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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Tailhook Re:Having a Surgeon General would help (383 comments)

Reid has 55 (D) votes and it only needs 51 to confirm, so put the blame where it belongs.

Why is there no surgeon general?

Short answer: Obama's nominee is a political disaster; a highly partisan anti-gun obamacare cheerleader that the Dems know better than to expose to the confirmation process in an election year.

3 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

Tailhook White people problems (340 comments)

Seriously.

Trust fund rebel white people problems, in particular.

4 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Tailhook Re: a quick search (331 comments)

AK-47, that swedish FNC variant, RK-62

Replace .303 British with an intermediate cartridge? For bear and moose?

Dude. Shut up. Stop typing stuff. Just stop.

5 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Tailhook Re: a quick search (331 comments)

Yeah that seems...odd.

Nothing `odd' about it. Canadian Rangers aren't involved in an arms race. Bears and whatnot haven't evolved much since 1914, and they haven't been issued bear shaped body armor or fully automatic laser claws.

Thus, a reliable bolt action rifle remains sufficient. Traipsing around Arctic tundra with a heavy, high maintenance semi auto just to fend off the wildlife would be silly.

Bolt action rifles are still standard issue in the US military, ubiquitous in LE arsenals and remain wildly popular with civilians for whom new bolt action designs continue to appear. Once you exceed 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39mm calibers bolt action is by far the most common rifle action type for non-military applications.

5 days ago
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Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

Tailhook Re:Makes sense (87 comments)

Reagan

Here we are, discussing a story about the developmental damage measured in the brains of the victims of Ceausescu's communist hellhole, and this fucking freak starts bitching about Reagan, the one president in my lifetime that made a point of illuminating the plight of people subjected to that nightmare.

In actual fact the ratio of working women has been steadily increasing since the end of WW2. Reagan's time in office didn't influence that trend one way or the other.

But keep knock'n back that Daily KOS kool-aid. No sense in allowing reality to impede on that fucked up worldview.

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Tailhook Re:Meh (201 comments)

Yep. They've pretty much ruined the Google phone formula with this overpriced phablet.

5", 1080p, 2+GB RAM and enough CPU to make the browser work properly. That's all the phone I care to suffer.

about two weeks ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Tailhook Re:phablet (201 comments)

No. The phablet term is not going to be allowed to die. It concisely expresses contempt for crazy huge "phones" and those of us that know better than to expect our phones to be portable movie theaters will continue to use it freely.

Deal.

about two weeks ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

Tailhook Statist bullshit (279 comments)

A year or so from now, after Ebola has run its course in the third world and the only Ebola the US has suffered came from the travelers the Feds refused to impede in any way, will there be a follow up story asking if the local and state governments and corporate health care system should be recognized for their effectiveness?

Didn't think so.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Tailhook Savings? (610 comments)

What is the likelihood of actually benefiting from lower costs due to less net expenditure on, for instance, respiratory illnesses? How does that compare to the likelihood of incurring the far higher $/kWh cost of renewable energy sources?

<mclaughlin-voice> The answers are negligibly small and metaphysical certitude </mclaughlin-voice>

Also, renewable energy consultancy concludes renewable energy is cheaper. Yay for double standards; when oil companies publish pro-fossil fuels research it is dismissed out–of–hand as the junk science/propaganda that it is.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Tailhook Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

Remember, any limitations on travel to the US is racism. Please stop being racist and trying to get the government to follow your racist policies. Be careful to avoid indulging any of your latent racism by criticizing Mr. President Obama for not implementing racist policies in the form of travel restrictions. Also, until the US has incurred a proportion of Ebola infections similar to that of Liberia et. al it is a racist nation exhibiting its usual racist tendencies.

And be sure to log in and tag this whole story about an Ebola death as 'racism,' as other more racially conscious people already have.

Thank you — the management.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Tailhook Re:More Education is the Key (283 comments)

The one, solitary answer offered by The Good and The Great — after they finish telling us the jerbs their policies have eliminated are "never coming back" — is "Education." Now our youth are wallowing in a trillion+ of debt to pay for advanced high school "degrees," our campuses are now indistinguishable from the ghettos that surround them and we have thousands upon thousands of surplus postdocs milling around.

about two weeks ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Tailhook Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (425 comments)

Raygun's beliefs would put him solidly a Democrat

Yeah, I miss the days of staunchly pro-life, tax cutting, communist hating Democrats that aggressively expanded military spending during peacetime, appointed moderates like Rehnquist and Scalia, outlawed hiring of illegal immigrants and causally joked about nuking the Soviets on live radio.

Where did those Democrats go, anyhow?

about three weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

Tailhook Good video on this (174 comments)

Capstone Turbine Corporation makes the LNG burning turbine for this application. Here is a good video about it, showing the vehicle in operation and explaining the trade-offs; basically high initial capital costs with good long term savings in fuel and maintenance. Regenerative braking is a big win both in fuel savings and maintenance for garbage trucks which can perform more than 1000 hard stops per day.

Technical details on the turbine include; 200 lbs, 250 hp, 40,000h service life between overhauls (13+ years @ 8h / day.) The turbine has air bearings to eliminate wear, which implies a gas generator/power section arrangement to drive the generator, I believe.

about three weeks ago
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Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

Tailhook Boo hoo. (142 comments)

and you decided to buy off-spec from what I imagine was the lowest bidder

Yeah. They used Honeywell, a cut rate, shade tree operation that isn't one of the top three commercial avionics producers on Earth. And the results prove it too â" with dozens of no reported operational interference problems at all. Boeing's profit focused greed is killing ever more passengers per mile, in some alternate universe where your worldview makes sense.

about three weeks ago
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Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

Tailhook Re:Wait, devices affect aircraft ? (142 comments)

Wait, slashdot posters are now accepting the idea that personal electronics can affect aircraft electronics ?

Yes. Other prerogatives now apply; namely arguing that greedy corporations are trying to kill they're customers by resisting regulators.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Tailhook Re:He Resigned (575 comments)

Holder is a lame duck, so he's saying and doing things that he would have avoided previously. You see, after they claim poverty ("they cut our budget") the next most common excuse of a government official for their offences and failures is "I can't answer for my predecessor/I wasn't in charge at the time." Holder is saying and doing things so his replacement won't have to.

about three weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Tailhook Re:Banning CNC would be utterly pointless (651 comments)

Why isn't the barrel the controlled part?

Often the barrel isn't the feature that engenders the greatest significance in a legal sense. There is no functional difference between the barrel of a fully automatic military M-16/M-4 etc. and a semiautomatic civilian AR-15; in the case of Colt or FN manufactured rifles these are often the exact same part. The difference between full and semi auto is found exclusively in the lower receiver.

I don't know if this is why AR-15 lowers are the serialized part, but it wouldn't surprise me. It used to be legal for civilians to buy new manufacture fully automatic rifles in the US and I imagine the ATF would have wanted to record which lowers were which at a time when both were sold.

As for difficulty of manufacture; barrels/chambers are the hardest parts to make, but that doesn't mean they're particularly hard. Small specialty barrel manufacturers and even individual competitors make barrels for themselves and their customers every day. A lathe, end mill and broaching machine constitute the basic tools. Clever buyers can obtain that stuff for under $20,000.

about three weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Tailhook Re:critical point from the article (651 comments)

from the NRA, who represent weapons manufacturers profit margins (not you.)

As an NRA member I can assure you they are representing me. I pay them to do so and I observe that they do indeed pursue the agenda I expect of them. Membership fees constitute almost half of NRA revenue. In my case that does not include additional voluntary donations to ILA, which amount to about 300% of my membership fee, annually.

To the extent that the NRA also represents the interests of weapon manufacturers they represent me indirectly, as I am a patron of those manufacturers, and it pleases me when the profits of those manufacturers are protected from politicians and pressure groups and their hysterical gun grabber instincts.

