* Posts by bombastic bob

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TalkTalk hackhack duoduo thrownthrown in the coolercooler: 'Talented' pair sentenced for ransacking ISP

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Re: "individuals of extraordinary talent."

"I always thought they were run of the mill script kiddies"

I was about to say something like that, too. what makes them 'script kiddies' is (from what I got from the article) how it started [apparently] with a 17 year old using "toolz" on his "p00ter" to check for SQL injection vulnerabilities. And when he found them, he (apparently) did some thieving and BRAGGED! ABOUT! IT! to others, some of whom were also arrested and convicted [hence the sentencing].

that's kinda what the definition of "script kiddie" is, using things written by others like any miscreant would, in essence having NO real knowledge of computers, or networks, or security, but having those "toolz" so he can look like a 1337 h4x0r to his script-kiddie buddies and online "friends".

REAL hackers, of course, get jobs as engineers, and in IT (and often become security experts). Or they do the 'mad science' thing and invent stuff, work on kernels and device drivers and really cool features in commercial software, because real hackers are curious, inventive, think outside of the box, and typically find unique creative solutions to problems that others would just wheel-spin trying to solve.

Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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Re: Nothing. Nadda. Zip. Zilch.

"WP is quite a respectable newspaper"

You HAVE read the thing, or at least heard people quote articles from it, right?

"WP is quite a respectable newspaper"

I'll accept that at face value. It _IS_ printed on dead trees, made available online, and sold at news outlets of various kinds. What they print in it, however, isn't usually something I want to read.

Does their web site even work if you have 'noscript' running? my guess is NO.

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Re: Other solution

"So I don't bother trying to read it."

The BEST plan of all. It _IS_ the "Washington {BLEEP}" after all...

/me points out that G. Gordon Liddy, on his radio show, had a segment called 'review and comment on the news', in which he'd read parts of specific articles and comment on them. The Washington Post, because of their Watergate reporting back in the day, was always referred to as the "Washington {Bleep}", usually with a censorship 'bleep' tone at the appropriate moment when he spoke it's name. Another local radio guy calls it the "Washington COMPost". In any case, I have a low opinion of their 'journalism' although, on occasion, they're like that proverbial broken clock that's right twice a day.

Oh, and don't hold your breath for ANY GDPR support from any media outlets in the USA, unless they have something going on in EU or UK that can somehow take the heat for NOT supporting it. Most likely they'll thumb noses and continue to track you for ad purposes, as always.

Linux kernel Spectre V2 defense fingered for massively slowing down unlucky apps on Intel Hyper-Thread CPUs

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"let's actually use the cores we have!"

Well X11 is client/server and you'll see more threading because of it. And the OS has kernel threads that try to make use of multiple cores for IO and other things (well Linux and BSD, anyway, dunno windows probably does too).

But yeah multi-thread algorithms are still a bit behind the hardware tech last I looked, except for things that are trivially threaded. Some time ago I did a threaded quick sort as a demo, and a more practical discrete Fourier transform with threads [which is somewhat trivially threaded]. Where I get the most benefit is from a build, which I always try to invoke with jobs 'make -j' set to twice the number of available cores.

/me does not even know if Microsoft's compiler can do that, simultaneous jobs to build things. BSD make and GNU make have been able to do that for at least a decade...

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ots of REAL cores now, we don't have to pretend

that's a very, very good point. Except for the legacy boxen...

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Re: HTML-only calculator?

ALUs are supposed to be efficient, so they do things efficiently [and if that means a lookup table, sure, whatever works].

shoehorning a "programming language" into doing something because you can, maybe something for bragging rights in an online forum, but no REAL WORLD usefulness. I can't imagine the bandwidth requirement for downloading such an abomination... and I doubt it's pure HTML, it would probably have at least SOME javascript in it [that doesn't make it any better, probably makes it WORSE]

in any case, I'm sure YAML is similarly "unfit for purpose" and shouldn't be called "popular" nor "a programming language".

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everything YAML-fied? [just, no]

Well the last 10+ years of software development has gone the way of "the bandwagon" so it's no surprise that something like *THIS* has become "the new bandwagon"

Meanwhile, REAL development is done on REAL operating systems with REAL tools using REAL languages and no "bandwagon". See TIOBE index which has been very accurate for a very, very long time.

