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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

IndigoDarkwolf Re:But what is a militia? (1633 comments)

The gender exclusivity comes from the product of Federal law when combined with some interpretations of the Constitution, not from interpretations of the Constitution by themselves.

I just find it amusing that, because of the codified definition of the U.S. militia, a person who supports interpreting the 2nd Amendment as "only the militia is allowed to own firearms" ends up also taking the position "only men (and women in the National Guard) are allowed to own firearms". And that position was affirmed by Congress as recently as 5 months ago.

All of this is academic, though, as SCOTUS appears to believe that the 2nd Amendment does give an individual right to firearms.

about 4 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

IndigoDarkwolf Re:But what is a militia? (1633 comments)

That's... pretty interesting, actually. I wish I still had mod points to up this with. That makes it sound like interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is almost irrelevant, with such a broad definition of a militia codified into federal law. Though I notice it's also unequal - exempting women (outside of the National Guard) from classification as part of the militia also means they could potentially be excluded from gun rights under some interpretations of the 2nd Amendment.

about 4 months ago
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IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

IndigoDarkwolf More like bad news for other cryptos (273 comments)

The really attention-grabbing thing about the IRS guidance is Question 8 under the FAQ, which reads:
Q-8: Does a taxpayer who “mines” virtual currency (for example, uses computer
resources to validate Bitcoin transactions and maintain the public Bitcoin
transaction ledger) realize gross income upon receipt of the virtual currency
resulting from those activities?


A-8: Yes, when a taxpayer successfully “mines” virtual currency, the fair market value
of the virtual currency as of the date of receipt is includible in gross income. See
Publication 525, Taxable and Nontaxable Income, for more information on taxable
income.

(emphasis in the original)
This sounds like an enormous amount of record keeping for individual miners to keep track of.

about 5 months ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

IndigoDarkwolf Re:So Russia needs some what? Lebensraum? (878 comments)

If it means only having to pass a scan from a geiger counter instead of a full-body pat down at the airport, I'm all for replacing terrorist fearmongering with thermonuclear fearmongering.

about 5 months ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

IndigoDarkwolf Yes, but... (335 comments)

...can I pay them in Dogecoins?

about 6 months ago
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Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

IndigoDarkwolf Re:Still requires an "advanced" user skillset (295 comments)

From my own research, difficulty appears to vary by card manufacturer, linux distro, and specific task. If you pick the right distro, support is decent. If you pick the wrong distro, you spend many hours wandering the internet safari. I can sympathize with Google's position.

In the briefest terms, AMD/ATI = Hard Mode, or so it appears.

Most recently, it took me a significant part of a weekend to setup a GPU-based Dogecoin miner on Debian, using ATI cards. The first and most painful lesson was learning that Debian Squeeze was a non-starter, which wasn't immediately obvious as several seemingly outdated guides exist, referring to experimental apt packages that no longer exist. Upgrading to Wheezy, I only managed to get a single card working, though a second identical card was plugged into the motherboard and known to be good. Lamenting my half-solved problem, a coworker directed me to a hardware hack (resistors stuck into a DVI/VGA converter) so that the second GPU would be fooled into thinking a monitor was present, so it would be recognized by the mining software. Apparently, this is a hardware hack needed to run Apple desktops in headless mode.

Supposedly, these things are "easier" on NVidia-based setups, or at least have a larger community to assist, but there are still some gotchas. I wouldn't blame Google for feeling that things need to be improved before offering official support. With any luck at all, Steambox will push card manufacturers to create better drivers for at least one distro, even if it's only Steambox. The Count tells me that One is greater than Zero, Ah, Ah, Ah.

about 6 months ago
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The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle Columbia

IndigoDarkwolf Re:However.. (247 comments)

Not to mention, this sounds like the kind of plan that could easily result in the loss of two crews, instead of one.

about 6 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

IndigoDarkwolf Re:Best car overall?? (318 comments)

When I drive more than an hour or two, I'm making a journey that crosses state lines. If I felt I had that kind of money to waste driving a rental across state lines, I wouldn't be worried about putting miles on the car I have.

about 6 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

IndigoDarkwolf Re:Waiting on the next jump in knowledge (458 comments)

It's not "unpossible". Protons (like most things at the sub-atomic scale) are not like the physical objects you're accustomed to, with seemingly concrete boundaries. It's not like a very small kind of baseball.

