* Posts by ShadowDragon8685

479 posts • joined 13 Feb 2010


Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video


Re: @Jellied Eel... Wait for it...

I really hate it when someone invokes the "founding fathers meant muskets!" argument.

No, they meant _effective firearms_ and other common hand weapons.

If _I_ were going to rewrite the 2nd Amendment to be unambiguous, I would rewrite it as follows (then submit it to Washington, Jefferson, et al, but I think they'd agree):

"The right of the people to keep and bear such personal-use weapons as are commonly issued to the United States Military as long- or small-arms, or as melee weapons, or similar arms; not including explosive devices intended to attack an entire area at once or to destroy large constructions; for any lawful purpose whatever, explicitly including but not limited to defense of the nation and/or their home state or territory in times of invasion, defense of their own parties and those others from all hostile acts whatsoever not being undertaken under color of law, the gathering of food as provided for by law, training in the use of said weapons, or shooting for sport, or removal of rodents and other pests, or any other purpose which is conducted in such manner as is safe for themselves and others; shall not be infringed upon for any reason at all."


Re: Pretty much had to happen some day

> One, this happened in what is supposed to be recreation park. The guy brought a gun to a recreation park ? WTF ? What is wrong with him ?

Nothing is wrong with him. Had a couple of morons not drawn cutlery and advanced upon him and his party menacingly, that firearm would have stayed where it was, presumably in a holster, all day, and nobody would have been any the wiser. Nothing at all is wrong with him, he had a concealed weapon for self-defense and no purpose but that, and he used it appropriately therefore.

A firearm safely stored in a lockbox at home does you as much good as four cars of cops parked at a donut shop across town when a pair of freaky guys pull knives and advance upon you.

> And two, and this is worse IMO, he just pulled out his gun and fired ? Couldn't he have drawn his gun and say something like "I suggest you GTFO" ? You know, give the guy a chance to reconsider ? But no, he just rambo'd it and got trigger-happy.

Spoken with all the self-assured confidence of someone who has never once in his life taken advice from someone who has had to actually defend themselves! IE, spoken out of the wrong hole, the stinky hole.

WHEN you draw a weapon to defend yourself, and you are NOT police, there is no time nor any reasonable obligation to attempt to "chase off" or "apprehend" the target. Especially not with knife-wielders at close range - in the time it takes your monkey brain to realize that the other guy is lunging to attack you, disengage your mouth and engage your trigger finger - oh, that's your throat he just cleaved out with the knife.

It's not your place for any asinine heroics like trying to "chase off" the guy (who may go somewhere else and attack someone less prepared than you in any event) or to attempt some asinine citizen's arrest. You are, as a civilian non-law-enforcement officer, NOT to use the weapon for any purposes of intimidation. You draw the weapon for one reason and one reason only: to discharge it until the reason for defending yourself is no longer a threat.


Re: This is why they should be banned.

Ooooh. That does indeed look like a swanky piece of steel. For myself, I never paid much attention to the knife in my hand until I got my hand on a santoku. Thereafter I used it at every opportunity, even when it wasn't really the appropriate tool for the job - it just felt right to me. Sadly, it is not my knife but my cousin's, so the opportunity to use it is rare.

Either way, the important part is that the article describes the knives being used as "butcher's knives." This is a news article, written by the same sort of person who breathlessly extols the menacing dangers of "bolt-action assault rifles!" So when they use the words "butcher's knife," we must presume they are writing for the lowest-common denominator rather than (a) having educated themselves on the wide variety of cutlery used by professional butchers, (b) thereafter going to the time and trouble of ascertaining exactly what make and model of knife the asshats were wielding when they brought their cutlery to a gunfight, and (c) thereafter providing specific but not specific-enough verbiage to the news-reading public, assuming that all and sundry will be intimately familiar with the wide wide world of cutlery.

I think it's far more probably that, in the field of kitchen cutlery, they're going to narrow everything down to one of four options:

The trope image of a butcher's cleaver, which everyone is familiar with from cartoons and movies, a big triangular chef's knife, which most folks will have in their kitchens, a steak knife and a butter knife, and will ascribe to any specific news article whichever of those is closest to the knife in question.

