Good article on the folly of net neutrality
May 26th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Net Neutrality: Don’t Let the FCC Control the Internet! Under the proposal currently in play, the FCC assumes an increased ability to review ISP offerings on a “case-by-case basis” and kill any plan it doesn’t believe is “commercially reasonable.” Goodbye fast-moving innovation and adjustment to changing technology on the part of companies, hello regulatory morass and long, drawn-out bureaucratic hassles. [Reason]

Yet another government attack on the rule of law
May 11th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

It’s Even Worse: Operation Choke Point Threatens Both Guns and Common Decency. Yes, the federal government, it appears, wants to put pressure on corporations to force gun-related businesses out of U.S. banking and payment systems. That means no bank accounts. It may mean no business loans. No ability to process credit and debit card payments. Severely reduced ability to order parts or inventory, rent or buy shop space or manufacturing space, pay bills, pay employees, or execute the thousand other things businesses must do everyday to continue running. In short, the federal government is targeting entire industries for destruction.

Operation Choke Point aims to put a choke hold around the necks of perfectly innocent businesses, business owners, employees — and customers. [Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership]

Tavor trigger review
May 11th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Since the stock trigger for my Tavor is extremely heavy, I’ve been keeping an eye on the various companies developing after-market triggers. The first of these to ship is made by Timney Triggers, so I gave it a try. Unfortunately, it was so unreliable as to be useless–I experienced many failures to fire due to light primer strikes. With M855 ammo I got light primer strikes about 25% of the time, and with Black Hills match ammo (with softer commercial primers) I had one per 30-round magazine. Needless to say, I don’t recommend this product. Timney did honor their return policy and gave me a full refund after I shipped the defective trigger back.

There is a user modification to the factory trigger described in detail on the Military Arms Channel blog. It’s easy enough to do, but since it involves removing two very small parts which I would almost certainly never see again, I’ve been holding off until such time as IWI starts selling spare parts.

Why cable TV no longer makes sense
May 6th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

On average, Americans get 189 cable TV channels and only watch 17. In a blog post on Tuesday, Nielsen reported that on average, US homes receive 189.1 TV channels, but viewers only watch 17.5 of those channels. [Ars Technica]

The average I watched was maybe three. That’s why when I moved I dropped a cable TV subscription in favor of buying an Apple TV. It’s much cheaper to buy just the shows I’m actually interested in via iTunes.

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