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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

taucross Skull Gun (1374 comments)

Now everyone will see why I needed a skull gun. -- Gunther Hermann

about 4 months ago
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Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

taucross If we replace every part... (522 comments)

Is a head transplant a body transplant in reverse? If someone gives me a head transplant, then gives me a body transplant, am I still the same person? Questions will now be answered thanks to the awesome, insane power of science.

about a year ago
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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

taucross Re:My goodness (417 comments)

Not with that attitude, it won't.

about a year ago
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Korea Tensions Lead To Delay Of Minuteman III Test Flight

taucross Gun Control (256 comments)

Just because a man has a bomb doesn't mean he's going to launch it at someone, right guys? Guys? Bombs don't kill people, people kill people. Let's say maybe he gets his warhead out at parties to impress a few ladies. So what? Does that mean we should ban bombs? No. Plenty of people get their bombs out at bombing ranges to blow up a few tin cans with their friends. This doesn't mean we should bomb them.

Now I'm not saying that bombs aren't dangerous. I probably wouldn't let my kid handle it until they were at least three years old. But if some dude has a bomb, and he can legally own that bomb - maybe it's even a constitutionally protected bomb - then he has a right to have a bomb. Even a concealed bomb.

Bomb. Teehee. Sounds funny if you say it enough.

about a year ago
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If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

taucross Scalable (591 comments)

Join laptops together for more power.

about a year ago
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United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea

taucross Re:Good luck with that (567 comments)

they've gotta be getting to the point where even China isn't going to take their crap for much longer. They WERE trying to destabilize the region. NOW they're trying to destabilize the entire world.

You think that North Korea is acting in isolation? No, they're China's puppet. That's the only reason the US takes notice of them.

I just hope that china is even a fifth as annoyed with him as the rest of the world is. Seriously, even China-style communism would do that country a world of good. I'd just love to see Jinping make a trip over to Pyongyang and sit the little dictator/delusional-god in a small chair and discuss making some minor adjustments to how NK is run.

China aren't annoyed. They're pulling all of the strings. It's China that's testing the waters. The Cheonan sunk and the US did nothing, so they're pushing it a bit further. The fact is, the US probably couldn't win a war against North Korea. Not with China and Russia on their side.

US, your wars have left you weak, unstable, and poor. Your country is falling into disarray. Why wouldn't your enemies choose to attack you at your weakest?

about a year and a half ago
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Supreme Court of Canada Rules That Text Messages Are Private

taucross Re:I don't get why this is hard to understand (143 comments)

It's a tricky discussion for most because there can always be extenuating circumstances. If one's child were abducted, they knew it was the other parent (as is mostly the case), and there was imminent harm, a policy of retrospective warrants should be considered as a possibility.

This isn't a "think of the children" argument, it's just that I would make a small sacrifice (of personal liberty) to perhaps save someone that someone else holds near and dear. And I would hope that they would make that sacrifice for me if the worst should happen. Lots of people think that way. It's not that I don't think privacy is important, I just think there are lots of more important things I can trade it for.

about a year and a half ago
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Tracking the Web Trackers

taucross Minimum kit for browsing (97 comments)

1. Install SRWare Iron (Chrome without usage tracking)
2. Add NotScripts
3. Add FlashBlock
4. Add HTTPS Everywhere
5. Add Ghostery
6. Add AdBlock (cos why not)

That's your minimum kit to browse the web these days.

Ghostery's plan is to sell all of your information to advertising companies. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, but you should probably know that before you install it.

about a year and a half ago
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Troll Complaint Dismissed; Subscriber Not Necessarily Infringer

taucross Re:More evidence (189 comments)

Fairness happens through a strict audit chain of deductive evidence. An IP address is not a way of identifying criminal liability. This is a fact, no matter how unfair it may seem. It can identify a person, yes; the account holder. But it does not then follow that the account holder is culpable. Do you think it is better to convict an innocent person, or to let a guilty person go free? The question is deeply philosophical and most tantalising.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Create New Gasoline Substitute Out of Plants

taucross Re:hmm (419 comments)

If grasses can be used then the OP's idea isn't so far fetched. Could you imagine racks of dirt and grass 1km high? Creating giant tower racks of biomass to support the creation of fuel could be done to create sufficient energy density. I guess we could call it a "Rack-mount Blade server". Boom boom

about a year and a half ago
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IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says

taucross Like a computer (530 comments)

IQ is raw processor speed. The Voodoo visual accelerator is our imagination. Most people are still running integrated graphics, making their imagination IQ bound. Shared visual memory is efficient in low passion environments but useless for any creative work. It also helps to have sensitive inputs. Most people would not doubt the efficacy of Cherry MX switches, but are so jaded by personal experience they would not realize their thin membrane inputs have been worn to death. That's the hardware, but equally important is the software layer. You can have the greatest hardware in the world but if you run proprietary software it is of no use. Note I do not refer to the licensing scheme but rather the software's capacity for interaction.

about a year and a half ago
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Most Kickstarter Projects Fail To Deliver On Time

taucross Re:What incentive? (179 comments)

Congratulations, you're an evil person.

about a year and a half ago
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Nintendo Power's Final Cover

taucross I disagree (79 comments)

