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Comment: Re:Nuclear Attack (Score 4, Interesting) 439

by Macgruder (#49057631) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?

That is the primary mission of the Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine ("Boomers"), but there are the guided missile and the attack submarines in the US fleet as well. Their primary purpose is to deny a potential adversary the use of their seapower. Some commentator once said "A submarine can't perform every naval mission, but it can prevent the enemy from performing ANY naval mission".

Comment: Re:A felon with misdemeanor convictions (Score 1) 720

by Macgruder (#48543257) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Most states return the right to vote upon completion of the sentence, parole, or probation. A couple states never remove the rights. Then there a few that require a petition from the felon to consider restoring some rights. Some serious crimes, like murder, rape, etc... bar you for life from voting.

Comment: Re:Actually the correct fix is far fewer words (Score 1) 1633

by Macgruder (#46770193) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.'

I changed two words, which have no affect the grammar of the structure at all.

"A well regulated Library, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Books shall not be infringed."

There is no way you can parse that statement to enforce the idea that ONLY a Library can have books.

So why do people insist on twisting the original wording so it somehow restricts arms to a milita?

Comment: Trial, Then Commuted Sentence (Score 1) 822

by Macgruder (#46083241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

There's a strong case that he broke the law and committed treason.

Charge him, try him.

Then, if he's found guilty, commute his sentence to whatever time was served during the trial. No pardon. He's still a felon. The give him a beer and throw him a party.

Maybe some administration in the future can pardon him, when he's on death's door.

Face it. He did some wrong For the right reasons, perhaps, but he still did something wrong. That should not affect the guilt or innocence finding, but rather the severity of the sentence.

Comment: Re:XBMC ftw (Score 2) 420

by Macgruder (#45964185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

I have an Acer 3-core low profile PC w/ Win 7 that runs XBMC 12. The same app is on both of my tablets (Nexus 10). The media is stored on D-Link NAS drives and is accessible across the network from anywhere in my home. Works awesome. Setup was as simple as specifying the SMB path to the NAS, and letting XBMC run it's media scraper to collect all the file names. I have a large collection of digitized anime, and XBMC handles handles MKV files with subtitles and dual audio as well.

With the full range of plugins that can be added to XBMC, I use to to play my Hulu+ and Amazon Prime. I've seen plugins for the BBC iPlayer, but as I'm not in the UK I can't access it.

XBMC rocks.

Comment: Re:It's about time! (Score 2) 1431

by Macgruder (#45954425) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

And if that's the extent of it, I agree. I believe that the use of potentially deadly force is only justified when that same force is first used against you, or you're in immediate and imminent danger of having it being used against you.

So far, nothing in this story leads me to believe that was the case. But we'll see what, if any, new information comes out.

Comment: Re:It's about time! (Score 4, Informative) 1431

by Macgruder (#45952777) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

2 things - 1) It was reported that the texting itself occured during the preview trailers, not the movie itself. I've often done that myself, check e-mail and and such during previews, share the information, coordinate schedule with other people who may be attending the movie with us as well. I do agree that once the movie starts, then the phone needs to be put away and put on silent.

2) Other outlets are now reporting that the argument was escalated by the shooting victim, with him yelling at the shooter for 'telling on him', then escalated it further into the physical realm. I suppose at that point I can see how the older man (71) was feeling physically threatened by the younger (43) and felt he had to take immediate action to protect himself.

I'm not saying that's exactly what happened here. I am pointing out that information is still being developed and details are still coming out. It's forlorn hope I admit, but I'd like to think that we could all dial down the outrage until all the facts are learned, then castigate the guilty party(ies) and not just vent uncontrollably based on our own immediate perceptions.

Comment: Re:"News for nerds??" (Score 0) 934

we need to stop...all of us...everyone is in favor of some kind of 'gun control' in no one believes, rationally, that Americans should be allowed to own/operate any kind of weaponry without limit

Stealing form MZW:

"The Constitution has a section about "letters of marque and reprisal." This means it was understood and accepted that people owned private warships WITH CANNON as a common event, and that Congress should have the power to offer them pay as mercenarieswhen needed."

So yes. Any weapon that government obtains and employs for it's military or police force, it should moral and legal for me to maintain in my own right.

In a system of government "of the people, by the people, for the people", there is nothing the government can do which should not be legal to do myself.

Comment: Re:Took them long enough... (Score 4, Informative) 934

Funny picture. But wrong.

"10 U.S. Code 311 - Militia: composition and classes
    (a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.