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Anonymous hacks MIT websites after Aaron Swartz's death

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Re: May I go off topic for a minute?

"...... And easier to sell it, although not to a resident of England (is this true?)....." Yes, such a weapon would be illegal in the UK now unless sold as a de-activated collector's item, or to a very limited number of approved customers (props companies for film and theatre, though even they have restrictions and masses of paperwork involved). Did you ask about the costs for a professional cleaning of the weapon?

".....Should I lie? ....." I don't think self-diagnosis counts, it has to be a medical condition diagnosed by a qualified person rather than just holding irrational points of view, otherwise roughly 47% of the US electorate would be declined. :P

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Re: Local Dupe Re: 8 billion? <sigh> It was 7.1 billion just a couple of days ago.

".....if you want to hook up with Rosamund......" In all honesty, I suspect I'm a little old for Ms Pike.

".....Back then, you didn't have an IBM, you had a Tulip, didn't you?....." No, Altair clones running CP/M and BBC Micros, thanks.

"......Liked the name probably....." Well, it was a lot more memorable than the IBM 5100 series numbering format.

"......You've been into 'innuendo' for quite a while....." Second lowest form of wit after sarcasm, or so I'm told, but I suppose it still beats no wits at all.

".....Take that up with Andrew Kohut....." What, rather than discuss the topic of the thread? SCHWING, much?

".....untold Iraqis, Libyans, Afghans, Syrians, and Egyptians did." Untold numbers of Iraqis, Libyans, etc., killed untold numbers of Iraqis, Libyans, etc. they've been happily at it for centuries, long before the development of the internal combustion engine, and long before the discovery of their vast oil resources offered them the chance to drag their backward countries into the modern age, something they often seem determined to defeat if only to spite each other.

BTW, did you hear the one about how the Anons don't have any leaders? Well, not ones not in prison anyway!

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Re: 8 billion? <sigh> It was 7.1 billion just a couple of days ago.

"...... I have to defer to your vast experience with vibrators and their proper usage......" Well, stick at it, with time maybe you'll learn there is more to sex than just the missionary position.

".....of 1982, only 42% of Americans approved of the president. Reagan’s approval would eventually hit a low of 35% early in 1983......" <Yawn> All POTUS popularity ratings drop in their first terms once the election fever has receded, even Bill Clinto's and Barrack Obama's.

"......You and everybody at el reg owe their jobs to the IBM PC...." Of course! Because there were no computers before, and no-one worked in computing or even had a personal computer before then.... Oh, hold on a sec - that's complete male bovine manure.

Oh, and I have to add - SCHWING! What next, you'll claim Aaron Swartz died due to peak oil?

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Re: 8 billion? <sigh> It was 7.1 billion just a couple of days ago.

".....the IBM 5150....." I'm sure the IBM 5150 would have been an albatross if the underlying economic conditions were not right for its success. It did not make the economic upturn, it was simply released at the same time.

"....Maybe there's a place where unselfish people go when they die....." There was some philosopher I heard of that had a theory that Earth was actually Hell and we're all doing pennance, but then I thought he was just a depressing d*ck, TBH.

"....Going for a ride on my new electric bike....." Well, if we used to joke about scooters being hairdryers with wheels, I suppose the joke about electric bikes will be they are vibrators with wheels.

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Re: 8 billion? <sigh> It was 7.1 billion just a couple of days ago.

"....But when you extrapolate that knowledge into assumptions, deductions, theories, and predictions about the past, present and future, from time to time, you come up short....." Well, it was more a case of poking fun at you.

"..... a Reagan Republican...." Get it right, that should be Thatcherite Conservative.

".....You and your lawyer have to sit across the table from her to have a real take on that....." I'm not likely to as I'm not the type to let my overbearing sense of "justice" defaet my ability to know when I am obviously doing something illegal.

"....with Wiemar marks." So you're saying the quest for universal knowledge, what Swartz purported, is pointless as the mass availability fo knowledge will degrade its worth to that of Weimar marks? Careful, the Anonyputzs will be cyberstalking you if you start questioning their faith.....

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Re: Re: Local G " If the plaintiff drops the charges..."

"....Consider the charges dropped." Thanks, but I have to point out that if charges are dropped then you seem to consider it a crime to know everything? And seeing as Aaron Swartz was supposedly "liberating knowledge", thus bringing everyone closer to knowing everything, you seem to think he committed eight billion counts of a criminal act. Tsk, tsk, and you guys think Ortiz was overbearing!

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Re: Local G " If the plaintiff drops the charges..."

".....Matt Bryant himself puts the lie to the myth that Matt Bryant knows everything." I never claimed to know everything and certainly wouldn't make that claim. Knowing ones limits is very important.

