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Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 1) 206

by jafiwam (#46804321) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

This happens regularly. Across America there are regular meetings of people at machine shops, to turn the gun kits they bought online into working guns. Perfectly legal in most places (incredibly illegal to sell the finished product). And these are zip guns, these are perfectly fine AR15s.

Selling the finished product is only illegal if the INTENT at the TIME OF CREATION was to sell. (WIthout a manufacturing FFL license that is.)

Use it a few months, then sell it? Totally legal.

Comment: Re:never cross the unions (Score 1) 181

by jafiwam (#46798753) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

So since the reason for all this was kept secret, did anybody involved in the cutting actually know what it was they were affecting, or is this just another attempt to demonize a natural reaction to what they would have seen as corporations trying to undercut workers yet again?

From the liberal's mouth.

Vandalism and destruction of property is a "natural reaction" (and therefore, appropriate, because, it's natural!) by unions.

Comment: Re:Better leave now (Score 2) 239

by jafiwam (#46782355) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

I know there has to be a book about that, but it's slipped my mind.

The whole thing of "first wave" colonists who spend generations getting there, and when they do... they find that the third wave colonists have been there for a few generations already, and all the planets habitable by them and their archaic technology are already taken.

"Songs of Distant Earth" Arthor C Clarke has a set of stories like that.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 630

by jafiwam (#46755099) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Inheritors have to go through probate.

Just like any debtees do.

If the IRS is asleep at the switch, too bad for them. Obits are publicly posted, as well as probate hearings.

The IRS seems to have no problem figuring out the political leanings of non profits to selectively harass them, they can figure out how to notify themselves when someone who owes them dies.

Comment: Re:Prophylactic immunization (Score 1) 351

by jafiwam (#46703525) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

I believe you misunderstand how vaccination works. It does not create a new capacity in your immune system, it activates a capacity that you already had because your ancestors had evolved that capacity. If your ancestors had never come into contact with the pathogen, you would not have that capacity. Immunity to new pathogens takes a long time to develop in the population, by random mutation and harsh selection.

Vaccinating tribes against pathogens their ancestors have never come into contact with will not do any good, unfortunately.

Also, I disagree that we're mainly looking for MH370 to avoid the same thing happening to us. I think the main reason why we're looking is because we're curious. We just want to know. It's not very rational and it is, perhaps, morbid. But it's what we are.

How would vaccinations for completely new diseases work then?

Your idea about how vaccinations work is completely wrong. Stop posting bullshit, Jenny, and go back to whoring. You are better at that.

Comment: Re:nope! (Score 1) 496

by jafiwam (#46647727) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Agreed. Sideview mirrors let you see places a rearview camera won't. Handy to have in traffic on the expressway (a.k.a freeway in Western US).

I'm guessing you had to look up the term expressway to obtain its freeway synonym because you in fact have never driven a car.

If you had, you would realize there is a huge fucking blind spot that has existed since the inception of mirrors in cars.

In fact, it is so fucking huge that they teach you all about it in drivers ed class, complete with diagrams.

Cameras can easily overcome this problem. I recommend you get out and visit a movie theater once too to understand what "wide angle" means.

There is room for increased education on drivers (during license test, and perhaps via media) not hanging out in blind spots.

Even the "don't run me over bro" motorcyclists have a knack for hanging there blipping the throttle instead of you know, moving so the guy in the other lane can move without hitting him.

I'd guess a full 50% of drivers just don't pay attention to what others can see at all. Let alone taking steps to make sure they can be seen by other drivers.

Comment: Re:For all the reasons I've disliked bill gates in (Score 1) 126

by jafiwam (#46497697) Attached to: Solar-Powered Toilet Torches Waste For Public Health

It all seems trivial if he is successful building this. I suppose it's true that applying tech to poop isn't something a lot of people are researching.

It looks like the one key feature "how to get the poop hot enough" has some fundamental unworkable problems with it. The fiber optic gets cm square hot, not a big area (say, probably the size of a large stew pot) hot.

That means, he's just got a toilet with a light in it.

Those things are going to be huge, hard to build, and need lots of materials from somewhere.

Neat idea, but won't work. Industrialized countries with problems of "how do we make a trail side toilet work" may be able to use them though.

Comment: Re:Cab driver in Shanghai (Score 1) 156

by jafiwam (#46380739) Attached to: Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

That's not much different than the summary's author, who seems to think that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sets standards in China.

And that N95 masks are "professionally fit" and uncomfortable.

Neither statement is true, first, they come in four or so sizes: small, medium, large and extra large. You put them on, tighten the straps a bit and bend the metal wire. They go for about 14 bucks for a box of ten. They have a metal band at the top just like medical masks.

In fact it IS a glorified medical mask with the addition of an exhaust valve for exhaling.

They are quite useful around the home if you ever do any type of home maintenance or "projects" yourself. But they aren't professionally fit by any means.

Subby is confusing an actual "dust mask" with rubber casing and filters.

Comment: Re:Which is the same thing as saying... (Score 3, Interesting) 59

by jafiwam (#46366741) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata

It's interesting they are now saying "information that was only retained for a period of five years."

Five years is about as long as some of that stuff has been in place. Which means basically, on their own, none of it has been deleted ever.

Also, this "five years" thing just popped up. I am sure it would have been discussed at length. So it's new, made up information.

And also probably a gigantic, colossal, and obvious LIE.

So THIS now means "don't sue us or we'll go even MORE tyrannical on your ass".

Elections have consequences folks.

Comment: Re:hacky (Score 1) 164

by jafiwam (#46356051) Attached to: ICANN Considers Using '127.0.53.53' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

Returning 127.0.53.53 makes a lot of sense if you put up an ad-farm parking page on it to make a bunch of fake money with ad impressions.

Double bonus points when the "service" gets sold to a bottom feeder who's ad-network gets infected, ending up trying to spread viruses with fake "you are infected!" pop up windows.

Comment: Re:Solution: (Score 1) 157

by jafiwam (#46310181) Attached to: Safety Measures Fail To Stop Fukushima Plant Leaks

Sr-90 has a half life of 28 some years.

While a few year delay won't do that much, there is significantly less of the stuff than there was.

That also means, that even given exposure and biological uptake, beta radiation exposure levels don't happen very fast. There's a burst at the end when it turns to Y-90 and then Zr-90 a stable element.

A lot of what we know about Sr-90 effect on mammals on this came from studying milk-tooth levels in children in the US and Russia during the 50's and 60's.

Given that wasn't a disaster, but something to be "concerned about"... then the Fukushima plant spills are in the "concerned about" category as well. Don't swim in the stuff, and avoid foods that would be exposed. Somehow people can't tell the difference between a nuclear weapon going off under their ass and a bit of radiation here and there.

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