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Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

Guest316 Tony Iommi... (90 comments)

...has been doing this for decades already. Except he melts down plastic bottles and pads the fingertips with leather cut from an old jacket.

3 days ago

Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Guest316 Re:Bitcoins? (84 comments)

I'm not, because it's not my job to do your thinking for you.

I have no personal interest in cryptocurrencies outside of academic curiosity. But I am able to admit that my range of speculation isn't all-encompassing, which is where we appear to differ. You feel justified in basing your decisions on the premise that if you can't imagine something, it doesn't exist.

about a week ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

Guest316 Carefully regulate your honesty (136 comments)

Be honest and candid with your teammates. If you tripped over a power cable, let the other admins know so they don't waste time analyzing the unscheduled reboot. (And, of course, secure that cable.)

But never, ever let it outside your team. While your fellow techies will generally appreciate your ability to admit fault, it'll only come back to bite you later if you admit fault to anyone outside your group.

about a week ago

CSIRO Scientists' Aquaculture Holy Grail: Fish-Free Prawn Food

Guest316 One thing that jumps out at me (116 comments)

...is that it's essentially trading one harvested item for another.

about a week ago

Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Guest316 Re:Bitcoins? (84 comments)

Ah, blaming the tool again.

about a week ago

Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Guest316 Re:fake website (84 comments)

And people wonder why I get pissy about sites which don't work without JS/Flash/whatever-gizmo-du-jour.

about a week ago

Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

Guest316 inb4... (99 comments)

In before formation shaped vaguely like Jebus discovered.

about two weeks ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Guest316 Mandatory (294 comments)

From the article summary:
>It is also a required update for Windows 8.1

From the article:
>Failure to install this Update will prevent Windows Update from patching your system with any future updates starting with Updates released in May 2014 (get busy!)

Summary should have read that it's mandatory for all Win8 installs, not just 8.1. Bit misleading. Still, a UI update is mandatory for future security updates?

about two weeks ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Guest316 It's a shame... (983 comments)

...that I never got around to implementing my Redundant Array of Free Email Accounts virtual drive idea.

about a month ago

Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

Guest316 Re:Aliens (69 comments)

Simple industrial ( mining ) accident. I wonder of they have their own version of OSHA.

And by OSHA, you mean MSHA.

about a month ago

Cops Say NDA Kept Them from Notifying Courts About Cell Phone Tracking Gadget

Guest316 Re:Interesting . . . (235 comments)

Only if you're in Law Enforcement, in which case the de-facto law seems to be: Do whatever you want, but be sure to have at least a flimsy excuse ready if you get caught. Otherwise we may have to sentence you to a few months paid vacation to think about what you've done.

An unrelated but vivid example of exactly the point you make:

In short, cop lets his K9 partner slowly roast to death in his car while he takes a little vacation. Oh wait, I mean "the dog somehow let herself into the SUV while he was away for the weekend." Totally not his fault, not even a stern finger-waggling was given.

I feel like I should be outraged at this wiretapping article, but I find I'm merely unsurprised.

about a month and a half ago

"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Guest316 Monopolies (742 comments)

'I wonder if I can swap out Chrome from Chrome OS or Mobile Safari in iOS.'

A more relevant comparison would've been, can you eliminate Paypal from eBay?

about 2 months ago

Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

Guest316 Re:Dog smarts (139 comments)

Everyone "knows" animals, whether what they "know" is that animals are dumb, instinct-driven automatons or intelligent, emotional beings. Rigorous, unbiased research is good for providing a baseline of information with better reliability than "just knowing." After all, assuming that animals share no emotional or cognitive parallels with humans can be just as error-prone as assuming that they're "just like us."

When you have a really smart one for a decade it's like having a furry kid in the family.

And then shortly after a decade they go and die on you. Really inconsiderate of them.

about 2 months ago

3 Reasons To Hate Mass Surveillance; 3 Ways To Fight It

Guest316 Re:We Won't Win by Yelling (120 comments)

Time to declare a war on error.

about 2 months ago

Finnish Hacker Isolates Helicopter GPS Coordinates From YouTube Video Sounds

Guest316 Re:Am I missing something? (163 comments)

A cat who didn't get his dewormer on schedule in '88.

about 3 months ago

Superbowl Means Time For Spy Cams, Hazmat Squads and Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

Guest316 Re:Temporarily, it's the Terrorists (75 comments)

No no no, the previous prez said it quite plainly. It's tourists who are the problem.

about 3 months ago

AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

Guest316 Re:A collision of stupid (1034 comments)

momentarily switch sides

Disliking one side of an issue doesn't mean you have to join an opposing one. It's actually possible and even permissible to be against more than one viewpoint.

If only more people would realize this, Skub wouldn't be such a problem.

about 3 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

Guest316 Re:So what's the NSA got on her? (510 comments)

Believing in lies isn't necessary for telling them.

about 3 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Guest316 Re:Nice subjectivity (628 comments)

I think "holocaust" would be a more neutral, less emotionally-charged term.

about 3 months ago


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