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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

sv_libertarian If you believe... (251 comments)

They put a mine on the moon, mine on the moon...

about 7 months ago
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Fedora 20 Released

sv_libertarian Re:Still with FC18 and probably swtich distro (147 comments)

I only upgrade every couple of years, although most of the time you can upgrade in the background, and not have to change much, if anything on the front end. I went from 11, to 12, to 13 that way.

about 9 months ago
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

sv_libertarian This all sounds rather... (545 comments)

Wibbley Wobbley to me.

about a year ago
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Fedora Project Turns 10

sv_libertarian Re:8 Comments (83 comments)

I'm a gun owner and I use Fedora.

about a year ago
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Working Handgun Printed On a Sub-$2,000 3D Printer

sv_libertarian Re:Requires more metal (521 comments)

Well yes. The chamber on these probably isn't done very well, and likely wears with each shot fired. I think it would be better to print it without a chamber and manually cut it, it should make extraction a bit easier, as would printing it with a fluted chamber. Either way, unless you've got a proper extractor installed, forcing out a spent round, with it's expanded case will take some effort.

about a year ago
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Printable Gun Downloads Top 100k In 2 Days, Thanks to Kim Dotcom

sv_libertarian Re:So many people miss the point. (656 comments)

Great idea! Let's restrict speech to the same context as the 18th Century. The Founders could not have envisioned the internet, wireless communication, rotary offset printing, and anything else not involving writing by hand or setting lead type in a hand operated press.

about a year ago
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Printable Gun Downloads Top 100k In 2 Days, Thanks to Kim Dotcom

sv_libertarian Re:This is the best way of gun control (656 comments)

Umm... registration is not required in most US states for guns. Hunting licenses have nothing to do with gun ownership, it has to do with getting permission to go kill an animal.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

sv_libertarian Re:I'm not even a fan, but (1174 comments)

Obligatory "We live in a Republic not a democracy"

about a year and a half ago
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Mosquitoes Beginning To Ignore DEET Repellent

sv_libertarian It's the will of God! (232 comments)

This only proves that the ways and will of God is ineffable. To even suggest it's evolution in action is blasphemy.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Loses Contact With Space Station Over Software Update

sv_libertarian Re:Redundant systems? (111 comments)

They also have an amateur radio station on board that can be used for emergency communications. It would have been a CB, but West Virginia couldn't get their mobile home module into orbit.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

sv_libertarian Re:Seems perfectly reasonable (1591 comments)

So you will support having all military and law enforcement in this country operating under the same restrictions for gun possession as US citizens do, as there is clearly no need for the more dangerous and evil military grade weapons? https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-law-enforcement-and-military-adhere-same-gun-laws-and-restrictions-placed-us-citizens/xhGg99rL?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

sv_libertarian Depends on the gun (562 comments)

For the AK 47, Europeans have better magazines. All my US made AK 47 mags suck or are over priced. And the South Korean ones are ok, but a bit cheap. Give me European mags any day. Oh. Wrong magazine. Sorry.

more than 2 years ago
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RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel

sv_libertarian Re:And the Palestinian women (609 comments)

What the heck are you smoking? I made no reference to skin tone, but rather was referring to the radical islamic ideals that segregate women. Nice way to try and change the topic though.

more than 3 years ago
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RMS Cancels Lectures In Israel

sv_libertarian And the Palestinian women (609 comments)

Will they be there, listening to Stallman, or will they be carefully segregated from their sexual superiors?

more than 3 years ago
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Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert

sv_libertarian Re:Disable it (374 comments)

A lot of things are proposed as a matter of public safety. The TSA is all about "public safety" I suppose you sing the Star Spangled Banner as your equipment gets felt up? Salute the flag while your six year old daughter is felt up too, all in the name of "public safety?" My phone, my choice. I don't want .gov alerts on it of *any* sort, I should be free to not get them. Fairly simple. I do not understand the mindset of people who think that if you put the right buzzwords of "safety" on it, that it's ok to put up with any sort of intrusion on devices you own.

more than 3 years ago
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Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert

sv_libertarian Re:Disable it (374 comments)

I'm opposed to be told I *must* receive these messages. I am opposed to having to opt out of having someone contact me via my two way communications device that I may not want to be contacted over. I am opposed to being compelled to pay extra for compliant hardware, and that my provider may charge me extra to recoup costs associated with participating in this program. It's the loss of *choice* I oppose. But some people prefer to have choices made for them. I prefer to make them myself. And I would prefer to *chose* what messages I get, how and from whom. I can block callers and people attempting to reach my phone that I do not wish to communicate with. I cannot block this. Personal choice, personal freedom and personal responsibility. It has nothing to do with "opposing the government" or "being opposed to receiving messages about emergency conditions." It has everything to do with being told I may have no choice in receiving certain types of messages.

