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Comment: Re:Where does the Fed claim to get power to ban th (Score 0) 206

by ScentCone (#49802885) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Since you're apparently an expert in the colloquial interpretation of 18th century American English, could you please explain what this part of the 2nd amendment means?

You're looking at the language and purpose of the amendment incorrectly. To translate its essence into more modern parlance, if would go something like: "Because it's always going to be necessary to have a trained and equipped military organization ready to defend the country, the government - in the interests of not allowing the government to have a monopoly on the tools of defense - shall not prevent citizens who are not in the military from having arms."

The people who wrote that amendment still had a very bad taste in their mouths from living under a monarchy that DID reserve the power to capriciously allow only the military to keep and bear arms. Knowing that a military/militia is necessary, they used the second amendment to be VERY clear that they considered the fundamental right to keep and bear arms to be NOT exclusive to the military. Just like the considered the freedom to speak to be not under the control of the government.

Comment: Re:Tony Abbott ... (Score 1) 286

like digging 60M tonnes of coal from central Queensland might be ...snip... bad for Australia

You do realise we don't make anything right? Our entire country's wealth, our way of life, and everything we take for granted is financed by digging shit out of the ground and shipping it overseas along with a few live cows. We are the Qatar of the west when it comes to coal and gas and our wealth comes from the thirst for dirty energy all over the world.

Digging a hole in the middle of the country is not bad for Australia, it's par for the course, it's Australia getting up and going to it's mundane job to pay it's mortgage. It's bad for the environment but no one in power seems to give 2 shits about that.

Comment: Re:It gets better. . . (Score 1) 286

see the nice thing about the au those guys wont have a job soon. idiots like that quickly get voted out. they just threw in a very librel government this run for some reasion there there poplurlty has aruly came to a screeching hult and they know there not getting new terms.

Oh what a great laugh for a Saturday morning. You do realise this guy was an absolute train-wreck BEFORE we voted him in right? In fact he's been a train-wreck since he got in, but funny enough the polling shows he's just getting more and more popular. In fact if we went to election right now there's only a slight chance that they would lose on a 2-party preferred systems. On a primary vote they are still by far the most popular.

Also you're assuming any of the other idiots are any better.

Comment: Re:Don't make kids learn to code (Score 1) 286

If a kid wants to learn coding, they'll learn coding, if they don't want to, they won't.

That can be said for a lot of things which would leave a bunch of kids with the inability to actually make it through life. Like kids not wanting to learn compound interest in math and then not understanding a single thing the car salesman says.

I do agree with part of your post though, teaching Shakespeare, and Drama may not be as useful to a person in later life, but the basics of programming found the basics of logical reasoning. No I won't ever solve the world's problems (or any problem really) using Logo, but the lessons learnt about logic or recursion are about as fundamental as any reasoning skill and all people should have it.

Not everyone is going to be a programmer growing up. But nearly everyone will benefit from some basic knowledge of branching and recursion at some point, even if it's just to make one of their mind numbing tasks a little easier by editing a cell in Excel.

Comment: Re:Doesn't get it (Score 1) 286

We should certainly be providing a well rounded education, but let's not ignore where this whole push to code comes from. It's from the people who pay the coders, and they hate paying high wages.

I disagree with this. I'm not a programmer but there have been times when being able to spit out a small script in whatever language I read the manual for has been very helpful in solving other problems. Learning to program is about logic, and being able to solve logic problems is a life skill that I think a lot of people can benefit from regardless if they end up working for Zuckerburg or sitting in an accounting office staring at Excel all day. Basic programming knowledge is something that can make people's lives a bit easier if for no other reason than being able to understand the difference between someone saying AND and OR. (Yes some people actually need the truth tables drawn up for them).

Comment: Re:UAT (Score 1) 335

by thegarbz (#49802439) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

Well, how do you test it before you're happy ? If the beacon is 40 bytes, and transmitted every 15 seconds, it would take half a year before you fill up 32 MB. That's a long time for testing.

According to TFS it failed after 2 days. For something that's supposed to be up there for years I would have expected it to last more than 2 days. If it lasted half a year that would be far more forgiveable.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 335

by thegarbz (#49802405) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

Naive CSV parsers are trivial, but also break very very easily (ex. embedded new lines in a quoted field; quotes in a quoted field; mixed quotes; etc).

That is only a concern when the inputs aren't within your control.

Also while CSV isn't compact it is human readable. Binary files have their place, but just like the complaints about binary logging in OSes storing data in plain text makes it very resistant to corruption and easy to debug. It's also far easier to deal with strings of plain text when you're an amateur coder, and ...lets face you trust someone who can't prevent a file from dynamically growing to create their own binary format that would be in any way reliable?

Comment: Re:outrageous (Score 1) 206

by thegarbz (#49802343) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

That is BS. If there was evidence that he had done that, he would have been charged, and the evidence presented at his trial.

Not necessarily. There's plenty of reasons you may not want to charge someone with a crime you know they've committed. Consider that it may be embarrassing for the prosecutor, may open up new technicalities that allow a case to be thrown out, expose sources of knowledge etc. If someone is going away for life as it is there's very little reason to slap something else on him when you could always do it later.

Comment: Re:Will This Fight Ever End? (Score 1) 548

AC is great for long distance and certain applications. DC is great locally. The bridge rectifier should be between the grid & the home battery, not between the home battery and the devices it is recharging and/or powering.

The exception to this are high power home applications: Stove, Oven, Microwave, Toaster, Fridge, Dryer, Washing Machine, Dishwasher. The battery charger can be on the same circuit set.

Note that TV is NOT on this list. All video screens can be low power these days. All lighting can be low power. There is no reason why this can't be a simple 5V, 4A circuit with USB compatible plugs, several to a room.

Comment: Re:Unclear who this hurts (Score 1) 86

by ScentCone (#49800331) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

Bullshit. Unless you can point to real evidence this is true, you're just guessing.

What? How do you think that coupons actually work, anyway?

1) You present a coupon, and you pay less cash at the point of sale than you otherwise would have. This is not a mystery. It's the whole point. If it's the retailer's own coupon, then they are basically putting the item on sale in exchange for having a trackable form of marketing. If it's a manufacturer's coupon, then the retailer is participating in a mechanism wherein the manufacturer and retailer have worked out a back-channel compensation scheme for the retailer having collected less cash during the transaction. This is also not a mystery.

2) When you present the retailer with a bogus retailer coupon, you're getting a discount that's disconnected from one of the key reasons they issued the coupon in the first place: to understand which marketing methods are the most constructive. When you present the retailer with a bogus manufacturer's coupon, one of two things happens: the retailer eats the loss, or the manufacturer does. Again, why are you acting like this is some strange unknown? Or, are you just hoping that someone there's a third magical possibility that makes it just fine to rip off businesses with fake coupons? Yeah, I thought so.

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