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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

RailGunner My Favorites... (373 comments)

Here are what I consider to be the best games I've ever played (in no particular order):

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Final Fantasy 6
Final Fantasy 9
Megaman 2
Megaman 3
The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Super Metroid
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
God of War II

2 days ago

Went out to mod-bomb a certain /.er

RailGunner ... and the resultant bitchfest about it... (5 comments)

.... ought to be a little entertaining. Almost makes me wish I'd get mod points, but I haven't seen mod points in a decade now.

2 days ago

Aiming, Trigger Control, and Ferguson

RailGunner Re:"center of mass" (4 comments)

I 9mm is an effective round (for a hand gun). Personally, I don't think you'll go wrong with a 9mm, .40, or .45 ACP. I carry a Springfield XD-S chambered in .45 ACP, and my wife carries a 9mm as her everyday carry gun.

If there was trouble at my house, I'm not going for any of my handguns. Then it's shotgun / AR-15 time.

4 days ago

Aiming, Trigger Control, and Ferguson

RailGunner Re:G-Lock fotey! (4 comments)

My favorite handgun I own is a Glock 21 chambered in .45 ACP. It's a nail driver -- very, very accurate. 13+1 capacity, double stacked magazine. Absolutely love shooting that one.

4 days ago

Terminal Ballistics and Ferguson

RailGunner Re:Ha! Remembered the password... (10 comments)

Even if you're a terrific shot -- the bad guy will bleed out faster from a couple of holes from a .45 ACP than he will from a couple of .22's.

Accuracy matters -- so carry the highest caliber you can be accurate with. For me, that caliber is .45 ACP. Hornady Critical Defense / Remington Golden Saber +P.

5 days ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

RailGunner Re:euchre (274 comments)

I'm from Ohio. Euchre is really just known in the midwest -- Ohio, That State Up North With A Town Named For A Whore, Indiana, the Democratic People's Republic of Illinois, etc.

about two weeks ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

RailGunner Re:euchre (274 comments)

Agreed. Euchre is excellent.

about two weeks ago

UCSD To Test Safety of Spinal Stem Cell Injection

RailGunner Should be pointed out... (43 comments)

... that this test, much like the procedure done for Texas Gov. Rick Perry a few years ago, involves adult stem cells, and not embryonic stem cells.

about two weeks ago

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

RailGunner Re: Apply liberal amounts of gloss. (219 comments)

Any dope can make a 300 yard shot with an AR

Hey! I'm not a dope!

But otherwise, I agree. Even a non boat tailed 5.56 -- even the XM193 -- is accurate at 250 yards, and will drop a deer.

about three weeks ago

Maybe Pres'ent Obama is less than forthright

RailGunner Re:Obama the Conservative, pt 497 (18 comments)

Wrong. With a few notable exceptions, there is very, very little I am willing to use government force to do. Technically I am a conservative, but I have a libertarian streak 10 miles wide. (And no, I am not a supported of Ron Paul.).

The left / right scale for politics should be relabeled as "Statist" (Left) vs. "Individualist" (Right). I am an Ayn Rand style individualist.

about three weeks ago

Guess I'm an Evil League of Evil sympathizer

RailGunner Re:sci fi too, huh (30 comments)

To be fair, the Crusades were started as a response to a muslim invasion of Europe. The Holy Grail stuff was just what the nobles told the serfs to get them to go fight.

Furthermore -- Vlad the Impaler was actually a hero, as he successfully defended his corner on Europe from the muslim hordes. The whole impaling stuff was the beginning of psychological warfare -- and it was VERY effective.

about three weeks ago

Maybe Pres'ent Obama is less than forthright

RailGunner Re:Obama the Conservative, pt 497 (18 comments)

Boris Yeltsin did not implement free market policies, he implemented the other side of the totalitarian coin -- fascism.

Under Yeltsin, the "free" market ended up being entirely owned by a Russian oligarchy -- conveniently loyal to Yeltsin and "the Party" just like the Italian economy under Benito Mussolini.

Plus, once he had switched the government to essentially a fascist one -- still a totalitarian one -- he resigned and gave the reins to another avowed communist and former KGB member -- Vladimir Putin. Ever hear of him?

Another question -- what do you think of the Daily Beast advocating that corporations sign loyalty oaths to Obama?

