* Posts by TimeMaster T

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South Korea abandons manufacturing enclave in nuclear North

TimeMaster T
Mushroom

Lets just hope ...

I really hope they have already evacuated the complex, wiped the servers/workstations and set thermite destruct charges on any heavy equipment they don't want the Norks to have. Because I can totally see the North Koreans just saying FU and sending troops in to secure the place ASAP, probably with the excuse that it was to ensure the safety of the North Koreans working there.

The part that really worries me is that history has shown that seemingly little things like this can be like a lit match into a pool full of petrol and cause things to heat up real fast.

I am probably wrong, and I really hope that I am.

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Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

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WTF??

How in the Hells did you get that icon?!?!

I'ff give you a pint if you tell me.

Please. Pretty please. With salted caramel on top.

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We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

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Sonicare

pop a WiFi chip and a little extra code into one of those and you've got an IoT toothbrush. I would not be surprised if there was already one being preped for market.

Personally I plan to avoid IoT devices, how many times I raid the fridge in the middle of the night for ice cream is nobodies business but mine.

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Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India

TimeMaster T

Re: Law of averages

IIRCC The Tunguska event is currently believed to have been cause by a cometary fragment, so technically not a "meteorite".

Also, while this might indeed be first Human death, lets not forget about the Dinosaurs :)

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FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

TimeMaster T

and for their next trick ...

The next time someone wants to do something like that they will first push a simple update that adds the "by using this app you consent to us violating your privacy and us serving adds to you. Your continued use of this app indicates you accept the terms of this new EULA".

Then they will wait a week and push the addware serving update.

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Alleged ISIL hacker faces US terror charges for doxing soldiers

TimeMaster T

Re: retailer?

some places have discounts if your in the Military.

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Japanese chief TPP negotiator accused of taking $100,000 bribe

TimeMaster T

Re: Benefits.

If they don't someone will.

It is only a matter of time before the hopeless decide they have nothing left to loose, and that is when it will start getting messy.

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Sight for sore eyes: Dropbox lands on Win 10 with iris recognition

TimeMaster T

And you know this for a fact how?

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

TimeMaster T

"Would take a while to get there, voyager 1 has been going for 39 years"

coasting.

with a VASIMR or ion providing constant thrust we could get a probe there in under a year flight time

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/vasimr-rocket-mars_n_7009118.html

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TimeMaster T

Re: Artist's impression

That's pretty high magnification you got there!

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Re: Planet?

60 years coasting. If we used an Ion engine or VASIMR* that could provide constant thrust we could cut that time by a big factor, like under a year.

All we need to do is find it and have a really good reason to go there asap. Humanity won't do it of course, but we could, with just a couple decades of real effort.

Maybe if they detect unobtanium** or something uber cool like that.

*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/vasimr-rocket-mars_n_7009118.html

**http://james-camerons-avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Unobtanium

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DARPA commits to brain-computer interface development project

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Coat

Already have a Computer brain interface thank you very much

I have one interface for visual with a secondary input channel working in parallel with it so I wont miss anything and another paired set of inputs dedicated for audio. AND I have ten, count'em 10, output interfaces.

I can already interface with and operate everything in my home, work, car and general environment with my current I/O system. What does the Darpa system have to offer that is an improvement?

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

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Coat

Guess its time to

put on my red shoes and dance the blues.

RIP Mr. Bowie, and my sympathies to those, like myself, who will have to carry on in this odd little world that now seems a little less interesting, and a little colder too.

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Fans demand 'Lemmium' periodic table tribute

TimeMaster T
Meh

Re: Born to Raise Eyebrows

drawing of a cute girl or a photo of an aging male rocker. I know my preference but hey, whatever gets your boat to port.

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Coat

Who??

I've never heard of the guy till his death was reported on CNN, and while I think I >might< have heard of the band I can't be sure.

First thing I thought when I saw the name was "why would they want to name an element after a bunch of small furry rodents who's only claim to fame was running off a cliff when chased by a helicopter?"

If your going to name it after a singer how about "Mikunium" after Hatsune Miku? She is way cuter.

mines the one with the spring onion in the pocket.

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American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

TimeMaster T

Re: Thanks FCC

"Hillary and despite all her faults looks like the only choice."

Not the only choice. Bernie Sanders.

Remember: The only way to "throw your vote away" is to NOT vote. Don't like the candidates listed? Then write in who you want, even if its your pet hamster. Every voted counted that isn't for the wining candidate means they can't claim to represent a majority of the American people as easily.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

TimeMaster T

GIMP user for ~10 years.

for the average home/amateur photographer its great. And I've used it for a lot more than just dealing with red-eye.

It has the advantage of being both free and multi platform as well as being able to read just about every digital image format in existence.

Disclaimer: I've never used Photoshop so I can't offer a fair feature comparison.

That said if you can't afford Photoshop try GIMP, and I mean really try it, don't just start it up and whine that it has a different layout than Photoshop. There is always going to be a learning curve when you try a new piece of software.

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Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

TimeMaster T

Re: More details needed...

Didn't something like that also happen in Texas?

Woman gets arrested for no valid reason and is then found dead in her holding cell a few days later in what is declared a suicide.

Getting on the wrong side of a police officer can destroy your life. Even if you are innocent, and can prove it, the court will find some way to ignore the evidence and believe the officers story over yours.

Then every time you fill out a application for employment, security clearance, loan, etc. you will have to check the "Have you ever been arrested?" box. And they don't bother looking at the "why" field as they move your paperwork to the bin.

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

TimeMaster T

Woah!!

Just watched the link.

It really does make a Hell of a lot of sense. And all the pieces fit ....

Scary. Very scary.

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Sneaky skimmer scam stings several Safeway supermarkets

TimeMaster T
Megaphone

Re: "We immediately followed the proper protocol..."

They probably found the skimmers when one of the POS card readers that had one installed failed and the tech from the outside contractor that actually does the install/maintenance of the POS system spotted it.

I've worked for a company providing POS systems for restaurants/grocery stores and 99% of the people using them wouldn't know a mag reader from a keypad.

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TimeMaster T

Re: How was it installed?

Most places would have a third party contractor handling the maintenance of their POS systems. Probably the skimmers were installed by someone from outside Safeway.

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TimeMaster T
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California Locations

buried in an article linked to in the comments on the article linked to in the Reg's article

"Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling said in a statement that two skimmers were discovered three months ago at their 7499 Dublin Blvd. location in Dublin and the 710 Bancroft Road location in Walnut Creek.?

Nothing about the Colorado stores.

Given that the affected locations was the FIRST thing I wanted to know about it is very disappointing that I had to dig that far to find anything about the affected locations. Come on people!! Where is your sense of journalistic responsibility to inform the public?

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Sanders presidential campaign accuses Democrats of dirty data tricks

TimeMaster T
Megaphone

To all Americans

VOTE! But if you don't like the candidates on the ballot don't vote for them, I don't care if you write in Bernie Sanders or your pet hamster but VOTE.

The last USA presidential election had something like a third of the registered voters casting a ballot. That means that only slightly more than 1/6 the voting population of the USA voted for the current POTUSA who now claims the "Mandate of the majority".

Sure a Dem or Rep will still get enough of a majority to get elected but if they only got 15% of the total votes it would kind of get the point across that most US citizens don't like them.

Remember: Your vote is like a coupon for a free dinner at your favorite restaurant. You only waste it if you DON'T use it.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

TimeMaster T
Coat

Re: If anything can go wrong...

No. Murphy is an optimist.

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

TimeMaster T

Re: Errr..clarification

the cargo areas of most modern planes are pressurized just like the passenger cabin. The rule about the tires might be a hold over from when the holds weren't pressurized or just a safety measure in case of a depressurization, which as you point out the more modern high pressure tires would handle without issue.

Likely its one of those things where someone said "OMG!, if the plane lost pressure those tires filled with pressure could EXPLODE!!!" and put in the rule without actually talking to anyone who knew anything about it.

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Unhappy

So let me get this straight ...

The pilot picks the wrong point to take off from.

The traffic controllers, whom I presume have a radio, failed to inform the pilot.

The plane then hits something, the article mentions something about "lights" but gives no additional details, and no one in the plane or on the ground notices.

The plan then fly 13 hours with a potentially deadly gash in its pressure hull.

And the article is yapping on about the zoom setting on a tablet computer and the OS installed on it.

Does that sound about right?

The Reg just lost some points with me on this. Seriously people? ~200 people could have died and the article reads like a fluff piece complaining about features on a tablet computer.

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Brit hardware hacker turns Raspberry Pi Zeros into selfie slayers

TimeMaster T

Re: I'm wondering

Fun idea but ...

You would be getting into legally questionable territory with spoofing. Right now the device just makes a polite request to the WiFi connected mobile/laptop/tablet to "get lost", its up to the connected device to preform the actual disconnect.

By spoofing a web site or redirecting the connection you get into legal areas covered by cyber security laws, unauthorized use of a system, intrusion, and other legal grey areas.

Better to just get a device to drop the connection. No one gets hurt and you can rightfully claim that you have done nothing to intercept or tamper with data on another persons device.

That said I want one of these things. Not sure what I would do with it but I'm sure I would think of something.

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Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

TimeMaster T
Coat

Re: VR makes me want to hurl

"A choice of Porn, Porn or Porn and some Big Brother"

"One of those does nothing for me."

