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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:Reliability is key. (414 comments)

Lots of folks need guns badly to defend themselves without going out and looking for trouble.

13 hours ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:Reliability is key. (414 comments)

That's because you're generalizing improperly. Any gun that does not infallibly go bang whenever you pull the trigger is useless. That one gun is broken does not make all guns broken.

13 hours ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:But what about... (414 comments)

The problem is that the mere existence and sale of such a gun will force every gun sold in New Jersey to have it...so whether it's designed to become mandatory or not, it will be.

13 hours ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:But what about... (414 comments)

Electronics don't fail just because of loss of power, you know...

And if gun ban advocates truly want safety, they'd work to repeal that NJ law. As things stand, ti's nothing less than a back-door gun ban, and unconstitutional.

yesterday
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:When you abolutely, positively need a gun now! (414 comments)

All what accidental deaths? The number is tiny - less than 100 a year. That number is also dropping monotonically every year, and has done so since the 1930s.

If you want to end kids' accidental deaths, get rid of bathtubs and swimming pools. They kill far more.

yesterday
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:But what about... (414 comments)

Accidental use of guns causes fewer deaths than just about any other accident you can name. The number is small, and has been dropping monotonically since the 1930s.

Unauthorized use of guns is not going to be significantly impacted by something like this. There are far too many out there without it, and those will never be retrofitted.

yesterday
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:999 (414 comments)

Perhaps it's a user interface limitation, instead of a storage limitation?

yesterday
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Jay Maynard Re:Reliability is key. (414 comments)

It must not be simply reliable. It must be infallible: it must work instantly, every time. Otherwise, any gun with the technology is useless.

You never need a gun until you need it badly - and if it fails, you're worse off than if you did not have it to begin with.

yesterday
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Jay Maynard Re:C++ is an over bloated monster (427 comments)

I'm fluent in C. I understand C statics fine. What gets me is their interaction with classes and instances and...

I'm not complaining about templates mainly because I'm keeping my fingers the hell out of them!

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Jay Maynard Re:C++ is an over bloated monster (427 comments)

It's not? Interviews aren't supposed to be full of nothing but softball questions.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Jay Maynard Re:C++ is an over bloated monster (427 comments)

Don't get me started on Boost. It's caused me more than a little headache all by itself...like, say, trying to build a specific version against a specific version of OS X.

about 1 month ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Jay Maynard Re:C++ is an over bloated monster (427 comments)

As I said, I learned about it by hacking on it. That's my point: you can't discover that kind of thing by hacking. With that said, got any suggestions about where I pick up what you think are the basics?

about 1 month ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Jay Maynard C++ is an over bloated monster (427 comments)

I learned C++ the hard way: by hacking on a million-LOC program. It's taught me to loathe the language. It's big, complex, and incomprehensible. I once spent three days chasing a bug through a twisty little maze of templates, all different. I routinely struggle with the implications of static vs. not, member variables vs. globals vs. statics, functions that are part of a class vs. those that aren't... Getting code to even compile is often an exercise in trying something, running the build process, then trying something else, lather, rinse, repeat. It's left me frustrated enough to want to drive to College Station and scream at the walls.

All of this has left me wishing for the days of C, in which I'm quite fluent.

Nevertheless, the world seems (perhaps overly) enamored of C++, and I'm probably going to have to deal with it. How do I learn to at least tolerate it, if not like it, instead of actively hating it?

about 1 month ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

Jay Maynard You can still run old Skype... (267 comments)

What the story doesn't mention is that, compared to Skype 2.8, the Skype 5/6 user interfere sucks. Users have been complaining ever since it was rolled out, and Skype's answer has always been to use 2.8.

Fortunately, there's a way to make the old version not check for updates: use your local DNS or hosts file to address ui.skype.com to 127.0.0.1. The update check fails, and Skype 2.8 runs, fat, dumb, and happy. I'm pretty sure this works for older versions of 5 or 6, as well.

about a month ago
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EFF Releases Wireless Router Firmware For Open Access Points

Jay Maynard EFF strikes again... (56 comments)

This is just another spammer and net criminal enabler. The EFF has long fought against efforts to end spam. Encouraging wide-open net access with no accountability is just another step down that road.

The EFF: enabling spammers since the 1990s.

about 2 months ago
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Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

Jay Maynard Time to get rid of Tor (122 comments)

Tor has only ever been an enabler for spammers and other criminals, making it possible for them to hide their tracks. Time to get rid of it.

about 2 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Jay Maynard Re:CAGW is a trojan horse (725 comments)

Sorry, but the burden of proof lies with CAGW advocates, not skeptics. You're seeking to overturn the world's economic system and replace it with government control. That extreme a change requires strong proof, and it's just not there.

about 2 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Jay Maynard Re:CAGW is a trojan horse (725 comments)

And I note the standard Slashdot moderation is in full effect: "I disagree with it, therefore it must be trolling."

about 2 months ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Jay Maynard Re: CAGW is a trojan horse (725 comments)

Science isn't decided by consensus. It's decided by predictive power and explanatory power. Nothing else. CAGW has neither.

about 2 months ago

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IBM Breaks Open Source Patent Pledge

Jay Maynard Jay Maynard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jay Maynard (54798) writes "IBM has broken the pledge it made in 2005 not to assert 500 patents against open source software. In a letter sent to Roger Bowler, president of TurboHercules SA, IBM's Mark Anzani, head of their mainframe business, claimed that the Hercules open-source emulator (disclaimer: I manage the open source project) infringes on at least 106 issued patents and 67 more applied for. Included in that list is two that it pledged not to assert in 2005. In a blog entry, the NoSoftwarePatents campaign's Florian Mueller said that "IBM is using patent warfare in order to protect its highly lucrative mainframe monopoly against Free and Open Source Software." I have to agree: from where I sit, IBM likes Open Source only as long as they don't have to compete with it."
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CodeWeavers to give away software tomorrow

Jay Maynard Jay Maynard writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jay Maynard writes "Falling gas prices have left more money in everyone's pocket. They'll do something else: Because the price of gas has fallen below $2.79 a gallon in the Twin Cities, CodeWeavers will give away their software tomorrow. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has the scoop: "When CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White saw that gas was $2.79 a gallon during a recent fill-up, "I screamed, 'Woohoo!' Then I yelled, 'Oh, crap!' as I realized every American can now have my software for free — kind of upsets my fourth-quarter revenue projections," he said.""
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Judge in Capitol v. Thomas Considers New Trial

Jay Maynard Jay Maynard writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jay Maynard writes "The judge in Capitol Records v. Thomas said today he's thinking about granting a new trial because he may have committed a "manifest error of law" in his jury instructions. He says that his instruction that simply uploading music to a P2P network without any proof that anyone actually downloaded it may conflict with a case in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals that said "infringement of [the distribution right] requires an actual dissemination''. Briefs are due by May 29, with oral argument July 1. The judge invited friend of the court briefs by May 29, as well."
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