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Comment: Re:Joke about lawyers (Score 1) 58

by DoofusOfDeath (#46804563) Attached to: General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

Not all lawyers are evil or bad, By far the worst kind is the "Corporate Lawyer". Get rid of those and the world would be a better place.

The problem with lawyers is that they're often seen as the agents of injustice.

Our legal system has scant consideration for the costs of participating in it. Somehow the SCOTUS sees no problem in letting prosecutors or private torte lawyers force others to choose between potentially bankrupting themselves in legal fees, or simply acquiescing to their demands.

And the courts also see no shadow of "ex post facto" in a legal code that's so complex that not only do regular citizens need a lawyer to understand it, but the meaning of the law isn't even fixed until some appeals court "discovers" it.

So from that perspective, lawyers are like government-sanctioned for-hire thugs. One can only hope that if one encounters a lawyer, he's either well-disposed to you or is less-well funded.

This is not justice.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1584

by DoofusOfDeath (#46768957) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

And yes, I know that this opinion is not popular on a site as conservative as slashdot. That is why we see this as a front page story bashing the person proposing the re-examination of the second amendment.

I'm not sure Slashdot's commentators are all that conservative. I'd say they're 45% libertarian, 40% liberal, and 10% conservative.

Comment: Re:Get something about math proofs. (Score 1) 607

My college geometry course was probably the most enjoyable of all my math courses, and in particular the part about non-Euclidean geometry. It was a wonderful period of growth for me, where I was forced on using rigorous logic without any hope of appealing to physical-world analogs / intuitions for my inspiration.

Comment: Re:User error? (Score 3, Insightful) 36

by DoofusOfDeath (#46724329) Attached to: Fire Risk From Panasonic Batteries In Sony Vaio Laptops

I wonder how many people were using laptops on their laps with a blanket or pillow or something that helps obstruct the vents on the bottom. It's fun to blame Sony but some times it really does come down to user error. Those vents on the bottom aren't there just for show...

I think it's reasonable to expect these laptops to contain thermometers and to automatically shutdown with there's a risk of fire. They're designed to be used in domestic environments with little to no training of the user.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.