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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

The0retical Re:Gun control however... (856 comments)

A couple of years ago if I looked at the news I'd have thought sharks grew legs, walked up on land, and started eating children out of playgrounds.

Never underestimate the medias ability to over report and hyper sensationalize the fixation of the moment.

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

The0retical Re:California Lawmaker... (856 comments)

This is the same person that wants:

Senate Bill 47 (Yee) expands the definition of “assault weapons” to BAN the future sale of rifles that have been designed/sold and are equipped to use the “bullet button” or similar device, requires NEW “assault weapon” registration of ALL those semi-auto rifles that are currently possessed to retain legal possession in the future, and subjects these firearms to all other “assault weapons” restrictions.

http://legiscan.com/CA/bill/SB47/2013

Senate Bill 108 (Yee) requires mandatory locked storage of firearms within a locked house regardless of whether anyone is present.

http://legiscan.com/CA/bill/SB108/2013

My impression of him is that he is a reactionary that responds to any situation in the most forceful way possible to please the pundits who are calling for action that the constituency doesn't actually want. He doesn't actually understand what he's legislating against in many situations, like as mentioned below the ban on video games for minors but because the pundits call for it something needs to be done.

The 3d printer is no different. Damn all the useful things that can be done with it he doesn't understand it and it can do one bad thing so ban it.

about a year and a half ago
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New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

The0retical Re:how to ban guns in 4 states (632 comments)

It'll go away soon enough. I remember reading an article in PopSci probably 15 years ago about new technology that would embed a sensor in an officers ring so that if it moved more than a couple inches from his hand it would not fire.

I suppose technology has shifted to the point now where it is easier to miniaturize so that it is feasible without having a huge grip, however the only reason that this type of technology gets any attention at all is because, all conspiracy theory aside, it will give any state hostile towards guns an excuse to ban any gun without this technology. I have no doubt with how hard California makes it to stay within it's restrictions that they would be the ones leading the charge and expect the other 40 shall issue / no restriction (AK,VT) states to follow.

about a year and a half ago
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ACLU Asks FTC To Force Carriers To 'Patch Or Replace' Android Devices

The0retical Unintended Consequence (318 comments)

That's all well and fine, my S3 is currently running it, however the vast majority of users will not be able to install CWM or use ADB on their own even with a tutorial. It also has the consequence of voiding the warranty. Yes you could flash back but lets face it most people can barely operate Google Maps without throwing a fit much less flash a ROM.

If this succeeds what you are going to see is a slow down in the market. Manufacturers will not be able to push but a handful of phones every year because they will be expected to support them. So we, the power users, will go from having a new top tier phone every 6 months to maybe one a year, or maybe not at all because there will a monetary consequence to pushing the envelope with brand new hardware combination in every iteration.

The carriers are going to fight it tooth and nail as well because not only will they be forced to get the updates out in a timely fashion (looking at you Verizon), they will be required to utilize their sacred bandwidth, which they already charge too much for, to push the updates.

about a year and a half ago
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Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

The0retical Re:Assange condemns greed? (944 comments)

A moderate opinion on slashdot? How dare you!

You are correct on all points about the Tea Party being co-opted by politicians and the OWS movement also summarily moving in the same direction except it is being subverted by the socialist agenda. I personally believe that this is in no small part due to the 24 hour news cycle pulling some half literate socialist off the street and giving them a bit of barely comprehensible air time. The same thing could be found when the Tea Party movement started, the media grabbed one of the tricorne wearing, misspelled sign waving, isolationists stuck them up in front of the camera and said "Well here's what the Tea Party is." Obviously there are problems on all sides, however the majority of Americans straddle the fence on many many issues despite what the media and the politicians would like you to believe.

There really is no fix all to the situation, however I feel that term limits to prevent professional politicians, and hard caps on campaign spending would be a step in the right direction. It was probably a Slashdot commentator who said it best (so I'm going to rip them off) "Did you ever stop to wonder why someone would spend 80 million dollars to be elected to a 180 thousand dollar a year job? Obviously there is something else going on behind the scenes."

more than 3 years ago
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District Attorney Critiques Gizmodo Emails In iPhone 4 Prototype Case

The0retical Re:Normal communications.. (155 comments)

Granted everyone makes those types of comments however the problem with this situation is that you have an official from an agency established to serve the tax payers deriding one of their constituents to a journalist on record.

There is such a thing as discretion and this DA just stick his foot in his mouth because this is going to be thrown back at him. Hopefully there will be consequences when the next elections come around and constituents finally decide that they cannot have their rights further eroded.

more than 3 years ago
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Stallman: eBooks Are Attacking Our Freedoms

The0retical Re:I sort of agree (510 comments)

I travel a lot and I read a lot so I've also been eyeing an ereader for quite some time. Until recently I've pretty much refused to buy one because I send paperbacks back and forth with my father after one of us gets done with the book and the idea of DRM offends me on pretty much every level. I also read quite a bit of sci-fi, specifically from the publisher Baen, and was unable to find any of that specific publishers books on Amazon or BN. After some searching I found that Baen does offer Ebooks for a couple of dollars less on older releases than a paperback and about half the price on new releases (hardcover only at the moment) through their own webstore without any DRM restrictions. As a result I am buying an ereader when I get home and will be directly supporting a publisher who sees that DRM is an awful idea, and has the advantage of not supporting a middleman like Amazon or BN.

I hope more Slashdotters will support publishers like Baen on their endeavor if only to show that DRM is not needed.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Founders' Jets Caught On WSJ's Radar

The0retical Re:Sorry to sound apologetic... (427 comments)

Steve Jobs was stopped with those items because he was passing through a public terminal to get to his aircraft. If he had boarded through a private gate onto the flight line, which many airports have, he would not have been subject to that scrutiny. It would be similar to boarding a small two seat aircraft at any grass strip or private FBO which are not subject to any security oversight.

more than 3 years ago
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Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

The0retical Re:It's like 1984..but with more Kentucky Bluegras (819 comments)

I actually laughed at that quote too.

Having had a run with the joys of bored suburb code enforcement officers I can tell you first had how nasty these things can get because of an obscure law/city ordinance.

In my case I just told them that it wasn't going to happen and if they wanted to challenge me on it I'll be happy to take them to court and see what a judge thinks. That and I walked down the street and left a 15 minute message on her answering machine with the addresses of every single house on the street who also didn't comply with her petty nit picking, there was something like 10 of them...

more than 4 years ago
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Hollywood Sets $10 Billion Box Office Record

The0retical Hollywood Traditionally Does Well In Recessions (276 comments)

There was an article a while back (no I can't find it with the 2 minutes of searching I did) where a magazine compared the ticket sales of economic recessions during the 90's and early 2000's. The summation of the article was that even with major blockbuster films, like Starwars ep 1, Hollywood made less money than the year before because times were good and people were doing things besides going to the movies, but in economic downturns they actually made more money. The theory was that audiences will attend movies to distract them from all the problems that they have instead of stewing in them.

I'll post it if I can find it but the laziness is running deep tonight.

about 5 years ago
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Russia Claims Large Chunk of North Pole

The0retical Well if we are claiming by ranges... (242 comments)

Can the US claim Quebec and Nova Scotia since the Appalachian mountains run into them?

more than 7 years ago

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Military Dolphins Discover 1800s Torpedo

The0retical The0retical writes  |  about a year and a half ago

The0retical (307064) writes "A couple of mine-sweeping dolphins dredged up what is known as a "Howell torpedo" dating from 1870 to 1889. Only 50 were ever produced this being the second example known to exist. The 11 foot long brass torpedo had a maximum range and speed of 400 yards at 25 knots. The new example will be displayed at Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Wash. along side the only other example."
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Government warrant for Verizon Tracking Data

The0retical The0retical writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The0retical (307064) writes ""On Monday, Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York soundly rejected this line of reasoning. The federal government had asked the courts to order Verizon Wireless to turn over 113 days of location data about a suspect's cell phone. It did so under a provision of the Stored Communications Act that only requires law enforcement to show that the records are "relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation.""

The judge went on to state:

"The fiction that the vast majority of the American population consents to warrantless government access to the records of a significant share of their movements by 'choosing' to carry a cell phone must be rejected," he wrote. "In light of drastic developments in technology, the Fourth Amendment doctrine must evolve to preserve cell-phone user's reasonable expectation of privacy in cumulative cell-site-location records.""

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Y2K Bug Found in Global Warming Data

The0retical The0retical writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The0retical (307064) writes "Daily tech is reporting that there NASA has found a Y2K bug in its global warming data.

"While inspecting historical temperature graphs, he (Steve McIntyre) noticed a strange discontinuity, or "jump" in many locations, all occurring around the time of January, 2000. ...The effect of the correction on global temperatures is minor (some 1-2% less warming than originally thought), but the effect on the U.S. global warming propaganda machine could be huge."

The article also links to the new quietly released Nasa data sheets which has some very interesting new results."
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Stealth Advertising hits the Airwaves

The0retical The0retical writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The0retical writes " Ars Technica has an article about advertisements such as product placments are being inserted into local newscasts in order to generate more revenue for the station as users become much more savvy at timeshifting.

A new study from the University of Oregon has found that local news broadcasts are being infiltrated by advertising at around the same rate that DVR users skip ads.The fact that DVRs allow viewers to skip adverts is seen as one of their biggest benefits by users, but advertisers — and the TV networks that depend on them — are not so happy. Ad buyers don't want to pay full price for slots that viewers will never see, and TV networks are going as far as asking fans not to watch timeshifted programs but instead watch them live, lest the show in question get canceled."

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