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Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 297

by JaredOfEuropa (#48194699) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison
Give it time. Materials and printers are improving as is the design of printed guns. In a few years I expect to see a practical, single use printed revolver (6 shots), firing .22 rounds. Practical meaning that the gun will be fairly reliable if handled carefully, that the gun is safe to use, that it can be printed on the kind of hardware accessible to hobbyists, and can be assembled and finished by pretty much anyone. The last part is the most significant: it's possible to make better zip guns from pipe, wood and common parts, but they still require some skills to assemble. 3d printing will give anyone easy access to a gun.

Of course to actually use it you'll still need to get your hands on some ammo, which is the tricky part in countries with strict gun control.

Comment: Re:In Japan (Score 3, Interesting) 297

by JaredOfEuropa (#48194547) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison
A guy has a few beers and hits a pedestrian, and the police call it the results of DUI, yet sober people hit pedestrians all the time. Low levels of alcohol do not increase your chances much of causing an accident; they do more to decrease your chances of avoiding one, i.e. reacting adequately to an unusual situation. Not that I'm advocating drinking and driving here, but saying that even 1 drink is bad is silly. Our bureau for traffic safety stated (against popular political opinion, surprisingly) that lowering the current limit of 0.05 BAC (2 drinks or so) would do very little to directly reduce the accident rates. A lower legal limit may help in an indirect way, by emphasizing the negative effects of alcohol on driving abilities, and the idea that it's easier to say no to the first drink than it is to the third. (Which is why the legal limit for young drivers was in fact lowered to 0.02).

Oddly, Magic Mushrooms are legal in Japan...but for "appreciation purposes" only. So you can buy them but you're only supposed to look at them, I suppose.

Comment: Re: Moral Imperialism (Score 1) 452

by JaredOfEuropa (#48193971) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK
Similar laws exist in much of Europe. By the way, why do you call this case a false positive? The law exists explicitly to address cases like this one. So that politicians can appear to be tough on pedophiles as you pointed out. They'd turn it into a thoughtcrime if they could look inside our heads, too.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 249

by JaredOfEuropa (#48176855) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone
The phone may be powerful enough but you need an OS to match. In that sense, MS perhaps had the right idea to converge their mobile and desktop OS, even if they did it in a horrible way. At some point we'll see devices that work in 2 modes: a non-multitasking one (or with limited multitasking), geared towards small screens and touch input when running on the portable device, and a multitasking mode geared towards large screens and separate input devices, for when the phone is docked on the desktop. Merely adding a keyboard and mouse to an iPhone / iPad is going to be crap.

Comment: Re:Engineers have no future. (Score 5, Interesting) 148

by JaredOfEuropa (#48175191) Attached to: Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem
That's what is being taught in business school. Actually, it's a few things. "It's bad to have your company depending on a single person", which is true. "Standardizing jobs / positions makes it easier to shift people around, making you less dependent on any one of them, and makes recruitment and organizing the work easier if you do this in line with the rest of your industry", which is also true to a degree. Never mind the many negative effects of standardizing jobs; the message to take away from this is not that people are drop in replaceable parts. If you did all this correctly, it'll be easier to replace a leaver, but it doesn't mean that replacing one person doesn't come at a high cost, and doesn't mean that adding or replacing many people at once is still extremely hard to do without messing up the works.

Sadly I see my share of managers who do get the idea that people can be swapped in and out at no cost. Needless to say their teams are not the high performers.

Comment: Re:great news. (Score 2) 407

by JaredOfEuropa (#48168333) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal
The declaration is issued to you, not directly to your employer. If they give a negative recommendation, there are procedures for appeal and they will have to give a valid reason there, i.e. an actual criminal record that is relevant to the job or permit you are after. So no, they cannot blacklist you for no reason.

Comment: Re:great news. (Score 4, Insightful) 407

by JaredOfEuropa (#48167863) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal
I've wondered about that: to what extent should a criminal past continue to haunt you, or in other words: should prospective employers (or even the public) have the right to look into your background? If an employer happens to know that you did something wrong in the past, I think they ought to be free to not hire you, but that's not the same as making such information freely available to employers.

Here in the Netherlands, employers can't directly check your criminal records (they are not even allowed to ask in job interviews), but they can request that you submit a so-called "statement of conduct" (in some professions like child care, having such a statement is mandatory by law). Such statements are issued by the police on request, and the nice thing about them is that it doesn't detail your criminal past, but instead answers a specific question about the job or license you are applying for: "does anything in this person's record indicate that they shouldn't get a job in a day care center / get a gun license / hold a job with a lot of financial responsibilities?" So a child molester is not barred from a job as CFO, an embezzler can still get a gun license, and a burglar can work in day care, because the statement of conduct in each of these cases will come back as "no objection". To me this seems like a much more reasonable balance between the rights of employers wanting to know whom they are dealing with, and those of criminals who have served their time.

Even better of course would be for the US to drop the stupid "war on drugs". Interestingly, it looks like the USA is now leading on legalizing soft drugs, whereas the Netherlands (known for its liberal attitude towards drugs) is actually cracking down. (remember: soft drugs were never legal here, merely tolerated).

Comment: Overrated... (Score 2, Interesting) 832

by JaredOfEuropa (#48159545) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
Piketty did little to advance the debate on income equality; that debate was already alive and well before he published his book. The only thing it did was to supply some intellectual ammunition to those in favour of greater equality, but there are very few (if any) new arguments brought forth. I read his book and I agree with some of the ideas within, but as a whole this book is vastly overrated.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 3, Interesting) 72

I've mostly backed stuff that looked like it would not get created by regular companies. Most of this was in the area of Home Automation; a niche market, which means that even for great products the economics may simply not work out. Start-ups as well as existing companies can take some of the gamble out of that equation through crowdsourcing. I've backed 7 projects thus far:
3 delivered more or less on time
1 is on track for timely delivery
1 ran into technical and organisational issues, but they've turned those around and it looks like they will deliver the product after all, if a bit late. Their campaign was overfunded so they didn't run out of cash.
1 underestimated organisational difficulties (such as obtaining product certification in different regions) and ran out of money. A good many backers did receive their goods and they still think they can fulfil all pledges, but I'm not holding my breath.
1 I've given up on.
Not too bad a track record. Of course it's easy enough to let others fund these kickstarter projects and let them take the risk, but where's the fun in that? As long as you understand the risk, I don't see why one shouldn't fund these projects that might otherwise not see the light of day.

Comment: Re:what the hell could this possibly mean (Score -1, Troll) 104

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48155781) Attached to: Microsoft Partners With Docker

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.

It means I know nothing about Windows Server or Docker.



Now he gonna carve your putz, right after he KISSES THE BROWN SPIDER!

Comment: Re:what the hell could this possibly mean (Score 1) 104

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48155755) Attached to: Microsoft Partners With Docker

Strainers are like baskets - I aren't they all receptacles with leaks?

Actually I know shit all about "Docker" and haven't bothered to understand "application virtualization" or how it differs from "server virtualization". Let's not get to docker as a specific app virt with defined constraints and capabilities.

Hey! Let me add this piece of non-information, related to my opening statement: "colander".

Comment: Re:Fundamentals (Score 1) 212

by JaredOfEuropa (#48150533) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
Those fundamentals are important, sure, and the ability to code in itself may not be that important later in life (unless you want to work with code for a living). But coding teaches and trains some important skills: troubleshooting, problem solving, analytical thinking. Those are very useful skills in jobs that require any amount of thought, and I can't think of many other activities that train these as well as coding does. One question: can we teach a meaningful percentage of all kids to code at a level where these skills actually come into play? I'm not enough to a pedagogue to answer that.

My idea of roughing it turning the air conditioner too low.