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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

felrom Re:Bullshit (221 comments)

Now that chances of the intruder actually being a threat is actually really small. The odds of him having anything realistically dangerous without a sufficiently sized container to hide it in, like the previously mentioned backpack, is also really small.

This intruder had a knife, though I can't find details on what kind it was (12" bowie, or 1.5" Swiss army). A hostile person with a knife, within 21 feet of you, is widely considered a lethal threat. Many police departments teach their officers that they can use lethal force against a hostile person with a knife within 21 feet. The same is taught in concealed handgun licensing classes in many states. Twenty-one feet is chosen because that's the distance an average person can travel, from a standstill, in one second.

Over the decades, there have been lots of people that have broken into the white house grounds. I've never heard even a single one of those reports in the last century being of hostile intent. (Weird and or confused, but not hostile.)

Plane crashed INTO the White House on purpose in 1994

This guy didn't break in... Guy deemed not crazy shoots at White House, trying to kill President Clinton.

Neither did this guy, but both of them were active threats, and either one of them could have just tossed their guns over the fence before climbing it themselves.

The secret service is in a tough spot: they can't really just shoot dead every deranged person who comes over the fence, but sooner or later someone wearing a suicide vest or explosive underwear is going to come over the fence with a dead-man's switch. And we all know he doesn't need to hurt anyone or do any damage for the government and populace to overreact and start doing things much worse than terrorists could ever do.

It's a real threat.

2 days ago
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Dremel Releases 3D Printer

felrom Re:Dongs (104 comments)

9-in. x 5.9-in. x 5.5-in will fit an AR-15 lower receiver too. Toys for everyone!

4 days ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

felrom Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (288 comments)

"What moral authority," you ask? The moral authority granted by decades of Californians begging for more government at every opportunity. Now they've got it and they're realizing they don't like it.

But it's okay; instead of admit the mistake and start working to reign in the overlords they've manufactured, they'll just move to other nice states with smaller governments, functional economies, good jobs, and affordable standards of living, where they'll promptly begin to recreate the same mistakes they made in California.

It's already happening in Oregon, Washington, and especially Colorado. Austin is getting a good dose of it too, and Utah is in for a rude awakening in the next couple of years.

about two weeks ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

felrom Zuk Don't Care (254 comments)

Funny that the Ukrainians think Zuckerberg cares. He's the worst kind of anti-freedom, in-bed-with-the-government, limousine socialist there is. Mr. Open-All-The-Borders hides behind his armed guards at his gated mansion so he wont have to be burdened with the consequences of his actions. Appealing to Zuckerberg to stop blocking their social media efforts is going to have about as much effect as appealing directly to Putin to stop invading.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

felrom Re:Baltics are next if the West fails to respond (848 comments)

And at the helm of the only NATO country that matters: Obama. NATO members with 1% and 2% of their budgets going towards defense are in for a rude awakening when they realize that the US isn't coming to their rescue. Obama doesn't have a strategy for confronting ISIS; do you think he has any plan for dealing with Russia? The only thing he knows for sure are his tee times for the next month.

This must be that flexibility he told Putin he'd have after the 2012 election. It's the flexibility to let his own foreign policy chickens come home to roost and the world go to shit while he ignores it from the golf course.

about three weeks ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

felrom Simple Solution.... (140 comments)

Turn the EFF into the NRA of online rights. If the EFF had 5,000,000 dues paying, donating, voting, vocal, invested members, we wouldn't be having these discussions about ISPs writing their own laws. The hardest part is already done: organizing some people who know what they're doing into what is now the EFF.

People just need to decide that their rights are worth at least $25/year.

about 2 months ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

felrom What! A reasonable plan for CO2 reduction!?!?! (155 comments)

Actions like this are how you get the other half to agree to do things to reduce CO2 emissions.

