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Mad Mike, you sir are either a master of sarcasm or a fucktard. an "AK47" in a fully automatic variant would be a Class 3 NFA item and unable to be purchased unless the item was manufactured prior to 1986 without being a a "Special Occupation Taxpayer" - ie a dealer who is selling the device to a credentialed LEO/LEA
A semi-automatic configuration fires one round each time the trigger is pulled. And yes, you can walk into a licensed dealer and buy one. At which time you will be required to fill out a form and submit to a background check to make sure that you are not prohibited from ownership by either a felony conviction or an involuntary commitment to a mental hospital.
As far as the number of firearms in private ownership- yes, we have only to look at Mexico, our peaceful neighbor to the south, to see what a total ban on private ownership does for the crime rate. Or even some cities in the US: Chicago, New York and DC)
This young lady had a chem experiment go wrong. No one was hurt. No damage was done. So let's ruin her life by marking her a felon so some worthless DA can make a name for themselves.
Re: This sounds like a job for...
Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California
The technical term for this is "splitting lanes" and it's permissible because of the traffic jams and heat. Many motorcycles are air cooled and as such you have to maintain an airflow over them to keep them from seizing up and becoming expensive paperweights.
While you may not like it (and as a rider, I don't) it is legal in California. It's not in many other states that are a little more intelligent, but you still catch people from Cali doing it here as well and getting pissy when they get tickets for it
Re: The question nobody asks
Possibly because Apple charges a premium price and have all the way back to the Power PC days (when said premium was justified because of processor costs.
You buy cheap, you expect this stuff, you pay more, you expect more. Plus, in the US, there's an uproar over ther "rich" taking advantage of the "poor"
I'm guessing one reason is that these Nook Colors (And the Nook Tablet) are already getting hacked and having CyanogenMod put on them. Hey presto and now you have a cheap color android tablet. I got mine from a pawn shop since the hack voided the warranty for about $75.
"Those are only popular with people who never wore their glasses at school as a child because they wanted to be like all the other little lambs. I.e. were terrified of being labelled a nerd."
Or they're tired of looking at the rest of the world like it's on a giant TV. Or they're tired of feeling like their glasses are putting a glass wall between them and others.
"But still you can't run OS X in a VM unless you're in Apple hardware"
Really? My 10.6.8 VM running on a Dell Latitude 630 would beg to disagree.
A point has been missed
For all that I've seen discussion of a) the encrypition and b) the sharing of encrypted files i think a point has been missed.
this will include a "mail" type service....
i postulate this, you will click a link to download, have to LOG IN, and the item you are looking for is in your "mailbox". as you download it to your computer, the software decrypts it with a public style decrypt provided by the linker/uploader.
I'm voting it's a Dreen Brainship.
Re: Been a while since I last played WoW
"My brother and I used to be avid players for quite a few years there. We canceled our accounts earlier this year when Blizzard decided to take the game from Lord of the Rings-esque epic fantasy to fucking Kung-Fu Panda."
Then I guess you know that Chen Stormstout, whose name appeared in a quest for the Horde in Vanilla was a Pandaren. And I guess you know that the Pandaren were supposed to be introduced in WotLK and was removed due to an issue with our Eastern friends (specifically that they could die, as mentioned previously).
One of the reason for the hemoraging subscriptions has been a content issue, specifically that they can't be bothered to fix problems in Beta.
Re: Obama's school transcripts
The real reason there is so much suspicion about Barockstar's school transcript is because due to statements made by some of his classmates, he may have been registered as a foreign student. As in, not a citizen of the US. As in not eligible to be president according to the constitution.
Of course, simple questions asked by conservatives are automatic proof of their evilness to progressives.
Re: Not hard to get around...
I prefer to make the password something epic. "G0FuckYourself" or "Fuck0ffY0uFuck1ngWank3r" - that way when they ask you can give them the answer in such a deadpan way that they'll never actually TRY what you said. So when they take you to court, there is your defense.
I seem to recall Danger referring to their as the "HipTop" before TMobile renamed it and that always seemed like a proper name to me, a Hip Top computer.
FYI, I signed up for a 12 month commitment to WoW some time ago and got D3, a shiny mount, and a beta key for 4.0 (Mists of Kung-Fu Panda). When I read that the date was firm, I checked my Battlenet account and can download the D3 client at any time. So it's not "Paid in Advance" it's simply "12 Month Commitment". Check your facts.
My question is is it sensitive enough to tell the difference between the metabolites of heroine, morphine and codeine and the metabolites of poppy seeds? Also, will the programming of the device, as well as it's chemical markers and such be available for an independent expert to study to determine the likelihood of "false positives" in the event that this device is directly responsible for someone losing their jobs or being incarcerated.
