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Reinventing the Axe

c Re:weird axe (214 comments)

Without seeing how it works on the tough woods I can't tell how useful this new axe would be.

Pretty much my feeling. Straight grained woods like maple, poplar, birch, etc are relatively easy to split by hand. Splitting fibrous woods like cherry or elm without a sledge and wedge is an exercise in frustration, and I suspect the added rotation would do some serious damage to the wrist; it's bad enough having a maul bounce back in a straight line.

2 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

c Re:Only in America... (307 comments)

They stated that they prefer a known corrupt leadership to an entitled leadership.

They stated that they prefer a known corrupt leadership that will keep the gravy train flowing to a known corrupt leadership that's going to do their damndest to cut if off entirely.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

c Re:Only in America... (307 comments)

Nobody would notice just one more group with their hands out.

Exactly.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

c Re:Only in America... (307 comments)

I didn't realize we had annexed Canada recently. I hope we didn't also get Quebec.

I'd be tempted to accept annexation just for the entertainment of watching the Quebecer's try to pull their entitlement nonsense with the US government.

about two weeks ago
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'weev' Conviction Vacated

c Re:Or in legal parlance (148 comments)

Even though there's a name and history for it doesn't make the ruling any more satisfying: "we're letting him go, but don't get the idea that we want to, it's just because we're not willing to make any sort of actual decision about it."

If you actually read the ruling, footnote 5 strongly suggests that if they'd actually had to make a decision on the actual purported crime, they don't believe the government actually produced any evidence suggesting the New Jersey law was violated.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

c Re:Abuse of press credentials (124 comments)

The abuse of medical and press credentials is really bad.

If the first sentence of his response,

As all of my close friends know, I have not always been a drug free citizen.

... didn't imply that we might not be talking about a "good citizen", the second and third sentences should nail it:

Prior to 1983 I was a synthesis of corporate manager and drug dealer. The drug dealer profession took priority, and for a period of time that was my only occupation.

Really, "corporate manager" is nothing more than a euphemism for "psychopath".

Besides, the abuse of medical and press credentials were well-established practices in espionage circles since long, long before McAfee discovered them. I suspect that the second ever laminated card saying "Press" was likely issued to an intelligence agent.

about two weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

c Re:School admin reach into off-campus life (367 comments)

What bothers me about this is that there seems to be this idea that there are "school rules" that can conceivable cover ANY off-campus behavior, actions or activities.

There's an argument that certain off-campus behaviours should be covered by school rules; cheating (i.e. hiring someone to do a school project, etc), kids on a school team using performance enhancing drugs, possibly bullying. But there's not much, and certainly any kind of the speech, "decorum" or association school rules should never be enforceable outside of official school activity.

However, the idea that any private or public school administration has the authority to get the passwords for someones online service account and search the content is ludicrous, and for the organization to actually put that kind of thing into writing as standard procedure (if we think they're up to something, we'll coerce a student or parent into violating the terms of service of an online account) into writing is just begging for a lawsuit.

about a month ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

c Re:first (206 comments)

But the others, I feel bad for them

I don't. Those of us who've been around for a while remember when the current batch of editors came onboard, and compared to the original crew they're useless; about as effective at editing as patent examiners are at examining patents.

I used to have most of them filtered out, but unfortunately if I kept those filters Slashdot would be (more) content-free.

So, fuck 'em. And fuck beta, of course.

about 3 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

c Re: Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

I wonder if beta comes with air freshener?

If you consider living next to a pig farm to be fresh country air, then I guess you could call it that.

about 3 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

c Re:HP used to be great (385 comments)

So anywhere you read something about "HP" doing something stupid... Think "Compaq" instead, and it all makes sense.

So... back when Compaq bought Compaq... ?

about 3 months ago
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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

c Re:I'm sure they're grateful for COBRA (287 comments)

Heaven forbid that we become a bunch of commies like those Canucks. I've heard that even the snow is red up there.