Good step: Offer to eliminate tariffs on solar panels and other things.
Bad step: Call anyone who so much as questions ANYTHING a denier.
Good step: Get behind building LOTS of modern nuclear plants. LOTS.
Bad step: Say that anyone who so much as questions ANYTHING should be arrested. https://theconversation.com/is...
Good step: Get behind building LOTS of electric cars, and the technology to increase batteries' energy density.
Bad step: Say that anyone who so much as questions ANYTHING should be killed. http://www.americanthinker.com...

Much of the political opposition that the Global Warming people get is because they believe that all of their solutions are so good that they should be mandatory. They come to you and say that you'll have to give up your money, your freedom, your independence, and your quality of life. This is all demanded at the barrel of a gun with the implication that if you don't capitulate, you'll also have to give up your life itself.

Environmentalists have made many great missteps, the two largest being not loudly denouncing those among them that call for murder of anyone who dissents, and continuously pushing plans that they know half the population will never get behind.

You want to reduce CO2 emissions? Suggest plans for it that everyone can support. Leave the death threats at home. ; )

about 2 months ago
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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

felrom Re:redundant aircraft (103 comments)

Bell Helicopter is developing a tilt rotor aircraft for this competition: http://youtu.be/1O3Onyas984

If you take the V-22, and remove the Marine Corps' requirements for blade-fold-wing-stow and rotors small enough to launch off of a Marine helicopter ship, you free up a huge amount of design room to increase performance.

about 2 months ago
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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

felrom Re:One hundred *billion* dollars? (103 comments)

The Army doesn't want Apaches. They want a medium lift technology demonstrator that will replace their Blackhawk fleet while providing much more capability by exploring new vertical lift technologies. Then they'll run separate competitions to scale the technology up and down in size to replace their Apaches, Little Birds, and Chinooks.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

felrom Re:You think? (385 comments)

Today on /. we find out who doesn't know the difference between subsidies, tax deductions, tax breaks, and taxes.

From the linked CNN article above:

Among other things, the measure killed on Thursday would have ended oil production's categorization under the tax code as a form of domestic manufacturing eligible for a deduction worth 6% of net income, according to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, the bill's author.

The measure also would have prevented oil companies from claiming foreign royalty payments as a credit against American taxes, and cut the ability of companies to deduct numerous costs associated with the drilling process.

So we have a bunch of tax deductions that literally every company in the country is eligible for, but when the oil industry takes them they become subsidies and are bad.

Wow.....

about 3 months ago
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The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

felrom Re:Don't mention the tree-planting thing! (228 comments)

The entire IRS needs an enema from top to bottom. Gut their mission, strip their power, and reduce them to the few functions we actually need them to do.

Then repeat with the ATF, DEA, DOE (both of them), EPA and FDA.

about 3 months ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

felrom Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

Welcome to the world of fighting for gun rights, where among other things:

"Children" killed by guns includes people up to age 35 in some studies.
"School shootings" includes gang violence that just happens to take place close enough to a school.
"People killed by an acquaintance with a gun" includes rival drug dealers who knew each other, one of which kills the other.
"Victims of gun violence" include Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
"Gun deaths" include suicides, lawful homicide (cop-on-criminal) and lawful self-defense (citizen-on-criminal).

MADD and gun-grabbers have much in common when it comes to creative use of statistics.

about 3 months ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

felrom Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

Nobody talks about restricting access to guns for your personal health.

The CDC does. It spent much of the 80s and 90s putting out politically motivated research trying to whip people into a frenzy over the dangers of gun ownership.
The VA does it too. It's been expanding its definitions of mentally defective, all the way to veterans only having slight sleeping problems from PTSD, in order to then prevent them from owning guns.
Hell, not two days ago in Colorado a court upheld the state's 15-round magazine capacity limit under the pretense that it contributes to public safety, only a single thinly veiled step away from claiming it's for your health.

Maybe you're not steeped in the gun rights fight that way I am every day, but that doesn't mean these things simply aren't happening.

about 3 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

felrom Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

There are many ways to obtain a gun in America, with varying levels of records of it being recorded:
1. Buy or transfer a gun through an FFL, in which case a Form 4473 is filled out and kept by the FFL. The ATF, in the course of an investigation can get a copy of this form to see who bought the gun. The ATF cannot legally go around making copies of all 4473s to create a database. The information from the 4473 is required to be kept on file with the FFL for at least 20 years, at which point he can start purging it. If he quits being an FFL before then, he turns it all over to the ATF to keep the records for future investigations. So a few guns that are sold through an FFL will eventually have no record, if he holds the FFL for 20 years after the sale AND decides to destroy the record.

2. Buy a gun in a private sale, assuming your state doesn't require this to go through an FFL (in which case, see #1). Most states require no record keeping for this. Where I live, my only responsibility under the law is to be reasonably sure that the buyer is not prohibited from owning guns. That means I ask, "Are you prohibited?" and if they say no, I can sell it to them with no liability.

3. Receive a gun as a gift. Most places treat this the same as #2.

4. Make your own gun. Most states don't require you to register a gun you made yourself. You must be making it yourself, for yourself. If you later decide you don't want it, you're supposed to transfer it to its new owner via an FFL. Making a gun yourself is much easier than it sounds; I've built an AR15 for myself, it has no serial number on it, there's no 4473 for it anywhere, and it's 100% legal.

So, methods 2,3 and 4 can create new gun owners with no record of it, and method 4 can create new guns with no record of it.
Method 1 can make new owners with no record assuming certain rare events: FFL in business long enough to start purging his books, or his store goes up in a fire and the records are destroyed, or thieves steal the records. In this case the ATF can only learn that a gun existed at some point; they have no idea who the original retail owner was, so their information that it existed is useless.

With home made guns, they don't even have that information.

So, NOT every gun in the US has paperwork for it somewhere, and NOT every gun buyer is on paperwork somewhere, and what paperwork does exist for some guns is 100% useless with regard to locating the gun or its owner.

This whole discussion doesn't even touch on the subject of a more important question: What good do records and serialization do when most guns used in crimes are stolen to start with? Despite what you learned by watching CSI, the answer is a resounding, "Not a whole hell of a lot."

about 3 months ago
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California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods

felrom Re:Does Slashdot suddenly support States' Rights? (96 comments)

States no more have the power to regulate guns than the federal government does. Making that lack of power explicit by incorporating the second amendment under the due process clause deprives the states of nothing. Fundamental rights are fundamental rights, whether it's a state government or the federal government who seeks to take them away from you.

The whole Bill of Rights and the idea of natural rights would all become a silly notion were states in possession of the legitimate power to restrict them. I'm talking political theory here, not practice because we all know in practice the government at all levels shits on your rights without the legitimacy to do so.

about 4 months ago
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California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods

felrom Re:Does Slashdot suddenly support States' Rights? (96 comments)

McDonald v. Chicago incorporated the second amendment under the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment, to apply to the states too.

about 4 months ago
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California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods

felrom Does Slashdot suddenly support States' Rights? (96 comments)

Certainly everyone applauding this will agree that similar laws meant to reaffirm second amendment protections are equally necessary, equally valid, and equally worth fighting for!

http://firearmsfreedomact.com/

From the article:

"The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is very clear. It says the government shall not engage in unreasonable search and seizure," said the bill's author, Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu, of Torrance.

Let's try a little modification....

"The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is very clear. It says the government shall not infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms," said no one in California's legislature, ever.

Just remember, when you erode one part of the Constitution, you erode them all. Feinstein wants ALL of your rights. Buuuuut... let's hear your reasons why this is different.

about 4 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

felrom Re:Bad move (280 comments)

I didn't see the funding option for, "Donate $500 and we'll pay your electric bill for a decade." If they think they're so close to such a breakthrough they should be offering more than t-shirts and posters.

about 4 months ago

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