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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Wait! (856 comments)

Mr. Yee, what about banning pressure cookers? We've just proved even morons can make effective explosive devices out of pressure cookers!

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Re:3D Lego Printers (856 comments)

... but they'll have to walk barefoot across a huge room with a floor littered with thousands of loose legos first!

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Re:Regulate gunpowder (856 comments)

I'm pretty sure black power is just sulphur, charcoal, and saltpeter... and that's without bothering to even google the recipe. People have been casting their own bullets out of lead for hundreds of years now. Machining your own brass shell casings is probably more trouble than it's worth, but there are literally billions of them already out there, and they are generally reusable. Hardest part to make is the primer, but understand those are made out of mercury fulminate, which my dorm mate made in his room in college -- and he was a computer scientist, not a chemist. Wan't to skip all the complicated stuff, go back to using single-shot muzzle loaders, preferably flintlock. 200 year-old technology pretty easy to replicate today. And most likely pretty easy to make one that won't trigger a metal detector.

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Re:Great fear mongering!!! (856 comments)

Mostly plasting, except for the metal end carrying the primer, and of course the metal shot inside. But yes, I'm sure somebody has by now made non-ferrous ammo to go with the non-ferrous guns that have been around for a long time. In fact, ceramics are pretty strong now. I wouldn't reuse them like brass shell casings, but I'm pretty sure they could be designed to survive a single shot.

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Re:No one tell him... (856 comments)

Zip guns are single-shot. Printed guns take clips and are multiple shot until they jam, which should happen within the first few clips. Both are fun toys, but nothing I'd bet my life on when a Glock or Walther PPK are still relatively cheap.

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Re:No one tell him... (856 comments)

Nobody buys a $1000 3D printer to make just one item, just like nobody plants a field of marijuana to get just one joint. Yee doesn't want the people that now go into the drug business to go into the gun illegal gun parts manufacturing business. But Pandora's box is already open, and stuffing everything back inside is now impossible... existing 3D printers can be used to make more 3D printers, in fact most 3D printers come with blueprints to replace easily warn parts and recommend that he first thing you make is spare parts!

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Re:No terrorist needs a 3D printer (856 comments)

Kind of like Restraining Orders... because obviously anybody planning on breaking the existing laws against assault and/or murder is going to totally change their mind when a judge says coming within 100 yards of their intended victim is now against the law!

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Re:Horrible things? (856 comments)

A homemade gun is a lot less reliable than a cheap firearm, and no harder to trace than any weapon with the serial number filed off. Wait, don't tell Lee that, or next he'll propose outlawing files!

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Re:Lawmaker wants sheet metal to be regulated (856 comments)

My coworker is a lot smater than Leland Yee-haw, and has figured out that the best way to make knife blades is by taking old hardened carbide steel files and grinding them down. I check his prototype, and yes, it had a much better edge on it than you could possibly get with a 3D printer. And yes, anything you can make with a 3D printer you can make much better with a full machine shop, provided you know what you're doing. When I was in college, my dorm mate went down to the local chemical store and bought everything he needed to make pyrotechnics (ok, the mercury for the mercury fulminate he made was stolen from the college chemstry lab). Kids can't do that anymore, because lawmakers can't tell the difference between pyrotechnics and explosives. Every fireworks display uses mortars, with the same name and principle of operation as the mortars used on the battefield. We now strongly discourage all Americans from learning how to make things for themselves, and as a consequence the Chinese are now much better at machining than we are.

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Re:Ride the knee jerk (856 comments)

I though .22 gage zip guns were made from car radio antennas... silly me. Yes, some steel pipe would be a lot more sturdy.

about a year and a half ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Locke2005 Moron... (856 comments)

Does Leland Lee really not realize you can use a 3D printer to build a 3D printer?!?

about a year and a half ago
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There Is No Reason At All To Use MySQL: MariaDB, MySQL Founder Michael Widenius

Locke2005 Speaking of economic interest... (241 comments)

Oracle has a HUGE economic interest in making sure MySQL sucks bad enough that customers buy Oracle databases instead.

about a year and a half ago
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WWDC Sells Out In 2 Minutes; Ticket On eBay 45 Minutes Later

Locke2005 Re:remember when this was for developers? (162 comments)

$1600 seems an awful lot to pay for being a fanboy. Actual developers should be having their company pick up the expenses. Who pays the expenses of fanboys?

about a year and a half ago
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WWDC Sells Out In 2 Minutes; Ticket On eBay 45 Minutes Later

Locke2005 Why? (162 comments)

Aren't they going to stream all the sessions live on the web to anyone with an Apple Dev ID? I'm not sure what that $1600 buys you. There are probably some hardware and software handouts, but aren't those available by other means as well?

about a year and a half ago
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Disney Announces "One Star Wars Movie Per Year" Plan

Locke2005 Re:Isn't Jar Jar in line with (342 comments)

Chewbacca doesn't say stupid things in a phony Jamaican accent.

about a year and a half ago
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British Woman's Twitter Comments Spark Expensive Libel Claims

Locke2005 Re:The Truth is Never Libelous (303 comments)

Agreed, there is a small set of symptoms for which chiropractic treatment is actually useful. For example, my father had a pinched nerve in his shoulder that it really seemed to help with. The problem is that some chiropractors make wild claims for all sorts of benefits for "spinal alignment" for which there is no valid scientific proof. If all chiropractors would just stick with the symptoms that it makes sense for (and I'm sure many do) we'd have a lot more respect for them.

about a year and a half ago
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Hyundai's Flying Car Flies For an Audience

Locke2005 Re:More Lift (96 comments)

The "wobbly as hell" is a control system problem. Engines don't react in real time, so you've got to be proactive to balance the lift and keep it level. Seems to me this would be a much easier problem with only 4 rotors.

about a year and a half ago
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Hyundai's Flying Car Flies For an Audience

Locke2005 Re:Already done. (96 comments)

Electric?!? What's the range, a couple hundred feet before the battery goes dead? There are rotax engines that barely have the power-to-weight ratio necessary to make this work, but even then you don't have enough payload capacity to carry any decent amount of fuel. So it's only good for short flights for small people. But then jet packs are only good for a 60-second flight. Need a lot more range to make them useful and safe.

about a year and a half ago

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HP and Oracle now officially in a pissing contest

Locke2005 Locke2005 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Locke2005 (849178) writes "Now that Larry has hired his pal Mark (recently fired by HP), HP is suing Oracle on the grounds that Mark can't possibly do his job at Oracle without revealing HP trade secrets! Sorry, HP... maybe you should have given Mark a lobotomy before you fired him. I smell a countersuit for restrain of trade, defamation, and interfering in business practices in 3, 2, 1..."
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EFF Assails YouTube for Removing 'Hitler Finds Out

Locke2005 Locke2005 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Locke2005 (849178) writes "In what promises to be one of the quickest threads to become Godwinned, YouTube has pulled scores of parodies of the "Hitler Finds Out" scene from the movie Downfall. Ironically, I had never heard of this movie before this — and now I want to watch it."
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Oregon Education Association madness

Locke2005 Locke2005 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Locke2005 (849178) writes "Tuesday I made the mistake of reading some of John Taylor Gatto's essays, then remarking in writing to my daughter's teacher and her boss that "I believe you are a racist, a pathological liar, and a child abuser." Now her lawyer, paid for by the Oregon Education Association, is threatening to sue me for "defamation" and interference with business relations because I believe her actions in punishing my child for going to the restroom without first asking permission to avoid defecating in her pants amount to child abuse. (I believe unjust punishment is abuse.) I am now ordered to "cease making any statements which could interfere with her business relations" — in other words, I am not allowed to complain about how she treats my daughter, or the fact that my daughter isn't learning math in a school where 2/3 of African-American students don't meet the Oregon NCLB minimum requirements for math aptitude under the Adequate Yearly Progress report card. Of course, since the Oregon AYP minimum group size is 21 and there were only 17 African-American students in her school last year, the fact that they are failing to educate blacks at an alarming rate is irrelevant and marked as "Not Applicable" instead of "Not Met" on the AYP report card! (This is a huge incentive to small schools to avoid accepting any minority students because that would push them over the minimum group size limit and actually make them accountable.) This is how far we have strayed from teacher responsibility — according to the OEA, not only do teachers have no obligation to insure that your child gets an education, but they will sue you if you complain about it, because it might cost them their job! I believe the best response to this barratry would be to publicize it as widely as possible. How do you think I should respond?"

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