/me points out that Micro-shaft tries to get everyone on THEIR bandwagon every couple of years, and then re-invents it into something else "new, shiny" and apparently abandons devs in their wake...

I can think of a bunch of stuff - windows scripting host, ".Not", C-pound, ActiveX, Silverlight, WinRT, UWP, yotta yotta yotta moving targets all. VB was *especially* a 'moving target' from 1.0. And when nobody (but a few) jumps on the bandwagon, they move on to "yet another new, shiny" over, and over, and over, and over, and over. "Here's the new version / replacement technology, get hot patching your stuff to use it, more work for YOU, no backward compatibility, you're welcome, 'new, shiny'"

I'd put YAML in the same category as all of THAT. *NOT* using it, adopting it, or even making it an option. I don't like JSON either. XML is tolerable, if it's not over-complicated [like the standard makes it - CDATA? Really?].

Microsoft confirms: We fixed Azure by turning it off and on again. PS: Office 362 is still borked

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This deserves a theme song...

To the tune of the "Car 54 where are you" theme...


There's a network bottleneck

Routers blinking all those lights

Network traffic jams are forming

Backup data not in sight

Users screaming like a child

Workload forms a monstrous pile...

Office 364 where are you???

Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA

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Re: MF to the A

"Anybody got a cloudy coat hanger?"

how about a 'cloudy fire axe' ?

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Re: Microsoft have some explaining to do

Microsoft has NOTHING to explain. They are Microsoft. They are a monopoly, there's noplace else you can go, there's nobody else available, it's ONLY them, you HAVE to accept it, and they don't care about YOU.

Microsoft don't have to explain NUTTIN to NOBODEEZ. Once you're assimilated, you'll understand...

[at least, that's the perception]

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"What's the point of this cloudy stuff again?"

Fragile house of cards replaces basket for all of your eggs.

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Re: Damnit!

"the guys that were giving their passwords to scammers/spammers"

Now everyone's giving those passwords to microsoft, google, amazon, ... "Microsoft Logon" anyone?

If the cloud were a batch process to backup to it, rather than an ongoing bandwidth-intensive "required to do work" constant access, it would make sense. Cloudy "applications" are not just overrated, they're THE PROBLEM.

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The Cloud - highly overrated

"Because on-prem stuff never breaks, floods, gets stolen, overheats or loses power?"

Well said! You deserve a beer. And a topic. I hope you like it.

(I hope you weren't being snarky - which you probably were - but I assume that, on average, the likelihood of any of those things actually happening is pretty low compared to cloudy outages)

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Windows updates seem to require hours

"Similarly sized Windows updates seem to require hours - literally - of disk grinding. Why?"

A lack of PROPER write cacheing is probably a big part of it. Linux has an efficient journaling file system AND supports some pretty aggressive write cacheing, especially when you compare it to what Micro-shaft does [what I call 'paranoid' cacheing].

Second would be "the Registry" in general. What started out as a simple replacement for INI files [which it was better than, mostly] turned into "that" over a period of years, once OLE and "all of those embeddable things you will never use" and then ".Not" happened.

EVERYTHING I have seen in EVERY windows version that supports "the Registry" tells me that it's "paranoid cached" to the maximum possible extent; that is, it seems to physically RE-READ everything, even if no changes have been made, and appears to do a physical disk write EVERY TIME you change ANYTHING, even the most trivial thing. I could easily be wrong about that, having NOT seen the internals of it, but performance measurements SUGGEST that I am RIGHT about it.

If the registry were treated by the kernel like a transaction-based system, this wouldn't be a problem. it would act like EVERY RELATIONAL DATABASE does when you have simultaneous queries and updates. This kind of tech has been around a long time and MS has their OWN relational database to use as a clue on how to implement something like that.

But, NOOoooo... "the Registry" CONTINUES to be a road block for performance, BOTH READ AND WRITE performance, making application loading take longer, and making INSTALLS and UPDATES take longer, too.


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Re: I have had enough

"the coffee klatch at Redmond'a wank tank"

Ah, THAT's who they have "testing" nowadays, is it?

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Can somebody explain to me what Win-10-nic is supposed to convey?

