127 posts • joined Monday 29th June 2009 14:12 GMT
"There are no background checks if you buy from a gun show. There are places where background checks are weak"
Two problems here:
First, your statement displays ignorance of the facts. Most vendors at gun shows these days hold FFLs (Federal Firearms Licenses) and are required to conduct NICS checks on buyers, even at gun shows. The only transactions in which background checks are not carried out are private sales between individuals, where state law permits such. In those cases it is the nature of the transaction that eliminates the NICS check, not the venue.
Second, your implication that universal background checks, even for private party transactions, would be desirable displays ignorance of economics. Given that there is no practicable mechanism for an individual to obtain a NICS check on another individual (and, given privacy concerns, nor should there be) the imposition of such a rule would leverage existing gun dealers into the position of gatekeepers over all transactions. This would inevitably lead to rent seeking, with "transfer fees" increasing dramatically as happens whenever government grants one group a monopoly. This effective increase in the price of all used guns would, in turn, drive up the price of new guns, creating a spiral which would inevitably lead to the situation in which only the rich could afford guns, as mentioned above.
Re: Just political bullshit
Mr Manning has hit the nail on the head. For those less well versed in US Realpolitik, here's a brief explanation.
Guns are what is known as a "wedge issue" (abortion is another). Both main parties, The Crips and The Bloods, use wedge issues to good effect.
The process is as follows:
1. Some incident leads to a wedge issue getting heavy rotation in the mainstream media.
2. Congresscritter mouths some empty bollocks related to said wedge issue. It doesn't have to be practical, sensible or even desirable - just related, even tangentially.
3. That portion of the electorate on one side of the issue puts what little critical thinking ability that it has on hold and unquestioningly supports said critter, regardless of any other evil that it may be doing. Simultaneously, said critter gets heavy rotation in the media on the back of the original incident.
As I say, they all do it and the electorate rewards them for it - so there's not much hope of any change any time soon.
"Yes i am suprised they have ditched Google Wallet..."
I think you may be confused. They are ditching Google Checkout but keeping Google Wallet.
FWIW, the migration has already started, internally. My last but one payment for Google Voice was processed via Google Checkout, but my last payment (a couple of weeks ago) was processed via Google Wallet.
Yes and the specs for ATMs in the UK mandate "mag stripe fall back" in addition to a PIN reader.
That's not always implemented, though, as I found out the other week...
Re: On the subject of ATMs
OK, but why are drive-through ATMs labelled up in Braille?
"The big concern is COVERT recording, and that horse has already bolted."
I'm not sure that that's correct. It seems to me that the real concern is *ubiquitous* recording - as promytius points out, our society is built upon certain assumptions, which ubiquitous recording coupled with Internet dissemination would shatter.
How do you buy somebody a surprise present, when footage of you buying it is going to pop up in their rss (or whatever) feed? Now consider going to the clap clinic, the oncologist, the local nick to whistleblow on some criminal who knows where you live, or no end of other activities.
David Brin has published utopian visions of "the recorded life", see any amount of dystopian SF for a counterpoint.
Re: Is he the neo Nazi one?
Oh really? Tell me, how long have you been reading my mind and what steps have you taken to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Principles?
As that bloke in "Lord of War" was fond of saying...
... "I prefer it my way."
Is he the neo Nazi one?
Or was that a different one?
" This is Capitalism after all"
No it's not. Capitalism is about open competition in free markets. The word for what we're seeing here is "Corporatism" which has, in the past, been a precursor to Mussolini-style Fascism.
Isn't this what always happens...
... whenever we let government, at any level, spend money? They piss away a shed load on an ill conceived and pooply* implemented idea, then spend even more on giving whatever value they didn't destroy to some politically connected kleptocrat.
The only surprise is that we still let the fsckers have control of anything more valuable than the biscuit barrel.
* This was, of course, a typo made while attempting to type the word "poorly". I was about to correct it, but realised that the typo was more accurate and expressive than the intended word could ever be.
Re: Sweden seems such a nice place
They invented sex, you know!
God, I miss Eric & Ernie...
It's 9AM on a Saturday morning here...
... and that feed of shite has just prompted me to put down my mug of coffee and have a shot of tequila.
Re: I'm shocked, shocked...
Well spotted! Similarly, "is is" should have read "it is".
Re: Hardly a scientific approach.
Statistically, is is though. Since almost everything that government does tends to enrich the politically connected few at the expense of everybody else, it follows that "science" which supports a government programme is more likely to be fabricated at the behest of vested interests and therefore false, while that which opposes it is more likely to be honest, since it has no bunch of crooks to please and therefore stands a better chance of being correct.
I'm shocked, shocked...
...to find that it was all just another con-trick, transferring taxpayers' money to politically collected developers in exchange for naff all of any value.
Re: I hate Chuck Norris.
Really? He speaks very highly of you.
Re: How much for how much?
"The back of this here envelope suggests the PGMs would be a by-product of making structural metal alloys. You don't run a business for the by-products, but they can be nice to have."
That's a very good point. By way of an earth-bound analogy, copper refiners like Asarco currently make a tidy extra profit off Gold and Silver. Those metals are present in such small quantities that it wouldn't be worth processing the ore just for them alone, but when they fall out of the copper refining process they're almost free money.
Re: Subscriber service class
Very informative - thanks!
