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My toy collection is ...

DaveAtFraud Re:Define A Toy (183 comments)

Hear, hear!

In the last 6 months I've acquired a M1 Garand (s/n 2xxxxxx, but re-barreled in '55) and an M1 Carbine, Rockola, good stock, good condition, no bayonet lug and early "flip-style" rear sight. My eyes are open for a WW2-era 1911, Thompson, and BAR to round out the collection...

So fun to own a piece of American history, no?

Priced authentic 1911s. Ouch. I'll probably go with a replica.

Cheers,
Dave

8 hours ago
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My toy collection is ...

DaveAtFraud Re:Define A Toy (183 comments)

M-2 (Dream big)

Cheers,
Dave

8 hours ago
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My toy collection is ...

DaveAtFraud Re:Define A Toy (183 comments)

Violence is the refuge of people who don't think.
Gun violence is for cowards.

Couldn't agree more. That's why I only use my guns for non-violent things like target shooting, destroying old hard drives (there is a certain satisfaction in this application), etc. I will not initiate violence with my guns but the nature of these weapons means that I am in a position to reply very violently to someone who initiates violence against me.

BTW, I live in Colorado, USA and we have what has become known as the "Make my day" law. This law here says that I can legally use any and all means including lethal weapons to defend my household against unauthorized entry. I consider breaking into my house to be a violent act and would respond accordingly.

Cheers,
Dave

8 hours ago
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My toy collection is ...

DaveAtFraud Re:Define A Toy (183 comments)

Guns. Specifically, WWII era U.S. infantry weapons. Good for making old hard drives unreadable; good for defending the household. I can probably find other uses should the need arise.

Cheers,
Dave

3 days ago
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My resting heart rate:

DaveAtFraud Before or after (168 comments)

Coffee?

Make a significant difference here.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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My resting heart rate:

DaveAtFraud Re:first (168 comments)

Don't give yourself a heart attack just to get a first post.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

DaveAtFraud Re:*shakes magic 8 ball* (148 comments)

That's harsh I remember when a 3 day weather forecast was crazy talk, not they do 10 day with reasonable accuracy.
Of course, the suffer from pedantics in they if they say it's going to be 93, and it's actually 94, people are like see, wrong again!

They do OK here in Colorado during the top of summer and the bottom of winter. Spring and fall they might get the current conditions right if they looked out the door... but it would probably change before they could report it. But they still try to do a 7 or 10 day forecast. Once in a while they get it right but don't plan on it.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DaveAtFraud Re:Clarification (937 comments)

Two very different things: why does the universe exist and how did the universe come to exist. There is no why for the universe. It is. Looking for a why is what theists do.

Clarifying the clarification: I was only attempting to answer the question, "Why do atheists flock to science?" My answer was simply that, rather than arguing something vacuous, they simply say, "Meh, the scientific explanation will do for me." That is hardly flocking but just throwing a "good enough" explanation back at the theist that they will hopefully leave us alone.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

DaveAtFraud Re:Ready for spring already! (148 comments)

Last year's winter was not fun in PA. We had basically no summer, with very few hot days. I suspect this winter will be a little worse.

Same here in Colorado. We had a cool, wet summer. I think we only had one day that broke 100F. Saved a bunch on the water bill though. Barely had to water the lawn.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

DaveAtFraud Re:*shakes magic 8 ball* (148 comments)

...

There, now I'm a weather man!

No. You have a better chance of being right.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DaveAtFraud Re:Clarification (937 comments)

What's wrong with saying 'I don't know?' Demanding that atheists know how the Universe came to be seems just as wrong as demanding that you explain how God came to be. Except that the atheists can at least claim to have at least some evidence that the Universe exists (even if it could all be false), so they can at least start their search for an answer with relatively solid footing.

If you are in a normal discussion as to how something knowable works but of which you have no knowledge, saying "I don't know," would be quite reasonable. Unfortunately, quite a few of the "true believers" seem to take someone saying, "I don't know," in this context as an invitation to be "educated" with their particular mystical explanation. So, unless you want to hear the current mystical explanation, just say the scientific explanation works well enough for you and let them expend their energies attacking that. It's usually much more entertaining than the lesson you get with "I don't know."

Maybe, "I'm OK with not knowing," would work better than "I don't know." Trying to convey that you're more comfortable with a blank slate than one that is filled with mystical gobbledy-gook is hard to get across to those who embrace the mystical gobbledy-gook.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DaveAtFraud Clarification (937 comments)

Seems silly to point out but, if you don't believe some god created the universe, life, etc. then you need some explanation for the universe around us and us as observers of that universe. The flying spaghetti monster is one alternative but it sort of makes sense that quite a few atheists will just say that the scientific explanation of the universe works for them; no more, no less. It's not something to be carried on your sleeve. I'd hardly call that "flocking to science." I haven't heard of too many militant atheists picketing some religious get together with signs saying, "Believe in string theory!" or "Quantum Gravity has the Answer!"

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DaveAtFraud Re: No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

Many atheist have a belief that god does not exist. They want others to join them in their belief.
Sounds like a religion to me.