"Win-10-nic", a somewhat obvious pun on 'Win-10' and 'Titanic', similar to 'Itanic', someone else's idea that I borrowed from the 'Insider' program before this abomination was foisted upon the masses, and meant to convey the following:

a) arrogance

b) lack of proper safety for the passengers

c) low quality materials/construction.

d) bad design assumptions

e) "icebergs ahead" --> "all ahead full anyway"

f) is obviously NOT "too big to sink" nor "too big to fail" (see 'arrogance')

g) Was intended to be a symbol of prowess and market domination, ended up as one of the worst disasters of its time.

and so on.

And Micro-shaft CONTINUES to "miss the boat" and GET IT WRONG on Win-10-nic, and continues to prove that I'm RIGHT about it.

[if I could include the 2D FLATSO in that analogy I'd do it; sadly, that was a feature of 'Ape' (8) that unfortunately carried forward for ALL of the wrong reasons. The 2D FLATTY is a bit like 70's disco, in that "popular" music became dumbed down, as did the appearance of the Windows UI, to an oversimplified form, spawning a HUGE division between the 'disco bunnies' and the 'rockers', so much so that a Chicago DJ, Steve Dahl, held a 'Disco Demolition Night' (see wikipedia article for more info) at a baseball game, with 'interesting' results. Similarly, there's a real backlash brewing against Windows 10 that has yet to 'surface' (bad pun) enough to be overwhelmingly obvious, not just due to the 2D FLATSO but also the low quality forced updates, spying, etc. - and for now it just sits there ready to boil over at a moment's notice]

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Re: What I find really depressing

"How TF do you break mapping drives which frankly even many home users do"

You spend your ENTIRE life getting rewarded for PARTICIPATION instead of EXCELLENCE. And THEN you glide through "college" getting indoctrinated instead of educated, and then end up working for a mega-corporation with a culture such as the ones they have at Micro-shaft, Google, etc..

(if you don't get why I said that, you probably aren't old enough yet)

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Re: Q(&A)

yeah well this article


contains a brilliant statement: "Windows 10 is officially a shit show"

I summarized a few links about this update in a usenet post a couple of weeks or so ago:





posted here as well, for everyone's enjoyment!

Hey El Reg, would you mind adding this list [and maybe a few more similar links] as a bootnote? Or if this comment stays near the top then everyone will see them here, whichever. It's a nice chronology, of sorts, as documented in El Reg.

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Win-10-nic forced updates! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

The October November December Who knows WHEN they'll get it right update. For Win-10-nic. Cramming it up your computer's peripheral slot following a multi-hour intarweb download near you!

Doesn't it *FEEL* good to have Win-10-nic on your computer?

(I'm glad I'm still using 7 for my windows things)

This gift just KEEPS ON GIVING!

Got Linux?

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: So we've gone from six to five

apparently, a kibble balance can be used to measure Planck's constant.


Also I'd think it would require a VERY accurate definition of 'Ampere'.

And if any two SI standards are recursively/mutually dependent (because of measurement techniques, etc.), could a converging solution be used to make them as accurate as possible?

(I'd really hate for our measurement standards to end up as one big Catch 22 or chicken/egg paradox)

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not sure why it says '1023' either - I thought it was 6.02nnn x 10^23

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Got Linux?

someone had to mention it

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Re: Why would anyone tolerate this?

Proverbial frogs in a pot of slowly boiling water, don't notice it getting hot and don't jump out to save themselves, until it is TOO LATE and they're cooked.

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: "Head on a pike"

how about we just fine them instead? then the CEO gets fired over it, when the board members get sick and tired of losing money.

It's a fair bet that "the fix" will eventually become public knowledge, so that ALL of us can apply 'the fix', not just EU members.

And THAT is what they (Micro-shaft, etc.) fear.

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Re: What about Windows 10 that Office is sitting on?

"Surely the telemetry of both Office and Windows 10 is of concern here, not just Office?"

see icon

Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Re: Facebook is bad for your health!

I think tobacco is less addictive than social media

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Re: Disliking Soros != Anti-Semitism

"You see, here's the thing: Do you actually have good reasons to dislike Soros?"

Several. In general, he has made his 'zillions' by forcing other people to lose THEIRS.

maybe THIS will help:


That's right, currency manipulation and no jail time for doing it. According to one source, he was convicted of insider trading in a French court in 2002.

stopping before it becomes a rant.

Also worth pointing out: when DISAGREEING with someone who's non-white and/or not-male becomes "a plethora of '-phobe' accusations", it not only waters down the condemnation of REAL racism/sexism etc. but it makes those pointing the [falsely] accusatory fingers appear as if they are a whole lot of SJW ninny-nanny political correctness fascists. And same goes for when Fa[e]cebook makes its charges of the SAME kinds of things against those whom they deem worthy of CENSORSHIP. So if there's any targeting of conservatives or anyone right of center, it's FA[E]CEBOOK doing most of it.

And, of course, pointing this out, in Fa[e]cebook's world, would make me a "-phobe" [name your prefix, and rinse/repeat into a long list as if that makes me look worse].

icon, because, it's funny

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Big Brother

Destroy FB and something else will take it's place

"Destroy FB and something else will take it's place"

sadly, won't be THIS (I looked at it and was not impressed)

I think it's because the reason for NOT wanting to be on Fa[e]cebook has nothing to do with its censorship, apparent "clique-ishness" and 'fake news'. It's just the whole 'social media' thing with the tracking and the targeted ads and being exploited as a revenue source...


128-layer flash flood to come roaring down the Yangtze in 2020 – report

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nothing to worry about, then

From the article's title I was wondering if the manufacturer in China was ahead of the worldwide competition. Looks like that's not the case.

128 layers DOES sound pretty good, though. So, when do FLASH drives start selling for less than their spinny equivalents in the TB size range [or as my friend calls them, 'Tig' drives] for typical home computers and office workstations? Probably not soon enough, I guess. I want one with a SATA cable so I can just swap the thing in when the current hard drive does the 'titsup' thing.

Super Micro chief bean counter: Bloomberg's 'unwarranted hardware hacking article' has slowed our server sales

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Re: I'm puzzled about all the controversy here.

"It's been going on all along. Get used to it."

I'd rather expose it and put a stop to it, thanks, but upvote for the rest of what you said.

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Re: I'm sure there will be litigation over the Bloomberg story

one way or another, I'd rather see THE TRUTH than "it gets swept under a rug".

not quite time for popcorn, yet.

/me hopes it's a lie (chinese spying chips NOT actually inserted into the boards) but expects it is NOT a lie.

5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

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Re: What could possibly...

yeah space is 'crowded enough' with the actual junk; now we're sending up a bunch of mini-junk that is likely to create more problems than it solves. OK how is this going to impact space aviation in the future? Even simple sub-orbital flights would probably have to dodge these @#$%'ing things...

Red Hat talks upgrades and bare metal with its new OpenStack Platform

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IBM's influence

I suspect that IBM will initially try to retain whatever Red Hat already has, but may at some point tweek it to work better with IBM's solutions [and vice versa]. Simply putting a LOT of effort on IBM-related development might be all they need to do to justify buying RH.

IBM isn't really like Microsoft or Google. They've been around a REALLY long time, and tend to play "the long game".

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Re: New supplier required

"prevents support for the latest WebGL"

WebGL is overrated, just like 'cloud' and client side scripting, in general. It's like a cancer. Time to re-think it.

So unless movie playback or localized gaming needs "the new, shiny" existing OpenGL should be fine. chasing the bleeding edge isn't something that's part of the design of a device like RPi anyway.

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Re: This is good.

"I'm already somewhat annoyed by the use of 5v on a micro USB port"

well the 40-pin connector has power input points on it. But as I recall it uses a linear regulator for the 3.3v (which is simpler overall, and a smaller footprint than a switcher) but NOT ideal for battery operation.

[I guess newer Pi's use switchers and different configs than the earlier ones, though... making this impossible without supplying 5v and not just 3.3v]

Specifically for IOT they may need to re-think the use of the 5V rail and enable you to turn OFF various things (like ethernet) programatically to reduce power. And turn off 'video core' too, when it's not wanted/needed. [boot into a GUI for IoT? no. just no]

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Re: This is good.

well it would depend on your needs, whether it's good or not. in a headless system it might be difficult to configure without mouse+keyboard+monitor. Maybe (temporarily) plugging in a USB ethernet doohickey would help?