Protons are more like the broadcast range of a wifi hotspot (assuming, like any good physicist, that the hotspot signal is exactly spherical, to make the math easier). You might look at signal-to-noise ratio, which will produce one definition of "size", or you might look at wattage, which produces a different measurement of "size", or you might look at some other factor entirely, producing yet another definition of "size". These will not give you the game size, but are all "correct" within their contexts.

And, of course, since protons are actually composed of 2 up quarks and 1 down quark, that complicates the question of "size" further, since you could define proton size based on measurements and modeling of the quarks, which would be analogous to considering the shape and location of the antennae in the aforementioned wifi hotspot.

about 7 months ago
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'Smart Gun' Firm Wants You To Fund Its Prototype

IndigoDarkwolf Reliability concerns (558 comments)

"Dammit, why did my car just shut off again?!"

I think anyone here will recognize how easily "smart gun technologies" will be circumvented on the streets, either by hardware hacks or software ones, meaning the technology will be useless at preventing illegal firearms transfers after a few days of being introduced. The only kind of crime that would be prevented by biometric or RFID identification would be stealing someone's gun to use on them in the heat of the confrontation. This seems somewhat desirable for peace officers and security personnel, but only if the technology can be made robust enough to prevent false negatives. No officer would ever want to place their lives in the hands of a gun that might refuse to fire at the most important moment.

For the majority case, sport and range shooting, the "feature" is nothing more than a potential nuisance, something else that can break in an already complex, dangerous system.

about a year ago
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Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

IndigoDarkwolf Re:Even if this was true... (1009 comments)

10% or less of the time. I've bought and assembled 4 "enthusiast" PCs for myself across the last 12 years, each time time making a multiple-generation leap in hardware. Actually, I had little choice but to replace the motherboard with the CPU each time, because the march of technology had pretty much rendered my old hardware obsolete each time.

I've also bought a dedicated file server and a used "enthusiast" PC that I could dedicate to CPU-intensive tasks.

I find it amusing that people are trying to argue that there are other enthusiasts out there beyond the ones trying to build fast, powerful hardware. It's like saying that there are car enthusiasts out there who aren't trying to build fast, powerful vehicles. I'm sure they exist, but for every one of them there are at least a dozen others doing doughnuts every night a few miles down the road from me, flashing their illegal lighting modifications in an impressively gaudy display of car nerdery that, in my mind, invalidates any and all criticism they might have over my hobbies.

about 2 years ago
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Political Ideology Shapes How People Perceive Temperature

IndigoDarkwolf Re:The next question is... (193 comments)

The abstract concludes that talking about changes in precipitation are more likely to convince people of climate change.

Sure it will. Until their favored politicians tell them one way or the other, at which point I'll bet dollars to yuan that the same statistical anomaly appears for perceptions in precipitation change.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Banks Rushing To Offer Virtual Wallets

IndigoDarkwolf Oh great (164 comments)

Now I'll never get rid of that Canadian Tire money. It'll sit in my sock drawer for all eternity.

more than 2 years ago
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Human Water Use Accounts For 42% of Recent Sea Level Rise

IndigoDarkwolf Confused (324 comments)

Could someone explain this part to me:
"It would be even worse if we weren't also locking up lots of water from rivers behind dams like the Hoover Dam."

I get that destroying dams would cause greater fluctuations in water flow rates downstream. Over the long term, however, how would destroying dams cause a net increase in annual water flow rates? Are we actually letting out less aggregate water than comes in, causing dam lakes to actually grow larger each year and dooming them to inevitably flood over the dams creating them? I thought dams merely regulated water flow after building up a large reservoir to spin the turbines for electricity generation.

more than 2 years ago
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House Websites Jammed After Obama Debt Speech

IndigoDarkwolf Re:Will it make a difference? (1042 comments)

Actually, it /was/ more-or-less self-sustaining, then the baby boomers didn't have kids at the same rate as their parents, and the Ponzi scheme it's based on started to fall apart.

