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Apparently my current shtick is that I talk about knives at great length. Also motorcycles.

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And how, exactly, are they going to assess if anyone is "undocumented" at 200, 300, 400 yards?

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Darn. Now I'll never be able to not buy one.

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Yes, but historically the purchase of an option included the physical installation of that option and its associated hardware. Not just turning on parts of the car that are already in it, after you bought it.

To be clear, I don't think anyone is arguing that options should not cost money. We're arguing against A) recurring subscriptions, and B) paying more money to activate features already built into the car you already bought.

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Yes. K100 valve shims are the same diameter as the KLR's. Your brick shims can be safely stored at the default settings.

Owners of other, less bricklike motorcycles can modify the parameters in the file to fit their own philistine valve shims, if they so desire.

2G, 3G, 4G, 5G mobile data made some sense as it represents generational leaps in the technology itself but then Xfinity wants to advertise "10g" internet...

Comcast says it represents a 10 Gigabit cable internet network they are building (it doesn’t exist) so they are basically changing the meaning of the g from generation to gig to act like 10g is 5 generations better (or twice as fast)…or that they have a 10 gigabit network. Neither is accurate. It’s still just cable...

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I did a similar thing at a place I worked at. In order to go over the heads of insane management and actually get work done, rather than just have sugar cubes counted at me all day, I created an administrator account with the username of  .

Not blank. The character " ".

What, you can't see it? It's a non-breaking space. You can type one (on a Windows machine) by holding Alt and pressing 0160 on your number pad.

A shocking amount of "enterprise" software is not equipped to handle a non-breaking space, and will not detect it as a naughty character nor treat it as whitespace -- which is probably what should happen. So what you get is an invisible user, which is also helpfully sorted to the bottom of lists where no one will notice it, because its numerical index in character space is well below all the typical letters and numbers that'll be used for user account names. Does your software require a user name of greater-than-one character length? No problem, just type in a whole bunch of them.

Non breaking spaces can also mess with the formatting of systems with user-facing text input that'll regurgitate it later. Like, oh, forums. Or comment threads. Like this one. Even those that are "smart" and attempt to collapse repeated whitespaces into a single line break.

For instance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, that sort of thing.

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  • Ticket prices constantly fluctuating, pricing structures deliberately designed to game customers and milk them for as much money as possible
  • Random fees for bags, random fees for where you sit, random fees for how you board, random fees for your fees, more fees depending on when you pay your fees, and always rising all the time
  • A minefield of hidden gotchas and fine print, clauses on top of clauses that declare the airline isn't at fault for anything even when they're totally at fault for all of it
  • Stand in line to get hassled and have your 'nads fondled by belligerent TSA whackers
  • Sit around the terminal for hours getting coughed and sneezed on by roughly 45% of the world's population
  • $8 for a bottle of water past the security checkpoint
  • Oh, and the door might just fly off of your plane because Boeing

Yeah, and people wonder why if I'm traveling domestically I'll just drive or ride. Fuck all of the above, plus when I get wherever I'm going I'll already have my motorcycle with me.

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Not anywhere I've seen.

Maybe if you're buying your institutional grade F surplus horse meat in pallet quantities from Sysco or something.

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There’s no service provided.

And furthermore, takeout workers are not defined as a tipped position legally and therefore their employer should be paying them an actual wage, not "waiter's wage," which is federally $2.13/hr. ("Should" and "is" obviously not always being the same thing.)

I am always wary of touch screens and other gizmoes popping up everywhere begging for tips in non-tipped counter situations. It is possible, indeed likely, that the tips are not going to the employees anyway and are just being pocketed by the management.

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ALttP and Chrono Trigger are some of the best designed, highly polished titles on the system, though. We have to remember that while everyone harps on FF4 and FF6, Chrono Trigger, Super Metroid, Mega Man X, A Link To the Past, Bahumut Lagoon, Donkey Kong Country, etc. as if they defined the quality of the SNES library, we're looking back through nostalgia tinted goggles and those games in fact... didn't. They were the exceptional outliers in, as ever, a wide field of mediocrity.

What I'm saying is, there are a lot of gonk-ass games on the SNES. A lot. We just selectively don't remember them anymore because they were crap.

For every one of the gems above there were ten or twenty of the likes of Pugley's Scavenger Hunt, Cliffhanger, Pit Fighter, Mario is Missing, Revolution X, Bebe's Kids, Rise of the Robots, Captain Novolin, Double Dragon 5, Ren and Stimpy, Chester Cheetah... Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball... etc., etc. And that's just the North American titles. There was some wonky niche shit released in Japan that could have just as well been on the original NES.

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You're telling me that the likes of Pit Fighter...

https://www.honestgamers.com/images/games/10/P/2550/1.jpg

...And Revolution X...

https://www.fullyretro.com/images/items/89112228-item-main-SNES-REVOLTNX-2.jpg

...Or Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt...

http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/pugsleysnes03.gif

...Or Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball...

https://i0.wp.com/snesaday.com/wp-content/uploads/Bill-Laimbeers-Combat-Basketball-FI.png?resize=1024%2C576&ssl=1

Deserve to be held up visually and remembered fondly next to the likes of Chrono Trigger? They really aged better than the best of the early PS1? Yeah. No. These games not only played like ass, they looked like ass, too. Even for their time. That's my point. The ones that weren't outright offensive were just plain old bland.

The operative word in pixel art is "art." Just because something is 2D does not mean it automatically needs to be revered to the exclusion of earlier or later titles or visual styles. What we got out of these games visually is a direct result of what was put in by the designers, and in the majority of cases what was put in was not very much.

Mario Is Missing is an exceptional case because it manages to have worse spritework than Mario World, a game which it directly ripped off for its sprites. And any sprites did did not directly copy (minus a couple of pallete colors, for some reason) wound up looking like these chumps:

https://www.spriters-resource.com/resources/sheet_icons/76/79467.png?updated=1465253338

Edit: I forgot Captain Novolin. Really, how could I? I mean, this.

https://mutteredu.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/captain_novolin_snes_screenshot1.gif

Come on.

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This is what 3D printing is all about. At least to me.

This doesn't exist, but it should. Bang. Now it does.

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Backdoors may also be exploited by criminal networks and would seriously compromise the security of all users’ electronic communications.

Yeah, and usually those "criminal networks" are, in fact, governments.

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This is actually already a commercial product. I just ripped off the idea slightly, and since the result wound up looking a bit superficially draconic, I decided the hell with it and went all the way.

They are boss for things that must travel with their cords for whatever reason. I use them extensively for power tool cords, for instance, and you never have enough of the damn things around when you need them. They're also significantly less irritating than velcro cable wraps.

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I just used what I had lying around my desk. Lazy. I'll mess with it later.

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I toss my power tools in a pile in the bottom of my tool chest all the time...

Anyhow, I'll have to build (or print!) a bigger photo box before I can cram an entire power tool in there. Projects, projects.

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You don't need any ugly trig. You can just use a magic number. The magic number in question is 0.8660254, which is the ratio between the width of the longways (point-to-point) to shortways (flat-to-flat) dimensions of a regular hexagon. If you need half of that, divide it by 2 afterwards.

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For illustrative purposes only. Terms and condtions apply.

dual_sport_dork OP ,
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I'm sure there will inevitably be innumerable variants. I was thinking of adding a generator for Gridfinity inserts, and dividers wouldn't be too tough to add, either. Or handles, or swivel latches, etc., etc.

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Capital idea. Done, and the Printable has been updated.

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Not my first rodeo with holes printed vertically.

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For Version 2.0, I plan to add a feature that can do Moxes. You choose the color.

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Are you sure the geometry in that part is valid? From your picture it looks like your slicer is trying but failing to generate some crumbs in midair, there, but obviously that's not right. Is it a closed shape, in that it actually has a bottom surface an edges in addition to the top surface visible there?

What slicer are you using? Slic3r and its derivatives (Prusaslicer, for one) will show a warning in the lower right corner if you have a model loaded that has borked geometry.

Also, that flat surface looks really thin. It might be thinner than one layer height, which even if you can get it to print that way it won't come out dimensionally accurate and you'll probably never get it off the build plate without curling it up, either.

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That further adds to my suspicion that the model for that part is broken, and it is perhaps not a closed shape. If it's missing e.g. the bottom surface that would explain it.

Is this a model you made, or downloaded? If you made it, try re-exporting it. If you downloaded it, open it in any model viewer (you can even import .stl's into FreeCAD) and check it over for missing surfaces, edges that don't touch, holes that shouldn't be there, etc.

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The total footprints of the two cases are virtually identical. The Switch game cases are taller but not as deep, and the DS cases are shorter and deeper. I believe the DS case is basically the same dimension as a cut-down DVD case. It's the same depth, +/- a mm, with 65mm chopped off the top.

The NDS game case is 134x125mm, 167.5 square cm in total. The Switch game case is 105x170mm, 178.5 square cm in total. The Switch case is also thinner, 11mm vs 15mm. The amounts of plastic used in each is pretty similar.

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If anyone doubts OP's nerd cred, that appears to be a Sony Playstation 3D Display in the background, there. That is definitely a niche piece of gaming history.

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That's a thermal problem they all have. Ruin your collector's value by hacking a hole on the back and adding a fan over the mainboard and it'll stop doing that.

I know somebody who also uses one as a PC monitor still.

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Yes it does. I'll get bullet-time superpowers eventually, just watch...

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I dunno, has he thrown any chairs at anyone yet?

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This is how chip fabrication works. It's how chip fabrication has always worked. Chip yields are never perfect. The lithography processes aren't 100% accurate, the substrates aren't 100% pure, and some portion of chips come out of the oven with flaws. Always. That's just how it is.

That doesn't mean those chips don't work, it just means they won't work to their maximum design specifications. So to use a very simplified example, a 32 gig flash chip with a flaw found in it somewhere can be burned so the flawed portion will never be used, and then binned as a 16 gig chip. A processor core that's not stable at its maximum rated speed can be burned so it'll be a perfectly serviceable lower speed version. Etc. The process is already done, the material is already used, and that chip can still be serviceable. So why throw it away?

That's the white hat version.

The black hat version is, some shady manufacturer could take the chips that are too flawed to be used reliably for any purpose, and use them anyway. Where that distinction is drawn is pretty important.

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https://lemmy.world/pictrs/image/93fb7cf0-26c5-4968-8b07-0f3b4d6b8c59.jpeg

As usual, I have to wonder first if anyone actually put any thought into this, and further if anyone thought how the fuck they're going to enforce it. This is just manufacturing one step removed... Anyone willing to make a gun with a 3D printer is certainly capable and willing of building their own 3D printer as well.

Or buying/building a milling machine. Or a lathe. Or a drill, a hacksaw, and some files.

Down this road lies madness.

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Don't tempt them. New York cops will already pull over cars crossing the bridges and have been known to fine and/or arrest people for bringing in cigarettes bought out of state.

God forbid this passes and then they track you leaving the Microcenter in Paterson, NJ. They'll probably call in a SWAT team and a helicopter.

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Tobacco is taxed at the state level. NY(C)'s tax is very high. Neighboring states' taxes are lower. Or have been, historically. Thus NY gets unreasonably angry about this if you pay the cig tax to a different state.

Mostly it's just a pretense to pull people over and harass them over nothing. But if they can't get you for anything else they've been documented to book individuals for possessing packs of smokes with the wrong tax stamp on them. Got two packs on you? Well, obviously that's "intent to resell!" Book 'em, boys.

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To drive the point home a little further. No one, at least in this context, is making an all plastic gun with a 3D printer. It simply doesn't happen. Even the memeworthy and incredibly janky Harlot 22LR uses steel barrel liners. It is also difficult (read: impossible) to have strong enough springs to fire a primer without using steel. Plus cartridges and bullets themselves are famously made out of... metals.

The notion of a 3D printed plastic gun sailing through a metal detector are pure fantasy. Completely fictional. Bogus, bunk, absolute bullshit.

But legislators believe it, because politicians are not actually experts in anything except playing politics. Which in general does not equip you with knowledge or experience from the real world.

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And you don't even need a background check to buy a black powder firearm. Walk into your local Cabela's with a couple of hundred bucks, walk out with one ready to shoot. If you're old enough to grow a beard they probably won't even ask to check your ID to see if you're over 18.

The ATF has repeatedly stated they're not interested in regulating these "historical" items. Never mind swords and bows, a lot of men have been put in pine boxes by a sloppily cast ball of lead coming out of a Patterson or a Remington. Just, probably mostly between the years of 1836 and 1901.

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99% of 3D printed guns

100% of 3D printed guns.

Barrels and chambers are quite difficult to 3D print. But springs strong enough to set off primers, cartridge casings, and bullets must be made of metal. You can get clever with all of the above, but a plastic bullet would be laughably ineffective and even if you're going to go with electrical rather than mechanical ignition to eliminate the springs you're going to need metal batteries, metal wires, metal switches...