I can relate. The whole "domination" fetish doesn't do anything for me either.

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France's 3-month state of emergency lets govt censor the web

TimeMaster T
Mushroom

Two words

Reichstag fire.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, with the same consequences.

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Re: Presenting: The Continuous State of Emergency...!

what do you mean 35 years?

We've always been at war with Eurasia and Eastasia

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

TimeMaster T
Mushroom

Re: One more reason

If I had to choose between Trump and Hillary, and only those two Yes, I would vote for Trump. Yes he is an insane narcissistic egomaniac who doesn't have a clue about foreign policy but he is not Hilary. The level of hatred that would be focused at him by both side of the isle would render him effectively powerless for the four years he would hold office effectively containing any the damage he can do.

Hilary on the other hand would have the support of at least the Democratic party and would be able to negotiate with the individual members of the Republican party to pass whatever legislation she choose to push. She is far more dangerous and potentially damaging to the USA than Trump could be in even the worst possible scenario.

Fortunately I do not have to choose between Hilary or Trump.

I will be voting for Sanders, even if I have to write him in.

And every vote that is counted that does not go to the winner lessens the "Mandate of the People" that the winners like to claim when they have 52% of the cast votes but only received slightly over 1/6 of the total possible votes when measured against those who COULD have voted but chose not to.

Some final things to think about;

How it would look if Hilary had more votes than Trump but only 16% of all the votes. Sure she would be the winner but it would be a clear message to her that the majority wanted anyone BUT her or Trump.

and lastly;

The only time someone "throws their vote away" is when they DON'T use it. So to all the other people in the USA I say this : I DON"T CARE IF YOU WRITE IN YOUR PET HAMSTER FOR PRESIDENT. GET YOUR ASSES OUT THERE AND VOTE!!

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One more reason

Yet another reason I will not be voting for Hilary. Ever.

Supported the TPP until the public caught wind of how bad it was then she flip-floped.

Voted to authorize invasion of Iraq.

Voted for extending the PATRIOT act.

Voted for CISA.

voted for the bail out the banks (most of her biggest contributors are financial institutions).

and the list just goes on.

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

TimeMaster T
Meh

You trust strangers all the time.

Do you personally know your current PM/President/Sultan/King/etc.?

Will you vouch for their integrity in a court of law? Would you counter sign a loan for one of them or trust them with direct access to your bank accounts and credit cards. Would you let them babysit your child?

"What if it turns out the leaders are criminal psychopaths manipulating their cohorts to bring about confrontation and destabilisation in society?"

sounds like every world leader/politician I've heard of in the last 50 years

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TimeMaster T
Mushroom

Unfortunately as far as Daesh is concerned the simple fact that those in the restaurant we not Muslims was all the justification they needed. And even if some were it still wouldn't have mattered to the shooters, to Daesh any Muslims who die in their attacks die as Martyrs for the greater glory of Allah (blessed is His name, or some such BS like that) and get a free pass to paradise.

The more I find out about Islam the more I am convinced that the world will never know any kind of lasting peace while ANY religions exist.

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Today's exoplanet weather: 1,000°C, glass rain, 8,700 km/h winds

TimeMaster T

So let me get this straight

They have determined the wind speed on a planet 63 light years away by measuring the Doppler shift in a gas in the atmosphere of said planet as it crosses the glaring face of its parent star?

Wow. Just F'ng wow.

I know others have already commented on it but it hears repeating.

Wow, Just F'ng wow.

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UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

TimeMaster T
Mushroom

Revolutions

Revolutions are like Earthquakes. The more time between them the worse they are when the hit.

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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

TimeMaster T

Wait. What the ....

I'm hoping for a "Hmmm, that's odd." discovery in the data.

The biggest breakthroughs have started with those words.

Gravity is the one force we really don't understand very well, hence the need for dark mater/energy to explain why really big things don't behave how the math says they should.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

TimeMaster T

Re: Then why use Windows at all?

Intuit may have thrown it's lot in with MS in the past but they are not entirely stupid. When their Enterprise level market starts asking for a non Windows version I can bet you there will be one released very quickly Intuit already has a Quickbooks database server module for Linux. All they need to do is make a client. Hells, they probable already have one in beta.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

TimeMaster T
Mushroom

Re: wsusoffline - win

"The lot of you need to die. Slowly and painfully. Over several years. Fuck off and die you worthless lumps of shit. Do the world a favour and leave."

Take heart!!! That seems to be EXACTLY what Microsoft is doing.

The downer is that they are "sharing the pain" with the rest of use :(

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We're getting kick-ass at seeing through walls using just Wi-Fi – MIT

TimeMaster T

Re: So newfound reasons...

Bad plan. The metal would just reflect a stronger signal making you easier to track.

Faraday cage, only way to go.

