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  • Feb 28th, 2014 @ 11:05pm

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    Nope.

    https://fiber.google.com/cities/kansascity/plans/

    "Up to 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) upload & download speed"

    This is consistent with the industry definition of "symmetric" links.

  • Feb 22nd, 2014 @ 6:10am

    Re: Comcast and Netflix

    Things aren't as simple as that. Your VPN moves your exit point to somewhere else on the Internet. If Netflix is (intentionally or not) doing a bad job of distributing its traffic, allowing peering points to saturate, then turning on your VPN may cause your traffic to come through a different peering point. In other words, as a recent Ars Technica article pointed out, it's actually pretty hard to tell who is at fault, even if you do scrupulous A/B testing with and without a VPN.

    If you want to put your entire network or a specific appliance behind a VPN, there are numerous ways to do it on the cheap, such as a router running dd-wrt, or using Windows' Internet Connection Sharing to route your TV through a VPN from your desktop. The problem with these approaches is that VPN performance is heavily processor-speed dependent, and you may not find you can get enough speed to achieve good Netflix streams. A Microtik router is a good choice. I also recently also discovered the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite, which is reported to have VPN speeds around 80 Mbps--more than fast enough for Netflix and the average home Internet connection in the US.

  • Jan 30th, 2014 @ 5:35am

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    As others have pointed out, it is almost certain that these are dummy/inert rounds, and do not contain primer or powder. However, do you really want the geniuses at the TSA to be responsible for inspecting ammunition to determine if it really, truly is inert? Of all the BS things the TSA triggers on--and there are a lot of them--can we agree that something that actually is a decommissioned weapon is low on the list?

  • Dec 25th, 2013 @ 5:33pm

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    It's the next generation's "Duck and Cover." Or "See Something Say Something." It's the evisceration of civil liberties under the cover of "safety."


    One of these things is not like the other. Within a certain radius of ground zero, obviously total destruction occurs. Within a wider radius, a substantial amount of damage is done from thermal flash burns and from a shock wave that follows the thermal flash by some seconds. If a nuclear attack was anticipated, "duck and cover" would protect from the thermal flash burns, since even a regular building wall would block the energy. Even if the attack was un-anticipated, getting down on the ground (vs. going to the window to see what the flash was) would protect from shrapnel and broken windows propelled by the shock wave.

    Source: Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_and_cover

  • Aug 8th, 2013 @ 6:10am

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    "They may want to come after the US government, but frankly, you know, the dot-mil stuff is about the hardest target in the United States," Hayden said, using a shorthand for US military networks. ... Who for them are the World Trade Centers?

    So, two things:

    1. Snowden just pwned the NSA. If that's not the "hackers' World Trade Centers," I don't know what is.

    2. Dot-mil is so hardened? *cough*BradleyManning*cough*. Next!

    What this douchebag fails to acknowledge is that the "hackers" who are going to pwn him don't need to use the kind of externally-originating attacks that he's thinking of when he says that "dot-mil is so hardened that you can't touch it." The "hackers" and "freedom activists" are already inside his gates.

  • May 21st, 2013 @ 10:27am

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    ... for example, what if it was revealed that all of the patrons in the dinner services were actually paid actors who had been prepped to either like or dislike the foot? How would that affect one's enjoyment of the show?

  • May 21st, 2013 @ 10:25am

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    If I had to guess, the reason for the quash is that the producers don't want details of the show's production to be revealed. Everybody knows that the producers of these shows edit things together and otherwise manipulate the outcome, but kind of like pro wrestling used to be--we all kind of ignore it in the interest of being entertained. If details of the manipulation come out, such as, "the producers planted those spoiled veggies," or what-have-you, it may ruin the viewer's ability to suspend disbelief. Even though Amy has zero credibility, reality show producers aren't exactly high on the list of trustworthy people, and the things she may reveal may ring true enough to hurt the show.

  • Feb 15th, 2013 @ 11:03pm

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    Yes, but your gas car is also always making the same amount of waste heat, even when you don't coincidentally need it for heating. Whereas an electric car only spends energy on heating when you actually require it. Your comment is like saying that you set your home climate control to 85 degrees and then open the windows if it gets too hot.

  • Jan 31st, 2013 @ 11:46am

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    There is at least one:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cd2d22f491

    It appears to be a sniping game.

