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Solid Concepts Manufactures First 3D-Printed Metal Pistol

AngryNick Re:This is why we can't have nice things... (333 comments)

I was wondering the same thing... who needs a 3D printed gun? There are a @#$$ load of more useful applications for this. I guess we'll get to it after the newness wears off.

about a year ago
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Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

AngryNick Re:democrites vs repugnicants (668 comments)

Want to make a statement about the necessity of government services? Shut EVERYTHING down... the ports, the national defense, the food inspectors, the air traffic controllers. That would last about 15 minutes and the Tea-rrorists will crawl back into their hole and stop holding the economy hostage every six months. (or should we just start the market manipulation hearings now instead of waiting for them to secure their trades and shorts?)

about a year ago
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Austrian Professor Creates Kindle E-Book Copier With Lego Mindstorms

AngryNick Re:Sigh... (61 comments)

why would one need that fancy machine to copy e-books

The description from TFV says this was an art project to provoke thought, not a serious attempt to beat DRM.

Kindle Readers and DRM aside for a moment, this combination of automated Legos and stop motion photography may require some exploration...

about a year ago
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Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

AngryNick Re:Oh, really? (1255 comments)

That's the thing with the education system.

FTFY

It's not a public vs. private debate; it's about the teaching methods and curriculum being used. We don't raise educated kids anymore, we manufacture them. This force-fed, dependency-driven model kills any drive for our kids to self-educate and explore...that won't be on the test! We stick them in a chair and yell things at them. We tell them to be quiet. We entertain them with videos of experiments. We send them home to practice this model on themselves. We measure their value by the volume of their output and their ability to recite the thoughts of others. We never ask their opinions.

To fix the problem you need to start at the top of the educational process: the teacher factories, where they instruct the "best and brightest" on the most effective methods of conscription while simultaneously removing from these future teachers their own creativity and desire to help others grow.

about a year ago
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EFF Slams Google Fiber For Banning Servers On Its Network

AngryNick Re:Pros/Cons (301 comments)

running a server from a home ISP is great for people to learn technology, sparks creativity, and is great for those of us who are IT focused

Isn't that the supposed reason Google is doing Fiber, to encourage learning, collaboration, and innovation by removing bandwidth as a contraint? Or is this a lie?

about a year ago
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Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles Logan's Run In 2274

AngryNick Re:29 years old (432 comments)

I think a twenty-something media age is pretty normal in any large company, tech or not. I work for a large non-tech firm and our average is closer to 28 and the average lifespan of a new hire is around 4 years. Those who stay (i.e. make the 4th year cut) tend to stick around for 25+ years and gobs of money.

Most people start their careers in places that can hire in bulk, train in bulk, manage in bulk, and promote in bulk. You do your time, decide what you want in life, and move "up or out." Assuming you move out, then there will be plenty of smaller companies waiting to hire you for your prior company's investment in your experience and training. Circle of life stuff, really.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Google Voice Doomed To Be 2nd-Class Messaging System?

AngryNick Re:Doesn't work outside of US (172 comments)

I think its just as likely Google Voice will be "Spring Cleaned" out of existence.

Let's say that happens...this isn't as easy as turning off Google Wave. Where do the numbers go? Will future generations call it Port-ageddon? Will there be FCC intervention, socialist cape included? Will puppies be scarified too?

This is not a future I want to see.

about a year and a half ago
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To Avoid Confusion: Oracle's Confusing New Java Numbering Scheme

AngryNick Re:CPU=Critical Patch Update (183 comments)

Another abbreviation comes to mind with your eager correction to the obvious variations for the "A". DILLIGAFF

about a year and a half ago
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To Avoid Confusion: Oracle's Confusing New Java Numbering Scheme

AngryNick Re:CPU=Critical Patch Update (183 comments)

TLA

Three Letter Acronym

about a year and a half ago
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The NSA's Own Guide To Google Hacking and Other Internet Research

AngryNick Re:This is not some sort of definitive guide (45 comments)

Yes, and it was classified. The mind boggles.

The 651 page, taxpayer-funded version of LMGTFY.

I can only imagine how long the still-classified document for connecting to an office printer must be.

about a year and a half ago
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Nintendo To Cancel Weather, News, and Other Built-In Wii Apps In June

AngryNick Re:did people really use them? (175 comments)

I'm genuinely sad about this news

My kids will be crushed, especially with the Mii contest going away. The spend as much time inventing and sharing Miis as they do playing the games.

about a year and a half ago
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Mass. Bill Would Put Privacy Squeeze on Cloud Apps For Schools

AngryNick Re:Result WIll be Opposite of Intent (95 comments)

That's good because preserving student's privacy is more important than preserving tax breaks for the wealthy.

Don't presume my politics, or that using in-house IT staff provides any guarantee of improved student privacy.

Quick cites: "...It would require the DOE to create a web-based point for authorized researchers to gather aggregated data as well as a âoeresearch engine,â allowing access to âoestudent levelâ data...."

"Harvard University raised concern on and off campus with the revelation that the administration searched e-mails for leaks to the media during the cheating scandal revealed last year...."