US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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Re: And on that note...

"What happened to Bloomberg and the false allegations against Supermicro"

Fixed it for ya. The jury's still out on the 'false part.

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Re: He America...

time to write that horse off, and get another.

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Re: The Chinese Century

well, it COULD be 'The Chinese Century', if the USA and other western countries keep doing "the stupid thing" and relying on China's cheap labor force [read: exploiting them] while simultaneously EMPOWERING a COMMUNIST government that has, in the past, expressed a desire to spread its influence upon the world forcibly.

And when you look at what they do to their OWN people [exploit the masses, empower a handful as super-rich as long as they play along, etc.] as well as engage in predatory trade practices with other countries, violate their intellectual property, and so on... not very smart handing them the plans to "everything".

In the USA, and in UK and EU, we'd do well to start building lights-out factories to build our schtuff.

Until then, we'd be wise to STOP! TEACHING! THEM! HOW! TO! MAKE! THE! COOL! STUFF!!! Ship the chips, ship the pre-programmed ROMS, and let them build circuit boards and wire up stuff. When they start fabbing the high-tech components like CPUs and RAM, that's where the problems begin.

But yeah, they kinda *ENGINEERED* that for themselves with the whole "local supply chain" thing, didn't they?

Now, philosophically, USA, UK, and EU have a significant advantage: our cultures do NOT demand conformance and 'hammer down the nail that sticks out' the way they do "over there". As such, our engineers tend to be MORE CREATIVE than those who are in China. You can downvote the hell out of me for saying so, because I don't care. It's just simply TRUE, because a FREE PEOPLE are free to THINK DIFFERENT and a CAPITALIST society REWARDS you for being good at it. China is STILL COMMUNIST and as such, they have "that" as a HUGE roadblock to true innovation. And though they'll have one or two 'bright sparks' over there that would do it simply "for the lulz", there's NO way they can compete with a FREE nation's engineering prowess.

But they'll always be VERY good at REVERSE engineering...

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Re: Oh really ?

outsourcing technology = "teaching your competitors how to destroy you"

just sayin'...

Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent

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Re: Two minds about this ?

It's usually "work for hire" at your normal salary/rate, and then any patent or copyright belongs to whomever it was that paid for it.

That's pretty much understood in the industry. Otherwise, good luck getting work as an engineer if you're not willing to sign over the patent/copyright to the employer.

The only part about this that bothers me are the number of claims about things that are "obvious". You're NOT supposed to be able to patent "obvious" and "trivial" things. otherwise the 'for' and 'while' loops would've been patented by some troll, who'd then try to extort money for EVERY programmer for using them.

Patent abuse is bad enough, but at least this one is getting a (apparently worth while) review. That should help the industry at large, In My Bombastic Opinion.

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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I wish they'd do that for SMALL businesses...

except that corporate welfare and LIBERAL donors [and their mega-corporations] go hand-in-hand...

it's easier to influence a small number of people running a BIG company, than a bunch of people running SMALL companies, to "donate" to campaigns of politicians that delivered the goods.

THAT, and the potential of manipulation going on.

/me not relying on GUMMINT for my success. nope. FAT CHANCE getting anything FROM gummint, anyway. All they do is TAKE, and give to those who do NOT deserve it.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: Hostage situations...

"shoot to injure" is impractical. Center body mass is easier to hit with a pistol, and if you MISS your target you could do a lot WORSE [like ricochet and hit civilians]. Very few 'crack shot' pistol wielders would be able to 'shoot to injure' except at very close range. There are just too many factors involved, and pistols just aren't accurate like rifles are.

Now if a sniper with a proper sniper rifle and spotter did a single head shot, you could make the case that he could've shot the guy in the leg instead. but for a cop wielding a pistol, or even a sub-machine gun, the accuracy just isn't "there".

So, like in the military, you're taught to go for "center mass" with pistols. [yeah it was that way when i was in the Navy, to qualify with a pistol for security reasons, twice a year if I remember correctly - aim carefully, exhale and squeeze - and I was never 'sharpshooter' quality, probably because I have long gorilla arms and the sighting moves around too much]

it's best NOT to make assumptions about firearms that are based on "pandering to the perception" and television/movies. In other words, if you haven't been taught to use a weapon in a military or police context, you probably won't "get it". [NRA classes ARE, as I understand it, similar to police and military training]. But yeah we're in a world where only a very SMALL percentage of the population has military or police experience.

