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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

MikeRT Left unmentioned about smart guns (394 comments)

Is that none of the politicians demanding them, most of whom are big city liberal politicians, are saying "well if we had smart guns, of course we'd let all law-abiding citizens carry in public." It's just a measure intended to further lock down legal gun ownership disguised as a way to keep criminals from using stolen weapons. Even though theoretically smart guns should make it easier for police to account for gun crime, the people pushing this aren't going to let up because their goal isn't even really to balance freedom and security.

12 hours ago

US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp-out Fraud By Patent Examiners

MikeRT I have a more effective method (117 comments)

Tell them that the leadership has had it with this culture and will start directing the Inspector General to arrest employees who behave in this fashion and charge them with defrauding the federal government. Throw their ass in prison, don't fire them. Contractors get charged with defrauding the federal government and it's no better when a federal employee does it, especially when overtime is involved.

Everyone bitches about fraud, waste and abuse, but the majority of the people who'd unleash the various OIGs and FBI on the civil service are on the right. The moment that, say, a President Rand Paul ordered the OIG to decimate the workforce of the USPTO via prosecutions, you'd have every moderate and left-wing leader howling about how he's "anti-government" and this or that. How the poor civil service is under fire from those evil right wing, corporation-loving conservatives and libertarians.

Look at the VA. The only people who want to bust the VA hard on the right.


Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

MikeRT The dealership model is broken (147 comments)

What dealerships should be demanding is that all car add-ons can be quickly assembled on the fly by their service people. That way, all the car company sends them is a vanilla model and the dealership can quickly upgrade the vehicle to customer taste. There should be only one fully loaded vehicle on the lot any time: the demonstration model. If dealerships could get that worked out and improve their reputation for treating customers, they might have some relevance in the future.

2 days ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

MikeRT 4/1 is enough (523 comments)

When you put an asterick in small text next to it with a footnote that says "assuming that they'll find our TV and movie rental options acceptable and will never want to use Hulu, Netflix, etc."

about a week ago

IT Job Hiring Slumps

MikeRT It would be less of an issue (249 comments)

If companies were greatly limited in how they can hire foreign workers and even outsource. With the news that all net job growth since 2000 went to immigrants the real question is how many H1Bs are actually doing exceptional work versus simply being cheaper? I bet if we outright eliminated the H1B visa and added some padding to the O visa (exceptionally talented, rare skill sets) we could free up several hundred thousand jobs that should be going to Americans.

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit noted that when his local government in Tennessee cracked down on immigration violations, suddenly businesses that relied on low and unskilled workers had to find ways to entice young black workers at legal wages to take them. Guess what? Black unemployment dropped even though not a whole lot of jobs were actually created--if any. It was simply a political matter of forcing businesses to obey the law (imagine that).

The solution is aggressive immigration control, especially deportation of most immigrants at this point. Legal or illegal, doesn't matter. We don't need them. Our country is demonstrably not better off with them, especially the lower skilled ones (in fact anyone who supports mass immigration of lower skilled/unskilled immigrants implicitly hates the black and lower class white communities).

about a week ago

Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

MikeRT Dumb neanderthals (90 comments)

Which is ironic since from what I've read they not only had bigger brains than most modern humans, but they also contributed a good chunk of DNA to Indo-European peoples...

about two weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

MikeRT I don't know if misogeny is entirely a lie (1262 comments)

But I do know that the way most SJWs wield it would, in a civilized society, result in civil and criminal action for defamation. Most of it is just a way of saying "you disagree with me, therefore you are a bigot." That isn't harmless speech. You are attempting to destroy someone's stance for the non-crime of a disagreement.

about two weeks ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

MikeRT Where's the money? (276 comments)

I would hazard to guess that the average grown woman's revenue to the industry is a rounding error of the average middle to upper class teenage boy's revenue for the industry. The industry won't cater to female gamers until there's a value parity between different demographics.

about three weeks ago

Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

MikeRT Did the fall of the Soviet Union (375 comments)

Mean Russia gave up its nuclear arsenal? This title is a very stupid question. The rest of the UK is not going to give up the nukes because Scotland wants to secede, and Scotland will turn them over if it wants to ever have military cooperation from the rest of the UK, let alone the Five Eyes countries and probably NATO.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

MikeRT Learn the tools (548 comments)

