And speaking of war, I get it that Apple is at war with Google. That said, the new version of Safari (6.0) really, really sucks hard. Apple eliminated the Google Search window in favor of some supposedly do-it-all window that actually does nothing well. Yes, it can be fixed with a free applet, which I have done, (and yes, I have lots of browsers...Firefox and Opera are arguably more annoying than Safari) but as structured it is nearly completely worthless. Thank you, Apple! May your development division be hounded by Chinese spam crap.
There is an very interesting interview with Paul Barrett, author GLOCK: The Rise of America's Gun, in the Los Angeles Review of Books. It is certainly no secret that I have serious reservations about the book, and Mr. Barrett, whom I know personally, and I have had our issues. Still, this is an excellent interview for several reasons...it highlights the huge gap between our side and their side, in many ways the absence of a "common language." LOL! Definitely worth reading.
In other world-changing news, Defense Distributed has come up with enough cash to continue their Open Source project for a handgun that can be "printed" from a 3-D printer. This from Forbes, which is worried:
The Wiki Weapon Project, hosted by a group that calls itself Defense Distributed, set out in July with the goal of raising enough money to hold a design competition among 3D-printable software models for a working gun capable of firing at least a single .22 caliber bullet that can be printed on a relatively cheap RepRap 3D printer.As your basic nerd-boi, I find this fascinating! Wired Magazine is also reporting that MakerBot is bringer new inexpensive 3-D printers to the market with expanded features:
This is MakerBot’s Macintosh moment. Just as nearly 30 years ago Apple made desktop publishing mainstream, the aim with the Replicator 2 is to take something new to the masses: desktop manufacturing.Indeed! Finally a Star Trek replicator for the masses! Well, not quite. I have talked to both individuals and companies using printing technology on firearms, including the guys (HaveBlue) who "printed" AR-15 receivers, and yes, they followed all applicable laws. It is not illegal to build your own gun. This from the ATF FAQ website:
Q: Does the GCA prohibit anyone from making a handgun, shotgun or rifle?
With certain exceptions a firearm may be made by a non-licensee provided it is not for sale and the maker is not prohibited from possessing firearms. However, a person is prohibited from assembling a non-sporting semi-automatic rifle or non-sporting shotgun from imported parts. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and approval by ATF. An application to make a machine gun will not be approved unless documentation is submitted showing that the firearm is being made for a Federal or State agency. [18 U.S.C. 922(o) and (r), 26 U.S.C. 5822, 27 CFR 478.39, 479.62 and 479.105]I know some of you might think this is a weird analogy, but just as desktop publishing was the "killer app" that shoved laser printers into the mainstream, and — heaven help us all! — pornography was certainly one of the "killer apps" in the early days of the Internet, I wonder whether weapons might be one of the "killer apps" (forgive the inevitable pun) that drives 3-D printing...as much as I'd love to print my own little green tractor, the concept of a modern day "Liberator" pistol is indeed fascinating. A point we've made for years is that guns are really old technology, and not particularly complicated at that.