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by Close_enough
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Getting stopped at border (please try to avoid politics)
Replies: 38
Views: 5244

Re: Getting stopped at border (please try to avoid politics)

Umm... This just went beyond anecdotal evidence. It now appears to be policy. A just-for-travel set of personal electronics may become as necessary as extra prescription medication. Not quite requisite, but highly advisable. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/american-citizens-us-border-agents-can-sea...
by Close_enough
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Night Vision Choices
Replies: 26
Views: 3463

Re: Night Vision Choices

There's two options that I've seen that are not mentioned in the poll. The first is an IR scope paired with an IR emitter. Effective range was short. 10m or so, but offset by double figure price tag. The second was a low light camera linked to a display. No light amplifier tube. I don't remember the...
by Close_enough
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Initial Firearms Prepping Q&A
Topic: What to carry what to leave
Replies: 32
Views: 7269

Re: What to carry what to leave

. Something I will take if I take or leave my rifle is my Sammick Sage TD bow. The bow itself is fairly easy to pack into a pack being it breaks down into 3 parts. The only difficult part is the arrows, due to length and the fetching. I have been considering picking up some take down arrows to fix ...
by Close_enough
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Jobs
Replies: 1057
Views: 104643

Re: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Job

A rather depressing article on the subject. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/02/robot-tax-job-elimination-livable-wage Meanwhile, robotic capital would enable elites to completely secede from society. From private jets to private islands, the rich already devote a great deal of time ...
by Close_enough
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: melee weapons of choice
Replies: 323
Views: 59158

Re: melee weapons of choice

Speaking of primitive weapons, I recently saw a National Geographic type tv program where everybody was carrying around 7 ft staves with what looked like tomahawk heads mounted near the top. It was in sub-Saharan Africa. Any idea what those were? Sounds a lot like a poleaxe to me. Do you know the n...
by Close_enough
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Jobs
Replies: 1057
Views: 104643

Re: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Job

I am in less fear of a robot and AI controlled uprising than a rogue hacker taking control of our robots and robotic military assets. Just picture hackers getting into the mainframe if self driving cars become the norm, 1000 car pileup because someone was bored... Are self driving cars even network...
by Close_enough
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Are guns nessisary to homestead?
Replies: 16
Views: 3388

Re: Are guns nessisary to homestead?

Getting back to the OP, and assuming that your homestead will be rural, you will need something for critter control, humane slaughter, and unfortunately, security. While a firearm does seem to be the best suited for it, there are options. Keeping in mind that agrarian society existed well before the...
by Close_enough
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: melee weapons of choice
Replies: 323
Views: 59158

Re: melee weapons of choice

Imagine a fist sized stone spinning at the end of 3 feet of rope as fast as can be spun. I could release it or I could just hit you directly. Umm, the lead sling bullets recovered were typically 1-2 oz. And, slungshots (there's a number of examples in ABoK) have been around 1-2 ft and only carrying...
by Close_enough
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: nobody needs a shotgun.
Replies: 34
Views: 3804

Re: nobody needs a shotgun.

On the contrary, I'd argue that a shotgun is the only weapon that your typical household needs. It's nice to have a suppressed AR or a 9mm handgun or whatever, but for someone that just wants to keep someone from coming down their hall at 2am or stop someone coming through a window, there's no bett...
by Close_enough
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Ok you are in the Aliens movie choose a turret!
Replies: 25
Views: 4213

Re: Ok you are in the Aliens movie choose a turret!

Automated flamethrower. :crazy: IIRC, the handheld flamethrower worked nicely in A2 when Riley was rescuing Newt. So, first choice is a liquid fuel flamethrower. Pull the turret and pressurizer off of a M132 Armored Flamethrower and use it. Second choice is toss up between the Mk-47 grenade autolau...
by Close_enough
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: melee weapons of choice
Replies: 323
Views: 59158

Re: melee weapons of choice

I will take a sling. Yea the same ones they use in the Bible. String, leather patch, rock. It's light, ammo is very available, you can carry a long distance sling and a short distance sling as a headband just like the ancient Greeks. They are suprisingly accurate and deadly. You have use of both yo...
by Close_enough
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Would you consider a hover bike?
Replies: 17
Views: 3018

Re: Would you consider a hover bike?

