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Interviews: Ask Bre Pettis About Making Things

Lab Rat Jason Is welding (MIG) on the horizin? (69 comments)

Similar to the metal powder sintering question above... MIG welding is an additive process that could be used to make 3D parts, similar to the way a plasma CAM cuts out parts.... is there any hope that 3D printing will go this direction or is it too imprecise to make decent parts?

about a week ago
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New MU-MIMO Standard Could Allow For Gigabit WiFi Throughput

Lab Rat Jason So..... (32 comments)

...Token Ring is back?

about two weeks ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

Lab Rat Jason Re:That's a great plan... (197 comments)

That indeed was my point... I had a friend once who was a cricket subscriber... one day out of whimsy he used the web developer plugin in firefox to change methods from get to post, and without submitting ANY information at all he was logged in as a random cricket subscriber (we guessed it was actually the last successful session)... He never reported it because he was scared of being accused of hacking (this was before responsible disclosure was a thing). The point is carriers are stupid, and they are the gatekeepers for things like this.
 
However, it should be pointed out, that it is very likely that some hacker somewhere has imagined the glory of being the one to wipe out all iPhones on the planet... it's just that nobody has been successful so far.
 
As I said above in another response... collective eggs, meet singular basket.

about 2 months ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

Lab Rat Jason Re:That's a great plan... (197 comments)

It's funny how you immediately jump to the "the immediate response on /." bit. Use some critical thinking here: Right now, phones have become a critical lifeline to a lot of people... not just for playing flappybird.

The original article was about creating a *standard* for disabling all phones. Collective eggs, meet singular basket.

about 2 months ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

Lab Rat Jason That's a great plan... (197 comments)

... until someone hacks into a carriers network, and deactivates and wipes EVERY PHONE on the carriers registry.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Lab Rat Jason Ask your boss... (716 comments)

... if he wants to be paid only when each employee under his direction is 100% satisfied in their employment. See how long that shit flies.

about 2 months ago
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GPUs Keep Getting Faster, But Your Eyes Can't Tell

Lab Rat Jason Not just about pixels... (291 comments)

It's not just about resolution and frames per second... it's about color depth, shading complexity, depth of field, reflection, iridescence and phong. There are TONS of other dimensions that could be included in games that can benefit from a faster GPU. Parent post is somewhat naive... Games should play like hollywood movies at 60fps before we even talk about slowing down.

about 6 months ago
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Experian Sold Social Security Numbers To ID Theft Service

Lab Rat Jason Re:And when will Experian be charged? (390 comments)

But then you'd be living under the burden of the People's Republik of Kalifornia.

about 6 months ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

Lab Rat Jason Re:He totally misseed the apathy card (530 comments)

While my 4Runner is commonly called an SUV... it has a box frame, and as such I refer to it as a "truck" among friends. To me, a box frame is the defining characteristic, even if it doesn't have a bed per se.

about 7 months ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

Lab Rat Jason Re:He totally misseed the apathy card (530 comments)

I think you guys are missing my point... it's not about my SUV (I actually DO care about which type of hulking polluting SUV I buy)... everyone from the SUV driver to the mega corporation is apathetic... "I'm just a little old coal fueled power plant in Delta, UT... why should I change the way I do things when it won't matter one bit! Look at how much they are polluting in Virginia!"... to which Virginia replies: "Look what they are doing in China, Brazil..."

What I mean to say is that everyone has someone else to point the finger at, so we are all playing chicken with each other to see who will flinch first. Nobody wants to be the first to jeopardize their bottom line while everyone else gets to flout the rules.

about 8 months ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

Lab Rat Jason He totally misseed the apathy card (530 comments)

I simply feel apathetic about the situation. Changing my behavior won't change everyone else's behavior. Why should I stop driving my big SUV when everyone else still gets to go out and have fun in their SUVs? The apathy view of the situation is what stops most people from actively changing their behavior.

about 8 months ago
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Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

Lab Rat Jason Here's an idea: (395 comments)

Make it illegal for the government to do anything that would potentially induce people of moral and ethical upbringing to report those actions to the media...

about 8 months ago
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NASA To Send Poems To Mars

Lab Rat Jason Time to thumb a ride off this rock (106 comments)

