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Comment: Re:Nullify! Jury Nullification (Score 1) 897

by KiltedKnight (#39335899) Attached to: How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

Rightly? No, sadly and wrongly. You probably should read up on the history of Jury Nullification (start here: Jury Nullification in the United States) and you will find that it was first used to prevent convictions under the fugitive slave laws. Jury Nullification is a viable answer... but it must be applied on a per case basis. You cannot go in as a juror with the express intent of nullifying a law that you do not like. You must give the prosecution a chance to present its case.

Comment: It got too hot in the kitchen (Score 5, Insightful) 267

by KiltedKnight (#38766778) Attached to: SOPA Goes Back To the Drawing Board, PIPA Postponed

So Congress backed out until things cool down and they can try again... whether it's by reintroducing this same stuff or by attaching it, piece by piece, as riders to other bills.

We cannot turn down the heat. If we do, we will find this legislation passed before we can do anything about it.

Comment: Re:Is this something the market forces are demandi (Score 2) 148

by KiltedKnight (#37992112) Attached to: Windows OS Coming To the Mainframe

Only one of the last 6 companies I worked for DIDN'T have a mainframe.

Not only does my current company still have a mainframe- we're doing a major software upgrade on it next year.

The mainframe never died.

Mainframe computers were designed around the idea of doing a large volume of repetitive transactions... and mainframes do that very well. If that's what you need done, a mainframe is actually quite a good choice if you can deal with the operational and maintenance costs.

Comment: Re:To all candidates (Score 1) 343

by KiltedKnight (#37979120) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Whom Do You Want To Ask About 2012's U.S. Elections?

The government is responsible for providing for the general welfare and all these things it does directly benefit the general welfare, QED.

Wrong. The government is responsible for providing for the common defense and promoting the general welfare. The government is not responsible for providing for the general welfare.

Despite what Supreme Court rulings over the years may imply, the words "provide" and "promote" do not mean the same thing.

Comment: The grass is always greener on the other side (Score 1) 1019

by KiltedKnight (#37545124) Attached to: Healthcare Law Appealed To Supreme Court

Having experienced what happens in a socialized, European system through what happened to my grandparents, I can tell you that you really don't want it. When they finally identified the cancer with my grandmother, they only would give her pain medication. They would not treat her with surgery, chemo, radiation, or whatnot. She died in the hospital and there was a state-mandated autopsy. When my grandfather needed anything, they gave him pain meds and sent him home... no matter how my mother or my aunt argued with the doctors. The "death panels" are quite real... though they aren't necessarily called that. They do make decisions in those systems regarding what they will and won't do based on a person's age, condition, etc.

Socialized medicine works fine for an overall healthy population that takes care of itself and doesn't have junk food shoved down its collective throat. Until you can get the corn refiners and big pharma out of their shared bed, the US will continue to be a generally unhealthy population.

Comment: Re:How to get around DNS hijacking by ISPs (Score 1) 243

by KiltedKnight (#37086520) Attached to: The Five Levels of ISP Evil
But the software that hijacks the NXDOMAIN traffic can't do anything about DNSSEC-enabled requests. If they hijack the response, then the receiving program will know whether or not something intercepted it because the NXDOMAIN stuff is actually issued by the root DNS servers and those were signed for many TLDs. Whether or not the actual response is signed is irrelevant. They have to skip requests that have DNSSEC turned on or they won't be invisible to the end user.

Comment: Blame a lot of downsizing as well. (Score 1) 352

by KiltedKnight (#36712402) Attached to: IT Crises vs. Vacation: Sometimes It Isn't Pretty

This is a problem with the downsizing of companies. They try to push as much work as possible onto as few people as possible, often burning out the good people because they never get any time off, are constantly on outage calls, etc., and then nobody listens to them because they've identified a myriad of problems... but fixing them would require not putting out that extra new feature so they use operations to hold things together while disregarding their importance.

Comment: Al is just a really cool guy (Score 1) 160

by KiltedKnight (#36534820) Attached to: Weird Al Says "Twitter Saved My Album"

I've had the opportunity to meet him at a concert when I was one of his extras. He is a good man and has a wonderful family. He treats people with respect it's difficult to not give it back to him... especially when he requests permission to do all of the spoofs even though he doesn't legally need to do so.

And I can't listen to several songs without the Weird Al spoof popping into my head either.

Best wishes to you, Weird Al!

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw