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New Zealand's Recording Industry CEO Tries to Defend New Draconian Law

Wes Janson Re:Not wild west, but somewhat feudalist (269 comments)

Baltar: "All we need is strength! Strength that comes from within!"
Head 6: "And guns..."
Baltar: "And guns! More guns! Bigger guns! Better guns! And when we have those, we will win!"

more than 5 years ago

Cold-War Era Naval Vessels Up For Grabs

Wes Janson Re:Skunk Works (165 comments)

Except that it wasn't built to go in harm's way, it was built as a proof-of-concept test vessel. Personally, I suspect his theory about the Navy losing interest due to prestige/promotion opportunities was quite possibly accurate. It's very hard to imagine the Navy ditching the traditional surface fleet configuration in favor of ugly, stealthy missile boats with tiny crews.

more than 5 years ago

Student Satirist Gets 3 Months; the Judge, Likely More

Wes Janson Re:Poetic justice? (689 comments)

Maybe that's why ammunition is getting so expensive these days...?

more than 5 years ago

Spiraling Skyscraper Farms For a Future Manhattan

Wes Janson Cylons... (403 comments)

This building is very obviously the product of Cylon technology. Compare it to pictures of Cylon Basestars, and the resemblance is undeniable.

It all makes sense now...Gaeta is the 7th Cylon, and this is just an example of his architectural ideas in action-"lots of stairways!" All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again...

more than 5 years ago

New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"

Wes Janson Re:LOL (1235 comments)

Well thank you for the disclaimer, seeing as virtually everything you posted is incorrect.

In the United States, various items fall under the National Firearms Act, and are considered to be NFA items subject to registration by the ATF. These include suppressors, machineguns, destructive devices, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, and Any Other Weapons (pen guns and small shotguns, mostly). "Class III" is an incorrect term, actually referring to the type of license that's held by the dealer selling the items. There is no such thing as an individual "Class III license" to buy and own NFA items-you simply must pay $200 every time an NFA item changes hands. Armor-piercing ammunition is regulated seperately, and high-capacity magazines aren't regulated at all on a federal level.

As far as purchasing goes, the process basically involves filling out a couple of federal forms, submitting a $200 check to the ATF, and waiting a month or two for approval to come back. In some areas police chiefs will sign off on NFA items, but most people simply elect to form a corporation or living trust, and buy them in the name of the legal entity (thus avoiding the need for a law enforcement signoff). Silencers/suppressors (despite what the pedantic say, the terms are interchangeable) generally run from about $300 up to $1000, with a very few specialized rifle suppressors running past $2000. Overall, the process is fairly simple to complete, and anyone with a clean background who lives in a state that allows silencers can purchase one pretty easily.

Presently, there are tens upon tens of thousands of legally owned silencers in the United States, owned and enjoyed by firearms enthusiasts and sportsmen across the country.

more than 5 years ago

"Nuclear Archaeology" Inspires Replica of Hiroshima's Little Boy

Wes Janson Re:Funny, then not so much... (298 comments)

It's only unsettling to those who are uneducated in the subject. Anyone with a passing knowledge of nuclear weapons can tell you why this is completely irrelevant from a security perspective. And anyone who pays real attention can tell you what you should really be worrying about.

Unfortunately, the percentage of Americans who have even that passing familiarity with nuclear weapons is probably no greater than 2 or 3 percent. Which means 97-98% of the population is going to react out of fear, uncertainty, and doubt in anything related to the matter.

more than 5 years ago

Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App

Wes Janson Re:Legitimate, if disturbing to some (461 comments)

The catch is, this is something much more useful to civilian/recreational shooters than law enforcement or military. Despite what some training programs may focus on, for the most part LE snipers are engaging at no more than one or two hundred yards. And I just don't see a serious military use for an iPod.

But on the civilian side, we've got a product that's potentially quite useful..except that it comes pre-loaded with utterly useless profiles. There's a tiny, vanishingly small number of SR-25s in private hands, and precisely zero KAC PDWs. And the SR16 with a 14.5" bbl is an SBR, which again means virtually no one owns one. KAC would be much better off if they included profiles of the more popular .223/.308/.300WM/.338LM/.50BMG loading and barrel lengths.

more than 5 years ago

Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App

Wes Janson Re:Illumination? (461 comments)

Wrong. You make the mistake of assuming there's only one enemy out there. Usually it's best to assume there's more than one, y'know...

more than 5 years ago

Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App

Wes Janson Re:Ballistics calculator on a rifle (461 comments)

The article didn't mention the availability of the mounting hardware. It attaches an iPod Touch mounted in an Otterbox protective case to a side-mounted picatinny rail. That seems much more handy in combat situations than digging an iPod out of one's pocket. This is what makes it not just another ballistics app for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Mounting it on the rifle could be a big deal in certain situations, and lots of rifles can be fitted with picatinny rails on the side.

While I have a lot of respect for KAC, I'm not so sure that a rail-mounted iPod is such a great idea. Even though the user seeks to protect their rifle from damage, in reality stuff gets beat to shit. iPods, while admirably sturdy, just aren't ruggedized for that kind of environment, even in an Otterbox. I Am Not A Long Distance Shooter, but for ballistic applications it's pretty hard to beat something simple like this: http://www.opticsplanet.net/leupold-retractable-ballistic-chart.html The idea that someone is going to be mounting and dismounting an iPod from a number of different rifles is rather unlikely, and giving it ballistic data for the KAC PDW is simply ludicrous-it's a very short range defense weapon, not even remotely close to being a precision rig.

more than 4 years ago

Watergate "Deep Throat" Mark Felt Dead At 95

Wes Janson Re:Media AI source code (126 comments)

At least it was "peace and love" in the middle of nowhere, with a distinct lack of Stinger surface-to-air missiles.

more than 5 years ago

Octopuses Have No Personalities and Enjoy HDTV

Wes Janson Re:Octopi are Awesome! (482 comments)

Or we could just selectively breed humans for a shorter lifespan.

It's called Africa, unfortunately.

more than 5 years ago

Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and Disabled

Wes Janson Re:God, please let this be true. (1093 comments)

You just don't get it though. It's not about weapons, it's about inequality. No amount of martial arts training is going to allow a crippled elderly individual to fight off a 20-year-old criminal bent on robbery and murder. Nor will the best martial arts fighter in the world stand a chance against a gang of half a dozen attackers.

Not everyone lives in Hong Kong or Shangri-La. The rest of us have to consider the very real fact that there are plenty of people out there who want to do others harm.

about 6 years ago

Woman Admits Sending $400K To Nigerian Scammer

Wes Janson Re:I'm amazed (857 comments)

On the other hand, I had to get a wire transfer of a decently large sum from overseas a few years back, and it was quite an interesting conversation at the bank. "That sounds an awful lot like one of those scam things" "No. No it's not." "Are you sure it's-" "Yes I'm sure, thank you, just give me the damn information please."

more than 6 years ago


Wes Janson hasn't submitted any stories.



Wes Janson Wes Janson writes  |  more than 10 years ago Browsing through my past comments, I noticed the following:


Now, how is it that they can really not understand the reference or its relationship to the original topic? And how is it that, failing to understand the reference, they mod it down as a troll?

Some days I feel good about slashdot, some days I wonder if it isn't really 95% idiots, and 5% intelligent posters. I just find it hard to understand how someone has never read 1984, yet frequents an especially libertarian, geek-centric website such as /.


The Beginning

Wes Janson Wes Janson writes  |  more than 11 years ago This is my journal. There are many like it but this one is mine.

I wonder...

Will anyone ever see it?

Will anyone..ever care?

About me?

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