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

PrimaryConsult Re:In Japan (215 comments)

Since Japan is one of the most public transit connected / bike friendly countries in the world, the number of people who would need to use a personal motorized vehicle to get home from a bar is rather low.

5 hours ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

PrimaryConsult Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Pretty much this. Though, I wouldn't say avenged so much as, the sheriff would do something about a well liked individual being murdered, and people would be cooperative in the investigation. But the guy who regularly takes a piss in the horse trough, spanks women as they walk by, and randomly shoots his gun spooking the horses in front of the saloon? Must've been hit by a stray bullet.

yesterday
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

PrimaryConsult Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Actually yes. When being an asshole means sooner or later someone will shoot you (and no one will rat on the shooter), there's a lot fewer assholes around.

4 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

PrimaryConsult Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

For a more modern example look at abortion laws. In my great state the politicians are too afraid to go one way or the other so they come up with bullshit like waiting times. In order for a woman to get an abortion she has to wait three days. No reason. She just has to. This is because someone couldn't get an anti abortion law passed so they settled for attempting to shame the woman into keeping the child with arbitrary regulations and rules.

Not to jump into the hornet's nest, but a three day wait is actually pretty reasonable. Some people might be pressured (by parents or the guy) and need a few days to realize they also have the right to choose life, and that there are groups out there that will help alleviate that pressure. There is also a not small number of women who feel they rushed into the decision and regretted it (either for moral reasons or for medical ones resulting from unexpected complications). If the woman is the type to be shamed out of it in three days, imagine if the shame came after it was too late to undo?

They have five day waits for firearms, a three day wait for something more controversial than the 2nd amendment shouldn't be too much to ask...

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

PrimaryConsult Re:Contact tracing the second nurse (381 comments)

The only options would be Canada and Mexico followed by a land crossing, and I think we could get Canada to agree to a similar quarantine. At a US airport it doesn't matter how many countries you pass through beforehand, unless you've (illegally) ripped out the page from your passport that has the stamp for the country in question, or gotten some other country's immigration officer to cover it with a sticker, the evidence would easily spotted.

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

PrimaryConsult Re:Contact tracing the second nurse (381 comments)

You cannot prevent an American citizen from returning home. However, a mandatory, no exceptions 60 day quarantine would have worked (60 days from departure of affected country).

5 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

PrimaryConsult Re:Oh great (546 comments)

Probably more an ancient Unix backend. My college for the longest time truncated the Unix passwords to the first 8 characters (both when setting and authenticating). We used to type in the first 8 letters carefully then type an additional 10 characters randomly to confuse shoulder surfers... this was still the case as late as 2008.

about a week ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

PrimaryConsult Re:A bit of a straw-man (238 comments)

The problem is, using cash is "leaving money on the table" if you have credit cards with any sort of rewards program. Unless there is a cash discount, when you pay cash you are in essence subsidizing the credit card users.

That said, I will try to use cash at small busnesses / independent stores to help show support...

about two weeks ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

PrimaryConsult Re:Would this be legal if a proposed law passes? (249 comments)

The same way in my state it is illegal to charge extra for a credit card transaction, but not illegal to offer a discount for using cash. Thus, the "cash price" vs "credit price" at gas stations...

about a month ago
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China's Island Factory

PrimaryConsult Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

I only have layman interests in languages. I don't particularly want to read some wikipedia article on languages.

As do I, though I have taken a few linguistic courses as well. In any case, 'layman interests' is exactly what Wikipedia is for. I sent you to the specific section of the page which answers your question, unlike your relativity example which is the top level page of something I did not express any interest in (to you). If you don't care enough to read the Wikipedia article, being that you're an AC, I'm not sure you're worth answering anyway.

If you must know *why* I think it is that great, The part I linked to is where it explains that the design of the letters is based on the position of the mouth when making the sound. The other reason it is that there's only a handful of "letters" but they group together to form blocks. Each block makes a complete syllable (so that it flows naturally when reading) but unlike other phonetic alphabets such as Kana, you do not need to memorize every possible block to learn to read / write, just the component letters and the positioning cues.

about a month ago
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China's Island Factory

PrimaryConsult Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Or, I have better things to do than read slashdot 3 hours after posting?

