT is very useful for the people who do it, and who therefore hire developers to write code to do it better. And those people don't look kindly at overflow bugs that might cost them a fortune.

The fact is, integer overflow is a constant source of bugs, eclipsed only by buffer overflow. Adding things to programming languages that encourage safe handling of overflow is a good thing.

Comment Re: Censoring speech... (Score 1) 585

Not necessarily. Modern humans interbred with Neanderthals.

Sure, and white settlers have interbred with Native Americans. and Mongols have interbred with most of Asia. Such interbreeding does not imply a cooperative attitude.

Not everyone is xenophobic.

True, but if you look at the historical record, societies that are tend to thrive at the expense of those that aren't. The latter don't even arise in a strongly competitive environment (such as Europe), and when they do arise in isolation, they last for exactly as long as it takes for one of the xenophobic ones to reach them. The entire history of European colonization is ample illustration of that, but if you want a more narrow example, look up Moriori.

Use the Force, Luke.