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Brit mastermind of Anonymous PayPal attack gets 18 months' porridge

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Re: tolerable

".....a group of protesters disagreed with a company and smashed up a couple of training jets....." If you are referring to the 1996 break-in at BAe, where four protesters vandalised a BAe Hawk destined for Indonesia, IIRC, the protestors' argument was that they sincerely believed the jets would be used to kill people and therefore they were using minimal and reasonable force to prevent a lethal attack on others. The Indonesians had previously used their BAe Hawks for bombing civillians in East Timor and the jury accepted that it was highly likely the aircraft they had vandalised would have been used for a similar and potentially illegal role.

But that case is different in that there was a legal argument that their criminal act was justified in preventing a more serious crime, and was the last and minimal resort the group had. The Anonyputzs' action was a crime in itself, was not meant to stop any crime being committed by Paypal or any of the other targets, and the Anonyputzs involved had no intention of anything other than interfering with the business of PayPal and other companies due to the Anonyputzs' warped POV. So the comparison is simply invalid.

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Re: Not a terrible lot of facts in the reporting

"......getting out of jail .....and leading a normal life...." Maybe. Apart from the fact he now has a criminal record that will dog his immediate job prospects, maybe for the rest of his life, he also has to wait and see if PayPal and the other victims decide to sue for losses occurring from the attacks. I also suspect that his future computer activities and acquaintances will be monitored for years to come.

Of course, I wouldn't want to suggest his light sentence had anything to do with him singing like a canary. No, I'm sure he manned up and kept schtum about all his Anonyputz buddies..... Would you trust this guy enough to involve him in a future cyber gang? Probably not.

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Victims of 'revenge pr0n' sue GoDaddy, smut site

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Re: Dr Mouse Re: Hmmmmmm. morality and lawyers.

"......If the explicit photos are taken in a private setting by their partner, there is a reasonable expectation* that those pictures will be viewed only by the partner....." And in other news, people are surprised when they get taken advantage of!

".......Imagine how horrified you would be if you allowed your partner to take photos of you, you broke up and then found they had posted them on the web for all to see." Erm, well, actually I'd be more worried about the state of mind of anyone looking at pics of yours truly in the buff - not a pretty sight! But I'd be even more embarrassed that people would see me as STUPID enough to let someone take pics of me in such a compromising situation.

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Re: Hmmmmmm. morality and lawyers.

".....Wow. Seems to be a lot of anger coming through here....." <Sigh> Why is it that some people have to assume anyone that disagrees with their point of view must be raging? Is it easier for you to cope with disagreement if you can dress it up as rage? Gorw up.

".....I'd argue that those who were posted about had an expectation of privacy.....it is about people being demeaned......" You can argue all you like, it makes little difference in court unless you can prove that, and - frankly - any woman willing to let her partner take naked pics is (a) stupid, or (b) not actually embarrassed by nudity, and/or both. Legally, if you don't have an agreement limiting distribution ("Sign here to say you won't upload it to the Web or show it your buddies on the football team...") then you waved all rights, the pic actually belongs to the photographer. It's got eff-all to do with morality or otherwise, it's just common sense, and now these women are trying to sue because they were stupid enough not to think "Hmmmm, what will he/she do with that pic if we break up?" Duh!

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Hmmmmmm. morality and lawyers.

"I'm going after the revenge porn industry," Morgan told local paper the Houston Chronicle. "Those sickos who post private information of women without their knowledge."

What he meant was he was going after a big payout, and the sickos in question are the lawyers that would happilly and equally represent either side and then dress up their shameless profiteering as either "moral decency" or "protecting free speech".

As for the targets of the revenge postings, unless they can prove they are not the ones in the material posted, or that the allegations made in taglines for the photos are incorrect, I'm not sure how they expect to win. If I was the defending lawyer, the first thing I'd ask Ms Hollie Toups was did she deny the acts depicted. If no then I'd have to ask did she keep her relationship secret or did she talk to any of her friends about what she and her partner of the time got up to in the sack, as she obviously could not be that embarrassed by them if she told her mates (and women tell each other EVERYTHING). The following questions would be about her sacktime habits, which I'm sure she wouldn't want dragged through court anyway, and unless she could show she was a vestal virgin seduced the once (and photed against her will) by a devious scam-artist, it would be hard for the jury to conclude that she was anything but "embarrassed".

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: sabroni Re: FaceBook has chosen to not be unavailable in your country

Seeing as Facesbook is about the same as digital pollution I'd be quite happy if it got killed off in the UK.

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Re: Mahatma Coat - It may be crazy...

"...but if these greedy tax avoiding companies actually paid a fair amount in the first place then the craziness wouldn't be needed." So who gets to say what is "fair"? An impartial expert on commerce, or some dozy European socialist politician that needs to fund the latest bailout for Greece due to the vote-buying policies of said socialist politicians? It's pretty obvious from your previous posts that you think the latter is just fine as it is a "greedy", capitalist, Yankee company doing the paying.

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'Gozi Trojan trio' blamed for multimillion-dollar bank raid spree

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Re: Lars Re: Windows Kiss of Death

"....I would suggest a usb stick with Linux for banking transactions....." Whilst that may save you from some attacks, it will not save you from user-stupidity based attacks or social engineering. Just don't use online banking, simplest answer of all, as I have refused to since it first appeared.

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Intel to leave desktop motherboard market

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Re: Nigel 11 Re: Oh dear..

"..... two PCs on the same network with the same MAC address....." One of the "joys" of VMware is that you can manually change the MAC address of a virtual machine's virtual Ethernet adapter. It is quite possible to end up with conflicts where two VMware admins, unaware of the other's choices, try using the same MAC address range and IP addresses on neighbouring VMs. Of course, if you're feeling evil, and know that a co-worker is currently working themselves into a lather over VMware networking, it's fun to change the MAC addresses of another VMware instance to match those of the problem one, especially if you only do it for a few minutes at a time.....

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Re: Intel are struggling

"....Things are looking decidedly shaky for CISC." And there was me waiting for Larry Ellison to wildly jump on this as more "proof" that Itanium is "dead". How is Intel withdrawing from making one compnent of what is a declining format the "deathknell" for CISC? Talk about taking 1+1 and saying the answer is 3,000,000.

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Re: Oxymoron?

"....So essentially, no longer making desktops will allow Intel to be more innovative with them....." They mean more innovative with products for what are largely replacing desktop PCs - set-top boxes, tablets and ultra-thin laptops. The problem for us enthusiasts that like to build our own systems is that set-top boxes, tablest and UTLs don't offer the same choice in components for self-build. Hopefully Gigabyte, ASUS and co can still make enough profit to continue offering us the build-you-own option.

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Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz

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Re: Holy shit

"...... I've seen a couple of people elsewhere mention that Swartz 'chose' to commit suicide. Trust me, it's not a choice - it's a last resort." Whilst it may be a last resort, Aaron Swartz still chose to take that last resort. He put the noose round his own neck and hung himself. it is far from reality to state that the prosecutor "murdered" Swartz, which is what the more frothing ranters have claimed here and on other forums on the Web.

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Re: Mr Common Sense

".......That would be the sort of UK universities that get whopping loads of taxpayers money, where in Scotland all tuition fees are paid for by the public?" I think you'd find that both sides of the border they'd be calling the cops pretty quickly.

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".......Well your powers of observation are certainly better developed than your empathy." Surely the best understanding would come from someone that was making a judgement based on both empathy and observation, rather than just the former? Hint - you missed this post were I stated it was a tragedy that anyone should be depressed enough to commit suicide (http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2013/01/14/anonymous_protest_swartz_death/#c_1693482):

".....Aaron Swartz was a very clever guy, and his death was tragic just as the suicide of any person suffering from depression is tragic......"

So, there you go, observant and empathic. My work here is done....

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Tech titans sell yesterday's idea wrapped in tomorrow's dream

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Thumbs up.

Not just the software dinosaurs, it's the hardware vendors too. Overnight, kit and software was bundled up into "Cloud" offerings, nothing having changed other than a new layer of marketing. "Cloud" is, has always been, and always will be, nothing new. The test for this is simple - name one technology that is core to Cloud that did not exist before and cannot exist without Cloud.

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British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

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Re: a note on calibres and stuff

"I thought the Mauser '96 was fed via strippers into a fixed magazine?" Correct, the original C96 had a built-in 10-round magazine. Copies made by Spanish gunsmiths in the Twenties and Thirties, especially their machinepistol versions, introduced detachable magazines, often of twenty or thirty rounds capacity. Finally, irked by sales lost to the copycats, Mauser made their own Schnellfeur automatic version with a detachable box magazine. Post-1945, copies and guns made from spares often had semi-auto C96s actions with detachable box magazines.

On a side note on the "big'n'slow" .45 round versus the smal-calibe but high-velocity argument, espcecially for Zmodem, the Thompson-LaGarde Tests carried out in 1904 included shooting live cattle in the chest to judge effectiveness of bullets. Cartridges tested included the preferred .45, which was the eventual winner. During the tests, the only round that scored a one-shot kill of a cow was the 7.63mm fired from a Mauser C96.