Also, this was a prank gone wrong, so presumably the assailants had chosen the most memorable, flashy, attention-grabbing knives they could, which means probably the big butcher's cleavers familiar to everyone from those movies.


Re: This is why they should be banned.

A "phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range" might tickle someone a little.

If I had a disruptor pistol or something, though, again, it would not be an inappropriate amount of force to use to stop a professional chef or butcher coming at you with murderous intent or the appearance thereof.


Re: This is why they should be banned.

I didn't say the prospective victim of the aggrieved cutlery professional HAD an automatic combat shotgun to-hand, I just said that if they did, it would be an entirely appropriate amount of force to resort to.


Re: This is why they should be banned.

Yeah, it seems your comment was misunderstood - but it was easy to read in the way that "as the YouTuber did not intend physical violence, this was not a real self-defense situation." But yeah, I gotcha now.


Re: This is why they should be banned.

Fuck yes!

That man knows HOW to handle a goddamn knife. If he's aggressively wielding one in my direction, I must assume my life is forfeit in the next five seconds unless I END him in the next FOUR!

An automatic combat shotgun would not be an inappropriate escalation to a professional chef or butcher wielding cutlery and apparently having decided to cut you apart.


Re: This is why they should be banned.

Point of pedantry: the assailants were armed with butcher's knives, which I take to mean cleavers, rather than chef's knives.

The victims could have expected to die from CHOPPING wounds, not stabbing wounds.


Re: This is why they should be banned.

So what you're saying is you could've let one off to draw him to the fuse box, then lit the entire string off in sequence under the fuse-box to make him brown his trousers and think his house just survived the mother of all electrical surges?


Re: This is why they should be banned.

Then Australia is a shitty place to live.


Re: This is why they should be banned.

It *was* a self-defense situation.

Asshole and his homeboy decided to violently victimize some folk here. That their intention was psychological violence using the perceived threat of physical violence, and their intended profit factor was YouTube views rather than the money of their victims, are largely secondary concerns.

The victim in this case entirely-properly drew a firearm carried for self-defense and used it for that purpose. He had no way of knowing that the attacker's intended goal was not to bestow physical harm upon him, as he had every reason to believe that was the case.


Re: This is why they should be banned.

I think this article is demonstration about exactly WHY he took a firearm to Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park:

If he had not had a firearm, he would have been faced with the prospect of entering melee bare-handed against superior numbers of knife-wielding opponents.

"God made Mankind: Samuel Colt made them equal."

US House Rep on cyber committees tweets Gmail password, PIN in Capitol riot lawsuit outrage


Re: Excellent

You can remove him at your pleasure though, if you just get collectively angry enough, like you did in May. We can't even manage to remove a man who's literally committing treason from the oval office!

Oh, and we also can't seem to actually get our heads out of our asses - or rather, drag the Retrumplican's heads out of HIS ass - long enough to follow-through and put the sonofabitch on trial for high crimes. Countless of these morons still think he's the rightful president (he's not) and that he'll be "reinstated by August" (he won't).

One of them - a retired Army general who's apparently taken leave of his senses - even called for a Myanmar-style coup to restore Cheeto Jesus to the throne, and I don't think that means placing him on a toilet.

Here's what frightens the shit out of me: Hitler tried a coup, failed, was put in prison for it and was barred from holding elected or appointed office. Spoiler: it didn't take.


Re: Excellent

(America) Fuck yeah!

We're all going down together.


Re: Who is Susan Rosenberg?

A process server should be able to get a policeman to escort him in. Police officers should absolutely be helping officials of the court or couriers carrying official documents to place those papers on the appropriate desk.


Re: IT Security

ProTip: You can use ALT+PrintScreen to capture only the active window! It's even handier!


Re: IT Security

What else should be expected from a man whose brilliant idea to avoid court proceedings despite being an ultra-high-prominence public figure was basically the same strategy as that of every deadbeat sperm-slinger - avoid the process server and pretend you don't know anything about any court proceedings.

How it should've gone should be this clown comes to the capital, a U.S. Capitol Policeman checks to confirm that he's in his office, detains him there, and then another policeman escorts the process server to his office and says "you're served and it's witnessed and recorded on body-cam."


Re: Criminal Trespass

[Citation Needed] there, buckaroo banzai.

And I'm going to give you some large latitude to presume that you have some sort of prior case law on the books extrapolating a mail carrier's lawful duty to exceed the speed limit by more than double from something in the Constitution, which I do not believe makes any mention of speed or speed limitation enforcement.


Re: Jeebus Cribes, that tweet

> The only real question is Heap or Stack?

You magnificent bastard, take my upvote and be damned!

Ransomware victim Colonial Pipeline paid $5m to get oil pumping again, restored from backups anyway – report


Because some idiot ran a half-assed "cost-benefit analysis" and deduced it would be cheaper in the long run to pay the ransom and get everything back up immediately.

Then it turned out that everything didn't come up immediately because the decryptoware was slow and unreliable.


Medal? Nope, no medals. Not a chance in hell.

They didn't just bleed a company here, they attacked U.S. critical civil-and-military infrastructure.

That's the kind of thing WARS can start over. Putin does not want a war with the U.S., because Russia WILL LOSE. It may be the end of the world, but that means it's the end of Russia, too.

Putin would happily have handed them all over to the Agency, or just had them all rounded up and shot summarily, to prevent that. The very last thing he needs is some kind of obvious unifying incident that will unite the entire U.S. population behind a rhetoric of "make Russia pay," and he knows he's already on very thin ice indeed with all the elections tampering.

One of his band of hacker halfwits nearly starts a war?

Putin got all USD$5m, and they got told that they were dead men if they did that shit again.


Re: back-up isn't just an IT issue

That's not "holding the customers to ransom," it's "due to circumstances, these are the terms under which we are currently able and willing to do business. You may do business with us under these terms or not at all; the choice is yours."


Re: cyber job at colonial

"Just sign and date the check. Leave the 'amount' field blank. Oh, and I need unilateral authority to fire beancounters on the spot when they try to tell me I don't need X, Y or Z, because clearly I do."


Re: Ransomware pays ..... See !!!???

> and Putin wanting the money back !!! :)

Pretty sure that he doesn't give a damn as long as you don't:

1: Hit Russian interests (or specifically, the Russian interests of his Russian friends);

2: Start an international incident of the type the United States of SPARTOFREEDOMERICA is likely to respond to with JDAMs;

3: He gets hit cut!

In this case, the ransom was probably so low specifically because they realized they'd hit a piece of U.S. critical infrastructure, and if the incident didn't blow over FAST, then politics was going to get involved, and Putin would ABSOLUTELY have them all rounded up and handed over rather than risk allegations that the Russian federal government was supporting (even, perhaps, inciting) a direct attack on U.S. infrastructure.

I wouldn't also be surprised if all five million didn't go directly to Putin.


Re: Criminal to pay Criminals?

It's time we started making like the Sqids.

"If the CEO is making a hundred times what the employees make, it's because they're planning to burgle his home every night."


Re: $5 million for criminals

Are you familiar with the phrase "attractive nuisance?"

If some twunt rich beyond the dreams of avarice moves into your neighborhood and just leaves a fortune worth of easily-portable wealth in plain view behind the kind of wafer lock that's used to secure toilet paper in a public bathroom and can be jiggled open by using literally any object thin enough to fit in the keyway, and gets burgled repeatedly, only to replace the wealth the next day, you've nobody to blame but the rich twunt when suddenly your neighborhood is totally overrun by crims who are sizing up everyone else's wealth for accessibility versus difficulty-of-access because the rich twunt's place is already picked clean that night.


Re: $5 million for criminals

Paying ransom should be put on the books as aiding and abetting, as another user noted.

Michael Collins, once the world's 'loneliest man,' is dead. If that name means little or nothing to you, read this


Re: RIP Michael Collins

Probably better to hero-worship men who have literally flown to the moon by virtue of their own unflagging merit, than gonzo anti-vaxxers with good PR and people who sell vaginal-scented goop.