Social Security had been planned on the assumption that the U.S. population would always have more income-earning tax payers than retired geriatrics, costing individual Americans a small amount of money each year to take care of the relatively few Social Security payouts. This is why I call it a Ponzi scheme: the program is premised on paying retirees using the money currently being gathered from taxpayers, and has been since its inception. There was no phase of the program where taxpayers began paying in but Social Security wasn't paying out.

The problem is that two things changed. First, the baby boom happened, which initially meant Social Security was in its heyday, but the relatively better-educated baby boomer kids didn't themselves continue to have children at the same rate as their parents. Second, the baby boom generation has seen the benefit of vastly improved health care, prolonging their life and, consequently, increasing the number of retired Americans drawing on social security.

True, Congress took money from Social Security instead of raising taxes, but the result is simply that they've accelerated what was inevitable anyways. I don't think there was any way the baby boomers could have paid enough into Social Security to avoid this outcome.

Also true, Social Security is not the only long-term problem facing the U.S. budget, nor is it the biggest. Medicare is probably the single biggest contributor to the U.S.'s long-term budget. Also, if we keep raising the debt limit for the country, then paying back those debts may eclipse even Medicare.

more than 3 years ago
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I would soonest put my trust in a ...

IndigoDarkwolf Re:Robotic Chef (312 comments)

In fact it's really more akin to an alarm clock that will go off at various points throughout the day at the slightest action or perceived lack of action from yourself or, in some cases without any discernible trigger whatsoever.

Sounds like my cellphone, but without the vibration features.

more than 3 years ago
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No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age

IndigoDarkwolf Re:Child of the 80s (473 comments)

Then the answer to global warming is obvious: Re-start the mass use of CFCs!

more than 3 years ago

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"CandySwipe" maker opposes King.com's "Candy Crush Saga" trademark filing

IndigoDarkwolf IndigoDarkwolf writes  |  about 7 months ago

IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "Albert Ransom, of Runsome Apps Inc, has filed an opposition to King.com's "Candy Crush Saga", citing his previously held trademark of the name "Candyswipe" and a veritable Library of Congress' worth of user comments citing confusion between the two. In an open letter published the day of his filing, Albert writes:

I have been quiet, not to exploit the situation, hoping that both sides could agree on a peaceful resolution. However, your move to buy a trademark for the sole purpose of getting away with infringing on the CandySwipe trademark and goodwill just sickens me.

This also contradicts your recent quote by Riccardo in "An open letter on intellectual property" posted on your website which states, "We believe in a thriving game development community, and believe that good game developers – both small and large — have every right to protect the hard work they do and the games they create."

I myself was only trying to protect my hard work.

Opposition filing helpfully summarized by Gamezebo."
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Rapyuta robotic computing engine hits alpha

IndigoDarkwolf IndigoDarkwolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "Smart robotics require heavy computation to perform the most basic tasks, such as differentiating a coffee mug from a pet cat, navigating spaces, and calculating how to pick up an object. Keeping the computing power and data storage for all of this on the robot itself seems impractical and inefficient for the folks at RoboEarth, hence the start of a project called Rapyuta, a Platform-as-a-Service solution for robotic cloud computing.

Rapyuta allows multiple robots to offload expensive computations to other computers, removing the need for packing all that expensive hardware on each and every robot. Further, Rapyuta provides a centralized database of objects to aid robots in identifying new things they encounter in the world, removing the need to keep this information locally. The project is open-source and recently reached alpha. For more information, hit up their website."

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Chris Roberts announces Star Citizen, seeks crowd funding

IndigoDarkwolf IndigoDarkwolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "Chris Roberts, of Strike Commander, Wing Commander, and Privateer fame, has announced his new project, "Star Citizen". A PC-exclusive space sim, Star Citizen promises a highly detailed world, top-end graphics, and elements from both mission-based space sims of Wing Commander yore as well as open-world elements a la Privateer. It is currently expected to launch late in 2014, if they can meet their funding goals. They're asking for the public's help. The main website is already Slashdotted even without Slashdot's help, so they're also taking crowdfunding from their backup site.

Also covered by everyone who cares about PC games."

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Reverb Publishing threatens kittens, has despicable marketing

IndigoDarkwolf IndigoDarkwolf writes  |  about 2 years ago

IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "Reverb is in hot water after using a kitten charity to try and guilt votes from Steam Greenlight users. The company has promised $5,000 to the humane society if Edge of Space is voted in by October 15. If not? Well, let Reverb explain:

"If the game doesn't get approval, that money will disappear, like a puff of smoke in the uncaring wind, leaving poor kitties to survive in the harsh elements, be placed in harm's way and possible be scheduled for euthanasia.""