NINTENDO POWER SUCKS, SEGA POWER FOREVER! (but seriously, it's sad to see it go. also i need this to get past cap filter)

about a year ago
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Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

taucross Re:Even if this was true... (1009 comments)

Don't sweat it. You'll still be able to to buy separate motherboards and CPUs. Except they'll be called "Enthusiast" equipment and cost a few bucks more.

about 2 years ago
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Gameplay: the Missing Ingredient In Most Games

taucross Re:No silly (308 comments)

Wut

about 2 years ago
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Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars

taucross Sponsored by (336 comments)

This Slashdot story sponsored by Kusm Nole Enterprises (TM)

about 2 years ago
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Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?

taucross Certainly toxic (469 comments)

Can't say whether it's morally bankrupt, but considering your average computer contains PCBs, cadmium, chromium, radioactive isotopes, and mercury - I can say for certain it's toxic.

about 2 years ago
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Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

taucross We're the aliens (396 comments)

If it's a piece of a Terran rover on Mars, doesn't make it the first known alien artifact?

about 2 years ago
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Google Throws /. Under Bus To Snag Patent

taucross Modding system idea (584 comments)

I propose that it cumulatively costs mod points to mod up or down. Mod points can be accumulated from a number of different accounts working together to mod a post. E.g.

Mod is at 1 - going to cost 1 to mod it up or down Mod is at 2 - going to cost 2 to mod it 1 point up or down Mod is at 3 - going to cost 3 to mod it 1 point up or down. Mod is at 2 - going to cost 2 to mod it 1 point up or down. Mod is at 1, 0, -1 - going to cost 1 to mod it 1 point up or down.

Karma is still deducted a point at a time. Makes it much more expensive to karma bomb people. At the moment, if a post is at +5 and you want to bomb to -1, no worries, 6 accounts. Under the new system, 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 15 accounts to bomb a post down to -1 from 5. GNAA, goatse etc will still only cost 1 to mod into oblivion because nobody ever takes that up to 5 in the first place. It will make factually inaccurate posts harder to mod down, but at some point you need to make a choice - what's better, factually inaccurate (which may never go away), or antisocial behaviour (karma bombing, gnaa etc)?

more than 2 years ago
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Earth Officially Home To 7 Billion Humans

taucross Viable solutions (473 comments)

Carl Sagan said, "The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it. But the way those atoms are put together." In the same way (albeit macroscopic), humans will improve and deepen their existing relationships between each other in order to live in this new global world.

The hallmark of any system is aggregation and connection. Technology is playing a huge role in furthering these concepts. You are all witness to an amazing period in history, have a nice day.

more than 2 years ago

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The Cause Of Riots And The Price of Food

taucross taucross writes  |  about 3 years ago

taucross (1330311) writes "What causes riots? That's not a question you would expect to have a simple answer. But today, Marco Lagi and buddies at the New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, say they've found a single factor that seems to trigger riots around the world. This single factor is the price of food. Lagi and co say that when it rises above a certain threshold, social unrest sweeps the planet."
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Julian Assange: A letter to The Australian

taucross taucross writes  |  more than 3 years ago

taucross (1330311) writes "Julian Assange has written an article for The Australian newspaper. In it he states that WikiLeaks "deserves protection, not threats" and requests support for his actions from the Australian government."
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Gamers pay to play with girls

taucross taucross writes  |  more than 4 years ago

taucross (1330311) writes "A new site allows lonely XBOX360 gamers to pay a prescribed fee. This fee will net them a few minutes of game time with one of the "PlayDates", a girl who is paid to play video games. Gamers can choose to have a "flirty" or "dirty" experience with one of the PlayDates. Is this what we meant when we said we wanted "adult gaming"?"
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iiNet plays a risky game

taucross taucross writes  |  more than 5 years ago

taucross (1330311) writes "Australian ISP iiNet are making a very bold move. They are asking the court to accept that essentially, BitTorrent can not be used to distribute pirated content because a packet does not represent a substantial portion of the infringing material. They are also hedging their bets purely on the strength of the movie studios "forensic" evidence. This ruling will go straight to the heart of Australia's copyright law. At last, an ISP willing to stand up for its customers! Let's hope we have a technically-informed judge."
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iiNet pulls out of Australian censorship trial

taucross taucross writes  |  more than 5 years ago

taucross (1330311) writes "ISP iiNet today confirmed it's exit from the Australian governments internet filtering trials. iiNet had originally taken part in the plan in order to prove the filter was flawed. Citing a number of concerns, their withdrawal leaves only five Australian ISPs continuing to test the filter. Does this spell the end of internet censorship in Australia?"
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Australian man raided for "baby swinging video

taucross taucross writes  |  more than 5 years ago

taucross (1330311) writes "An Australian man was raided by anti-paedophile Task Force Argos for redistributing a video clip of a "swinging baby" on Liveleak. Chris Illingworth, 60, is facing charges of "the exploitation and abuse of children by seeking to view, possess, make or distribute child-abuse or child exploitation material". The baby in the video is reportedly part of a Russian circus family but Australian law provides the following definition of child-abuse material, which is "any material that shows a person under the age of 18 who is, or appears to be, a victim of torture, cruelty or physical abuse." Illingworth was subjected to forensic examination, mugshots and fingerprinting."
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