more than 3 years ago
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Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert

sv_libertarian Re:Disable it (374 comments)

Difference is, my phone is a two way communications device that can be uniquely linked to me in various ways. My TV or radio is not. To me this is akin to being told I can't stop a government agent from knocking at my door with a message for me. I don't want them knocking at my door with an important message, and I don't want them sending a message to my phone. Go away. I'm quite capable of opting in for alert services if I want. This is just a form of feel good security theater.

more than 3 years ago

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Noted Sci Fi Author banned from Facebook for joke about chiggers

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  about a year ago

sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "Military science fiction author, Michael Z Williamson, has become a victim of Facebook's incomprehensible censorship tools. While pages calling for the death of various people, and openly espousing racism remain up, MZW has twice now been handed 12 hour posting bans over judicious use of the word "chigger", which refers to a blood sucking creature much akin to a Congressman, but much more irritating. Apparently this has set off all sorts of alarms in their censorship software. I wonder how many people who aren't well published authors with a large fan base get sucked up in this crap? Linked images are of course screenshots describing the offending posts and bans."
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Woman asks Deputies to shoot OnStar demons in car

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "An Indiana woman seems convinced that the Onstar system in her car was releasing demons that lived in her rearview mirrors, and sought help from her Sheriff's Department in having the rearview mirrors shot out in order to release the demons..."
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United Nations to appoint space ambassador

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "If aliens ever land on Earth there will no longer be any confusion over who will greet them with the news the United Nations is set to appoint an astrophysicist to be their first human contact.

Mazlan Othman is expected to be tasked with coordinating humanity's response to an extraterrestrial visit, if ever required. The 58-year-old Malaysian will tell a conference next week that with the recent discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting around other stars, the detection of alien life is becoming more and more likely."

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The Political Leanings of Black Hats?

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  about 4 years ago

sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "A friend and I were discussing the political bent of black hat hackers. Now, disregarding government sponsored hackers, I can find no study or information that suggests most black hats are driven by a particular political ideology. I would think that if anything, the dominant political belief among black hats would be a form of anarchism, and my friend believes a dominant political view would draw from the radical left. Or do the black hats really give a damn about politics?"
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Superheroes vs The Westboro Baptist Church

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "They've faced down humans time and time again, but Fred Phelps and his minions from the Westboro Baptist Church were not ready for the cosplay action that awaited them today at Comic-Con. After all, who can win against a counter protest that includes robots, magical anime girls, Trekkies, Jedi and...kittens?"
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Construction bricks made from recycled plastic

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "They’re transparent and translucent. They interlock together to form a honeycomb structure that’s extremely durable. They can be used to build anything from buildings and fences to roofs and walls of light. So what are “they” referring to? They’re called POLLI-Bricks, and they’re a genius example of recycled bottle architecture."
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A noobs guide to rooting and hacking Android?

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "Friend of mine has an Android phone he managed to brick while rooting and mucking around with stuff he probably shouldn't have. By virtue of having managed a couple of Gentoo installs, and being more than just vaguely computer literate I get asked for help, which I'm happy to provide as best I can. I do find though, that most Android forums are not only full of annoying twits, but there is precious little "Idiot's Guide to rooting or unbricking your phone". On top if it, now I'm curious and planning to get an Android device in the near future. Are there some favorite starting points experienced Android hackers can steer people new to the game towards? My google fu has failed me there..."
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Arizona Parents lose custody of kids over bathtime

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  about 5 years ago

sv_libertarian writes "An Arizona couple had their children taken from them by Child Protective Services when a Wal Mart employee developing pictures on a memory stick found pictures of the children in a bathtub, and reported the parents to local authorities. The parents were able to successfully challenge the matter, and are now suing Wal Mart, among others over the matter."
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Police Swarm Bungie Office over HALO replica rifle

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  about 5 years ago

sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "A panicked person in Kirkland, WA called local police claiming they saw someone walking down the street with an AK-47, when it was actually an Bungie employee carrying an overgrown model of a HALO sniper rifle. Which resembles an AK-47 as much as a Volkswagen resembles a Formula 1 racer..."
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Firefox 4.0 goes Chrome, new UI in Q4 2010

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  about 5 years ago

sv_libertarian (1317837) writes "Mozilla recently updated its product roadmap through 2010. According to the first draft, the current browser will see a minor update in Q4 2009 as well as Q2 2010. Version 4.0 is headed for an October or November 2010 release and will bring a new user interface and browser sync integration."
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Cost of digital media versus print media