While I know that many of you are in the UK and other EU countries and as such have no care for US laws and rights, some of our rights were specifically put in place because of the abuses your systems created. Aside from the 5th Amendment mentioned earlier, there is also the 6th Amendment which gives the accused the right to face their accuser in court. Why is this so important? Because in many US jurisdictions it has been argued that the accuser is the DEVICE, not the person using the device. Speeding tickets are often dismissed because of improper documentation on the device used to determine speed-thus negating the ability to face one's accuser in court. (And the ossifer saying "Because I said so" is usually looked down upon by Judges without evidence)
This device has great applications in medicine, but as a law enforcement tool I see many problems. Does it provide "Justified Cause" for a more thorough search? Or will it, on it's own, be enough to convict?. I don't know the UK laws other than BBCinA shows and Simon Pegg's cop spoof, but in the US having the metabolites in your system is not enough to get a possession conviction because the metabolites are not illegal, the base drug is.
i thought i was the only one to remember this movie!
One of the reasons that the proprietor of ladygaga.org cannot make a profit off of the site that that if s/he/it did, then they would be using a trademarked name (Lady GaGa) to generate revenue without licensing the use of the trademark from it's holder. This is one of the major qualifiers for cybersquatting. If s/he/it attempt to make a money from it, even as much as suggesting a buyout from GaGa (or arguably even from saying that an offer is not enough), then s/he/it is attempting to make a profit formt he cybersquatting and in violation of the regulations.
as for it being a .org address which was supposed to be limited to non-profits, if ICANN was doing that then they'd require submmission of the 501(c)(3) certification or similar for countries outside of the US.
IANAL so don't try to use this in court.
Thank you Peter David for the simple way to refer to hermaphrodites (the subject matter prevented me from using "hirsh)
At the same time, why don't you stop using the results of US companies intellectual property. The patent war is something that will never be resolved (except by freetards who just take what they want). Pfizer spends $US4 billion to develop a drug, but the EU and UK refuse to recognize patents on drugs and reap the benefits of copycats.
One thing that patentards forget is that the licensing fee of a patent is also about the research and the wrong turns that were made to get to the final product. simply copying the end result of someone else's hard work is theft. But good luck getting anyone in the UK or EU to see it that way.
US OSHA regulations only define an "extreme" upper temperature as being over 40C (104F).... but that's only using a special thermometer to measure which is basically a thermometer in a brass orb that's painted black... This does not include the "heat index" (which takes into account breezes and humidity), but is a straight temperature reading.
I work in a warehouse environment myself in Florida and often this summer have experienced heat indexes over 100. Most warehouses modify their working hours so that you finish work by about 2 or 3 when the temperature is at it's hottest. (of course, i work for one of those places that schedule the HEAVIEST work between 2 and 5pm)
No, I didn't forget
Regardless of the original use, the fact that the receivers are receiving parts of the spectrum they are not licensed to receive is the root of this issue. The receivers are the sticking point. They were built without the necessary filtering because no one was using that portion of the spectrum. So now they're whining because their failure is what is causing this problem.
One little thing that is being overlooked here. LightSquared had legally purchased/licensed the allocated bandwidth. The GPS units are NOT designed to use this bandwidth, being licensed to use their own. The US FCC has specifically spelled out the guidelines for this under Part 15:
"This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation."
As the "interference" would be occurring not on the licensed bandwidth for the GPS unit but on the section of the spectrum that LightSquared has licensed, GPS clearly falls under sub-section (2) in that it must accept any interference received. As LightSquared is proposing to function in the segment of the spectrum that they have licensed, their signal is not considered interference. If their signal spills over into the GPS portion of the spectrum, then it would be considered interference. However, the complaint here is not that. It is that the GPS units have been using a portion of the spectrum allocated to another use and they do not want to have to filter out the unwanted interference.
The fact that LightSquared is offering to not use a portion of the spectrum they are leasing, and offering to step down their transmission power for what might very well be considered a generation of GPS manufacturing techniques (at greater expense to themselves due to needing many more base stations), shows that they are trying to alleviate the problem. The GPS manufacturers are playing "possession is 9/10 of the law" and refusing to even admit that their equipment is receiving signals on spectrum they are not licensed for.
RE: amanfromMars 1
ok, who the hell spiked my cola? I'm actually starting to understand him!
what do you expect?
when the job was done by security guards, many times it was the least capable assigned to the task. when the TSA was born, these people got first call and now they're "federal officers" with federal unions keeping their worthless backsides employed. the TSA is a collection of the least intelligent workers looking over a list of "suspected" items and trying to look busy so they stretch the meaning to cover anything possible. not one of these people are trained to know what to look for in a suspected person, they just hope to catch someone in a "by gosh and golly" method. They're applying a 80/20 rule. Search everyone for 80% of the suspected items, and search 20% for everything. Ignore the dark looking fellow in his mid 20's with the heels of his shoes pushed down and the wild look in his eye (that would be profiling) but pat down and put through the backscatter machine the hot blonde that is the "sole support of two dependents" (thanks, Robert H!)
