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Comment Re:leaked huh ? (Score 1) 899

If you have a gun and ammo, and want to commit suicide, then fine, go ahead, there's nothing stopping you. But no one, including the government, is obliged to make sure you have access to a gun, in order that you can take that course of action. It's not a right.

The government is obliged to make sure that it doesn't prevent you from having access to a gun. That would be the second amendment to the Constitution.

Comment Re:Shopping List (Score 2) 899

And here I thought people bought guns to protect themselves against crime. I guess there are many things I still don't understand about guns.

There are arguments for both directions in this. Some people will argue that because guns are a high value commodity on the black market, they are a lucrative target for theft. Others will argue that there is an increased risk of getting injured or killed in an attempt to rob these homes.

Comment Gawker and John Cook (Score 5, Informative) 899

The summary makes it sound like Gawker had a choice when it didn't publish the addresses of gun owners.

In a similar move, Gawker published the names of licensed gun owners in New York City without addresses

The only reason John Cook didn't publish them is because the NYPD didn't give them to him.. John Cook made it pretty clear that he would have published the addresses if he had them.

Because the NYPD is more interested in raping and/or eating ladies and spying on Muslims than it is in honoring public records law, the list contains only the names, and not the addresses, of the licensees.

Comment Lala was not the threat (Score 4, Insightful) 143

Lala was not the threat. The threat was that Google would acquire Lala and in turn would combine it with their position in the search engine realm. That was the threat and Apple paid the price to keep Lala out of Google's hands. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Google hadn't tried to lowball them and had bought Lala at the time.

Comment Re:Hair-splitting (Score 1) 1862

That is incorrect. Personal ownership of both semi-automatic and automatic weapons is perfectly legal in the United States, provided that the proper licenses are obtained and the proper taxes are paid. It's mostly a question of doing the paperwork and paying the money. The same thing goes for suppressors. A private citizen can buy and fit a suppressor onto a firearm legally as long as he has done the paperwork and paid the taxes.

I should further qualify this by saying that this only applies to automatic weapons that were manufactured and legally registered before 1986. The Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 had a clause inserted in the last hour that banned the possession or sale of machine guns manufactured after May of 1986 to civilians.

Comment Re:Hair-splitting (Score 1) 1862

This is true, but it's akin to the media's often intentional misuse or misleading use of the terms "automatic" and "semi-automatic". One of them has been illegal since the 1930s, the other describes just about every sort of firearm sold today beyond a few common exceptions.

That is incorrect. Personal ownership of both semi-automatic and automatic weapons is perfectly legal in the United States, provided that the proper licenses are obtained and the proper taxes are paid. It's mostly a question of doing the paperwork and paying the money. The same thing goes for suppressors. A private citizen can buy and fit a suppressor onto a firearm legally as long as he has done the paperwork and paid the taxes.

Comment Re:Remote? (Score 1) 133

Many router exploits use a web browser exploit to attempt default passwords on routers from the LAN side. This exploit is another way into a router from the WAN through a user PC

From all appearances though this would require not only a web browser exploit but also remote code execution on a PC inside the LAN. At that point they are already quite a ways down the road to fscked anyway.

Comment Re:The goal often isn't fun (Score 1) 134

I've actually had conversations with people about their daily graphs, which clearly show huge profits from new players within the first 10 minutes of play, followed by no profit thereafter. When I've pointed out what those graphs indicate, by and large the response was always "but the analytics says these people are all in the 30-40 year old age range, so we aren't exploiting children in the way you're suggesting".

If you have verifiable data available that shows this I would love to see it.

Comment Re:Outsourcing Manufacturing (Score 1) 237

Boeing was hemmoraging(sic) cash up until recently, and this switchover may save them a lot of money at the cost of some run-up problems.

Does the cost of those run-up problems remind anyone else of this little bit of dialog?

Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Define "interesting".
Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: [deadpan] Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die?

Comment Re:And this is important because? (Score 2) 155

I have a friend who is a retired newspaper journalist. I wonder if I could interest him in devising some guidelines for ShashDot postings that even amateurs could apply with some improvement to the quality of their posts. Anyone enthusiastic about this?

This will remain irrelevant until the editors do some editing rather than accepting article submissions that are no more than the output of a script that scrapes an RSS feed.

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