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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 681

by Bill_the_Engineer (#46769633) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Singling out freedom of speech doesn't make the rest of your list worthy of being a "freedom".

The ability to defend oneself is a human right. The ability to purchase anything to further the goal of self preservation not so much. The courts have already established that regulations are warranted and constitutional. I can see their point, you don't want an arms race in self preservation especially since what could be used for self preservation could also be used to harm someone else.

Freedom from copyrights and patents is not a human right but you (and most of slashdot) may find it desirable.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 681

by Bill_the_Engineer (#46768831) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
Actually that was the Continental Marines. The modern US Marine Corps was created alongside the Navy on March 27, 1794 when congress passed the "Naval Act of 1794" also known as "Act to Provide a Naval Armament". The US Marine Corps like to trace their heritage to the original revolutionary war naval detachment created in 1775.

Comment: Re:McCarthy the Playmate? (Score 1) 581

by Bill_the_Engineer (#46748915) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

The appearance of her being singled out may simply be a result of her publicist trying to distance her from the recent outbreak of measles in New York City which generates articles on the internet (like this one on Slashdot) that creates an opportunity for her critics to voice their disdain.

This is a prime example of living by and dying from the sword.

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 4, Interesting) 581

by Bill_the_Engineer (#46748403) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

I think the stories from parents come not from the vaccines doing actual harm but from the fact that coincidentally the age when symptoms of autism presents itself is the same as when the vaccines are scheduled to be administered.

Other factors that adds to parents concerns are the rate of autism being diagnosed appears to be rising exponentially based on the graph presented by AutismSpeaks: The rate for 1985 was 1 in 2500, the rate in 1995 was 1 in 500, and the rate for 2009 was 1 in 110. If you looked at the text rather than the very prevalent graph you would have read that the criteria for positive diagnosis of autism has changed and public awareness increased significantly during the time period graphed which can make the graph a little misleading.

AutismSpeaks also gave another possible reason for the increase over the years being attributed to the increase of the average parental age. Several research papers have demonstrated a link between autism and parental age and have concluded that the chances for a child being born with autism increases with parental age.

(Source: AutismSpeaks)

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 5, Interesting) 581

by Bill_the_Engineer (#46746425) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

I have not seen any direct quote from her that indicates an opposition to the principle of vaccines or the efficacy of all vaccines. She is misguided in insisting that vaccines cause autism, but that is not the same thing as being against vaccination in general.

Actually here is a quote from her given during a Good Morning America interview in 2008:

McCarthy and Carrey said that while they do support immunization, they and their allies believe children receive "too many vaccines, too soon, many of which are toxic."

"We are not here to destroy the vaccine program. We're here to lend our voices for the millions of people calling for balance and moderation when it calls to substances that we give our children," Carey said. "They are not bottomless pits that you endlessly pour the substances into. You have to consider the cumulative effect. Not only that, the possible interaction. Every other drug has interaction with other drugs and yet they assume vaccines won't."

She is basically straddling the fence. Being enough anti-vaccine to encourage parents from having their children vaccinated yet not enough to where she doesn't have an exit strategy which will not threaten any product endorsements, possible TV/movie roles or make it impossible for her to simply say she was misunderstood when she is proven wrong.

Notice how she didn't say which vaccines shouldn't be given to children. She just basically said don't trust your pediatrician and just left it to the parents' fear to figure that out.

Comment: Re:Using the FAA's flawed logic... (Score 1) 214

by Bill_the_Engineer (#46735043) Attached to: FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones
The frequency you use to communicate with the drone have little to do with it. It's the actual activity being performed by the drone and if the drone is of sufficient size it is still falls under to jurisdiction of the FAA. The FCC only regulates the radio communication portion. Congrats on your license. I'm an extra class former section manager of ARRL myself.

Comment: Re:Why OpenSSL is so popular? (Score 2) 301

by Bill_the_Engineer (#46714649) Attached to: Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

Why OpenSSL is so popular? It has FIPS-certified module, and this becomes important for selling your product to the government.

FIPS certification is for a specific compiled version of OpenSSL and is not a blanket certification. The only way you are FIPS compliant is if you document that your product uses the exact same compiled version of OpenSSL or you submit your version of OpenSSL to be certified.

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