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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Skynyrd Re:Great one more fail (561 comments)

"3) Many policemen would far prefer that their gun not be useable if someone takes it away from them."

That may be the case, but cops will be the last group to accept technology like this. It may be forced on them buy the department, but the men and women in uniforms, who are actually on the street do not want this tech.

2 days ago

High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Skynyrd Re:Great one more fail (561 comments)

The guy who shot himself in the dick was the owner of the gun, and I assume his fingerprints would have allowed him to shoot himself in the dick with this gun as well.

What problem did this gun theoretically solve?

2 days ago

Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

Skynyrd Re:Chip and PIN (132 comments)

I'm refinancing my house at the moment. Having my card stolen will raise all sorts of flags, and either about or delay the process.

My property won't be missing if I run up a massive credit card bill, but it would potentially cause me hours and hours of work, a bunch of money, and a shit-load of stress. I'd rather that the problem be fixed instead of ignoring it for another bunch of years.

about two weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Skynyrd Perhaps AT&T and Comcast believe that too (542 comments)

That might explain why Comcast and AT&T are so shitty and slow.
I didn't realize they were run my militant clerics, but now it all makes sense.

about two weeks ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Skynyrd Cops are above the law (463 comments)

Once again (still) cops are above the law.

They demand respect, yet show none. Departments overlook and hide massive crimes committed by their officers.

This is just typical cop behavior.

about two weeks ago

States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Skynyrd Re:Up is down and hot is cold... (217 comments)

Are we living in crazy town, or is the will of the people finally being heard?

We are living in crazy town.
Our representatives don't represent us any more; they obey the special interest dollar.

I don't see a positive future for the US. Either the middle class will continue to get fucked until everybody is at the poverty level (except the uber-wealthy) or there will be a civil war. Neither one will end well. We will continue to be distracted with issues like gay marriage, legal weed, NASCAR and celebrity dating (even though two of those actually matter) until one or the other happens. I am glad I have about 40 years of life left, and didn't bring kids into the world.

about two weeks ago

Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Skynyrd Water witching (266 comments)

I know it sounds batshit crazy. I know it's not science. I know I'll be moderated to "shutup dumbass". I'll say it anyway.

I grew up in rural Oregon. My family moved there in the early 70's, from California. We bought a big chunk of land, with nothing but trees on it. We pitched two tents, and started searching for the best house site. We filled 5 gallon bottles at the neighbors for a while, until we decided where to build the house.

The neighbor's father was a well witcher. We assumed that it was part of a big joke on the city slickers, but humored him, and let him witch the well. He had a forked stick, and walked around for 30 minutes with it. He said "drill here. at 60 feet, you'll get 10gpm, but keep going to 80. At 80, you'll get 20gpm". We offered him money, and he said this was a gift from God, and he refused any sort of payment.

When the drilling rig showed up, they asked where we wanted to drill. Keep in mind that there are no maps, no charts, *nothing* to tell you where to dig. The guy with the truck will always suggest a spot; the one with the easiest access for his giant truck. So we drilled where the old man suggested. The driller shrugged his shoulders when we told him to keep drilling when he hit good water at 60 feet; he gets paid by the foot, regardless of water output. We got 20gpm at 80 feet (I don't remember the exact numbers, but it was within a foot or tow, and a gallon or two).

20 years later, my folks built another house on the property. They got the well witched again. It was a different guy, but a very similar story. "Gift from God, no payment". Accurate prediction of depth and volume of water.

If I didn't see it myself, I'd call bullshit.

That said, I'm sure there's a million scammers out the now.

about three weeks ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Skynyrd Re:Not really "Bay Area" (135 comments)

I guess it is. After 12 to 24 hours, the press stopped saying "Bay Area" and switched to "Northern California".

about three weeks ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Skynyrd Just like retail (275 comments)

WalMart can offer goods for less money than my local mom & pop store. If mom & pop want to stay in business, they need to offer something WalMart doesn't.

Dropbox, Box and the rest need to offer something the others don't, go under, or get purchased. Just like in the real world.

I use Dropbox for personal things, and it's fine. It's also free, which may not be a permanent business model.
I use Box for work, and I have found their customer service to be slightly better than Comcast. If it was my choice, we'd drop them and find a company that is capable of supporting its paying corporate customers.

about three weeks ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Skynyrd Re:Not really "Bay Area" (135 comments)

People outside the Bay Area think of it as the Bay Area.
People inside the Bay Area don't need to be told that they are in an area where an earthquake just occurred.

A better headline uses the phrase "Northern California". Causing unnecessary panic and fear by calling it in the wrong (but more highly populated) area is just lazy, sensationalist journalism.

about three weeks ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Skynyrd Not really "Bay Area" (135 comments)

The quake was in Napa, which most people don't consider to be the Bay Area. Yes, it's nearby, but it's not really the Bay Area.
When the headlines read "Massive Quake Hits Bay Area!", most people will think of places like San Francisco and Oakland. According to Google Maps, Oakland to Napa County Airport (near the epicenter) is 37 miles and my guess is 30 miles in a straight line.

See that map here:

In my part of Oakland, it was big enough to wake me up, but nothing rattled or hit the floor.

Napa got hammered, but the Bay Area just got its dishes rattled.

I saw a bunch of panic on social media this morning, from people out of the area. All they saw was "Bay Area Earthquake" in the media.

about three weeks ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Skynyrd Real, or FUD from Koch brothers? (521 comments)

There have been reports of FUD from the Koch brothers, trying to slow down the growth of alternative energy.

I wonder who's making sure this gets lots of press, and what the real numbers are.

about a month ago

Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

Skynyrd Something isn't right with this (214 comments)

"it must be affordable, and its neighborhood must be walkable."
"Other top areas included... The Mission District, Lower Haight, and Russian Hill, San Francisco; "

The median 1 bedroom apartment in SF (in the Mission) is now over $3,000 per month.

It's walkable, but I wouldn't consider that to be affordable.

about a month ago

San Francisco Airport Testing Beacon System For Blind Travelers

Skynyrd So ironic (61 comments)

SFO is one of the worst offenders in the "poorly labeled airports" category. Even with good eyesight, it's a mess to navigate.

Perhaps they can learn something from this project, and use it on sighted users as well.

about a month and a half ago

Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

Skynyrd Re:Disaster (127 comments)

They won't sell enough MakerBots to keep an MB employee in the store all the time. They will probably be there for the introduction and special events, but not on a daily basis.

about 2 months ago

Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

Skynyrd Disaster (127 comments)

People who are savvy will buy online, or from a trusted source. Only people who have no clue will but from Home Depot. If you're reading this, would you buy a MakerBot from HD? Of course not.

Most of the people who work there don't know a 2x4 from a hammer; this will just be a fucking disaster.

about 2 months ago

Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

Skynyrd Re:So... (311 comments)

I sure hope it can, because a snow plow is going to destroy those pretty glass panels.

about 3 months ago

What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

Skynyrd Must be easy as possible (301 comments)

People are terrible drivers. Yes, there are exceptions, but in general humans aren't good at it. It's become too easy to drive, with too many distractions and too many safety features.

I think we need to go down path A or B.

A) Make it really difficult to get a driver's license, and have severe penalties for distracted driving (texting, drinking, etc...). This will never happen in the US.

B) Give up, and continue to let anybody with a pulse operate a car. If that's the case, we need to do everything possible to get them out from behind the wheel, including relaxed requirements for autonomous vehicle operators. Insurance still needs to be mandatory (and I would consider allowing a "no insurance, no motion" interlock on the car.

about 4 months ago

Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

Skynyrd No. (190 comments)

Sac has a terrible reputation in California. It's always been the laughingstock of the area; like a bigger Fresno or Merced. I stayed for a few days a few years ago, and was *frequently* asked by locals, "why are you *here*?".

Oakland, on the other hand is 1/2 the price of SF and a 20 minute subway ride away.

about 4 months ago

Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

Skynyrd Crack pipe dream (193 comments)

Are you fucking kidding? Our infrastructure is close to third world status. We can't even fill the potholes, but we'll toss around the idea of solar powered glow in the dark bullshit?

New car headlights are better than ever. They are simply fantastic. Reflective paint on the side of the road is simple, cheap and works well.

Let's solve the real problems first, and teach people to pay attention when they drive.

about 4 months ago


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