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

demonlapin Re: May I suggest (296 comments)

its cock on close design allows much higher rates of fire

Mind explaining this? Cock on close vs cock on open, taking advantage of the more naturally forceful movement?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

demonlapin Re:parodee in Poland (113 comments)

You can get sued anywhere. Your chances of prevailing in court are astronomically higher in the US.

There are a lot of things wrong with the American legal system, but its attitude toward free speech is not one of them.

2 days ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

demonlapin Re:Don't bother with AP CS (144 comments)

"Pre-med" isn't a major, it's a set of requirements. You can major in anything you like and go to med school. When I went through, it was two years of chemistry, one year each of biology and physics, a calculus credit, and at least two semesters of science at the junior/senior level. My wife got into med school with an English degree.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

demonlapin Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (578 comments)

there is no federal law against downloading

Of course there is. It's a copyright violation to do so.

The difference between uploading and downloading is that there are no statutory damages for downloading, only actual damages for the lost sale. So they could sue you for perhaps $30, but they'd lose money on every case. Uploading is subject to statutory (legally-defined) damages, which are quite a bit larger.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

demonlapin Re:GOP FUD (652 comments)

An elegant work of satire, sir.

about two weeks ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

demonlapin Re: Friends (367 comments)

You wouldn't do that on your main machine, though. It would be on a machine dedicated to that purpose.

about two weeks ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

demonlapin Re: Friends (367 comments)

Who's foolish enough to install a time-limited technical preview as their main OS? I put it in a VM.

about two weeks ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

demonlapin Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (242 comments)

I grew up in an area of the South where the w-/wh- distinction is preserved by many people (including me). College friends from the Northeast found it bizarre.

about three weeks ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

demonlapin Re:Hodor (127 comments)

Miss Clarke is quite attractive, but if it's boobs you want, Natalie Dormer has her beat.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

demonlapin Re:RIP (116 comments)

You know what I mean.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

demonlapin Re:RIP (116 comments)

This is probably one of the few fora left where you have a substantial portion of users who remember the early days, outside of The Service of Which We Speak Not. The one that predated Google Groups.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

demonlapin RIP (116 comments)

Sad to see one of the last vestiges of the Old Web die.

Oh, who am I kidding? The modern version kicks the old one's ass seven ways to Sunday. I've been an Internet user for over twenty years. Yahoo was amazing at the time, but Moore's Law reigns supreme, and thank FSM for that. akebono.stanford.edu, anyone?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

demonlapin Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

I like CM as much as the next Android fan, but I'm also capable of using Odin or RSD Lite to fix a phone that won't boot if it goes wrong, and CM certainly has variable support for specific models. The thing is, CM users will put up with the odd quirk here or there to get what they want, and if they really need the camera, or Bluetooth, or whatever to work, they'll just go back to a rooted stock image. Manufacturers don't have that luxury.

about a month ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

demonlapin Re:Hmmm .... (112 comments)

I've certainly noticed that many aircraft continue to be used for freight long after passenger airlines have moved on to more efficient vehicles. Why is fuel consumption so much less important in freight operations?

about a month ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

demonlapin Re:Leakage? (296 comments)

It was hellaciously slow, though.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

demonlapin Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

So is Apple getting a cut of every merchant fee? That's the part I haven't figured out yet.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

demonlapin Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Internationally, this is true. Unless they've replaced the whole domestic fleet's seating in the past year, though, not the case there.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

demonlapin Re: cram lots of people in a confined space (819 comments)

Interestingly, when you fly in first class, almost nobody reclines their seat.

about a month and a half ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

demonlapin Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

It's a lot more than $10, but you're right.

I only fly first class for this reason. Interestingly, my experience has been that people in first class almost never recline their seats at all, and when they do so, they only go back a little.

about a month and a half ago

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How I choose my /. friends, or, Why did this idiot pick me?

demonlapin demonlapin writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm reading through /. and, on any occasion that a political topic comes up, befriending people who oppose leftism. Doesn't mean I think you're a True Conservative (because I'm certainly not); doesn't mean I necessarily agree with you. It just means I think you're part of a badly underrepresented community here on the Dot, and I'm doing my little part to band some of us together. Think of it as a sort of net-only ProtestWarrior.

Anyway, look through my list of friends, and I'll look through yours. I don't plan to make any further posts to the Journal, so this will always be the top post. I'll check it once a week or so for comments.

Update: Heavy preponderance of low UID's here. Could be an interesting research project for someone - differences in political opinions based on when you first went online.

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