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General Discussion / Re: Long gun re-newal
« on: Today at 01:45:37 AM »
When making an appointment it asks how many long guns you need the permit for.  What do you guys put down?  Isn't it supposed to be unlimited?

Just put one.  No sense in attracting unnecessary attention.

 8)
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Off Topic / Re: 14 Day Quarantine Experience.
« on: Today at 12:21:49 AM »
So, you didn't go out for pizza?  I heard that was a major violation!   :rofl:

Tip for anyone signing a form nowadays.  With the demise of carbon paper (except for HPD firearms registration forms), it's common now to not get copies of signed forms.  They would have to fill in the blanks on two copies and have you sign both.  That, or have access to a working copier. 

Just take a picture of it on your phone after you sign.  This can also be useful for making copies of receipts you might need to submit for reimbursement.

 :shaka:

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Political Discussion / Re: Trump not a fan of the 1st Amendment?
« on: July 07, 2020, 10:06:39 PM »
I am pointing out the fallacy where people try to ban flag burning because burning is dangerous. If risk was really their concern then they would be perfectly fine with other non-dangerous forms of desecration.

The symbolism of burning anything mimics destruction of whatever the thing represents and creates more provocative reactions than a simpler demonstration, such as wiping one's shoes in it ir cutting it.

You still avoided my question -- as usual.  Why NOT ban flag burning if the majority of states vote to amend the Constitution?  Do you hate the government so much that you can't agree with the Constitutional process of amending it?
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If the new cases are trending into lower age groups and fewer "high risk" individuals, the death rates can't help but drop.

Did anyone notice that the incubation period for this new "wave" of infections coincides with the George Floyd protests?

Hmmmmm.......

May 25th was the date of his death.  Protests & riots started the next week.  Roughly 4+ weeks .... time enough to become infected, become a carrier yourself and then share with others who are now testing positive.

Circle of life!   :geekdanc:
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General Discussion / Re: Pistol / Rifle Definitions
« on: July 07, 2020, 05:18:48 PM »
I was looking at a registration paper from last year. I registered 3 lowers at the same time. at the top where can only list 1 firearm, they list 1 lower as receiver only.  at bottom where they can list multiple firearms, they list the same lower and the rest of the lowers as rifle receiver only.
at the time I thought nothing of it. 

I've also seen people at the range shooting an AR pistol time to time, then when they go to reload they just press the mag release and presto, its not welded or fixed to the receiver.  some of them shoot it pretty good too, must have been practicing with it for a while   ;)

I've not done this, but from reading others' posts, I think the real deciding factor may be the permit you used to acquire it.  If you failed to get a pistol permit, but used your long gun permit instead, then it's a long gun/rifle receiver.  To get a pistol receiver, you have to apply for and present a pistol permit when acquiring it.

I might be wrong, but it makes about as much sense as anything else.   :crazy:
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General Discussion / Re: Pistol / Rifle Definitions
« on: July 07, 2020, 03:43:21 PM »
The reason I say register as a pistol is it's legal to put a rifle upper on a designated pistol lower, but illegal to put a pistol upper on a designated long gun/rifle lower.  The illegal combo is a defacto SBR.

In this situation, "6 in 1" does not equal "half a dozen in the other!"   :wacko: 
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General Discussion / Re: Pistol / Rifle Definitions
« on: July 07, 2020, 03:38:25 PM »
I assume this is related to HPD trying to register a receiver as a "Rifle Receiver?"

HPD doesn't get to write the laws. What they actually use for their policies is debatable.

