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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

lawpoop Re:DIY Fuel Air explosive (582 comments)

Sure, the frontiers are dangerous for those heading to them, but my intent was to highlight the attitude that are places that were wild and free from government, that one could 'escape' to, where in fact there was no place that was not lived in and ruled by somebody. So the idea that you could go somewhere and be free of the shackles of government and having to play nice while living amongst others means that you thought the people living there didn't matter, and their land was yours to do whatever you wanted with.

about a year ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

lawpoop Re:DIY Fuel Air explosive (582 comments)

Its the down side of living on a small planet with no frontiers left and a civilization with accelerating technology development.

Oh yes, the frontiers, where any persecuted white man could escape from his oppressive government and start killing natives.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Team To Write Good Code?

lawpoop Have an hour meeting every week (366 comments)

My team has an hour meeting every week where we review code, how it could be better, what we can do better next time, how our overall system could change and improve. Instead of ragging on people, we sympathize when they are under deadlines and stress. People were hesitant and embarrased at first, but over time, as we've nurtured a supportive envrionment, people feel free to air their problems and ask for help. Knowing that your teammates truly have your back makes you feel good about yourself want to succeed. Sometimes people will give presentations of design patterns, functional programming, certain libraries, or new technologies like REST. Nothing big and fancy, just enough for everyone to get a handle on it and small enough to digest mentally. I don't know if this can work on every team because IT people seem to have a pandemic negativity and perfectionist syndrome. In the long run this just makes you give up and write crappy code, when you believe everything is futile and worthless when it's not perfect.

about a year and a half ago
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Cambridge University Scientists Find Quadruple Helix DNA In Human Cells

lawpoop The New Agers were right!? (67 comments)

Wait wait wait wait--- you're telling me those New Age kooks who said we were going to add another strand in our DNA after 2012 were actually right!?!?!

about a year and a half ago
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Adrian Lamo Explains His Decision To Expose Bradley Manning

lawpoop Re:Pentagon: the leak "did not disclose...sources. (341 comments)

But Lamo could not have known beforehand that there would be no fallout from the release. It seems a reasonable fear to be had.

about a year and a half ago
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A Subscription-Based Movie Theater

lawpoop Re:Great Deal (308 comments)

Where are people going to see movies these days? Pleasure Island from Pinocchio? I've never seen or heard anyone texting, talking, or whatever on their phones. Granted, it's not a monastery, but it doesn't disturb me or ruin the movie for me. If you haven't been to the theater in 15 years, how do you know the behavior has gotten worse?

about a year and a half ago
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A Subscription-Based Movie Theater

lawpoop Re:Great Deal (308 comments)

Maybe you are the new-fangled type that prefers to watch media on their home entertainment system?

I've found that certain movies are enjoyable on the big screen, and less so on the small. Does that mean they lack something? Probably -- but for me, it's about the experience of the film. If it needs to be seen on the big screen for me to properly get the full effect, so be it. If it makes a less stellar movie feel like it was worth it, then it was worth it.

I don't go to the movies twice a month-- probably more 6-8 times a year-- but if I could go whenever for $19.95 a month, I might see almost every movie. If have have to shell out $10 for a movie, I have to think really hard if it will be worth it. If I've already shelled out the cash, it's a no-brainer.

about a year and a half ago
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Newly Released Einstein Brain Photos Hint At the Anatomy of Genius

lawpoop No control group (130 comments)

This is interesting, but will this tell us if his brain is truly different from any other physicist, mathematician? Before we go making any pronouncements, I think we should do a little more research into people of his profession.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?

lawpoop Anglo-Saxon folk tales (516 comments)

Remember that the creatures that populate the English-language fantasy world are all from Britain (which in turn I guess derive from the Norse mixed in with some local supernatural creatures, with a few Greek ones thrown in). The creators of the modern fantasy genre, Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were British. It's really not surprising that fantasy-genre people speak with British accents. All the people who believed in elves and fairies and wizards a few hundred years ago were British.

These are all essentially Anglo-Saxon folk tales; why shouldn't the people that inhabit these worlds have an Anglo-Saxon manner of speaking?