Only where we do our seal clubbing (it's okay, we only kill the capitalist seals). Everywhere else, it's the orange of our socialist masters, the New Democrat Party (AKA: The Party).

about 3 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

c Re:Canadian driving (723 comments)

And since the white season can take up to 6 months, not only are people experienced with driving in such conditions, but they are also choosing their vehicles according to their winter driving experience and skills.

We'd like to think so, but I live next to a stretch of highway 401 that's been shut down about 3-4 times this week due to major accidents. There was a 70-ish vehicle pileup yesterday, and a 15-20 vehicle pileup Monday. I've driven past something like 15 vehicles that went off the road the few times I've went out since Monday, and there's many more tracks in the snowbanks and ditches where someone spun off and got hauled out.

The roads haven't been great, but you can generally get around okay if you aren't doing anything stupid and keep speeds reasonable (which, actually, isn't much below the speed limit), and be aware of the crazy amounts of blowing snow.

But people are doing stupid, stupid shit, getting into accidents, and I'm pretty sure most of them are Canadians.

about 3 months ago
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Is Amazon Making a Sub-$300 Console To Play Mobile Games?

c Re:$300 seems an odd target... (76 comments)

If Amazon wants a 'Kindle Couch', $300 is silly high, given the very very strong odds that it would be a screenless or screen-reduced variant on a relatively cheap mobile design.

How about $300 for a Kindle tablet integrated with a decent HDMI media dock? Functionally, something like a Nexus 7 plus charging dock and a Chromecast (which, coincidentally, totals about as close to $300 as my caffeine deprived brain wants to count at the moment), but with Amazon integration and maybe a little more hardware polish.

about 3 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

c Re:Actually one of my beefs (293 comments)

Fair enough. Although I'd say that offering "root access" is a tremendous understatement in the context of a complete operating system replacement.

about 3 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

c Re:Actually one of my beefs (293 comments)

Of course, most Cyanogenmod installations currently exist on rooted phones...

Yes.

It's not clear to me what your point is. Are you suggesting something about root (which I generally don't use on my devices), or about having to install CM in order to get some kind of permissions controls?

about 3 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

c Re:Actually one of my beefs (293 comments)

the next step is that applications start crashing when you revoke their permissions, or the authors simply refuse to let them run.

A good sandbox makes it hard or impossible to find the sides of the box.

The way things are implemented by Cyanogenmod's Privacy Guard, the application gets an empty data set and has no way to know if the permissions have been revoked. In the context of text messages, it might not even be able to tell the difference between having permissions revoked, being on a tablet without SMS, and being on a phone that's never received a text.

about 3 months ago
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Pirate Bay Block Lifted In the Netherlands

c Re:Recent studies (118 comments)

And then they look at you as if you were retarded.

... and yet, it's far better than saying "I've been thinking of going into politics".

about 3 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

c Re:Just had a meal (543 comments)

Are they weird because they've never met bacon, or are they weird because they don't like bacon?

Most likely because they don't like bacon enough, but trying to understand the motives of anti-bacon people is futile. I mean, can you believe that there are people who don't eat bacon simply because they heard that some dude in the sky tells them they're not allowed to eat it? Madness. And don't even get me started on vegetarians and other health nuts...

about 3 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

c Re:Just had a meal (543 comments)

Have they never met bacon?

Which part of "People are weird. Really, really weird." did you miss?

about 3 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

c Re:Just had a meal (543 comments)

How does that compare to slurping some soylent ?

People are weird. Really, really weird.

I've known people who consider eating little more than a chore of cramming calories into their gut, and would probably go for something like this at least two meals of the day.

I've also known people who prefer heavily processed foods because of a sense that there's more consistent quality control. Seriously. One guy flat out said he preferred to go to McDonalds where he knew the staff couldn't mess with his burger than eat the shawarma the guy at the Lebanese restaurant a few doors down makes every day, because "who knows what he might be doing behind that counter? What if he's not washing his hands?"

about 3 months ago

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