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Re: @Zmodem.

"9mm started being used in the police force because they dont kill most people in foot chases etc like in the america, the american police stopped using the colt 45 in the 70s or 80s for that reason"

The .45ACP stopped being popular with the US police forces in the Twenties, when it was found to be largely ineffective when used against the new cars appearing with metal bodies and the early bulletproof jackets. Most US police forces in those days had revolvers in the new .38 S&W Special or .45ACP revolvers and automatics, Winchester semi-auto carbines, and sometimes the odd BAR in .30-60 Springfield calibre. The Winchester carbines were popular but had a small magazine, the BAR was rediculously long and heavy and too hard to control on auto, and the .45 handguns both ineffective and required considerable range time to gain accuracy with their heavy recoil. The FBI experimented with .45ACP Tommy guns and instead switched to .380 Super Auto. They also changed their M1911 automatics to that calibre and .380 Super Auto then became the preferred law enforcement choice for automatics as this higher-velocity round would go through car panels reliably and through body armour. In revolvers the Smith & Wesson .38 Special was the preferred choice for the same reason. At the same time, gangsters like Bonnie and Clyde were also switching to .380 Super Auto in both pistols and Thompson submachineguns for the same reason. Very few police in the States were using .45ACP handguns even into the Thirties, so your idea that they were using them in the Seventies and Eighties is simply wrong. Indeed, by then the .380 Super Auto and S&W .38 Special had been replaced by the .357 Magnum in revolvers and the 9mmP in automatics, the latter because 9mmP autos were cheap, easier to train on, and had larger capacity magazines.

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Re: Re: @Zmodem.

"you have to hit the heart to kill someone with a 9mm, any where else most people can survive with no serious injury,....." Are you smoking crack? Seriously, does your mommie know you are using the Internet? That is simply too stupid a comment to consider as anything other than from a five-year-old or a drug-addled loser. As a very obvious example, police firearm specialist are trained to shoot suicide bombers in the head to get an instantly incapacitating kill. The effectiveness of that was shown, most unfortunately, in the case of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was killed by 9mmP. Other organs that will cause you to die quickly from blood loss include the liver and kidneys, and a lung shot can cause you to effectively drown slowly in your own blood. A stomach shot can be fatal through either blood loss or through infection from material in your guts.

"...... you have to be a looser who sits on their ass alday to die from a 9mm to your stomach, leg, arm,......". A gunshot wound to a major artery, such as the aorta or femoral - the latter is in your thigh - will cause you to bleed to death very quickly. Even a wound to a lesser artery, such as the radial artery in your forearm, can cause enough blood loss for you to die in less than an hour. And if you're unfortunate enough to get shot in the leg without the means to call for assistance, you could die from thirst or hunger before being found even if you don't bleed to death or die of a secondary infection.

At ten feet a .25ACP bullet will penetrate two inches of pine and still have enough energy to deal a fatal wound. Two inches of pine is more resistant than your ribs, breastbone or your skull, which are the only bones protecting the majority of your major organs. The FMJ version has a muzzle energy of only about 66ft-Lbs, compared to roughly nine times that amount for 9mmP. If a .25ACP can kill you so easily, you really want to pretend a 9mmP round is too weak to? If you do, then you really don't have even the faintest semblance of a clue.

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Re: @Zmodem.

"......a 9mm wont kill most people, a desert eagle will probaly kill in 1 shot......" Go back to CoD or whatever game you are using as a reference and - frankly - stop embarrassing yourself. 9mmP has probably killed more people than any other pistol calibre round ever, including .45ACP, having been the calibre of choice for the majority of armies during two world wars and countless military actions since. And even .22 or .25 will kill with one shot if the bullet placement is good and the bullet still retains enough velocity to penetrate and hit a vital organ. People have been killed by fragments alone from ricochets that have retained enough energy to penetrate to major arteries in the neck or thigh.

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Re: despairing citizen a note on calibres and stuff

"I'm guessing you work for MoD (PE)....." Nope. Just because I have a difference of opinion I must have a vested intetrest? Fail.

"......I could literally write a book on the design defects, and crap build quality on SA80 family when it was issued....." Because every other weapon was perfect from day one? Like the M16? No, that had such a crap rep originally that some US Special Forces troops ditched it in favour of the old .30 Carbine from WW2. The M16 had to be redesigned, altered and adjusted, through the M16A1 and then the M16A2 and M16A4, then redesigned again into the M4, all at far greater cost than the SA80, and the Yanks are still not happy with it, hence the look at the FN SCAR, H&K HK416, etc., etc.

