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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

ihtoit they're not looking for a way to treat it (211 comments)

...they're looking for a way to introduce and re-legitimise the term "sociopath" so it sews up the trainwreck that is the DSM.

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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ihtoit Re:Great one more fail (582 comments)

the first few incidents, in no particular order: on two separate occasions, new members shot themselves in the foot with firearms the range wasn't cleared for. A member was arrested for walking into a pub across from the range with a pistol hanging off his belt in full view. Another newbie was hospitalised after detonating a saucer of gunpowder (and shattering the brick it was sitting on, some of which embedded itself into his face), and I had calls from the landlord of the range complaining at *me* that *my* members were shooting at the electrics, including the cables, lights, and fuse box. I pointed out to him that a: they were not *my* members, the club had always been owned by its members, I only ran it, and since I no longer either ran it or carried a membership it was zero to do with me, that he should be talking to the designated range safety officer. Which, as it turned out, hadn't been appointed by the new board.

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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

ihtoit aluminium flight case for the win (151 comments)

all my magnetics are stored in EMP proof boxes anyway, nothing short a direct hit from a nuke or a house fire is going to kill them.

2 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

ihtoit Re:Bank customer records (151 comments)

nah he bought a prop from Bugsy Malone (built by Albert Luxford, no less!)

2 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

ihtoit Re:Bank customer records (151 comments)

uh, fuck the banks? We do have the option, even now, of fucking them off and going back to a fair barter system, or even a proper backed currency controlled by the State (therefore the People) rather than a private institution issuing debt. Two examples that spring to mind are the United States Dollar (Lincoln and Kennedy tried and were shot for it), and the Bradbury Pound.

2 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

ihtoit Re:yawn (151 comments)

nah, not really. I can look out of my window and see HV powerlines that aren't RF shielded. I have unshielded ethernet cables. For that matter, I'm pretty sure that I have at least two pairs of headphones that use unshielded cables, and I know for a fact that my studio microphone's cable is unshielded because I wired that myself. ANY of that gear gets hit with an EMP, pretty much anything that isn't fuse protected that's connected to them is gonna be fucked.

2 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

ihtoit Re:How about sharing legitimate advice? (151 comments)

if it's steel and grounded, you're good. Most safes are steel, so they make effective Faraday cages.

2 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

ihtoit Re:A cornal what? (151 comments)

+1 funny, I remember that from when I was very young.

2 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

ihtoit Re:A cornal what? (151 comments)

Give it time, at the rate the AGW crowd claim the planet is heating up they'll start popping about 3 this afternoon. Or maybe tomorrow. Or, vaguely possibly, two days before the day after next Thursday.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ihtoit Re:Great one more fail (582 comments)

I'm happy with my 92FS, it's nine years old and I've never had an issue with it - even after well over 11,000 rounds put through it. There is an interesting caveat with Beretta, though, in addition to your point, and that is that the one year standard warranty (and the three year extended option) ONLY applies to the original purchasing owner! Kinda makes me glad that it hasn't gone wrong yet, even if it breaks tomorrow it's paid for itself both in terms of the use I've gotten out of it and the overall quality of the piece. It's like the Maserati GT of pistols. All that said, I do prefer my Walther P88 simply because it's more compact (and just as reliable).

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ihtoit Re:Did he just watch the movie "Licence to Kill"? (582 comments)

there's another one as well, it's ridiculously violent... what the bloody hell was it called...? "Shoot 'Em Up"? Guy defeated the fingerprint lock by amputating some dude's hand.

3 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ihtoit Re:Great one more fail (582 comments)

it is a load of bollocks, they've had years to fix fingerprint recognition on PCs - I can defeat Windows fingerprint recognition simply by plugging in a broken Siemens biometric reader and randomly picking a finger.

3 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ihtoit Re:Great one more fail (582 comments)

that's what you get for buying a Brazilian clone of an Italian pistol.

3 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ihtoit Re:Great one more fail (582 comments)

because one is my rifle, one is my gun. One is for shooting, the other's for fun.

3 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ihtoit Re:Great one more fail (582 comments)

can we limit magazine capacities in police firearms to 5 in box magazines and 3 in shotguns while we're at it?

Thought not.

One rule for us, one for them, it's always been the way. Particularly when the Statist crowd wants the Government to have the monopoly on violent persuasion. I'm English but I get what the Second Amendment means: it is the individual's responsibility, not the State's, to ensure and enforce individual safety.

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

3 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ihtoit Re:Great one more fail (582 comments)

there are gun cams that do precisely this. The shutter release is mounted on the face of the trigger in some cases, other models shoot video which is slightly more .convenient for those with match-weight triggers.

3 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

ihtoit Re:Great one more fail (582 comments)

one more stat you forgot to pull out of your arse: 99% of accidental shootings occur with weapons that were not loaded.

[full disclosure: I ran a shooting club with over 40 full members for six years, and ran the entire time with not a single entry in the accident book. One MONTH after I left, I got a call from the new secretary who asked me where I got the accident book from - it had taken them four WEEKS to fill it in my absence.]

3 days ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

ihtoit Re:It is obvious isn't it? (213 comments)

ok, who would you suggest issues this licence? What penalties for operating without one? Who polices it?

The Outer Space Treaty stands pretty well on its own: exploit all you like, keep what you take, but you don't get to picket a chunk of the Moon and say it's yours. Sovereign claims take it from private individual claim status to that of a State Party, no matter how emergent, which is enough to lock you down in the terms of the OST. Even if you didn't sign the treaty, you'll piss other States off enough they'll likely completely ostracise you, which will break you even if you return with an asteroid's worth of brilliant cut diamonds.

4 days ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

ihtoit Re:Precident has been set (213 comments)

uh... the Apollo astronauts were employees of the US Government, ergo whatever they brought back did belong to the US Government as extracted samples.

4 days ago

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Leon's Law: Police Cam Pilot Commences In London

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 7 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Following the death of Leon Briggs in police custody last November, public calls for police to wear recording body cameras have at last borne some fruit: a pilot scheme on East London has beat officers wearing switchable video cameras for them to record interactions with members of the public. However, some are not as thrilled about the idea of being surveiled while going about their public duty as those members of the public asked and responded who said that public accountability is the only way to restore public trust in the police. Supporters of "Leon's Law" have already expressed concern that these cameras have switches that allow the officers wearing them to turn them on and off at will when the technology exists on a commercial basis to equip officers with continuous-recording HD cameras.

More on this, continually updated with media links."

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Stars In His Eyes: New England Electrician Takes 14kV, Shrugs It Off

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 8 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "An electrician was let with stars in his eyes after an electric shock left him with some unusually shaped cataracts.
The 42-year-old man from New England went to doctors a month after he received a 14,000 V shock to his left shoulder, when his eye sight deteriorated.
He has since had the cataracts removed and although it is believed the cause was damage to his optic nerve doctors are not sure why they were star-shaped.
Sources: New England journal of Medicine, ITV"

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John Doe Lawsuits Baseless, So Says DC Federal Judge

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 8 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Four people accused of sharing illegal copies of the movie "Elf-Man" persuaded a federal judge there is not enough evidence to support copyright infringement claims against them.
          Elf-Man LLC, producer of the direct-to-DVD release "Elf-Man" sued Eric Cariveau et al. in Federal Court a year ago, accusing them of sharing a peer-to-peer file of the movie.
          Elf-Man claims the defendants illegally copied and distributed the movie online.
          "Despite the industry's efforts to capitalize on internet technology and reduce costs to end viewers through legitimate and legal means of online viewing such as through Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, there are still those that use this technology to steal motion pictures and undermine the efforts of creators through their illegal copying and distribution of motion pictures," Elf-Man's attorney Maureen VanderMay wrote in the complaint.
          U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik granted Elf-Man's motion to initiate discovery on the IP addresses of defendants, but noted that "the risk of false positives is very real."
          "It is not clear that plaintiff could ... make factual contentions regarding an Internet subscriber's infringing activities based solely on the fact that he or she pays the Internet bill," Lasnik wrote in the order.
          Elf-Man named 18 individual defendants in its first amended complaint. A default judgment was ordered against two of them; claims against the Doe defendants were dismissed. Claims against four other named defendants were also dismissed on the grounds of their implausibility."

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New views of famed supernova reveal giant dust factory

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 8 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Astronomers using the ALMA radio telescope in Chile have released images and data showing the oft-postulated but unobserved (until now) dust shell ejected by the supernova remnant SN1987A. "We have found a remarkably large dust mass concentrated in the central part of the ejecta from a relatively young and nearby supernova," astronomer Remy Indebetouw, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the University of Virginia, said in a statement. “This is the first time we've been able to really image where the dust has formed, which is important in understanding the evolution of galaxies." SN1987A was the first catalogued supernova event in our Galactic neighbourhood in 1987. It lies 168,000 light years (987 quadrillion miles) away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which means that at the time of the explosion, woolly mammoths still roamed Europe and Mitochondrial Eve saw her first sunrise."
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Cancel the eulogy: ISON survives brush with Sun

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 10 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Comet ISON flew through the sun's atmosphere on Nov. 28th and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON's demise. However, a fraction of the comet has survived. Spaceweather.com has an animation captured from satellites showing the emergence of what remains of our visitor."
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