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Comment: Re:Insane doesn't mean Expensive (Score 1) 249

by x0 (#49028505) Attached to: How good is your audio equipment?

The solid-state era of the 60's through the 90's sssssucked, for the most part, as far as "affordable" went. Tubes was the way to go, broadly speaking, until --

My Pioneer SX-1250, Toshiba SA-7100, and Kenwood KR-9000G would disagree with you. Those are only three of *many* of the classic silver face Japanese receivers made during the heavy competition of the mid to late 70s.

While class D 'digital' amplification is great for effiiciency, I wouldn't say it is superior to any well built Class A or Class AB amp.


Comment: Re:The sad part? (Score 1) 577

by x0 (#48958709) Attached to: DEA Planned To Monitor Cars Parked At Gun Shows Using License Plate Readers

It's well known that gun shows and other large scale "private party sales" (cause face it, half the people there are gun dealers, not just private parties) are a popular way of getting around gun legislation. The infamous "gun show loophole".

You know how I know you don't have a clue? See that bit in italics? That's how.

To be a 'gun dealer' requires an FFL, and if that dealer sells (transfers) a firearm, that dealer must complete a form 4473. No ifs, no buts, no loophole. If you see a person to person sale at a gun show, that seller is most definitely *not* an FFL dealer. Once you have an FFL, all sales are tracked.

If you think that a dealer is just going to sell dozens of 'personal' guns - nudge, nudge, wink, wink - then you don't know how BATFE works. If the dealer gets transferred a large number of guns, then sells those as personal transfers, he'd have some epic explaining to do - followed by multiple felony convictions.


Comment: Re:TNG == Social workers in space (Score 1) 480

by x0 (#48917555) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

The writing on B5 was the absolute worst writing I have ever seen on any SciFi series. The dialogue was crap. All the characters were stock archetypes who didn't develop much (Trek characters typical start as archetypes, but they tend to get some depth by Season 7).

In Ambassador Kosh's own words: You do not understand.

Every character - with the possible exception of Zathras (no, the other Zathras) had significant development. From the bickering and antagonistic relationship between G'kar and Lando, Vir's coming of age, and Lennier's eventual disgrace.

Go back and watch G'kar from season one, then check his character out in seasons 3 and 4. You may think the writing was sub-par, but G'kar has some of the best performances of any Sci-Fi character.

Maybe you only watched the first season, but if you didn't catch the arcs of the individual cast members on that show, then we didn't watch the same show.


Comment: Re:Hardly new (Score 1) 823

by x0 (#48877493) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Years ago I saw a doc on Harley Davidson and a part of the design process was ensuring that the bikes made the "correct" HD noise*. What was interesting for a technical perspective was seeing a bike in an anechoic chamber, which had a robot arm waving around an array of microphones so that they could localize sounds emanating from different parts of the bike.

Years ago, when FI was new to motorcycles, I used to work in a bike shop in Raleigh, NC. One of our customers (with a Ducati 916...) was a developer for the company working on the FI computer and software systems for HD. This would be ~1997/98 or so.

He said that the first systems demonstrated to HD were rejected because the tuning had been smoothed out to the point that the classic -potato-potato- idle had been tuned out and it no longer sounded HD-ish enough.

I don't recall if that was a Weber-Marelli or some other system.


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.


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.


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.


The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.