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Re: "Sure, so where does that put let's say Swiss police?"

@Voland's right hand

I won't even bother to quote from your post.

So, how's that "illegal to carry a knife" thing working out in London these days? Did it make ANY difference? Or is it just unnecessarily restricting those who might need one for some reason... or just simply WANT one.

I suspect it's 100% ineffective, just like EVERY OTHER "liberal solution" to crime. It doesn't affect criminals. They're scoff-laws anyway. It only affects the rest of us.

(although some of us, including me, don't need a knife or a gun to kill, so are HANDS going to be banned next? most people might need a weapon to properly defend themselves, because a cop can't be everwhere)

but yeah the main disadvantage of a knife or a gun is the fact that a skilled martial artist could TAKE IT AWAY [and then use it on THEM].

And, only 'sheeple' that have been cowed into NOT FIGHTING BACK [and then banning any means of self defense for anyone else] would want the carrying of reasonable self-defense weapons to be BANNED.

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Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?

@AC and others...

"pandering to the perception" (U.S. cops being trigger happy murderers waiting for an excuse, and gun rights being an 'enabler' for them to 'be that way') might make you *feel* better, but it's neither TRUE nor HELPING.

And in my opinion FEELINGS are IRRELEVANT.

More often than not, guns STOP crimes.

But then again, *anything* can kill you, especially that Di-hydrogen Monoxide stuff - it's *EVERWHERE* !!!

^^^ if you don't see the correlation, then I pity you.

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

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Re: Say what you like about Teslas

"the only way that it's going to get safer is if more people get on their bikes"

easy to say (perhaps even smugly), not practical because of:

a) weather

b) hills

c) distance

d) age

factor those in, and our 'steel cages' are much more practical. It has been so for over 100 years.

The only alternative would be horse-drawn carts, and THEN you'd hear the constant b.i.itching and whining about the HORSE CRAP everywhere, and the stench, and the flies, and the need to grow all of that hay, yotta yottta (and horse farts spewing methane which really IS a greenhouse gas).

Things are the way they are because it's actually BETTER this way.

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Re: Say what you like about Teslas

not just bicycles "not being seen", but motorcycles and convertibles with the top down. It's because car mirrors just aren't adequate, and it's easy to NOT see things under certain conditions.

As for me, I avoid riding in people's blind spots, and get REALLY irritated with "pacers" who match my speed and hang out in MY blind spots. [those people are idiots]

Now if I could just B-slap the [blank] out of people who insist on (or are ignorant of) having their headlights aimed too high [especially in fog] it'd be a lot better out there... that and people who won't [blanking] STEP ON THE GAS PEDAL when the light turns green, or space opens up in front of them. @#$% slow pokes BLOCKING THE LANE...

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Re: Whisper it…

"What Tesla has done, though, is make electric cars acceptable EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE"

Fixed. You're welcome.

Electric cars will be practical when:

a) they all have 'backup' dino-burning engines that can run WHILE YOU DRIVE

b) they can do a full charge within the same amount of time as "filling your tank"

c) they have a range of >400 miles in extreme weather conditions with the air conditioning or heating on.

Until then, they're "toys for the rich and/or smug" and we don't need GUMMINTS mandating (or worse, subsidizing) them.

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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no mention of the different types of filaments that can be used

exactly, PLA is supposed to be biodegradable and doesn't smell when you make things with it. I bought a spool of PLA because it was relatively inexpensive to test out a 3D printer I just got. if I want to make anything more "final" I'll use ABS but the PLA does very well for testing designs, especially if you're likely to throw it away after you screw it up for the N'th time.

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Re: 3D printing

OK - how about an air ionizer operating near the printers? I bet that'll fix most of it. Just a regular "home unit" would probably do it. That, and filter all of the OTHER crap out of the air that just might be a whole lot worse...

Or, for a nice comparison, how about CIGARETTE SMOKE and its effect on EVERYBODY ELSE AROUND THE SMOKER??? I'll take the 3D printer farm ANY day.

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