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Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

livewire98801 Re:utter pointlessness (1165 comments)

File the firing pin? Good luck getting the gun to fire reliably after that.

The amount of filing required is far less than the tolerances for getting the round to fire. Actually, one of the biggest critiques of this law is that a few magazines into the gun's life does all the "filing" you need.

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Developing Portable Body Scanner For Detecting Guns

livewire98801 Re:This device empowers criminals. (575 comments)

But all planes are designed to operate well enough to land with a single engine failure... many of them will do so with multiple engine failures if they have more than two...

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox Search In Ubuntu 10.04 Changed To Google

livewire98801 Re:Unfortunately (224 comments)

if you change the pull down by the search bar at the top, it changes your home page. I was a bit surprised I didn't have to go into any preferences menus for it.

more than 4 years ago
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Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

livewire98801 Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (594 comments)

1) mercury (and other heavy metal) content
2) not made in US (shipping offsets power savings)
3) pollution much higher in manufacturing over incandescent.

That's just off the top of my head at work. I've looked at more than just my power bill. We would save a lot more of the environment by streamlining power generation and transport in the US and Europe than changing every light bulb to LED or CFL. At least LEDs don't damage the environment when they're disposed of.

The biggest problem with our power system is the fact that many of our methods of generating power are so terrible for the environment. I live in WA state, and power is cheap and very clean here.

If you have a different opinion than me, I love an honest debate. Being a dick, on the other hand, is not necessary. And, it erodes your point.

more than 4 years ago
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Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

livewire98801 Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (594 comments)

Part of the problem might be the fuel supply, I recall reading that the U.S. doesn't currently have the infrastructure to support a big increase in use of low-sulfur diesel.

And this is why I don't think Hydrogen will ever take off as a fuel alternative. How are we going to set up the fuel infrastructure for a new alternative fuel, if fuel franchise owners have to buy the pumps and tanks? This is a problem that HAS to be considered no matter what the system is, and I just never hear about it when alternative fuel discussions come up. Even diesel is hard to pull off, and it uses the same kind of tank and pump system that gasoline does.

more than 4 years ago
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Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

livewire98801 Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (594 comments)

Or a poorly maintained gas engine with poor maintenance that is burning more oil than gas. . . like that sorry excuse for a Ford Tempo I had at one point. Nobody tailgated me in that thing, I would push the gas pedal down. It didn't go any faster, but the cloud of oil behind me pushed ppl back :)

more than 4 years ago
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Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

livewire98801 Re:Green diesel (594 comments)

What does that have to say about all the other soot and sulfur belching monstrosities?

Nothing whatsoever. There are lots of smog producing gasoline engines too. Has nothing to do with the ability to produce clean diesels. The technology exists and is in production.

Perhaps because your average passenger car doesn't have to haul the tons of freight that your average "soot and sulfur belching monstrosities" do?

I love how everyone compares a modern "passenger" sized diesel engine to freight trucks or redneck pickups (which would be fine if your average compensating-for-something owner would keep his foot out of the throttle). These things are different. The parent is right, modern passenger diesel engines are quite clean. . .

more than 4 years ago
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Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario

livewire98801 Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (594 comments)

Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to install a new clutch in my 1996 "B4" VW Passat TDi wagon, which gets a REAL WORLD 40 miles per gallon in combined use, and that's a conservatively low estimate.

My 2000 Saturn gets 40mpg. . . and it's a gas engine that has more than enough power to leave most people behind. Of course, when i drive like that, I don't get 40 MPG :)

I am not on the battery powered car bandwagon. I'm also not on the compact fluorescent bandwagon either, I think both of these technologies do more damage to the environment than their "bad" alternatives. And your average hybrid really doesn't save much in the way of fuel over your diesel or my gas engines.

Do I think we need to get away from petroleum fuels in cars? YES. Do I think battery operated cars are the answer? not so much.

more than 4 years ago
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Who is your favorite fictional doctor?

livewire98801 Re:who is (860 comments)

Me :)

more than 5 years ago
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Living Free With Linux, Round 2

livewire98801 Re:Lol (936 comments)

From a Windows Server 2003 SP2 machine I have access to.

Microsoft Windows [Version 5.2.3790]
(C) Copyright 1985-2003 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\livewire>ls
'ls' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

Didn't realize so many people were gonna get involved in this, lol. I was just sayin :) Shoulda used 'grep' as my example. . .

more than 5 years ago
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Living Free With Linux, Round 2

livewire98801 Re:Lol (936 comments)

While using the OS with the largest install base, there is simply no excuse for not installing it yourself, but you'd rather cry about it.

WTF? I can't install an app on a client's computer (I'm an employee, not an owner) because I FEEL like it. I have to be able to JUSTIFY it. It adds maybe half a second to mutter 'dammit' and type 'dir' instead.

I'm not crying about anything. You might be new to the internet, but the ' :) ' is a sign that I was joking.

I'm glad I didn't actually criticize windows in some way. . . I'd hate to offend you :-P

more than 5 years ago
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Living Free With Linux, Round 2

livewire98801 Re:Lol (936 comments)

lol, why would I want that :) Any time I'm on a Windows computer, it's not mine. . . ls works great on my machines. . .

more than 5 years ago
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Living Free With Linux, Round 2

livewire98801 Re:Lol (936 comments)

He probably means 'command line' not 'linux command line'. He's been using the DOS command line for a long time, but he's implying that the Linux command line is different.

He's right. . . 'ls' never has worked on the Windows machines I work on, no matter how often I try :)

more than 5 years ago
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Bad Signs For Blu-ray

livewire98801 Re:No one likes $30 / disk (1276 comments)

I watched Pirates 2 and 3 on BluRay on my 46" at 1080p. Borrowed my g/f's brothers PS3. It looked great, and I could tell the difference. My DVDs also look great on the same TV, and my player doesn't do upconverson. BD looks better, but only if I'm really paying attention.

My g/f wears glasses, and she can't tell the difference at all (I'm 20/20). Perhaps you just have freakishly great vision :)

more than 5 years ago
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Bad Signs For Blu-ray

livewire98801 Re:No one likes $30 / disk (1276 comments)

I would wager that most people don't have screens that you can tell the difference on. I have a 46" LCD, and I can see the difference if I really look for it, but as soon as I start watching the movie instead of looking at it, I promptly forget. . .

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Have To Restart Routers?

livewire98801 Re:The most likely reason (936 comments)

I'm a network admin for an ISP, and we've been recommending UPSs for the frequent-reboot routers that our customers have. We've found that routers (especially Linksys) have a real problem with power fluctuations that most other systems and devices don't notice. A decent line-conditioning UPS might solve your problems, but a cheap one will suffice.

Also, could be the device is running out of memory, if your ISP is changing the properties of your connection a lot, or you might have a duplex issue causing a lot of retransmissions. . .

Just a couple of thoughts :)

about 6 years ago

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