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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Kagetsuki Re:In Japan (329 comments)

NO. If you are a family member or close to someone WHO ACTUALLY HAS A FUCKING GUN and knows how to handle it they can teach you how to handle it. They can also accompany you when you go hunting because going hunting alone is a good way to get yourself killed or stranded or in some other bad situation. And they only get preference - it's like a referral. Just because you don't know someone doesn't mean you won't get a license.

Stop selectivly reading my comments to try and fit them into your alternate-reality dystopia where society is unfair and only the 1% get guns which they can use to hunt the 99% for sport. Also that should totally be a book.

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Kagetsuki Re:In Japan (329 comments)

I would have said "hot pot" or something but I think the image most people would have gotten different imagery in their head.

Gifu style Boar nabe [shishi nabe]: http://deli-aurora.net/wp-cont...

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Kagetsuki Re:In Japan (329 comments)

The connected people are more likely to have experience and be more used to being around guns. They also have known hunting partners/mentors.

The prices are about 4x or so what they are in the US. This is mainly due to registrations / tagging / adding serial numbers etc. The thing is the animals they take they also get very very good prices on - so active hunters who are even moderately good will tend to retire from their day jobs (which is a dream of many hunters in the US).

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Kagetsuki Re:In Japan (329 comments)

No. The people getting these licenses are certainly not rich. The licenses are granted to indviduals who will actually use them when needed. Certain animals such as boars need to have populations controlled etc. The only reason family members and friends of existing license holders get preference is because they've been around and understand how the guns work AND will have an accessable mentor and hunting partner from the get-go.

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Kagetsuki Re:In Japan (329 comments)

Actually depending on the area you can still get hunting licenses - the thing is there is a limit and family and friends of existing hunters usually get preference. One of my employees happens to be the son of a hunter in Nagano and he's got a license. When he goes home during winter holiday he'll often bring us back some boar or deer meat. Having grown up for part of my life in Colorado the deer meat is especially appreciated, and boar meat goes great in a winter nabe.

That said, even with a license they have extreme limits on what kinds of guns and how much ammo they can have. Ammo needs to have serial numbers and can only be purchased at very specfic places - and the prices are outrageous. The yearly license fees on the guns are apprently pretty expensive too.

4 days ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Kagetsuki Re:language != abuse (387 comments)

Aaaaaah, wow... That's actually pretty terrible. We just went through quite a bit to get a tool called Phantom SVG generating sort of a hackish frame animation system working - but in the process we went through a lot of the SVG spec and analyzed the DOM etc. During that process we realized a lot of people are using CSS and JavaScript to do things that SVG already does... and also found a whole bunch functionality that does the exact same thing replicated 5 different ways. On top of that Google did an absolutely awful job of implementing SVG event handling and chaining.

I'm all for cleaner DOMs and well defined specs but if people keep mixing web stuff like CSS and JavaScript into SVGs they may as well just be HTML to begin with - which is an awful awful solution and anyone who comes to that conclusion because all they deal with is web browsers should be beaten. SVG should render, animation included, with SVG specific libraries (RSVG, etc.) that only parse the SVG specific DOM. If I can't open your SVG in Inkscape because you have some strange CSS transform and some extension that only works on the web the first thing I'm going to do is vaccume/lint it, re-save it and tell you to fix it in raw SVG. Seriously.

BTW, check out the source for this: http://www.gakuengine.com/asse...
Pure SVG animation [written by hand]. SVG can do that all on its own. I hope people stop disreguarding this functionality and stop treating SVG like a second class citizen to HTML/CSS/JS.

about a week ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Kagetsuki Re:language != abuse (387 comments)

Wow, that is an awesome follow up comment. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

From what gets standardized and the sometimes very long time it takes to get standardized I always just assumed the W3C was kind of a hostile place. I've also heard stories about a few issues (particularly about two specific media file formats) where apparently the discussion was not a friendly one due to a specific party having an agenda. After hearing those stories I think I just assumed that was what the W3C was like in general. Then there's the issue of things that are in the standard that browser makers decided selectively not to implement even after years of being in the standard and issues being put on trackers and ignored or set to "invalid" or "will not fix" or whatever - I always just sort of assumed this was a "fuck you" from that particular maker.

One point in your post brings up some questions for me: you mention Google (and often Mozilla) deciding to drop support for freatures... and mention SVG. Google/Mozilla are looking to drop support for SVG? Or did you mean they are pressing for more SVG support? FF SVG support is excellent, Chrome not so much but it pretty much works so I'm not sure why they would want to get rid of it...?