The best tools in a language's ecosystem will free you to actually use the language as intended. With Maven that's certainly the case. Once I committed myself to spending a few days really learning how Maven worked and trying various scenarios with it, I almost cried at how much opportunity cost I'd incurred from sticking with Java IDEs in the past before Maven was built in everywhere. By freeing me from Jar hell, making testing as easy as following a convention and "mvn test" and stuff like that, it got 75% of the drudge work out of the way immediately, leaving me to actually learn Java.

about three weeks ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

MikeRT Oh it'll happen... (727 comments)

The day that the various desktop environments decide to cut out the middlemen. When I can go grab an official KDE install disk that gives me a polished KDE experience with the latest kernel and Wayland from, that's the day Windows will start really hurting. Then I can say to my relatives "Linux? Just go get KDE" and there'll be no confusion anymore. If it's KDE compatible, it's KDE compatible. Load the binary, off you go. Just like OS X and Windows.

about three weeks ago

Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

MikeRT Strikingly similar? (181 comments)

Finding differences between that UI and iOS 7 is harder than finding Waldo while legally blind.

about a month ago

Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

MikeRT Bears repeating (126 comments)

For those inclined to make moral equivocations between the NSA and the Russian government, both do what the NSA got caught doing. The difference is that the US Government would have the FBI kicking in this gang's door with a SWAT raid if they were Americans, whereas Putin is probably chuckling right now if he's reading about this.

about a month ago

Comcast Confessions

MikeRT Want more profit? Just do right by the customer (234 comments)

I don't know any Comcast customer who has had a positive experience with their customer service. I also know some who've had Comcast blatantly disregard the details of their contract with respect to price and features a few months into a 12-24 month contract. Frankly, what Comcast needs besides competition from more companies and municipal broadband (via utilities) is a few strategic arrests of employees and executives for fraud. Put a few of their guys in prison for fraudulent business practices, and I'll wager their billing and sales people will wake the f#$% up and do right.

about a month and a half ago

Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

MikeRT The saddest part (75 comments)

Is that Verizon probably knows there's a market for this from market research...

After what's come out about corporations having to feed the surveillance beast, anyone who opts in should be subjected to having their house and cars wiretapped in perpetuity by the NSA with a direct feed to the FBI as the price for their nonchalance toward surveillance.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

MikeRT Elon Musk at Nokia?... (383 comments)

You think Elon Musk went into Nokia with an understanding of what Nokia needed as a business? Or merely a view that whatever they were doing was wrong because it wasn't based on Microsoft stuff?

Don't you mean Stephen Elop? If Elon Musk had taken over Nokia, chances are Nokia would have ended up owning Samsung not being acquired by Microsoft.

about 2 months ago

Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

MikeRT When the great depression really hits (134 comments)

The NSA's actions will be regarded as the modern Smoot-Hawley which set forth the collapse in sales in one of America's last major export industries that set it into motion.

Though in fairness to the NSA, the American people are to blame for their "want my cake and eat it too" mentality on intelligence gathering. When it was discovered that the CIA did a lot of Really Bad Things because, shocker, that's par for the course in normal boots on the ground intelligence work we switched to electronics surveillance and created this mess.

about 2 months ago

Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

MikeRT Sure there is (181 comments)

There is no enforcement mechanism in the event of a dispute with another country, however.

Any company rich enough to get there can probably afford to hire people to defend its claim. Within a few years, they'll probably be rich enough to outright buy a company like Blackwater to serve as a small army to defend their claim if need be. That's the real danger here.

about 2 months ago

Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

MikeRT Say what you will about the US (100 comments)

But there are no credible reports of the US allowing criminals to just wantonly defraud Russian and Chinese citizens. While all of our governments spy on each other (and each other's economies), the US at least tends to take a dim view toward its citizens committing criminal acts against foreigners.

about 2 months ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

MikeRT She's taking a stand for her own irresponsibility (311 comments)

Seriously? Under what logic is it okay to publicly disseminate, often for the express purpose of humiliation, someone else's private photographs whether obtained illegally, surreptitiously, or shared in confidence with you?

You're missing the point. It's not ok, but it is a highly foreseeable consequence of taking nude photographs, much less disseminating them. You'd have to live under a rock and have a Pollyannaish view of human relations in 2014 to have no idea that this is a common consequence. Most often now, it probably happens because someone believes they are special and they won't fall victim to what so many others in their demographic have suffered. In that sense, it is precisely the sort of behavior one expects of a child because children and adolescents are almost completely incapable of believing "you're not special and it could damn well happen to you too."

about 2 months ago


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