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If I'm arrested for attacking a fashion model w/ a rolled up newspaper while in a blind panic

I want you all to understand what happened --



3D-printed robotic spider dress keeps creeps at bay



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The ripply, skeletal bodice is 3D printed (or rather, laser sintered) and laden with motion and respiratory sensors that link back to the main processor. Approach it too quickly or too aggressively and those arms spring into a defense position. But, as Wipprecht told Motherboard, a more discreet saunter up to the wearer might be met with "smooth, suggestive gestures". The dress takes into account how calm the user is thanks to those sensors, which in a way makes the garment less of a gussied-up wearable and more of an extension of the wearer's body. Wipprecht is no stranger to the intersection of haute couture and spindly machinery - she unveiled an earlier version of the spider dress two years ago with the help of hacker-roboticist Daniel Schatzmayr that drew in similar themes of personal space in an increasingly mechanized world. This year's version though amps up the level of beautiful body horror with a sleeker, more organic aesthetic that looks a little more like something H.R. Giger would've dreamed up.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/23/anouk-wipprecht-spider-dress/
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Sat Dec 27, 2014, 09:53 AM (3 replies)

If the internet outage in North Korea was a cyber attack by the US

do you support President Obama's decision to authorize the response?

A) Yes. Without reservation.

B) Yes. So long as there are no serious repercussions against the US, its citizens, allies and/or interests

C) Nyha-nyah-nyah! What cyber attack? I CAN'T HEAR YOU!

D) Maybe. If the response was properly vetted through the international community

E) No. The risk of escalation with a regime as unpredictable as NK is too high

F) No. Retaliation is never the answer

G) No. America has no business attacking other nations, even if only electronically

H) No. The evidence is too flimsy

I) Other (please explain)
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Dec 23, 2014, 05:32 PM (31 replies)

Do women have the right to self-defense even if the chosen means of defense is a gun?

Discuss.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Dec 23, 2014, 10:40 AM (57 replies)

Wait. What? The North Koreans hacked us?

They broke in to privately owned servers and devices, lifted the content and are now using that information gained to control us and keep us fearful?

Who do they think they are? The NSA?


Seriously though, how bad is it that our supposed national security apparatus is useless for protecting us despite their expense and sophistication? Even worse, the enemy isn't doing to us that own so-called defenders aren't doing to us all the time.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 03:12 PM (5 replies)

A thread in which I tangentially comment on the orginal article

The man known as Hollywood’s biggest a-hole

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Hollywood producer Scott Rudin became as famous as one of his movie stars last week when hackers leaked vicious e-mails between him and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, in which he called Angelina Jolie “a minimally talented spoiled brat” with a “rampaging spoiled ego.”

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He has pushed assistants out of moving cars. He has thrown so many phones at assistants that, lore has it, a box of fresh ones is always on hand. He has fired people for bringing him the wrong muffin, mispronouncing names and, in at least one case, having to attend a funeral. One dismissed lackey wasn’t even allowed to put on his coat ­before leaving the building.

http://pagesix.com/2014/12/14/the-man-known-as-hollywoods-biggest-a-hole/


Set aside Mr. Rudin in particular, for the moment.

How can this be the epitome of one's being? To display such a steady stream of bitterness and anger has to take a toll on one's self. Yes, it's destructive to everyone around them and they are being selfish but hasn't this exact same selfishness become the mode to self-destruction? How can this be anything except unending misery for the person who lives like this?

Rudin fires his assistants after 4 weeks but he can't fire that part of him that makes him so fundamentally dissatisfied with everything including when a person puts on their jacket.

My reflex is loathing but the more I ponder such things the loathing is replaced incredulity and pity mixed with a twinge of contempt.

I just don't get it and I pray I will never afflict myself they way some people do.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Mon Dec 15, 2014, 09:15 AM (0 replies)

Have we been conditioned for servitude?

Thought Experiment --

Scenario A: 6 white men are choking an unarmed, non-violent black man to death in broad daylight in the middle of the street. Your response is __________.

Scenario B: 6 white men -- with blue uniforms and gold badges -- are choking an unarmed, non-violent black man to death in broad daylight in the middle of the street. Your response is __________.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 07:45 PM (2 replies)

It's been a real hoot reading the thread titles in GD.

Torture, war, collapsing pensions, police killing unarmed civilians, prosecuted whistle blowers, corporate greed, disenfranchisement, institutionalized racism...

And I haven't even had coffee yet.

Remind me what it is I'm supposed to be working for. Tell me why I should care about maintaining and sustaining this system. It can't possibly be for the benefit of the sick, poor and downtrodden because the are the ones being oppressed.

We were born into anarchy but they told us that if we didn't have a State we would have tyranny. So we gave them a State because they promised to protect us but all they have done is give us tyranny.

I want my anarchy back. I'd rather take my chances with a band of common marauders than a squad of highly trained cops with god complexes. I'd rather go to my neighbors for help than trust some corporate bought-and-paid for politician who steals my dollars and expects me to gratefully vote for them when they hand me pennies.

Everything we're complaining about comes from the State -- and yet we're dumb enough to think a newer, shinier (more controlling) State will save us. There comes a time when, like all addicts, we have to admit we are doing it to ourselves.

Screw the State. No, better yet -- destroy it. Not with riots and violence, just walk away. The State is a parasite, it needs a host. Just walk away. Don't work for a politician's campaign so he can work for your neighbor between corporate-sponsored golfing junkets, work for your neighbor. Don't wait for the MIC to make peace, you make peace.

Or carry on as before, just stop complaining about it because I haven't even had coffee yet.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 07:31 AM (51 replies)

If gun registration became mandatory what should the penalty be for

shooting a rapist with an unregistered gun?
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 01:45 PM (33 replies)

Concerning: "There were only 323 justifiable homicides."

This statistic is trotted out to imply that 90 million gun owners do not need 300 million guns because the odds of you using it to defend yourself is -- apparently -- one in a million.

Yet, defensive gun use ranges from 500,000 to 3 million annually, depending upon the statistical model employed. Let's low-ball that and say 500,000.

That means people who produce a weapon to lawfully defend themselves will kill their attacker only 323 times out of 500,000 (to 3 million). For a demographic apparently determined to kill people in the name of an overeager hero complex the overall fatality rate seems strikingly miniscule despite the fact it would be legally justifiable.

Perhaps gun owners are not as blood-thirsty as they are portrayed. perhaps it would be better if discussions were centered the criminal class, not people out to simply protect themselves and their families.



By the way, the police are believed to kill upwards of 1,000 people annually, though no one can be certain because there is no official data.
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Thu Dec 4, 2014, 04:51 PM (3 replies)

Debunking the myth of gun confiscation.

Nobody wants to take your guns -- they want you shot on sight.


2. I have often wondered about that, it should be assumed that they are potential terrorists

Maybe if a few of these jackasses get taken down maybe some of the others stop being such assholes.

Gun owners in general are cowards, one or two times should be enough to have them cowering under their bed.


9. Takes mere seconds to un-sling and shoot.

I say shoot them on sight , just to be safe. No sane person would carry a rifle around a grocery store. Only the insane and the criminally motivated. So, again, I say shoot them on sight, let their bodies rot in the streets as a message to other hell-bent gunners.

Nothing but good could come of this.


10. Nonsense.

That gun can be readied and fired in only seconds. Best to just shoot them.



So stop being so paranoid!
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Mon Nov 24, 2014, 03:00 PM (63 replies)
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