Anyway, thanks for one of the most interesting responses I've gotten in a while.

about a week ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Kagetsuki Re:language != abuse (387 comments)

This. Absolutely this.

Though in the case of GNOME if you know about the development team and how depressingly under-funded and under-staffed they are I can understand. Case in point is GNOME Terminal - transparency was removed and bug report was immediately closed. The thing was the whole back end to Terminal was re-written and re-implementing transparency (it's "working" in edge right now btw.) was a super low priority issue compared to other more major issues. They certainly could have won some sympathy by actually providing an explanation as simple as "we've got some more pressing issues but we're looking at implemeting this in the future" - so bad on them there for sure but they did in fact eventually get around to it.

But as for Pottering and the W3C you are damn right. Pottering is the self proclaimed genius Kanye West of Open Source and the W3C is 80% composed of members who only want their own features implemented their own way for their own beneft and absolutely hate every other member so much they will impede any of their proposals out of pure spite.

about a week ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Kagetsuki Re:Maybe I imagined it... (387 comments)

I don't think you understand the problem, but first off this whole argument is moot though because you can release things as separate modules for the kernel. If your super-awesome idea doesn't get upstreamed it's probably for a good reason - and if you still think it should be then release a module and see it get popular and *proven*. This has happened many many times and it is exactly the way it should continue to happen - if you think your idea is awesome and your code is flawless then prove it and come back.

Poettering and his team are fucks who don't care if they release code that breaks shit and that absoultely CAN NOT happen. They pushed a bunch of patches that caused showstopper bugs which could have crippled tens of thousands of servers etc. had they been upstreamed. Then when Linus told them he wouldn't even consider upstreaming any of their code until they cleaned up their act and started being more clean and careful they get all pissy and say they won't work with Linus again.

Honestly I don't see why people are taking the sides of a self-proclaimed rock-star coder VS someone who called out said rock-stair coder for pushing code that epicly breaks shit and used "mean" words in the process. Poettering needs to realize if he released shit code he deserves to be called a fucking jackass; and the appropriate response to that is to fucking fix your code and stop assuming he's so awesome he doesn't need to test his code or hear out the people telling him there are problems.

about a week ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

Kagetsuki Re:If Oracle wins, Bell Labs owns the world. (146 comments)

The Oracle/Google decision by the appellate court is tantamount to conferring patent protections for a copyright. That is, because Louis L'Amour copyrighted his western novels, nobody else can pen a western.

That is a fantastically easy to understand analogy! Somebody needs to mod you up.

about two weeks ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

Kagetsuki Re:Oracle (146 comments)

I'm hoestly hoping to get something like "+3, Flamebait" :P

about two weeks ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

Kagetsuki Re:Oracle (146 comments)

Visual J++: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...

First paragraph starts with:
"While J++ conformed to the Java language specification, Microsoft did not implement certain features of the official Sun Java implementation in its Visual J++ product line. Remote Method Invocation (Java RMI) and Java Native Interface (JNI) are such examples.[2][3]

In addition, J++ implemented other extensions that were not part of Sun's Java implementation. The inclusion of callbacks and delegates for event handling further contributed to defining J++ as a completely different language merely based on an already existing design concept."

Not really worth reading past that... Also someone further down in the comments here covered it in detail.

about two weeks ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

Kagetsuki Re:Oracle (146 comments)

You're talking about Visual J or whatever, and it was a big thing because they customized it and made it so it was no longer standard Java. Write code for Visual J and often it wouldn't work for regular Java. There were a bunch of windows-only extensions and stuff too.

about two weeks ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

Kagetsuki Oracle (146 comments)

Fuck you. You are everything wrong with the software industry.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

Kagetsuki Offsite data backup + insure your hardware (408 comments)

Data. Use an offsite backup service or do like me and set up an offsite backup with rsync over ssh to a remote location under your control. All my drives or home folders are encrypted so even if the boxes do get stolen I won't have to worry as much. As long as my data is safe who cares about hardware that insurance will pay to replace?