Give Baen Credit
Due to an experiment at the behest of one of their authors, Baen Books. I recently bought a Hardcopy Honor Harrington novel that had a cd inside of a ton of their sci fi novels. Apparently, one of the authors at Baen dared the publisher to make the e-copy free to boost interest in the hard copy and it worked.
Sales taxes in 'merica
Something folks in other countries may not realize is that there are several levels of "sales tax" involved. In addition to a flat rate charged by the state (for demonstrative purposes we'll say 5%), you then have additional sales taxes imposed at the County Level (for Los Angeles County the total rate is 9.75% including the state tax), and then the City can charge a tax on top of that as well (In LA County for instance, the city of South Gate tacks on an additional 1%).
On top of this, you have various federal laws (and even our constitution) that explicitly prevents one state from taxing activity that occurs in another state. I suspect that the only legal recourse the Kommifornia has is to subpoena sales records from the internet retailers in federal court and then attempt to collect taxes from the receiver. However, with Kommifornia being as socialist as it is, the politicians are loathe to actually go after their own residents for these taxes (else they will not get re-elected).
ME was nothing more that a sop to the fools running 98 that "upgraded" to 2000 and couldn't play their games because of the HAL. MS released it with the sole intention of it being able to run an "upgrade" path from 2K back to a 9X type environment.
If your'e going to piss on MS, do it for the right reasons. The IE thing I can't argue, it was stupidity squared.
not a freetard
"Although intended only to target copyright violators"
Does this mean that the RIAA's and MPIA's attempts to infect P2P networks with virii has a precedent?
Let this be a lesson. You are not a comic book hero. You cannot fight "crime" by committing crime, even if it's not yet a crime.
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"remove them from the database if found not guilty" - that statement alone shows the failure of the UK's jurisprudence system.
Coward is right
A) Theft of Information is considered stolen goods.
B) There is no doubt he received the stolen information.
C) As the victim country where the data was stolen from, US laws would apply.
D) As for blackmail-"Arrest me an I'll release an encryption key to unlock a file I've already passed around"
Obviously the rest of the world does not care about US laws. After all, the sooner the United States collapses, the sooner you can forget the concept of personal responsibility and personal involvement in government.
Just off the top of my head, Assange has
A) Received Stolen Goods
B) Transferred Stolen Goods
C) Violated the Espionage Act (U.S.C. Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 37)
And those are just off the top of my head. Of course, to the majority of the readers of this article, these laws "don't count" since they're US laws, despite the fact that each of these crimes are also illegal in the EU.
I see the typical "Liberal" response - "If the victim hadn't been Sarah Palin he wouldn't have been charged". This crime was a little more than what El Reg has reported, and had some rather far-reaching consequences.
1), Ms Palin, as a Vice-Presidential Candidate, was the recipient of Secret Service protection at the time of the incident.
2) The crime was admitted by the defendant to be politically motivated. His father is a State Representative of the opposite party (hence why he was not put in jail for the 20 years the crime he was convicted of merited).
3) The defendant knowingly destroyed evidence after he shared what he learned with the ever loving script kiddies of 4chan.
Had someone not as politically connected as this kid done the exact same thing, he would have had the book thrown at him. And, if such a thing were done aimed in the other direction, there is a good chance that he never would have made it to trial (as he would have assumed ambient room temperature)
mag strips vs chip and pin
you mock the US's use of mag stripes. in the US, when your card has fraudulent activity, the card issuer is required to prove the authorized user initiated the transaction by either signature or an ATM photo. from what I understand, under "chip and pin", merely the use of the pen proves that the transaction was authorized and the user must find a way to prove that it was not.
note that this attack takes place at the payment processor level, not the bank. i would not be surprised in the least to find out that these payment processors are holding the withdrawals at the regional level to save money by processing in a batch file. especially as i have seen it with my own account (make a withdrawal/purchase at 10 am on the weekend and it not go through until monday, even as an authorization).
liberal foaming at the mouth
"Innovation and wealth generally come from the bottom. Startups in garages will always be the inventors of the next big thing."