Does your feeble mind understand that is a play out of the Italian Fascist book?

about three weeks ago



Breaking News: Al Gore Dead at age 63

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RailGunner (554645) writes "Former Vice President Al Gore was found naked from the waist down and dead in the Alaskan Wilderness this morning. Wasilla Police released a statement today: "Evidence suggests that while Mr. Gore was sexually enjoying the company of a polar bear who promised to release his third chakra and give him the happy ending that the masseuse wouldn't, the infamous Manbearpig was able to sneak up behind Mr. Gore and deliver a fatal blow." Mr. Gore is perhaps best known for the claim that the Polar Ice Caps would melt in 5 years — that he first made 8 years ago. The Polar Ice Caps were quoted as saying "Yeah, dude, we're still here, chillaxing as always.""
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Aiming, Trigger Control, and Ferguson

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  5 days ago When you're at the range, and you line up your shot to center mass, and you pull the trigger, where you miss is indicative of what you're doing wrong -- if it's consistent. (Some short barrel concealed carry guns are not accurate at longer ranges; they aren't intended to be, either. However, the average full size hand gun is intended to be pretty accurate.)

Here's a link to a helpful free (PDF) target that may make you a better shot.

If I miss at the range -- which is rare -- I usually miss down and to the left of the bullseye (but not by much) because I'm pulling my index finger a little too hard -- I'm tightening my fingers.

If I was in a high stress situation -- say one where a yelling, large, aggressive nearly 300 pound man is charging me, I'd probably tighten up even more and miss to the left, say, hitting the assailant in the right arm. As I continued to pull the trigger, I would likely start missing up from the recoil of the gun -- more likely if I've firing a .40 cal, which has a sharper, more upward recoil than a .45 ACP or a 9mm does. (I've shot a few .40 cals before -- I've not shot a .40 cal Sig Sauer, but I have shot a couple of Berettas and I wasn't a fan. Besides -- .45 ACP is better than .40 anyways :) )

In this regard, the autopsy result of Michael Brown tends to support the officer's account of what happened. Brown was charging him, and under stress he over tightened, and missed to his left from center mass which would be the assailant's right arm / shoulder as he likely did not take a lot, if any, time to re-sight as he was in the line of a charging bull.

The other piece of evidence is going to be the brass. If it's all in a localized area, the officer was standing still. If it's scattered, then he was running toward the assailant.

The other question, which leads into another somewhat related point: How many rounds did Officer Darren Wilson fire? His gun had a 12 round magazine (+1 in the pipe) so it's possible that he missed a few times - which wouldn't surprise me, as here's a dirty little secret:

The police do not train with their firearms enough, or even as much as the average CHL holder.

A couple of my closest friends are police officers, and I can out shoot them any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Despite their "training" I have a much tighter grouping and many, many more bulls-eyes with the same weapon than they do.

The reality is, this trend tends to hold across the general population. You are far more likely to get shot by a cop -- whether intentional or not -- than you are a legal concealed carry licensee.

Consider that little fact the next time you want to think that "only the police should have guns".

And if you are a concealed license holder -- when was the last time you practiced? Find a range and keep those skills sharp.


Terminal Ballistics and Ferguson

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about two weeks ago One argument made on television last night by a Ferguson City Councilwoman was that the Officer used "excessive force" by shooting a 6'4", 240 pound man 6 times.

6 times! She said.

...... the ignorance is breathtaking.

Here's the reality: Remember this story of a woman hiding in her attic with her children? She shot the assailant 6 times. He survived his injuries. Link to Local News Story

I bring this up as an example to my larger point: Compared to long guns (rifles, shotguns) ALL HAND GUNS SUCK.

The woman in the story was using a .38 special, I do not know what caliber the Officer in Ferguson was carrying. I will wager an educated guess and say that most likely the officer was carrying a 9mm, as it's arguably the most popular police issue handgun. A size comparison between the .38 and the 9mm reveals that they are very, very close in size. The 9mm is faster, as the cartridge contains more powder.

Hollywood has lied to you.

When people are shot, even with the mighty .45 ACP (well, mighty for a hand gun, that is), most people do the following: They psychologically react, think, "OH MY GOD I'VE BEEN SHOT" and lay down, where they are either captured, taken to the hospital, and recover or pass out due to loss of blood pressure and bleed out. They do not fly through the air emitting a Wilhelm Scream only to be stone dead when they hit the ground.

