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Comment Re:Maybe in a different country (Score 1) 498

The problem with guns is that they provide a very easy way to commit suicide. Someone with easy access to a gun only has to suicidal for a few moments. This is one of the reasons military suicides are higher than the general population, even after taking into account the differences in their mental states.

I think one could make a similar argument about knives, or just about any other weapon. Heck, throw in cars or bridges while you're at in.

Comment Re:Majority leaders home district (Score 4, Informative) 176

That shit is poison, a proliferation risk, and it isn't like there is an unlimited supply of fissile material anyway. At best nuclear energy is a stopgap technology. At current rates it is thought that there is a 200 year supply at best... more like 100 years (or less) should consumption double (or triple).

"Proliferation risk"? Please cite your source!

"200 year supply at best"? Again, please cite your source.

Submission + - Microsoft reveals Windows 10 will be a free upgrade (mashable.com)

mpicpp writes: Microsoft just took another big step toward the release of Windows 10 and revealed it will be free for many current Windows users.

The company unveiled the Windows 10 consumer preview on Wednesday, showcasing some of the new features in the latest version of the operating system that powers the vast majority of the world's desktop PCs. The developer preview has been available since Microsoft first announced Windows 10 in the fall, but it was buggy, limited in scope and very light on new features.

Importantly, Windows 10 will be free for existing Windows users running versions of Windows back to Windows 7. That includes Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Phone. Microsoft specified it would only be free for the first year, indicating Windows would be software that users subscribe to, rather than buy outright.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore showed off some of the new features in Windows 10. While Microsoft had already announced it would bring back the much-missed Start Menu, Belfiore revealed it would also have a full-screen mode that includes more of the Windows 8 Start screen. He said Windows machines would go back and forth between to two menus in a way that wouldn't confuse people.

Belfiore also showed a new notification center for Windows, which puts a user's notifications in an Action Center menu that can appear along the right side, similar to how notifications work in Apple OS X.

Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson revealed that 1.7 million people had downloaded the Windows 10 developer preview, giving Microsoft over 800,000 individual piece of feedback.

Myerson explained that Windows 10 has several main intents: the give users a mobility of experience from device to device, instill a sense of trust in users, and provide the most natural ways to interact with devices.

Submission + - Study Shows Link Between Social Isolation And Health

BarbaraHudson writes: In a recent study published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Concordia psychology professor Jean-Philippe Gouin tracked a group of international students who experienced major social change following a move to Montreal. The results showed that those who managed to build a better support network were healthier overall.

Over a five-month period, participants responded to questionnaires that measured their social integration, as well as how lonely they felt. Gouin and his Concordia co-authors, Stephanie Fitzpatrick and Biru Zhou, also monitored participants’ heart rates to detect changes in high-frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV).

“Other research has shown that individuals with a lower heart rate variability are at increased risk for the development of poor health, including greater risk for cardiac diseases. Therefore, decreases in heart rate variability are bad for you,” Gouin says. The study showed that immigrants who were able to form friendships and get involved in new social networks during their first five months in Canada had increases in heart rate variability, while those who remained socially isolated over time showed a decrease.

“This study shows that such prolonged social isolation can have a negative effect on physical health by impacting our parasympathetic functioning. That applies not just to international students but to anyone moving to a new country or city or anyone experiencing major social changes.”

Comment Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (Score 4, Insightful) 790

It has been a long time since I have answered the phone, and heard the tone from a misdialed fax machine. Fax machines aren't completely dead, but they are far less common than they used to be. I think only lawyers are bureaucrats still use them.

They're still used pretty extensively in the British military, especially when it comes to the logistical arms. We used them a lot when we had to get paper work sent out to the upstream depot ASAP for top priority supply demands. Everything else was sent via the computer systems, but as those systems sent stuff off in batches at a particular time of day, we needed a way of bypassing the "batch cycle" as we called it and getting the top priority stuff dealt with immediately.

Comment Re: May I suggest (Score 1) 334

its cock on close design allows much higher rates of fire

Mind explaining this? Cock on close vs cock on open, taking advantage of the more naturally forceful movement?

Bingo. Although it doesn't in itself make the weapon fire faster, it does make it easier to work the bolt more quickly compared to something like a Mosin, a Mauser or an Arisaka. It's definitely easier than the old Lebel 1886!

Basically, most of those rifles cock the hammer or striker as the bolt is moved to the rear where as the Lee rifles did that as the bolt was pushed forwards. It feels easier to get more force behind your stroke when pushing that it is when pulling.

Comment Re: May I suggest (Score 1) 334

way too costly. it's a specialistic sniper weapon, while the Lee Enfield, well let's say costs are pretty all amortized by now.

Remember, the old Lee Enfield rifles were never designed as sniper weapons. They were battle rifles first and foremost, which just happened to be pretty serviceable as sniper weapons. Additionally, I don't think the rifles to be replaced are scoped rifles. As far as I know they are simply standard Lee Enfield No.4's.

I think it's a bit of a shame that the old Ishapore production line in India was shut down. Their Lee Enfield rifles were very well made from what I'm told and chambered in 7.62 Nato. The Enfield design is very old, but it's still damned good. The action isn't as strong as the old Mosin, but its cock on close design allows much higher rates of fire.

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