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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Jarik C-Bol Re:the solution: (462 comments)

Which is probably the most intelligent thing a politician has done this year. If a person has the time, money, skills, and tools to use a CNC mill to finish an AR lower, they probably are not in the violent crime lifestyle.

6 hours ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Jarik C-Bol Re:So? (473 comments)

Like puddles, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, oceans, and other large bodies of water? As viewed from the air, at some angles, those are blindingly bright.

2 days ago
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New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

Jarik C-Bol Really? (65 comments)

This is fairly interesting news, but did we need SIX links to the same information on six different websites in the FIRST sentence of the summary? What that all about?

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Jarik C-Bol Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Thats the whole reason I came to this thread. To watch the "Anthropogenic Climate Change" crowd vs the "Global Warming is a Myth" crowd flame war. *munches popcorn* I stopped trying to reason with either side ages ago, now I just come to learn new and more interesting ways of insulting people.

about two weeks ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Jarik C-Bol Re:Use this for cancer (106 comments)

That actually seems like a really good idea. (from my "Not a doctor" point of view anyways) You better email it to someone who actually cares enough to try it, instead of posting it here, where we jaded internet people will just call you names.

about two weeks ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Jarik C-Bol R Lee Ermey (210 comments)

I usually just do my best to channel R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket, laced with the dredges of 4Chan and Bash.org, and see how long it takes for them to hang up under the verbal onslaught. Some of them last several paragraphs.

about three weeks ago
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X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

Jarik C-Bol Re:Just as long as it's not XK-class. (145 comments)

Of course, if you read the article, it says that the effects will be at worst serious radio interference, some high voltage alarms on sensitive equipment that has monitors, and some transformer damage if the storm lasts long enough, but mainly in the higher latitudes. Not exactly world ending.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Jarik C-Bol Re:Before and After (730 comments)

Because that happens at all anymore. There is literally ONE store in my town that takes cards that does not have the "Customer Side" card swipe, not that it matters, because reading the name on the card does absolutely nothing if you have no ID to compare it to. You pretty much never hand your card to the cashier anymore, and none of them are trained to expect you to. Yeah, its a great idea "confirm they are the owner of the card" which means you need the actual credit card, their drivers license/ID card, and a deep sense of giving a shit. In reality, its "Get the customer out of the store so you can help the next one."

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Jarik C-Bol Re:Lame (730 comments)

Actually, I suspect that this is more efficient than "toss it on the pad" simply because the variables are closely controlled. The watch goes onto the charger in a particular way, which means all the magnetic fields are aligned precisely allowing for as much optimization as is possible. Besides, this opens up a market for fancy stands to hold the end of the charger, allowing you to have a little holder on your nightstand that you put your watch on, letting it double as a bedside clock or whatever. trust me, there will be all sorts of hipster "hand crafted bamboo AppleWatch charging stands" within a month or so.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Jarik C-Bol Re:I like... (643 comments)

Ok, stop being a dipshit and look some stuff up. here's a good starting point:
http://www.thewire.com/nationa...

If you're to lazy to read that, here's the condensed version: Most available "Body Cams" for cops use a system where the cop turns the camera on when responding to a call/situation via a double click on a single button on the device. (exactly when the cop is required to turn on the device is decided by department regulations) They can stop recording via the same input. The devices have no controls to erase data, and it is stored until the unit returns to base, at which time it uploads to a secure server run by the manufacturer of the device, which is essentially a digital evidence vault. In the vault, it can only be accessed by verified administrators, usually police chiefs. Now, you may say "well the cop can just turn off the recorder if they want to do something bad." Sure, and at that point, they would be violating department regulations, and subject the case to a lot MORE scrutiny. The online system logs who and when anyone accesses the video in the vault, and wether or not it is copied out of the vault. The point is, the infrastructure is already in place, with hardware available through at least 3 different companies, with extremely well thought out safeguards against the exact sort of asshattery everyone here is claiming will go on if cops are required to use body cams.

