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Comment: Criminals and revolutionaries of the future beware (Score 2) 135

by WillAdams (#49172431) Attached to: Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval To Warrantless DNA Collection

They'll wind up using the same sort of protective techniques the superstitious used to use against witchcraft --- being careful not to shed any blood, skin, hair or nail clippings when engaged in their illicit activities.

I can see a scene in a science fiction movie (God forbid it really needs to happen) where the protagonist's best friend, despite the padded, blood-absorbing armor which they were when conducting sabotage against the state is injured, so that a single drop of blood drops to the ground --- while the protagonist looks on in horror and sadness. Then, the doomed buddy simply announces, "I've been blooded. Give me all the ammunition you can spare." and then goes off on a berserk, suicidal assault of the pursuing authorities.

Comment: Re:Maker "movement" is just that (Score 1) 50

by WillAdams (#49025823) Attached to: Rich Olson Embodies the Spirit of the Maker Movement (Video)

Or, real life for kids who missed shop class.

The "Maker" movement labeling really annoys me (and I'm still annoyed 'bout when when stackexchange changed the name of the Digital Fabrication beta in mid launch to some new age maker bullshit).

I build stuff, both by hand and using tools, I share what I make and learn, including the files ( ), I volunteer as best I can ( ), and try to improve how we document and build machines (when the Shapeoko 2 was featured in Popular Mechanics less mechanically inclined people became aware of it and found traditional assembly diagrams hard to read, so we had to update the diagrams so as to make it obvious where "hidden" parts were located: ).

I'm not a "maker", I'm just a guy w/ a workbench at one end of the laundry room and a couple of CNC machines and 3D printers scattered around the rest of the house.


Comment: Consider population density (was Re:Still sucks) (Score 1) 136

by WillAdams (#48997065) Attached to: Verizon Dropping Data Rates, But Current Customers Have To Call

Land area of France: 640,679 sq km
Land area of U.S.A.: 9,826,675 sq km ---- even removing Alaska (1,717,854 sq km) one still has a much larger area to cover

Population density of France: 119.37
Population density of U.S.A.: 34.06

It's not surprising that a service which requires one to build infrastructure is more expensive in the U.S. than in less densely populated countries --- and that's w/ a significant portion of the country still not having service.

Comment: Good enough for Knuth and TeX (Score 2) 492

by WillAdams (#48903353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

The only software tools which I have found as reliable and pleasant to use as TeX (which is said to be so full of cutting edge techinique to have revealedbugs in every Pascal compiler used to compile it) were WriteNow (~100,000 lines of assembly) and Altsys Virtuoso (Objective-C w/ NeXTstep frameworks).

Comment: Re:Why can't I buy an aftermarket chassis? (Score 1) 229

by WillAdams (#48864225) Attached to: Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

I was very sad when NeXT went under and I couldn't get a third (second upgrade) motherboard for my Cube.

Have you considered designing / machining the parts? There are replacement laptop hinges which are pretty affordable --- if you picked one from a recent model it'd probably still be available if you needed a replacement.

Comment: We're supposed to be the good guys (Score 1) 181

by WillAdams (#48850295) Attached to: NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

We need to limit our actions to those which:

  - increase security
  - improve communications and transparency
  - improve access

Monitoring communications has to come after that --- the whole point to a society is to maintain and increase human dignity --- any action by a government which doesn't do this is an absolute travesty and should be prosecuted as a criminal act.

Comment: Daylight viewable display? (Score 1) 66

by WillAdams (#48803963) Attached to: South Africa Begins Ambitious Tablets In Schools Pilot Project

Or are the kids only going to be using these indoors?

Is anyone doing a true daylight viewable display, like the transflective LCDs which were used on Fujitsu tablets?

I need to replace my Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4121, and there simply don't seem to be any real options (need a Wacom stylus as well).

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354