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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1633

by Saanvik (#46774517) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

There is no such thing as a "strict constitutionalist".

There are "strict constructionists" that use the text, and only the exact words in the text, of the Constitution, when considering whether a law is constitutional or not. I don't think you mean them, though.

I think you mean "originalists". These are people that believe we can understand the original intent of the Constitution and make ruling based on that understanding.

I'll remind everyone, while we're on the subject - all words are interpreted by the reader or hearer. There is no true interpretation of the Constitution, just the one you believe to be true.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1633

by Saanvik (#46774369) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Come on, if you're going to post something, at least be honest! The following quotes are from the abstract, which I think you'll find disagrees with your claims..

Kellerman's study said people were 2.7, not 23, times more likely to be killed.

After matching for four characteristics and controlling for the effects of five more, we found that the presence of one or more firearms in the home was strongly associated with an increased risk of homicide in the home (adjusted odds ratio, 2.7; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.6 to 4.4).

They only considered homicides within a home, not some random distance.

All homicides involving residents of King County or Shelby County that occurred between August 23, 1987, and August 23, 1992, and all homicides involving residents of Cuyahoga County that occurred between January 1, 1990, and August 23, 1992, were reviewed to identify those that took place in the home of the victim.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1633

by Saanvik (#46774045) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Look, you can make a lot of claims about the impact of the gun control laws in Australia, but depending on the early government statistics to prove your point is intellectually dishonest.

Use actual studies, done when time has passed so you can see the impact. Here's a good one Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearm deaths, firearm suicides, and a decade without mass shootings. Quoting from the abstract, emphasis mine:

Results:
In the 18 years before the gun law reforms, there were 13 mass shootings in Australia, and none in the 10.5 years afterwards. Declines in firearm-related deaths before the law reforms accelerated after the reforms for total firearm deaths (p=0.04), firearm suicides (p=0.007) and firearm homicides (p=0.15), but not for the smallest category of unintentional firearm deaths, which increased. No evidence of substitution effect for suicides or homicides was observed. The rates per 100 000 of total firearm deaths, firearm homicides and firearm suicides all at least doubled their existing rates of decline after the revised gun laws.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1633

by Saanvik (#46773891) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Please note this was not about freeloader grazing

Actually, yes it is exactly about that. If you don't understand that, you don't understand the situation.

You could make a case that he should be allowed to graze his cattle on the land, which you do, a bit, in your response, but cattle grazing on public land without permission is the reason for this incident.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 2) 1633

by Saanvik (#46773835) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Well said. I have yet to see a cogent defense of Mr. Bundy's actual actions. Remember, public land is your land. He was illegally grazing his cattle on your lands. He was illegally grazing his cattle on the land of every person that went to support him.

The people that supported Mr. Bundy were acting as if the government was in the wrong, when in fact, the government was protecting their own self-interest, while Mr. Bundy was taking advantage of them by illegally using their land.

Comment: Re:You lost me at vim (Score 1) 531

by Saanvik (#46392125) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Interesting. The number of searches for VIM remains relatively constant over time, while the number of searches for emacs has been decreasing.

I personally find myself searching for VI commands much more often than emacs. I use emacs every day and I know how to do what I want using it. When I'm stuck on a system without it, I fall back to VI, but I never learned it well enough to do more than simple editing.

Comment: Re:Hockey guy? (Score -1, Flamebait) 874

by Saanvik (#30301616) Attached to: Scientists Step Down After CRU Hack Fallout

No, the chart was not from random noise.

1. No they did not.
2. No, they did not.
3. No, they did not.
4. No, they did not.
5. No, they did not.

I could go on, but I think everyone gets the point. You have an ax to grind, and your claims show nothing but your bias.

If you disagree, please post proof of each of your claims.

Comment: Re:I could be sarcastic (Score 1) 459

by Saanvik (#26701849) Attached to: A Gates Foundation Education Initiative Fizzles

Um, no, there never were little, red schoolhouses all over the place. Most communities, until recently (last 100 or so years) were happy to have any school to send their kids to, and, even into the 1960s, educational choice was limited for nearly everyone. Heck, it wasn't even until 1925 that kids were allowed to go to private school as a means to complete their compulsory education requirements.

There's more educational choice now then ever in the US.

So, sorry, take your market-driven theology and mis-apply it somewhere else, it doesn't make sense here.

Education

+ - 100 things we didn't know last year

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gollum123 writes "The BBC news magazine is runnnig a compilation of the interesting and sometimes downright unexpected facts that we did not know last year, but now know ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/index.h tml#a007948 ). some examples — There are 200 million blogs which are no longer being updated, say technology analysts. Urban birds have developed a short, fast "rap style" of singing, different from their rural counterparts. The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions. Online shoppers will only wait an average of four seconds for an internet page to load before giving up. just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles. More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors. For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality. The word "time" is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiacs is the term for people who fear the number 666. The egg came first. Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger."
Puzzle Games (Games)

+ - Cheater Checkmated.

Submitted by HockeyPuck
HockeyPuck (141947) writes "An Indian chessplayer was recently banned from competing in chess tournaments for 10 years for using a bluetooth enabled hat to communicate with accomplices outside who were using a chess program to determine his moves."
Media (Apple)

+ - iTunes Visits Skyrocket 413% On Christmas Day

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hitwise today announced that the market share of visits to the iTunes website was up 413 percent on Christmas Day 2006 (December 25, 2006) versus Christmas Day 2005 as new iPod owners flocked to the web to download iTunes. The market share of visits to Zune.net showed an increase of 1,030 percent on December 25, 2006 versus the previous Monday (December 18, 2006). However, this strong initial performance was overshadowed by the iPod."
Programming

+ - Build Ajax into your Web apps with Rails

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An anonymous reader writes "Ruby on Rails provides an excellent platform for building Web applications. Discover how to use the built-in Asynchronous JavaScript(TM) + XML (Ajax) features of the platform to give your application the Web 2.0 rich user interface experience. Even if you don't envision yourself shipping a Rails application, I recommend that you download one of the Instant Rails or Locomotive applications and try it out."
Media (Apple)

+ - Top ten Apple rumors of all time

Submitted by sosumi
sosumi (666) writes "CNET have taken a look back at thirty years of Apple rumors. The top ten list includes the "Secret OSX Build" and the "Apple To Buy Nintendo" speculation. The list seems to have it all. Other entries are the Apple iPhone ("just an elaborate hoax dreamed up by Steve Jobs to keep journalists busy") and Mac OS for IBM PCs ("so counter-productive and financially damaging for Apple that we doubt the company has ever seriously considered it"). From the article: "What do you get when you cross a notoriously tight-lipped computer company with rabidly fanatical users? A whole lot of gossip, speculation and hearsay, that's what. Thirty years of Apple Computer has seen the company rise, fall and rise again like a kind of technological Jesus Christ — there's been plenty to talk about.""

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