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Comment: Re:there was a time in the early 1990s (Score 1) 254

The second amendment recognizes that an armed population is harder to dominate by a central authority. This is as true today as it was then, and just as important. The right to bear arms is not for the purposes of hunting or other recreational activities. It is a check against tyranny. History has shown power to be a corrupting force, so preventing the concentration of power should be the goal of any civilization interested in longevity.

Ending the private ownership of weapons should be considered carefully. Freedom is easy to lose and hard to gain. The loss of this particular freedom would make it considerably easier to lose the rest of them. What safety is worth that cost?

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 4, Insightful) 891

The purpose of taxes are to pay for the government.

As long as we have any publicly funded health care, then government is paying for the health consequences of smoking. With that in mind, why is it wrong to tax a behavior that increases an individual's societal burden?

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 2, Insightful) 891

Individual behavior that has a societal cost should be fair game for targeted taxes. In many cases I think that allowing someone the freedom to engage in the costly behavior while asking them to compensate society for the privilege is preferable to an outright ban on the behavior.

Comment: Re:Trick is (Score 1) 887

by j_rhoden (#36721860) Attached to: DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop

I'm pretty sure with your first option they would try (at least) to charge you with obstruction of justice. It's not like they're just going to let you walk out after you say you "forgot" your password.

The second would probably net you obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, and probably some other stuff.

Obviously, IANAL.

Comment: Re:Settlement terms confidential (Score 1) 310

by j_rhoden (#35798314) Attached to: Fellow Hackers Blast Geohot For Sony Settlement

Of course, so far Sony has been too stupid to know whats actually in their own best interests.

People keep saying this, and I find it hard to believe. Sony know's exactly what is in their best interests. They've done a cost / benefit analysis I'm sure, and decided pissing off some people (like us on /.) is worth it in the long run.

Comment: Re:you don't say! (Score 1) 442

by j_rhoden (#35641924) Attached to: Radioactive Water Found In Two Reactor Buildings

Containment unit != containment vessel. That's one of the huge differences between this and Chernobyl. These reactors have the reactor in a containment vessel that is inside a containment building. Chernobyl just had a containment building and no inner containment vessel. Hence when the roof of the Chernobyl reactor blew off, the core was exposed to the environment. Here, the core is still inside the inner containment vessel, which may or may not be damaged.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -- Arthur C. Clarke