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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

mark_reh So the US Marshalls are going to give the (119 comments)

drug dealers, assassins, money launderers, and other shady types who use Bitcoin a chance to buy back the bitcoins they used on Silk Road at a discount!

about a week ago
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HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

mark_reh There's reliability and then there's reliability. (55 comments)

It seems their idea of reliability is mainly based on the lifetime of the machine, which I get, but the real reliability problem with FDM printers isn't machine longevity, but the ability to start a print and know it will finish. My machine is built using 8020 frame- no laser cut plywood, and no 3D printed parts in the structure of the machine. I have been working to eliminate reliability problems from the beginning because I want to print full size human skulls from CT scans. Such prints take anywhere from 24-48 hours. The extruder has been the #1 reliability problem- it usually has some problem about 15 hours or so into the print. I've also had some problems with filament tangling on the spool. Slicing software has problems that occur with some STL files and not others.

CAN buses are nice, but I'm not sure that does much unless youre setting up a shop with 20 machines on a network. Show me an extruder than can run without fail for 48 hours at a time and I'll throw some money at it.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

mark_reh It's the next step in the (301 comments)

devolution of American Culture. We had "Cops" on TV, but that was edited and sanitized. Now we go straight to the video. Next it will go to a "Max Headroom" style live feed direct from the cops camera to your TV.
Wonderful. That's show biz!

about two weeks ago
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The Largest Kuiper Belt Object Isn't Pluto Or Eris, But Triton

mark_reh Reminds me of... (61 comments)

Lime and limpid green, a second scene
A fight between the blue you once knew.
Floating down, the sound resounds
Around the icy waters underground.
Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda
And Titania, Neptune, Titan.
Stars can frighten.

Blinding signs flap,
Flicker, flicker, flicker blam. Pow, pow.
Stairway scare Dan Dare who's there?
Lime and limpid green
The sounds surrounds the icy waters underground
Lime and limpid green
The sounds surrounds the icy waters underground.

about two weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

mark_reh I moved from bay area to Dallas about 15 years ago (161 comments)

And even then, the money I no longer paid to California in income tax more than paid the mortgage on a 3000 sq ft house I had built.

Yeah I had to give up some stuff - never ending traffic jams, earthquakes, brush fires, wine snobs, ethnic variety of restaurants, shitty service everywhere, shitty public schools, milder weather, nice views from places I could never afford to live, but I managed to survive.

California is a great place if you are rich enough to be able to afford to live there without working. For everyone else it is hell on earth.

Florida? Hmmm. I lived there once. Not too sure about the politics- the frightened old people population ensures that it will remain hard core republican for at least another generation. Dallas wasn't much different- there it was frightened stupid people who kept the politics "amusing". The weather can be rough for some, but if you like water sports Florida has nice, warm seas.

Yeah, I think I'd take Florida over California.

about two weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

mark_reh Re:Typical!! (271 comments)

A car's radio antenna doesn't work at GPS frequencies. That's why cars with GPS always have a separate antenna for it.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

mark_reh Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions. You can't travel in space, you can't go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions - what are you going to land on - one-quarter, three-eighths? What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something?

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

mark_reh Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

Yeah, we already know everything worth knowing.
There's no point in studying anything any more.
Everything useful has already been invented.

Yeah aerogel baby! The answer to all our problems both personal and scientific!

about two weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

mark_reh Re:tuBgi8l (588 comments)

I think it's like the old numbers stations on short wave radio. They're sending coded messages to someone.

Or they want us to think so so that we'll waste money trying to trace them and decode them.

about three weeks ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

mark_reh So Cody Wilson gets more free press. (353 comments)

That guy can't lose. No matter what he says or does he comes away with more free advertising/press.
For his next innovation, a 3D printed drone that fires a 3D printed gun...

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

mark_reh All I can say is (485 comments)

"if you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas".

Good luck to them. They deserve whatever comes of this now and in the future.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

mark_reh Not so fast... (594 comments)

Poor folk will benefit from this, too. Eventually, after enough people have died working out the kinks in space travel, those rich folks will start flying around at ever increasing altitudes (as if looking down their noses at us isn't high enough). After a while, they're going to get tired of roughing it and start taking some poor folk with them to be their servants, as they do on their yachts and planes.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

mark_reh Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

I think you missed something. She is a physician and I am a dentist and we are telling him if he wants to make real money, skip medical/dental school and become an administrator. How does that sound like my wife and I chose our professions because of money? And of course, money should enter into one's career decisions. It seems like it doesn't for many people, which is why you have people studying anthropology/paleontology/art history/french poetry/etc. and racking up $50-100k in student loan debt without any thought as to how they will repay it with a degree in anthropology/paleontology/art history/french poetry/etc.

I used to be an engineer. After going back to school for 6 years to become a dentist and accumulating $150k+ (at 6.8%) in student loan debt I now make about what I used to make as an engineer. Clearly, $ is not my only motivation.

about three weeks ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

mark_reh Re: West Virginia too (468 comments)

this is from the final scene in "Killing Them Softly":

"Thomas Jefferson is an American saint because he wrote the words 'All men are created equal', words he clearly didn't believe since he allowed his own children to live in slavery. He's a rich white snob who's sick of paying taxes to the Brits. So, yeah, he writes some lovely words and roused the rabble and they went and died for those words while he sat back and drank his wine and fucked his slave girl. This guy wants to tell me we're living in a community? Don't make me laugh. I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business."

about three weeks ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

mark_reh Re: West Virginia too (468 comments)

I vote for the candidate who most looks like Darnell on "My Name is Earl".

This is 'merica, goddammit, we have a RIGHT to vote on any single issue that bothers us, irregardless of weather it matters or not!

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

mark_reh Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

I don't know. I get exposed to a lot of stuff others wouldn't. I now test positive on TB skin tests so I have to have chest x-rays instead of skin tests. Every time I get a cold and start coughing I wonder "is this TB?".

about three weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

mark_reh Having paid off $150K+ loans recently, I have to (331 comments)

say that the system for loaning students money is completely screwed up. There is no discrimination with regard to course of study- loans are made to study medicine and underwater basket weaving and everything in between. That's just stupid policy. Loans should be made and interest should be charged based on the risk of the loan going into default. People who want to study the most workplace demanded fields should get the most money at the lowest interest rates and those who want to study fields that have low demand should either not get funded or should pay a much higher interest rate.

I know, I know, the world needs art historians and paleontologists, but the world doesn't need 50,000 art historians/paleontologists every year. The world can only support a few of each. Such fields of study should be reserved for those who can afford to fund the study themselves, or a lottery should determine who gets student loans for those fields in proportion with the number that can be supported by the economy.

If the feds aren't going to discriminate in lending based on field of study they have no business preventing people from escaping the debt through bankruptcy.

about three weeks ago

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Linux replacement for Playon Media server

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "I am tired of dealing with Windows and want to go 100% linux. There is one app that I have yet to find a linux replacement for- Playon media server. Is there a roughly equivalent Linux program that makes streaming web content as easily accessible from the TV?

PS3 media server is nice for streaming from my HDD but doesn't have the easy web content accessibility that Playon has."

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Ask Slashdot: moving out but need to keep up with

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  about 3 years ago

mark_reh writes "I am forced to move to another state where I can work. My wife and son will be staying put. I need to go over my son's homework with him every night. Is there a decent tool that allows collaborative screen sharing accompanied by voice/video? His computer will be running Win 7 and mine will be on whatever is required, preferably linux."
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How are photos controlled on the internet?

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mark_reh (2015546) writes "When you search for images via Google Images you see a bunch of pictures, but how is the availability of images controlled? For example, where are all the swimsuit pics of Sarah Palin when she was in beauty contests? How does the Palin organization or any other celebrity, or anyone else for that matter, manage to control availability of images on the web? If such control is possible, how do sex videos of celebrities manage to fall outside that control, or do they?"

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For the love of God, will someone tell me why

mark_reh mark_reh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

men who drive pickup trucks insist on backing them into parking spaces? What is the point?
The bigger the pickup, the more likely it will be backed into a parking space.
If it has a trailer hitch, it will be backed up so the hitch hangs over a sidewalk, just waiting to knee-cap someone walking by.

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