According to HRS 134 definitions:
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"Pistol" or "revolver" means any firearm of any shape with a barrel less than sixteen inches in length and capable of discharging loaded ammunition or any noxious gas.

https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0134/HRS_0134-0001.htm

And here is a not-all-inclusive list of things you can't have:
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§134-8  Ownership, etc., of automatic firearms, silencers, etc., prohibited; penalties.  (a)  The manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of any of the following is prohibited:  assault pistols, except as provided by section 134-4(e); automatic firearms; rifles with barrel lengths less than sixteen inches; shotguns with barrel lengths less than eighteen inches; cannons; mufflers, silencers, or devices for deadening or muffling the sound of discharged firearms; hand grenades, dynamite, blasting caps, bombs, or bombshells, or other explosives; or any type of ammunition or any projectile component thereof coated with teflon or any other similar coating designed primarily to enhance its capability to penetrate metal or pierce protective armor; and any type of ammunition or any projectile component thereof designed or intended to explode or segment upon impact with its target.

     (b)  Any person who installs, removes, or alters a firearm part with the intent to convert the firearm to an automatic firearm shall be deemed to have manufactured an automatic firearm in violation of subsection (a).

     (c)  The manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of detachable ammunition magazines with a capacity in excess of ten rounds which are designed for or capable of use with a pistol is prohibited.  This subsection shall not apply to magazines originally designed to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition which have been modified to accept no more than ten rounds and which are not capable of being readily restored to a capacity of more than ten rounds.

     (d)  Any person violating subsection (a) or (b) shall be guilty of a class C felony and shall be imprisoned for a term of five years without probation.  Any person violating subsection (c) shall be guilty of a misdemeanor except when a detachable magazine prohibited under this section is possessed while inserted into a pistol in which case the person shall be guilty of a class C felony. [L 1988, c 275, pt of §2; am L 1989, c 261, §6 and c 263, §4; am L 1992, c 286, §§3, 4]

https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol03_Ch0121-0200D/HRS0134/HRS_0134-0008.htm

So, by default, the definition of long gun is a firearm that is not a pistol or revolver.  The designation for a specific firearm is based officially on the ATF Form 4473, which the FFL should base on the factory nomenclature when filling it out.

Maybe the way to get around their ploy is to slap a pistol upper on the lower, disable the gas system so it's not semi-auto (bolt action only), and register as a pistol?  Not installing the gas tube will avoid having to epoxy or weld the mag into the mag well.
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without disabling cookies - so I could still visit sites and not get content restricted. From what I understand, Pi Hole makes it appear ads still go through but sent into some kind of cyber abyss? Am I right?

Pretty much. 

DNS resolves the IP addresses for any site from which your devices are requesting content.  Your ISP DNS servers return the officially registered IPs for everything you're requesting, including advertising sites.

By substituting Pi Hole for your DNS server, it now resolves the IP addresses your devices look for.  if a known advertiser's site is being queried, Pi Hole simply replies with a substitute IP that provides no content.  It's like Pi Hole is the railroad worker throwing a switch on the track so ad requests from your network go off to nowhere while legit content requests travel on as normal.

I used to get frustrated with certain ad sites, so I would add their name along with my local IP (127.0.0.1) in my local host file.  Effective temporarily until the names change, plus the number of ad sites is ever increasing.
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General Discussion / Re: Honolulu PD permit/reg. by appointment only
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:15:43 PM »
Have you guys just thought of flying to Idaho going to one of many gunshows,
and buying your gun(s)?
Because of the un-constitutional Quarantine
You can't possibly conform to the law when you get back.
but so what?
You have your gun(s).
Start to think outside the box.
Have a lawyer on speed dial.

According to at least one HPD officer, you can't use your firearm until you register it.

Husband at 2:30am: "Someone's breaking in!  Call 911!  I'll get the gun!"

Wife:  "I called 911.  The Cops are on the way!"

Husband:  "Stop!  Don't come in, or I'll shoot!"

Cop:  "Sorry we got here after you had to kill that armed intruder.  I just checked with dispatch, and this handgun isn't registered.  We'll have to book you for that if nothing else."

