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3D-Printed Gun Bought and Displayed By London Art Museum

zigziggityzoo Re:Why? (133 comments)

Try making an AK from raw materials. Now try printing a firearm from raw materials. Tell me which is easier.

1 year,3 days

Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

zigziggityzoo Easy solution (984 comments)

Change the penalty for moving violations from a monetary fine to a mandatory community service.

The incentive for police to write frivolous tickets will disappear, and people who are caught will be made to spend real time helping their community in some way, benefitting them, and costing them time, which is more valuable than money.

about a year and a half ago

A Humanoid Robot Named "Baxter" Could Revive US Manufacturing

zigziggityzoo Re:This is the long term future (414 comments)

The original luddites were afraid of this very thing - advances in loom technology turned weaving jobs from highly skilled labor into a job someone could learn in a few hours.

This sort of thing will happen over and over again. And as progress marches onward, most of us still manage to find work.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best On-Site Backup Plan?

zigziggityzoo As a photographer myself... (326 comments)

As a photographer myself (Though only around 4TB of photos at current) here's my setup:

Onsite backup: Drobo to Drobo.

Offsite backup: Backblaze. I pay $4/mo (2 years prepaid). This is a secondary backup. It still has everything, but I rely on the local backup to retrieve something should my primary storage fail, and the offsite is for when things burn to the ground or someone steals my stuff or lightning takes everything out. Really it's cheap, it's just that initial backup which takes an eternity and might get you in trouble with your ISP. Fortunately I was able to use the local university 1gbit connection to reduce my initial backup time to just 18 days (straight).

more than 2 years ago

Man Orders TV On Amazon, Gets Shipped Assault Rifle

zigziggityzoo Re:really??? (666 comments)

In the context used by most people including the media, an Assault Rifle is semi-auto. An Assault Weapon is either a rifle or a handgun that meets certain scary cosmetic configurations.

more than 2 years ago

Man Orders TV On Amazon, Gets Shipped Assault Rifle

zigziggityzoo Re:really??? (666 comments)

No. An Assault rifle cannot fire in fully-automatic mode. Assault Rifle, as generally used today, refers to semi-automatic firearms ONLY (Since fully-automatic firearms have been largely banned since 1986, with old ones grandfathered in if you pass a 4-month federal background check process and pay the tax). Way to spread the FUD.

In Fact, Assault rifles differ from their brothers, "hunting" or "Sporting" rifles, in cosmetics only.

more than 2 years ago

Blocking Gun Laws With Patents

zigziggityzoo Re:Well that presumably shouldn't be a problem (1165 comments)

You're right. They'll steal some gun from your underwear drawer, and use it to kill someone, thereby tracing the crime back TO YOU.

Criminals are funny. They don't really care what the law is, by definition. So they'll break whatever laws they need to in order to get it done.

more than 2 years ago

World Solar Challenge About To Start

zigziggityzoo U of M (34 comments)

It's The University of Michigan. Go Blue!

more than 2 years ago

Lawsuit Claims Sony Canned Security Staff Just Before Data Breach

zigziggityzoo Re:2 weeks (99 comments)

Or - they were fired, and two weeks later hacked into the systems themselves.

more than 3 years ago

iPad Account Hacker Pleads Guilty

zigziggityzoo Re:Deep Thought (86 comments)

That's not the same. With a GET, I'm actually asking a server for something, and the server gives it to me, tells me no, or ignores me. This is akin to knocking on the door and asking for a cup of sugar. They say the internet is like a giant corkboard on your front door for a reason - and that we should be careful in what we should put online. So should corporations with other people's data.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Patents Tech to Stop iPhones Filming in Venues

zigziggityzoo Move Along, Citizen. (391 comments)

How long till cops put these on their cars, or make some belt-attached version to stop citizen recordings?

more than 3 years ago

Man Creates Open Source Flashlight

zigziggityzoo Re:Good Idea (172 comments)

Any flashlight that takes 18650 batteries can also use CR123a batteries at a 2-for-1 ratio (2xCR123a = 1x18650 Li-Ion). So if you're that worried buy a 10-pack of CR123s at walmart.

more than 3 years ago

Worker Rights Extend To Facebook, Says NLRB

zigziggityzoo Re:US Employment Rights (340 comments)

No holiday time, no sick leave, no maternity leave, no restrictions on hours worked, no mandated breaks, few health and safety regulations, can be fired without notice or reason, can legally discriminate, etc. It is like working in the third world. Between this and health care the US is low on my list of places I wish to work.

Check (10 days off/year), Check (15 days off/year, 6 months extended sick leave which renews every 5 years), Check (Paternity leave, counts as sick time), True (but if I'm over 40 hours I get overtime - knew I was on call taking this job), True (no mandated breaks, but my work environment allows for them whenever), No safety issues to worry about here, True (I'm not a "right to work" state, I'm in an "at will" state), and Discriminate? ooohkay. Come to the states sometime. See what it's really like.

more than 3 years ago

ATM Hack Gives Cash On Demand

zigziggityzoo Re:Really? (193 comments)

I know of a couple of restaurants that have their own ATMs with a "cash only" policy for acceptable payments. Anyone without cash is directed to the ATM they own. Instead of it costing them a percentage to accept cards, they make money off the ATM.

more than 4 years ago

Bionic-Eyed Man Wants To Stream Eye Video Online

zigziggityzoo Re:DIsclaimer (115 comments)

Then maybe you shouldn't go in public. By definition, there is no expectation of privacy in a public place, or a place open to the public. Some states have asinine laws about recording that FORCE privacy in public (which is why we're seeing police prosecute citizens for recording them in the performance of their duties), but most don't.

more than 4 years ago

The "Hail Mary Cloud" Is Growing

zigziggityzoo Re:The cloud attack isn't new (102 comments)

I changed SSH to a nonstandard port and reduced attempts by 95%. Then I started a whitelist (hosts.allow) for SSH. That took care of the rest.

more than 4 years ago

Google Under Fire For Calling Their Language "Go"

zigziggityzoo Re:So? (512 comments)

You don't copyright a name. If you would - there's no real paperwork involved. Copyright is automatic.

more than 4 years ago

Future Astronauts May Survive On Eating Silkworms

zigziggityzoo Re:gross (384 comments) "Bacon Salt is a Zero-calorie, Zero fat, Vegetarian, and Kosher seasoning that makes everything taste like bacon."

more than 5 years ago

EEStor Issued a Patent For Its Supercapacitor

zigziggityzoo Re:52 kilowatt Hours? (603 comments)

You can't triple its range if the *size* of the capacitor is the same as the battery. Just because it weighs less doesn't mean it has the same density.

more than 5 years ago



Open Source Flashlight Gaining Traction

zigziggityzoo zigziggityzoo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

zigziggityzoo (915650) writes "Inventor and battlebot-champion Christian Carlberg is turning an idea for an open source flashlight into reality with this kickstarter campaign. End-users will be able to both change the default brightness via serial interface, and re-flash the uC via USB interface. Additionally, the CAD drawings for the flashlight housing and the breadboard drawings will be released for the public's use as well.

At the time of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign has already far exceeded the $31,000 goal, and he intends to deliver at the end of this summer."

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