".....The magzines of such poort qualifty materials and construction, that using 30 in a mag rather than 28, crapped out the spring in short order....." Historically a problem with many guns such as the Bren, Sten or M16A1/2/4.

".....and the burrs inside the mag caused frequet jams, hence why colt did a roaring trade flogging mags of decent quality to the services....." I can still remember my father going on about how the soldiers with a clue would strip down any new weapon they were given and file off the burrs. The smart ones would even file down the rivet heads in their Stens and the welds on the associated magazines. Some, believing the grass just had to be greener, tried captured MP40s instead, only to find they jammed twice as often. I'm sure they would have liked more expensively-made magazines, but they seem to have coped without half as much bitching.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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Re: Mousebrain Re: Esskay A few statistics

"All these comments about banning cars etc are plain ridiulous...." Why, because they destroy the argument about saving lives being the pretext? Face it, the media hype these attacks up - "defenceless, white kids get shot, evil gun-owners must be to blame, see our report at ten" - but I guess defenceless black kids in the Third World just don't make as good copy, what with it being so far from American living rooms. Especially when the answer to their issue is to put your hand in your pocket and help someone you will never meet.

".....We all know that people die in car accidents, although the numbers are dropping in relative terms every year....." Still trying to justify your denial? What, are people that die in car accidents somehow less worthy than people killed by gun-crime? How about kids killed by drunk drivers?

".....is that is was NOT accidental....." So the drunk that decides to drive drunk, or the guy that speeds, both are criminal acts that can lead to the deaths of others and both are deliberate acts. Do they "count" less because they didn't actually set out to kill someone? The result is the same - dead people. Oh, hold on a sec, I see why you recoil at the idea - you are a car user! So sorry to have suggested you should give up your perfectly legal and probably competent ownership of your car just because other people aren't as competent as you.

".....Comparing the 2 is like comparing cheese with wombats, and equally futile....." You mean just damaging to your crusade against gun-owners? At the end of the day, if a kid gets killed in a car accident or a kid gets shot in a spree, they are both equally dead. But car accidents aren't unusual, they happen every day so they don't make the news - who cares about the drip-drip kill-rate of car accidents when we the media can go nuts about a rarer school shooting? The fact more people die every year in car accidents compared to gun-crime is "ridiculous", right?

".....Your devil's advocate stance is becoming tedious...." Obviously being asked to think for yourself is a bit much effort for you.

"......Perhaps if the gun lobby in the US spent its budget on providing clean water and innocuations then there would be a drop in 3rd world childrens' mortality....." How about the "clean energy" lobby's money? Or what about unions, why don't they spend their money on Third World medicine? Why don't you?

".....The argument for keeping semi automatic weapons at home boils down to "cos I want to". There is no sane reason for doing so." Your argument for banning firearms at home boils down to an irrational fear of guns and a hatred of gun-owners, based on propaganda fed to you by politicians looking to manipulate you. It is you that has provided no sane argument.

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Re: Esskay A few statistics

"....Strawmen don't come any more patently obvious than that....." What, like the rediculous straw man that guns must be taken away from legal owners because just having guns in their hands means they will murder people with them? The Swiss example demonstrates that the guns do not present the problem, and that having even more deadly weapons than the semi-auto carbine used by Lanza does not mean more chance of attacks happening, and it also shows that a militia is not such a far-fetched idea even in countries that have full-time forces (e.g., the UK has the Territorials which are a similar concept) BECAUSE a full-size force, similar to that raised during a full-blown war, would cripple the economy.

".....Your almost schizophrenic use of the word "fail" is becoming woefully ironic...." Your use of words like schizophrenic, which you obviously don't know the meaning of, is not helping your "arguments".

"..... Teens are moody, in no small part, due to hormones....." Great, so having shown how little you know about firearms and militias you now want to start on biology? This should be fun! Oh, BTW, are you saying that the "moody teens" in Switzerland, who all know their fathers have an assault rifle yet never steal it and shoot anyone, have massively lower levels of the same hormones? Beyond silly.

".....You keep assuming that mental instability is the only issue .....The reality is that a lot of shootings are impulsive - and people act impulsively all the time....." So there are no mentally-ill people in Switzerland? Oh, and for you to claim it is just impulsiveness then ordinary people (because we all have impulses) would be shooting each other daily. Oh, BTW, the Columbine kids did not act on impulse, they planned their actions, gathered the weapons, and manufactured explosive devices for their spree. Adam Lanza didn't just impulsively pick up a gun and kill everyone in the room, he took weapons and ammunition and drove to the local school and specifically targeted a classroom of children. His actions, even if he conceived them originally in a rage, were planned and carried out, i.e., premeditated. If he was going beserk and wanting to shoot anyone then he would just have gone into the street and started shooting at anyone and everyone.

