Chad Perrin: SOB

15 May 2009

DEA humor

Filed under: Humor,Liberty — apotheon @ 03:27

. . . from a mailing list posting today:

A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Montana to talk with an old Rancher. He tells the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for Illegally grown drugs.”

The old rancher says, “Okay, but don’t go in that field over there.” as he points out the location.

The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, “Mister, I have the Authority of the Federal Government with me.” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the farmer. “See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish on any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?”

The old rancher nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores.

A short time later, the old rancher hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life, chased close behind by the rancher’s prize bull. With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he’ll get horned before he reaches safety. The officer is clearly terrified.

The old rancher throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs, “Your badge! Show him your badge!”

12 May 2009

Three Questions about the Imminent Failure of Linux

Filed under: Geek,inanity — apotheon @ 12:01

Professional fatuous windbag Preston Galla, in Lenovo: Linux has no future on netbooks, suggests that Windows 7 will be the end of Linux popularity on netbooks. He raises a few issues that prompt me to ask what people use for the basis of their complaints.

Are Linux-based systems somehow incapable of improving?

I’ve long said that Windows 7 may mean the death knell of Linux on netbooks

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Windows 7 isn’t finished yet. It’s still in development. All the things people are saying about what MS Windows 7 can do are based on Microsoft’s promises, and not on a finished system. Do you remember all the great stuff Longhorn was going to do, including a revolutionary new filesystem? Years later, Vista came out (the supposed culmination of more than half a decade of Longhorn development), and it still doesn’t have most of what was promised.

Speaking of filesystems, Microsoft promised a filesystem that didn’t need defragmenting about fifteen years ago! Y’know who has filesystems that don’t need defragmenting? FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Linux-based systems all have such filesystems. MS Windows, on the other hand, still doesn’t.

What makes all the promises about Windows 7 any different? Why will these promises come true, be fulfilled, and According To Prophecy bring about the downfall of Linux-based systems on netbooks?

I have a better question, though. Why — if Microsoft Windows 7 is going to improve from its current development state into something capable of drastically cutting into Linux market share on netbooks given the current state of Linux-based systems — can’t Linux-based systems similarly improve to the point where Windows 7 no longer represents a significant leap forward by comparison?

Why do people assume that Windows 7 will be the only OS to offer any improvements when it’s released?

Why is it I can configure the system, but you can’t?

Gralla cites Lenovo’s professional fatuous windbag Matt Kohut, who said:

Linux, even if you’ve got a great distribution and you can argue which one is better or not, still requires a lot more hands-on than somebody who is using Windows.

So, we’ve seen overwhelmingly people wanting to stay with Windows because it just makes more sense: you just take it out of the box and it’s ready to go.

The obvious question that comes to my mind is “What are your people doing wrong, that they can’t configure the system to work ‘out of the box’?”

Nobody (at least, nobody but Microsoft employees and the chronically ignorant) seems to be suggesting that most Linux-based systems and other popular open source Unix-like OSes are incapable of doing the things that MS Windows can do “out of the box”. They just seem to think that, for some reason, Unix-like systems can’t do these things “out of the box”.

Okay, so if they can do these things, but they require configuration — why the hell aren’t they preconfigured? Is there any possible reason that they could not be preconfigured? Why aren’t the vendors preconfiguring them?

Exactly how is software management easier on MS Windows than on Linux?

Ultimately, Preston Gralla’s big complaint about Linux on the netbook is:

Although Linux is generally easy to use these days, upgrading and installing software on it is no easy task.

Whenever I see a statement like that, I have to wonder what they think is necessary to upgrade or install software on open source Unix-like systems, and how exactly they think MS Windows does it better. There’s never any real description of what anyone thinks is better about upgrading and installing software on MS Windows, except in rare cases where someone refers to people needing to know how to compile software. Welcome to the 21st century: compiling software from scratch is not any more of a common requirement on most free Unix-like systems than it is on MS Windows.

The question this kind of complaint prompts me to ask is: Have you used a Linux-based system since 1998?

11 May 2009

Kel-Tec P32 + CCI Blazer = Click

Filed under: Geek,Liberty,Review,Security — apotheon @ 09:32

The SigO and I went to the grasslands to do some shooting on Saturday morning. We discovered that part of the reason she doesn’t like firing my Glock is that, as a southpaw shooter, the magazine release on the thing gouges her hand near the base of her index finger, particularly when it recoils. Since it’s a .40 S&W caliber handgun with a lightweight polymer frame, it recoils a bit. Magazine releases are really high on the list of things to look out for when shopping for a gun for her.

Another big lesson for the day was the discovery that CCI Blazer FMJ .32 ACP sucks in the Kel-Tec P32. We put 57 rounds through the P32 that day, 50 of which were the CCI Blazers. About one of every three rounds misfired. Point, squeeze . . . click. It would dimple the primer, but nothing would ignite. Recock, squeeze again — 60% or so chance it’ll fire on the second try. All of them fired by the third try, except one that took about six or seven tries to get it to discharge. I wanted all that ammo expended. Considering the whole point of a P32 is to have a highly concealable sidearm for defensive concealed carry, misfires are a really bad idea.

The previous week, I put 50 rounds of FMJ from Aguila Ammunition through it with the help of a friend (we swapped off shooting the P32), and it went without a hitch. While struggling this last Saturday to get the CCI Blazer ammo to fire, I expended a full magazine of Federal Premium’s Hydra-Shok (my defensive ammo of choice for carry) through the barrel just to make sure what I was carrying would actually do some good if (God forbid) I should ever be called upon to defend myself with it, and it went as slick as a whistle. Not one single magazine of CCI Blazer was expended without at least one, usually two, misfired cartridges. I don’t intend to ever buy another round of CCI Blazer again, after a performance like that. I’m tempted to hunt down a box of Winchester white box FMJ .32 ACP to see how well it performs, since I’m sure it would be cheaper than the Blazer.

Amusingly, I have discovered that I have a tendency to confuse people in gun shops when shopping for FMJ ammunition. I have a habit of calling it “ball” rather than “FMJ”, because that’s what we called the full metal jacket 5.56mm ammunition in the Army: “5.56mm ball ammo”. Yeah, people give me weird looks and say interesting things like “What?” I really need to adjust my jargon. They probably all thought I was an idiot. Bullets aren’t balls!

Addendum: I found reference to someone else having problems with CCI Blazer in a Kel-Tec P32, as well. Apparently, Kel-Tec recommends avoiding CCI Blazer.

Another Addendum: I’ve been informed by someone who would probably know that the reason the CCI Blazers misfire in my P32 is that CCI uses “hard” primers — which are, along with Winchester’s “hard” primers, recommended for reloading/handloading, because of their reduced likelihood of going off while handloading ammo (that is to say, creating a live cartridge by putting a new bullet, primer, and powder charge in a used shell casing). When buying factory ammo, though, I think I’ll just avoid CCI and Winchester ammo for my P32, at least unless and until I replace the firing pin spring with something that provides more tension so it’ll set off the harder primers on the first try every time.

Yet Another Addendum: I tried CCI Blazer with aluminum casings, and discovered that it fires quite well in my P32. Apparently, it’s only the brass-cased Blazers that have that problem.

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