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Comment: Re:Somebody needs to buy... (Score 1) 222

by darniil (#47019281) Attached to: The Physics of Hot Pockets

When I used to work in a place with a fridge and microwave in our NOC, I would always hold the Hot Pockets in front of the cooling vents of the massive A/C units in our NOC. A good 45 seconds in front of those vents was usually sufficient. (Not to mention that it amused me greatly to use a NOC A/C to cool my lunch.)

Comment: Re:Strong enough plastics? You miss the point. (Score 1) 570

by darniil (#41111321) Attached to: 'Wiki Weapon Project' Wants Your 3D-Printable Guns

Think about it, we are going from tech geeks and designers wanting these, to gun fans, which there are a lot of. Also, the venn diagram of the two groups isn't close to overlapping, so the tech is going to spread, and fast.

Hi, I'm a tech geek and a gun fan. That Venn Diagram does overlap. The desire for this tech may still spread quickly, but not because this particular Venn doesn't overlap. (Because, obviously, it does.)

They have been trying to stop digital child porn since the early days of the net, and that is a clearly winnable war.

Clearly? Unfortunately, that's about as winnable as the war on drugs.

I am not too concerned about criminals getting (more) guns, but I am worried about your average slob with poor judgement being empowered like this, since there are far more of them with plenty of good intentions.

What makes you think that the "average slob with poor judgement" will even care about having tech like these printers? When I think of someone like that, I think of the lazy people who called me to fix their DSL and, oh, while I'm at it, to set up their wireless routers. If those people get printers like these, I'm willing to bet they won't be able to find the files needed - or be willing to shell out the money for the building materials - to make these things. On top of that, the important parts of firearms - the slide, the firing pin, the barrel, etc. - are still going to be metal for a long, long time, and even when it's possible to print metals at home, there's still the cost of the raw materials.

No, the "average slob with poor judgement" will not have easy access to unlimited firearms via 3D printers.

Comment: Re:They Do, Just Not By Much (Score 1) 252

by darniil (#41097353) Attached to: Do Antibiotics Contribute To Obesity?

I mean, just as an example, if you feel a little peckish and you have a bit of change on you, what is easiest: buying a chocolate bar or buying a small bowl of salad?

And don't forget that the salad - even a small bowl - is likely to be more expensive than the chocolate bar. That just one more problem in this whole situation.

Comment: Re:Flowers for Algernon (Score 1) 1365

by darniil (#40920025) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Eh, Make Room! Make Room! didn't really do anything for me. I wanted to read it so I could read the book that Soylent Green was based off of, but I completely lost all suspension of disbelief at the beginning of the book when Harrison gave us a completely impossible premise, one even more impossible than most SF tech. (That is, that the Catholic Church managed to get enough clout worldwide that it was able to impose an international and permanent ban on all forms of contraception.)

On top of that, the ending fell flat on its face, too. All through the book, we're told that there are so many humans that most habitable places have people standing (or lethargically slouching) cheek to jowl, that's it's because of this massive overpopulation that food variety is almost nil, that overpopulation has used up almost all resources, and then the final line in the book tells us that the US population on 1 January 2000 is 344 million. (I seem to recall that he mentioned a global population, too, that also wasn't far off from what we have today. I don't have my copy of the book near me, or I'd verify this.)

Now don't get me wrong - I don't have a problem with the idea of resource management and all that. What I have a problem with is that he obviously didn't get anyone to help him with his math. He described how densely-populated the cities were, and he did so rather well. But the numbers that he gave us at the end of the book don't live up to that description, and that ruined it for me.

Comment: Re:Not Surprised (Score 1) 465

by darniil (#39303975) Attached to: TSA 'Warning' Media About Reporting On Body Scanner Failures?

Interesting. I had a similar situation in Ontario, California.

The TSA female told me it was a $25 fee for opting out. I told her, "That's fine. You can go ahead and collect it from the bag-check fee I had to pay to check my bag." She laughed again, "That'll be another $25 for being smart." I laughed back, "That's fine. I won't have to pay, since I'm not smart."

She let it drop after that, either because she was out-witted or because my frisker was ready. Not sure which.

Comment: Re:Credit cards. (Score 2) 651

by darniil (#39020447) Attached to: Last year, I spent the most on ...
I've never been good at the whole "saving" thing. I was fortunate enough to have a dad who was helpful:

As long as I was 1. Unemployed and looking for work, 2. Unemployed, looking for work, and going to school (thanks to grandparents' college fund they created when I was born), 3. Employed part-time and going to school, or 4. Employed (part- or full-time) and not going to school, then I wasn't charged for rent or food. It sucked having to move back home, but since it was only me, it wasn't too hard on my pride.

I still paid for my gasoline and car insurance once I got a job, but the remainder of my (crappy, PT retail) paychecks went to bills.

Calling my bank and asking for help also, er, helped. They closed the cards, for one thing, so I wouldn't spend anything more on them. (Not that I could, since they were practically maxed out as it was.) They also asked me how much I was making per paycheck, and we figured out some payment amounts that would work based upon how much I made and how much I owed. For 12 months, I was racking up no interest on my debt, and my payments were the same each month - provided I made each payment amount on time. Now that I've pretty much got my feet back under myself, I'm going to look into this curious "saving" concept I've heard so much about.
Chrome

+ - Google Fixes 30+ Flaws in Chrome-> 2

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Google has fixed more than 30 security vulnerabilities in its Chrome browser with a new version the company released on Friday. The company also paid out more than $14,000 in rewards to the various researchers who reported bugs that were fixed with Chrome 14.0.835.163.

The new version of Chrome includes fixes for 15 high-risk vulnerabilities, but none of the flaws in this release were rated critical by Google's security team."

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Microsoft

+ - Windows To Go: Every sysadmin's dream?-> 1

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "In Windows 8 (or Windows 8 Server at least) you will have the option of burning a complete, bootable image of Windows 8 to a USB stick. You can then take that USB stick and run Windows 8 anywhere — including, if you watch the video within, a MacBook Pro. It isn't a read-only copy, either: you can keep your files in the USB stick, too. If you (or any of your ancestors) mess up the installation, just burn them a fresh version — it's about time we had a Windows 'live CD'!"
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+ - Study indicates absence of free will->

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aztecmonkey
aztecmonkey writes "Nature.com published in late August an interesting story outlining a debate between neurologistsand philosophers over the question of the existence of free will. According to John-Dylan Haynes, a neuroscientist at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, his 2007 study of subjects deciding to use their right or left hands to bush a button, while being monitored by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in real time, shows that humans do not have free will after all. Philosophers disagree. Let the cage match begin!"
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Hardware

+ - Heathkit DIY kits are coming back->

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donberryman
donberryman writes "IEEE Times reports that Heathkit, the fabled electronics kits company, is going back into that business after a two-decade hiatus. The Heathkit website says that they will be releasing Garage Parking Assistant kit (GPA-100) in late September followed by a Wireless Swimming Pool Monitor kit. Amateur radio kits may be coming by the end of the year."
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Censorship

+ - Google Aims to Own Your Online ID -> 1

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 (2439278) writes "Google Chairman Eric Schmidt just said the reason google+ is being so strict about pseudonyms is because the company intends to be an 'identity service'. This would be very similar to the program Obama wanted everyone to have. Although this is the opposite of protecting privacy, google intends to launch other services that require a google+ verified identity."
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+ - Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can-> 2

Submitted by AmyVernon
AmyVernon (1832298) writes "This hack is supposed to boost signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars.
What you need: scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can. The brand doesn't matter for the router, but I suppose it would be cooler looking if it were Asahi or Stella Artois than if it were Budweiser."

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