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Comment: Re:Well, let's face it ... (Score 1) 390

by x0 (#48498305) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

gstoddart said:

But let's not for a minute pretend this is being done for any reason besides the zillions of dollars Disney expects to wring from this franchise.

I understand your point, but why would anyone think that Disney is doing this for any other reason than the profit? Seriously, no studio is going to make a movie like this for the fan service - especially as a 'loss leader'.

Indie studios may do a movie for the art, but it's obvious that Disney paid ~$4.1B US for a property they think will make them money back in excess of the purchase price.

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Comment: Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (Score 1) 698

by x0 (#48372271) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

You can go to any gun show and pick up a crate full of Mosin Nagant pistols for as cheap as 20 bucks each, No background check.

Rubbish...

First of all, a Mosin-Nagant is a bolt action rifle introduced in 1891 in Russia. There is a Nagant revolver, but you aren't going to get one of those for $20/ea. And you certainly won't find 'cases' of them.

Second, if you buy from a FFL dealer, you *will* get a NICS background check, even at a 'gun show'. You might find a private individual who will sell you that case for $20/ea, but that is unlikely.

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Comment: Re:Walmart (Score 1) 651

by x0 (#48039645) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

ThatsNotPudding typed: I saw my first gun-packing meathead in Walmart last week end (why, he was White - how did you guess?). I was very tempted to go up to him and ask :"What are you so scared of, that you have to carry a gun in public?" We all should, every time.

Or you could mind your own business and shut your piehole. Don't want a gun? Don't buy one. If you feel the need to project your own feelings of inadequacy ("What are you so scared of, that you have to carry a gun in public?"), think calming thoughts and repeat to yourself: My feelings are my own, I know nothing about that other guy. I should take up knitting.

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Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 4, Informative) 651

by x0 (#48038417) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Jeff Flanagan trolled But Cody Wilson really is a libertarian nutball. It's an accurate description, not random name-calling. He's disconnected from reality, and thinks that he can bypass laws intended to keep weapons designed to kill a large number of people out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable. Your post makes it pretty clear that you're one of the deeply-confused gun-nuts who thinks that banning guns designed for mass murder means banning defensive guns.

Apparently, people who don't agree with you are gun-nuts, and it's OK for you to use random name-calling.

Right...

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Comment: Re:SOP for Test Equipment makers (Score 1) 273

by x0 (#47622331) Attached to: Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

So when will this magical free market fix things and have someone sell a fully featured out of the box scope at the base model price?

Why are you expecting a 'fully featured' box for base model pricing? What is fully featured? What needs fixing? Products have tiers, and while the HW (sometimes) is the the same across those tiers, the software is not. Expecting that software for free is unrealistic.

As for the market driving prices down, it's happening all of the time. Rigol released the DS1052 5-6 years ago for cheap, and that drove Agilent to release the DSOX2000 at a pretty good price. The Rigol DS2000A is very competitive with the low end Agilent and Tek scopes, and will further drive down the costs.

On this site, I'd expect more people to call for an open architecture where OSS analysis software could be loaded to fully utilize the hardware versus complaining about 'fixing' things to make the high end models cheap.

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Comment: SOP for Test Equipment makers (Score 4, Interesting) 273

by x0 (#47613177) Attached to: Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix
All of the manufacturers now ship devices fully kitted and use licenses to unlock/enable additional features. It's less expensive to manufacture one SKU, and then differentiate models by selectively enabling features.

At least one of the Chinese manufacturers has know about these hacks for quite a while and apparently isn't doing much about it. I expect that they are allowing this to obtain more market share from the hobbyists as I doubt most commercial operators would void warranties.

Tek is essentially selling a software package as a value add, and they'll charge what they can until Agilent/Keysight one ups them with less expansive software.

+ - Which is better, Adblock or Adblock Plus?->

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An anonymous reader writes "Wladimir Palant is the creator of the Adblock Plus browser extension, but he often gets asked how it compares to a similar extension for Chrome called Adblock. In the past, he's told people that they're achieve largely the same end in slightly different ways, but recent changes to the Adblock project have him worried. "AdBlock covertly moved from an open development model towards hiding changes from its users. Users were neither informed about that decision nor the reasons behind it." He goes through the changelog and highlights some changes that call into question the integrity of Adblock. For example, from an update on June 6th: "Calling home functionality has been extended. It now sends user’s locale in addition to the unique user ID, AdBlock version, operating system and whether Google Search ads are being allowed. Also, AdBlock will tell getadblock.com (or any other website if asked nicely) whether AdBlock has just been installed or has been used for a while — again, in addition to the unique user ID." Of course, Palant has skin in this game, and Adblock Plus has dealt with fallout from their "acceptable ads policy," but at least it's still developed in the open."
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+ - Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance->

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An anonymous reader writes "Today Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill that would ban bulk collection of telephone records and internet data for U.S. citizens. This is a stronger version of the legislation that passed the U.S. House in May, and it has support from the executive branch as well. "The bill, called the USA Freedom Act, would prohibit the government from collecting all information from a particular service provider or a broad geographic area, such as a city or area code, according to a release from Leahy's office. It would expand government and company reporting to the public and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews NSA intelligence activities. Both House and Senate measures would keep information out of NSA computers, but the Senate bill would impose stricter limits on how much data the spy agency could seek.""
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