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TimeMaster T

Answer

"Why are amateurs always trying to make things complicated"

Maybe because they don't have enough experience know what they are doing. There was a word for that but i can't seem to remember it at the moment.

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Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

TimeMaster T

Re: Which has more stupidity?

"The companies selling or the people buying"

I would have to say the people.

Which group is laughing all the way to the bank?

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Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops

TimeMaster T
Mushroom

I could see a use for this device.

keep one in your glove compartment. if you ever get pulled over and the cop decided to make an unwarranted search of your car they will likely grab it to check "for illegal content". If they ask whats on it you tell them "Do not attempt to view the contents of that device. It would be bad.".

Even if you tell them >exactly< what it is they will think you are lieing to hide something and plug it in anyway. Just make sure you have a recorder of some kind going when you tell them so you can defend yourself form the certain "terrorist" charges that would follow.

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Smuggle mischievous JavaScript into WinRAR archives? Sure, why not

TimeMaster T
Meh

Re: Dear Linux user..

"As with cats, all Windows computers should be euthanized..."

Agree with last part. Disagree with first.

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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

TimeMaster T

Re: But why?

The stickers you referring to are for the OS, not the Office suite that may also be pre-installed on the computer.

My experience has been that the Office licenses is a separate document included with the systems documentation.

Disclaimer; I also haven't worked on brand name PCs in 3 years so things might have changed since then.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

TimeMaster T

"You don't use linux on the desktop unless you're a masochist ..."

I have to disagree. My main home system has been Linux with KDE/TDE for almost 15 years now. I also have a Windows box that I keep around for a couple of games/apps that don't have a Linux port and I haven't tried with WINE yet.

I've had more headaches with the Windows system in the last year than I've had with Linux desktop in the past 15. And I use my Linux system for a lot more than just games. All my multimedia/photo editing, CD/DVD authoring/burning, office apps, games (native and WINE), printing on a laser printer that is no longer supported for Windows but works fine with Linux, and of course surfing the Internet.

You want to talk about masochists? talk to people who lose all their files because of some virus, or the ones who can't open some old MSWorks document because MS Word doesn't support the format anymore. Offer them an option like Linux, or even a Mac, and they will always go back to Windows.

From 20+ years of working with computers I can tell you that every system, be it Linux, Windows, OSX, or BSD is a pain for the average user to install and configure as a fresh install. But once the OS is configured and the drivers installed they are all the same. They work, and people don't care what OS they use as long as it does what they want it to.

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SPACED OUT: NASA's manned Orion podule pushed back to 2023

TimeMaster T
Childcatcher

Re: Downvote bait.

One of the best arguments I've heard for space exploration, or at least a self sustaining lunar colony, is to provide a "life boat" for Humanity.

About 60-80 thousand years ago there was a volcanic event (link at bottom) that according to many reduced Humanity to a total population of less than 10,000 individuals on the entire planet. Think about that for a moment.

10,000, including children, on the ENTIRE PLANET.

That is less than number of people who worked in ONE of the NY World Trade center towers.

It was only by luck that the Human species survived, many other creatures, including some other Hominids did not.

When, and it is a "when", not an "if", there is another such event we may not be as lucky. As a species we are less equipped to survive now than we were back then. Having a self sustaining large gene pool away from Earth, be it of the moon, Mars or habitats at the Lagrange points, would at least ensure that our species and technologies survived.

That is why we need to explore space. Learning about other planets and gaining a better understanding of our own is just a bonus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toba_catastrophe_theory#Genetic_bottleneck_theory

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Fed-up sysadmins beg Microsoft to improve pisspoor Windows 10 update notes

TimeMaster T

Re: Quite Frankly

I have a Vista SP2, fully patched, system I use only to play the 2 "Windows only" games that I like. I don't surf the web or install other apps on it. It works perfectly for what I use it for, never crashes or locks up.

For everything else, including the rest of my game collection, I have a GNU/Linux box.

A fully patched Vista system can handle just about anything the common user is going to do.

While Windows 10 may not trigger the "Year of the Linux desktop" it might get software developers to start providing more GNU/Linux and Mac applications

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Handing over emails in an Irish server to the FBI will spark a global free-for-all, warns Microsoft

TimeMaster T

This is easy

"... demolish internet user privacy worldwide.. "

This from the company that brought you the X-Box One, telemetry in Windows 7, 8 and 10 and a OS with a less than stellar record in regard to overall security.

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

TimeMaster T

Re: Could that really have gone off?

it really depends on the gun. Some have the firing pin resting on the primer others have it held back a bit. Also, some semi-autos have a interlock that prevents the pin from moving unless the trigger is pulled while other models have an enclosed hammer.

There are also models that you can lower the hammer after chambering a round so the gun is not cocked.

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