Right now, it's not much more then a flying GoPed motor scooter. Shroud the fans so I don't decapitate anybody, increase battery life to 6 hours or more, and add a auto-stabilization system so I can safely put down in the wind. Then come back to me.
by Close_enough
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: melee weapons of choice
Replies: 323
Views: 59158

Re: melee weapons of choice

I believe my first post in this thread was praising the capabilities of the brush hook. Welp, ZGB did a test with it and I still stand by my original brush hook/machete melee load out: I've seen a lot of the smaller ones down here used for clearing chaparral, but I know then as brush axes. Hmm, exc...
by Close_enough
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: melee weapons of choice
Replies: 323
Views: 59158

Re: melee weapons of choice

I was going to do this joke where I weld spikes on to my Maglite. Because nobody is ever going to do that right? Google "Tactical Pen". Personally, I'd take a sturdy walking stick. If I have to use it, I want some standoff distance and I want both hands powering it. And, I'd take a WW1 era trench k...
by Close_enough
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Motion Lights Sensor Blocker Jammer: Sounds Legit.
Replies: 8
Views: 1891

Re: Motion Lights Sensor Blocker Jammer: Sounds Legit.

What about a hybrid system? A slow increase in IR intensity over the course of a minute(s) until the sensors were dazzled. The rate of increase being too low to trigger the motion sensor. I realize we are now well beyond the keychain device level of complexity and getting more into the "Mission Impo...
by Close_enough
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Jobs
Replies: 1057
Views: 104643

Re: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Job

This just showed up on one of my professional news feeds. It's a bit dry (lawyers talking about the legal and ethical implications of AI), but ties nicely in with this thread.

https://www.cxotalk.com/episode/ai-lega ... challenges
by Close_enough
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Motion Lights Sensor Blocker Jammer: Sounds Legit.
Replies: 8
Views: 1891

Re: Motion Lights Sensor Blocker Jammer: Sounds Legit.

I'm not so sure about detecting body heat as I've seen streamers attached to AC vents trigger the motion detector alarms. And, those were well below any feasible body temp. But, I can't find any problems with the rest.
by Close_enough
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Motion Lights Sensor Blocker Jammer: Sounds Legit.
Replies: 8
Views: 1891

Re: Motion Lights Sensor Blocker Jammer: Sounds Legit.

Feels like half BS. Keeping in mind that I'm not an electrical engineer: From what I understand about motion detector lights, they rely on a faceted array of IR sensors to detect motion and a visible light sensor. A rapid change in one, or more, of the IR sensors will trip it. Enough visible light o...
by Close_enough
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: No Guns here
Replies: 68
Views: 11948

Re: No Guns here

No firearms means nothing with a barrel launching a potentially lethal projectile except airguns or CO2 guns which are under 12ftlb. In Scotland, they licence all airguns to. No hunting allowed with anything which launches an arrow. Weapons shooting stones and bullets can be used for hunting. AFAIK...
by Close_enough
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: No Guns here
Replies: 68
Views: 11948

Re: No Guns here

There has never been, nor will there be, a scenario discussed here that justified looting. We simply don't talk about it. . ^^^^ this pretty much sums up the answer. As someone who owns guns, I wouldn't suggest picking up a gun with limited knowledge or any experience with shooting or handling a fi...
by Close_enough
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Jobs
Replies: 1057
Views: 104643

Re: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Job

Michael Crighton (Prey, The terminal man, Jurassic park, Sphere, and a host of others) , and to a lesser degree, Dean Kootz (The bad seed, Midnight) and James Patterson (Maximum Ride and the related When the Wind Blows), write a lot of stuff with a definite anti-technology bent. For straight Robot A...
by Close_enough
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Gotta pick one style Knife lock fo the rest of your days
Replies: 23
Views: 3148

Re: Gotta pick one style Knife lock fo the rest of your day

Of the list: The back lock. It's the only one I have operate with gloves on that is strong enough to trust with my fingers. I don't trust liner locks (three failures so far), and I can't operate frame locks or ball bearings while wearing work or winter gloves. Off the list: a compression lock like t...
by Close_enough
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Jobs
Replies: 1057
Views: 104643

Re: Robot Uprising - Or, what to do when AI Does All The Job

[quote="TacAir"} Better brush up on the the "How To"s for the repair and maintenance of your new Robot Overlords. :ohdear:[/quote] Well, yes. The more robots, and the more complex the robots, the greater the need for someone who can keep them running. Until something achieves sentience. Then we're h...
by Close_enough
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: BOV replacement shopping - it begins
Replies: 71
Views: 11222

Re: BOV replacement shopping - it begins

I've got the CRV, Honda's small SUV. I wouldn't make it a dedicated BOV, but it's reliability does speak well for Honda's build quality.

Have you considered a dedicated passenger van? Not a mini-van, but something based on a Ford Econoline or Chevy Express chassis.

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