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JCviggen last won the day on October 29 2010

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  1. Well that's a bummer, Dude. That's a bummer. Understand the point to move on. I've regretted parting out my green 854 off and on over the years, but it's easy to be nostalgic about the good times and forget how much shit goes wrong when you're pushing the limits. I'm with Eric here that putting this much power through the given displacement just isn't going to be ultimately reliable. Yeah yeah I know there's a lot of strong stuff out there but whenever I see those EVOs or GTRs with a bunch of extra power shit breaks all the time just the same. Best of luck with the new car!
  2. Sorry buddy But you'll be back. Eventually ;-)
  3. Not late at all...been making good money with scrypt coins. About 60% profit over power prices. Picked these up used at a price I can probably mine for 6 months without any more depreciation. My 5 old 7970s paid themselves back 4-fold...these probably won't be that good but I want more coins to trade with and getting money into exchanges is a PITA.
  4. These should run up the old power bill a bit more.
  5. Shot a Russian pop singer for his latest CD. Longest day of my life and it rained for most of it. Last shooting with my trusty 5D2 as well...just got the 5D3 with BG and 24-105 IS L kit lens so finally something with an autofocus worthy of the name. Kinda sad to do away with the Mark 2 though after more than 3 years of trusty service. I'm close to the rated amount of clicks but it's still doing well if a little dusty inside.
  6. Maybe something like a Tamron EF 70-300mm would be good. It's 1/3rd the price of the Canon 70-300L but not too far off IQ wise. That'll give you 480mm effective. You'll probably need to start using a tripod though, otherwise the required shutter speed is going to cause your ISO to get uncomfortably high in less than bright daylight.
  7. I think both sides are pointing at each other equally hard, as you would expect. When you have an effective 2-party system and they both run in different directions to please their hardcore base you end up in an impasse, simple as that. I don't see how the president would be able to single handedly solve any of this...the problem is that both sides promised opposing things to their voters. I always thought coalition building was futile and counterproductive but seeing how the 2 main parties over there are making a mess of things it might not be quite as bad as I thought.
  8. Evidently a US president can't single handedly push things like these through, checks and balances I suppose. Or gridlock in this case. If Obama had the legal power to sort out that mess by himself I imagine he would have done so. If the opposing party refuses to come to a compromise the only things left for "The leader" to do is either capitulate or make speeches that accomplish nothing.
  9. The Australian laws aren't exactly recent. But they are reported to have little to no effect in general. But the problem there is that Australia already WAS pretty safe by any standard, and gun related deaths are currently around 1 per 100.000 inhabitants a year. The laws appear to have been a knee-jerk reaction to a few high profile shootings. I'm not here to argue that specific gun laws (in the US or elsewhere) worked. I am arguing against the concept that the best thing possible is "no gun laws whatsoever". Is this relevant to the number of people dying as a result of guns? How many people would prefer to die instead of being burgled? If you could vastly reduce the number of guns in circulation, putting a serious dent in the number of gun deaths, who cares about home invasion? I'd rather get burgled than shot any day of the week. Anyone with a similar opinion who adheres to statistics should come to the same conclusion. In any case, this Australian gun crime and "home invasion" thing appears to be copied straight from a well known biased and unreliable source http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/stories/s112652.htm The total number of such crimes is so low that large percentage swings mean very little. Apparently Australia is a pretty civilized country. All of which offer a pathetic killing efficiency compared to guns. In order to kill someone with a knife, you will need a considerable amount of physical strength and you also need to get very close indeed to your victim. You'll have to be an absolute Rambo of a man to go on any kind of mini-killing spree with a knife and most of your potential victims will have time to flee while the ones you go get have a decent chance of pulling through. The amount of DEATHS by knives will never be able to match the numbers that guns manage. Silly argument. Good grief do you copy-paste any old nonsense from the good ol' boys website? http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/baseballbats.asp http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8 ---> 10K out of 15K total homicides are by gun. Even those arithmetically challenged should be able to work out pretty quickly that you're making a pants on fire ridiculous claim there. It makes sense that there is relatively more crime in big cities (not just in the US) but if I understand you correctly it's not actually meaning anything. The big cities hold a large amount of the total population so a much larger percentage of *anything* per capita will be happening there. edit: stupid quote tags
  10. Your first sentence could have some truth in it, because crime rate is ambiguous and can be not gun related. The second part is BS and I wonder where on earth you got that from, but you might want to stop believing that source. Even logically it goes nowhere. How can gun laws NOT influence gun violence on some level? If someone doesn't have a gun he isn't going to be able to create "gun violence". If you narrow it down to the US in its present state...yes there are way too many guns in circulation to "solve" the problem with gun laws. Criminals will get their hands on guns regardless, but you can make a gun unappealing or at least more difficult to own for the average Joe who is unlikely to ever need it. That will cut down on accidents and deaths by "gun owner lost his marbles / went berzerk / 17-year old nerd steals parents gun and goes on a rampage" Again, if you need a gun to improve your own safety, something is pretty fucked up with where you live and you might want to address that instead of living in a Hollywood fantasy.
  11. The problem is that every country has a different way of counting crimes, something like murder is a much better yardstick than "violent crime" which is ambiguous. The US is well ahead of the civilized world there by any statistic. The UK actually has quite a lot of shitholes as well although they're referred to as chavs over there lol. You mentioned FBI stats, those were used in what I linked to. Some interesting tidbits, 260 justifiable "homicides" http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-15 "Accidental gun deaths" are a multiple of that number. So it's much more likely for someone to end up accidentally dead than to kill an offender out of self defense. The Obama security pic is funny, but sort of misses the point probably on purpose. The president of the USA (whoever it is) has a target on his back 24/7. 99+% of regular gun owners have no need for such protection because there's nothing that makes them a target. And 99+% of gun owners have not had the insane background checks and training that members of the secret service have, I would imagine. The NRA is right about one thing, the problem isn't the guns its who owns them. In any case, you cannot look around the fact that in most developed countries regular people hardly ever own guns, and at the same time are considerably safer than the US. So "guns keep us safe" does not appear to be working very well.
  12. 1st world like what, Venezuela? Looks like the levels are similar to 50 years ago (up in some things) but well down from the highs that were reached 25 years ago. Anyway, gun control in itself isn't going to be a solution but it's part of it. It seems sensible to me that you don't want guns to be purchased freely by people who really can't be trusted with them for mental or practical reasons. Like a driving license is obtained only by demonstrating a minimum capability to handle a car. It's never going to be perfect, obviously. But more importantly, the average life standard as well as education standard need to be raised. As long as there are huge numbers of poor and/or uneducated you're going to have issues that cannot be resolved by making gun laws.
  13. If the US could get anywhere near Canada's statistics for gun safety that would be a good thing no? That's not to say that I expect any political solution to actually succeed in making any meaningful progress.
  14. No I don't expect it to have any noticeable effect, that's why I was wondering :)