What I find more strange are Roman emperors of Greek kings speaking with British accents.

more than 2 years ago
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Can $60 Games Survive?

lawpoop Re:HotS (435 comments)

Beats paying $10/mo. for online play! Their service is free.

more than 2 years ago
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Can $60 Games Survive?

lawpoop HotS (435 comments)

I don't care, I'm still buying Heart of the Swarm when it comes out...!

more than 2 years ago
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Math Textbooks a Textbook Example of Bad Textbooks

lawpoop Re:It's not just the textbooks (446 comments)

You make it sound like they were only looking out for the interests of those who make their living teaching.

I think the thing we should care most about is its impact on the student's learning.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Did It Take So Long To Invent the Wheel?

lawpoop need Roads first (389 comments)

Wheels are worthless unless you have decent roads. In order for the invention of a wheel to be worthwhile, you need a decent, flat path, without too many ruts, to drive your vehicles across. Meanwhile the Incas has excellent roads, but since they ran up and down mountains, wheels might help you for half the journey, be become a liability on the other half.

more than 2 years ago
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The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store

lawpoop Re:Microcenter? (491 comments)

4) You can return it at no loss to yourself -- you didn't pay shipping in the first place, nor do you pay to ship it back.

more than 2 years ago
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Filmmakers Reviving Sci-fi By Going Old School

lawpoop Re:Dunno... (422 comments)

How many sci-fi films how sounds in space during epic space battles?

more than 2 years ago
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The Problem With Carbon-Cutting Programs

lawpoop Re:It's Alberta... (219 comments)

When the price of oil starts getting that high, its energy competitors start becoming a lot more... competitive.

more than 2 years ago
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Space Is (Not) the Place, Says Professor

lawpoop Re:Do the math, indeed! (376 comments)

Without a lot of resources! Are you kidding me?
In Arizona, they had free air, heat, water just flowing around, food that grew on trees and ran around, and cheap and easy access to other people and their huge trade networks. And that was all stuff they *didn't* have to pay for!
The cost of all of those things are extraordinary when you're talking about being on the moon or in space.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Discover Mechanism That Gives Shape to Life

lawpoop Re:What the HOX? (138 comments)

The question is, why do we express opinion on subject matter we are ignorant in.

Our ignorance is so profound we are oftentimes ignorant of it itself.

more than 2 years ago

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Learning games for a 7-year-old?

lawpoop lawpoop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lawpoop writes "My buddy has a precocious 7-year-old who has exhaused the level-building games on the Nickelodeon website. My buddy asked me about games that will help him learn programming or logic skills. I thought of Alice, but its youngest version is targeted at middleschoolers.

What are some great games that will help a 7-year-old build their creativity and logic skills? I'm thinking of stuff along the lines of Lemmings, where you have to come up with creative solutions, using logic. Also, free would be great :)"
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Pixel inventor goes back to the drawing board

lawpoop lawpoop writes  |  about 4 years ago

lawpoop (604919) writes "Russell Kirsch, inventor of the square pixel, goes back to the drawing board. In the 1950s, he was part of a team that developed the square pixel. " 'Squares was the logical thing to do,” Kirsch says. “Of course, the logical thing was not the only possibility but we used squares. It was something very foolish that everyone in the world has been suffering from ever since.' Now retired and living in Portland, Oregon, Kirsch recently set out to make amends. Inspired by the mosaic builders of antiquity who constructed scenes of stunning detail with bits of tile, Kirsch has written a program that turns the chunky, clunky squares of a digital image into a smoother picture made of variably shaped pixels.""
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How do I determine a fair salary?

lawpoop lawpoop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lawpoop (604919) writes "After looking at a few salary sites, it seems that I'm very underpaid in my current position. I'm thinking about striking out on the job hunt, but I have a question. Can I trust information from salary.com, glassdoor, and the like? They might have an interest in me thinking I'm underpaid; I'm more likely to use their services ( which doesn't apply to glassdoor, but might be subject to similar gaming). Also, doesn't not having the exact skillset for the job posting affect the salary you ask for? A lot of what I'm seeing these days has specific tools and libraries. If I don't have that specific set, will I be able to justify the salary for a more general job description?

I couldn't submit this ask without a link. Link is not necessary; mods please remove!"

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Project management for beginners?

lawpoop lawpoop writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lawpoop (604919) writes "At my current workplace, I'm tasked with creating a rather complicated and metastasizing web-database application. I've mostly been the sole 'IT guy' at my workplaces in the past, so I've never had to, nor taken the time, to learn proper project management routines — code comments mostly got me through it. Now for this project, it's getting somewhat hairy and I'm sensing that I need to start doing things in a more organized manner. What resources would you direct me to? Books? ( I wouldn't mind buying one good one. ) Websites? What do proper 'specs' look like? Must I use UML ( seems complicated and unintuitive ) or a simpler ER diagram? For this job, I just need to provide better estimates for completing features, but what will I need if/when I would be working with a team?"
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lawpoop lawpoop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

lawpoop (604919) writes "Hello all —

My roommate recently passed because of substance abuse. Unfortunately, his family situation was as messed up as the rest of his life, and his family is out of the country, from another culture, and *extremely* hard to get a hold of. I've never met or spoke with any of them.

His computer is still here. I'm contemplating logging on and seeing if I can contact whoever he spoke with via email. However, this could be seen as an invasion of privacy. I'm not sure if I can get permission from his family.

If this happened to me, I would like for somebody to do this. But this many not be what he would want, or what his family would want. Also, I'm not sure about law in this area. What do you think?"

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Immersive Storylines

lawpoop lawpoop writes  |  more than 10 years ago I've noticed some clamoring on online discussion boards for video games that have immersive story lines. I don't think it will happen; or if it does, it won't be what people expect. Here's why:

A story is something you tell after a series of events. It's an implied interpretation of the relationship of those events.
According to traiditional narrative theory, a story begins with a status quo, a world in order. Then, something happens which throws things out of whack. The hero finds themself in this new out-of-whack world, and they can't go back to the old world. The hero then must 'gather forces' (round up a posse, or grow, or learn something) to overcome some obstacle. Once the obstacle is overcome, the hero is in a new status quo.

So, if you're narrarating a series of events, and you want it to be a story instead of a list of somewhat related things that happened in chronological order, you will have to bind each event to an element of the narrative story. So, you have to know in advance which events are which elements of the story. Is the slaying of a dragon the final showdown of the 3nd act, or the world-shattering event that marks the transition from the 1st to the 2nd act? That decision can only be made once you've decided which parts are which.

In quasi-narrative games, such as Final Fantasy type RPGs or choose-your-own-adventure books, the authors have already thought out one of several narrative threads in advance.

The basic problem here is that computers don't have enough AI to be a narrarator, to tell a story. You either have to have 1. built-in storylines, which are already programmed into the game before you being playing, and you get to hear the next bit if that dragon doesn't kill you , or 2. A totally free form MMORPG with great AI NPCs, or a lot of other human players.

Remember, a story doesn't happen, it's told after the fact.

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Help us, Gennady, you're our only hope.

lawpoop lawpoop writes  |  more than 10 years ago I loved original Star Wars Trilogy growing up, and heck, I still do! But now that I can watch them with a critical eye, there are some things that are really starting to bug me.

Episode 6: Han is frozen in carbonite, trophy/prisoner/wallpiece of Jabba the Hut. The Gang must rescue him. Luke, the leader, hatches a plan. What exactly is it?!

Here's what we know:

  • C3PO presents himself and R2-D2 as gifts.
  • Leia, dsiguised as a bounty hunter, brings a captive Chewbacca in, purportedly for the bounty.
  • Luke shows up and tries to mind wrestle Jabba.
  • Lando retired from politics and got a second job as a guard in Jabba's palace.

Okay... So, at least the droids were in on Luke's plan. R2-D2 was smuggling Luke's light sabre. But Leia and Chewie? WTF? Were they unable to get a hold of Luke before hand? What exactly was Lando's part? Lend a hand when the original plan fell apart?

So, to summarize Luke's plan: get everyone in Jabba's palace, and take it from there. Moral: Lucas SUXXOR as a screen writer. George, if you're listening, cut your losses and turn episode 3 over to Gennady Tartakovsky, immediately.

Help us, Gennady, you're our only hope.

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The worst aspect to contact with an alien civilization

lawpoop lawpoop writes  |  more than 10 years ago I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, and probably the absolute worst change in our normal daily lives after ET lands and gets out of the spaceship is that All of our stars are no longer famous. Now we are some miserable little podunk planet in the middle of nowhere. Who in the universe cares about Elvis Presley? The Beatles? Hardly anyone. In fact we won't be able to call them stars anymore. Not until an earthling is famous on two or more planets, perhaps even two or more solar systems, can they be considered a star.

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