The problem with printed firearms is that they're plastic. We have no means to detect them. They instantly obsolete our security infrastructure. You can walk onto an airplane with one. You could walk into a courtroom with one. You could walk into the White House, Congress, or the Supreme Court with one. That is a major problem..
People keep saying this. The Liberator uses a metal firing pin. Sure, you would walk into a courtroom with one. It wouldn't be a functional gun, but it would look like one.
Why would they bust you for downloading Linux?
I got a nasty letter from my ISP telling me "No peer-to-peer". I called them, and said "WTF guys? I download Linux distros and OpenOffice ISOs via torrent, all kinds of 100% legal and legitimate content." "We don't care. No peer-to-peer."
So I signed up for a VPN, of course.
I wonder if they also go after all the folks that are just trying to download the latest WoW patch. Seems like most MMORPGs these days use P2P updaters.
WARNING: Goatse link! Seriously, fuck you. This stopped being funny years ago.
Don't believe the AC. The tinyurl above goes to http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/26/obama-readies-to-blast-nasa
Not really sure why that needed to be tiny.
pushing congress to increase non-defensive R&D spending to 3% of the U.S. GDP
3% of GDP sounds like a hell of a lot. It works out to 452 billion. I hope TFS misplaced a decimal point or something because otherwise the president is a stranger to reason.
We could pull $452B out of our defense budget and still be the biggest defense spender in the world nearly twice over (source: Wikipedia). Come to think of it, that might not be a bad idea.
Still, I'm sure he meant 3% of the federal budget rather than GDP.
In all seriousness, we run several SunFire V480s and V1280s at work. They do, in fact, have Solaris 8 iPlanet installed and we use them to run a web app and some data processing software we built in house. We're ditching them in favor of T4s pretty soon, but they've treated us pretty damned well for about 10 years.
There are provisions for independent observers. The US signed the treaty with these guys, so they have to invite the observers. Local law doesn't matter, as the federal government signed the treaty.
I see no evidence to indicate that the U.S. ratified a treaty with these guys. The POTUS may have signed some non-binding stuff, but it's just that.
Furthermore, the Constitution designates the States as the stewards of the electoral process. The Federal government has no say in this, even if they did sign a treaty.