The only way to *stop* an assailant with a hand gun, barring the psychological effects, is to hit someone in the following areas on the body: The pelvic girdle, shattering the hip bone making walking difficult if not impossible, severing the spinal cord, or a hit to the brain. Even a direct shot to the heart is not enough to stop immediately, as a person with a destroyed heart could still have anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds of combat ability before they pass out due to loss of blood pressure.

Here's what we know: According to the officer and eye witness testimony, Michael Brown was rushing the police officer, who fired. The first few shots hit the assailant's arm, and did not stop him. Finally, a shot that hit just above his eye (autopsy report) ended his life.

Far from being a cherub faced child, Michael Brown was a 6'4", 240 pound giant who had just committed a strongarm robbery of a bunch of Swisher Sweet cigars, popular for hollowing out for use with marijuana (which was found in the toxicology report).

Why are losers like Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, and other race baiting idiots involved? We have now seen two incidents where an "unarmed" black male was assaulting a police officer in one case -- breaking his orbital socket bone -- and in the other case breaking the nose of a neighborhood watch volunteer. Both were committing a felony assault when shot, and both died from their wounds. Both are now Liberal Saints, Trayvon Martin -- aka Saint Skittles, and now Michael Brown, now Saint Swisher Sweets -- who despite committing felony assaults at the time of their deaths -- and quite frankly, already received their "justice" -- were "good boys who didn't do nuffin".

Both also led to outcry and criminal trials. Much like George Zimmerman, I would normally expect Officer Wilson to be acquitted -- but with the current mob mentality, and the desire for their pound of flesh, there's no way to predict the outcome of what is now a politically charged event.

... while nary a word is said about the epidemic of black on black violence that is occurring in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, and Washington DC -- where in many of those cases the victims, unlike Brown and Martin, were innocent.

My, how this country has fallen so far in just 6 years.


New Business Venture

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about three weeks ago I'm going to open up a small restaurant that specializes in finger foods -- ham and cheese crackers, small BLTs, etc. with an extensive wine and liquor list.

I'm going to call it the Allahu Snack Bar.


Once again - I was right.

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 3 months ago Barack Obama is a fascist who is authorizing the use of the US Military against US Citizens ON US SOIL.

Link this story with the militarization of Federal Agencies (such as the Post Office, the DHS Hollowpoint ammo buy, and others, and you can see HOW he's doing this.

If you aren't concerned about this... you aren't paying attention. And if you're not paying attention, when the shit hits the fan, you'll deserve what you get.


Axl Rose listed as best rock vocalist?

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 3 months ago Link

Congrats to Axl Rose.

Apparently Michael Sweet, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Tarja Turunen, Geoff Tate, Rey Parra, James LaBrie, Ronnie Dio, Dave Mustaine, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, James Hetfield, Trevor McNevan, Jon Sumrall, Mark Slaughter, Jani Lane, Joe Elliott, Brendan Small, Bon Scott, Steven Tyler, Jeff Scott Soto, Eric Bloom, Robert Plant, David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, Brad Delp, Robin Zander, Tom Keifer, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw, Dennis DeYoung, Paul Stanley, Daniel McMaster, Jason McMaster, Ian Gillian, Ryan Clark, Amy Lee, Chris Jericho, Andi Deris, James Paul Luna, Jesse James, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Perry, Steve Augheri, Joan Jett, Lenny Kravitz, Lita Ford, Cristina Scabbia, Kevin Dubrow, Klaus Meine, Vince Neil, David Coverdale, Phil Anselmo, Ralf Scheepers, Bret Michaels, Freddy Mercury, Steven Pearcy, Rob Zombie, Tommy Christ, Sebastian Bach, Ted Nugent, Justin Hawkins, Ian Astbury, Jim Morrison, Roy Orbison, Maynard Keenan, Rik Emmet, Dee Snider, Peter Steele, Weird Al Yankovic and George Fischer were all unavailable for the "contest".


I know it's early, but...

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 4 months ago 20-9, 8 game winning streak, the best record in Baseball, and a 5 game lead in the AL Central.


And for the record, Brad Ausmus is a far superior manager to Jim Leyland.


Mark Callahan for US Senate

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 4 months ago Pretty good. I'd have handled this a little differently. Reminds me a little of Reagan's "I paid for this microphone" moment.

And for my buddy smitty -- it's just another example if liberals and their perpetual pre-pubescence.