  • Jan 30th, 2013 @ 9:08am

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    In other news: different cultures find different things offensive, and respond to them in different ways. Like a bunch of morons signing a petition to have Piers Morgan deported. Or absolutely nobody in America carrying any games where the protagonist is a mujahideen.

  • Jan 14th, 2013 @ 9:27am

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    Felons also don't get to vote or own firearms.

  • Dec 28th, 2012 @ 6:08pm

    Re: Re: What about "Zero Tolerance"

    No, it is NOT that simple. If you picked up contraband off the street and right away turned it in to authorities, they probably aren't going to arrest you

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/man-arrested-faces-5-years-in-jail-for-reporting-firearm-to-polic e.html

    Whoops.

    That is demonstrably false. He sought permission, albeit from the wrong authorities.

    Funny. I called the DMV and asked them if it was okay to speed on the highway, and the person I talked to said yes, but somehow, the officer who arrested me didn't get the memo. Also: It has been reported that the producers asked the DC police for permission and had it denied. So the ATF said yes and the DC police said no.

  • Dec 28th, 2012 @ 6:05pm

    Re: This one is easy

    You don't enforce the law just because it's the law. You enforce the law because it fulfills the purpose of the law. And you don't enforce the law when it's stupid to do so.

    Ha ha. What country do you live in, with such a reasonable police and judicial system? Certainly not America: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/guns/2012/may/14/miller-injured-vets-guns-stolen-dc/

    Nor the UK: http://www.prisonplanet.com/man-arrested-faces-5-years-in-jail-for-reporting-firearm-to-police.html

    Did David Gregory (or really the producers or assistants who got the clip for him) acquire the clip for illegal purposes? No?

    The law contains no provision that the prohibited items be used for illegal purposes. Mere possession of the item is, in and of itself, an illegal act. And, for the record, I think that's stupid, and I disagree with that law. But it's undeniably clear that, assuming the magazine was real and not a "dummy" prop (empty sheet metal, for example), Gregory broke the law. And the reason I'm crying "hypocrisy" on Gregory even though I don't agree with the law is that, if I was in DC, and I was stopped for a traffic violation, and the officer saw the same magazine on my passenger seat, I would get ZERO leeway because it was "for educational purposes" or what have you. Gregory is only getting as much leeway as he is getting because he is famous, which highlights the "laws for Us and laws for Them" nature of American justice.

    It has been reported that the producers asked the DC police for permission and had it denied. If that's true, then someone willingly broke the law.

  • Oct 31st, 2012 @ 4:57am

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    The genius behind this site most likely hasn't verified the ages of any of his victims and well CP charges go over poorly.

    Even if the victims happen to be over 18, I have known people who worked in porn before, and the recordkeeping requirements with regard to age verification/documentation are incredibly strict. I'm not an expert on the topic, so there may be some legal loophole this person is sneaking through, but my guess would be that he's definitely breaking the law.

  • Oct 31st, 2012 @ 4:54am

    Re: Here's a nifty idea

    Victim blaming par excellence.

  • Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:04pm

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    Mil-spec has a specific meaning. The author translated that to "military grade" which does not.

  • Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:03pm

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    Whoops. Looks like I'm behind the times. You corrected. Nevermind...

  • Aug 9th, 2012 @ 1:01pm

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    I don't think you had an agenda. I think you ignorantly parroted FUD created by people who have an agenda. EXACTLY like when a journalist says, "copyright theft" or confuses trademark law with copyright with patent. And these things DO matter, no matter how trivial they might seem to those on the outside of the issue. So guns isn't your issue. Fine. Surely you can understand the parallels though.

  • Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:59pm

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    You're so dumb, you don't even know how dumb you are. "Military load cartridge"? What does that even mean? The intermediate cartridges fired by infantry in modern armies are smaller, less powerful, and have less range than the typical cartridges used for hunting deer.

  • Aug 9th, 2012 @ 12:57pm

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    Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times yes. "Assault rifle" has a very specific definition, one quality of which is that the weapon is select-fire. "Assault weapon" is a bullshit made-up term, that anti-gunners created in order to confuse the public and conflate regular, semi-automatic rifles with true, military-grade assault rifles. And it worked. The analogy to "IP theft" and "copyright infringement" is 100% on the mark.

    Also, to the author: this is not a "military grade" weapon because it is not select-fire. It is functionally equivalent to your apocryphal father's deer rifle.

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