The Best Silencer Host Gun? The Hush Puppy Project Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0

The Best Silencer Host Gun? The Hush Puppy Project Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0

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In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves reviews the Hush Puppy Project S&W M&P 2.0. What is the Hush Puppy Project? From their website:

“The Hush Puppy Project® provides innovative solutions to reduce or remove noise signatures from gunshots. Guns produce three distinct sounds: the cartridge’s firing, the bullet’s sonic crack and the gun’s operational cycle.
Addressing the loudest of the three— the gunshot— requires a silencer (or sound suppressor) to reduce and impede the flow of high-pressure gases produced by the combustion of the cartridge’s powder charge. Hush Puppy® Project silencers reduce the sound of a gunshot through a marriage of technology from both monocore-style and wipe-style silencer designs.
The second sound source is the sonic boom, or “crack,” of a bullet exceeding the speed of sound, which is eliminated with subsonic ammunition. Our silencers are optimized for Hush Puppy® subsonic ammunition, made by our sister company, Super Vel Ammunition.
Finally, the metallic noise of a pistol’s operational cycle is removed by transforming the pistol into a locked breech firearm, thus preventing the pistol from self-loading. A Hush Puppy® Slide Lock Device (patent pending) prevents a semi-automatic pistol’s slide from reciprocating on the frame while the pistol is in locked breech mode.”


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4 Ways to Set Up a VPN at Home


Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a great way to maintain your privacy online. However, there are several different ways to set up a VPN. In this article we’ll show you how to set up a VPN in several different ways, some easy, some more complex.

1. How to Set Up a VPN Using Third-Party Software

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The quickest and easiest solution if you’re wondering how to create a VPN is to use the software that comes with your VPN subscription.

When you purchase a personal VPN service from a company like ExpressVPN or CyberGhost, you’ll get a link to download its software. Usually you visit your VPN provider’s website and it will have links to download the software for all of your devices, including your desktop.

You download and install the VPN software as you would any other piece of software. Once installation is complete you enter your VPN username and password and you can start using the VPN.

The software differs between companies but most will have options to select a server from locations around the world, to connect to and disconnect from a server, to toggle automatic connections on or off, and other features including a kill switch.

2. How to Set Up a VPN at Home Using a Router With VPN Support

If you have lots of people in your home using your network, it can be a hassle to install VPN software on every single one of their devices. Instead, you can set up a VPN at home by installing software directly onto your router.

There are several reasons to set up a VPN on your router, and the main advantage of this method is that any traffic that passes over your network will be encrypted by your VPN, no matter what device you use. This will even protect Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Your VPN is always on and you won’t need to configure it.

The easiest way to get VPN software on your router is by purchasing one of the best VPN routers which have software support for VPNs. TRENDnet routers, for example, allow you to configure VPN connections within their software.

To use your home VPN, log into your router by entering its IP address into your web browser. Find the option saying VPN or similar and add in your VPN username and password. You should be able to enable the VPN across your whole network from here.

3. How to Set Up a VPN by Installing VPN Software on Your Wi-Fi Router

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What if you already have a router you’re happy with and you don’t want to buy a new one to set up your VPN? In that case, you can still install VPN software onto compatible routers. However, it will require a little more work.

Two popular options for adding VPN capabilities to your router are DD-WRT (which can turn your router into a super-router) and Tomato.

Both of these options are open source and can add all sorts of new capabilities to your router. This includes monitoring bandwidth usage, increased wireless coverage, and better security. But let’s take a look at how to use the software to add a VPN to your router.

Upgrade Your Router’s Firmware

First, check if your particular router model is supported by DD-WRT or supported by Tomato. If it is, you can go ahead and download the right firmware for your router from the relevant website. Now make sure your computer is connected to your router via Ethernet cable rather than Wi-Fi, so you can still connect to the router once you change the settings.

Open up the web interface to your router. If you know your router’s IP address already, just type it in. If you don’t know it, use the ipconfig command to view your IP address. Log in to your router using your username and password.

You should find a menu option saying Administration or something similar, depending on your particular router. Choose this option and look for an option that says Upgrade Firmware or Upload Firmware. Use this option to upload the new firmware you just downloaded.

Once the firmware upgrade is complete, you’ll need to restart your router. To be certain the old settings are cleared, turn off your router and wait for 30 seconds before turning it on again.

When the router restarts, go back to the web interface by typing the IP address into your browser again. You should set a username and password, and your new software is ready to use.

Set Up a VPN on an Upgraded Router

You’ll need to know your VPN provider’s settings to use the VPN on your upgraded firmware. You can usually find these settings on your VPN provider’s website. For example, here is ExpressVPN’s instructions for setting up Linksys routers.

In your router firmware, go to VPN Tunneling in Tomato or Services > VPN on DD-WRT. Turn on OpenVPN Client and add the information you got from your VPN provider. Now, save your changes and your VPN should be up and running for your whole network.

4. How to Set Up Your Own Custom VPN Server

Finally, if you’re really dedicated and you want more control over your VPN, you could create your own VPN server. You can create a VPN on Windows if you have an old PC you’re not using any more, or you could use a Raspberry Pi. You can install software called OpenVPN to create your own VPN server.

The downside to this method is that the device will need to be on all the time for your VPN to function. The upside is that you don’t have to pay a subscription to a VPN provider and you know that you are in complete control of your data.

To create a VPN server you’ll need to download the OpenVPN software and install it on your chosen device. There’s an installer available for Windows users, but if you’re using a Raspberry Pi and having difficulties with installation, you can try an installer script like PiVPN.

Then, you can configure your VPN by following the instructions on the OpenVPN website.

Alternatively, another option is to use a software bundle for VPN hosting such as Algo VPN hosted on a Virtual Machine on a cloud provider like DigitalOcean.

How to Set Up a VPN at Home

These methods will let you set up your own VPN at home. The easiest way is to pay for a VPN subscription and use the software from your VPN provider to access the VPN. If you want more control, you could try installing a VPN on your router or even hosting your own VPN server.

And if you’re not yet convinced that you need a VPN, here are the reasons you should be using a VPN.

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4 Ways to Set Up a VPN at Home

Prescription omega 3s keep triglycerides in check

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Prescription omega-3 fatty acid medications are a safe and effective option for reducing high triglycerides, which increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study.

Every 38 seconds, a person dies from cardiovascular disease. To put that in perspective, that’s 2,303 people every day.

“High triglycerides are becoming increasingly common because they often occur in people with insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar. Omega-3 fatty acids are effective and safe for reducing high triglycerides, but clinicians often use other medications,” says Ann Skulas-Ray, an assistant professor in the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and first author of the paper in Circulation.

When most people think of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure and cholesterol immediately come to mind, but triglycerides are another important part of the picture.

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat, or lipid, found in the blood. In fact, triglycerides are the most common type of fat in our bodies. One source of triglycerides is our food, but our liver also produces them. If our bodies produce or we consume too many triglycerides, they are stockpiled within our fat cells.

Research has demonstrated that higher levels of triglycerides, above 200 ml/dL, can lead to damaging deposits in the arteries, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Very high triglyceride levels, above 500 ml/dL, can lead to additional issues, such as pancreatitis, or acute inflammation of the pancreas.

By compiling and analyzing the results of 17 randomized, controlled clinical trials on high triglycerides levels, researchers found that prescription omega-3 fatty acid medication reduced triglyceride levels by 20-30% among those receiving prescription treatment.

“We concluded that treatment with 4 grams daily of any of the available prescription choices is effective and can be used safely in conjunction with statin medicines that lower cholesterol,” Skulas-Ray says.

Fish oil supplements

Prescription omega-3 fatty acid medications come in two formulations, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) with and without DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). As there have been no clinical comparisons between the two different formulations, the scientific advisory panel does not make a specific recommendation of one over the other.

As part of the national panel, Skulas-Ray and postdoctoral research associate Chesney Richter specifically sought to assess the efficacy of prescription omega-3 fatty acids. The advisory stresses that people with high triglyceride levels should not try to treat the condition themselves with over-the-counter fish oil supplements.

“Dietary supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids are not regulated by the FDA. They should not be used in place of prescription medication for the long-term management of high triglycerides,” Skulas-Ray says.

As many as 18.8 million adults in the US take fish oil supplements in hopes of decreasing their risk of developing heart disease. While there is a lack of scientific consensus regarding the use of fish oil supplements to prevent heart disease, recently completed clinical trials have been more promising, and a large body of research supports fish oil in maintaining general health.

Eating oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and albacore tuna, at least two times per week is a good source of beneficial omega fatty acids. However, most Americans consume very little dietary omega-3 fatty acids and, for those people who never eat oily fish, supplements could be very beneficial, Skulas-Ray says.

“Supplements can be a practical and inexpensive option for people interested in maintaining their health. Omega-3 fatty acids are important to many aspects of human physiology.”

Skulas-Ray’s lab is now beginning to study how certain omega-3 metabolites in the blood might be used to predict how older adults will recover from the physical stress of surgery.

“This builds on our ongoing research focus on omega-3 fatty acids and inflammation,” Skulas-Ray says. “We get excited about opportunities to better understand the potential of omega-3 fatty acids to improve human health.”

Source: University of Arizona

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The Sub-$25 Digital Games That Belong On Every Switch

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One of the best reasons to get the Nintendo Switch is its huge and ever-growing library of indie titles.

This week’s Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase confirmed it’ll get even bigger. And while you’ll need to wait for some of the more interesting ones like Risk of Rain 2 and Ori And The Blind Forest, there are a ton great titles already available, and a whole bunch of them can be picked up for under $25.

Below is a list of The Inventory team’s favorites. But of course, feel free to chime in your recommendations in the comment section.

Note: We’re including Amazon and eShop links, as available, but remember that when you buy through Amazon, you’ll always get credit for the full price of your game in your Gold Coins balance, even if it’s on sale. The eShop will only credit you for the price you actually paid.

To be frank, I wrote pitched this entire post just because I wanted to write about this game.

I love this Stardew Valley.

It’s a simple and relaxing way to spend time between Overwatch Role Queue waits and reading the news. It’s basically all of the JRPG side games that I loved without the over-the-top, world-ending stakes. -Tercius

If you like Earthbound, or hilarious dialogue, or incredible music, or having your heart broken…you’ll like this game. It’s also good for multiple playthroughs, because you can essentially play it as a benevolent pacifist, a genocidal warmonger, or anything in between, and your choices have dramatic consequences on the game. – Shep 

From Kotaku’s review:

I don’t normally shed tears when a video game ends. I hardly ever pause in the middle of a playthrough to appreciate a clever game mechanic. I do stop to listen to game music, but it’s rare I spend minutes trying to get gameplay and soundtrack to sync in order to recreate a perfect moment. All of these things happened during the four hours I spent completing Gris. – Mike Fahey, Kotaku

Crypt of the NecroDancer (eShop)

Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer (Amazon | eShop)

I haven’t yet played the Zelda-themed Cadence of Hyrule version, but the original Crypt of the NecroDancer is unlike anything I’ve ever played: a perfect blend of Dance Dance Revolution and top-down dungeon crawlers of yore.

The second outing from the folks who brought us FTL, Into the Breach is a shockingly deep turn-by-turn strategy game considering each game takes place on an 8×8 grid, and only lasts for a few rounds. By telegraphing what the enemies will do on their next turn, you’re in complete control of the outcome of the game, for better or worse – Shep

Lumines Remastered (Amazon | eShop)

Luimines timeless, in the same way Tetris or Sudoku can be enjoyed by anyone at any point in time. I loved this game back when first experienced it on my PSP and it’s still one of my favorite puzzle games. With a solid soundtrack and addictive gameplay, it’s still a must-own a decade later. -Tercius

Equal parts stressful and fun, Overcooked! 2 is a window into the soul of (and what it’d be like to work with) your friends. It’s a game that’s best played inebriated with three of your closest friends (plus one or two, just in case someone rage quits IRL.) -Tercius

Enter the Gungeon (Amazon | eShop)

Enter the Gungeon is one of those games I’m admittedly terrible at, but I still play just because it’s so much fun. With so many ridiculous guns to try out and the ability to play with a friend, it’s one that deserves to be on your Switch.-Tercius

This game was somehow made by two people, but you could have convinced me it was a first party Nintendo game. It’s a hard game, and it’s a long game, but the gorgeous visuals, incredible score, and tight controls mean it never feels like a chore to play. Hollow Knight and Breath of the Wild are 1a and 1b on my ranking of the best Switch games you can buy, and the former is only $15.

Rocket League is one of the best online multiplayer team games for casual players and friends. It also happens to be one of the most popular among competitive players.

