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Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 656

by screwdriver (#43678019) Attached to: Printable Gun Downloads Top 100k In 2 Days, Thanks to Kim Dotcom
It wouldn't use anywhere near hundreds of dollars worth of material to print just one gun. But you're right, the whole thing is WAY overblown. The cover of the NY post spoke of "terror concerns" with these weapons. Really? A gun that can fire maybe one 22 caliber round that probably isn't even accurate and takes thousands of dollars worth of equipment to produce? A gun that could very likely blow up in your hand when you fire it? I'm more concerned that the government will try to regulate 3D printing.

Comment: Re:I've been designing/building a 3D printer for (Score 1) 348

by screwdriver (#43578327) Attached to: What's Holding Back 3-D Printing
I just downloaded the latest Arduino IDE (from their website) and the latest Marlin firmware (from github) and had no problem. Certainly no more difficult than compiling a program under Linux. In fact I'd say it was much easier. My computer desk is littered with 3D prints in various stages of design.

Comment: Re:Good enough for what they are designed for... (Score 1) 344

by screwdriver (#43277919) Attached to: The ATF Not Concerned About 3D Printed Guns... Yet
I'm looking right now at my 3D printer that I just built for less than $1000. I doubt I'd be able to print firearms with it, but give it time. We're at the very early stages of "consumer" 3D printing and it's very much a hobby at this point, just like PC's were 30 years ago.

Comment: Depends on the bitrate. (Score 1) 749

I have a decent sound system in my car and if the bitrate on a lossy compression is high enough, I can't tell the difference. I'd say 192 KBps and above and I'm good. Streaming Pandora on the same audio system is very "tinny" and I can definitely tell the difference. I still think that a high quality digital system is better than vinyl, even though I might be considered the audiophile's version of the antichrist for saying that. Our ears just aren't as good as we think they are, especially when we get older. Digital audio has the potential to sound exactly the same from one playback to the next, whereas vinyl doesn't.

Comment: Re:CO-OP (Score 2) 884

by screwdriver (#42961911) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?
Since he set up an "evil twin" to trick the OP into connecting to it, I doubt free internet is all the attacker is after. It's probably a bored teenager. Connect to it and then start downloading the latest top 10 pop hits MP3's from thepiratebay and seed the shit out of them. If he tries to hack your network, WPA is actually pretty secure if you use a strong enough password. Or you could just let him connect but redirect his web traffic to or

Comment: Cross contamination is a possability. (Score 2) 533

by screwdriver (#42939597) Attached to: Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?
Grocery store worker here.. When a customer has their own bags, they usually want us to fill them to capacity and that means putting their raw meat in with their other food. When we use plastic, we bag their meat separate unless the customer requests otherwise (they usually don't). Also, some people never wash or clean their bags. I've put food into bags that reeked of cat piss, were littered with animal fur (cats love to sleep/hide in them), or were infested with insects so it doesn't surprise me that people are getting sick.

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