This strategy also protects you from floods, fires, etc. Not just theft.

about 5 months ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Kagetsuki Re:Journalistic Style (234 comments)

[Unfortunately?] No. Though I can't think of any post soviet ally that has actually benefitted or gotten ahead from having debt written off. It also occurs to me that many of those states with debt were basically given the debt - Russia gave them things like gas and lumber at particularly low rates but didn't take payment or only took partial payment. So once the debt built up they'd use it as sort of a threat to not go against them. Case in point: Ukraine just got a huge gas bill from Russia http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c211... .

about 6 months ago
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Japan Orders Military To Strike Any New North Korea Missiles

Kagetsuki Re:Japan wants to shoot down NK missiles every tim (107 comments)

The policy has been to shoot down any missiles that had a trajectory indicating they could hit somewhere on land. Up until now no missile launch has really done that. There was one that came extremely close about last year and since then the discussion has been weather or not to start shooting them down reguardless of trajectory or broaden the "acceptable" limits and start shooting down missiles that look like they could come close.

The actual defense systems in place are some of the most advanced anti-missile defense systems available, save for perhaps Iron Dome in Israel.

about 7 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

Kagetsuki Good...? (279 comments)

I think it's good Shuttleworth was able to suck up his pride and go along with this decision to prevent fragmentation. I do however call the original decision slightly into question, but that's only because I've gotten sort of used to upstart. Hopefully anything good that was implemented in upstart but was not in systemd will make its way over.

about 8 months ago
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Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

Kagetsuki Re:Pollution from China (259 comments)

Ah! RoHS completely skipped my mind. Why would the US have even complained about that?

It does remind me of something I heard once though. Apparently an American ordered colored plastic rulers from China. The rulers that arrived had lead in the plastic. Because of the lead content they couldn't be sold [to children], so the American freaked out at the Chinese suppler and asked "what if children were to stick these in their mouths and suck on them". The Chinese supplier, confused, asked "why would children smart enough to use rulers be stupid enough to stick them in their mouths and suck on them?".

about 9 months ago
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Up To a Quarter of California Smog Comes From China

Kagetsuki Re:Pollution from China (259 comments)

Very well put. The only catch is politicians from China will freak out if the US tries to put in such restrictions, and politicians from the US will freak out once the EU tries to put in such restrictions. It's a shame governments tend to look out for national profit rather than global welfare.

Actually, what ever happened to the Kyoto Protocol? That seemed like something that could work and I remember hearing it did have a positive effect, but you don't seem to hear about it or anything like it lately.

about 9 months ago

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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 5 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Standardized education teaches a limited curriculum without accounting for anything students achieve outside of that curriculum. GAKU Engine is an open source school management system that sets out to change that. It lets schools manage their standard curriculum, yet augments it by tracking extracurricular accomplishments and integrating with external educational services."
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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 5 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Remember that bad grade you got in that class that one time? If your school had been using GAKU Engine you could have picked up some badges from Code School, or learned to solder at a Maker fair, or gotten a red belt in Karate to put on your grade report and balance it out.

Nearly every school in the world uses a School Management System. Often these are inflexible and proprietary closed source solutions which can cost over $100k a year. GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable FOSS School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to replace closed source solutions, it aims to let schools break free of sticking to a standardized education and give students credit for all the skills and knowledge they acquire outside of school. Schools can also enhance their educational offerings with external content and services. They can augment student records with badges, achievements, and licenses. Plus there’s an extension system and an API so new functionality can be added and other systems can be integrated."

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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 5 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Many schools pay over $100k a year on proprietary, inflexible, closed source School Management Systems. Some systems come bundled with full curriculum packages or integrated learning systems which cost schools millions in tablet computers and student licenses. Schools need a full featured, standards compliant system that is flexible, extendable, free of vendor lock-in, can be integrated with any curriculum or integrating learning system, and is free to use without a license.

GAKU Engine [meaning “Learning Engine” in Japanese] is a full featured, customizable and extendable Free Open Source School Management system. But the objective of GAKU Engine isn’t just to to run a standardized education; it aims to let schools break free of the standard by enhancing their educational offerings with external content and services, and augment student records with badges and achievements. With your help the base system could be completed and running in schools within the year."

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FOSS School Management to Augment Education

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about 4 months ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "It’s ironic you’ll often find a poster of Einstein in schools as, after being flunked out and declared an idiot by his instructors, he had a disdain for formal education. Standardized education has become the result of countless committees deciding what they believe it is important for students to know and generalizing when and how they should learn it. This complete disregard for neurodiversity and ignorance of students who excel outside of the standard curriculum has failed Einstein and many other alternative and revolutionary thinkers. Now, programs like the US Common Core are going to very quickly make this situation worse.

GAKU Engine [“Learning Engine” in Japanese] is an FOSS School Management System that wants to change that. It’s built to support all the needs of a school providing a standardized education, but also comes equipped with tools to augment it. The core system comes with badge system integration, tools to record awards / achievements / licenses, and a system to integrate information from external educational services and other schools. It’s open source so anyone can modify it and has an extension system and an API so anyone can extend or integrate with it."