"Global Warming, Fact or Myth"
"Myth" -- Correct answer, by the way

And note how the thin-skinned liberal asshole (but I repeat myself) then asks him what he thinks of the Easter Bunny... Callahan points out the asshole nature of the liberal reporter and ends up getting thrown out of the meeting.

My response would have been that there's more credible evidence to support the existence of the Easter Bunny than there is for Anthropogenic Global Warming.



New Product for Liberals Upset at Obama being an unmitigated disaster

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 4 months ago

Also can be used for aching symptoms from trying to defend the Imperial Preznit from the following scandals:

Fast and Furious
IRS Targeting

Or even from overplaying the race card. Buy it by the crate!


Technical Stupidity

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 4 months ago Link to i-Programmer

Wow, talk about a trollbait article.

The author attempts to make a case for managed code because of the "saving graces" of the runtime, but what, pray tell, was the runtime written in?

If a bug similar to Heartbleed was found in .NET or the JVM, for example, it arguably would have had an even greater impact.

To be 100% clear Heartbleed happened not because a programmer screwed up, but because the language was too primitive to know better.

Wow, that's a money quote for trolling.

This statement is ludicrous. It was because a developer screwed up. When a person gets shot, do we blame the gun or the shooter? Exactly, we blame the shooter. The fault never lies with the tool, it lies with the user of the tool. If you don't know how to use the tool correctly, don't fucking use the tool.

For example: Let's say there's an idiot -- there's enough around here to pick from -- who improperly uses a table saw and slices off a finger. Do we blame the table saw or the sloppy idiot?

Blaming C/C++ for Heartbleed is just as stupid.

Quite frankly, I'm surprised i-programmer posted such a trolling, flamebait rant and called it an article. I'd expect that sort of lame-ass shit from Slashdot...


Some Bullshit Holidays Created by Lefties

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 4 months ago

Harvest Day (Nazi Germany)
Beer Hall Putsch Day (Nazi Germany)
Red Army Day (Soviet Union)
USSR Constitution Day (Soviet Union)
Earth Day (United States)


Coming soon to an iOS device near you

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 5 months ago

.. a match 3 game featuring buxom blondes, clubs, and baby seals.

I call it...

Scandi Crush Saga.


Weapons Grade Stupidity

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 5 months ago Recently, an Anonymous Coward (but I have a couple of guesses as to who really wrote it) accused me of being racist because I am pro-life.

The AC's argument was: You say you want to ban abortion, but what you really want is to ban abortion except for the type that rich white people can afford, therefore, you're a racist.

The logical leaps in this argument are almost breathtaking in their stupidity. I'd be surprised, but I've had this account for probably a decade now and as such liberal stupidity is, quite frankly, nothing new.

Here's some pseudocode that explains my position on abortion:

bool MayHaveAnAbortion (Mother m)
if (m.LifeAtRisk() == true)
return true;
return false;

Please note, dear liberals, that in this example there is no consideration for race, socio-economic status, or any other victim groups that you like to place people in.

(Yes, I am aware that the method could simply be "return m.IsLifeAtRisk()" but let's face it, the liberals around here aren't smart enough to handle that and would only get confused.)

So to sum up: Yes, I am absolutely opposed to all forms of abortion for all women except in cases where the life of the mother is at risk.

Furthermore, the logical errors required to somehow twist that into calling me a racist are exceptional in their stupidity, and proves (yet again) the intellectual dishonesty of the "progressive" movement -- showing the "progressive" movement to be nothing more than a secular humanistic death cult.


Beta, Part 2

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 7 months ago You know... since I've written enterprise applications (singlehandedly, and no, I won't tell you which ones) that dwarf slashdot... I might be tempted to write a replacement, given how bad Beta is and how much people are complaining about it...

How would I do it? In the spirit of Open Source, I'd use PostgreSQL as a database backend, as MySQL or MariaDB is, in my humble opinion, inferior to PostgreSQL.

One reason is the syntax of PL-PGSQL vs. T-SQL. I hate T-SQL compared to PL-PGSQL (or just PL-SQL if I'm writing a Stored Proc for Oracle).

After that, I'd model the database to do what I want, and store what I want, and I'd ensure that the data was fully in 3rd Normal Form.

And if you bitch about joins, I'll hit you with a fucking sledgehammer.

After that, throwing up some PHP to format the page is an afterthought. The critical piece is getting the database right.

