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Comment Re: Yes (Score 1) 688

I don't remember the word "personal" in the Second Amendment, but I do remember "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..." in the Declaration of Independence. That document claimed it as an intrinsic right of a people to throw off a government which no longer serves them.

I don't think a reasonable argument can be made against field artillery without at least addressing the Revolutionary War and whether or not it was justified or legal (i.e. via unalienable rights which trump lesser government laws against treason and rebellion). It is much harder to throw off a government without the ability to match its military capability. Regulation of arms (or militias) is a separate issue, but I think relegating the Second Amendment to only personal defense or hunting game without considering (modern) arms necessary to resist a depraved government's (modern) military would be an unwarranted assumption fallacy.

Comment Re:Touch it with a 12 mile pole. (Score 3, Insightful) 140

You get the 12 mile military and 200 mile fishing limits for your land per international law. However, this must be land above the water. You cannot find land under the surface, dump tons of dirt on it, and claim those rights, per same law.

This doesn't mean you can't create the islands, but you can't do the 12 mile/200 mile thing. China [a nuclear power with a massive army and permanent UN veto] ... can.


Comment Re:Intervention? (Score 1) 140

That's actually a pretty good technique. Multiple exclamation marks is one of the most grievous grammatical gaffes generated these days. I almost always read them sarcastically on first scan. (Perhaps I'm giving the author the benefit of the doubt)? If I can't parse the phrase sarcastically, I'll lump it into the MySpace social media transplant group and just move along.

Comment Off Topic Editorial Complaint (Score -1, Offtopic) 608

So how many of you know that Slashdot is up for sale? It's been on the firehose and elsewhere on the web all morning, but, as near as I can tell, not on the Slashdot front page? Is Slashdot ownership not news for nerds or stuff that matters anymore?

Oh, and way to go USA on finally getting around to answering that petition... Nice to see such a quick, open, and transparent response to the citizenry. At least this one is honest.

Comment Perhaps I should have submitted... (Score 1) 4

Editors fail to post any of several different submissions about the sale of Slashdot and Sourceforge to the front page of Slashdot (of which this is one of several that reached "red" in the firehose). Perhaps it's not considered news for nerds or stuff that matters? Not after three years of Dice management?

Comment Re:Google Opinion Rewards (Score 1) 21

Verizon's program will track your physical location, network use, and just about any other information they can get while watching what happens to/with your smartphone and share it with anyone willing to pay for it for marketing, sales, etc... reasons. Always on, only the one large opt in with no incremental no opt out, and definitely no aggregation/anonymization.

Comment Google Opinion Rewards (Score 2) 21

I'm generally willing to answer survey questions for a fraction of the revenue. So Google Opinion Rewards and Nielsen's TV watching logs are generally ok with me. Market research which doesn't split the value of my opinions with me will generally (but not always) get short shrift. (Note that value doesn't have to be monetary, I'll often give opinions when I think there's a chance of influencing the item in a direction beneficial to me). Passive tracking options which don't give me an option to selectively participate/abstain are DOA as far as I'm concerned (like Verizon Rewards).

Comment Re:not sure what to wish for... (Score 1) 98

I agree. Which OU had control of the space? Where's the dirt? Is even there a single decent paparazzo left in science reporting?

I give kudos to the selection of the "special projects" building though*. Nothing like a remote corner of campus with sloped earthwork embankments around all the lab windows for doing something like this. Do you realize how much of a success this indicates for NIST's culture of safety (which they've been working hard on ever since that little Pu oops in Boulder)? Even their alleged illicit activity takes safety into consideration (although the explosion indicates the potential perp. missed something in the hazard analysis - but hey, what do you expect from criminals).

*For those that don't know, that was a politically clever rename of the hazards building, similar to how they also came up with the Center for Neutron Research name.

Comment Re: Problem? (Score 1) 162

I'm sure it wouldn't be the first time an author called a journal editor (or reviewer) nasty names based on received comments.

Hmm... I wonder if the AC would have said the same thing if shortscruffydave had called out a syntax error in C; you know, nothing code breaking, just sloppy editing.

Comment Re:Where's the Stainless Steel Rat movie? (Score 0) 227

Stainless Steel Rat movies would be horrid. At least half their value was the way that the writing style was an extension of the protagonist's persona. You'd never get that on film. You might be able to pull each story off in a fast paced forty-five minute episode - make a mini-series out of the books, but you'd still lose a lot. If they want content for the big screen - Vorkosigan is the way to go! Much more of Bujold would translate to film.

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