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by Hemmers
Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mental support for pedophiles
Replies: 51
Views: 24890

Re: Mental support for pedophiles

Coercing people to get "help" not only makes them less receptive, in my opinion it also has a corrupting effect on the therapists so that they start to see patients as adversaries instead of clients. And that makes them less effective as well. Basically you can't be both a therapist and a...
by Hemmers
Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Making Python talk to an Arduino over ethernet
Replies: 2
Views: 3460

Re: Making Python talk to an Arduino over ethernet

Thanks, that's excellent, and looks easier (well, more straightforward!) than I feared it might be. Yeah, dedicated network, no security, not even error checking until I've got the basics fettled. Packet loss detection is when a shooter turns around and says "Range Officer, my target isn't turn...
by Hemmers
Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Making Python talk to an Arduino over ethernet
Replies: 2
Views: 3460

Making Python talk to an Arduino over ethernet

So, I'm looking at controlling a system of pop-up rifle targets over ethernet. Technically, this is much like Randall's ROV - input at a computer/RPi, squirt a message over ethernet to an Arduino with a ethernet shield, and the arduino then tells motors/servos to do stuff. Randall's description was:...
by Hemmers
Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Towards a sort of 'anti' code of conduct
Replies: 7
Views: 5179

Re: Towards a sort of 'anti' code of conduct

How can we encourage/teach people to stand up for themselves in uncomfortable social situations and not be afraid to report threatening/harassing behavior? A section of the current draft Code of Conduct says If you are being harassed or witness harassment by anyone at $_Organization_Name, you are e...
by Hemmers
Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 358307

Re: Gun Control

However, there is the issue that schools do not uniformly ban guns, and thus, we have a pretty good control group in this case. Yet, schools that allow guns do not seem to have a problem with school shootings. Now sure, it's a low probability event, so this correlation could still arise by chance, ...
by Hemmers
Fri May 03, 2013 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Private Prisons more effective than Public-sector Prisons?
Replies: 17
Views: 2878

Re: Private Prisons more effective than Public-sector Prison

Hmmm, I'm just taking the headline figures from that article (will try and read the whole report later), but I simply don't see how Reform are reaching the conclusions they're claiming: They're saying private prisons are the mutts nuts because: - Resource management and operational effectiveness: 12...
by Hemmers
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Military Perils of Climate Change
Replies: 40
Views: 4548

Re: The Military Perils of Climate Change

CO2 is a warming gas. Humans are causing a net release of CO2 into the atmosphere. Thus, humans are warming the planet. Warming the planet will change weather patterns. Among specific predictions here are melting ice, increasing desertification, famines, and rising sea levels. Errr. Whut? And in do...
by Hemmers
Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 358307

Re: Gun Control

Australia does pretty much all of this, and most people would agree we're not a dictatorship. No tracking of ammunition, but guns and ammunition must be stored in separate locked cabinets (afaik). There is mandatory training and a 28 day wait period to get your license. Self Defence is not a valid ...
by Hemmers
Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 358307

Re: Gun Control

To expand on what Edgar has just said, all his points are very valid. - Adding microstamping for cartridges increases costs. - A firing pin is an extremely simple component and trivial to make with regular workshop equipment, so easy for criminals to change out (or they could just file the end very ...
by Hemmers
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PHP/MySQL
Replies: 5
Views: 3839

Re: PHP/MySQL

Fixed it eventually, missed a few single quotes and there was actually a problem in the HTML form as well. Thanks for the advice on escaping. I'd come across it but was deliberately ignoring it initially as I was just trying to get data from a form to a table first - I'm that new at this! Will be su...
by Hemmers
Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PHP/MySQL
Replies: 5
Views: 3839

PHP/MySQL

So, trying to teach myself HTML, PHP and MySQL all at the same time :shock: I've got a form, which seems to behave itself and sends data to PHP, which should then write a new row in MySQL. <?php INCLUDE 'conn.php'; $compfore = $_REQUEST["compfore"]; $compsur = $_REQUEST["compsur"...
by Hemmers
Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 27246

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

You can't allow the rights of dead people to supplant the rights of living people though. The fact that people hundreds of years ago used to live in an area, got displaced and then died has no bearing on whether the current population there has a right to stay living in their homes. If you don't go...
by Hemmers
Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch teen sailor completes solo world tour
Replies: 22
Views: 4222

Re: Dutch teen sailor completes solo world tour

Neither will the World Sailing Speed Record Council -- the official body that validates such records -- acknowledge the feat. "All that matters is speed, we don't do any personal records, age doesn't matter," John Reed, the council's secretary, told AFP. I think that's a perfectly reasona...
by Hemmers
Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?
Replies: 39
Views: 8244

Re: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?