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New Animated PNG creation tools intend to bring APNG into mainstream use

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about a year ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "While grainy GIF images can have entertaining uses they aren't the ideal animated image format due to lack of full color support and an alpha channel [for varied transparency]. Animated PNG doesn't have these faults and has been available and incorporated in quite a few browsers since roughly 2004. Lack of tools and recogniting has hurt adoption, so to remedy this there is a campaign on kickstarter to create an Open Source, high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". Even the primary goal includes libraries/modules for C/C++ and Ruby along with a cross platform GUI authoring tool. Aside from supporting the project simply using APNG willl help raise interest and support in the standard and bring us one step closer to a world with cleaner animated images."
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kickstarter campaign to bring Animated PNG into the mainstream with new tools

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about a year ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create an OSS high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved."
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apngasm kickstarter to create high quality Animated PNG conversion libraries

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about a year ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create a high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm" here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/apngasm-foss-animated-png-tools-and-apng-standardi . If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved."
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Free Open Source Emoji Project on KickStarter

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "There's a project on KickStarter for a Free and Open set of emoji [the grapical emoticon glyph set which has a block reserved in Unicode]. Currently there are no full sets of Emoji that are completely free (as in beer and and freedom), so if this project gets funded it will be the first and only set of emoji that can, say, be distributed with FLOSS Linux/BSD/GNU systems. Not to mention anyone will be able to incorporate them into any project without any restrictive conditions. Check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/phantom-open-emoji ."
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Chinese Anti-Japan Protests Escalate

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Chinese have been protesting against Japan for the last few weeks over Japan nationalizing the [previously privately owned] Senkaku islands. These islands are internationally recognized as Japanese territory, but when it was discovered there is a large oil field under them China began claiming the territory as their own. More details on this situation can be found here: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/senkaku.htm . Since the protests began the Japanese embassador to China has died under suspicious circumstances: https://rt.com/news/japan-china-island-dispute-protest-244/ and Chinese citizens have taken to looting and destroying every Japanese owned establishment and product they can find: http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2012/09/16/chinese-hate-for-japan-burns-at-fever-pitch/."
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Dealing with the Business Software Alliance?

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kagetsuki writes "We've just gotten a letter from an attorney representing the Business Software Alliance stating someone (we're certain it's a disgruntled former employee) submitted information we are using illegally copied software. The thing is we're not using illegally copied software, all commercial software we are using we have licenses for. Still, according to articles on the BSA that's irrelevant and they'll end up suing us anyway. So we now need a lawyer to deal with their claims and we don't have the money — this will surely be the end of the company I've sunk all my savings and 3 years of my life into. My question is has anybody dealt with the Business Software Alliance before? What action should I take? Is there any sort of recourse we can take to try and recover financially, or at least cover our legal fees?

As a side note Adobe is a member of the BSA. As Flash and AIR are some of our primary release platforms all the software we own happens to be from Adobe. We've also been a very pro-Adobe shop and have gone out of our way to defend our choices in using Adobe platforms (AS3 is great, check out the free Flex compiler!). Please, if any Adobe employees read this: do something, anything to get the BSA off of us!"
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Sharp NetWalker Sub-Netbook to be released 9/25

Kagetsuki Kagetsuki writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kagetsuki writes "The Sharp NetWalker (http://www.sharp.co.jp/netwalker/), a tiny netbook with an ARM Cortex core, OpenGL ES2.0, running a custom version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix will be released in Japan on September 25th. Yes, an ARM netbook with standard OpenGL ES 2.0 that runs a fully vendor supported Linux distrobution — and it fits in your pocket! It features a unique optical pointing device that is sort of like a track pad for your thumb (which works great and takes little getting used to), and of course includes a stylus and touchscreen as well. Sharp claims battery life of about 10 hours and the unit includes UBS 2.0 and WLAN. In store demo units can be found all across Japan, and I've personally confirmed it can play full screen ogg theora/vorbis files without dropping frames, ran some GL demos very nicely, and generally found no lag in application response time at all. Perhaps most impressive is application start up time, FireFox started within seconds and gnome-terminal almost instantaneously. I found the keyboard a bit difficult to use due to size, but the keys have a solid click to them which I liked. Prices range from 39,000 Yen to 45,000 Yen (about $400US to $460US) depending on what store you purchase from. I've got mine reserved already."
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