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Comment: Re:How about freedom for all? (Score 1) 304

no, you do NOT DESERVE any such 'freedom' to hate people based solely on a religious reason.

the idea of civil rights was to step in when businesses were NOT self-policing. time and time again, business owners do the wrong thing (they think they are gods and untouchable) and when society finally gets pissed off enough, then laws are enacted to force bad actors to behave.

except, in this case, they went the wrong way. it was not the will of the people, but the will of a very small minority who demands that everyone play by their 2000 year old set of rules; or at least how they think those rules should be understood and followed.

you know what's right and what's wrong. we don't have to teach you that. you know, in your heart, that discrimination like this is very wrong; but you use some twisted congnative dissonance to convince yourself that its 'a form of freedom to be able to hate anyone you want'. I guess it is, but there's a bright line between hating someone for their belief system and denying them service in a public store or setting. you can hate them all you want - till the cows come home. that's your freedom right there. you are not forced to party with them, befriend them, marry them or go to church with them. that's all allowed in a free society.

but the line stands when you deny them basic rights. it does not take much for a small town to band together and LOCK OUT sales of goods to people who are different from them. and this is exactly where we are headed if this set of laws is allowed to stand.

Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score 0) 304

well, I know 'jesus' as well as anyone does (ie, not at all).

my guess is that his legend would have him stand up against discrimination and hatred.

this is not political. not even close. its about hatred and any other veneer is a false one.

"love others as you would have them love you" would not be in favor of hate-laws.

I don't believe there ever was a jesus, but some of the ideas attributed to hims are quite stellar. too bad no one in any time (modern or ancient) has truly accepted this core belief.

Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 2) 304

actually, the laws and bills have not gone far enough.

some kind of visual indication should be included, so you know who the enemy is. maybe an armband. it could be phrased as a 'fashion statement'.

what could possibly go wrong with that? sounds pretty christian to me!

Comment: Re:Should be simple (Score 1) 85

by TheGratefulNet (#49366253) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

there is no more money in arduino hardware anymore. its a fact.

business model is hard. the value is the software and libs and user content (MOSTLY user content! its all about the libraries and examples that let us all do rapid prototyping).

I bought some 328 arduino italy boards when I first started, at $30 or so, each. maybe more, I forget. but they were expensive and I stopped buying them once I could do my own boards. and now, even my own boards do not make as much sense; since I can buy a usb nanon 3.0 board for $5. sure, it has crap ftdi fake chips on it (sigh) but newer ones are using non-ftdi chips and so that's good progress.

the size of a nano v3 module is great, its all there and its hard to argue with that kind of easy integration. but no one buys italy or official nano modules. they exist and i'm sure they are better made with real parts, but they cost too much!

I hope they can find a good business model. the arduino guys did a big thing to help the world get into controllers (major game changer; they deserve full credit) but now that chinese clones are out there, the hardware side is 'solved'. sad but true.

arguing over who sells the hardware is a lose/lose game.

Comment: Re:80's data (Score 1) 262

by TheGratefulNet (#49341107) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

for the trs80, there were 35 track floppy drives and the (ohh, cool) 40 track drives. I think it was 80MB per side and generally only used one side of theh floppy.

we called drives that could write to both sides 'flippy'. you would eject the floppy, fip it over and reinsert it. you'd often get sector errors, as the 2nd side of the floppy disk was the 'reject' side, from the vendor. best side goes the 'normal' way. but we could often get use out of the 2nd side. rarely were there drives that used dual heads, so the usual thing was to write to the first side, wait for it to fill up, then eject and try writing to the 2nd side.

you would also have to punch a hole (the write-protect tab) in the other side of the floppy so that you could control read/write off each side. a tape was placed over the hole to allow writes; removing the tape made the floppy write-protected.

I think there was a max of 4 floppies you could chain. the filespec was "file.txt:drive", eg "file.txt:0" or "file.txt:1" for floppy 0 (first one) or floppy 1 (2nd one).

sigh. fun times. 48k should be enough for anyone.

Comment: Re:Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 4, Insightful) 536

can you write into the house buying contract, the requirement for inet connectivity?

I know, no one does that; but maybe it needs to be done, from now on.

in my area, at least, comcast is a per month basis; so if a house sale was hinging on this, I guess I could -install- comcast, verify it in the empty house (sigh) and then move forward with the purchase.

sounds like a drag - and if the market is a seller's market, then your request is probably going to kick you out of the running (unless your offer is that much higher than the rest).

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton