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Heh, I have no points and I must mod.
They WILL write apps for it oh yes but...pwny apps.
I have a 100% plastic AR-15 lower. It's a gun according to federal law but needs another $500 in parts I can't 3D print to become a gun. Fortunately I can order them online.
Real soon I expect all of it to be 3D printable except the barrel.
If you' are not encrypting the stuff before they get it. You're a fool.
I don't see the point when my NAS is available, I use Openvpn and it's trivial to setup securely. Changes are encrypted and stored on that miraculous thing called a server I own that is co-located on a remote island. It is cheap and I only store encrypted backups on it.
I am taking notes on what else I should do to protect that stuff further.
It could be
2) a fan without their knowledge to whip up the skeer or
a) just as a prank
3) It could be done by a bewildering number of government, quasi-government, eiteh at the national, regional or local level.
4) A vigilante
5) their ex.
6) a crazy person targeting them for kidnapping because they know how well they will taste with carrots.
i.e. apropos of nothing
Also the game has finite limits which over time the Artificial Stupid can memorize completely enough to anticipate it ahead of time.
The serial is usually in a non critical spot. Just drill it out and fill it with silver solder.
If you want a perfect solution, live in a state in the US which isn't a liberal distopia you can build your own firearm legally as long as it's not covered under the NFA.
If it's one of the cast zinc firearms have your cat pee on it. It will be destroyed within days.
They've been at the http://www.indy1500.com/ for years. The high tech method before all this newfangled automation was called a autonomous meat sack with a pen and paper. Now that they funnel participants in to buy a ticked they can just slap up a camera and record away.
I used a video capture card with Svideo input. I found after many trials that VLC worked well in capture mode with a tape that had issues. I had to manually clean the video and audio heads in the thrift store VCR and used another tape to verify the VCR worked wel mechanically. It still took two attempts. I then transfered it from the Windows 7 box to a Linux box and had FFmpeg transcode it after bleeding the docs for a couple hours and fumbling with several attempts.
I'm partial to my drawing pencils. Simple tech that simply works.
Try Fun With A Pencil by Andrew Loomis
If we get nationalized hellcare it IS gov't's bizness. In such a single payer system you have to weed out those who are an excess burden on the body politic.
I am absolutely sure NASA will get right on that.
Heh, there is a story in an issue of Heavy Metal called "Patriot" it is the most prescient story about modern times I had read 20 something years ago.
The only good way to deal with corporations is to have orbital bombardment capability.
Unfortunately you have to get them to build it for you.
It would get rid of pubic transportation, be cheaper in the long run and if there is zero manual allowed, safer.
A friend of mine self publishes on Amazon. He managed to bootstrap himself to be his own publisher by doing the best he could on his first two books. He's now to the point he pays the people needed to review and clean up his books as a publisher would do. He self promotes and is doing well enough he's happy. If he had the time he'd be able to do writing full time but sadly he started writing science fiction in his 60s. The one thing he cannot do and probably will not is to provide intriquing cover art.
Stross and other authors dependant on an outdated business model and unable to change will continue to go on ranting screeds against change.