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Proposed Regulation Could Keep 3D-printed Gun Blueprints Offline For Good 371 371

SonicSpike sends a report on a proposed update to the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations which could shut down the sharing of files for 3D printed gun parts over the internet. "Hidden within the proposal, which restricts what gear, technology, and info can and cannot be exported out of the U.S., is a ban on posting schematics for 3D printed gun parts online." This follows a lawsuit from Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed back in May fighting the federal government's command to remove blueprints for the "Liberator" 3D-printed gun from their website. A senior official at the U.S. State Department said, "By putting up a digital file, that constitutes an export of the data. If it's an executable digital file, any foreign interests can get a hold of it."

Comment: Re:No way in hell (Score 4, Insightful) 140 140

He didn't say "no extensions". He said,

adblocker extensions, password managers, extensions that prevent video from autoplaying and etc. will not be available

That may as well be "no extensions" for most people, because those are the most useful ones that get installed first with a new browser.

So fuck him, and fuck his browser. And fuck his company. No, really, if he wants to be that user-hostile, he can take his stuff and shove it straight up his own arse.

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BMO

Robotics

Volkswagen Factory Worker Killed By a Robot 337 337

m.alessandrini writes: A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate. This is perhaps the first severe accident of this kind in a western factory, and is sparking debate about who is responsible for the accident, the man who was servicing the robot beyond its protection cage, or the robot's hardware/software developers who didn't put enough safety checks. Will this distinction be more and more important in the future, when robots will be more widespread?

Comment: Re:alogrithms aren't racist (Score 2) 352 352

the only person saying "black people aren't smart enough" is you.

Over here we live in reality, and the reality I that getting one of those IDs requires taking time off from work that we frequently either don't get or can't afford to take. It also frequently requires traveling clear cross town, when you don't have reliable personal transportation, and live in towns that lack adequate public transportation. Or dealings with the fact that some states (*cough*Georgia*) have been intentionally shutting down DMV's offices (as well as polling stations for actual election day) in minority parts of town, and making it even harder.

Or consider Texas where it's a literal 6 hour drive for people in some regions of the state to reach an ID issuing authority.

You are a troll.
You are a racist.
And you are ignorant.
Your history shows it.
Though flinging SJW like it's a epithet is also a pretty good indicator.

Voter fraud is a literal non issue, a nonthreat to the integrity of the election process, but even if wanting to get the process from 99.999% to 100% integrity was a worthy goal, there's the bothersome fact that IDs do NOTHING prevent the largest sources of fraud. All they do is make it harder for large segments of population to vote, disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of people in order to stop a few dozen cases of in person fraud, the single most inefficient, ineffective, and most minor form of voter fraud. That fact that you idiots focus solely on Voter ID reveals your "commitment to election integrity" for the lie it is.

The fact it hampers many people, particularly people who might vote against you, isn't merely an unfortunate bug, it's a goddamn feature, and the entire intent.

Comment: Re:No PHP? (Score 1) 64 64

Technical skills... You mean like how half of the bubbles say fluffy BS like "leadership", "strategy", "demand generation" and "spanish" (yes, the chart includes "spanish" as a node, over near ITIL)? Yeah, sure, "technical" - If you work in HR, maybe.

"Applicant must recognize a computer, and not attempt to eat the mouse. 2-4 years experience stuffing envelopes preferred, because we don't understand metered trifolds. Ideal candidate can tell Brioni from Armani by smell alone".

Comment: "Software" has no opinions of race. (Score 4, Insightful) 352 352

Software doesn't hate black people. Software doesn't dislike Islam. Software doesn't think kids these days need to pull their damned pants up and stop playing that crap music too loudly.

Apologizing for a program miscategorizing an image it has never seen before as somehow "racist" makes about as much sense as GE apologizing because my toaster looks like a frowny-face from just the right angle.

Yes, Virginia, we've taken this shit too far.
Google

Google Apologises For Photos App's Racist Blunder 352 352

Mark Wilson writes: Google has issued an apology after the automatic tagging feature of its Photos apps labeled a black couple as "gorillas". This is not the first time an algorithm has been found to have caused racial upset. Earlier in the year Flickr came under fire after its system tagged images of concentration camps as sports venues and black people as apes. The company was criticized on social networks after a New York software developer questioned the efficacy of Google's algorithm. Accused of racism, Google said that it was "appalled" by what had happened, branding it as "100% not OK".

Comment: Re:linux hard to install and use for desktop users (Score 5, Insightful) 178 178

1999 called and wants its meme back.

Seriously, have you actually used any modern Linux distros? Hey, good news, it has gotten so easy to install and use, you don't even need to install it! Download any of a dozen LiveCD / DVD / BRD / Thumbdrive versions, burn it to the appropriate media, and reboot. Bam! You have a fully functional modern OS at your fingertips.

Give it a try, and if you don't like it, it comes with a 100% money back guarantee.

Comment: Re:Once Again (Score 5, Insightful) 141 141

Because that should definetly be the benchmark, right?

Not in the way you meant it, but yes, it should!

If it disgusts us to hear about $150M wasted on an endeavor that enriches all of humanity, how much more disgust should we feel over F-35s that cost twice as much and don't even work? How much more disgust should we feel over spending trillions on a never-ending war on terrorism? How much more disgust should we feel about paying 250 times that much to oppress our own citizens in a show of Security Theatre?

Yes, NASA wasting $150M disgusts me - Because of all the complete bullshit our taxes go toward, NASA shouldn't even need to blink at the cost to human-rate this thing.

Comment: Re:Game of War: Fire Age is way better (Score 2) 75 75

Here, let me quote TFS to you:

"I found a game world with a lot to offer. Player created civilizations, unique monsters, and the sheer mystery of the world combine to keep this ancient MMO compelling. For all the ways in which the genre has improved, Ultima Online remains one of just a few MMOs that let you live an alternative life. That feeling of ownership ... combined with the diversity on offer, keeps players coming back day after day."

Does that help, or should someone post an mp3 of themselves reading it for you?

Comment: Re:Easy. (Score 0) 248 248

How about you respect your wife's choices and let her decide what she wants to do, you're treating her like a teenage child.

The subtext of the TFS makes that pretty clear - Because "sitting around the house watching Oprah and eating Cheetos" doesn't pay the bills.

Hey, guess what - I feel "not very eager" to get my ass out of bed every morning just so I can go make some rich inbreds even more rich. But the mortgage doesn't pay itself.

He who steps on others to reach the top has good balance.

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