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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

amiga3D Re:the solution: (480 comments)

This all asumes the army actually fires on it's own people, ultimately "their" people. Not sure how that would play out. I'd bet you'd have the military split as well.

10 hours ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

amiga3D Re:the solution: (480 comments)

Generally personal firearms are rifles and shotguns limited to semi-automatic fire. Full Auto weapons are heavily regulated. The Constitution has been amended to outlaw slavery and to allow women to vote but the anti-gun people know there is no hope in repealing the second amendment so they try to backdoor ban weapons by Federal Law. It hasn't worked well for them but they still have a much better chance at doing it through legislation than a Constitutional amendment.

10 hours ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

amiga3D Re:Exploit that only affects Mac and Linux (163 comments)

I wouldn't go that far. Windows installations routinely get reamed. It's better but I wouldn't call it secure. I've got a secure linux install on a seperate laptop for banking and such and it's locked down like Fort Knox. As I only use it for things I'm paranoid about I'd say it's pretty safe. I'd rather bet on it than Windows.

2 days ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

amiga3D Re:Exploit that only affects Mac and Linux (163 comments)

Only the idiots claimed it was impossible. It was much more unlikely because Windows was designed at the time from the ground up to be backdoored. It was literally defective by design. It has come a long way and malware makers have also gotten much more sophisticated. A lot of them are users of linux and unix systems and naturally enough they now design for those systems as well. One reason is that the newer linux distros are not as security focused as the old days. People routinely log into a user account that has all kinds of priviledges that once were reserved to the root user. The continual drive for the latest and greatest features has led to using the testing branch of debian as well. At this moment I'm on a machine runniing SparkyLinux 3.5 which is derived from the debian testing repos and I'd never use it for banking or anything like that.

2 days ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

amiga3D Re:that was fast (163 comments)

Those do still exist. I saw a laserwriter at my local library hooked up to some ancient Apple box.

2 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

amiga3D Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (491 comments)

Really? I don't know about that, they've been like this around here since the 60's at least. The 50's and earlier were before my time.

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

amiga3D Re:Or they will simply get it banned or restricted (491 comments)

Damn. What if you didn't want electricity? They do realize it is entirely possible to live without it? Not a lot of fun maybe but doable. Jeez.

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

amiga3D Re:Or they will simply get it banned or restricted (491 comments)

The way these dickheads have written laws everybody is guilty of something. There are laws to conflict with laws about other laws. It's gone beyond ridiculous to the point even the judges can't figure it out.

3 days ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

amiga3D Re:I wonder... (298 comments)

He'd just shoot his foot.

3 days ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

amiga3D Re:What a fool (298 comments)

If he were only a bit more ignorant he could be as fucking stupid as Nancy Pelosi.

3 days ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

amiga3D Re:Anarchy??? (298 comments)

If he thinks the web is anarchic he should try IRC. That's wild west type anarchy. I used to hang out in #amiga_warez on Galaxynet back in the day before I even had a web browser. I remeber one of the early ISPs in town had IRC listed in their brochure as exactly that, the wild west of the internet. The brochure stated that if you didn't like getting attacked to stay away. Interesting and fun times before full comercialization of the internet. Now this cocksucker wants to license web sites. I hope his asshole grows shut.

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

amiga3D Re:Or they will simply get it banned or restricted (491 comments)

I'd love to see the citation where people are forbidden from installing solar on their own property. I'm finding that hard to believe. Unless it's some of these rich bitch subdivisions that have draconian rules governing what you can do with your home. In that case though you agreed to be their bitch when you bought the place.

4 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

amiga3D Re:Predictions for 2030 (491 comments)

Don't ruin the beauty of the thing with reality.

4 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

amiga3D Re:In Soviet USA (491 comments)

While I too get frustrated with some of the things going on I have to say your description of reality is vastly twisted to the negative. Things largely are not so dire.

4 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

amiga3D Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (491 comments)

I don't know about the UK but in the US we have a curious blend of government and private public utilities companies. They are supposedly private but they are government regulated complete with a monopoly over their assigned area. The amount of profit they are allowed to make is also regulated. If they make too much then that money is refunded to customers and if they come up short that money is levied against the customers. Not really capitalism at all.

4 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

amiga3D Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (491 comments)

The problem is that renewable tech is still not there yet. To try to run the utility grid with renewables is unworkable at this time so how do you manage to integrate them with old reliable coal and nuclear? The choice of most of the green segment seems to be to pass the costs to all the other customers of the electric company and drive power costs higher. Understandably this will upset the other customers who have a finite amount of money to spend.

4 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

amiga3D Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

That joke is old.....but I still laughed.

5 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

amiga3D Re:Oh good (904 comments)

I wish I could move close to my work but unfortunately the 15 mile commute I have now is probably as good as I'll get. If you can do without a car you can save a pile of cash.

about a week ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

amiga3D Re:Oh good (904 comments)

For starters a basic set of tools suffices for 98% of what you need to do for an average car repair and most of the specialized tools you can borrow from auto parts stores or rent from a tool rental. Computer diagnostics you can purchase by the hour at a rate often less than the hourly labor rate of a garage. I've fixed a lot of things with youtube or sites like crownvic.net and a laptop sitting on a fender. You must have at least a basic level of mechanical ability but really it's mostly a matter of just doing and learning. I can't repair a transmission myself but I have bought one out of a wreck and replaced it myself and it cost less than half what a shop would have charged me. Most of the time if you have a cheap $1000 car if it's not something like a hose or minor component such as an alternator then you're better off dumping it at the scrap yard and starting over. I see lots of cars for sale between 1,000-2,000 dollars that make decent transportation that will hold up for a year or three without a lot of outlay. The $500 ones are more iffy but every month you get by is another month you've saved a car payment. If you throw the money you would have paid out on that overpriced loan from the steal and repaint dealer into a bucket you'll come out ahead. If you don't know much about cars you need a friend to go with you to make sure they'll be reliable. New cars are for people who have lots of disposable income. New cars from dealers that do things like this article mentions are always overpriced and the loans are predatory so they're already paying significantly more than the damn things are worth.

about a week ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

amiga3D Re:Pay cash (904 comments)

I bought a car for $1100 when I got out of the Air Force back in 1988. It was a 1980 Malibu with a V6 engine that got a solid 20MPG and looked fair but drove good. 14 years later I sold it to a scrap yard for $300. I'm now driving a 2001 Grand Marquis I bought in 2005 for $10,000 cash and it should last another 5-10 years. I've bought one new car in my life and I'll never take that fucking again. It was nice but a year later it was a used car with 20K on it and a big car payment, big annual taxes and maximum insurance premium. It costs way too much to keep a new car. I can afford it but I can think of too much I can do with an extra 600 dollars a month.

about a week ago

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