No mater what, going from a "this story versus that story" to "two stories, and some video" is an great step towards fair treatment and accurately administered justice.

about a month ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Jarik C-Bol Re:North Korea not listed? (158 comments)

Its hard to represent negative numbers in this sort of graph.

about a month ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Jarik C-Bol Re:Doesn't work (158 comments)

The page the map is on first caused my browser to alert me that it has an invalid security cert, and then was blocked by the security settings in my DNS filter (which is set pretty wide open for the most part, i mainly use it for blocking content I don't want to see). Thats a cool place to store a internet censorship map.

about a month ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

Jarik C-Bol Re:Wouldn't it be rejected? (77 comments)

You missed the entire point of the project.
The idea is not to grow new organs in animals for transplant into people, but to develop the means to inject a 'starter kit' of cells into the patient, and have the patient grow a new organ right in their own body.
So, for someone missing a lung to cancer, or a kidney, or a thymus, (apparently this is what they grew in the test) maybe a spleen, those things you can live without for a bit, (aided by modern medicine obviously) while your body manufactures a new one using their starter kit of cells. I suppose, now that I think about it, they might even be able to eventually grow you a new heart while your body ran on an artificial heart for a bit. The end goal here is to end the need for transplants by being able to force the body to build a new part from scratch. They pointed out that, at this stage, the technique still has the risk of rejection by the body, because it starts with fetal cells (they did this in mice by the way) but their goal is to eventually produce the same results using cells from the end host, so there is no rejection issues.

about a month ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

Jarik C-Bol Re:I admit to putting too much time into Flappy Bi (113 comments)

Basically Nguyen has managed to commercialize the "deliberately worthless" control scheme of QWER that is "just" simple enough to make your brain say "hey, this is simple, so it should be easy!" QWER was magical because your brain says "I know how walking works, I can do this". same with Flappy Bird, your brain says "I get gravity" and you spend 30 minutes swearing at the screen, but sort of having fun. I tried Swing Copters, and it has none of the things that made the first two "addicting" because it lacks that little tiny bit of intuitiveness that the others had. While Copters has the same theory, in my mind, it lacks the core feature, thus making it infuriating, without any of the fun.

about a month ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Jarik C-Bol Or in other words: (273 comments)

Or to put it another way:
We still have no fucking clue how the planet works as a whole, so this new thing is scary.

about a month ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Jarik C-Bol Re:Come on, people! (239 comments)

No shit. Using change.org for this sort of thing is like bitching to the manager of a Walmart about how the McDonalds in another town screwed up your order, and you expect him to fix it.

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Jarik C-Bol Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

I think I've developed a statement that may adiquately describe the correlation between FPS and real war.

"Killing in war video games is to holding your breath, as killing in real war is to holding your breath while someone holds your head under water."

Its a bit cumbersome, but it accurately describes it, as far as I can tell.

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Jarik C-Bol A better question (421 comments)

A better question might be; why is it that education is one of the few things we seem to be getting worse at as we advance? More hours in school does not seem to be translating into better trained, more educated, economically useful graduates, but rather the opposite.

about 2 months ago

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Scale of the Universe as a game

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "Newgrounds user Fotoshop has created a game which allows users to zoom in and out, exploring the scale of universe from the largest distances we can discern, down to quantum foam. Interesting descriptions and explanations abound as you travel through the range of measurements. Well worth a look."
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New Red Faction game in the works

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "in a very short article, CVG released the fact they had been informed by THQ that a new red faction game is in the the making. article at : http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?i d=169331 we can only hope it uses the destructable environments better than Red Faction 2. Which many of us red faction fans considered a bit of a letdown after the original."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "With the recent post about ebay in a lawsuit over its "buy it now" button against MercExchange L.L.C. (whom i had never heard of untill today) I pose the question. Has patent law become to lax, in that it allows the patent of "common sense" ideas? Honestly, I doubt anyone had any inkling that someone had patented the buy it now button when they added the code and functionality to ebays website. How far are we from an age where creating a web service, no matter how mundane, is 90% making sure you didn't violate someone's archaic patent of some menial detail. I say that this is an obvious case of how we need to take a serious look at what can and cannot be patented in this country."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol writes "http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/873aae7bf86c0 110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html Popular Science has a report on a machine that uses plasma to render anything short of nuclear waste down to is base elements, and use the results to drive generators that produce more power than the machine uses. Its creator has big plans to save the world, one landfill at a time. Hopes are that once in place, we will solve our garbage problems, and be producing cheep easy electricity from the junk we throw away. Here's to hoping, maybe this one will pan out, according to the article, it is being implemented in several cities across the country."

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