Thanks to the current tax structure in the US, as of 2011 the typical "small business" will now be taxed at a far higher percentage of their income than even a mid-sized corporation. Due to the way they are structured "sole proprietor" and similar methods of starting a small company while limiting liability to the founder's personal assets, these businesses will be taxed at the personal income rate. So, a small business that makes more the $200K per year will be taxed nearly 33% as income tax. On top of that, you have health insurance costs that have been driven up 25% in less than a year, unemployment insurance costs that went up, in some states, 400% in the last 2 years, and local municipalities adding their fees and taxes on top of that.
Mr Obama is a theorist. He has wonderful "theories" that are based on academic assumptions and stances. He forgets that yes, small companies create jobs. Small companies have 2 sets of customers - the average end consumer, most of whom work for larger corporations (startups and small companies cannot afford to offer competitive wages due to the difference in volume of sales) and the corporations themselves. If the consumer cannot afford to buy your product, and the corporations cannot afford or do not want to buy your product, you are out of business.
Keep in mind that the mass exodus of jobs started when the government started forcing corporations to have higher and higher overhead for their local employees and the current crop of liberally educated business majors started cooking the books.
Too many people think of "Big Companies" as the enemy, instead of thinking of "Big Government" as the thing to watch out for. After all, Intel, Dell, AIG et al will not tax away a part of your income to curb behavior that they don't like-and since they don't like it it must be bad for you.
The US Government is the only entity that can take a million dollar company with 0 overhead and run it into the ground within 12 months due to over regulation and trying to squeeze every nickle and dime out of the public.
Not that this political diatribe will see the light of day.
a mistake and a thought
First off, the teachers did not take the pics, the system admins did. Just a note there, the sysadmins were probably BOFHs and care more about their hardware than anything else.
Also, with 58,000 pics taken, that's... well... ALOT of pictures. I wonder is they had an automatic program taking the snaps every so often on ALL the computers and only pulled them up when something came up. Like a student whose parents did not buy the insurance on the system that was part of the T&Cs to take the system off campus. The admins note the system is off campus, check the snaps, and notice that the kid is popping what look like white pills (a candy called "Good 'n Plenty" here in the states) resulting in their sticking their noses in and causing this mess.
However, none of this excuses that the system would have had images on it that qualify as "child pr0n" in this country. This is one of the few crimes in the US that does not have to have an "intent" side, as simply possessing the images is the crime. Just ask the hated teacher that got fired because his students sent him dirty pics and called the cops.
Government Agencies, Doctors, Automotive Repair, Police Departments, ad infinitum are still using Dot Matrix printers. These printers are preferred due to low maintenance, low user intervention, and ability to print NCR forms. Sure, you can have your laser/inkjet print multiple copies, but there still runs the risk of it printing one form differently than the others (think contract law and legal proceedings).
As for a stoplight that can detect Horse & Buggy, such a sensor would be useful for motorcycles, cars made with non-ferrous materials, and even the, you know, Horse and Carts that are still seen in some parts of the country.
What I think many people are missing is that China is notorious about not respecting anyone else's copyrights, patents, or anything else. They take what they want when they want. The landmark here is that MS won the case. The big thing, in my opinion, is the attitude of the respondent, "they (MS) think they can charge whatever they want". Obviously, someone needs an introduction to the free market economy. Yes, MS can charge what they want. Don't like it? Go Unix, Linux, BSD, or a host of other solutions. As the user, you do not get to tell the developer what they can charge, only what you will pay. If they say "no deal", when you pay their price or do without. They chose to pirate the Software, they got caught, they refuse to negotiate with MS for licenses, and now they got slapped by a judge. These guys are not the "victim" here, they're little better than MS is their attitude and behavior. They just got slapped because they couldn't out-bribe MS.
We now have it going from "only used when the laptop is reported stolen" to "he never paid the insurance, so that gave us the right to turn it on". IHMO (IANAL)- This is nothing less than state supported voyerism, thought policing, and most likely child pornography (although I will bet there are no safeguards in place to make sure that there was a record of imaged "deleted" by people viewing them and, statistically speaking, there will be one of those pictures somewhere). If I were this kid's attorney, I'd be all over the "Safeguards" in place for the data.
"Trespassing" is also when someone enters posted property without permission. In most cases, all you have to do is post a sign at the beginning of the driveway that says "posted: no trespassing" or "private drive". For all that i think they're money grubbing d-bags, they have a point. If Google can come onto their property and photograph their home, then so can anyone else. While this may not seem like a big thing, it could be extremely important to their insurance company. Important enough to cause them to lose a high value rider if they didn't fight it in court.
Mogul (HTC Titan)
Yup... The phone says 2010, the SMSes say 2016. Since my phone has been flashed to a 3rd party carrier (MetroPCS), and I have a different SMS/MMS client installed, I don't think it's WinMO. I wonder if it's a time hack from the wireless network.
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