Husband:  "But ... but ... I have an appointment!"
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I'm on satellite, so much of what
I can share won't mean much to you Honolulu guys.
I don't have a static IP.
Most the world thinks I'm in Louisiana or Texas.
Home depot thinks I'm in Seattle.
I use Adblocker and it works pretty well
I also use about:config to shut down
Java scripts and Picture downloads.
You can often disable cookies to get past
paywalls.

Just my $0.02.

Using Chrome's "Incognito" window, you can bypass pretty much all paywalls.

I believe Firefox and Brave both have a "Private Window" feature, too, that will do the same.  I just went to the New York Times site in a Brave "private window" with no nag screens/windows.

Many sites refuse to load now if cookies are disabled.
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anyone use a Raspberry Pi Hole? Wonder if its worth it to use on my Linux converted Chromebox.

If you want to try it first without buying a Raspberry Pi, you can install on a PC or VM running a supported version of Linux:

Distribution                          Release             Architecture
Raspbian                          Stretch / Buster        ARM
Ubuntu                              16.x / 18.x                ARM / x86_64
Debian                                   9 / 10                   ARM / x86_64 / i386
Fedora                                 31 / 32                   ARM / x86_64
CentOS                                  7 / 8                     x86_64

There are a bunch of caveats on what machine to load it on, like you can't use it on a machine or VM already running any DNS-related utilities, DHCP or web servers (Apache, ...).

https://pi-hole.net/






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Hmmm....

Looks like other Google users noticed it starting around Christmas.

I guess the links I care about finally started getting pirated.   ???


https://support.google.com/chrome/thread/24171170?hl=en
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I've been noticing as I search for technical info such as unRaid, networking and Linux, the returns on Google have the correct titles and even some sample text that looks right.

BUT, when I look at the actual links (or before I noticed this, when I clicked the links), they lead to mostly foreign sites for about half of them, if not more.  The links take you to pirate sites or 404 Page Not Found.  Some take you to who knows where -- I exit out of those before anything bad happens.

I know I've added Google's public DNS servers to my ISP servers as backups, but I don't think I'm using them for all my DNS lookups.  I doubt that's causing the increase in "fake?" links.

Anyone else noticing this trend, or are they only targeting us geeks?    :geekdanc: :shake:

I suspect the 404 Page Missing links were, in fact, malicious and have been taken down by the ISPs or DNS registrars.
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Off Topic / Re: Charlie Daniels RIP
« on: July 06, 2020, 10:21:27 PM »
Gonna have to watch Urban Cowboy this week.

I remember the first time seeing that at the theater my HS senior year.

As someone else posted on Twitter, I can't remember a time in my life without Charlie Daniels.

R.I.P.  Charlie.
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Political Discussion / Re: Kanye West Annouces Run for POTUS
« on: July 06, 2020, 10:10:08 PM »
I was planning on voting third party but not that third party...

Nobody cares.

Nobody cares who ANYBODY in Hawaii is voting for in the Presidential race.

The day that this state's electoral votes matter will be the day there are more than 3 viable candidates on the ballot.  With only two parties with any chance, one of them is guaranteed enough electoral votes to win.

Let's say 4 candidates take the top Red, Blue and Battleground states, and none of them have a comfortable enough lead to be close to victory.  You'll suddenly see the smaller states start to metter.

If no one gets that magic electoral total of 270 (that's 50% of 538 total electoral votes +1), then the states will play games, I'm sure, to move their electoral votes around before the official tabulation in Jan.  if there is still no winner, there will then be a contingent election in Congress which has only occurred 3 times. 

The House will give each state one vote, and each state's representatives must agree on how to cast it.  I think the assumption is the reps will vote as the majority of their voters did, but instead of electoral votes, each state gets one vote. That process selects our President.  They must choose from the top 3 candidates who obtained the most electoral votes.

The Senate gets to cast one vote each, since there is a uniform number of Senators per state.  However, they can only choose from the top 2 candidates in the electoral tallies.

