* Posts by Eddy Ito

4515 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: @ yank lurker ... Gun show

Chances are that if one can afford a 3D metal printer at the present time they also have access to getting it properly heat treated. IIRC, the 1911 Ian mentioned was printed in stainless steel although I don't recall the specific alloy. Yes, there have been mostly all plastic guns made and exploded as you might expect but every one that I've seen the gun was clamped not held in the hand for test firing.

There were a few guys on youtube some time back making slam-fire shotguns from about $20 worth of pipe and other bits from the local hardware store. I seem to recall one went so far as to make a multi-barrel slam-fire seemingly to prove he could.

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Re: @Jake @ yank lurker ... Gun show

That's why assault rifles using such kind of ammunition are so deadly, and their wounds more devastating.

Your buying into a myth, so called 'assault rifle' ammunition is arguably less deadly than standard hunting ammunition. The AR typically fires a 55-63 grain full metal jacket bullet at between 850 and 950 meters per second for about 1,800 J and the AK fires a 120-125 grain full metal jacket bullet at about 735 meters per second for 2,100 J. Being full metal jacket bullets they don't expand but may tumble to increase the wound channel.

Meanwhile typical hunting ammo like 270 Winchester will throw a 130-150 grain expanding bullet to 850-950 feet per second for about 4,000 J. Notice this round has twice the energy and because the projectile is far superior aerodynamically it will retain that energy to much greater distances.

Finally, I'd like to know the "standard" wound against which "more devastating" is compared. Is it perhaps a two inch ice pick? I find it highly unlikely the standard is a 100 grain hollow point stepping out of a 270 Win. at well over 1,000 meters per second.

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Re: "Gun laws only keep law abiding citizens from owning guns."

Given there are an estimated 300 million guns in the US plus who knows how many being printed or machined off the books it's unlikely that any new law is going to put a dent in the numbers of firearms available. It certainly won't make it harder for criminals as this very case proves.

Also, I doubt interactions with police is going to get any better until they tone down current procedures and training. Too many cops today have the attitude that everyone else is just a criminal who simply hasn't been caught.

The algorithms! They're manipulating all of us! reckon human rights bods Council of Europe

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Re: The private sector ? Act with fairness ? Have you heard of Facebook ?

Yes, we all need protection from the dreaded possibility of having the throw pillows not match the drapes or improperly dried hair.

Seriously, legislation is only really necessary when the barriers to entry are high which limits competition and against unfair trade practices. The problem is that getting it right is difficult. It's similar to moving jello, it needs minor support to guide it along but gripping with an iron fist gets you nowhere.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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So how long before we get AI designing the UX?

Amazon throws toys out of pram, ditches plans for New York HQ2 after big trouble in Big Apple

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Re: Union officials campaign against jobs?

I don't know about New York but in Philly it isn't uncommon for different unions to get into a spat

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We're not sure where the 70 per cent figure came from...

If I may, they are likely referring to the poll conducted on their behalf by HarrisX.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: Had the chance to pose with one once

Maybe pandas are just naturally high. It could explain a lot.

Dude, I like, got the bamboo munchies man.

Whoa! Like, fer sure, who wants to run around after blurry critters when there's all this nice bamboo right here man?

How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese

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Exactly. Improving only 0.5% would make it the "best" but it doesn't mean it's sufficiently better to get people to splash so much cash for an upgrade.

ACLU: Here's how FBI tried to force Facebook to wiretap its chat app. Judge: Oh no you don't

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MS-13 coordinates their "events" via Facebook!? What is this world coming to?

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Damn these fumble fingers of mine. DHS not CHS.

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This would never work in the US as it would ban many government websites like TSA, NSA, and CHS as well as most politician's websites.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

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And which contractor paid for this legislation? Oh, it's the one with the contract to verify the work of the other contractors of course.

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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No worries about a wall as in most of the US "scone" is pronounced "biscuit" and it's typically served with gravy.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Re: Yay landfill!

How confident are we really that all newish phones followed the ICD-200/IS-GPS-200 spec? I'd wager that there are probably many cheaper models that didn't in order to save a penny or two.

Oh, perhaps that's why everyone switched to glued in batteries.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Black Helicopters

Yes, it's a bit suspicious it was the US data. I'm inclined to agree that it was someone covering tracks perhaps because they felt some gov't TLA was getting too close. On the other side of that coin it could also be a TLA doing some "house cleaning" so bury less than overt ops.

Holy planetesimal formation, Batman! Ultima Thule's no snowman – it's a friggin' pancake

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Well if the universe is going to start knapping out Clovis points it can't leave its hammerstone stuck on the side like that.

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

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I'm guessing there are probably several variations which all disagree with each other. Here's another:

Beer before liquor will make you sicker; liquor before beer and you're in the clear.

Of course the problem with this study is that it just goes to a fixed BrAC level. It doesn't attempt to show whether someone would change their pattern after a switch. I know the missus gets a bloated feeling drinking beer or anything carbonated really so she would only have one and be unlikely to drink anything for hours after that but wine or Irish cream would be another story entirely.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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Re: 646464

Ugh, 32 bit Windows 8/10 machines with 32-bit uefi and 64-bit Atoms.

Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)

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Re: Why are you so surprised? Ajit Pai is serving his constituents very well.

Bah, the blue team isn't any different. There actually were bills in congress laying out net neutrality rules before the last president felt it wasn't going fast enough and went all executive order happy. Too many people forget that patience can be a virtue and even imperfect laws are better than easily revoked edicts.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: @ Mr. Benny -- "Prevaricating" means "lying"

I think you mean "gnatsi".

The one with the fly S.W.A.T.er in the pocket.

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Re: Bullshit

According to a WSJ pay piece there are indications that the money isn't there.

But two independent researchers say publicly available transaction records associated with QuadrigaCX suggest the money may be gone, not trapped.

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: Cloud = held to ransom

Oh FFS! I can see this soon being a requirement for continuing coverage by everyone from private plans, Medicare, and NHS.

Oh wait. Bears shit in the woods and being an outdoorsy type I know roughly what look for. You know, this could get very entertaining indeed. Note to self, check grizzly and cougar droppings for evidence of human remains.

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I do love hearing these stories. Of course that's only because I had a new HVAC system installed four years ago they were pushing a smart thermostat for just $50 and when I said no thanks they went touting all the benefits of the connected smart phone app. At which point I went into the other room, pulled the old Nokia E66 from the drawer, came back out, and asked how to install the app on that. The only response was "Oh" and now I have a nice programmable dumb thermostat which just works.

Oh dear! Amazon's facial recognition is racist and sexist – and there's a JLaw deep fake that will make you want to tear out your eyes

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Not impressed.

The skin tone change at the neckline is an obvious tell.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats

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Re: Pigeons - Aaaaaarrrghh!!!!

You never see a baby pigeon, they must come out of their eggs fully grown and ready to eat anything.

Having had mourning doves nest in one of the wife's planters on a long weekend while we were away, I assume they develop similarly, perhaps it may provide a reason why you never see a baby pigeon. As best I could tell with the doves is that they went from eggs one day to totally fledged and gone inside of two weeks. I tried to get snaps every day and from the last picture of an egg I caught to when they were largely fully developed and nowhere to be seen was 13 days. I can't say for certain which day they hatched but it was clear they had hatched 10 days before they left which gives a 3 day window and I'd wager the exact time depends on things like food availability. In short, about a week to week and a half to bulk up and another 2-3 days for the flight feathers to completely grow in and they are nearly indistinguishable from their parents.

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I'll just leave this here.

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I was going to suggest the Goliath birdeater but it seems it only occasionally eats birds. Wait, can they spare a few pelicans from the park?

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Damn it! See icon--->

We all owe Greenspan and FamilyTreeDNA a debt of gratitude for his ethical and moral stance.

The worst part is it's bourbon o'clock!

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: you could simply not put the creepy things in your home

More terrifying is the politicians who seem to think 1984 provides all the fixes to the shortcomings of Animal Farm and once both are properly implemented it will produce their ideal society.

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Re: you could simply not put the creepy things in your home

It's creepy because I had an Amazon Fire tablet right up until it decided to slip Alexa in during an automatic update and there was no way to remove it. Like Cortana in Windows 10, I was given a spy feature I didn't ask for and don't use that was near impossible to neuter. What's not creepy about a bunch of Big Brother wannabes shoving spy shit down your throat?

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Re: Why not just

Or a minor tweak of the Alias device.

"Hey Alias, activate the [Google, Amazon] spy."

You think election meddling is bad now? Buckle up for 2020, US intel chief tells Congress

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Re: Let's be careful out there

That's kind of why I'm hopeful. Once all the deep fakes and meddling are known common practices I think people will become more skeptical of everything they see and hear and less prone to the knee jerk bloviating that so saturates anti-social media. I'm also hopeful that people will see the blatant political hyperbole for theatrical histrionics it is.

Then again, I'm hopeful I'll find a valid winning lottery ticket in my jacket pocket even though I haven't bought one for years.

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Re: Karma

Sadly I think the real number of folks trying is a lot bigger than we're aware of and it's more a matter of some being able to hide it better than others.

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Re: I'm not quite sure why this is surprising...

A large number of American's don't think of ourselves as "world police" and would be happy to be out of that role. Unfortunately there is a very vocal minority who insists we need to either "help" certain other countries or "protect ourselves" from largely those same countries. Inevitably as a result of the ensuing marketing campaign we wind up in yet another clusterfsck where we don't belong trying to bring a form of democracy we don't use to countries that only a few pols and celebrities pretend to care about. All so they can be seen as doing something to save the great unwashed1, most of whom don't need saving in the first place.

1. The great unwashed being either here for the "protect ourselves" group or there for the "helping" group.

Want a bit of privacy? Got a USB stick? Welcome to TAILS 3.12

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Re: An ARM version might be more useful...

Hmm... I wonder what it would take to give the full Tails treatment to Android. I know you can get an ARMv7 Tor Browser on Android but I really want the whole enchilada. Tordroid anyone?

And it's go, go, go for class-action lawsuits against Equifax after 148m personal records spilled in that mega-hack

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Don't worry, the lawyers will each get a similar check but with six or seven more zeros.

Say what?! An AI system can decode brain signals into speech

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Pretty soon we'll discover what we've long assumed. The dog is actually laughing at you when he licks your face right after he's licked his arse and the cat thinks you're such a bore although you do manage to come up with food from time to time.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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If wikipedia is correct, I actually find it amusingly ironic to think that some neo-nazi or white supremacist would use it to find online refuge.

The name derives from the Arabic bilād as-sūdān (بلاد السودان), or "the lands of the Blacks".

'Nun' drops goat head on pavement outside Cheltenham 'Spoons

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That's just it, it's not very forgiving for anyone to have a "toasty afterlife". The old testament is different with the jealous, vengeful, grapes of wrath, fire, brimstone, etc. has a reason for a hell but the kinder, gentler, and most importantly forgiving new testament absolutely doesn't.

No matter, I agree the goat's head thing is a bit odd unless a game of buzkashi went a bit awry.

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Christians enjoy reminding the heathens, atheists and sinners who share this world that they're all going to Hell.

I've noticed that. Here they're supposed to be all new testament, forgiving, etc. yet they still have a need for hell. Why would a forgiving deity maintain a place for eternal damnation? It just doesn't jibe.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Re: Umm... nope.

Domestic banana plants, specifically the current Cavendish and the former Gros Michel are triploid cultivars having been bred to be seedless and that leaves propagation by asexual vegetative reproduction which rules out cross breeding and largely means they can't evolve. Many wild species of bananas do have seeds and can reproduce sexually allowing them to adapt or be cross bred to become resistant. The problem then becomes one of marketing in that the perception is that people largely won't accept bananas with seeds.

Coffee is different since seedless coffee would be pointless as it's the seeds/beans that we're after so they are fully capable of evolving and adapting and cross breeding is easily possible. The problem is that coffee plants typically take several years to mature before they produce a significant crop so it takes time.

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Re: Great solution to overpopulation!

Does this mean we have to wait until we're overpopulated?

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins

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Re: He has a tough name to work with...

I'll tell ya, Tomorrow.

Hardworking Americans keep busy during the government shutdown driving up smut traffic

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I'm shocked!

Huh, here I thought visits to porn sites would have dropped precipitously. Although I suppose with fewer people walking about to butt in it could just be congresscritters with a little more time, among other things, on their hands.

Surface: Tested to withstand the NFL. Microsoft firmware updates? Not so much

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Re: It's a bit like rugby?

... but with larger gaps during the plays/tackles.

I don't remember where I saw it but there was a study, if you can call it that, which determined that the average NFL game contained roughly 12 minutes of action even though it is officially 1 hour long and takes over 3 hours to play. Of course that means that folks willing to splash over $8k on super bowl tickets are paying nearly $700 per minute of action not counting the time and money spent on ancillaries like plane tickets, hotel rooms, and stadium priced beer.

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Most of various DNA companies allow you to download the genetic data they have. It should be simple enough for each twin to download as many sets as possible and compare them directly for discrepancies.

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