So, I'll just wade in here. In the case of O'Dwyer, the servers I believe were UK based. Furthermore, copyright infringement is surely a civil matter, not a criminal matter. DMCA does not apply outside US borders, however much your willy-waving politicians and generals might like to think it does. T...
by Hemmers
Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smaller US military (yay!)
Replies: 114
Views: 11927

Re: Smaller US military (yay!)

I dont see the problem with having a strong military. Yeah I'm sure there are a lot of things that need attention but it doesn't always have to be at the cost of something you just don't agree with. No but think what worthwhile endeavours the US could promote if they tossed, lets say 10% of their m...
by Hemmers
Sat Dec 24, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 62317

Re: Firearms

Hmm, hard to say. It has it's ups and downs. I genuinely don't have a position on registries or not - they're not ideal, but they're a pretty secure system and I can't think of a better one. :| :? It makes it very easy to trace guns and control sales. The UK's registry is probably one of the reasons...
by Hemmers
Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 62317

Re: Firearms

Why is that - records spread over multiple databases or sources? If they can track a gun's ownership, presumably there is a way to compile such a list - however time consuming it might be. If you say it's not, then I'm guessing it's the case that they know gun x was transferred through dealer y, but...
by Hemmers
Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 62317

Re: Firearms

In for a penny... In many US States there is a problem with the checks simply amounting to background checks, and no one is keeping a list of who has what, which means it is relatively trivial for a front-man to go buy white-market guns and pass them into the black market. Not so much, actually. Th...
by Hemmers
Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 62317

Re: Firearms

Edit: I will say though that I think America cannot be gun-free . Unlike Britain you are not an island nation and so will always suffer from border smuggling of fire-arms. Mix this with the already countless guns that exist and you have a huge struggle. Neither can Britain. Despite being an island....
by Hemmers
Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: NAS Suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 2756

Re: NAS Suggestions

Thanks. I hadn't even thought of setting the scheduler on the server. I got focused on automating the current system which is client goes to server and fetches backup rather than server pushing to client. Yeah, NAS box would be GigE plugged into the router, so I'd probably have to set up a little bi...
by Hemmers
Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: NAS Suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 2756

NAS Suggestions

Hi, I work for an SMB and we have a database server in a remote datacentre. On a daily basis the database takes a backup of itself and deposits it in a folder which we should then FTP down to store locally in our office. Anywho, IRL this doesn't always happen - we might go a couple of days and forge...
by Hemmers
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Recovering from an apocalypse...
Replies: 41
Views: 7813

Re: Recovering from an apocalypse...

You guys are awfully pessimistic. I highly doubt that civilization would take that long to recover, as no infrastructure would be destroyed. Um, I don't think you appreciate how much maintenance industrial equipment requires. Oil rigs will not sit out in the ocean waiting for us to go out and turn ...
by Hemmers
Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Recovering from an apocalypse...
Replies: 41
Views: 7813

Re: Recovering from an apocalypse...

...but if 98% of the population is dead, even finding other people is going to be a bit of challenge. And all communication networks will have broken down within weeks. Oh I don't know, 2% means in a town of 20,000 people you'll have 400 survivors, 200 of which have a memory and skills. That's real...
by Hemmers
Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amanda Knox Trial
Replies: 55
Views: 8022

Re: Amanda Knox Trial

On a lighter note, I like how the Daily Mail Posted the Wrong Story , saying she had been found guilty. While it's entirely reasonable to write up multiple stories ahead of time, it's a little disturbing (though not too surprising, given the source) that they even had supposed reactions from Knox. ...
by Hemmers
Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would you buy with $50 billion
Replies: 88
Views: 10391

Re: What would you buy with $50 billion

A new NASA moon rocket could cost $38 billion . That's $17 billion to $22 billion to ready the new rocket and Orion capsule for a test flight in December 2017 that would put an unmanned capsule into a lunar orbit, and an additional $12 billion to $16 billion that would be needed to launch the first...
by Hemmers
Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: GNOME 3 or hardware? Yays
Replies: 2
Views: 741

GNOME 3 or hardware? Yays

HI, So, I've built a new machine and put 64-bit Fedora 15 with default GNOME 3 on, then got rpmfusion NVIDIA drivers on to get GNOME out of fallback mode. Anyway, I've since been having issues. Every once in a while - randomly - (and not when I'm stressing it particularly, or inducing an overheat), ...
by Hemmers
Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Making a system image in Fedora
Replies: 1
Views: 1003

Making a system image in Fedora

Hi, New to the Linux game. After a week and a half of learning about the joys of Fedora and graphics drivers I have a relatively stable system, which I would quite like to make a copy of to minimise reinstallation time if (when) I break something :roll: I've spotted Deja Dup is included, but in the ...
by Hemmers
Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Newspaper "Aids and Abets" Murderer
Replies: 128
Views: 14345

