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Comment: Re:SteamBox just got really interesting (Score 1) 106

by chuckymonkey (#47065299) Attached to: Valve In-Home Game Streaming Supports Windows, OS X & Linux
Where it gets even more interesting is when you have things like GPU passthrough to a VM. That's something I'm working on right now, virtualizing Windows and passing it a GPU. I have the VM bridged to the network so it has a native IP address and assign it whatever resources I think it needs to play games. This lets me have a pretty beefy server that's running Windows in a VM as well as doing all the other server tasks I ask of it like file serving, Plex, a VM for web development. All in one machine. Then my desktops/laptops are relatively low powered and let my server do all the work. What was old is new again.

Comment: Re:not an axe (Score 1) 217

by chuckymonkey (#46809243) Attached to: Reinventing the Axe
I grew up splitting wood with a single bit axe instead of a maul and wedge(all hardwood, maple, oak, cherry, beech, ash). I could hit like the fist of an angry god with an axe because I could get a lot more velocity out of it, plus if you've ever swung a splittle maul that weighs in at six pounds-ish you get really tired really really fast. All that being said this is a great design.

Comment: Re:Neat (Score 4, Informative) 217

by chuckymonkey (#46809201) Attached to: Reinventing the Axe
Having grown up splitting enough wood to fill a 30'x30'x10' wood shed every year(not all of it was split but a lot was) and all of it by hand because I grew up poor as dirt I can tell you that it's not as bad as you think. The way this thing rotates is actually how you should split wood anyway, it just takes a ridiculous amount of practice to get it right. With a more traditional single bit axe(no maul, too heavy to swing for hours like I used to) you come down as hard as you can and then right at the moment of impact twist to transfer some of the inertia laterally causing a wider split. The only thing this changes is makes it a hell of a lot easier to do and more efficient because you can get consistent results.

Comment: Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (Score 1) 702

by chuckymonkey (#46790877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?
We had a LaserJet II when I deployed with the Army in 2003. It had been in constant use all the preceding years and it's the only printer that made it through every single deployment. That thing went all over the desert, was filled with dirt and dust, bounced around in trucks, flown all over the place, shocked, dropped, banged and beaten. As far as I know it still works.

Comment: Re:Used to have something like this in the Air For (Score 1) 90

by chuckymonkey (#46085499) Attached to: Public Libraries Tinker With Offering Makerspaces
The AF may not, but the Army does. Theirs are really well equipped too(as of just a couple years ago), the one I used to work on my car in had nice lifts, paint shops, experienced mechanics(professional), great tools, and lots of other perks. They had 40 bays and it was hard to get in to one because people were always in there doing things from just changing their oil to in my friend's case welding a truck frame back together after it cracked. Right next store was a wood working shop that was really well equipped, and if you stayed in the barracks they also picked out technically savvy people to handle basic building maintenance which required training and access to all sorts of shops and equipment. I really wish that we had them in the normal world now that I'm out. It was a fantastic resource that wasn't ridiculously expensive.

Comment: Parts Spec (Score 4, Interesting) 87

by chuckymonkey (#41722619) Attached to: 3-D Printing Enables UVA Student-Built Unmanned Plane
I think it would be interesting for the Maker community to come out with some part specs for this. Think a standard body and motor mounting structure that have interfaces to take different wing configurations, tail configurations, even wheels and whatnot. Kinda like an API for a plane model where you have a few basic standardized parts and you can then print out all manner of different things to try that just basically bolt onto those standards. They could probably do much the same for the quatro/hexa copters as well. Hell, there's probably a ton of applications that would benefit from a library of standard parts that you can build on.

Comment: Re:I want to hate Anonymous (Score 3) 234

by chuckymonkey (#40851727) Attached to: Anonymous Helps Turn In Hacker Who Targeted Charity
I wish I had mod points for you. This statement is so very much the truth, I also believe in the rule of law, however I also believe in ethics and morality. It's a large reason I left the military after two war tours. Just because I was given an order didn't make that order right or just despite the lawfulness of it. It's also why I believe in civil disobedience and standing up for what's right.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 5, Insightful) 306

by chuckymonkey (#40036893) Attached to: US Justice Dept Defends Right To Record Police
I know I'm responding to an AC here, but I think this needs to be said. Every cop is culpable for the actions of these bad cops because almost none of them stand up for what's right. What happens to these guys is they're put on paid vacation for a couple weeks until everyone forgets that they did something, no matter how heinous or egregious the violation was. When the rest of the police force stands up and starts throwing the bad cops out to the curb, then I'll stop lumping them in together. Until then, they're all in cahoots as far as I'm concerned and I'll avoid dealing with them by whatever means I have.

Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth