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Comment: Re:Gee, thanks Texas (Score 1) 190

by lgw (#49202029) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

I had a CNC crown done many years ago. It cost more than a lab crown and never fit right. I now have a lab made crown in it's place and my dentist no longer has a CNC machine.

Early adopters take the hits for the rest of us. The crown wasn't exactly right out of the mill - the dentist still did a bit if drilling on it to get my bite right - but it did fit solidly on the tooth-stub it crowns.

Comment: Re:Zero Research (Score 1) 285

by hairyfeet (#49201977) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

If you do not understand how a massive BOYCOTT hurts your bottom line when you make over 90c of every dollar with a cut of search? Then you sir are either trolling or is so locked into your political beliefs that you will ignore reality in favor of politics.

Just ask the guy that USED to work at MSFT that said "If you don't want to always be online buy a 360" about how bad press affects a bottom line, that little stunt caused sales to crater, just as Eich caused FF adoption to nose dive. Pretty much every gamer website had a large "Do not use FF, here are some better choices" banner, which looking back was kinda ironic as they themselves cratered by choosing to be anti-gamergate and ran off all their users, but for a couple weeks there you couldn't surf anyplace other than the right wing blogs that didn't have some sort of "ditch FF" article. That kind of bad press just slaughters a company, look at their numbers before and after and you'll see they have yet to recover.

Comment: Re:After the .com boom (Score 1) 285

by hairyfeet (#49201869) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

Sigh, kids who do not know their history. Let me enlighten you child, you see there was certain things you HAD to have if you were gonna be a "dotbomb billionaire", those fancy ass uber expensive office chairs, the waiting area had to look like you were in an LA plastic surgeon's office, and you HAD TO HAVE a wall of the most expensive Sun hardware. So you had these companies literally buying millions of dollars worth of Sun gear, walls and walls of it. Now what do you think happened when they cratered, the market is in full panic mode, and the investors are just praying they can get back 8c on the dollar of what they put in?

You see child when you have a market crash? Rational thought doesn't come into play, they move like a herd of frightened animals. You see the guy next to you is dumping that shit for any bit of cash they can get and you go "Oh fuck if I don't get out I'll be able to wipe my ass with this stock!" and it drives down prices until the shit is worthless. Now eventually sanity DOES return but since hardware has a shelf life? You still aren't gonna get shit for that 4K Sun server because by the time sanity returns you can get a 1K Intel that is faster.

What we saw was no different than after the housing bubble burst, where you could get a 3 bedroom in Ohio for $300. Everybody panics, the plummeting price causes more panic, pretty soon they'll sell you half the office for $100 just to get something out of it. So as somebody pointed out Sun ended up having to go on the market and spend millions buying truuckloads of their own hardware just to trash it to keep competing with it as it was going for a couple cents on the dollar, everybody wanted out and if it meant selling a million dollars worth of office gear for $10K? So be it.

Comment: Re:Looks like Windows 3 (Score 4, Insightful) 69

by hairyfeet (#49201805) Attached to: Hands-On With the Vivaldi Browser

So now its wrong to want a UI that doesn't look like the dev took a Clevland Steamer on my screen? From the bottom of my heart fuck you, fuck the hipster douchebags that thought the shitastic fucking 90s was "retro cool" and so are trying their fucking damnedest to recreate Windows God Damned 2.0, the shitiest fucking tablets and Worst Buy special laptops have 200 times the power Windows 2.0 ran on so its more "how low can ya go?" dev circle jerking, and most of all it shows the devs (and anybody who supports that shit) is fucking ignorant because things like raised borders SERVE A PURPOSE, they show you what is clickable and what isn't. Wanna see what this shit flat shaded UI gets you? Yeah go look at Windows Mist8ke and see how quick that shit died,l you couldn't tell foreground from back, icon from picture, Windows 2.0 had better separation of elements!

So you can take that shit and shove it between your collection of Captain Planet and Power Rangers DVDs, the early 90s are NOT retro cool and eye sore flat shaded bullshit is not now, nor will it ever fucking be, popular!

Comment: Re:Gee, thanks Texas (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by lgw (#49200433) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

This is why we can't have nice things.

Small-scale manufacturing is the source of all coming nice things. Yes, yes, you can use it to make guns - or anything else for that matter! 3D printing will never, by itself, make Star Trek replicators a reality, you need both additive printing and milling to make small-scale, eventually in-every-home, manufacturing a reality. The "Ghost Gunner" is just an ordinary CNC mini-mill. That's kind of the point here: it's not a tool for making guns, it's just a tool. And a damn impressive one.

Yesterday I had a crown put in. The last crown I had took 2 dentist visits, because the crown had to be manufactured in a lab and mailed, a multi-day process. Yesterday it took under 2 hours. The dentists scanned my tooth, designed the replacement on a computer as I watched, and (with some intermediate steps) it was automatically milled in a back room while I waited. We're living in the future, and, yes, the future will have guns, which even if you think that's a bad thing, just think of all the other stuff we'll be making ourselves, or in the office of the appropriate professional.