In any case, here is the relevant section of the wikipedia article on Hangul, which does a far better job at explaining than I can.

Now go back under your rock, troll.

about a month ago
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China's Island Factory

PrimaryConsult Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Everyone uses / used the Chinese alphabet because they were "first past the post" in the region, not because the Chinese at one point owned it all.

The Japanese learned it when they sent scholars to learn in China. They then proceeded to improve on it by making simpler alphabets (Kana) so that it did not take 10 years of dedicated study to learn enough to read/write a shopping list.

The Koreans acquired the writing system through Buddhism, and they too decided to improve on it and made Hangul (IMO the most efficient and logical alphabet in the world).

The Vietnamese also borrowed it, but managed to so badly screw the writing system up while trying to improve on it that they gave up on their version and picked up the Roman alphabet from the Portuguese instead.

about a month and a half ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

PrimaryConsult Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

You might want to learn to read usernames; I'm not the GP.

And unless you have a ", MD" after your name, you have no more qualification to discuss this than the rest of us, so why don't you take your profanity laced drivel and shove it up your ass.

about a month and a half ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

PrimaryConsult Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

Of course not, but let me put it in sysadmin terms:
System a is having a problem
System b with a slightly different configuration is avoiding the problem

When trying to solve the "problem" the normal way (Documentation, Google) fails usually you start making "a" look more like "b" until the problem goes away. Or are you saying that finding a working example of what you are trying to accomplish is not extremely valuable?

about 2 months ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

PrimaryConsult Re:Hire Engineers as Employees. (212 comments)

That's what we do with Oracle and we're actually doing pretty well with them. We only let them build the dev environment, train our staff, and create documentation. The other environments are built entirely by the people they trained using the documentation provided, and once we are confident we can rebuild the system even if Oracle vanished off the face of the earth, we send the consultants on their way. This approach should be done with *any* vendor though.

about 2 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

PrimaryConsult Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

The config overwriting used to annoy me as well, but the universal solution is to chattr +i the file that keeps getting overwritten. There's often an added bonus that whatever keeps overwriting it generates an error logged to the console or syslog whenever it tries again, providing a nice breadcrumb to figure out what's overwriting it.

about 2 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

PrimaryConsult Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

Maybe they were doing it wrong but it was easy to get freecell to run by copying the .exe into a different folder and calling it notepad.exe...

about 2 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

PrimaryConsult Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

1/2: It's more expensive and behind schedule *because* of the red tape and NIMBYism.
3: Certainly feasible, considering they built highways to connect these same cities. Also, it will be popular considering the pokey slow train and megabuses that connect the same cities sell out regularly.
4: You know that the money would never go to that purpose. And in 20 years when this thing is finally done, the cost of air travel will undoubtedly have gone up. So what you are essentially arguing here is that the poor should be priced out of speedy transportation within their own state.

about 2 months ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

PrimaryConsult Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

A *properly run* government office will use the work from home days and other perks that are not in the union contract as incentives to keep employees working at a decent pace. If they have to re-apply for those perks every quarter, and poor performance means denial, people won't slack.

Some places will use desk locations and shift hours as other motivators... to find the competent employees, look for the ones with a desk by the window or who's hours begin before 8.

I recall one small agency had an entire floor where they sent all of the problem employees, assigned to do only unrewarding repetitive work. Work that provided no useful or transferable experience. Bad managers were sent there to manage the bad employees. They even had a few nicknames for the floor, names that when spoken would immediately get a slacker back to work.

Bottom line: creativity is required on management's part but as long as there is wiggle room, what happened at the USPTO can be prevented without any drastic changes to the actual rules.

about 2 months ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

PrimaryConsult Re:Comcast engineer here (224 comments)

Similar anecdote here, but a DOT engineer in our state was forced out when he complimented his agency on their response to a major storm. After the (predictable) public outcry, along with some lawyers offering to take up the case as he may not have even violated the rules, they doubled-down on ruining this guy's life by revealing things from his past disciplinary record that had already been addressed in order to try and vilify him in the press.

Moral: Even if you have only nice and helpful things to say, don't say anything at all.

about 2 months ago

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