It seems that we have become the Vogons. Let me try my hand: Flaming poetry: Fireball on the launch pad is Inevitable

about 8 months ago
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J.K. Rowling Should Try the Voting Algorithm

Lab Rat Jason Maybe it's the money? (128 comments)

I believe JK Rowling wants to sell her work rather than give it away. Answering an intellectual question isn't half as nice as proving it to your peers with wheelbarrows of cash.

about 9 months ago
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TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

Lab Rat Jason Re:Police State? (453 comments)

Actually, Amerika is a police republic.

about 9 months ago
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USPS Logs All Snail Mail For Law Enforcement

Lab Rat Jason Witness the birth... (324 comments)

... of snail TOR.

address your envelope and seal it up in another: addressed to a snailTOR node.

You're welcome Amerika.

about 9 months ago
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To Hack Back Or Not To Hack Back?

Lab Rat Jason The idea that you have to deal with this alone... (183 comments)

... is part of the problem I run a website small enough that I (perhaps foolishly) get an email for EVERY failed http request. This makes it easy for me to spot patterns of failed hacks and even build some automated detection of hack attempts into my system. I have had LIMITED success with reporting the hack back to the machine owner. I do this because I figure, either A) it's almost always a compromised machine and therefore unfair and unhelpful to try to hack back, or B) a rogue admin is using company hardware to launch attacks in the off-hours. Either way, the company is made aware that their assets are being abused, and will hopefully have the smarts to fix it, and in the case of "B", the admin has probably lost their job and doesn't know which site reported his abuse, which in turn improves my chances of not getting a retaliation attack later. I'd guess that 95% of all attempts on my system are from compromised systems, and of those, 90% are script kiddies... always trying to access phpMyAdmin, wp-login, or some other randomly psudo-important folder such as /admin or /login. In the rare cases where the server appears to be out of country, or not owned by a recognizable company, I simply opt for the ban-hammer. I ban via database rather than the router because I don't have access to the router... which is nice because it lets me dream about formulating plans for some XKCD style mind-F#@King. Point is: Reporting the abuse will likely not net an arrest let alone fame and glory, but if enough people are reporting the abuse, someone will take notice and do something about it. Also, no matter how you slice it, reporting the abuse through the proper channels decreases the odds that the hacker will KNOW it was you who reported the abuse, and now people with better tracking skills that myself are working on it.

about 10 months ago
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Google Glass: What's With All the Hate?

Lab Rat Jason Re:It doesn't even make any sense (775 comments)

I call bullshit on the custom ROM argument. You may very well be capable of loading a custom ROM on YOUR GG, but I defy you to say that you would be capable or even willing to maintain custom ROMs for all of your associates and family. Once you've loaded a custom ROM you are excluded from any future automatic updates/security patches. It's not any different than the current problem with Android fragmentation and custom ROMs. If you follow that logic, it leads to a place nobody wants to be.

about a year ago
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Curiosity Rewarded: Florida Teen Heading to Space Camp, Not Jail

Lab Rat Jason Re:in my class (241 comments)

The original story brought race into it: It said she was getting all this harassment while a while kid who accidentally shot and killed his brother with a BB gun was getting no charges. I think it is absolutely imperative to acknowledge that race could be a contributing factor to the severity of peoples reactions. I'm glad that reasonable people have seen this for what it really is, and the young lady is getting an opportunity instead of being held back. Also: shame on your for bringing the "F" word into it... ;)

about a year ago

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Ask Slashdot: Do you run a copy-cat installation at home?

Lab Rat Jason Lab Rat Jason writes  |  about 4 months ago

Lab Rat Jason (2495638) writes "During a discussion with my wife last night, I came to the realization that the primary reason I have a Hadoop cluster tucked under my desk at home (I work in an office) is because my drive for learning is too aggressive for my IT department's security policy, as well as their hardware budget. But on closer inspection the issue runs even deeper than that. Time spent working on the somewhat menial tasks of the day job prevent me from spending time learning new tech that could help me do the job better. So I do my learning on my own time. As I thought about it, I don't know a single developer who DOESN'T have a home setup that allows them to tinker in a more relaxed environment. Or put another way, my home setup represents the place I wish my company was going.

So my question to Slashdot is this: How many of you find yourselves investing personal time to learn things that will directly benefit your employer, and how many of you are able to separate 'church and state?'"

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