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Comment Re:No (Score 1) 487

Unless you're a Comcast Xfinity customer, which by default their WiFi routers have public wifi connection running. The end user can't even log in to disable it themselves, it takes a call to Comcast to have it disabled.

I had to call to disable it so it wouldn't interfere with my own wifi router(s) running DD-WRT.

Comment Re:more govenrnment waste!! (Score 1) 389

It doesn't matter whether it's legal or not, or whether it's a law. As long as the capabilities to gather and analyze this info exist they will be used by someone somewhere by the government (any government) or other entities.

It makes me wonder if it will just shift to having private enterprise do it for them, then constitutionality won't even matter.

Get used to being spied on; like AI, it's here to stay.

Comment Re:Navy? Warships? (Score 1) 101

No, the air spaces aren't necessarily filled with air or gas containing oxygen, it could possibly be filled with a relatively inert gas such as nitrogen, helium, etc. or even a gas that retards fire.

The potential problem with this material is that a magnesium fire can rip the O2 it needs straight from the H2O bonds in water. You cannot extinguish a Mg fire with water, that would be adding fuel to the fire. A vessel made of this floating in water means that it is floating its own fuel.

Comment Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 1) 369

Me too!

I still can't figure out why the damn things got so popular. More expensive per cup, produces alot of unnecessary plastic waste, and limited selection of coffee type/flavors. I'll take my unbleached filters and fresh ground whole beans and have to wait the whole 4 minutes it takes me to drip-brew a pot of coffee anytime over that.

I swear, people are so f'ing impatient anymore. Just like so many prefer to use the spyware known as Chrome as a browser because it renders a page 1/3rd of a second faster than Firefox.

Comment Re:We're so screwed. (Score 4, Informative) 237

Actually the terrorists did win in a way. They achieved their goal of "terrorizing" us into enacting the policies now damaging our way of life. They caused the environment that allowed the government to pass the Patriot Act enabling/justifying their spying on us.

They made us suspect ourselves and each other and we now live in a state of paranoia and distrust.

Comment Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 3) 78

For that matter can we please go back to paper medical records too? How long will it be before all our medical histories become public knowledge?

While in theory, EMR's can do a lot of good by providing any doctor instant critical info but in the current big-data low security environment, no.

Comment This is just plain sick (Score 1) 256

My wife died on Christmas Day 2014 almost four years to the day of diagnosis and surgery of colon cancer.

I wouldn't wish cancer on anyone, but when I read about people like this it makes me think some people might deserve it.

I hope she is prosecuted and made to pay restitution somehow. Someday in the future when she really does have cancer, she'll see how wrong her behaviour is (or maybe she will become the victim of a horrible scam like this).

Comment Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 622

car is being repaired. Ridiculous! 20 MPG and every time I step on the brakes or the gas it rocks back and forth like a rocking chair. It seats about as many people as a sedan and can carry only slightly more junk than a sedan. Why do people want to drive these things? They aren't attractive, they don't stop/go fast, they can't carry much stuff. I don't get it.

I don't understand why so many people want to drive pickups either. In a pickup you can only haul stuff you care about in decent weather. I get it if you're a farmer or ranch hand and need to haul messy stuff year round, but why would anyone else want to drive a truck? And why is it that the bigger the pickup, the greater the odds that they will back into parking spaces?

I don't know about a Pathfinder, but I drive a 2001 Infiniti QX4 that is based on the Pathfinder. Mine does not handle like that, it pretty much drives like a luxury car, very smooth and predictable and pretty fast. It sounds like yours needs new struts badly and maybe a tune-up. Mine ran much better after a new MAF was installed.

I don't know what you were trying to fit in yours, but I can fit a stack of full 4x8 sheets of plywood or a 60" plasma TV in box and other big bulky items in it without trouble.

I drove a 1994 Acura Integra for almost 20 years. I finally needed something I could haul/tow with since my new home has several acres of wooded land.

P.S. It is my spare bad weather beater and utility vehicle, not my daily driver. Some people NEED a vehicle like this (I hate trucks/SUV's)

Comment Re:DOJ Oaths (Score 1) 112

Replace "First" with "Second", and your statement is still perfectly valid.

No, it's not the same thing at all. The 2nd specifies that it applies to a well regulated militia, so it doesn't actually apply literally to gun control, the question is if control violates the intent of it. The 1st, on the other hand, has the qualification of "congress shall make no law..." So any law granting authority for NSLs violates the constitution. In same cases the argument is made that something other than congress passing a law violates the intent of the 1st, but in the case of NSLs, the FBI uses various laws passed by congress as it's rationale, therefore any portions of those laws that do grant the FBI authority for NSLs is unconstitutional whether the 1st is taken literally or on its intent. Of course, that just applies to the disclosure portion. The purpose of the NSL is to force a search and/or seizure without a warrant, which is in direct violation of the 4th amendment.

Nowhere in the text of either the 1st or 4th amendments does it specify exceptions for suspected terrorism. This sort of thing is exactly what the Bill of Rights is meant to protect us against.

WRONG!! You're reading it wrong.

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.

The text of the amendment is a comma separated list of things that cannot be infringed. It should be read as: "These things shall not be infringed; A well regulated militia (necessary to the security of the state) and the right of the people to keep and bear arms." That comma between the "well regulated militia" portion of the sentence and the "right of the people" means AND. Also "well regulated militia" does not mean "regulated" as in govt. controlled, it means a trained militia.
Study the founders supporting documentation a little sometime and you may learn something.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead