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About Fahrenheit

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  1. Watches, as in wrist-worn timepieces

    I had a Fossil for years. Lasted quite a while, but eventually was lost. (it did turn up later, still working; I gave it to my son). I replaced it with a Seiko, cost about $250. It broke after a few years; I had it repaired. Lasted a few more years; repaired again. Repair costs kept increasing. Got to the point where the battery wouldn't last more than six months, and I decided it was time to replace it - 8 years total life. I bought an Invicta diving watch. Rubber watch band, but a big, sturdy beast with a stem at 9:00 instead of 3:00. I'm left-handed, so this was important to me. Cost was considerably less than $100. I love it. The huge dial with no sub-dials (save a small, unobtrusive date window) makes it absurdly easy to read at a glance. It's far, far easier to read than pulling out a cell phone to check the time. And it's readable in any lighting condition other than pitch black - when it's been dark for a while, since the hands are phosphorescent (but not luminescent). Phones are absent when swimming, in a jersey pocket when riding a bike, in an arm sleeve when running, or the batteries might just be dead. Call me old school, ancient, or whatever, but I like wristwatches.
  2. NSA - Personal Information Seized

    I don't know where to begin. The government basically has said "If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear." Then they hide what they're doing from us. So what are they afraid of? The Attorney General says "If you see something, say something", then when somebody says something... he's a traitor. But the one that worries me, on a more subtle level, is one I haven't really heard talked about. Consider the following: The FISA court requires one judge, operating under cover of secrecy, to approve a secret warrant given to them by a single government employee whose identity is also protected. LBJ used the IRS to threaten and intimidate his political rivals. Nixon did much the same, and tried to use the CIA to cover up Watergate. Clinton had CIA files illegally stored in a closet of the residential section of the White House. Politicians abusing access to information isn't new - it's Standard Operating Procedure. The potential abuse of power is so incredible that it's inconceivable that it will not be used by politicians to find dirt on their political opponents. Journalists who ask annoying questions, competitors in primary or general elections, donors to the other party (whatever party that is)... A single judge or medium-ranking FBI, CIA, or NSA agent in your debt is all it takes to start a thorough data mining operation against them. Can you find a pattern of phone calls and call origin/end locations that end up tying them a different cell phone? Can you place those two phones at the same place at the same time? Multiple times? Is one or more location a hotel? Bingo! You've just uncovered a potential affair. Certainly enough to blackmail them into shutting up/dropping out, or to start a real investigation that could compromise their security clearance. And certainly enough to sift through any e-mail either person ever sent or received that is more than 3 months old. Yes, because the government has ruled that e-mails aren't private 3 months after being sent. How long will the records be kept? Any phone call or e-mail that was on any server from about 2003 to forever is a lot of data - and you'd be surprised what you can find. Each individual step in recording information seems innocuous enough. But taken in whole, it gets downright scary. And sure - many of us freely give that information to Google, or Amazon, or Apple, or Microsoft or a myriad of other online retailers, web sites, search engines, and e-mail providers. But there are two key differences. First, we're freely giving it. And second, Google can't send goons with guns for the information you give them. And the thing is... everybody does something wrong at some point in their life. EVERYBODY. And there will be records of it. And when everybody's a criminal, but government agents decide who to prosecute... you no longer have a rule of law, but a rule of men.
  3. Soooo I'm going to DC in August

    Things to consider... I have family, friends, and former coworkers who go to the DC area a bit. Use priceline to book your hotel. Go to betterbidding.com and carefully review their tips on how to bid before you do. I'd personally avoid staying too far north or east in DC, or anything in MD. Strip clubs within the district can be completely nude. However, lap dances are not permitted in DC. Choose wisely.
  4. SanDisk Extreme SSD

    It has the word EXTREME! in it's name. It has to be good!
  5. Iran

    Good times.
  6. Any Gun Owners?

    Shoot me a message when you try concealing that and can't avoid printing. There are plenty of solutions that will work just fine for that gun, shorts-and-t-shirt, summer Florida weather.
  7. Any Gun Owners?

