Not too long ago TTAG had a short piece on Apple’s patent of a tech that would allow the government or police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs. Now comes a story out of NYC that the NYPD (your tax dollars at work) have been stopping people and asking them to upgrade to iOS7, handing out leaflets with more information (click photo above for larger version). The reason they’re recommending the upgrade is enhanced security measures to prevent the reuse of stolen phones, but is that the only reason? We report, you deride. [h/t: Jeremy S.] . . .
A new (to Florida) gun rights group is attempting to empower Orlando homeowners to protect their neighborhoods by providing them with free shotguns and gun training. An offshoot of a successful Texas organization, the Armed Citizen Project of Florida left flyers on doorsteps throughout the Sunshine Gardens neighborhood (not mine, sadly) seeking volunteers. After being founded in Tampa about six months ago, the group has yet to actually distribute any firearms, but is in the process of contacting gun shops and NRA instructors willing to donate shotguns and training.
An update on the recent (and ongoing) Springfield Armory XDs recall. Reader Eric S. writes: “Now these FLAME DELETED are saying they don’t even have a fix yet, they initially said the fix was to insert a roll pin into the grip safety. But of course they told all their customers to send their guns in already, mine has been sitting there for a month and they haven’t even done anything. At this rate it will be months before I get it back. I called them up and demanded my gun back and they refuse to send it back without the fix (that they don’t have yet). I told them it’s my property, not theirs and I want it back or I’ll report it stolen. They still refuse and say to talk to their lawyers. What a bunch of bs, I’ll never buy a Springfield again.” Springfield’s statement on the matter, from their FAQ:
We originally estimated a 30-day turn-around time, but it has unfortunately taken longer to develop and identify an upgrade solution. Please know that we are continuing to test potential upgrade solutions at this time and we have been doing so since we became aware of this issue. This testing is nearing completion and we will post any new updates as soon as we have identified a final upgrade solution. We will post our next update no later than Friday, October 4, and we will communicate immediately if a final solution is identified prior to that date. We wish that we could provide you with a specific return date at this time, but we are unfortunately unable to do so. Upgrades will be completed on a “first come / first served” basis.
This map highlights the gun preferences of the world’s militaries. Click the image (or here) for the really big version. If some of the names are unfamiliar to you, The Blaze has a pile of photos to expand your knowledge. Gizmodo notes that the weapons of similar families are grouped by color.
And finally, this week on Dugan’s Tool Shed, Agent Ashley talks about the STEN MK III. Bonus points* if you can identify everything that doesn’t belong in the “completely broken down” photo. (Video contains a small amount of likely NSFW language, unless you work someplace really cool.)
*Points have no cash value and can be redeemed for precisely nothing.