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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