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Submitted by kbonapart
kbonapart writes: The United States Department of Defense has seized all files relating to the Liberator "DEFCAD" single-shot 3D-printable gun, and are no longer downloadable from Defense Distributed. Sadly, it appears that the people at the Department of Defense do not quite understand how the internet works, as the files are still largely availible at a certain broad inlet of the sea where the land curves inward, inhabited by people who attack and rob ships at sea.
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Comment: Re:Police Doing Actual Police Work? (Score 1) 532

by kbonapart (#34760896) Attached to: Unwise — Search History of Murder Methods
You lose many of your rights to privacy when you commit an illegal act. And destroying evidence is illegal. Like how you can record a conversation without having to get consent from the other party if they are engaged in an illegal activity.

You also lose quite a few rights when you are the SUSPECT OF A MURDER INVESTIGATION.

Comment: Love to play Devil's Advocate... (Score 1) 66

by kbonapart (#34214400) Attached to: Fight Begins To Secure Turing Papers For Bletchley Park Museum
Is a private collection a bad thing?

Worst case scenario, they are lost forever in a private archive by a fire. Granted, worst case.

Medium case, the papers are held privately, but returned to light at the owner's or heir's choosing.

Best case, they are held but allowed to be in a public museum for viewing.

It's a somewhat obscure purchase. Would someone willing to spend that much on those papers be unsympathetic to the ideas behind the papers?

Verizon Charged Marine's Widow an Early Termination Fee 489

Posted by samzenpus
from the literal-charges dept.
In a decision that was reversed as soon as someone with half a brain in their PR department learned about it, Verizon charged a widow a $350 early termination fee. After the death of her marine husband, Michaela Brummund decided to move back to her home town to be with her family. Verizon doesn't offer any coverage in the small town so Michaela tried to cancel her contract, only to be hit with an early termination fee. From the article: "'I called them to cancel. I told them the situation with my husband. I even said I would provide a death certificate,' Michaela said."

Comment: Re:are they even legal? (Score 3, Informative) 322

by kbonapart (#31452022) Attached to: Hollow Spy Coins
I thought the illegal action was the "deBASEment" of the currency, not defacement. When coins were made out of precious metals, they could be shaved for bits and slivers of that silver or gold. Since the coins weighed less, but still represented the amount of money it was promised to by the government, the currency was debased. And that was a major crime. It defacement of the currency is illegal, then we would've locked up all those people, who keep stamping one dollar bills.

The Grown-Up Video Game 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the getajob-hero dept.
Phaethon360 writes "Now, more than ever, we're seeing many Mature ratings (M+, 17+, 18) being distributed by various national media regulators. But that isn't the only indicator for a game's intended audience. It doesn't take a thousand swear words, scantily clad women or gratuitous violence to differentiate a ten-year-old's game from a twenty-year-old's. The spectrum of human emotions encompasses a wider palette than just revenge, fear, and loss, but the games that shy away from these are frequently mistaken as being for a younger audience. From the article: 'The human experience is one that is made up of great hardship, pain, loss, death, and a multitude of experiences seemingly designed to destroy a person. However, that same experience is also filled with joy, love, laughter, family and friends. ... These so-called “grown-up” games need not be relegated to the category of niche gaming. In fact, at times we find that these video games are capable of reaching mass popularity among the gaming community. It is here that we find one of our generation’s outlets for the expression of conflict.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Geohashing Meets an Angry Rancher With Firearms 800

Posted by Soulskill
from the viral-marketing-for-xkcd-fps dept.
katicli writes "Geohashing, an obscure xkcd pastime which involves going to random coordinates generated by md5 hashing, the date, and the opening status of the stock market, appears to have just gotten far more interesting. The official wiki reports a warning for other geohashers intending to go to the spot designated for June 14th in the San Francisco area, as several avid fans of xkcd were met by an angry rancher and firearms."

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos