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Comment: Re:No use/threat...right now (Score 2) 490

Most of these studies focus on implementing a semi-automatic. Here the problem is going to be the higher case pressures of modern ammunition. If they made a 3D gun to an older spec (e.g. 45 Colt revolver cartridge instead of 45 ACP) they would probably have better results.

Comment: Re:Also time to stop (Score 2) 479

by saider (#46448623) Attached to: Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

"Timothy McGee" (NCIS), that occasionally needs to hack something to save a life

The fact that a law enforcement agent breaks the law during the course of their duties should be cause for concern. We have the 4th amendment for a reason. You cannot make an action permissible for one person, while making it illegal for another. That sets up all kinds of trouble.

Besides, he is rarely saving lives with his actions. The hacking is usually done to catch the perpetrator after the fact as a deus ex machina to move the plot along.

Comment: Re: Test scores (Score 2, Interesting) 715

by saider (#45941079) Attached to: How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Then teach them how to write or modify their own games or bake their own pizza. Use a game engine and have them mess around with the physics model. Have them learn some game design/simulation concepts. Learn the chemistry of baking and maybe some small business skills. Put them in the kitchen and see if they can cook better food than the staff.

There is plenty of opportunity to teach "lazy gamers". Almost all of them want to change something about their favorite game, but our system just tells them to recite the Pythagorean Theorem. No wonder they want to drop out and play video games.

Comment: Everything has software (Score 4, Informative) 352

by saider (#45411995) Attached to: The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

By this logic, even your computer has multiple operating systems. The chipset on your motherboard is not pure hardware - there are small cores in there running embedded software that you never see. I am not talking about BIOS, which is another type of firmware, that is visible to the user.

EVERYTHING these days has software. Shipping a software patch is cheaper than a recall. This goes back to the old joke - the mechanical engineer thinks it is an electrical problem, the electrical engineer thinks it is a mechanical problem, but they both agree that it should be fixed in software.

This story reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Kent Brockman breaks a story about the government training people to kill on an industrial scale. "They call it the 'Army', but I have a better name - Killbot Factory".

Comment: Re:Economic Reasons (Score 2) 270

by saider (#44991391) Attached to: Central New York Nuclear Plants Struggle To Avoid Financial Meltdown

New designs come from improvements on old designs and from the experiences of the engineers and workers who work on them. If the reactors are shut down and the best of the workers find gainful employment in another industry, we will not have a good starting point for the improvement process. There will be a few old coots who hung around and a bunch of new kids with book smarts and no practical experience.

Hardly a recipe for success.

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