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Naked Snake

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  1. fraggle said:

    The fact that they can 3D print a gun is far less concerning than the fact that it's possible to 3D print a completely plastic gun that won't be picked up by metal detectors.

    Technically speaking, the version they made has a 6 oz block of metal in the frame specifically to set off metal detectors, but yes, somebody who was planning something bad would ignore that step. The firing pin is a metal nail, but the amount of material is not enough to set off a metal detector on its own. Somebody pointed out to me that apparently the scanners at airports use shape recognition, that's why toy guns get flagged sometimes even though they're made out of cheap pot metal and plastic.

  2. Aliotroph? said:

    This is a good thing. I'm a technology-at-any-cost sort of a person. Yes, some more people will kill each other. This is a price you pay for having a society that generally lets individuals do what they want (play with unlimited technology in this case). Standard restrictions on carrying weapons and killing people with them still apply of course; this just democratizes unsolvable murders a bit so organized crime can't have a monopoly.

    As for the money thing, the imaging software restrictions are completely ridiculous, especially in countries that use more advanced banknotes than the USA. Now I wonder what a scanner will do with my "THIS IS NOT LEGAL TENDER" million-dollar bill. Might have to try that out this week. Even without that message the bill wouldn't pass examination by anyone with a functioning brain. It uses the wrong kind of paper.

    Another way to look at is that it is equivalent to decrying milling machines, lathes and wood duplicators, all of which make any variety of products, including guns. Harbor Freight can get you set up with all the shop tools you'd need to produce guns or gun parts, aside from barrels. There are quite a few barrel makers, large and small, in the US, people have tons of barrel blanks ready to be countoured and threaded already.

  3. DoomUK said:

    Weren't you that guy who reported some illegal firearms and/or illegal ownership of firearms to the authorities?

    Presumably, you take a stance against the not-so-law-abiding. Wouldn't you prefer it if criminals didn't have yet another way of procuring firearms? What's going to happen when 3D printers inevitably become as mundane as cellphones, in the not-too-distant future?

    Eh, if he wasn't acting like a lunatic, me and those dudes wouldn't have gathered the info on him.

    Plenty of legitimate things have criminal uses, you can make a bong out of almost anything, you can use a car to escape a bank robbery, you can use a camera to make pornography in a country where it is illegal. Criminals already have plenty of means of procuring weapons, this allows people who are disarmed and have no reasonable way of getting a firearm legally to get around that. Obviously this makes them "criminals" where this is illegal, but that doesn't bother me. As we say in the US, "I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6."

  4. DoomUK said:

    Less effort than downloading a file and then pressing a button?

    I find DIY gunsmithing quite interesting, but this has worrying implications (even if it's not an immediate concern). It requires no skill or talent at all to construct a gun this way, and in principle everyone has access to one. Even if the blueprints are somehow strictly regulated, how long do you think it will be before they show up on torrent networks or whatever?

    The amount of effort (work) involved in acquiring the $9,000+ for a 3d printer is greather than the amount of effort (work) involved in acquiring the $4 in materials you need to make a tube shotgun.

    That is the entire point, levelling the playing field, removing "skill" or even questions of legality out of the equation. Some, such as myself, are of the belief that laws that disarm the law-abiding are illegal and immoral and therefore breaking said laws is not immoral. It is not illegal in the US to openly provide blueprints for firearms, and this is already on a torrent network, that's what DefDist is.

    Any machinist with access to a hobbyist-level shop or greater can make a firearm of varying quality. These guys for example, build all sorts of guns, usually from scratch.

    People already make guns, if you boil them down to their essentials, they are quite simple machines.

  5. You can make a usable and safe 12 gauge shotgun with less money and effort, using readily-avalible materials and regular hand tools. A British gentlemen wrote several books on how to construct working and safe submachineguns in 9mm Luger, he also wrote books on how to make shotgun ammunition and pistol ammunition from hardware-store components and how to make gunpowder. This curiosity is merely symbolic, it is clearly designed to be an "insurgent weapon" in the same vein as the original Liberator or the CIA "Deer Gun" pistol.

    obligatory shape recognition watchdog programs running onn the printers, sending alerts to FBI?