I had been about to praise this initiative as reminiscent of the old X-prizes, but from what you say it's a previously solved problem and therefore redundant.
Isn't the whole "OMG!!!The Terr'rists!!!!!" thing getting a bit old by now?
despite the existence of perfectly-good laws on "due care and attention" already
The solution to any given problem is rarely passing a new law. But we act like it always is, because that allows politicians to be seen to be "doing something". The new law usually turns out to be ineffective, or worse, but by then we're wetting our pants over the next manufactured "crisis" and don't care.
Calls to mobiles
Presumably the difference is that the countries to which calls to mobiles can be made are "called party pays" countries (I know that the USA is) while the ones to which such calls can't be made are "calling party pays" countries (I know that the UK and much of Europe is).
Can't really blame them. They'd have no chance of staying in business if they had to eat unlimited UK mobile termination charges.
Re: How is this not extortion?
Whether it is, or is not, Blackmail is a very interesting question. Just this morning, I read a rather detailed blog on the subject, by Prof. Volokh, admittedly addressing US rather than German law.
While I know little of German law, I can't help suspecting that the hints about prioritising "touchy cases" might prove to be their downfall.
Re: And the first steampunk
"A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!" - Indeed, Sir!
I met him once, very briefly, when he handed me a camera and asked me to that a photo of him with a friend.
He shall be missed.
Re: Frequent flyer mileage
"Unless the participants fly at least several times a year such a poll is just useless."
Agreed - experience is necessary for having an informed opinion.
The problem is, a survey of frequent fliers would likely return the opposite result to that wanted by whomever commissioned this survey. Just look at all the ranting on Flyertalk, for example.
Re: Battle Raper
OT, but this reminds me: People are called "Smith", because one of their ancestors was a smith. People are called "Wainwright", because one of their ancestors built wagons. What's the origin of the surname "Raper"?
Re: Good news
There is, of course, an exception to the exception; namely when said theatre is actually on fire.
The shape of ICBMs
Colin Powell tells a story about a signing ceremony for some disarmament treaty or other, where they had a US Minutman (IIRC) and a USSR SS-20 on display.
Apparently his wife's first comment was "Why is theirs so much bigger than ours?".
And another thing
It's "leeching" not "leaching", unless you're claiming that JP has a business extracting metals by converting them into soluble salts in an aqueous media contained in Niven's cellular membranes.
Which would be technologically impressive, I'll grant, but is probably not what you were trying to say..
Come back when you've gained a couple of PhDs (back when that was hard), been an advisor to a US president on SDI and other stuff, been Barry Goldwater's campaign manager, started the world's first blog (before the word "blog" existed and which is still going strong today), written a shed load of successful novels in your own right, edited Survivalist magazine, been a contributing editor/columnist for Byte (which you're probably too young to remember) and a shed load more that I can't be bothered to type and say that.
We'll still think that you're an idiot.
Re: Russia's MVD "K" Administration
"Oh, by the way, I know that Народный Комиссариат Внутренних Дел is spelled with N, not M :)"
I know that too - hence the "I'll get my coat" icon. Still, at least somebody got my feeble attempt at humour. :)
Russia's MVD "K" Administration
Would that make them the MKVD?
The next time you're in San Jose
The Doubletree at the airport has very good sushi. OK, that's by the standards of hotel sushi, but just being in the People's Republic of California takes that up a notch.
What's with everybody calling it a Space Shuttle, all of a sudden? IIRC, it was properly named "The Enterprise Test Vehicle".
Incidentally, I saw it at the National Air and Space Museum, a few years back. It's a pretty awesome place - as well as a Concord, they had an SR-71 Blackbird and even the actual Enola Gay (which, at the time, was suspended by wires above a bunch of Japanese planes of that era).
The NCC 1701 seems a little over ambitious.
Surely the NX-01 would be a better place to start?
NCIS (the US Navy one, not the one that got rolled into SOCA)
They've had these on NCIS for ages, though they seem to only use them for IDing corpses.
"You just need to get top management to stop looking for large vanity projects and start laying down minimum interoperability specs."
Exactly! It's hardly Rocket Surgery, after all.
Re: I am not a lawyer...
OTOH, many trademarks are held by different companies in different territories - look up some of the old board games, for example. In such cases, you'd clearly want the EU based holder to get the domain.
I agree that this appears a clumsy way of going about that, however.
Having given evidence at all party hearings, I know how dry they can be.
Congratulations on turning that into a thoroughly entertaining account.
He's been in Eureka a few times, too.
Playing Dr. Isaac Parrish, described by IMDB as "The head of the Non-Lethal Weapons Lab at Global Dynamics Also a complete Tool."
Re: Shall we just...
Well, Judge Death was one of the four Dark Judges, along with Fear, Fire and Mortis. He was certainly the leader and probably had the idea first, though.
Judge Fear used to open the gates on his helmet and say "Gaze into the face of Fear". To which Joe Dredd once replied, in his indomitable style, "Gaze into the fist of Dredd!"
Re: Shall we just...
"declare all network traffic illegal. Or unlawful."
In 200AD's Judge Dredd, the Dark Judges observed that all crimes were committed by the living, therefore life itself must be a crime.
... received over $100,000 from companies supporting the legislation
It's a little depressing that we no longer get outraged by politicians offering themselves for sale like high priced hookers.
At least the pols back in Blighty have the grace to pretend to be ashamed of doing that - the ones here don't even pretend any more.
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