The concept of soccer with cars is simple to grasp, yet mastering Rocket League’s mechanics, physics, and ever-changing meta requires discipline and creativity. Matches take less than 10 minutes making it easy to fit in a quick bout or to stack several into a marathon session. -Corey

Cuphead is impossibly frustrating and fun to play. The artwork, cutscenes, lovable characters, and story line instill an insatiable desire to play and fail countless times at multiple points throughout the game. -Corey

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Amazon | eShop)

Shovel Knight is everything that adult me wants in a platformer reminiscent to what adolescent me used to play. It specifically reminds me of some of my favorite times playing Mega Man titles.

It’s easily picked up, fun to play, packed with secret areas, and is challenging to a degree right before impossibly frustrating. -Corey

Dead Cells is a little bit Hollow Knight, a little bit Into the Gungeon, and while it doesn’t quite hit the highs of either of those games, it’s a challenging, unique roguelike that rewards lots of different types of play. – Shep

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THE Ohio State University Applies For THE Stupidest Trademark In THE World

We’ve talked ongoing about how ridiculous and aggressive many universities are becoming on trademark matters. Now colleges and universities do many, many annoying things, but their tendency towards trademark bullying certainly ranks up there near the top of the list. Not as high, of course, as Ohio State’s neverending insistence that everyone call it "THE Ohio State University." The school likes to point out that the "the" (sigh) is actually part of the school’s legal name, when the reality is that the school is simply being haughty and pedantic.

Well, now these two worlds are colliding in what might just be the dumbest trademark application I’ve ever seen. You’ll never guess what single word OSU wants to trademark.

Application No. 88571984, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, was discovered and publicized Tuesday by Josh Gerben, a prominent trademark lawyer in Washington. The application seeks a trademark on the single word "THE" for use on T-shirts and baseball caps and hats.  

For years, the university’s demand that it be called "THE Ohio State University" has rankled sports fans and journalists, who’ve called it "pompous and stupid," "ridiculous" and "arrogant."

Partisans, including the university, point out that "the" is part of its name under state law. And Chris Davey, a spokesman for the university, told The Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday that it’s important to "vigorously protect the university’s brand and trademarks."

This, simply, is absurd. Trademark law is written in such a way to be wide open for abuse, but even this is a bridge further than the law will allow. Trademarks require original identifiers that indicate the source of a good or service and the bar for approval by the Trademark Office goes up the shorter and less original the identifier is. The idea that someone might apply for a trademark on the single most commonly used determiner in the English language is the sort of thing reserved for jokes in our comments section. But THE Ohio State University went ahead and did it anyway.

Other schools took notice, of course, and some of them are having fun at OSU’s expense.

Michigan getting a trademark on the word "of" makes every bit as sense as OSU’s application. Fortunately, despite all of the madness we see from the USPTO on a frequent basis, nobody seems to think this application is going to be approved.

Gerben predicted on Tuesday that Ohio State was "likely to receive an initial refusal of the application."

For a trademark to be registered for a brand of clothing, the trademark "must be used in a trademarked fashion," he said on Twitter. "In other words, it has to be used on tagging or labeling for the products. In this case, just putting the word ‘the’ on the front of a hat or on the front of a shirt is not sufficient trademark use," he said.

That careful analysis is almost certainly correct, but I much prefer to simply point out that this is all very, very crazy and be done with it.

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Eloquent: Recursive hasMany Relationship with Unlimited Subcategories

Quite often in e-shops you can see many level of categories and subcategories, sometimes even unlimited. This article will show you how to achieve it elegantly with Laravel Eloquent.

We will be building a mini-project to views children shop sub-categories, five level deep, like this:

Database Migration

Here’s a simple schema of DB table:

Schema::create('categories', function (Blueprint $table) { $table->bigIncrements('id'); $table->string('name'); $table->unsignedBigInteger('category_id')->nullable(); $table->foreign('category_id')->references('id')->on('categories'); $table->timestamps(); }); 

We just have a name field, and then relationship to the table itself. So most parent category will have category_id = NULL, and every other sub-category will have its own parent_id.