Theoretically, if this scenario ever plays out with the House and Senate being held by opposing parties, we could potentially have a Democrat President, and a Republican VP.   :geekdanc:
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Political Discussion / Re: Trump not a fan of the 1st Amendment?
« on: July 06, 2020, 09:46:17 PM »
So take flame out of it. People just walking on the flag or tearing it up, that's fine then?

If your alternatives to burning the flag offer the same demonstration of one's opinions, why NOT ban burning?

The amendment would ban FLAG BURNING, so you should support it.  Alternatives = no infringement of the 1st amendment.
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Firearms and Accessories / Re: .22LR ammo for semi-autos
« on: July 06, 2020, 04:47:10 PM »
Always depends on the firearm.

My Ruger 22/45 Lite eats anything I feed it.  It has more of a rifle-style bolt action than a pistol slide action.  All my Ruger 10/22 rifles cycle flawlessly with anything, too.  If I have problems, it's with QA not weeding out the poorly manufactured rounds -- loose projectiles and light loads mostly.

I have one GSG/Sig Sauer 1911 that says right on the slide to use high velocity ammo, or else the slide may not (will not?) have the energy necessary to fully eject and chamber as it should.

Sure enough, anything with less than 1100+ FPS is hit-or-miss when trying to cycle.
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Political Discussion / Re: Kanye West Annouces Run for POTUS
« on: July 06, 2020, 04:37:27 PM »
On the National, ballot, I'll vote Trump,
but write my name in for everything else.
I wrote a letter to the Editor of HTH our local
paper asking what it would cost
to put up a full page add for my election
as a write in.
No response.  They are laying off people.
Something is wrong here.

Editor?  Wrong office.

Just contact Advertising Dept.  They'll be glad to take your money!
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Political Discussion / Re: Tmobile greases the squeaky wheel
« on: July 06, 2020, 04:32:02 PM »
Equality of opportunity vs equality of outcome. If the ratio of people in positions of authority is way out of proportion and does not reflect the population, then we need to figure out where that glass ceiling is and make the necessary adjustments so that qualified candidates can rise to the top naturally. Simply shoving someone in a position of power for which they do not have the necessary skill set is counterproductive and encourages more racism.

Watching "A Knight's Tale" (starring the late-great Heath Ledger), I'm always interested in the Thatcher's desire to give his son opportunities that he could never provide -- even though it meant having to let his boy live with his uncle and not be close enough to see each other.

People living in low-opportunity circumstances are rarely willing to give their child up for adoption to families that offer a better learning environment.  Sometimes it feels like this is what's needed. 

Maybe not such a drastic separation, but maybe dorms that can house students away from poor, crime-riddled neighborhoods in favor of safe, nurturing environments.

We have student exchange programs that let students live with parents of students in other locations -- even internationally.  We have money to pay for projects in bad areas, but none for accommodations in better areas for parents with school kids.

Sometimes it's the parents who are the problem.  Sometimes they are just a victim of circumstances or generational poverty.  Sometimes it's the schools who spend 90% of their time dealing with the troublemakers and not teaching those who want to learn.

Make a list of all the factors that affect income and education.  I bet one of the factors rising to the top of the list will be single parent homes.  Most studies prove that children raised in 2-parent homes do better in school.  Yet, our public welfare system insists on "incentivizing" single parent homes with more financial support than 2-parent homes. 

If you want less of something, you tax it.

If you want more of something, you subsidize it.

No big mystery, really.
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General Discussion / Re: Contact YOUR State Legislators, please!
« on: July 06, 2020, 04:02:31 PM »
they need to define "permanent". And after that, "readily". Until then they can go pound crushed silica based igneous material up their rectal cavity.

Making laws ambiguous is one way the legislature makes the laws "self enforcing".

If you don't want to get caught over the line, you err on the side of caution.  Nobody wants to be the first test case.

NORMALLY, ambiguous laws are decided by the courts in the defendant's favor, but only after the financial and personal damage is done.

Then again, Hawaii, isn't "normal" ...   :crazy:
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