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Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video) 190

Posted by timothy
from the a-lower-receiver-can-be-an-entire-gun-under-the-law dept.
In Texas, guns are a common sight:gun-racks are visible in the back of many pick-ups, and pistols, cannons, and rifles are part of the state's iconography. Out-of-sight guns are common, too: The state has had legal (though highly regulated) concealed carry for handguns since 1995, though -- contrary to some people's guess, and with some exceptions -- open carry of handguns is not generally legal. One thing that's definitely not a common sight, though, is a group of people manufacturing guns just outside the south gates of the Texas capitol building. But that's just what you would have encountered a few weeks ago, when an organization called CATI (Come and Take It) Texas set up a tent that served as a tech demo as much as an act of social provocation. CATI had on hand one of the same Ghost Gunner CNC mills that FedEx now balks at shipping, and spent hours showing all comers how a "gun" (in the eyes of regulators, at least) can be quickly shaped from a piece of aluminum the ATF classifies as just a piece of aluminum. They came prepared to operate off-grid, and CATI Texas president Murdoch Pizgatti showed for my camera that the Ghost Gunner works just fine operating from a few big batteries -- no mains power required. (They ran the mill at a slower speed, though, to conserve juice.)

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 2) 419

That fact that they happen to be Republican is irrelevant because both parties are thoroughly corrupted by the corporate interests that actual net neutrality threatens!

Both parties are quite corrupt - we know this. But if on some specific issue like this, one party or the other was not corrupt, that would be interesting. And that often happens, as the businesses in question pick one party or the other as the target of all their bribes for efficiency reasons. But that's not the case here. The safe assumption here is that any net neutrality laws will be a bribery contest between the cable companies and the content providers (mostly Google and Netflix), and anything shat out of that process is highly suspect.

Party doesn't enter into it - this is about the Senator from Google vs the Senator from Comcast!

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 419

And this is exactly why the new rules should also force the unbundling of the last mile to promote competition.

This is the only "Net Neutrality" rule we need. The FCC wants to regulate internet content like they do TV and radio (as laughable as that seems to the tech-savvy), and the current regs are the foot in the door.

The current FCC approach is bad, and needs to go away. The right answer is making the last mile a straight-up public utility, regulated aggressively as such, and let the free market happen normally out past the natural monopoly. But no current big company sees profit is having their pet congresscritters craft that law, so we'll never see it.

Comment: only one reason why uTorrent is still popular (Score 3, Informative) 203

by Voyager529 (#49198645) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner

...because it's popular.

Older versions could fit on a floppy disk, and didn't require an Installshield Wizard. Now, it's not at Vuze levels of bloatedness (though Vuze beats to a different drum and has a pretty nice "content store" for Creative Commons content and similar), but it's gotten big and annoying. Transmission works on Windows (...and OSX...and *nix...and plenty of routers and NASes...) and is nice if you don't need RSS feeds. QBittorrent does RSS and is simple to use. Deluge, while being a bit awkward, does a good job. if you're into a super-configurable ecosystem, rTorrent has 101 plugins and browser based frontends, but can also run exclusively from the CLI if that's your thing. The list goes on and on, but utorrent seems to be coasting on inertia, nothing more, nothing less.

The interesting thing is that a similar "we'll borrow some unused CPU cycles" method of revenue generation caused a huge mess with Digsby, an IM client that was great and had a pretty good following until that point. Then again, with most technical folks opting for one of the plentiful alternatives to utorrent, I don't see this being a major impact.

Comment: Re:"Conservatives" hating neutrality baffles me (Score 3, Interesting) 419

I can't believe the bullshit I see from some of the "conservatives" I know who treat this like some kind of commie takeover of the Internet.

The foundational problem we're dealing with here is that the majority of the public doesn't understand how the internet works. The Slashdot crowd has long since learned to deal with that at a micro level. However, we hear different things than the rest of society. Net Neutrality to us means "the bandwidth and throughput of internet traffic won't be artificially limited based on its source or destination." To them, it means "The government will tell me what I can and can't post on my Tumblr blog". With no concept of IP routing, peering, or the Comcast vs. Netflix case that brought Net Neutrality into common vernacular.

Whether this is because "understanding how the internet works and what net neutrality does and doesn't impact" is a genuinely complicated topic, or because the Kardashians have killed far too many American neurons, is a separate topic entirely. To be fair though, if the government was indeed regulating what we could and couldn't post, could and couldn't say, or how we were allowed to say it...we'd be up in arms, too.

Comment: Re:"Conservatives" hating neutrality baffles me (Score 4, Insightful) 419

I think that's mostly it, it's this refusal to acknowledge that at scale, corporations are as much (if not a greater) risk to freedom as government. Probably even greater risk when collusion with government is part of the equation and you take into consideration the effects of monopoly power, the lack of democratic redress, etc.

Comment: Re:"Conservatives" hating neutrality baffles me (Score 4, Insightful) 419

There's prima facie evidence of consumer harm.

Comcast willfully interfered with a business relationship they weren't a party to further their own enrichment, Comcast willfully degraded the service provided to their customers as a means to pressure a competitor of video services, and consumers will likely see price increases as Netflix's costs rise to accommodate payments to Comcast.

If UPS were to erect roadblocks in front of Fedex terminals and refuse to remove them unless Fedex paid them off, we'd rightly call that extortion, regardless of whether they resolved it "within the existing legal framework".

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