43 years and 14 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still crunching data to reveal secrets of the interstellar medium


Re: I like to think

Wouldn't it be better to intercept Voyager I and II, capture them safely, tell them it's time to stand down now, and take them home to rest in a museum, whilst launching Voyager III and IV to continue on?

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day


Meanwhile, over in DarkSide Land, the would-be Robin Hood malefactors are shitting very large bricks and trying to figure out if they can actually send an anonymous decryption key to Uncle Sam, or if it would be better to just emit their cryptography keys required to decrypt anything they've hit with this shit.

And if this is something that can't be decrypted, they're shitting masonry bricks and booking plane tickets to somewhere they can book more plane tickets.

Uncle Sam will quite happily drop JDAMs on houses for THIS shit, and frankly, it's about time the ransomware crook gang started getting their houses exploded for attacks that will be taken as attacks on national security interests and responded-to as if they'd flown a plane into the pipeline.

A trip to the dole queue: CEO of $2bn Bay Area tech biz says he was fired for taking LSD before company meeting


Re: Silly Con Valley tried this "microdosing" thing back in the '80s.

Well, did your mate get his milk?

British gambling giant Betfred told to pay stiffed winner £1.7m jackpot after claiming 'software problem'




Re: a game provided by one of our third party suppliers

Yep. You have to pay the person you dicked over because of your expensive outsourcing fiasco.

Of course, you may have a claim against your outsourcee. Good luck collecting from them, they'll have folded up the legal entity of their shop in some far-off land and reincorporated under a new name in the time it takes to say "discovery".


Re: "not transparent or fair"

Severability clauses should be themselves made illegal.

"You cannot fill a contract full of illegal malarkey that will be struck down and shotgun it at the court hoping that some piece of bullshit slips past the radar and gets enforced against you."

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France


You won't see change like that until SHAREHOLDERS risk jail time.


Re: However...

Corporations need to be punished proportionally to both the severity of the offense and the vigor of their defense against the charge.

"You can appeal this judgement if you like, but the appellate court is a hostile one and will only rule in your favor if they find prosecutorial misconduct or some serious flaw in the facts of the prosecution. And if you appeal and lose, your penalties will be multiplied."

CD Projekt Red 'EPICALLY pwned': Cyberpunk 2077 dev publishes ransom note after company systems encrypted


Re: 2021 continues where 2020 left off


"Twenty-Twenty won".


Re: When your source code is your biggest asset, protect it

That's... Exactly what they did? They're apparently restoring from backup.

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab


Re: Null and void

> The difference being we should be trying to keep both borders open.

There's a small, small issue with "keeping both borders open" - it creates a Northern-Ireland -sized and -shaped hole in the EU/UK border.

It would be absolutely FANTASTIC to stimulate the economy of Northern Ireland beyond all expectations, mind you; everyone in Ireland with a truck or a boat would be making off like bandits, and anyone who has both will be making off like a robber baron.

"Where'd you get these goods?" "London." "No worries then."

Twenty-five minutes later at the NI border,

"Where'd you get these goods?" "Belfast." "Ah, well, no worries then."

And then a day later, in Paris,

"Where'd these goods come from?" "Dublin." "Ah, wel, no worries then."

Negative Trustpilot review of law firm Summerfield Browne cost aggrieved Briton £28k


I do wonder if the good folk at Dewey Cheatum and Howe - I mean, Summerfield Browne - have ever heard of the Streisand Effect.

This is not exactly the Streisand Effect, it is however adjacent to it. Now people searching for information about Summerfield Browne will learn that they sued a dissatisfied former client for ~150 times the price they charge, without ever addressing the merits of his complaint, which appear to be very problematic on the face of them, if they did, indeed, simply rehash the details of the situation as he presented to them and return those details to him.

Mark Zuckerberg, 36, decides that having people on his website deny the deaths of six million Jews is a bad thing


Re: Morals and values?

Yes. What 18th-, 19th- and early-20th-century Americans did to the Natives was beyond criminal, it was genocide; intentional extinction of a whole lot of peoples and their cultures, via every mechanism imaginable from biological warfare to straight-up murdercidal violence to forcible relocation to land that cannot sustain them.