".... if we looked hard enough, we'd find a big mark on their forehead that said "TREAT ME"....." Yeah, all those psychiatrists in the World, they just throw dice to make diagnoses - duh! Seems that we have no problem in courts deciding if people are legally sane, insane or "unfit".

".....I'm sure you didn't mean to come off as an arrogant arsehole in your last post, but you thought someone was wrong on the internet, got fired up, and machinegunned away on your keyboard...." Hmmmm, maybe you should calm down and go read what you posted. You have just come up with the most rediculous reflexive arguments that have been thoroughly debunked in a flash, and you're accusing me of machinegunning my keyboard? A little look in the mirror might be in order.

"....Treatment isn't something that can be implemented quickly - particularly in the US, where the concept of giving help to people who need it is obviously a commie construct designed to steal their precious bodily fluids....." Oh puh-lease, leave your tired political prejudices out of it. It seems that if a court orders someone to undergo treatment it happens, so all the screening would need is that, after the complete analysis has been made after the initial tests, a court order is issued to put the "problem person" into treatment. We already do this, it's called sectioning, and it happens when someone is judged a danger to the community, the problem is we usually don't do it until after they have commited a crime. Oh dear, another one of your frothing rants debunked in a flash - I would suggest you pause to actually think before your next post.

".....for the safety of millions of american children." Oh, so you're all about the safety and it has nothing to do with politics? Strange, I don't see you asking for cars to banned, maybe that's because you use one? How about cigarettes, those little cancersticks cause more death and illness and cost the States more in healthcare costs than guncrimes and car accidents combined, so why aren't you too busy shrieking about banning smoking rather than guns? In fact, if you're all about the children, why are you even posting here and not dedicating your time to saving the fifteen children that die EVERY MINUTE in the Third World from preventable diseases that cost just a few dollars to vacinate against? Or is it just that your carefully cultivated and manipulated "outrage" hasn't been pointed in that direction yet? Cretin.

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Re: Esskay Re: A few statistics

".....Whilst the Swiss keep a militia, it serves *in stead of* a large military force....." FAIL, FAIL, FAIL! You are completely missing the point - the anti-gun crowd argue that guns = death reagrdless. Switzerland proved that merely having lots of personally held weapons does NOT mean shooting sprees, therefore it HAS to be something to do with culture and the access to weapons for the nutters. Keep the nutters away from the weapons = job done.

"....not to entertain some type of immature (in colonial terms) fear of a new born country being held hostage by its own government....." So, realistically, who is poise to invade Switzerland? Double fail.

".....it's the culture of the US that needs to change...." FINALLY, some sense appears.

".....and tightening gun laws are the only way that's going to happen." But then the sense disappears in a typical bit of PC, jumping-to-a-conclusion. I suggest a better idea would be the long overdue appraisal of schools and how students behave and are allowed to behave for a start. Don't like bullying then deal with it properly, don't sweep it under the carpet. Don't like moody teens getting depressed then find them and treat them. Make firearms training and licences mandatory for all gun-owners by all means but at the same time identify and deal with people that are a risk to society.

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Re: An NRA spokespersons said...

".... You created the conditions with your skewed analogy, I merely adjusted them to more accurately fit the actual problem....." So if it's a created analogy, how can your "adjustments" be more accurate? What you mean is you changed them to favour your argument rather than face the moral issue the scenario raised. A perfect example of the anti-gun crowd's denial. Thank you for so clearly demonstrating that.

"....If you actually read my post you'd see that I agree that the nutter was the cause of the incident, but to argue that guns aren't a catalyst in exacerbating the total damage done is an "ingrained prejudice" of its own....." So, millions of guns in America, but how many Adam Lanzas go on a spree? And are you still going to deny the best way to have prevented Adam Lanza killing anyone would have to been keeping Adam Lanza away from the public? Arguments about not infringing his rights seem rather hollow after you so unquestioningly demand the trampling of others' rights.

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Re: A few statistics

".....The idea that current weapons are still "in the spirit" of a law made over 200 years ago requires massive leaps of faith...." You forgot the example of Switzerland - a people's reserve "militia" where every male adult of serving age has a fully-automatic assault rifle with a thirty-round magazine. The difference seems to be that they simpy don't have the same incidence of nutters going on sprees with those guns.

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Re: Guns=power. no guns, no power.

".....but there's still the possibility that someone with a gun:

a) Will use it where it's not necessary, which turns them into a "bad guy" according to the nightly news

b) Will freeze up and not use it, in which case the gun hasn't eliminated the perceived threat....."

