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

Whorhay Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (322 comments)

I don't think the laws were actually limited to guns. I can't find an easy cite at the moment but I seem to remember that peasants were forbidden from possessing any purpose built weapons. And that many martial arts weapons were improvised from farming tools or other items that weren't necessarily weapons.

2 days ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Whorhay Re:Isn't "Cutting the Wind" cheating? (254 comments)

I thought about that too. That said maybe someone should put together a mechanical device to accomplish all of this. You could probably do it very effectively with a large cargo van with part of the floor cut out.

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

Whorhay Re:Technical claims as reported puzzling (208 comments)

I believe the Defense actually showed that did not actually happen. The logs which are in evidence from the server show that the supposed CAPTCHA leak never happened. The CAPTCHA story was apparently an atempt at parallel construction that failed. So now the defense team is working to get all the evidence gathered as a result thrown out. The prosecution is stuck either revealing their potentially illegal methods or hoping that the Judge just really likes them.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Whorhay Re:Really? (304 comments)

I've worn out one very cheap generic keyboard in the last twelve years, and replaced it with an almost equally cheap board that I replaced recently just because I could. The first functioned just fine until some specific keys started to not respond reliably, the spacebare even had a nice indent from where my left thumb always rested. I think that first keyboard cost $6 and lasted about as many years. The second was around $20 and I only just replaced after seven years of use because I just wanted something nicer. Now I use a Microsoft Sidewinder or something like that, the big features that I wanted out of it was anti ghosting and being spill proof so my toddler can't ruin it as readily.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Whorhay Slander or Libel (742 comments)

Possible grounds for lawsuit, Slander or Libel?

about two weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

Whorhay Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (278 comments)

I guess Embassy Suites fits in the middle somewhere. The last time I stayed at one the parking and made to order breakfast was free. The internet access though was expensive and only available via wifi, there was no wired access at all.

about three weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Whorhay Re:This device is not new or interesting (651 comments)

I don't even think it'd require all that many steps if you designed a weapon meant to be built and assembled by amateurs. During WW2 some clever people actually designed what became known as the STEN, which could be easily produced in significant numbers by resistance fighters and used the ammunition stolen or looted from the Germans. Sure if you want to replicate something as complicated as an M-4 you are looking at a lot of work, but something like a STEN could be done much more easily.

about three weeks ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

Whorhay Re:Hodor (127 comments)

How do you have a story that doesn't have a plot. You could have a one sentence story and it would still have a plot. Not every story has a complicated plot, but a plot is pretty much just a simpler explanation of events.

And as the Anon's have already said, Breaking Bad had a well done ending. I would add that the ending for Dexter was good also.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Whorhay Re:Camel = Horse designed by committee... (644 comments)

I've never really understood the use of having multiple desktops under the same user. To me it has always struck me as a way of making work harder because now you have things seperated even further. I like having two monitors because I want more desktop space, using virtual desktops doesn't give you more space because you still end up tabbing back and forth between them.

about three weeks ago
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

Whorhay Re:Strange rewards for top funding level (106 comments)

Because giving you a $200 per diem likely doesn't cost them $200. For instance if that money has to be spent at specific vendors that they have worked out a deal with. This is one of the things that the US and organizations like The Gates Foundation get criticized for. It's like company script in place of being given cash, you can only spend that script at the company store, where the company is happy to sell you a $10 shovel that only cost them $5 to obtain and stock. The US frequently gives foreign aid with the stipulation that it be spent on US goods and services, the gates foundation likes to drive business to partnered for profit businesses.

about three weeks ago
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

Whorhay Re:Chromecast (106 comments)

I picked out my current TV based on a number of other variables and eneded up with a barely smart TV with 3D. The Netflix 3D selection is pretty sad, but Youtube has more stuff, and the kids/cousins love watching stuff in 3D. And since I have young children who don't like baby sitters I occassionally treat the wife and myself to a 3D blu-ray of something we would have liked to see in the theatres, and as exepensive as movie tickets are these days it's just as cost effective to own the blu-ray DvD combo pack.

about three weeks ago
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

Whorhay Re:no $12 deal for you (106 comments)

This was probably in the firehose long before it showed on the frontpage. I wouldn't expect any limited number offer like that to survive more than 60 seconds once it made it to Slashdot in any fashion. We're lucky that the kickstarter servers didn't just crash and burn under the load that a posting here can bring.

about three weeks ago
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

Whorhay Re:Chromecast (106 comments)

This is of interest for me exactly because it isn't locked to using Chrome. I've only ever used Chrome when I was trying to establish if a website's functionality was just broke or if it was a Firefox problem.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Whorhay Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

That is a cool feature I was previously unaware of. However I still won't pin stuff because I hate the way it takes up taskbar space, and when you have a number of applications open, they then aren't displayed in the order that you opened them on the taskbar.

about three weeks ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

Whorhay Re:How to judge "real" Thai food (103 comments)

Most everybody loves food, regardless of what culture they come form. And just because someone is genetically linked to one culture doesn't mean that they are predisposed to favor that cultures foods over another. I can't tell you how many times I've met people who were the first generation of their family raised in the US, and when asked about their favorite foods it was all generic American stuff. Whatever their Mother cooked for them growing up, no matter how amazing to someone else, was just the norm for them and by default boring.

about three weeks ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

Whorhay Re:Moron (103 comments)

It may be my imagination or something, but I've noticed that a number of foods that I like have a better taste when they are also spicy hot. Is it possible that capsicacin oil acts in a similiar way to salt in enhancing flavors? For example I order pad thai mild for my children and hot for myself. On occasion I'll eat their leftovers for lunch and it always seems that the flavor isn't nearly as strong as mine was.

about three weeks ago
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Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones

Whorhay Re:Hodor (127 comments)

I actually upset a co-worker, who must not have been very far into the TV series when she was discussing the series with some others. I quiped that "They all die." She took it as a literal spoiler or something somehow. The Author has as much as said that anytime a character becomes a critically important character to keep alive for the story to progress, that he starts figuring out how to kill them and keep the story going.

Personally I'd like Jon, Arya, Bran and Tyrion to survive at least until the climax of the series. But I doubt that even half of them will make it that far. I'd be surprised if half of them made it into the last book.

about three weeks ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Whorhay Re:Tesla is worth 60% of GM ! (267 comments)

I've wanted to buy into some Tesla stock for a long while, but I didn't have the liquid funds when they had their IPO. Since then I haven't thought of it when their stock price has had a sane P/E ratio, or more accurately a valuation that was anywhere near in line with the actual value of their assets. Stock values of businesses that are popular in the media and making lots of headlines rarely have any connection to the actual worth of the company, Facebook stock being a great example.

about three weeks ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

Whorhay Re:Capacity planning (242 comments)

If they were smart enough to figure that out then they would probably just make their coffee flavored milkshakes at home and put it in a thermos. Or get one of those single cup coffee machines.

about three weeks ago
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At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

Whorhay Re:Typical Government Hypocracy (242 comments)

Journalists and aid workers in a war zone are about as far as you can get from a bunch of federal employees working for the CIA at the pentagon. Those people that ISIS has beheaded on video weren't picked because of what they were doing, they were just easy to find, capture, and killing them gets a rise out of the civilized world.

If anyone at the pentagon thinks they work there secretly they are fools. All you'd have to do to determine who works there is set up a series of hidden cameras to capture plate numbers of vehicles entering the facility. Then feed those numbers through a batch of people who have access to the national plate registry system, cops do this for practically every traffic stop. It would be a joke for a nation state to obtain that kind of information and it is definitely inside the realm of possibility for groups like ISIS or AQ. Some of the vehicles will be essentially government limo service, which makes tracking the identity of the person being given such privilege a little more difficult but it also tells you a lot about their value as a target.

The Oklahoma thing was only tangentially related to ISIS. It was a work place violence issue and the method he chose on the spur of the moment aligned with his sympathies. This is really only an issue at the Pentagon so far as regular work place violence is.

Operational Security is a real thing but it doesn't really come into play when talking about an eating establishment labeling you with a name inside a secured facility.

about three weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: VPN reviews and the new ISP six strikes Agreement

Whorhay Whorhay writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Whorhay (1319089) writes "In view of the news that many of the major ISPs in the USA are enacting a six strike agreement this week, I have developed a keen interest in using a VPN for my home internet connection. My google foo skills though are apparently lacking as I was not able to find much in the way of reviews for VPN services that didn't appear to be marketing chaff. So I'm turning to Slashdot to ask: What VPN services do you recommend and why?"
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DoJ asks Supreme Court to take up GPS tracking

Whorhay Whorhay writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Whorhay (1319089) writes "The DOJ has been directed by the Obama Administration to push the Supreme Court to take up the legality of Warrantless GPS Tracking. This on the heels of the a federal appeals court in Washington overturning the conviction of a man citing warrantless GPS tracking as violating his fourth ammendmant rights."
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