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sv_libertarian writes "I was looking at the Anchorage Daily News website today http://www.adn.com/ and noticed they offer a nice e-edition of their newspaper for $9.95 per month, while delivery of the print edition within the Anchorage area is $16.35 per month. This got me thinking about the value of professionally created news. With a print newspaper much of the cost is in delivery, although there of course is profit built into it. With an e-edition, the distribution cost is much less, but less advertising is included with it (inserts in the paper)so it isn't as profitable as the print version. All of the costs for news generation must still be covered though, regardless of how the product is distributed. So the question is, what is the value of an electronic version of a product that is also being distributed in hard copy? The simple answer of course is "what the market will bear" but I suspect there is something greater than that working behind the scenes. Have people come to expect to pay less for a digital version of a product, or is it expected to offer an e product and a smaller discount than a hard copy, allowing for reduced production and distribution costs?"
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John Holdren on Eugenics

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sv_libertarian writes "Forced abortions. Mass sterilization. A "Planetary Regime" with the power of life and death over American citizens. The tyrannical fantasies of a madman? Or merely the opinions of the person now in control of science policy in the United States? Or both? These ideas (among many other equally horrifying recommendations) were put forth by John Holdren, whom Barack Obama has recently appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology — informally known as the United States' Science Czar. In a book Holdren co-authored in 1977, the man now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote that: Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not; The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation's drinking water or in food; Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise; People who "contribute to social deterioration" (i.e. undesirables) "can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility" — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized. A transnational "Planetary Regime" should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans' lives — using an armed international police force."
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Google to offer PC OS based on Chrome

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sv_libertarian writes "SAN FRANCISCO — In a direct challenge to Microsoft, Google announced late Tuesday that it is developing an operating system for PCs based on its Chrome Web browser. The move sharpens the already intense competition between Google and Microsoft, whose Windows operating system controls the basic functions of the vast majority of personal computers."
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Learning morse code

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  about 4 years ago I finally decided I want to learn morse code. And the response I get from my friends are either "why do you keep playing with radios, when the internet is so much faster", or "cool, you know we could take an arduino board, a transceiver and some other stuff and make ham radio netbook out of it."

The first response is what bugs me. Sure, the internet gives us rapid communication all over the world, and yes you don't need to know morse code to use amateur radio, but I have to wonder why people are so quick to dismiss something because it isn't trendy. Or is it because it isn't easy? Anyone can plug in a computer and start communicating with people fairly rapidly and with a minimal of technical skill. When you factor in the latest trendy social networking system, and the ability to be plugged into a huge swath of humanity with a minimal of effort, I can see the attraction for some minds. New is good, old is bad. Shiny pop culture has to be better, right?

As a marketer I understand and play on that all the time. As an individual, I seek challenges and things that work. Twitter may not be around in another ten years, but morse telegraphy has been with us for over 150 years. Amateur radio for over a century. If I'm in the backcountry, a cellphone with a twitter client won't do me as much good as a little 5 watt morse only transceiver and a portable antenna. When the big one hits the Puget Sound, and communications backbones are broken or overloaded, I can still use my radios to communicate.

There is a danger in rejecting technology simply because it isn't hip, trendy or shiny. And it is tantamount to a sin to reject a method or technology simply because it is perceived as "old". We value artesianal food, and hand crafted goods. We play vintage video games, and like classic cars. But reject morse telegraphy and printed books and newspapers? It is a strange world that will toss out fundamental building blocks of society and communication simply because they aren't branded as "iNewspaper" or "eRadio". But then we sit down to a salad made of heirloom vegetables, drink a craft wine, and enjoy a free range chicken.

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Thoughts on dead tree media

sv_libertarian sv_libertarian writes  |  more than 4 years ago I work as a lead sales agent in the newspaper industry. I keep hearing people claim print is dead, and have to argue against that on a daily basis. People tell me they get their "news" off "the internet", but are usually hard pressed to explain further. I have found that in fact when they say "news" they usually mean "quick blurbs on my yahoo/msn/whatever page about stuff that isn't happening around me, but is flashy and cool." Basically the internet equivalent of TV talking heads regurgitating national and international news coupled with some sports and entertainment. But when pressed on where they get LOCAL news and LOCAL information most will tell me they turn to the local newspaper's website, or pick up single copy.

Now this isn't to say traditional print media doesn't have it's problems. I know that for a fact; they are hidebound, full of dinosaurs, and keep pushing to an aging customer base (middle aged and older, plus married couples with children are my best customers) and are struggling to figure out their place in the world. That is more due to corporate stupidity than irrelevance of the medium itself. The Lawrence World has proven that newspapers can be fresh, relevant and current in the 21st century, while maintaining a print and digital identity.

The market now isn't in passing out AP wire stories about Obama's latest speech, or the oil spill in the Gulf. It's about providing in depth coverage of LOCAL news, LOCAL issues, and LOCAL events. The Internet is providing the best medium for major stories that appeal to a large audience. National news bureaus, and those who produce stories to journalistic standards of facts and sources can quickly push major stories. But local newspapers are still your best source for covering the issues that matter little outside of a given community. The trick is getting both the industry and the public to recognize this fact. In the meantime, it's quite a painful transition for everyone.

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