Believing that there isn't a god is a belief: the acceptance of an assertion without sufficient evidence. Accepting that there probably isn't a god due to the total lack of objective evidence isn't a belief. It's just accepting observable, objective reality. Still, a good atheist maintains a scientific doubt about atheism.

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

DaveAtFraud Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

Exactly. I get so tired of being asked "Then what *do* you believe?" ...

I usually go with the W.C. Fields line, "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink."

Cheers,
Dave

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

DaveAtFraud Re:Only complaint about decaf (228 comments)

Ah, but I like my caffeine to be naturally coffee flavored and I control any other ingredients (half and half first thing in the morning, straight up through the day and then maybe a little Bailey's or similar cream liquor in the evening). Never any sugar! So, none of artificial stuff in "energy drinks", thank you very much.

Cheers,
Dave

about three weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

DaveAtFraud Only complaint about decaf (228 comments)

I just wish there was a way to pass all that wonderful caffeine that gets extracted from decaf to people like me who appreciate it.

Cheers,
Dave

about three weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

DaveAtFraud Re:Bingo! (826 comments)

... I come down on the systemd side when I want my laptop to correctly connect to the appropriate WiFi network (but only if not connected to a wired network).

The NetworkManager is written by literally the same people who work on the SystemD.

If it hadn't worked before, why you think it would work afterwards?

It works better than the alternative for managing dynamic network connections. That isn't saying much since the alternative is doing it manually or with handcrafted shell scripts.

I usually call it NetworkMangler.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

DaveAtFraud Bingo! (826 comments)

I was looking for an appropriate thread to make the same suggestion. I come down on the side of the sysvinit people when it comes to servers and other stable installations. OTH, I come down on the systemd side when I want my laptop to correctly connect to the appropriate WiFi network (but only if not connected to a wired network). It really makes sense to support both. Stability, reliability and simplicity for the server folks and something more flexible for desktops and laptops.

Cheers,
Dave

about a month ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

DaveAtFraud Re:Duped article and not insightful (275 comments)

Definitely well known for a long time. I remember seeing an article around 1990 about one of the radar systems that I worked on in the mid-1980s as being able to track the B-2. Both systems were over the horizon radars (very long wave length; antenna arrays stretching for a mile or so). Good tracking accuracy if you looked at it as a percentage of the range but the minimum range was like 400-500 miles (not classified; characteristic of the radar) so even a 1% accuracy means at best a location within 4 or 5 miles. Great for early warning but not useful for targeting. Also, not something that can be made mobile; let alone stuffed into an interceptor.

Cheers,
Dave

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  about 2 years ago

DaveAtFraud writes "Fresh chilis
Dried chilis
Preserved chilis/chili sauce
Mild hot sauce
Medium hot sauce
Natural but very hot sauce
Extreme hot sauce
Something else that I'll explain
Cowboyneal perfectly spices all of my food"
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Tanya Anderson Sue RIAA for Malicious Prosecution

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaveAtFraud writes "Groklaw has the scoop. Tanya Anderson, the single mother from Oregon previously sued by the RIAA (the case was dropped by the RIAA just before losing as a summary judgement), is suing the RIAA and their hired snoop Safenet (Formerly known as MediaSentry) for malicious prosecution. She is asserting claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the RICO Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. One of the Groklaw readers has already picked up that she is seeking to have the RIAA forfeit the copyrights in question as part of the settlement. PJ has the full story and pithy analysis."
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DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  about 8 years ago

DaveAtFraud writes "Infoworld has an article about a German company that is offering music downloads without DRM. Akuma uses a digital watermark technique invented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits to trace and prosecute only people who illegally upload music. From TFA: "The watermark technology makes slight changes to the data in sound files, such as a higher volume intensity in a tiny part of a song, that are undetectable by even the best trained ears, according to Fraunhofer researchers. However, if unauthorized copies of a download turn up on, for example, peer-to-peer file sharing networks, the watermark allows Akuma to identify the purchaser of a file and take action against them." This means the end user can make as many copies as they want and can even share copies with very trusted friends. The only flaw I can see is what happens if someone loses their music player and their watermarked music gets uploaded?"

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Pissant A.C. criticism

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Some pissant A.C. seems to think it is his (or her) job to insist that I not "sign" my posts the way I always have. Why would anyone listen to criticism from a pissant A.C?

Cheers,
Dave

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Response to signature criticism

DaveAtFraud DaveAtFraud writes  |  more than 6 years ago I found this citation in one of columns in today's Rocky interesting:

"To date, other Western countries have been more successful in covering all citizens at a lower per capita cost, but they have done so only by limiting the availability of high-technology medicine." So writes former Colorado governor Richard Lamm and co-author Robert Blank in their recent book, Condition Critical. A New Moral Vision for Health Care. And these guys are on Polis' side of the single payer debate.

"Every single payer health system has at its core some form of health-care rationing, including strict limits on expensive care, such as organ transplants, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants, and long waiting lines for elective surgeries." Lammand Blank honestly acknowledge.

The columnist pointed out that such limits and rationing don't apply to the very rich like Polis, who can afford to go outside the system for care. Sounds like my signature.

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