    Does she have a disability that prevents her from doing that? I mean... a lot of men - a LOT - assume that their wives/girlfriends/mothers/daughters can't use big, bag 'guy guns' because, well... the guns are big and macho, and the women't aren't. Thing is.... it's mostly not true. All other things being equal, big guns have less felt recoil. .45's have a softer, slower push than snappy .40's and 9mm. Assuming that women = smaller gun is more often than not a mistake. Take her to the range. Rent a bunch of guns. Find out what SHE likes to shoot. What she feels comfortable with. What's she's good at shooting. F-babe, I got her a nice ultralight revolver. She loved it. Loved the feel, loved the weight. Loved everything about it. Except when it came to shooting. She hated the long double-action trigger and the recoil of a 15 oz .38. She preferred both my 9mm & .45 Glocks, even though the grips were a bit big for her hands. So we rented a few guns, she decided on the S&W M&P 9c. Sold the Taurus revolver, bought her the gun she likes. She's good with it. Scary good. Took her shooting with some acquaintances. She fell in love with her next gun: an AR-15/M-4 clone. Also very good with it. One of those weapons that look very menacing, but due to the excellent design, is a delight to shoot. Still saving money for that one. My hope is it'll be a combined birthday/anniversary gift this summer. I guess I'm saying two things: Don't rule out a shotgun 'because she's female'. If there are valid reasons (e.g. she has only one good arm), then fine*. Second, find out what she likes, not what you think she'll like. She may surprise you. Spend some time firing semi-autos. Lurk the internet gun forums (glocktalk.com, thehighroad.org, thefiringline.com, to name a few), and search for 'failure drills'. A lot of people who carry semis carry a second magazine - not for the extra ammo - but to deal with gun malfunctions. Failure drill on a double-action or DA/SA revolver? Pull the trigger again. I have a .45 I carry 'most' of the time. While cycling, however, it's not a good solution. I've decided on a small revolver (Ruger LCR with boot grip - about the size of a J-frame) for cycling. It's light, fits into most jersey pockets (barely), etc. A pocket .380 would have made a better fit, except for one thing: I ride in the countryside about once a month - WAY out in the sticks, 20+ miles away from the nearest town. People let their big dogs run loose out there, and there have been several dog attacks on cyclists that are very troubling. Had three incidents in my last two rides that required extraordinary reactions on my part**. If I need a firearm in a dog attack, I won't need it until I'm knocked off my bike and the dog is already on top of me. Best bet when wrestling on the ground is to press the muzzle into your target and fire. BUT! Try that with most semi-autos, and it will push the slide back enough to take the gun out of battery, and it will not fire. I'll probably also get a pocket .380 for cycling in town and the near-urban areas, where dogs aren't a big threat. So... a revolver best handles my biggest threat. What's likely to handle YOUR biggest threat may not be the same. And what will best handle your biggest 'at-home' threat may not be the same as your biggest 'out and about' threat. Think about how you're really likely to use a firearm in self-defense. Will one gun suit all your needs? And don't worry about 9mm. It's plenty. Especially with today's ammo; especially in Florida, where you won't have to shoot through several layers of winter clothing (which often prevents hollowpoints from expanding.... so a bigger round tends to be better in winter weather). I've been carrying for five years now. If you want to pick my brain some more, look me up on Glocktalk.com as user Thx-1138. * - although, if there are valid physical reasons she can't handle a long gun, then you'd better spend some extra time with her figuring out how she's going to load, reload, and clear jams one-handed. There are drills for doing it, but they're not easy, and not something you want to do under fire without having a lot of practice first. ** - Tried pepper spray on my last encounter. Worthless. Actually, less than worthless, what with the danger of wind blowback. I suppose it'd work great if I'm either completely stopped or the dog happens to be running behind you EXACTLY at arm's length and 2 paces behind where the headwind is going to blow the stream straight back. And the dog happens to be one of the ones where pepper spray is actually effective. It's simply ineffective on many dogs (my personal pepper spray score: 2-0 vs. humans, 0-2 vs. dogs).
  8. Talent spec feedback

    So I was doing a Sith Marauder. For PvE, it rocks on the DPS. For PvP... well, you're melee-only dps-only without stealth, self-healing, or much in the way of interrupts. So easy to be countered it's not even funny.
  9. Star Wars: The Old Republic Guilds Forming Now

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  10. Star Wars: The Old Republic Guilds Forming Now

    I'll add that I don't think you should really expect deep PvP from an MMO. Most MMOs have far too much ELSE going on to have them crafted, from the ground up, as a PvP-oriented game. And those that do? They tend to suck in other ways (WAR, EVE). You can't be a Jack-of-all-Trades, and master any of them. If you want hardcore PvP, then you really need to be looking in the FPS genre - the sort where the single-player campaign is an afterthought.
  11. Star Wars: The Old Republic Guilds Forming Now

    SW:ToR is to MMOs what the Wii was to Game Consoles. Their target is not, and never was 'hardcore gamers'. As was mentioned earlier, ToR is enjoyable as a casual player, and not so much if you're playing for PvP or to 'push EG content'. Unfortunately for player-based reviews, casual gamers aren't nearly as likely to post reviews as hardcore gamers, so those reviews are going to suffer because of it. And... new MMO - every one is gonna have bugs, and it's a shame to see games get 0/10 reviews because of bugs that have already been fixed.
  12. Buying a Bike

    Bring it inside. Weather and thieves are hard on bikes.
  13. MoC, if you're starting to get into Russian authors, eventually you'll need to read Anna Karenina, Dr. Zhivago, and War and Peace.
  14. I got engaged

    That's awesome. Geeky, AND awesome. Congrats!
  15. Gas Station Hero

    Man, I'm starting to dig how smartphone virtual keyboard software auto-suggested words just completely change everything.