We didn’t mean to track you

September 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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It seems Facebook has had another privacy breach.

Turns out Facebook has been tracking what websites you visit, even if you are logged out.  The company’s excuse has boiled down to “our bad:”

Facebook claims to have ‘fixed’ the issue – and ‘thanked’ Mr Cubrilovic for pointing it out – while simultaneously claiming that it wasn’t really an issue in the first place.

I was working at Microsoft in the field during the dark days of SQL Slammer and other assorted security problems. I would tell customers that Microsoft was no better and no worse than other vendors, and that we were working on the problem. And all that was true. And none of it mattered.

The reality was that security was not a priority at Microsoft in those days. It took a lot of pressure from the top to re prioritize things and change culture. Microsoft today is much better at security than they were. They had to be, because poor security became an existential threat. Other tech companies, like Apple haven’t learned this lesson yet, because they haven’t had to.

By soft pedaling these kind of privacy breaches, Facebook is announcing to the world that privacy is not a priority at the company. This may have been an accident, but it was an accident enabled by a culture of disregard for privacy. And I suspect that that is an existential threat to Facebook. Lets hope that they learn their lesson in time.

Plurality of Americans see “Pro-gun” as positive label

September 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Story at Rasmussen here.  39% see it as a positive label, 27%  negative.  30% say somewhere in between.  (Question wording is here.)

 

Free Hat!

September 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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So, one other thing I forgot to blog about. I recently gave some feedback to Ruger regarding the Gunsite Scout Rifle on their website. (“Great rifle, mags are super expensive, I’d like some 10 rounders that don’t wobble so much.”) Out of nowhere, I got a box from Ruger with a very nice hat inside and a note thanking me for my feedback.

Reason number #354 that you know that you are married to your soul mate: you can go around the house chanting: “Free hat!” and not have to explain yourself.

Ruger SR9c first impressions

September 25, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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It was the weekend of the FunShow at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center.  I picked up this shirt and a Ruger SR9c.  I’ve been warming to 9mm more and more as a caliber.  Generally, .40SW is my go to caliber in a defensive handgun, but with the new ammo that we have available, I’ve been looking harder and harder at 9mm.  And I’ve been looking for a smaller belt gun.  And I’ve been impressed with the Rugers I’ve bought lately.  So when I saw it at the gun show for $400, I decided to jump on it.

First impressions:

  • 10+1 rounds of 9mm in a package not much bigger than my Kahr P9?  And 17 in the spare mag with a full sized grip?  What’s not to like?
  • The gun seems like a typical Ruger…built like a tank.
  • What’s with all the “safety” devices?  Seriously?  A loaded chamber indicator, magazine disconnect, and a manual safety?  Are all these really necessary?
  • (On the above, I used to have really religious opinions about all of these.  Nowadays…meh…I can make arguments in favor or  against.  I do know that on at least on occasion a loaded chamber indicator alerted me to the fact that a gun I thought was unloaded was, in fact, not.  I’m good about the four rules, and there wasn’t ever a problem, but it was interesting to look at the flag and realize what it meant.)
  • The trigger, out of the box, is pretty good, with a nice, distinct reset.  It feels really gritty, though.  A field strip and liberal application of some good lube made a world of difference, and I suspect a few hundred rounds would make even more.
  • The sights are pretty good as well.  I am not a fan of the three dot system, and the first thing that I did was to black out the dots, but overall the sights are quick to pick up and the gun points well.

I am going to try to find time this week to get it to the range.  I’m thinking about taking it to the TigerSwan class.  I don’t have a good holster for it, but I need to get one anyway, and this would be an excuse.  It’s a bit tight to order a Blade-Tech, but I could probably get it in time if I ordered right now.  I’m also thinking a Desantis Speed Scabbard, which would probably be my carry holster (it’s what I carry my Kahr in).  Or I could go high end and order a Dragon Leatherworks or one from Michael’s Custom Holsters.

Ah, decisions, decisions….

Gun casket

September 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Jennifer has a review up of of a gun case from guncasket.com.  A little unconventional, but they look really cool!

Gun casket, if you are looking for some other bloggers that might like to review your stuff…. :)

 

Fun with Antis

September 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Weer’d offers a bit of fun for a Friday. Did you know that

This post is written as part of the Media Matters Gun Facts fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to further Media Matters’ mission to comprehensively monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Some of the worst misinformation occurs around the issue of guns, gun violence, and extremism, the fellowship program is designed to fight this misinformation with facts.

seems to link to mostly pro-gun sites on Google? How odd… :)

Gunsite offering Glock class

September 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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I just received an email from Gunsite:

Glock 25th Anniversary 250 Pistol Class

October 10-14, 2011, Gunsite Academy and GLOCK  will be joining forces  to host a week-long “GLOCK 25th Anniversary 250 Defensive Pistol Class.”  The class, which is being held in celebration of GLOCK’s 25th Anniversary in the United States will be held at Gunsite Academy.

During the “all GLOCK week” shooters will participate in standard Gunsite tactical curriculum with the focus specifically on training with a GLOCK pistol.

Supplementary to the tactical training, shooters will be given the opportunity to train with certified GLOCK armorers, as well as learn the history of GLOCK.

You do not want to miss this event.  It is the premier Industry/Gunsite training event.  The weather is remarkable here in the high Sonoran Desert in mid October, perfect for training.

The GLOCK Shooting Sports Foundation (GSSF) and the GLOCK Armorer Group will be on hand providing demonstrations and tips for those who are interested during the course of the week. Glock has provided many Glock giveaways for this event, including Glock pistols- it is a Glock Christmas in October.

Cost for the class is $1428.00 or

Special for this class, tuition, ammo and a Gen4 Glock 19 is $2300.
This is a $3500 value, sign up today.

To register for the class, or for more information, please visit www.gunsite.com or email coordinator@gunsite.com.

I can’t recommend this experience highly enough. Gunsite 250 was, for me, literally a life-changing experience. This is a great deal on a fantastic class.

Gun Blog Black List

September 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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North was kind enough to add me to the Gun Blog Black List. Note the shiny new logo on the right.

Knife Meme

September 19, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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All the cool kids are doing it…

Take the knife out of your pocket and take a picture of it, and post it.

Benchmade Griptillian mini

Day by Day

September 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Today’s Day by Day cartoon has a familiar look to it:

Seems that Damon is a fan of my brother in law!

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