Re: Newspaper "Aids and Abets" Murderer

You're mostly right about the gun legislation thing, but I'd like to point out that it's entirely possible to detonate nuclear weapons without killing people. In fact it's a thing that the UK would have to do if it were serious about upping its game as a nuclear power. True, but it would be quite d...
by Hemmers
Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Newspaper "Aids and Abets" Murderer
Replies: 128
Views: 14345

Re: Newspaper "Aids and Abets" Murderer

Ed Milliband is today calling for new laws to limit press ownership in response to Murdoch. Because new laws are clearly the solution to every problem when you're a politician *sigh*. We wouldn't need any new laws if the Met had actually done their job properly in the first place and arrested half ...
by Hemmers
Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Vegetation in cities may soak up more CO2 than expected
Replies: 40
Views: 4772

Re: Vegetation in cities may soak up more CO2 than expected

I'm a big fan of green stuff in the urban environment for all the reasons above. I suspect the reason you don't see more trees is the maintenance issue - tree roots have this annoying habit of breaking up pavements, and larger trees have the potential to fall over and hit expensive buildings. I've ...
by Hemmers
Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Antivirus Software- Mac OSX Edition!
Replies: 5
Views: 1258

Re: Antivirus Software- Mac OSX Edition!

Clam XAV is free. Whilst I'm using the machine, I only ever turn on the active monitoring when I have to go sifting through various .cn and .ru sites for work. I usually have it set to come on when I boot in the morning - I go make a coffee and let it scan my incoming overnight e-mails, then I turn...
by Hemmers
Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Will it run? Homebuild virgin
Replies: 4
Views: 1122

Re: Will it run? Homebuild virgin

Thanks for your advice.

I scaled back the PSU to 650W unit from Corsair, and used the difference to bump the GPU to a 1GB GTX 460. Now I just have to sit and wait for the delivery man *bounces expectantly*
by Hemmers
Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Will it run? Homebuild virgin
Replies: 4
Views: 1122

Will it run? Homebuild virgin

Hello chaps. I'm working out my first home-build, and I was wondering if you could offer opinions on the following spec. Does it look about right or have I got any bottlenecks or over-specced bits in there? It's intended to be a mid-level machine running Fedora for majority of duties - image editing...
by Hemmers
Sun Jun 05, 2011 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google discontinuing support for old browsers
Replies: 259
Views: 20658

Re: Google discontinuing support for old browsers

2) too harsh for schools/students in those schools, with horrible outdated browsers? Schools can update their browsers just like everyone else, and should. Preeeetty much, yeah. I was still using IE6 until the beginning of the year because it worked well enough that corporate IT didn't feel the nee...
by Hemmers
Tue May 17, 2011 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 18763

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

3) Just dying isn't the whole issue - I'd rather be blown up and die instantly than slowly bleed to death. By contrast most militaries would prefer to just wing you and subsequently tie up your colleagues, a jeep or helicopter, some doctors, etc who need to facilitate your evac. If you're outright ...
by Hemmers
Wed May 11, 2011 9:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns
Replies: 83
Views: 6318

Re: Think About the Children Watch: Except when it's guns

Frankly, "it would be best if you didn't have a gun in the house with children" is 100% sound medical advice - the single strongest predictor for being injured by a gun is owning one, and the vast majority of injuries related to guns are self-inflicted and that percentage shoots through t...
by Hemmers
Wed May 11, 2011 9:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK
Replies: 97
Views: 9386

Re: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK

So yeah, society should pay for higher education for those who qualify while making admissions deliberately blind to all but academic merit. Hurray for generations-old ideas that still work just fine! God, I never thought anyone would ever have to make the conservative reactionary argument for prov...
by Hemmers
Sun May 08, 2011 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's next? Making rape victims cheer for their assaulters?
Replies: 106
Views: 10725

Re: What's next? Making rape victims cheer for their assault

While it can be argued that the assaulter shouldn't have been allowed to participate in sports, I agree with the court here. When you are on a sports team you do what the coach says, unless it's illegal. If you partake in wrestling, and you have a female on your team, you do not complain about trai...
by Hemmers
Fri May 06, 2011 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US judge rules IP addresses are not people
Replies: 29
Views: 4670

Re: US judge rules IP addresses are not people

Yeah, it's shady as shit. This. Especially when you realize that they never had any intention of actually letting the issue get as far as a court room. By my research, they've never actually won a case that didn't settle out of court, they know this, and intentionally drop almost all cases where a ...
by Hemmers
Tue May 03, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Where would they strike?" (hypothetical question)
Replies: 46
Views: 6564

Re: "Where would they strike?" (hypothetical question)

One which note, an EMP strike over the Eastern seaboard - NYC & DC would knock out all the undersea landing cables, cutting all the hardlines to Europe and Africa for the rest of the USA. There'd no doubt be a fair number of satellite base stations on the Western seaboard able to route data, and...

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