Sorry, but you're talking intangibles to try and justify a complete ban. Arguing against (a) is easy - statistically, there is a chance any one of us could kill someone, but I don't see any advocating a complete removeal of direct contact between humans in order to remove that risk. Too big a jump for you? Well, how about considering that statistically, there is a HIGHER chance any one of us could cause a fatal traffic accident, but again you're not advocating the personal owenership of cars is banned and only allow professional drivers to drive.

And (b) is simply too weak for words. That's like saying some drivers faced with an imminent fatal traffic accident could panic, and not take the correct action to avoid the accident. That does occur quite often, and therefore we should again, by your argument, ban personal ownership of cars and only allow professional drivers to drive.

But then there's even a slight problem with the idea of just leaving "professional drivers" to do the driving, as the US's worst bus accident, the Yuba City bus disaster of 21st May 1976, killed twenty-eight children and a teacher, which is more than Adam Lanza killed. So, by your argument, if we're looking to save lives, then cars, buses, planes, ships, even irregular pavement itself (http://kensington.londoninformer.co.uk/2011/04/gentle-giant-died-after-paveme.html) had better be banned.

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Re: Re: @Matt

"....So violent video games are ok if I say "It's ok: I'm learning how to kill people in the event of my house being burgled."...." Strange, but I don't remember that scenario in CoD.

But you could always ask the nice people at the MPSTC at Gravesend if you can have a go on the CO19 training simulator. Of course, to do that you'd have to join the Met Police, pass your probabtion, then apply for the Initial Firearms Course, which is probably a bit too much effort for the average gamer. Possible incentives are you get to dress in riot gear and have petrol bombs thrown at you!

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LOL! No, please, do rant some more! I can't think of anything more likely to make a sensible person considering the issue pause and think, that maybe the anti-gun lobby are motivated by more than just "safety", than seeing your ranting, shrieking post.

"....If it weren't bad enough that you are clearly a gun nut...." <Yawn> So everyone that actually wants to shoot for a hobby is a "nut" by your calm consideration? Good. I think I'd rather be a "nut" in your estimations, seeing as you obviously are a completely illeducated, know-nothing, bandwagon-humping, poitical fashion-victim, without a clue about firearms.

"....almost the exact same name as Martin Bryant...." It's a nom-de-plume, from an in-joke that obviously didn't reach Trendville. Ah well, the joke probably wouldn't have travelled well anyway, not as it required a modicum of intelligence to understand.

".....Australia has gun control laws that stop wackos and nutters like you and Martin from destroying the hole bloody place...." Britain has very strict gun laws too, but I have firearms. I also haven't used them to kill anyone. In fact, no-one I have met at any of the rifle clubs and shooting competitions, here or in the States, has ever used their legal firearms to murder anyone. But your careful and in-depth analysis seems to have convinced you that we're all budding serial killers..... Hmmm, I think the real problem lies somewhere between your bile-speckled keyboard and the headrest of your chair. But don't let that stop you as your posts are childishly amusing.

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Re: A few statistics

".....It relates to the arms available then, muzzle loading flintlocks. If the right was limited to those I suspect there'd be rather fewer US firearms fatalities." The Second Amendment was deliberately vague on what arms could be covered so as NOT to limit the "militia" to outdated weapons that would leave them unable to remove a "tyrannical government".

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Re: Re: An NRA spokespersons said...

"....The "kit" should have a high chance of false-positive and false-negatives:...." I see you have to "break" the conditions in your desperate attempt to evade the admission (as Obambi himself as finally admitted) that the problem is the nutter and that finding and treating them is key to stopping them develop into a nutter that goes on a shooting spree. If you still feel the need to (pointlessly) argue the points due to your ingrained prejudice against firearms, please address your dribbling to Mr B. Obama, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC.

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".....other people's lives." So the only "other people's lives" that count are the ones that get murdered? Wow, isn't that convenient. But doesn't it give the lie to the statement the idea of banning guns is to save lives.

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Re: The right to bear arms (does not define those arms for a reason!)

".....which indicates there are 4 times the number of homicides per captia in the USA versus the UK. So how does this support using guns as self defense?...." That's like saying because there are more rapes in London than Exeter we should give up on having police in London.

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Re: What irks me about their argument

"....Yay: All this and casual misogyny and racism, too......" Hey, it wasn't my joke, but they veiled insult was meant for the PLO, whose fighters were so convinced of their manliness and superiority it really hurt their pride to be captured by part-time women soldiers. So maybe you should be pointing your PC cannon at those PLO bastions of misogyny and racism. And their supporters.

