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Comment Re:Wrong people to strip (Score 1) 559

In fact, Mexican workers that are paid "under-the-table" (as in they don't have anything taxes taken out of their paycheck) are relatively rare. Meaning they financially contribute to a system under which they are considered as faceless statistics and under which they have no voice.

Relatively rare? So where do the rest of the illegal aliens send their taxes? Do they fill out a W-4 with a fake SSN? Do they use a fake Tax ID number instead? Since they can't claim any excess taxes because they don't file, do they claim 10 exemptions to minimize the withholding amount?

And what about all the petitioners that are waiting 20+ years for their chance to legally immigrate to the U.S.? Are we to tell them "Sorry, the illegal population is so large that we don't have room for you again this year."?


Comment Re:Time to hold the government accountable (Score 5, Informative) 211

but using a stingray isn't a violation of anyone's rights, so good for them.

Wrong. It is illegal to use a Stingray to capture information without a warrant.

Judge Kendra Ausby ruled last week that the police should not have used a stingray to track Andrews without a search warrant, and she said prosecutors could not use any of the evidence found at the time of his arrest.

In this case the POLICE are the ones violating your rights by employing Stingrays without a warrant and the judges are telling them so. Just because you don't consider it a breach of your privacy doesn't mean the rest of us have to agree with you and give up our rights.


Comment Re: they weren't marines: one USAF, one Oregon NG (Score 1) 468

The Medal of Honor is only awarded for actions involving combat with an enemy of the United States. They might be awarded other medals (and the photo in the story suggests they have been awarded at least one) but not the Medal of Honor.

As Etherwalk suggests, read the history and criteria of the Medal of Honor in the link he provided.


Comment Re:Looks promising (Score 1) 26

Mixed results for me means some days the TENS unit will help me feel less of the pain in my back and some days it just feels like electricity zapping me through the electrodes. I can vary the frequency and duration of the pulses and sometimes this helps too. It does seem to help during long drives if I use it intermittently.

I have also tried it on plane flights with limited success, perhaps because I can't stretch as well between applications. I haven't had any problems going through airport security with my unit but I have heard of others that have been questioned by TSA about theirs.


Comment Re:Trading one for the other (Score 1) 186

When things go right, you don't need the source code, but when things go wrong, you'll wish you had it.

Again, Why?

Do you think DoD is going to tell the company how to rewrite the code to fix it? When you write the contract you put in performance specifications (remember five 9s?) and penalties for non-compliance. You don't spend months reviewing the vendor's software code to find edge cases that cause problems. DoD is paying them for their expertise, manpower, and infrastructure that DoD doesn't have to maintain.


Comment Re:Nope... (Score 1) 528

First, it wasn't a DRONE!! It was a toy RC quadcopter. It was in control of the operator the whole time. </rant>

Second, I disagree with your opinion that he can shoot down anything above his property that he doesn't like. What about someone flying a kite that travels above your property? Should you be able to shoot that down too? What if the kite had a camera attached?

Third, if I am in my upstairs window looking down into your back yard, do you have the right to shoot at me to preserve your privacy? Which are you arguing for: Lack of privacy on your property or imaginary trespass above your property line?


Comment Re:Trading one for the other (Score 1) 186

Why? The government is buying a service, not a software package.

Imagine if the government contracted Gmail to provide unclassified email for the entire DoD for 10 years for 4.3 billion. (2 million active and civilian accounts x 10 years = $215 a year per account.) Why would DoD want the source code for Gmail just because they are paying for the service? DoD isn't going to turn it into open source and they certainly aren't going to try to maintain a separate Gmail system. Google isn't going to bid $215 per account if they have to release Gmail into open source. In this fictitious example, DoD is paying Gmail for a proven email system and the personnel to keep it running, up to date, and secure.

Similarly, if GSA contracted Ford to supply, maintain, and refresh every government vehicle, do you think GSA would demand the design and engineering specs for every vehicle it leased?

In most cases the government is paying for a service because it doesn't WANT to own or maintain something that is already a mature civilian industry.


Comment Re:Looks promising (Score 2) 26

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units are not new. I have been using one for 10 years to control lower back pain (with mixed results). What is interesting in this study is using a TENS unit with patients with complete motor paralysis to help rebuild/retrain nerve connections allowing them more voluntary control of their lower extremities.


Comment Re:combines two of my... (Score 4, Informative) 64

Some prostrate cancers are so slow growing and happen so late in life, the recommended treatment option is... nothing. Monitor the situation and realize it may take more years then you have left before it becomes a problem. Also, the side effects of treatment might be more debilitating than the cancer itself.


Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl