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Comment: Re:ACLU (Score 1) 1573

by Larry_Dillon (#46769517) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Part of the reason the ACLU doesn't spent much effort on 2d amendment issues is that the NRA is much better funded and defends only one amendment. No 2d amendment case with merit has failed to make it to court for lack of backing. Tons of 1st and 4th amendment cases don't get off the ground because of the much more limited resources available to the ACLU.

Comment: Still a toy for most people (Score 1) 251

by Larry_Dillon (#46574135) Attached to: 3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

While I can see where they would be occasionally useful, mostly for making replacements for small, hand-to-find parts, I'm not ready to buy yet. I thought about it last summer but for the money, I got an oxy-actylene set up instead. I figure in 10 or even 20 years, the gas welding setup will be worth about what I paid for it whereas the 3d printer will be worth approximately nothing, like a 10 year old computer.

I'm not trying to say that these are equivalent goods with equivalent capabilities, just that I will get more use for more years out of a welder.

Comment: Code of Hammurabi take that (Score 1) 653

by Larry_Dillon (#46527591) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but in 18 years of public and private education, I was not every told about any laws, except in passing, unless you want to count reading the constitution in the 12th grade.

It used to be that governments had secret laws that you could be guilty of without even knowing it was illegal. We've done something better. Most laws are public but there are so many of them no on can possibly know them all -- ask any lawyer.

Comment: Re:Ham radio bands (Score 2) 105

by Larry_Dillon (#46346877) Attached to: Crowded US Airwaves Desperately In Search of Spectrum Breathing Room

You seem to forget that many academics and people in industry are also amateur operators or got their start as amateur operators. The current innovations are in SDR (software defined radio), DSP (digital signal processing) and mesh networks. Did you know that hams can operate 802.11 wireless gear at higher power and different frequencies under the FCC part 97 rules, versus the regular part 15 unlicensed operation?

Also, much of the spectrum allocation is governed by international treaty, so we can't always act unilaterally on spectrum. We need to keep these narrow slices of spectrum open for future innovation.

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