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Comment: Re:Typical US creation (Score 1) 134

by RogL (#46556747) Attached to: Functional 3D-Printed Tape Measure

A great creation, made using a great new technology, obviously thought of by a bright mind, and it's graduated in... wait for it... inches.

*Sight*

I guess that's what sets the US and Burma apart: one of the two countries can make antiquated objects with 21st century technology. (No wait! Even Burma is switching to the metric system!)

Inches / metric is not an issue. Give this a moment's thought.
Just apply a scaling-factor to the design & print it, you'll have a metric version.

His dial-caliper design already has comments at thingiverse giving the size to print at to produce a metric version marked in mm.

Comment: Re:Americans... (Score 1) 105

by RogL (#45931547) Attached to: Lasers Unearth Lost 'Agropolis' of New England

>> I grew up in a city in the netherlands where city hall was built in 1250 and most of the houses are from the early middleages.

Good for you! ...but was it overgrown with forest & forgotten?

If so, what a relevant comment, and I'd love to hear about your being raised by European squirrels while foraging for berries..
If not, kind of pointless, as this was about a area where civilization was overgrown, not an old town with people still living in it, with operational roads.

Comment: Re:I am shocked shocked I tell you (Score 4, Informative) 384

by RogL (#44664235) Attached to: NSA Officers Sometimes Spy On Love Interests

It is public knowledge the corporate security contractors had full access to the information being gathered under the NSA auspices. Private for profit individuals with total and full access to all the intelligence information

I'm going to need a cite for that because I've been following this pretty closely and this is the first I've heard of private citizens having "total and full access" to the NSA's data.

Wasn't Snowden a corporate security contractor?

Comment: Re:Good PR (Score 1) 280

by RogL (#43259957) Attached to: IRS Spent $60,000 Producing <em>Star Trek</em> Parody

I highly doubt those shotguns have 14 inch barrels.

Why would you doubt that?
It's a direct quote from the GSA request for bids.

And the minimum barrel length mostly just applies to normal folk. Law enforcement can get stuff that's restricted for most folk, or at least, we need to get the right special permits for. If it requires custom work, what do they care? It's government money.
(may not be custom, I don't know if there are standard 14" law-enforcement barrels, there may be)

I'm sure an 18.5" barrel just would not be tacti-cool enough for our IRS lads, what with rescuing hostages, taking down cartels, you know, all that IRS action-hero stuff they do.

Comment: Re:This is why (Score 2) 1130

by RogL (#42733723) Attached to: Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

The argument I usually see is that when they wrote the amendment they never envisioned something as deadly as a machine gun, tank, or nuclear missile. However, the perspective I feel is relevant, which I never see discussed, is that the people had the same weapons as the state. We may view a musket as a museum piece, but when the Constitution and Bill or Rights were ratified, it was cutting-edge killing technology, and that is what the Federal Government could not touch.

It gets more interesting than that: way bigger weapons than muskets.
At the time, there were privately-held cannon & warships.
Look up what "privateers" were.

If you can afford it, you should be able to get a permit for your own fully-armed PT boat (or whatever the current equivalent is). Guard the dock with some artillery pieces and you're all set.

Comment: Re:From China..? (Score 1) 190

by RogL (#42696607) Attached to: WindowsAndroid Lets You Run Android 4.0 Natively On Your PC

However, the same could be said for the US government which actually has a worse record of abuse of US citizens than does the Chinese.

I'm can't remember the last time the US rolled tanks against it's own citizens...
Granted, the occasional SWAT team or quarantined "free speech zone", but there's no US "great firewall".

US is definitely NOT perfect, but I think you're exaggerating a bit.

Medicine

+ - Humans' Risk for Cancer May Be a Result of Our Large Brains->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "What's the opposite of a silver lining? A hypothesis floating around in the scientific community, and published in PLoS One, argues that our big brain is the reason that humans are so prone to cancer.
The huge brains in humans are responsible for humans' long lives, which is why we are able to spend so much time lavishing attention on our children and learning new things.
But the downside is that the lack of apoptosis may put humans at risk for tumors, since the destruction of malfunctioning cells would lower the risk of cancer. "Reduced apoptotic function is well known to be associated with cancer onset,""

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+ - $3,000 Tata Nano coming to U.S.-> 1

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walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes "The Nano is currently powered by a 37 hp two-cylinder engine and lacks common safety features such as power steering, traction control and airbags. It was originally designed to compete in the Indian market against scooters and motorcycles. . . Along with added safety equipment, it’s likely the car will get a larger, less polluting engine for export markets. Unfortunately, that means the price will increase, as well, possibly tripling by the time it goes on sale here."
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Comment: Re:Not suspicious (Score 1) 527

by RogL (#41291693) Attached to: Following FEMA's Zombie Preparedness Plan Could Land You On Terrorist List

I'm assuming that you get your water from the tap, more or less. Why would that suddenly cease in case of a snowstorm?

If your water supply is from a house well, then if your electricity goes out (ice on lines or sliding vehicle takes out pole), you will have no running water. There's still folks with wells rather than city water - especially the folks who may need a few days with chainsaws to clear their driveway after a storm.

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