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Robot SmackDowns Wants To Bring Robot Death Matches To an Arena Near You

He Who Has No Name Re: Battletech IRL (80 comments)

BattleTech is so awesome, there's actually a core canon novel that addresses that concern about the Solaris arenas. It's called "assumption of risk".

Short version: if you know something can kill you, and you do it anyway because you want to, if you die, it's your fault.

2 days ago

Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

He Who Has No Name Re:Just don't eat animals, period. (481 comments)

Except humans are obligate omnivores. *Some* members can survive in a subsistence mode on vegetable matter, but others cannot and many cannot do so long term in a healthy manner.

Any zoology grad student can point at our tooth layout and explain to you exactly why animals develop that incisor / eyetooth / bicuspid / molar order, and it's not for chewing leaves. It's there because our bodies, by and large, have a dietary requirement - driven by nutritional and physiological requirements - to tear and consume animal proteins. There is simply no getting around it.

about two weeks ago

Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

He Who Has No Name Re:Anything that can be caught or farmed... (481 comments)

Technically, humans can be caught and farmed. You might want to refine your group parameter constraints a little.

about two weeks ago

Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

He Who Has No Name Re:No eating of species capable of tool use. (481 comments)

Misunderstand. Don't eat octopus. Uses tools. Also, aquatic lineage raises risk of being distant cousin. Bad for family gatherings.

about two weeks ago

Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

He Who Has No Name Re: This is huge (308 comments)

Significant portions of what gets counted as "edible" in other nations as meal units would not pass food safety and public health regulations in America.

We throw away a lot of food, yes. A significant chunk of that is precautionary for sanitary and regulatory reasons, and that is not a bad thing.

about a month ago

Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

He Who Has No Name "Rawshark"... (75 comments)

...sounds like a reference to that exact accented pronunciation of Rorschach's name in Watchmen (the original graphic novel, when Veidt calls the police to tip them off).

That can't be a coincidence.

about a month and a half ago

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

He Who Has No Name Re:For loops are illegal (219 comments)

Yup. They should expect a visit from the ATF's jackboot squad any midnight now. Hope their loved ones and bank accounts are safely hidden, and they have a lawyer on retainer to help suppress the planted extra evidence that gets miraculously "found" during the raid.

about 2 months ago

Steam's Most Popular Games

He Who Has No Name Wonder how this would look adjusted for game age (118 comments)

Because I'm neither surprised that almost everybody has a bundled copy of Ricochet, nor that basically nobody plays it.

Hell, nobody played it when WON was still online, and that was over a decade ago.

about 6 months ago

Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

He Who Has No Name I'm really excited to play this, because... (89 comments)

...based on the description, I also really enjoyed this game the last time I played it when it was called "Deadlock".

about 6 months ago

DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

He Who Has No Name Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

Technically, conspiracy for depredation of rights under the color of law is punishable by death. It is legally constructed as domestic treason against the social compact, rather than wartime treason against the body republic.

This shit would stop quick if some of these bastards faced the firing squad on national prime-time television.

about 9 months ago

ATF Tests Show 3D Printed Guns Can Explode

He Who Has No Name Re:do tell (233 comments)

...when pressure-bearing components are made from thermoplastics, which has never been argued to be a well-suited use. When parts are printed from metal alloys... the game changes.

And for what it's worth, there is a Canadian inventor (who is remaining anonymous) who has successfully printed and fired a single-shot rifle.

3D printing is destroying the separation between idea or data, and fabrication, and it's doing it on an affordable, individual level. Gun control from a regulatory and political standpoint has always depended on tight control over firearm's entry points to commerce (manufacturers and importers), and compliance by intimidation of everyone else. If everybody can be a manufacturer, and it doesn't require machinist skills to make something of workable quality, centralized control is impossible.

Watch - the response is going to be to try and make possessing 3D data or plans a criminal offense. Thought crime.

about a year ago

Why Amazon Fights State Sales Tax, But Supports It Nationally

He Who Has No Name Yay, corporations terraforming our legal system! (165 comments)

A few more decades like this, and you won't be able to tell this nation ever had flesh-and-blood inhabitants just from looking at our statutes and caselaw!

about a year ago

Ars: Cross-Platform Malware Communicates With Sound

He Who Has No Name Re: comments at Ars... (245 comments)

I'm assuming they had this thing called a "battery". Most computers with built in speakers AND microphones are laptops of some kind.

about a year ago

Ars: Cross-Platform Malware Communicates With Sound

He Who Has No Name Pooch to the rescue (245 comments)'d also be stupid simple to detect. All you need is a sound meter.

Or, a dog.

about a year ago

Books With "Questionable Content" Being Deleted From ebookstores In Sweeping Ban

He Who Has No Name Re:Dear MINISTRY OF TRUTH (548 comments)

I'm okay with getting rid of The Scarlett Letter.

1 year,6 days

Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

He Who Has No Name Re:Painfully slow (139 comments)

I'd actually pay good money for the left hand-half of this so I could use it like a thumbstick and have variable movement direction / speed input instead of just four discrete keys like the usual WASD config.

Being able to sneak slowly in juuuust the right direction in Deus Ex or Splinter Cell, or steer more naturally in World of Tanks would be great. I'm sick of only having the choice of four directions, and either not moving or going full speed.

You'd also get the ability to do away with dedicated walk and sprint buttons, all you'd maybe need is crouch or use the other touch pad to control height of stance.

1 year,8 days



DoD descends on DEFCAD

He Who Has No Name He Who Has No Name writes  |  about a year and a half ago

He Who Has No Name (768306) writes "While the ATF appears to have no open objection to 3D printed firearms at this time, the Department of Defense apparently does. A short while ago, "#DEFCAD has gone dark at the request of the Department of Defense Trade Controls. Take it up with the Secretary of State" appeared on the group's site, and download links for files hosted there began to give users popups warning of the DoD takeover."
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