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Comment: Re:This device is not new or interesting (Score 2) 502

by sycodon (#48038861) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

The ability to trace a firearm is overblown. The majority of traces will lead back to a legal owner who had the weapon stolen. The other alternative is an idiot who buys a weapon, registers it, commits a crime with it, and then leaves it at the scene. Even then that is probably not enough to convict. You will have to establish motive and place them at the scene.

And if you have serial numbers then you are most likely in possession of the weapon, so finger printing is a far better investigative track to follow.

Comment: Reports have their uses (Score 1) 179

by sycodon (#47995115) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Many things are impractical to do with a dashboard.

Reports also represent data at a specific point in time. Monthly, quarterly, yearly finance reports are mandated by Accounting Standards I believe. Your taxes statements are essentially reports.

Sometimes you need to be able to fix data a specific point in time in order to consider it and take action on it.

Comment: Re:Emma Watson is full of it (Score 1) 590

by sycodon (#47984185) Attached to: Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

This was discussed on a local talk show in Austin and several HR folks from major tech companies here called in.

They claimed that for graduate level positions, they receive hardly any applications from women and very few from American born men. Mostly foreign born applications here on work visas or in the naturalization process.

If Machiavelli were a hacker, he'd have worked for the CSSG. -- Phil Lapsley