Here’s our data in the database:

Eloquent Model and Relationships

First, in app/Category.php we add a simple hasMany() method, so category may have other subcategories:

class Category extends Model { public function categories() { return $this->hasMany(Category::class); } }

Now comes the biggest “trick” of the article. Did you know that you can describe recursive relationship? Like this:

public function childrenCategories() { return $this->hasMany(Category::class)->with('categories'); }

So, if you call Category::with(‘categories’), it will get you one level of “children”, but Category::with(‘childrenCategories’) will give you as many levels as it could find.

Route and Controller method

Now, let’s try to show all the categories and subcategories, as in the example above.

In routes/web.php, we add this:

Route::get('categories', 'CategoryController@index');

Then, app/Http/CategoryController.php looks like this:

public function index() { $categories = Category::whereNull('category_id') ->with('childrenCategories') ->get(); return view('categories', compact('categories')); } 

As you can see, we’re loading only parent categories, with children as relationships. Simple, huh?

View and Recursive Sub-View

Finally, to the Views structure. Here’s our resources/views/categories.blade.php:

<ul> @foreach ($categories as $category) <li></li> <ul> @foreach ($category->childrenCategories as $childCategory) @include('child_category', ['child_category' => $childCategory]) @endforeach </ul> @endforeach </ul>

As you can see, we load the main categories, and then load children categories with @include.

The best part is that resources/views/admin/child_category.blade.php will use recursive loading of itself. See the code:

<li></li> @if ($child_category->categories) <ul> @foreach ($child_category->categories as $childCategory) @include('child_category', ['child_category' => $childCategory]) @endforeach </ul> @endif

As you can see, inside of child_category.blade.php we have @include(‘child_category’), so the template is recursively loading children, as long as there are categories inside of the current child category.

And, that’s it! We have unlimited level of subcategories – in database, in Eloquent relationships, and in Views.

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Eloquent: Recursive hasMany Relationship with Unlimited Subcategories

Security Researcher’s ‘NULL’ Vanity Plates Cause Glitch That Lands Him $12,000 in Parking Tickets

You can’t put a price tag on the value of sticking it to the man—specifically, trying to own an official surveillance system. Except maybe when you are owned right back.

A security researcher going by the name of Droogie attempted to fuck with Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) systems by customizing a vanity California license plate with the word “NULL.” The word was a play on the term used in programming to indicate no value, and Droogie hoped that it would mess with the systems.

ALPR systems involve surveillance cameras mounted on cop cars and around cities that collect a vehicle’s license plate as well as the time, date, and location. And the collection of this data isn’t relegated to suspects—anyone’s vehicle is subject to being surveilled and subsequently loaded into a comprehensive database with robust information on their real-time whereabouts. It’s also presently unclear all the ways in which government agencies and private companies are using (and potentially abusing) this data.

Droogie presented his misadventure at the DEF CON security conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, in which he explained that while his customized plate was successful in confusing the systems, it resulted in thousands of dollars of other people’s parking tickets.

When he went to renew his tags on the DMV website, the website informed him that his license number was invalid, Mashable reported. Droogie then started receiving thousands of dollars in parking tickets, totaling over $12,000, addressed to him. He told the convention audience that a processing center was assigning “NULL” to vehicles with outstanding tickets that the DMV didn’t have license plate information on. And so Droogie received all of those unassigned tickets.

The DMV and LAPD reportedly told him to change his plates (he didn’t), but eventually the processing center erased the fines that were mistakenly sent to Droogie. But the system is still operating as it was prior to the erasure of his fines, and the system has since assigned him over $6,000 more in tickets.

“I was like, ‘I’m the shit, I’m gonna be invisible,’” Droogie told the crowd at DEF CON, Mashable reported. “Instead, I got all the tickets.”

Droogie’s stunt is a powerfully comedic statement about a mass surveillance system being deployed without the consent of civilians, and until recently, with little to no oversight. In June, a California legislative committee voted to enforce a state audit into ALPR systems used by cops. Leading up to that, reports indicated that these systems were being exploited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and potentially other government agencies and that agencies often obfuscated the honest accounts of how the data gleaned from these readers was being used.

“These systems wouldn’t work at all if the government did not require drivers to post identifying numbers in public view,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in a blog post. “But unlike an officer writing down plate numbers by hand, the collection and storage on a massive, automated scale can reveal intimate details of our travel patterns that should be none of the government’s business.”

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Security Researcher’s ‘NULL’ Vanity Plates Cause Glitch That Lands Him $12,000 in Parking Tickets