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Re: An NRA spokespersons said...

".....If you have to jail as many people as Stalin....." Sorry, but if you're going to compare to Stalin then at least actually go read up on him first. During his Great Purge alone, the remaining NKVD's records show they were executing on average over 1000 people a day, and the NKVD wasn't even the only group killing and imprisoning people. That 1000 a day is not including those farmers beaten to death by Stalin's soldiers for hiding food or refusing to leave their lands, or teachers and other intellectuals that died in the Gulags or from ill-health after leaving the Gulags. Approximately 500,000 people were expelled from the Communist Party alone before and during the Great Purge, of which two-thirds are thought to have died either in prison or through execution. Without accurate records it is hard to say how many people Stalin was responsible for imprisoning, torturing, killing or all three together, but some put his "final score" at 6 million citzens of the Soviet Republics killed, out of eight million imprisioned. Somehow, I don't think the US prison system quite measures up to that.

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Re: Re: Sir Runcible Spoon @Matt

Whatever. Still waiting for you to post an actual argument. Not holding my breath.

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Re: An NRA spokespersons said...

"....look up the figures for gun deaths in the US." Look up the figure for automabile accident deaths, then see if you want to start walking everywhere.

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Re: Tom 35 Re: An NRA spokespersons said...

".....Sickle cell has an accurate test with a yes/no answer...." Psychoanalytical tests exist that score the respondent over a whole test, then if your score is in a certain range you are likely to be a psychopath (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2943160.stm). There are similar tests for depression, autism, Aspergers.... It's not the impossible speed-of-light rocket science you want to think it is.

".....So if they say someone has the potential of maybe going nuts what do you do? Lock them up just in case?...." How about simply send them to a psychiatrist for a proper evaluation? Oh, no, we couldn't possibly do that, it's not like there are already thousands of psychiatrists in the States....

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Re: Chad H. An NRA spokespersons said...

".....Its a good thing that psychological problems take no less than 11 years to develop and screening is 100% guaranteed....." I would suggest even a blinkered fool like you might realise it is better than doing NOTHING, which is what currently happens until AFTER the nut has gone on a killing spree. Well, maybe if we use really short words and some crayons, that is.

"..... you're right, its a big fail for you to even bring it up due to their relative scarcity....." But it was YOU that insisted we're all so prone to going nuts. So, your FAIL.

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Re: Re: Re: Chad H. An NRA spokespersons said...

Oh, and forgot to mention, Obambi also wants to let the Center for Disease Control look at the causes of violence, including <drumroll> video games! Well, it's his second term now, what does he care if he trashes the pimply male teen vote?

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Re: Re: Chad H. An NRA spokespersons said...

"Great Matt. Are you proposing a government plan to screen everyone all the time?" No, I suggested we screen kids at stages in schools, which shouldn't be too hard seeing as we already assess them with IQ tests and then make them all do SATs. We can also not only require a screening as part of a gun licence application but also make licences require re-screenings every ten years or at least sign off by the family doctor.

".....When did you last see a shrink?....." None of your business.

".....When did the guy next to you last see a shrink?...." He'd probably tell me to tell you that's none of your business either.

"....,With airline pilots, there are at least 2 pilots on any given airliner flight....." Yes, but you stated we're all just so ready to go loopy at a moment's notice that there would be a chance BOTH pilots could decide to plant their jumbo in a skyscraper.

"...... are screened regularly for health issues, certain health aspects disqualify people from the job.....". Psych evals are not mandatory for a pilot's licence, and on long haul flights one pilot can often be in control whilst the other is sleeping, in the head or even eating. And the Exxon Valdez shows what could happen if a ship's captain went off the rails. BTW, how often do really big shipping incidents happen? Or airliner pilots go berserk? Fail!

"......and planes are designed to minimise the impact to life....." Are you kidding? Twin Towers mean anything to you at all?

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Re: Bah!

"So these people prevent someone from speaking freely on the web by closing down their website and blog?...." Yeah, who do they think they are, the Anonyputzs?

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Re: Social sciences FUD!

The surveyers obviously never looked at the Slashdot forums! I think they are confusing the techie ability to hide our emotive side behind sarcasm and bad humour with "cold and uncaring", preferring hysterical public displays and outbursts as somehow being "empathic".

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Re: Splutter, cough...

"£100m? For the UK? Scalextric probably turn over more than that." Considering the lack of differentiation (I know they harp on about SAP HANA kit but everyone does that), so you have to assume that's £100m of wafer-thin margin, or Fudgeitso are buying business, which leaves them just as lumped with zombie debt as Dell.

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