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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

chiefcrash Selective targeting (226 comments)

Where was North Korea when The Notebook and Twilight hit theaters?

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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

chiefcrash Even Microsoft's websites doesn't support IE 11 (138 comments)

Seriously, try enabling Microsoft Update with IE 11 installed...

It just points you to a web page telling you to use Windows Update. If you need Office updates, you have to downgrade to IE 10, enable MS Update, and re-update to IE 11...

about 4 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

chiefcrash Re:Repeat after me... (315 comments)

He's not splitting hairs...

HTML doesn’t really “do” anything in the sense that a programming language does. HTML contains no programming logic. It doesn’t have common conditional statements such as If/Else. It can’t evaluate expressions or do any math. It doesn’t handle events or carry out tasks. You can’t declare variables and you can’t write functions. It doesn’t modify or manipulate data in any way. HTML can’t take input and produce output. Think of it this way: you can’t compute the sum of 2 + 2 in HTML; that’s not what it’s for. This is because HTML is not a programming language.

about 5 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

chiefcrash Re:So am I. Specifically, violated how? (928 comments)

No first amendment rights were violated. But, it appears that extortion may have been committed:

In Colorado: 18-3-207. Criminal extortion – aggravated extortion

(1) A person commits criminal extortion if:

(a) The person, without legal authority and with the intent to induce another person against that other person’s will to perform an act or to refrain from performing a lawful act, makes a substantial threat to confine or restrain, cause economic hardship or bodily injury to, or damage the property or reputation of, the threatened person or another person; and

(b) The person threatens to cause the results described in paragraph (a) of this subsection (1) by:

(I) Performing or causing an unlawful act to be performed; or

(II) Invoking action by a third party, including but not limited to, the state or any of its political subdivisions, whose interests are not substantially related to the interests pursued by the person making the threat.

(1.5) A person commits criminal extortion if the person, with the intent to induce another person against that other person’s will to give the person money or another item of value, threatens to report to law enforcement officials the immigration status of the threatened person or another person.

(2) A person commits aggravated criminal extortion if, in addition to the acts described in subsection (1) of this section, the person threatens to cause the results described in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of this section by means of chemical, biological, or harmful radioactive agents, weapons, or poison.

(3) For the purposes of this section, “substantial threat” means a threat that is reasonably likely to induce a belief that the threat will be carried out and is one that threatens that significant confinement, restraint, injury, or damage will occur.

(4) Criminal extortion, as described in subsections (1) and (1.5) of this section, is a class 4 felony. Aggravated criminal extortion, as described in subsection (2) of this section, is a class 3 felony.

about 5 months ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

chiefcrash Re:Fox News? (682 comments)

So, unless there is some compelling reason to think that the drive was corrupted purposefully, or the recovery was disingenuous, then all you have here is SOP for any IT department (fix what's broke).

Hmm, all the IT departments I've worked for always had an SOP to fix what's broke, then store the broken hard drive rather than toss it. Sometimes we end up having to send the drives off to a clean-lab recovery outfit to grab important stuff.

Is it necessarily a conspiracy that the IRS IT Department tossed a drive? No. Is it something that at the very list indicates a need for a policy change? Possibly.

about 6 months ago
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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

chiefcrash Secure against Cylons (142 comments)

You'll see things here that look odd, even antiquated to modern eyes, like phones with cords, awkward manual valves, computers that, well, barely deserve the name. It was all designed to operate against an enemy who could infiltrate and disrupt even the most basic computer systems. Galactica is a reminder of a time when we were so frightened by our enemies that we literally looked backward for protection...

about 6 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

chiefcrash Re: Fishy (566 comments)

> ... the amount of reputation harm that Microsoft would endure would literally be crippling.

I'm not so sure. After all, Microsoft seems to have survived despite virtually each of its cryptographic solutions having serious vulnerabilities, often breakable in a trivial manner. Kerberos, encryption of Microsoft Office documents, PPTP VPN, NTLM authentication protocol, SysKey, EFS encryption in Windows 2000, RNG implementations in Windows 2000/XP/Vista, and so on...

about 7 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

chiefcrash Re:Most gun ban advocates aren't rational about it (584 comments)

I'd like to point out that there are a LOT of unhinged gun control proponents out there as well. Like the guy who suggested dragging Republicans behind a truck until they "see the light on gun control". Or the guy who explicitly threatened to kill recall activists taking signatures in Colorado. It may be less publicized, but it's there: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/16/...

They're armed too. And they have funny ideas about what a right means. And they are also paranoid! Oh and they're pandered to by a major political party.

