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Comment Re:riiiiiight (Score 1) 284

paintball guns with the paintballs frozen can easily break windows, but they aren't particularly quiet either.

Basic, cheap CO2 guns are kind of spectacularly quiet. If you only fire one round, that sound could be mistaken for all kinds of other things. If you fired an ice round, you wouldn't even leave any evidence, at least not for long...

Comment Re:riiiiiight (Score 1) 284

Subsonic ammunition is pretty quiet, but I doubt it's easily available in California

Most pistol ammo is subsonic and any dickhead can load his own ammo with a reduced charge. I, for one, have made my own gluelets, which are casings and primers with no powder, loaded with a hot glue slug. They hit hard enough to dent a coffee can at short range, but they don't cycle the action and it's debatable whether they are a full round of ammunition or not. I sure wouldn't want to get caught firing them towards any humans, though.

Comment Re:riiiiiight (Score 1) 284

I'm not sure about the rubber bullets but in Florida, you can buy a handgun or assault rifle but protective Mace is banned because you can use it to assault someone.

Mace and tasers are illegal in Panama because you can use them to assault someone quietly, but if you can get a firearm ownership permit (which is easy for property owners without a criminal record) you can carry your firearm anywhere except into a bank or government building.

Comment Re:I can see why they blame these companies (Score 1) 284

Santa Cruz went to hell in the nineties too. After the quake they really gentrified the shit out of the mall. Out went the hippie drum circles and in came stupid cast iron streetlights meant to look old timey but which don't quite manage it. Traffic has choked the place just about to death and special interests are fighting hard to kill attempts to spin up passenger rail on the existing line. They've sold many of the locals some bullshit story about a bike trail with the rail line removed, but portions of the route the rail takes will revert to private ownership if the rail is removed, and some of them will surely be made unavailable for trail use — resulting in a trail which is useful only for scenic outings partway up the mountain. Guess you really can't go home again.

Comment Re:Practically immune, not theoretically immune (Score 2) 357

Basically every cube meter of ocean water and especially sea floor is mapped for the orientation of the earth magnetic field.

...which has been changing substantially of late. It's normal for it to change, but right now it's changing a lot.

I think you have to get it pretty close manually. That means attaching it to another vessel somehow. It doesn't necessarily mean putting it into a torpedo tube. You could put it into a missile tube, if you wanted to.

Comment Re:bluff (Score 1) 357

Summary: even with twice Tsar-bomb level yields, trying to create a wave dangerous to cities is a waste of a good nuke. Instead just nuke a city with ordinary sized nukes, it'll ruin inhabitant's day in a much worse manner

You instead have the torpedo surface, and run it right up amongst the swimmers and the sunbathers before you detonate.

Comment Re:Summary Comparison (Score 1) 357

Something like this is scary enough in its own rights, if only because there may not be as good of defenses in place which make it individually more likely to succeed,

Russians can build supersonic torpedoes. If they can build intercontinental supersonic torpedoes, that dramatically changes the nuclear superiority game. We could detect it coming with our sonar network, but we probably couldn't stop it without bombing the shit out of the ocean, if even that would work.

Comment Re:You don't get it right ? (Score 1) 284

Too bad you sandbagged it by leading off with a pointless, extended ad hominem.

There was nothing pointless about it. I was pointing out that the poster to whom I was responding was working so hard at baffling people with their bullshit that they themselves were baffled, and lost the thread of their FUD.

Comment Re:Actually indeed before ~1995 it was liveable (Score 0) 284

It's not capitalism that has produced the insane housing prices in SF, it's government regulation. If the city were to open the floodgates on development,

...then when actual flooding came along, the situation would be even worse than already will be. Did you learn nothing from Houston? Where do you propose this additional housing be built? And why do you want to ruin the few remaining things which are good about San Francisco by letting more people live there? It's already a madhouse due to overpopulation.

And it's not just SF regulation that's causing the problem. All of the "little communities" in the valley refuse to allow any high density housing to be built.

Yes, they are the problem. It's insane to continue to try to build SF up. It's already overbuilt. The ground won't support high rises everywhere.

Comment Re:you have a really good machine. (Score 0) 237

I guess the conclusion is that the main hog is the web browser; limit the number of tabs you keep open, and 5GB should be fine. Go old-school and disable tabbed browsing completely (using bookmarks for things you want to revisit, and browsing the internet sequentially instead of in parallel), and 5GB should be plenty.

So 5GB should be plenty as long as I websurf like it's 1999? That's a typically dumb argument to make on Slashdot.

Comment Re:you have a really good machine. (Score 1) 237

But even for compiling, you'd have a hard job finding a job for which 5GB isn't enough memory.

Ha! What about Android? Is 50GB enough memory? But seriously, my browser sometimes uses more than 4GB. It's not difficult to imagine exhausting 5GB as a regular user any more. It's a bit obscene, but it's just how it is.

Comment Re:Open Motorola 68000 series? (Score 1) 174

You mean like this one? The problem with emulating a 68k is that the best kind of performance you can hope for is enough to make a fast amiga. That's pretty poky even by embedded standards, these days. And it's all well and good to say "but imagine how many of them you could have on a chip!" but then you have to figure out some sensible way to glue them all together. You'd basically end up with an inferior version of the latest SPARC chips, which weren't really competitive anyway. They're only capable of acceptable performance on embarrassingly parallelizable problems, which makes them cool for web service or databases but pretty useless for almost everything else. And since they come with a substantial price tag, it's difficult to justify them over fleets of PCs.

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