"U. of Iowa Ceases Sending Student Data to Sheriffâ(TM)s Office Over Privacy Questions"

and my favorite...a school administrator spying on his students (see interview at 4:37).

about 2 years ago
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Mass. Bill Would Put Privacy Squeeze on Cloud Apps For Schools

AngryNick Re:Result WIll be Opposite of Intent (95 comments)

Google will simply stop offering free GApps for Education for Massachusetts Schools and Non-Profits. That's OK.

Really? And that's good how? So local IT staff can manage the in-house mail and document management system in their spare time?

School flock to Google to save money on software and administration. How is this different from Microsoft offering free software to teachers and students?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion

AngryNick How "hands on" is God? (528 comments)

Dr. Bakker, It seems to me that those Christians who reject evolution and dinosaurs are viewing God as some kind of puppeteer who guides every action and reaction in the universe. Applied to free will, that view basically means that we're little more than Calvinistic slot cars running around a track.

How involved do you think God has been in the evolution of life on Earth? Were the dinosaurs intentionally killed off or was it just one of many possible outcomes for them?

Thanks for doing what you do.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

AngryNick Re:No (510 comments)

If you want to ban something, ban the Washington Times...and any other news outlet that tries to sell fear, myths, and partisan politics from under a cloak of objectivity.

Yes, governments and entities with very valuable data and secrets should always have concerns about espionage, but your average Joe doesn't come into contact with information that is either interesting enough or valuable enough to warrant this level of risk aversion. Your company is either a government contractor, bank, KFC, or possibly megalomaniacal and irrational.

about 2 years ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Answers Your Questions

AngryNick Re:Decent answers (236 comments)

Nice answers for the most part (except of curse for the cool hack question, kinda took a pass on that one).

You must admit though, that was a pretty lame attempt to get him to say something "uncool".

about 2 years ago
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How Facebook Can Out Your Most Personal Secrets

AngryNick Re:Hey, PR drone, read this! (467 comments)

'Our hearts go out to these young people. Their unfortunate experience reminds us that we must continue our work to empower and educate users about our robust privacy controls.'"

So where, exactly, is the setting that allows me to prevent others from adding me to a group without my permission (or prevent it from appearing to others)? I can't seem to find it under "security settings", "privacy settings"...or is it on the "account settings" or "basic info" pages? Perhaps I'm just not looking in the right place?

more than 2 years ago
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How Facebook Can Out Your Most Personal Secrets

AngryNick Re:RTFA (467 comments)

I'd love to RTFA, but it requires a login. Mirror please?

more than 2 years ago

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NASA.gov offline due to government shutdown

AngryNick AngryNick writes  |  about a year ago

AngryNick (891056) writes "The shutdown of the US Federal government has resulted in NASA.gov and many other government sites being shutdown or frozen in time. From the Christian Science Monitor:

After the government shutdown at midnight EST on Oct. 1, the World Wide Web became a little less accessible. Many major government agencies either went entirely offline or only offered static homepages, with disclaimers that information would not be updated. Social media use was suspended with final tweets and posts telling followers services would be suspended. Furloughed government workers won’t even be able to check their email to find out when they need to come back to work.

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CIA declassifies pages from their cookbook

AngryNick AngryNick writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AngryNick writes "The Washington Post reports today on the declassification of some of the CIA's oldest secrets:

So you want to open sealed envelopes without getting caught?

Here’s the secret, according to one of the six oldest classified documents in possession of the Central Intelligence Agency:

“Mix 5 drams copper acetol arsenate. 3 ounces acetone and add 1 pint amyl alcohol (fusil-oil). Heat in water bath — steam rising will dissolve the sealing material of its mucilage, wax or oil.”

But there’s a warning for the intrepid spy: “Do not inhale fumes.”

More recipes can be found on the CIA website."

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AngryNick AngryNick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AngryNick writes "Geek-friendly internet service provider Speakeasy has announced today that they will be acquired by Best Buy. From the press release:

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire Speakeasy, Inc., one of the largest independent broadband voice, data and IT service providers in the United States. This move strengthens Best Buy's technology portfolio in the small business space, delivered through the company's Best Buy For Business unit.

Best Buy anticipates a closing date for the transaction in the first quarter of its 2008 fiscal year. Following the close, Speakeasy would operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy. The company disclosed the purchase price of approximately $97 million, which represents approximately 1.2 times Speakeasy's calendar year 2006 revenue of $80 million. Best Buy currently expects the transaction to be neutral to fiscal 2008 earnings.
Is this a match made in hell? Speakeasy is a well respected ISP while Best Buy is making headlines for less-than-cool behavior."
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AngryNick AngryNick writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AngryNick (891056) writes "The Washington Post ran a story today about the ETC Group's Nanohazard Symbol Competition, where '...concerned citizens everywhere are invited to submit their designs for a universal Nanotechnology Hazard Symbol.'

The Post reports, 'By last week, more than 400 designs from 24 countries had been filed to the group's Web site.' 'Some mimic the molecular cross sections of nanotubes. Others play off the letter "N"; or the exponent for one-billionth, 10{+-}{+9}; or the idea of a magnifying glass.'

The competition is now closed, but you can still view the submissions."

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Angry Haiku

AngryNick AngryNick writes  |  more than 8 years ago Angry Haiku

Stop looking at me.
Go read another journal.
Please leave me alone.

Friends are fleeting clicks.
One day an insightful 5
The next day a troll.

My posts are bitter.
I'm a grumpy know-it-all.
Mod me down for luck.

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