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NSA Says They Have VPNs In a 'Vulcan Death Grip'

bryanp Re: What IP address ranges are in the US? (234 comments)

Right. Because the NSA doesn't have access to IP addresses outside the US. Good luck there chief.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

bryanp A felon with misdemeanor convictions (720 comments)

One conviction (felony or otherwise) can be looked at as an outlier. Multiple convictions (felony or misdemeanor) establishes a pattern of poor judgement / impulse control on his part.

about a month and a half ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

bryanp Re: Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

If it helps, just think of the gluten-free-because-it's-trendy twits as subsidizing the increased variety of available options for those who actually do need to eat a gluten free/reduced diet. I know both types, and it makes the former much easier to tolerate.

about a year ago

4 Tips For Your New Laptop

bryanp Re: Cloud != Backup (310 comments)

It does in the short term. Most of the cloud services let you recover/undelete a file for up to 30 days.

You're right that it's not a "real backup", but honestly you aren't going to get most people to do a real backup with any consistency. Cloud backup of a documents folder is a useful stopgap.

1 year,27 days

New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

bryanp Re:Some good parts, but some rather absurd parts (1591 comments)

The way I understood it, often you can put a little clip thing inside a normal magazine to not allow more than a certain number of bullets

Yes. Most commonly you see them installed in tube magazines on shotguns to limit them to whatever your state hunting regs deem appropriate (usually 3 rounds). The block can be removed to restore normal capacity if desired.

To use an AR-15 30 round magazine as an example, it wouldn't be particularly difficult to install a kit that blocks the lower part of the magazine, with a shorter spring to install between the block and the follower. It would still look like a 30 round magazine but would only hold the reduced number. The problem would be that this is easily reversed by removing the block and putting the original spring back in place. I can't see the idiots in the NY legislature trusting their subjects *ahem* constituents with such potential evil.

about 2 years ago

Fires Sparked By Utah Target Shooters Prompt Evacuations

bryanp Every group has its careless idiots (709 comments)

And recreational shooters are no different. In tinderbox conditions like this you can shoot safely, but you have to be careful. Don't shoot steel jacketed or steel cored ammunition, stick to plain lead or copper jacketed only. Don't shoot tracers, don't use gimmick ammo like Dragon's Breath shotgun shells. Above all, pay attention and be prepared to put out a fire. If you're not prepared to do all of that, then maybe you should just do something else until the weather changes.

I'm an avid shooter and probably own more guns than most of the people reading this. My knee jerk reaction is to defend "my" side, but I also want to smack down the morons making the rest of us look bad.

more than 2 years ago

I typically carry X many forms of photo ID; X =

bryanp Re:The two I legally need to have to go about my d (380 comments)

Well now, I think *I* would be the one who stopped doing business with YOU if you feel the need to carry a firearm into MY business.

Tip: The 'wild west' was in the 1800's...

a) You are perfectly within your rights to do so. I don't insist that I have a right to carry on your property, I just say that I choose to do business elsewhere.

b) The 'wild west' was greatly exaggerated. Based purely on murder rate per capita, I'd rather live in 1870 Dodge City than almost any inner city neighborhood in 2012.

more than 2 years ago

I typically carry X many forms of photo ID; X =

bryanp Re:The two I legally need to have to go about my d (380 comments)

Assuming he lives in the united states is not enough. It is not legal in all 50 states to carry a concealed weapon

It's a reasonable assumption though. There is only one state (Illinois) in the US which completely outlaws concealed carry. The other 49 states all have some variation of concealed carry law in place. I'll grant that in places like California, New York or Hawaii it's difficult to obtain one unless you're wealthy or have the right friends, but many of us live in more enlightened states with "shall-issue" laws in effect.

As for businesses and schools, you simply have to be aware of the laws of your state and behave accordingly. I don't carry on school property and I've stopped doing business with companies which choose to disallow carrying on their premises. It's really not that complicated.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook 'Likes' Aren't Protected Speech

bryanp Re:What kind of world... (214 comments)

Nice oversimplifaction. Money is not and has never been declared to be free speech in the US. Spending your money to support people who advocate ideas you believe in has been declared a form of protected expression of your political ideas, broadly lumped under the freedom of speech.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Tries To Force Google To Unlock User's Android Phone

bryanp Re:Ars Technica Lnk (385 comments)

Sadly, no one will ever know as you are too frightened of your own shadow to post under your real name. Pathetic little troll.

more than 2 years ago

Pink Floyd Engineer Alan Parsons Rips Audiophiles, YouTube and Jonas Brothers

bryanp Re:"Pink Floyd engineer"? (468 comments)

Alan Parsons Project albums were so well recorded and produced, but the actual music probably doesn't stand the test of time.

Depends on your tastes I suppose. I've been a fan of Alan Parsons and the late Eric Woolfson since I first listened to a cousin's LP of Tales of Mystery and Imagination back in 1978 at the age of 10. While some of the albums hold up better than others, I still enjoy listening to quite a bit of it.

more than 2 years ago

Study: Online Dating Makes People "Picky" and "Unrealistic"

bryanp Re:Back in the old days... (630 comments)

If you want a hook-up, go to match or similar (free) websites

If you want to find a girl you might marry go to eharmony

YMMV. I met my wife on a free site after getting diddly for results on a pay site.

We did get a pretty good laugh when after meeting online we discovered out that we have the same employer and I'm her network administrator. Coincidence is a bizarre thing. (It's a big employer - we work in different buildings a couple of blocks apart, so we'd never met)

more than 2 years ago


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