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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun 132

Posted by timothy
from the good-role-models dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Cody Wilson details his conflict with the State Department over 3-D printable guns in this new interview with ReasonTV. In this video, he discusses how 3-D printing will render gun control laws obsolete and unenforceable; why Dark Wallet, his new crypto-currency, is much more subversive than Bitcoin; his legal defense, headed by Alan Gura (attorney in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago); and his forthcoming book about anarchy and the future."

Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again 159

Posted by timothy
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that once again, the Obama administration has pushed back a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline possibly delaying the final determination until after the November midterm elections. In announcing the delay, the State Department cited a Nebraska Supreme Court case that could affect the route of the pipeline that may not be decided until next year, as well as additional time needed to review 2.5 million public comments on the project. Both supporters and opponents of the pipeline criticized the delay as a political ploy. Democratic incumbents from oil-rich states have urged President Obama to approve the pipeline but approving the pipeline before the election could staunch the flow of money from liberal donors and fund-raisers who oppose the project. The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell said in a statement that "at a time of high unemployment in the Obama economy, it's a shame that the administration has delayed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for years." Activists say its construction could devastate the environment, but several State Department reviews have concluded that the pipeline would be safe and was unlikely to significantly increase the rate of carbon pollution in the atmosphere. Even if the pipeline was canceled, it said, the oil sands crude was likely to be extracted and brought to market by other means, such as rail, and then processed and burned."

Comment: Highlights a problem with such vehicles. (Score 1) 544

by sethstorm (#46654631) Attached to: 60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Given that the Tesla is just a very large & powerful golfcart by performance, it's not going to make the sounds typically made by cars.

That's something that will have to be addressed some time down the road when it's possible to get an American-sized (read: something Chrysler-sized) alternative fuel car that costs the same as its conventionally-fueled brethren. Faking it only works if you remove every other option (see Ford and Eco-Boost).

Comment: That makes some big assumptions (Score 0) 353

1: That any SSD's available for the platform aren't bottlenecked
2: That the machine in question has the room to hold both drives
3: That SSD's have no issues with write times, space allocation, or the like.

Physical drives are here to stay given that they don't rely on those three assumptions to exist.

Comment: Staffing Agencies == Business Unions (Score 1) 132

Apparently you've not heard of the world of contract labor. Staffing agencies, and all other equivalent forms of contingent labor are the employer's version of the union.

This is due to:
* Employer pays dues to agency for a set pool of workers
* Agency organizes workers
* Businesses gain labor-union style of protections from workers

If anything, this is a case where Right to Work should be applied, so that workers are not bound by conditions of employment to go with some form of contingent/temporary/etc. employment.

United States

NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined 168

Posted by samzenpus
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Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Reuters is reporting that the U.S. National Security Agency managed to have security firm RSA adopt not just one, but two security tools, further facilitating NSA eavesdropping on Internet communications. The newly discovered software is dubbed 'Extended Random', and is intended to facilitate the use of the already known 'Dual Elliptic Curve' encryption software's back door. Researchers from several U.S. universities discovered Extended Random and assert it could help crack Dual Elliptic Curve encrypted communications 'tens of thousands of times faster'."

Comment: Ford's no longer an American car company. (Score 1) 49

by sethstorm (#46617197) Attached to: How Ford's Virtual Reality Lab Helps Engineers

Ford stopped being an American car company about when Mulally decided to eviscerate every single American car platform from the lineup, replace them with Eurotrash, and then put the abomination of Eco-Boost on every engine (including the Mustang).

General Motors is less so, but can still be considered American for what has been left alone. However, that isn't much given the amount of captive imports(Cruze, Sonic) and entirely converted divisions(e.g. the Opel^W Buick division).

About the only car company left that has mainly stayed American in the face of international pressure is Chrysler. Fiat has wisely kept them American without falling to environmentalist pressure to go Eurotrash.

If you're wondering, I've driven/owned mostly from those three. Not interested in something that sounds and operates like an oversized lawn mower.

Comment: Re:PISA == Flawed test used only to bash US. (Score 1) 70

by sethstorm (#46617115) Attached to: MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

Well, technically the admission standards in the US are not more permissive, just different. Brains don't matter, just money does.

Some of the features of the US system that make it more permissive:
  Highly permeable education tracks - moving between each is performance based(and sometimes not even that), not specifically test-based.
  Three named tracks exist(Honors/AP,Regular,Remedial), but all provide the same opportunity to access post-secondary education.
  Post-secondary options provide the same opportunity to all participants - a 4 year degree.

In short, one test score at one point in your life won't determine the rest of your life, unlike about every other nation in the world.

Your fault -- core dumped