If I were naive I might think it ironic that so many who advocate so loudly for citizen involvement in government indulge so much hate for one of the most legitimate political advocacy operations in the US; an organization that seeks no special privileges beyond rights inherent to our citizenship and does so largely with money voluntarily contributed by millions of common people that have no expectation of a bennie check appearing in their mail. But I am not naive and not at all surprised that an actual manifestation of the desires of actual citizens is anathema for liberals/statists.

about three weeks ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Tailhook Re:Smart move moron (223 comments)

He shouldn't have too much trouble finding work. Alton Nolen, the guy that beheaded a co-worker in Oklahoma this morning in another incident that is also Not Terrorism had only been released from prison a year ago:

According to the state corrections department, Nolen was convicted in January 2011 of multiple felony drug offenses, assault and battery on a police officer and escape from detention. He was released from prison in March 2013. Neither woman had any relationship with Nolen.

This guy will plead to criminal mischief or something, do 18 months and return to commit more non-terrorist crimes.

about a month ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

Tailhook Re:is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

This is evidence.

We've had evidence for years. The SEC records from the Madoff investigation showed the same pattern. The auditors and investigators carefully step around the turds, carefully do not look beyond a strictly limited scope of investigation. They do this because they report to corrupt bosses, appointed by corrupt politicians, voted in by an electorate pursing its narrow self interests.

None of the above has changed, so naturally we're doing it all over again. They're quietly loosening lending standards again, only this time they have the Fed to print and keep the banks capitalized while it's happening instead of after the fact, so the next credit bubble detonation will be even more violent.

Enjoy. You voted for it. And you'll keep voting for it as well because doing otherwise would involve correcting too much of the world view you been trained with.

about a month ago

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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about two weeks ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Pool reports written by White House correspondents are distributed to news organizations via the White House Press Office. Reporters have alleged that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to `demand changes in pool reports' and has used this power to `steer coverage in a more favorable direction.' Now a group of 90 print journalists has begun privately distributing their work through Google Groups, independent of the Press Office. Their intent is to `create an independent pool-reporting system for print and online recipients.'"
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Drones reveal widespread tax evasion in Argentina

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about a month ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Argentine government has used drones to reveal 200 homes and 100 pools in an upper class area about ten miles south of Buenos Aires that had not been detailed on tax returns. Tax officials said the drones took pictures of luxury houses standing on lots registered as empty. The evasions found by the drones amounted to missing tax payments of more than $2 million and owners of the properties have been waned they now face large fines."
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STEM worker shortage is IT industry fantasy

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 3 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Ron Hira, professor of public policy at Howard University and Paula Stephan is a professor of economics at Georgia State University; `As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages.' — `there is a remarkable concurrence among a wide range of researchers that there is an ample supply of American workers (native and immigrant, citizen and permanent resident) who are willing and qualified to fill the high-skill jobs in this country. The only real disagreement is whether supply is two or three times larger than the demand.'"
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Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" released

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 5 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Linux Mint 17 "Qiana", a long term support edition of Linux Mint, has been released. Mint 17 is available in both MATE and Cinnamon editions. Mint 17 is derived from Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and will receive security updates until April, 2019. The Cinnamon edition provides Cinnamon 2.2, with a much improved update manager, driver manager, HiDPI display support and many usability refinements. This release of Mint establishes a baseline on which the next several releases will be based; `Until 2016 the development team won't start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one; future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17, making it trivial for people to upgrade.'"
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Independent Foxconn audit results appear

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Fair Labor Association gave Apple's largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body scan through 3,000 staff hours investigating three of its factories and surveying more than 35,000 workers," said FLA president Auret van Heerden. Overtime laws violated, short-changing worker compensation, no representation. AppleFoxconn thinks they might be able to stop their overtime criminality by July. 2013. Perhaps they'll also do something about the bi-annual dust explosions."
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'Flagging' rumors

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Some folks are concerned about a request by the White House 'Director of New Media' Macon Phillips to gather information about 'rumors' or other 'disinformation' that "travel just below the surface" and might appear in "casual conversation." It seems that Macon "can't keep track of all" of the rumors and would like the to public to help uncover them by using a newly established email address; flag@whitehouse.gov. Unfortunately the dastardly Special Interests have begun signing up flag@whitehouse.gov to irrelevant mailing lists."

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