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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.”
What I find interesting is how Stevens maintains that the Amendment only protects armament ownership for those actively serving in a state or federal military unit, in spite of the fact that the Amendment specifically names "the People" as a benefactor (just like the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth) and of course, ignoring the traditional definition of the term militia. I'm personally curious as to what his other 5 suggested changes are, but I guess we'll have towait until the end of April to find out."
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I guess this was intended to be funny, and it hs been modded as such, but I find it beneath contempt to make jokes about pain management, which is in such miserable shape in America.
Yeh, yeh, I know
It is not necessary for our inability to achieve perfection to get in the way of having good practices. A few commonly accepted things could form the start of a set of best practices. Stuff like handling passwords correctly and preventing buffer overflows. We need some sort of professional organization a-la AMA or the Bar Association or various engineering groups to manage and promulgate a set of best practices. And yes, if we could develop that and then a systems engineer or programmer or their management were to ignore best practices and foist really stupid stuff on the public, especially fo money, I would support a trip to civil court.
We have lived too long with the "not responsible for anything" license and it is time to start moving toward making that disclaimer "against public policy".
He spends considerable effort pointing out the amount of money to be made by advertisers and advertising media. This argument is rooted in the premise that we live in a consumerist economy and that because advertising increases consumption it is a good thing. In case you haven't noticed, we are in economic trouble precisely because people were encouraged to spend beyond their means and it has come back to bite us. So no, that which encourages consumption is NOT automatically good for the economy or thise who comprise it.
He tries to make a case for targeted advertising, as opposed to general advertising. Other articles I have read seem to be leading to the conclusion that targeting does not increase the effectiveness of advertising. An even if it does, I don't care because I value my privacy more than his increase of sales.
Would you let someone who wanted to sell you something come into your house and poke around your pantry, your clothes closet, your medicine cabinet, and all your drawers so he could more effectively convince you that his product was something without which you could not live? And spread that knowledge around beyond your control to others unknown to you? I surely would not, and letting someone catalog everything I do on line is at least as creepy as that to me.
So if we have to invent a truly anonymous on-line micro-payment system and use it to fund the parts of the web that we use, I am willing to go that route. Meanwhile, Wheeler should get off my grass.
"virii" is not a word. The correct plural of "virus" is simply "viruses".
In current usage that is probably right. But at least give some acknowledgement to classical Latin, in which virii would, indeed, be the plural of virus. I've never figured out why we use the Latin word but refuse to use its Latin plural.