It is functionally impossible to make an all-plastic firearm. You'd be better off making a Jörg Sprave style crossbow or something.

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What people are doing with "3D printed" guns is printing the receiver or frame components that are otherwise serial numbered and federally regulated, and populating those with metal barrels, slides, upper receivers, trigger assemblies, pins, springs, etc., as appropriate from the genuine item. These can be quite functional and durable, because the majority of the gun is, in fact, still made from "real" gun parts.

Clever individuals have gotten quite far in managing to print most of the required components, but several critical parts simply can't be made with consumer level printing technology. At present it is impossible to fully print a gun out of plastic and actually have it work.

The way federal law works, the ATF has identified and decided what constitutes the minimum identifiable major "gun part" of a given model of firearm, which is the part that must bear the serial number and is the component that cannot be sold without a background check through an FFL. For the Armalite platform, for instance, it is the lower receiver which is a component that can be 3D printed. The upper receiver is not a regulated part. For many polymer framed pistols like Glocks, the grip housing and frame is the FFL component. These can typically be 3D printed as well. But some guns, like the PTR/HK 91 and Sig P250 it's not the frame, it's the trigger assembly that's the FFL item. You can't effectively 3D print one of those -- although you could probably manufacture one with a milling machine pretty easily.

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Incidentally, $40 at a big box store and a lot of TLC with a dremmel can produce a passable SMG.

Anyone interested should look up the Luty submachine gun.

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Think of all the sweet arcs and Bezier curves you could pull off with analog, though...

dual_sport_dork ,
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I am certain he meant buying the 3D printer from out of state.

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Except for the firing pins. And the ammo. So it's likely that they actually can't, unless the detectors at the facility in question are so detuned that they'd also allow through razors and small pocketknives.

Printed bullets would be like firing frozen paintballs at people. Injurious, yes. Deadly, most likely not.

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ITT: Many people make the incorrect assumption that, aside from some specific state- and city-level ordinances, there is such a thing as "firearm registration" in the US.

This is a myth largely promulgated by TV shows about cops. There is no nationwide firearms registry in the United States.

Regulation != Registration.

What does happen is that when a firearm is legally purchased from a dealer (FFL), the buyer must submit to and pass a federal background check. Records of these are not retained centrally, but each FFL dealer must maintain their own records of their own sales, indefinitely, as long as they remain in business. Ready to be reviewed at any time by the cops or ATF. Failure to do so can land the dealer in very deep shit. Centralized collection of firearm transaction records is prohibited by federal law, under the assumption that such a central record would be used to target, harass, and confiscate arms from their owners whenever the government felt like it (which is probably about a 50/50 mix of paranoia and accurate prediction).

Some states also require their own more strict background checks. States also vary in how strict or lax they are in requiring background checks for transfers between private individuals, and not a dealer. There is no federal requirement for private sellers to conduct a background check to transfer ownership of a firearm except across state lines, but many states themselves do have such a requirement. Further, transfers and sales of handguns often have stricter state level requirements vs. long guns (rifles and shotguns).

3D printing a firearm (receiver) does not allow any individual to "evade" any type of mythical "registration," which by and large does not exist -- as above. It does, however, allow a suitably motivated individual who could not pass a federal or state background check to get their hands on a presumably functional firearm.

It is perfectly legal for a person who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm to begin with to manufacture their own firearm, via 3D printer or otherwise, on a federal level. Some states have already enacted restrictions on this, however.

It is already illegal for a person prohibited from possessing a firearm to A) manufacture a firearm, B) possess any firearm (duh), or C) possess ammunition for any firearm, whether they are found to have a firearm to put it in or not.

It is already illegal for a person to manufacture firearm(s) for the purposes of selling, trading, giving away, or otherwise putting into the possession of others, if they are not a federally licensed firearms manufacturer.

It is already illegal to provide access to a firearm to a person prohibited.

It is already illegal to use any manufacturing method (even a 3D printer) to produce a firearm or component that is otherwise illegal or restricted NFA item such as a machine gun, suppressor, short barreled rifle, etc., etc.

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It's twofold. That's half of it. The other half is there's a piston in the clicker button that pressurizes air against the ink in the cartridge so it'll do all the usual writes-upside-down-in-space-underwater malarkey. Only without the need for specialized pressurized cartridge.

Having the hold-open on the clip, separated from the pressurizer, probably immensely simplifies the mechanical design. And probably ironically makes it stronger.

(And I carry my pen that way all the time.)

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