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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

locust Re:But... (490 comments)

Your guns are going to mean precious little in a few years. Ask any Afghan. Almost everyone has an AK-47. Predator drones don't care. It will be the same here in the good old US of A. Drones will be used in police actions internally in the US because they are cheaper to replace & train than en-vivo police officers.

Today, arming the population, means teaching them math, science, technical skills, and the civics to know when to put them to use against the government of the day.

about 8 months ago

Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

locust Re:Death sentence (255 comments)

Most drivers in NYC don't own their medallions. They rent them from the actual owners.

That introduces a whole new dynamic into the taxi market, as now the artificial restriction of supply maintains a commensurately high value for the medallions. In that circumstance, the taxi commission ends up having the 'job' of maintaining the value of medallions.

This is not intentional of course, rather the natural consequence of monied individuals leaning on elected and appointed officials to protect their interest. In this circumstance, one can expect the public safety arguments to be used as a bludgeon.

However that doesn't make those arguments invalid. There are many people desperate enough drive uninsured, unsafe vehicles, or to put of maintenance because of cash flow issues.

about 9 months ago

Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

locust Re:Way back when ... (301 comments)

Hate to break it to you, short of koku, pretty much everything is fiat money.

about 10 months ago

The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

locust Really? (341 comments)

Its news that human beings are self interested, ignorant, and vain? How did this ingenue become secretary of defense?

Here's a news flash for Bob Gates: People in Washington, running the gov. are no better/worse than the general populace. People don't suddenly become 'better' because they get elected to office, or go work for a congressman, or the white house. When you take the job of Secretary of Defense, you get paid for three things:
1. Up holding your duty to the constitution
2. Setting an example for your subordinates
3. Navigating the politics of government

If you don't want to compromise yourself, these things are all thankless arduous tasks. They wear you out. It goes with the territory. Cry me a river Bob Gates.

1 year,23 days

Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work

locust Like Radio? (406 comments)

In Rowanda the slaughter was committed using nothing more than machetes. However the people where whipped into a fervor by people on the radio inciting to violence. Marconi should have seen it coming. He had a responsibility.

More seriously, to paraphrase stephenson and others. human beings are at the top of the food chain because we are the most effective and fearsome killing machines currently known. We will find new ways to kill things, and each other regardless of the intended purpose of a tool, and how many safe guards are built into it. It is what we do and why we are where we are.

about a year ago

App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music

locust Sic Transit Pink Floyd (392 comments)

I guess I won't be able to listen to "The Wall" again.

How long before the whole album gets censored because of the lyrics of In The Flesh...

Are there any queers in the theater tonight?
Get them up against the wall!
There's one in the spotlight, he don't look right to me,
Get him up against the wall!
That one looks Jewish!
And that one's a coon!
Who let all of this riff-raff into the room?
There's one smoking a joint,
And another with spots!
If I had my way,
I'd have all of you shot!

But hey, I guess if they can ban huckfin for the use of the N word... this one is a no-brainer

about a year ago

How Safe Is Cycling?

locust Oh boy.... (947 comments)

If you live or work in SF you don't ever, ever, ever question bicyclist or bicycling. Those people will fuck you up. (People at work speak in hushed tones when complaining about bikes for fear of reprisals)

Of course they won't stop at red light, or stop signs, or cross walks; make up traffic law as they go along, and think that self righteousness will save them when they interface with a ton of moving steel (or with a person [1]). And that is when they're not riding on the sidewalks (even when a dedicated, fenced off, bike lane is _right_ there!).

Bicyclists: you move to fast and too unpredictably for me as a driver or pedestrian to keep us both safe. This only gets worse because every bicyclist seems to decide on the fly if in a given context they want to behave as a vehicle, or pedestrian.

If you are one of those few bicyclists who actually stop at a stop sign (say at 5th and brannan) then thank you... please remind your brothers and sisters that traffic laws help the rest of us keep them safe.


[1] Hi Chris Bucchere

about a year ago

DOJ: Defendant Has No Standing To Oppose Use of Phone Records

locust Re:POLICE STATE AMERICA (396 comments)

I seem to recall that movie rental records (belonging to the rental company) were made private (by law) after they were disclosed and used against a congressman.

about a year ago

Dr. Robert Bakker Answers Your Questions About Science and Religion

locust Re:Well That Was a Depressing Read (388 comments)

As an atheist, you embarrass me.

Inherently, science and religion are human endeavors, and tied into the evolution of human societies, the pursuit of power and so on. Given that, for a long time Men of God were the only ones with education, and with free time, it stands to reason that they would contribute to science. Remember, that they had power based on knowing things that were hidden from the rest of the populace. To deny, that for a long time, the clergy _were_ the scientists is risible, as is the discounting of their contributions.

Dr. Bakker's essay is a direct response to people like you... it is practically showing the contributions of people of faith to science. But you are too blinded by your hatred to see it.

about 2 years ago

Telling the Truth In Today's China

locust Re:Three T's my ass (157 comments)

Talk about the banality of evil.

Your censor, the police officer beating the crap out of you, the intelligence officer who orders your arrest, they're just doing their jobs. They're not evil. They're just doing a job. They're nice people really. If you're nice to them, maybe you'll change them.

Lets not even start talking about the blatant racism behind: 'Chinese up and English down'.