I won't lump all gun control proponents in with the likes of them. But rest assured, both sides of this fight have unhinged crazies. And they're both just as dangerous...

about 7 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

chiefcrash Re:Sure, do not mandate that (584 comments)

Do you know what else would make it difficult to kill children? A $5 lock that's already required to be sold with each handgun.

about 6 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

chiefcrash Cloud needs server huggers (409 comments)

Isn't the "cloud" just a bunch of servers? Should nobody be hugging THOSE servers either?

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

chiefcrash Re:Gun Cowards (765 comments)

... because the War on Drugs was so effective at preventing the production and sale of drugs in the United States?

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

chiefcrash Re:What is the problem? (765 comments)

"If you don't want a smart gun that "might fail", don't get one. Keep a ordinary gun and be satisfied!"

The problem is things like the New Jersey law that will mandate only "smart" guns can be sold...

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

chiefcrash Re:Valid technology for "non-critical" firearms (765 comments)

Wouldn't a $5 cable lock do the same job in those circumstances? Besides, if you don't think a system failure could be a matter of life and death while hunting, you clearly haven't gone hunting for bear or boar...

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

chiefcrash Re:You forgot something (765 comments)

And I'm sure no gun control proponent has threatened to kill gun owners, right? No gun control advocate would suggest dragging politicians behind a truck until they "saw the light on gun control", right?

.... right?

about 7 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

chiefcrash Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

The purpose of a handgun magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds is simple: it allows you to fire more rounds before having to reload. Some would try to say this is more dangerous somehow, but after watching a man fire 12 shots from a 6-shot revolver in about 3 seconds, I have to wonder why...

A military sniper rifle is simply a hunting rifle, just built with better quality control and a camouflage paint job. Seriously: the most popular hunting rifle and the most popular military sniper rifle are both Remington Model 700's...

The purpose of "any military weapon" is impossible to say, seeing as there is such a wide variety. Or are you saying a bayonet and a landmine fulfill the same purpose?

Same with the bombs: flash-bangs and nukes are both technically bombs, with completely different purposes.

"assault grips" is a new one for me, but I guess you're talking about pistol grips and secondary vertical grips. The purpose is simple: to allow an ergonomic hold of the weapon, providing better aiming and control. Same as non-"assault" grips...

about 8 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

chiefcrash Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

I'm not being purposefully obtuse, I'm trying to illustrate that the only true purpose of a firearm rests with the intent of the user.

The 1911 was designed as a military sidearm. Nowadays, it's rarely used by the military (except some special forces units), but it's the most popular "race gun" (competitive rapid-fire target shooting) at the ranges these days.
The SKS rifle, with it's built-in bayonet, was obviously built with the intention of being a battle rifle. But for the last few decades, it's seen more use as a poor man's deer and hog gun.
The trusty old shotgun was originally meant as a hunting gun, until some WWI soldiers figured out they worked well in trench warfare
Military sniper rifles are literally just hunting rifles, just with tighter quality controls and a camouflage paint job.

You also hold fundamentally conflicting views. You seem to think that a "self defense" gun is reasonable, but a gun designed to "hurt people" isn't. Isn't the whole "hurt people" thing sort of necessary for the "self defense" part?

If some guns and gun equipment are bad because they were supposedly designed to "kill humans", then why do we issue said equipment to law enforcement officers? It's not the police's job to run around killing people, right?

about 8 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

chiefcrash Re:The irony? (179 comments)

Redundant "for me" is redundant for me...

about 8 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

chiefcrash Re:The irony? (179 comments)

The windows update site worked for me just fine for me this morning...

about 8 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

chiefcrash Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

In a strictly technical sense, the purpose of a gun is to launch a projectile. That's it. Choice of project is left to the intent of the user, as is the target and the intended use of the gun.

An olympic target pistol is just as lethal as a "saturday night special". A simple change of ammunition turns a deadly shotgun into a less-than-lethal shotgun.

Nobody has yet to explain how a $0.50 pistol grip magically makes a gun more dangerous. They've offered lame hollywood-inspired suggestions, but nothing that pans out. Perhaps you know something I don't? How does a thumbhole stock make a rifle better at harming people?

about 8 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

chiefcrash Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

A flash suppressor is designed to redirect the muzzle flash out of the shooter's field of vision. This allows the shooter to still be able to see after firing a shot in low-light conditions. That's it.

Why would someone want such a thing? For me, personally, it makes target shooting at the range after work (at night) a lot more comfortable. Not to mention prevents damage to my eyes, as staring into bright lights tends to be bad for them.

The fact that you don't know why somebody would buy a flash suppressor, yet seem to want to ban it anyway, is a big chunk of the problem right there...

about 8 months ago

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