The database itself would need to be clustered to be able to scale with the load, and PostgreSQL does a pretty nice job of it.


See, I told you so.

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 6 months ago 5+ Years ago I warned people -- and got mocked by the assorted collection of fools we have for leftist trolls around here -- that if elected, Barack Obama was going to be an unmitigated disaster if elected President.


From Fast and Furious to the sky high unemployment to the "recovery summer" that never happened to Benghazi to ObamaCare to the continual end runs around the constitution to illegally appointing people to the labor board to allowing a Nuclear Iran... and now in the SOTU he threatens to bypass Congress even more...

Like I said -- he's been a disaster.

The line for the libtrolls to kiss my ass starts to the left.



RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 7 months ago In a previous journal entry, I used the term "in-vitro" where I meant "in utero". I went back and fixed it.

Apparently, the bus ride to Austin and subsequent March For Life made me more tired then I realized. Still -- if it changes just one mind and saves just one life, it's all worth it.

Had he survived his birth, he'd have been 3 months old today. As a result, I'm completely numb and probably won't be posting much over the next week or two. Just in case anyone thought it was going to be another 3 year sabbatical for me.


The Scientific Pro-Life Argument

RailGunner RailGunner writes  |  about 7 months ago When does life begin? Scientifically, we can answer this question with a set of straightforward scientific facts:

Every living organism on earth has a DNA sequence, which varies by species. Tiger DNA is not the same as Giraffe DNA. There are some species that can make sterile hybrid offspring (Ligers, Tigons, Mules) due to similarity in the DNA, but the DNA of each parent species is not an exact match.

Therefore, there exists a DNA sequence that is uniquely human.

When determining whether a particular cell, or cells, are alive, we can observe one or more of the following phenomenon -- mitosis (cellular division where the DNA is duplicated), cellular respiration, as a result of osmosis or photosynthesis, etc. We can clearly observe and define life in these parameters.

At the time of conception, shortly after the sperm cell penetrates the egg cell, we can observe mitosis and cellular respiration. It is clear that at a biological level, this new organism is unquestionably alive.

This new organism also has a complete human DNA sequence, which means it is unquestionably, biologically, a human life.

Because of these Scientific Facts (in fact, you could even say "The Science is Settled") Human Life begins at conception, with each new person having the potential to develop into an adult organism.

The abortophile will often question this with, "Well, what about miscarriages? See, even God performs abortions so it should be legal!"

This argument does not hold up to a logical analysis. Sometimes, the process of human reproduction fails and the result is a miscarriage, or premature still birth. Some times, there is no explanation for a in-utero death. The reality is, people of all ages die every day of natural causes. Applied to it's logical conclusion, this argument can also be used to say murder should be legal, because all people are going to die anyway. Clearly, this is incorrect, and as a result, using miscarriages to defend abortion falls flat.

Referring to the unborn child as "pregnancy tissue" or "fetus" or "not really a baby" is also deliberately misleading by abortophiles. My second son was born too early, and died as a result. There was no question at all, just by looking at him, anyone could tell that this was unquestionably a tiny little boy.

The next argument made by pro-abortionists is often the fact that the unborn child is dependent on the mother for survival; that it is just a parasite. This is another weak argument, as no one disputes that a tapeworm is alive. While an unborn child does meet the biological definition of a parasite, this does not mean the unborn child is not alive, nor does it mean the child is not human. Furthermore, the average 6 month old is also dependent on the mother for care, and this is not unique amongst humans. Young being dependent on parents is a common trait amongst mammals and some other groups as well - birds, for example, care for their young. Furthermore, some Democrats consider people to be dependent children up to age 26.

Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that abortion is the ending of a human life through non-natural means. It is killing a person (and in the case of the mother, wounding her as well). This ending of an innocent life can not be justified in cases of rape or incest, as the child had no control over it's creation, and does not deserve a death sentence for being conceived under horrible circumstances.

From a medical ethics perspective, the only time an abortion can be justified is when the life of the mother is at risk. The reality of this situation is that BOTH lives are at risk, and the goal is to save the lives you can â" in this case, the mother's life -- because if the mother's life ends, the child's life does as well. Any other case -- there is no moral, medical, ethical, or any other reason to justify abortion. It is not a "medical procedure", it is a crime that when carried out successfully leaves 1 human life dead and the mother wounded.

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