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Comment Re:True to every corporation (Score 3, Funny) 548

cayenne8 (626475)

You know...I'll be concerned about private banks' soon as the bonuses for failure at somewhat public failures like Fannie and Freddie are addressed.

They want more bail out money this year and are planning to give out something like $13M in bonuses?

Let's clean the federal house first....

You silly person. The only way to fix this is to tax the rich. Cutting spending, and spending wisely are obviously racist conspiracies.


Comment Modern == Cheap parts, SMDs,built to a price point (Score 1) 674

Being a bit of an audio junky, I have number of audio components and receivers of various ages. One of the most obvious changes from my oldest pieces of equipment (a Pioneer SX-1250) and my newest (an Onkyo TS-XR876) is the change from nearly point-to-point wiring on the Pioneer, to flex ribbon wiring, SMDs, and digital components on the Onkyo.

Both receivers are beasts at about 45-60 pounds each, but the Pioneer has vastly lower parts count, and all of the parts are big, beefy, and through hole soldered. I'd bet that the Pioneer was also hand assembled versus the Onkyo.

On the plus side, the Onkyo is *vastly* more capable than the Pioneer -- it is nearly forty years newer. But that capability comes at a cost: Stuffing all of that digital circuitry, video processing & switching, and five extra audio channels creates a much more complicated circuit path and adds more possibility for crosstalk.

Hell, the most complicated the Pioneer gets is the Phono curve...

The Onkyo doesn't really sound inferior to the Pioneer, likely due to the fact that the Onkyo isn't the typical big box store receiver. Comparing the Pioneer to anything in Best Buy, the Pioneer is hands down superior. To my ears, at least.


Comment Re:Good Luck Collecting (Score 1) 336

by jeko (179919) Alter Relationship on Mon 02 May 05:23PM (#36005150)

Here's the problem with small claims court. You're responsible for collecting your own judgements. If you're suing "Bob's Restaurant and Bar," you can show up with a deputy and clean out the cash registers if necessary. If you're suing "Bob's Auto Yard," you can show up with a deputy and seize a car off the lot. If you're suing Bob, you can garnish Bob's wages.

I think you need start avoiding Bob in the future...

Comment Re:F1 not the "apogee of...automotive power." (Score 1) 405

Can you show me a sport with more powerful engines where the vehicles have to last over 300km (actually, the engines have to do on average 4 races, including practice and qualifying, so it's more like 1500km per engine)? Further, I'd struggle to call a dragster a car at all, given that if you tried to drive it somewhere you'd rapidly run out of straight roads.

How about a SCORE Trophy truck?

True, these engines are regularly rebuilt, but they have been used for the Baja 1000.


Comment Re:Does it Jam in Hot Dusty Conditions? (Score 1) 782

...but mass-produced using stick-type nitrocellulose/nitrogylcerin gunpowder (which fouled the barrel if the weapon was not cleaned regularly). The lack of cleaning supplies and instructions for troops didn't help matters either...

It's the other way around. The rifle was developed by Stoner to use flake powder. The US armories were setup to make ball powder. In addition, the ball powders of the day had excess calcium which contributed to clogged gas tubes, and the ball powder burned hotter which caused the carbon to adhere to the bolt. McNamara and his bean counters wanted the ball powder to save a few bucks.
It didn't help that the rifle was sold as 'self-cleaning', hence the lack of training and cleaning gear.


Comment Re:Hope It Helps End the Fighting (Score 2, Informative) 782

is there such a thing as an "accurised" M16? I.e. someone paying a fair amount of money to an armourer to tune a standard rifle for higher accuracy?

Yes, there are accurized AR-15s. Fully floated handguards, Kreiger stainless steel barrels with 1:7 or 1:8 twist, 1/4 MOA iron sights, and a two stage trigger. Mine also have additional lead weights in the handguards and stock to reduce shake. They are generally used for NRA High Power matches, and they cost about 2x what a standard AR costs.

Two manufacturers that come to mind are Compass Lake Engineering and White Oak Precision


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