There’s no “Accidental” firearm discharges only “Negligent” firearm discharges.
That cop should be issued a rubber gun.
 March 21, 2016 at 9:47am
Yes. Emphatically Yes! How much is your life worth?
Every state in the union now has some form of concealed gun permit. Some states are far harder to acquire the permit than others, but doable with a little effort and dollars.
Always Carry! Get your CCW permit, or not – your choice. Deep concealment is easy with the right holster. Mine is ‘Smart Carry ( http://www.smartcarry.com ) And no, I don’t get a thing for this plug, I just think this holster is the best this 70 year old has ever used, and I’ve tried a lot of ‘em over the decades.
My wife and daughter are partial to the FlashBang, but my wife also has a Remora.
Whatever is comfortable for you, use it! Don't be found dead or dying, wishing, "Gee! If only I hadn't neglected to carry my gun today, since it's such a hassle!"
 February 25, 2016 at 3:32am
Reading comprehension is key. Did you not read the article? “The mother had no idea how the snake got in the house” Those particular reptiles are indigenous to that country.
OF course I read the article..Its sickening. It was someones pet if in the wild these things dont attack people. Not to mention lots of other children in the past few years being killed by these things. What a horrible way to go..In this kids case he was lucky but came close to that thing killing him. There is no reason at all to have snakes especially large constrictors...Unless your some type of freak that enjoys watching it torment and eat small animals..ANd animal crulity is usually a sign in people of something much worse..
You apparently have comprehension problems. This was not a "pet", it was indigenous to the area. This was just a fluke that one got in the house and miscalculated the size of the kid's head as prey. Nothing more.
February 25, 2016 at 3:22am
The 6s phone has a SKhynix flash memory chip. No different than a typical thumb drive. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65yYqoX_1As (About 4:00 in) I suspect all previous iPhone models employed a similar memory device. These devices could either be sweated off the board, or probed in place.
 February 24, 2016 at 9:49pm
Do any of my fellow big-time coders really think the government hasn’t already cracked that ‘one’ phone?
They don’t need any passwords, just open the back of the device and micro-probe the memory chip and read it into an off-phone device, then sic a Cray code cracker on the data. There should be plenty of repetitive strings in the numerous messages to crack the encryption within a few days, probably hours. This show is being done for political purposes – or maybe to get congress to force all cell phone providers to give them a backdoor.
If you are planning nefarious doings, and you are using ‘any’ digital transmission media, you are a soon to be arrested fool.
That's exactly what I was thinking. To be clear, I'm assuming the memory is a small part of a much larger multi-function custom integrated circuit. But, can't you laser drill the chip at precise locations, and use metal deposition to make electrical contact with the internal traces? I would get a mess of these phones and make sure I could do them reliably before attacking the target phone. Any semiconductor engineers out there that can comment on this and address the viability of this approach? Thanks.
Hello fellow coder,
I hear the iPhone uses 256-bit encryption, something which might be beyond even a Cray's ability to crack within a reasonable amount of time. I hear NOAA has a new Cray, capable of three quadrillion calculations per second--hmm.
Good point, that last one.
And the Russians bought mechanical typewriters ‘to avoid leaks’:
Mechanical typewriters for security. That’s not so difficult, is it(?).
Apple should stick to its guns. Don’t get me wrong. And they have presented alternatives aside from government encroachment of the privacy of every owner of Apple’s product. That’s commendable for Cook to hold the line.
But when looking at the mentality of the government approach, one can see that there are big problems with the whole government’s concept of incorporating security and, likewise, an unconstitutional and literally just plain stupid concept that somehow this forced encroachment on the ever-diminishing citizens’ rights to privacy would solve a problem.
It's using AES-256 encryption, and after 10 wrong PIN numbers, the phone will wipe itself. With current technology, even for the government, this is impossible to crack. Short of knowing the guys PIN, there's nothing the government can do.
Since 9/11 I’ve suspected this is the way we’ll eventually go down. Sent back to the technological year of our country’s founding, but without the eighteenth century infrastructure. No bucket drawn water wells, oil lamps, outhouses, horses and carriages, or any of the other conveniences of life in the 1790s. I would expect our submarine navy has a special envelope under lock & key, and at least one special nuclear missile, on each boat, to turn the rest of the world’s electricity off. Could we stand being the only country in the dark while all the others are left in the light of the twenty-first century? I doubt it.
Shoot-....Could we stand being the only country in the dark while all the others are left in the light of the twenty-first century? I doubt it....This admin may have the impression that other countries would rush to our rescue with aid. Don't hold your breath.
And ISIS is all geared up,
As Odumbio steals our rights and guns, AND leaves us TRILLIONS in debt,
And he just gave Iran Nukes and 100 Billion.
& China looking at us licking there chops...as Europe and the UK get ready to try the Crusades 3.0
Can you please help our friend Ted Cruz, we are looking at a seriously scary bad future.... We can really use an Adult about now.
except no one has oil lamps, horses, land to to farm. 99 percent of people wouldn't know how to live. and those that do will have to keep a very low profile till after the die off settles down otherwise they'll just get raided.
There are some of us that live nearly that way. I worry that we will be attacked but those taking our homes from us would still not be able to take care of themselves and we all loose. This will get very bad.
 January 9, 2016 at 5:49pm
When I win I’m going to let it ride. ;-)
 January 7, 2016 at 5:35pm
With something over 300-million guns in America it might be easier to have a database of those who don’t own guns. Maybe just a sign on the doors of those who don’t own guns. Something like “There’s No Guns in This House”.
In a Sunday color weekly cartoon, Chester Gould--creator of Dick Tracy--had this very thing. In a single-panel add-on titled "Crime Stoppers," he drew a suburban house with a sign placed in a front window, the sign reading: "This house has no firearms." Below the panel, Mr. Gould asked the question: "Would you place this sign in your front window?"
This was over fifty years ago.
All home owners/ renters without a weapon to protect themselves should be proud to sing about it.
All homes without firearms or a knife, or a baseball bat should be required to have the home painted like the Rainbow Whitehouse.
 January 7, 2016 at 3:43am
Whoopi brags that she owns a gun, but Rand fails to ask what kind it is. Want to bet it’s an auto-loader?
I bet you’re right. I was thinking the same thing.
That is exactly what I thought. This woman knows nothing!
Rand should've asked is it okay for the government (read SWAT) to look at her gun at 3:00 AM
 December 11, 2015 at 4:30am
Back in the day when passports were hand drawn on parchment with a quill pen and verification could take months via postal letter sealed with a wax stamp, bogus passports were easy to pass off as the real deal.
Could someone please tell me why all passports don’t have a bar or QR code on them, linking them to a secure database? It would seem an online read-only database of passport information, including biometrics and DNA data, would easily solve the forged passport issue. Of course the database should be managed by someone other than an incompetent government – someone like UPS or FedEx; who can tell me, at the click of a mouse, where my order of new shoelaces are, have been, and exactly when they will arrive at my door.
It’s the twenty-first century and we’re still using 15th century passport technology.
It has nothing to do with passport security. Passports do have bar codes and other security measures. However, a so called 25 year old refugee can scribble something in arabic on a piece of paper with a stick figure drawing and our wonderful government will let them in. If someone has a valid passport and is Christian or Jewish forget about it.
We are using modern technology and Syria was as well. When the city with its passport office was lost to ISIS, all Syrian travel to the US should have been stopped until new passports, which could be easily differentiated from the old, were issued.
 December 4, 2015 at 9:53am
If Montel, or the terrorist, bought their firearms in California THEY ARE REGISTERED!
“One man’s religion is another man’s belly laugh.” -Robert Heinlein
Every superstition on this planet generates within me chuckles. Some rise to a great belly laugh. This is one.
August 14, 2015 at 4:23pm
All government related email should be automatically archived real-time to a bullet-proof array deep in Cheyenne Mt. The same with the body-cam video/audio that all elected and appointed cretins should be forced to wear 24/7.
When questions come up a rotating select committee of vetted and cleared regular citizens will review the data and pass on the pertinent stuff to a special Grand Jury.
When you can’t trust, or instantly fire, your employees – extraordinary measures must be taken.