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Comment: Re:So Hillery is fine but Dennis is a criminal, hu (Score 1) 364

The Gibson guitar factory got raided by the FBI for having rare woods... finger boards... and they said something about how that was a violation of some law from the 1920s that makes no sense.

Uh, what? The Gibson guitar factory got raided for violating a law proposed by George W. Bush in 2003. And eventually signed into law by George W. Bush when Congress agreed with his initiative and passed the law. It worked, too. Illegal logging is down around the world. Boohoo, contributing to the party that made your actions illegal doesn't get you a "get out of jail free" card. How sad for you.

The Justice Department may or may not be engaged in politically motivated prosecution, but your choice of examples is feeble.

Comment: Re:Deniers on the Left? (Score 1) 190

by slew (#49834991) Attached to: Diphtheria Returns To Spain For Lack of Vaccination

I didn't know there WAS a Bible Belt in Europe, especially the Netherlands.

FWIW, there's even a "church-tax" (fees collected by the government on behalf of a church) in many European countries including the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) and Austria, Italy and Germany. Rules vary, but participation of the population in state affiliated churches is north of 67% in some countries, although there has been a recent trend of people leaving churches in European countries if it allows them to avoid paying these "taxes".

Of course paying the tax and actual active membership in a church are two different things. Apparently in Europe, there are lots of passive members that continue to simply just pay the tax (presumably for traditional reasons) inflating the membership rolls of the churches and overstating their influence...

As for vaccines, I don't think there is much different underlying sentiment in European vs the USA-ans. is primarily an issue where there is a big push to be current on vaccines when entering school in the USA, where in most European countries the focus is in the (public) healthcare system. Perhaps both the USA and Europe, attendance to school is still more universal than attendance to healthcare (even if both are "free") and the resulting diseases bear this out.

Comment: Re:Lower Receiver? (Score 1) 138

by PPH (#49834745) Attached to: Making an AR-15 In the <em>Wired</em> San Francisco Office

The barrel is 1) the hardest part of a gun to make

Not really.

And now the problem becomes tracking a 'gun' made up of several serialized, traceable parts. Barrels need to be replaced due to wear or when a weapon is re-chambered for different rounds. I'll guarantee that, should a system be developed to track multiple gun parts, it will be brought down by a relatively small group of gun owners switching parts around and submitting the required paperwork frequently.

Or I'll just design a rifle and name it an AR'; DROP TABLE Barrels;--

Comment: Re:I feel safer already :) (Score 1) 138

by PPH (#49834649) Attached to: Making an AR-15 In the <em>Wired</em> San Francisco Office

It's not fear. It's part of the socialists plan to allow an uprising of the proletariat to effect political change. They want what you have and will rise up to take it or just destroy it when the left wing decides its time for the change. They can instruct the police to look the other way. But there's not much they can do about the Roof Koreans (and others) who are still capable of defending themselves.

Comment: International security theater (Score 1) 364

It's not just in the U.S.A.

In Canada we've just had a verdict in a supposedly homegrown terrorism case (do a search for the names Nuttal and Korody), but it's clear that the defendants only have a handful of brain cells between them (heroin will do that...), and the undercover cops had a major part in turning a couple of harmless losers who aren't quite sure what day it is in to a major threat to national security. Needless to say, their lawyer is going for entrapment.

Also needless to say, the media are going entirely with the government/party line...


Comment: Re:Lower Receiver? (Score 3, Insightful) 138

by PPH (#49834257) Attached to: Making an AR-15 In the <em>Wired</em> San Francisco Office

Legally, it is.

Everything else is spare parts and can be bought/sold/traded without tracking or registration. The lower receiver is defined as the gun and is the part with the serial number.

The day the Stasi come to collect your registered guns, the only part you have to account for is the lower receiver. Everything else not present can be explained away as sold at a gun show, traded with friends, etc. Or perhaps it's buried out in the woods. So if people can make their own LR and dig up the hidden bits, the confiscators are royally screwed without a major change in firearms regulations.

Comment: Re:KISS (Score 1) 408

1) Extra outlets and breakers. Having fewer rooms per breaker is nice to avoid finding out that a hairdryer plus your gaming PC will pop the breaker even though one is upstairs and the other is downstairs.

If you have the opportunity to wire your own house, wire room lights on a different circuit than wall outlets. That way you don't end up in a dark room when you pop a breaker. Some hoses are wired this way, but not enough.

Comment: Re:Why is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 364

What positive "News for Nerds" are we supposed to report, again?

If the site was as left-leaning as you claim it to be, they certainly could have come up with something. Instead every week there is another story on the front page telling us how evil the Obama administration is. In the same breath every week there is at least one story piling admiration on the conservative movement in one way or another.

If this site is somehow not pandering to the conservatives, it is doing an epically shitty job of it. There is a laundry list of evidence of conservative editorial bias here, and no extant evidence of liberal bias here. Just because seeing someone like me dare to point out that slashdot leans hard to the right is enough to enrage you doesn't mean that this site somehow magically is not a conservative echo chamber. Hell there are even a couple of liberals who manage to post comments in fox news articles. It shouldn't surprise you that there would be at least one non-conservative who would post comments here on slashdot as well.

And before you reach for the "news for nerds" cover, tell me how this story is tech oriented? There have been plenty of other blatantly political articles that have made the front page as well with no purpose other than to excite the slashdot conservative base.

Comment: Re:Why is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 364

Shit. Did I miss the memo that today was opposite day?

Well, what you wrote after that certainly suggests that you do believe today to be opposite day:

For the last few years, Slashdot has been running slightly to the left of Mao. Around here, conservatives are all but extinct, and libertarians are endangered. Republicans are routinely mocked and vilified. Scroll through the comments on this story and you'll see plenty of clever new ways to say "This Republican is vile, but..."

Take a look at the front page. Tell me how many stories have made the front page in the past 6-10 years that have been favorable to democrats. Now tell me how many stories on the front page have been favorable to republicans. The ratio of the latter over the former is at least 8 to 1. Every week we see at least one softball - such as this one - that is picked to make republicans either look good or to make them look like innocent victims of the evil democrats.

And I don't know what discussions you imagine yourself reading, but by comment volume slashdot also leans heavily to the right. I have seen that for several years as well. It likely began with the nationalisitic hysteria that came in the wake of 9/11 - back when it was nearly a crime to even dare question the Bush administration - but here it never really let up.

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.