    Not only is that creepily Orwellian, people making their own guns aren't breaking the law, Federally at least, in the United States. State laws vary, but almost all states allow you to make a firearm if you can legally possess it in said state. People could simply replace the PCB with a "clean" version that has no FBI bullshit on it and print whatever the hell they wanted. Also, wouldn't that require the printer to be connected to the Internet in some fashion? Or does it have a cellphone built in?

  6. DoomGater said:

    WRONG. It took those american slowthinkers at zenimax so long to get the idea torequest the german authorities to remove doom from the index.

    Probably because they had better things to do than appease a foolish law that serves no purpose other than thought control.

    the whole discussion about the german index system is kinda hyped. as the price policy of games in germany is very immoderate, many gamers import their games especially from the uk (since it's in the EU so there are no customs to pay and the prices are very low). so as an adult gamer it's absolutely irrelevant if a game lands on the index or is even confiscated. it only affects the press coverage about the specific game.

    It should be relevant to you, why do you accept the fact that your Government does not believe adults can make proper decisions on what media their child consumes? Why do you accept that the Government has a hand in censorship / control of content allowed in media?

  7. No shocker there, I don't see Carmack sticking with the company much longer anyway. I assume he's already groomed a few in-house programmers on taking over for him. I don't really see this as hurting id, per se, because really, they could make a Hovertank 5000 based on their old DOS game and it'd sell at least 1,000,000 copies legally at say $50-60 a pop.

    BlazingPhoenix said:

    Rage on the iPhone? that's a really bad decision, IMO. Just promotes more games on a device that shouldn't even be used for gaming.

    Why shouldn't it be? Because Nintendo didn't make it? It's a pretty decently-powered machine in the palm of your hand, it has a unique interface that allows a pretty good gaming experience, I don't see why this is a problem at all. This sounds like a case of "STOP HAVING FUN, GUYS!" (note : I don't have an iPhone or a Mac :-P)

  8. Gun control doesn't hold up to close scrutiny. There have been record numbers of gun sales in the past few years, yet a NOTABLE DECREASE in all manners of violent crime across the board. Ever since the 1970s as states made it easier to conceal handguns, crime lowered in those states. Florida is the prime example. High rate of gun ownership and CCW licensure and crime has dramatically lowered since then. My state of New York has relatively strict gun control, yet we have a lot of violent crime.

  9. Scuba Steve said:

    We will. We are going to help subsidize your rates.

    Yeah, that'll really help him keep food in his stomach. Steve, not everyone wants a Government-mandated health care insurance scheme shoved down their throats. The Government should not have the power to legislate what services we are required to obtain. What's next, mandating that all Americans must have life insurance in case of untimely death, so that their funeral will be paid for? Where will the forced-participation legislation end? I'm not willing to be a slave to a corporate entity, even if it's backed by a ridiculous law.

    I barely make $200 a week, I can't afford to live on my own, I sure can't afford to spend any of my money on a service I don't need, even with Government assistance I don't want.

    If you want real health-care reform, do it, don't force people into services that WILL drive up costs in the long-run and overburned an already overtaxed health care system. Go ask your nearest RN or doctor how busy they are, they might smack you if they have the energy.

    Also, I don't get why insurance companies should be forced to pay for somebody who has a pre-existing condition. Sorry, but people die, and wasting money just to try and make it feel all warm and fuzzy isn't the role of society. You've got to make some tough choices to maintain freedom. I do agree with capping out-of-pocket costs and trying to make insurance more affordable, but Government subsidization is frankly a terrifying prospect.

  10. DaniJ said:

    I've been watching this situation unfold from the sidelines. For what its worth, I have this to say:

    Skulltag is Carnevils. End of story. Other devs may come and go and ultimately Carn may step back from active development but that in no way should be seen as disowning (unless described as such by Carn himself).

    It is Carnevil's responsibility to ensure that the people working on Skulltag are doing so toward the goals he set for his project (unless disowned).

    From what I can see, the core issue is whether Skulltag is now being developed by a democratic republic, or caretakers in the absence of Carnevil.

    Yeah, it seems this was less of a case of passing the torch more-as it was Carnevil putting the torch on a stand and said "guard the fort, I'll BRB". BRB just happened to be 3 years.