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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.

Comment: Winter Storm Atlas (Score 3, Informative) 230

by Macgruder (#45270573) Attached to: A Year After Sandy, Do You Approach Disaster Differently?

Earlier this month Atlas struck the Black Hills of South Dakota. 4-8 inches of snow were forecast for the higher elevations (5000+ feet), but here on the foot hills at 3500', we got 31" of snow. It was a wet, heavy snow that snapped power lines and tree limbs. 60+ mph winds made for zero visability and took out a large number of power poles.

Our little datacenter lost utility power Friday evening, and promptly switched to UPS, which had a lifespan of about 2 hours. Power was restored after 85 minutes, but the decision was made to power off all the servers in case we lost power again, with an eye towards starting recovery procedures in a day or two. The data center was restored to full functionality by Sunday noon, even though the businesses didn't re-open until Monday noon.

We have a complete DR plan, so if the outage persisted for another day, we could have resumed operations at a sister site. The key takeaways here were backup validation for off-site replication, lines of communication between Operations and the affected managers, and validated, sequenced shut-down and power-on check-list. I was able to get on-site through the storm thanks to my big 4x4 and coordinate the shutdown and power-on processes. Without being onsite, we would have had some more challenges due to area wide loss of network connectivity.


Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

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