We in the 'west' have a lot of recent experience with this sort of thing, and experience has shown the consequences of that behavior. I promise you every argument trotted out by the communist party in china was trotted out by some tinpot soviet puppet, if not the soviets themselves. (or south american, or african, or wherever dictator). In the same way, you can replace White/Aryan with Chinese and get all the crap about up with China down with everyone else. We've seen it all, heard all the arguments, seen the results and come to the conclusion that the behavior is unacceptable.

We don't always live up to our ideals,real politic gets in the way, and we screwup - a lot. But those are the facts, and that what we try to stand for. China is not special, just another country where all the old tropes are trotted out to try to maintain power.

more than 2 years ago

US Viewers Using Proxies To Watch BBC Olympic Coverage

locust I would gladly pay the BBC licensing fee (373 comments)

I would gladly pay the BBC so that I could watch (online, without cuts, delays, etc):

BBC soccer coverage (especially the world cup).
Have I got news for you.
The BBC's 24 hour news channel

The BBC is _exactly_ why I pay for XM. (That, and I just could not handle the drivel that passes for 'Fresh Air' on the drive home).

about 2 years ago

Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over IPO

locust Re:So that's really why he gave up his citizenship (445 comments)

In Canada you file to become a 'deemed non-resident' at which point, if the country in which you are living has a tax treaty with Canada they claim to work it out behind the scenes. It used to be that you had to file every year, but they got rid of that a long time ago, as it was just paper work. Once you became a 'deemed non-resident' they kept that status.

In order to become a 'deemed non-resident' you have to show that you severed major financial ties with Canada. For example, you can't own and rent out a home. If you do your world income becomes eligible for taxation.

(I could go on, but its been a while since I looked at this, and I'd hate to sound to informative).

more than 2 years ago

High Court Rules In Favor of Top Gear Over Tesla Remarks

locust Re:Your tax dollars at work (328 comments)

It looks nicer and surely out performs the Civic on the 1/4 mile.

For the same money you could actually go out and buy a lotus elise, not just a car that looks like one.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix CEO Hesitant To Fight Cable

locust Re:Comcast isn't a monopoly everywhere (366 comments)

If you live in the good old USofA, where (ostensibly) its a government of the people, for the people, and by the people, aren't you basically saying "Fuck You" to yourself?

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox Authentication: Insecure By Design

locust get me my war dialer... (168 comments)

Given that the id is the only token used to get data, what in the drop box system, prevents me from iterating across the id space, until I find some really juicy data?

more than 3 years ago

Tesla Sues BBC's Top Gear For Libel

locust Two years later... (547 comments)

So here's what clarkson had to say at the time. From the times online:

Phone calls were made. Editorial policy wallahs were consulted. Experts were called in. No “i” was left undotted. No “t” was left uncrossed. No stone remained unturned in our quest for truth and decency.

Tesla could not complain about what was shown because it was there. And here’s the strange thing. It didn’t. But someone did. Loudly and to every newspaper in the world.

This was weird. Tesla, when contacted by reporters, gave its account of what happened and it was exactly the same as ours. It explained that the brakes had stopped working because of a blown fuse and didn’t question at all our claim that the car would have run out of electricity after 55 miles.

You would figure that if these claims were so outrageous, tesla would have contradicted them at the time.

more than 3 years ago

Android Text Messages Intermittently Going Astray

locust uh.... maybe not (325 comments)

If a portion of your user population has enough trouble with your UI that they are 'fat fingering' their way into trouble, then at some point it is _your_ issue.

But that having been said, a quick glance through the support thread shows things like this: "http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/android/thread?tid=345259e6d424bad3&fid=345259e6d424bad300048dfbff785d0c&hltp=2"

The code reverses the numbers before doing its (loose) compare... so uses the 7 last digits.

Bob - 408-555-1234
Fred - 510-555-1234



And it only uses the first 7 digits, which for both numbers, is "4321555"...
So if you send a message to Fred, and it looks in the cache for the contact, there's a chance it will go to Bob.

more than 3 years ago

Senator Arlen Specter Becomes a Democrat

locust Re:And.... (1124 comments)

Yeah, but the doctor calling you when you are 5 minutes late for an appointment, to make sure that you are actually going to make it, because so many people haven't recently because they lost their jobs is evidence.

more than 5 years ago

Tesla CEO Says Gov't Loan Is 99% Sure and Deserved

locust Re:1 step forward, 2 steps back (652 comments)

You do realize that Top Gear admits to having faked the episode, right? It's an entertainment show; quit taking it so seriously.

Here's what Clarkson had to say about that particular canard:


The company claimed it could run, even if driven briskly, for 200 miles, but after just a morning the battery power was down to 20% and we realised that it would not have enough juice for all the shots we needed. ...
And to make matters worse, we had the BBC's new compliance directive hanging over us like an enormous suffocating blanket. We had to be sure that what we said and what we showed was more than right, more than fair and more than accurate. ...
Tesla could not complain about what was shown because it was there. And here's the strange thing. It didn't. But someone did. Loudly and to every newspaper in the world. The Daily Telegraph said we'd been caught up in a new fakery row. ...
This was weird. Tesla, when contacted by reporters, gave its account of what happened and it was exactly the same as ours.

more than 5 years ago



Perl sucks: we have proof

locust locust writes  |  more than 3 years ago

locust (6639) writes "Hot off the presses from oopsla:

Researchers at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have proven what a lot of us have already suspected: using perl is no better than using a language where the syntax and semantics are picked at random. The full paper is here

Let the flame wars begin."

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