Anyone who denies that it was those things is either a thundering moron, or an apologist.


Re: Morals and values?

Frankly, I'm at the point where I'd support a constitutional amendment amending the almighty 1st to require it to be illegal to deny the Holocaust and any other genocide or similar crime against humanity, and not only provision mandatory prison time for persons found guilty of a third offense thereof, but life imprisonment without parole for a fourth offense, and to treat any platform which facilitates the spreading of such views similarly.

[e] Yes, obviously a Yank here.

Suckers for punishment, we added a crawler transporter to our Saturn V


Re: Nicely Done

At that point, it'd probably be cheaper (by an order of magnitude) to just buy a copy of Kerbal Space Program.

European Space Agency will launch giant claw that drags space junk to its doom


It is pretty stupid;

Firstly, not everything up there may be ferromagnetic, meaning a fuck-off gigantor XL electromagnet would have fuck-all effect on them.

But the real problems with using a magnet like that:

Firstly, a magnet like that WILL alter the trajectory of ferrous debris in its orbit. It will not have much control over where or how these trajectory alterations happen, but they will be pretty impressive - and uncontrolled.

Secondly, objects near a magnet do not magically adhere to the magnet. If an object is going too fast, on the wrong trajectory to be captured, you won't actually capture the object, you'll just change its trajectory, potentially exacerbating the problem.

Thirdly, magnets do not magically become one with whatever adheres to them. If you alter the trajectory of incoming space junk such that it intersects the magnet, you're going to potentially shatter both the magnet and the junk, vastly exacerbating the problem.

The orbital magnet would only work on a very small subset of space junk - that which is already basically on the same orbit, such that you're effectively docking with it anyway.

Now, COULD these objections be overcome? Yes. By no known technologies. If we're positing unknown technologies, you could simply sweep the skies clean with a science fiction tractor beam.

Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?


Old birds like that are either so highly-strung the slightest vibration causes them to snap, or they've run out of fucks to give so long ago that they find it funny as all hell, and are the dirtiest birds imaginable.

Ribald joke my grandmother liked to share: You should always look to, ahem, 'service' older women, because they don't yell, they don't swell, they don't tell, and they're grateful as hell.

So she was probably, if anything, trying to stop herself from slapping the table laughing.

HP: That print-free-for-life deal we promised you? Well, now it's pay-per-month to continue using your printer ink


Re: I envision the (class action) lawsuits being filed by the hundreds if not thousands

So... In principle, Organized Mass Small Claims Action could potentially tap-out even HP by simply filing more cases than they have corporate personnel to answer to.

That would be fantastic.

EFF off: Privacy Badger disables by default anti-tracking safeguard that can be abused to track you online


Especially if what you were searching for was, for example, a washing machine.

Which you then went on the locate the best one for you at the time and purchase.

That's it, barring some catastrophe you're set in the "washing your clothes" department for the next five to ten years. Used to be thirty, but then they realized it was more profitable to sell you a cheaper device that would break down faster.

Why on Earth are they bombarding you with ads for new washing machines? At best, it's going to just give you a massive case of the blues when they show you a washing machine that's even betterer for you and/or fits your needs but was cheaper than what you bought, but the cost is sunk. You're not gonna buy a new bloody washer a week after buying one!

Even if the damn thing exploded with the force of frag grenade, you're not buying a new one, you're going to sue the pants off the manufacturer and make them give you a new one.


Re: Because. Badgers.

And don't forget the occasional football game between the formermost and lattermost.

A decades-old lesson on not inserting Excel where it doesn't belong


Re: Anon because....

How incendiary was the fallout? Sacking? Lawsuits? Overvolted cattle prod and a window that mysteriously failed at the New Year party?

Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren't gonna like it


Frankly, the problem with flying cars is not so much the technology, it's the skill barrier required. Navigating safely in three dimensions is considerably more difficult than navigating safely in two.

And the robot butlers are hard at work in Japan.

Also, the Jetsons was set an unspecified amount of time in the future, if you were of the opinion that "an unspecified time" meant "seventy years," then you were greatly misleading yourself.



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