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Comment Re:What about electrical, plumbing etc? (Score 1) 315

While joining copper pipe is a PITA, cutting copper isn't all that difficult if you've got a half-way decent pipe cutter. Shouldn't cost you more than $10 at your local hardware store.
If you're not familiar w/ PEX piping, I can't recommend it highly enough. I bought a fixer-upper some years ago and used PEX to re-route several water lines as part of the remodel. Connecting PEX to existing copper lines isn't terribly difficult, you just have to make sure you have the right-size compression fitting.

Comment Re:What about electrical, plumbing etc? (Score 1) 315

I didn't see a geographic location mentioned in the story, but building regulations vary from state to state here in the US. Some states require you hire a licensed specialist for particular types of constructions. In other states, anyone can do any type of work but are required to have it inspected by a licensed professional or building inspector prior to moving on to related jobs. For example, you can do your own electrical work but you're required to have the box and wiring inspected before you start attaching outlets and fixtures.

Comment Re:Won't work in America (Score 1) 630

I heartily agree with resurrecting the CCC and/or WPA. Unfortunately I see two major political obstacles to their return. The first would come from the private construction sector who would argue the government would effectively underbid them on all public construction projects and thereby force them out of that market. The second would be the I could easily see someone like Ta-Nehisi Coates claiming such programs were inherently racist, due to the kind of work being done.

Comment Re:Ahhhh.. fucking synergy again (Score 1) 208

Use vs Utilize does have an actual nuance in some circles. "Use": this device is doing it's intended purpose, ie a butterknife to cut butter. "Utilize": this device is replacing a widget we don't actually have but it's the closest thing at hand that gets the job done, ie a butterknife to turn a flat-head screw.

Submission + - Cleaning Up US Cyberspace (

Gryle writes: Robert K. Knake, at the Council of Foreign Relations, argues that the US government and US-based ISPs should increase their efforts to take clean up or quaratine compromised computers based in the US. Arguing from a Westphalian standpoint, Knake notes the success Finland and Japan have had in reducing botnets and botnet-control servers located within their geographic borders but notes "the controls that would make it more difficult to use U.S. infrastructure to carry out criminal activity could also be used to control speech and repress dissent."

Comment Re:So forgetting a password (Score 1) 796

I think you're describing something akin to a steganographic partition. According to Wikipedia "FreeOTFE and TrueCrypt allow a second encrypted file system to be hidden within another encrypted file system. The goal of this filesystem-within-a-filesystem is to allow the users to have a “decoy” file system with data that is interesting but not overtly sensitive. A person who is arrested or captured with a laptop encrypted using this software could then give up the first file system’s password, with the hope that the decoy would be sufficient to satisfy the person’s interrogators." It's not precisely what you're describing, but close.

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