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Efficient lasers can now be very, very small

IndigoDarkwolf IndigoDarkwolf writes  |  more than 2 years ago

IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "Small lasers are important for telecommunications, optical media, and would be crucial to the development of optical computers. But with traditional laser designs, making tiny lasers means inputting a large amount of energy to create the lased light, among a host of other restrictions. Today, however, the Beeb is reporting a breakthrough in laser technology that will allow extremely tiny lasers with an equally tiny — perhaps even non-existent — energy threshold for lasing. Even better, this new laser technology works at room temperature in the optical frequencies used by telecommunications."
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Scientists create life using artificial amino acid

IndigoDarkwolf IndigoDarkwolf writes  |  about 3 years ago

IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "The Beeb reports that biologists Sebastian Greiss and Jason Chin have genetically modified a multicellular organism (Caenorhabditis elegans, a tiny worm) to combine an amino acid not found in nature into a custom-built protein. The protein created by their genetically-modified worm contained a dye which glows when exposed to UV light. While previous work showed that genetic modification could incorporate non-natural amino acids into custom proteins for single-celled organisms, this is the first time an entire animal has been modified."
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Codemasters the latest victim of hackers

IndigoDarkwolf IndigoDarkwolf writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IndigoDarkwolf writes "Emails have begun rolling out from Codemasters notifying users that their website was compromised June 3. Codemasters.com remains down as of this writing. From the email:
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During the days since the attack we have conducted a thorough investigation in order to ascertain the extent and scope of the breach and have regrettably discovered that the intruder was able to gain access to the following:

Codemasters.com website

Access to the Codemasters corporate website and sub-domains.

DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page

Access to the DiRT 3 VIP code redemption page.

The Codemasters EStore

We believe the following have been compromised: Customer names and addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, encrypted passwords and order history. Please note that no personal payment information was stored with Codemasters as we use external payment providers, meaning your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion.

Codemasters CodeM database

Members' names, usernames, screen names, email addresses, date of birth, encrypted passwords, newsletter preferences, any biographies entered by users, details of last site activity, IP addresses and Xbox Live Gamertags are all believed to have been compromised.

Whilst we do not have confirmation that any of this data was actually downloaded onto an external device, we have to assume that, as access was gained, all of these details were compromised and/or stolen.

The Codemasters.com website will remain offline for the foreseeable future with all Codemasters.com traffic re-directed to the Codemasters Facebook page instead. A new website will launch later in the year.

Advice

For your security, in the first instance we advise you to change any passwords you have associated with other Codemasters accounts. If you use the same login information for other sites, you should change that information too. Furthermore, be extra cautious of potential scams, via email, phone, or post that ask you for personal or sensitive information. Please note that Codemasters will never ask you for any payment data such as credit card numbers or bank account details, nor will Codemasters ask you for passwords or other personal identifying data. Be aware too of fraudulent emails that may outwardly appear to be from Codemasters with links inviting you to visit websites. The safest way to visit your favourite websites is always by typing in the address manually into the address bar of your browser.

Unfortunately, Codemasters is the latest victim in on-going targeted attacks against numerous game companies. We assure you that we are doing everything within our legal means to track down the perpetrators and take action to the full extent of the law."

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Fukushima: What happened and what needs to be done

IndigoDarkwolf IndigoDarkwolf writes  |  more than 3 years ago

IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "The sometimes confused media coverage around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant left me wont for a good summary. Apparently the BBC felt the same way, and delivers with an overview starting from the earthquake and concluding with the current state of the troubled reactors."
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Dogs twice as bad for the environment as SUVs

IndigoDarkwolf IndigoDarkwolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

IndigoDarkwolf (752210) writes "New Scientist has published an article comparing the carbon footprint of animals against that of vehicles and appliances, and come to some interesting conclusions. Imagine the number of animals out comparable to or larger than a German shepherd, and suddenly I'm not worried about the carbon footprint of my 2002 Saturn SL-2. The book referenced by the FA suggests eating dogs to balance the scales."
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