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Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 652

I'm not saying this is the "right" or "best" solution, but...

I taught my son to punch hard and aim for the nose: "if you miss, you'll get his mouth or cheek or eye and it'll still hurt". I also explained that if the bully hit, slapped, tripped, or otherwise battered him, that my son was to lay him out. "What if I get in trouble?", he asked. "You let me handle that part", I replied. We had to play-act it a few times because my boy kept wanting to say something first, like "if you touch me again I'll hit you in the nose!" No. You've already warned him before and he kept it up. Don't talk: act.

Cut to a week later when the teacher was waiting for me when I went to get my son from school. "He hit another kid today." "Was it so-and-so?" "Yes." "Good. I told him to." The teacher looked around, leaned in and confessed: "someone needed to belt that little asshole."

The bullying ended that day. My boy stopped coming home with torn clothes, scratches, and bruises. My son got an enormous confidence boost and hasn't had a problem with other little thugs since then.

Violence is not the solution to all problems, but damned if it can't fix some.

Comment: Assemble once and KRAzyGLuE? Doing it wrong. (Score 3, Insightful) 218

by tepples (#46771387) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs
You're doing it wrong. LEGO kits are intended to be assembled into a model, then disassembled and reassembled into a different model. That's why the enclosed instruction book shows how to build more than one model. For a dramatization of how wrong you're doing it, go see The LEGO Movie.

Comment: Dalvik or recompile (Score 2) 71

by tepples (#46770483) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

ARM is the defecto standard upon all software that is mobile.

How so? Android apps are written in Java that compiles to Dalvik VM. Free apps that use NDK, such as those on F-Droid, can be recompiled by anyone. Proprietary apps that use NDK can be recompiled by their publisher if the publisher wants sales on the other platform. How big is the remaining set of apps that 1. use NDK, 2. are proprietary, 3. whose publisher is unwilling to take the money from Android/x86 users?

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 993

by 91degrees (#46770255) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
Defending the constitution does not mean preventing any change to it at all. It means making sure that any attempt to violate it by act of congress is reversed. If the constitution is changed such that clauses are added or removed, then his job is to defend the changed constitution.

Surely you agree that the citizens of the US still have the right to amend the constitution as long as they follow the amendment procedure specified in it.

Comment: Re:It's crap (Score 1) 993

by 91degrees (#46770177) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
I think the US military won in Iraq. Against opponents that had military equipment.

So, you think that if the citizens of the US decided to stage an uprising, for whatever reason, and if this was opposed by the majority of the US armed forces, they'd need to invade the US!? They're already there. They just need to defend essential infrastructure.

But at that point it will be too late anyway. The people will have effective control of the country without firing a shot.

Comment: Yeah, what AC said about Open Source docs (Score 1) 36

by billstewart (#46769663) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

In this case I know it's some kind of privacy software, but typically "FooBatz Release 5.4c is out!!!" is some gaming application or whatever. A half-sentence or more in the Slashdot summary would help, and so would a FAQ that starts with a section of "What is FooBatz?" rather than with "Why won't Ver 5.4b build on Slackware?"

Comment: Re:ACLU (Score 1) 993

by 91degrees (#46768245) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
The ACLU is about protecting civil liberties, and not the constitution. The constitution is one of the means they fequently use since the Bill Of Rights ostensibly has the same purpose so it's a good tool for the purpose. Whether gun ownership is a civil liberty or not is hotly disputed in the US, but in the rest of the world is considered to not be one. The rest of the rights protected by the Bill of Rights are less contentious. No doubt is the 18th amendment was still in force, the ACLU would not make any effort to defend that either.

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