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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 598

by swillden (#46769749) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

And to pretend that the Founders never intended the Constitution to be amended is silly since we have an amendment process.

Of course they intended it to be amended. Which means that if people would like to ban civilian firearm possession, they should amend the constitution. Not that any such amendment would have a prayer of getting ratified.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 288

by swillden (#46769687) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Well, if you want reasonable housing prices in the face of climbing demand, then it's your problem. Without new housing in quantity in Mountain View, existing housing in Mountain View will cost more, and the same effect will ripple out to surrounding communities, including SF. The increased number of commuters will also increase traffic on the roads (though not as much as it could, thanks to the Google buses).

If you don't care about housing costs and traffic in the region, then it's not your problem. I don't live in the area, so it's certainly not my problem.

Comment: Re:Effectiveness of a space elevator. (Score 1) 78

by swillden (#46769609) Attached to: Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

Very good point. I stand corrected.

Putting something into LEO with an elevator would probably require lifting it well beyond LEO to get something close to the right orbital velocity, then applying thrust to fix up the resulting eccentric orbit. It'd still be cheaper than lifting it from the ground into LEO... though it occurs to me that the reason it would be cheaper is that it would get its orbital velocity by taking energy from the elevator. That could be restored by lowering a mass from geostationary orbit.

I hadn't consider it before but it seems like a space elevator would need station-keeping thrusters to maintain its orbital velocity since it would be sapped a bit by every kilogram lifted from the ground. Without thrusters you'd need so send a like amount of mass down, which means for every kilogram you lift up and want to keep in orbit you'd need to find a similar mass to send down. Maybe ore from asteroid mining operations? Of course, then the source of the orbital velocity you're using to restore the elevator's velocity is the thrusters that put the ore into the right orbit to go down the elevator.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 483

can the police officer force the boy to destroy evidence?

Not legally. Read the article. The officer can ask, cajole, beg, and plead, but not force the destruction.

Imagine this in court, "I'm sorry your honor, we had evidence but the police officer destroyed it." Every officer knows and is repeatedly trained that they cannot destroy evidence. That doesn't mean they can't encourage others to do it before it becomes 'evidence' in a case.

The details in the story are important. The officer didn't destroy the evidence. Because that would be, you know, bad. Instead he told the kid to delete it and made threats about what might happen if the boy got in trouble and the evidence were used against him.

Comment: Re:Same old, same old. (Score 1) 483

It is one of those stupid myths. "It takes two to make a fight." I would love to run into one of those experts in conflict resolution and just start slapping them. No sometimes people are just rotten and will take it out on you. It can be a bully or a neopagan KKK member at a Jewish Center with a gun.


Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 483

What I do not understand is how this ruling happened? You have zero expectation of privacy in school. Students lockers and backpacks may be searched at anytime.
So a student recording this should be okay and the bullies should be punished as should the teacher.

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