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Comment: Re:Gun nuts (Score 3, Insightful) 1374

by blang (#46896413) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

You either support this law or are against it.
Are you saying the insane and the criminals should not be afforded their full constitutional rights?
You cannot refer to the constitution and pretend it doesn't apply to all.

The reason you were distinguishing between the insane/criminals, and the rest, is that you know this law describers a privilege, and not a right.
You don't have a right to drive a car. It is a privilege that you must earn by passing a test. And you can't drive the car everywhere.

The second amendment has been mislabeled a Right, and not a privilege, which is why people are so confused about it..

A privilege can be revoke easily. A right is something that can never be revoked. You will always have a right to a fair trial , no matter how many times you've been to jail.

I claim that the second amendment does not belong in the constitution. It is no longer relevant. The founding fathers opened for the constitution being changed. Creation of the 2nd amendment was situational, based on recent events. They thought they codl prevent saem from happening agains by putting it in the constitution as a right. They din't really elaborate much on that. If the same brains had been writing a constitution in 2014, they might have had an amendment describing the right to live free from the perils of private guns.

Comment: Re:Gun nuts (Score 1) 1374

by blang (#46896347) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Waving that gun around when being held up by hardened criminals might not be the fantastic idea that you think it is.
When they have the upper hand, they will be happy to take the loot and be on their way.
Have you killed someone before? Will your hand be steady?
Or are you hoping it will just scare them off? If you're going for the last option, a toy gun would serve the purpose.
And your 6 year old won't blow his own head off after finding dad's gun that he had left under the pillow while taking a shower.

Comment: Re:Let's save Bennett some time (Score 1) 482

by blang (#46896293) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

Wrong, someone who is sensible in financial matters will already have a substantial savings account while still living with the parents. Unless he was an orphan growing up under a bridge. You think responsibility is something that starts when you finish college? Your response is clearly a symptom that you have been brought up and indoctrinated for living on credit.

Comment: Re:I farted (Score 1) 184

by blang (#46888011) Attached to: Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution

Dumbass. And I mean that in the most literal way.

Research has shown that any aural input consumes a lot of brain power, to the extent that people fail at parallell parking.
Verbal input is the worst kind of distraction, and takes tons of brain power to process. In fact research has shown that it is just as bad as driving drunk.
Just because you've been lucky and avoided accidents so far doesn't make you super-human. Your brain works the same as everyone else's, and if you're a slashdot reader you're expected to believe in science. Or are you just a wet behind the ears a script kiddie, just pretending to be a nerd?

Comment: This is certainly absolutely wrong (Score 1) 448

by blang (#46734123) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

The ONLY job of a member of the board is to represent shareholders interest, by overseeing the company management, and give direction as needed. It is not even a full time job. Boards don't meet very often. Board members can also bring industry experience, or specific skills, such as finance and governance to the table, and they bring their connections. But they are certainly not part of a company's PR. A good board is put together of people from different backgrounds and perspectives, and is not hand picked by CEO.

Comment: Re:I must be getting old (Score 1) 281

by blang (#42869895) Attached to: Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

I've figured out the solution to this problem. Run the server only during the winder months.
And hook it up it to a room temperature sensor.
If it gets too cold, crank up some more software, and when it gets warm enough, run it idle.
Just because the energy isn't going for the intended purpose, doesn't mean it is wasted.

Comment: Re:Antique? (Score 1) 281

by blang (#42868963) Attached to: Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

Just beware of HW and software support cost.
Some 10 years ago, after my company had been through a few years of crazy growth, someone decided to look at cost. Turns out that more than half of our machine park, mostly leased Sun servers, and some HP, and even a couple of Compaq Alpha servers was hardly used, and maintenance cost (and leases) cost us tons of money every year, A quick project to convert all leases to purchases, and decommission everything else saved our company some $2 million per year.
The 4-5 year old leased servers made no sense, as the leases were much higher for old than new sun equipment. I think we had a an HP Superdome that alone cost some $50k a month. We also had some gifted HW where we just paid support contracts, but the support contract cost was much more than the HW was worth. Unfortunately, our company policy did not allow us to keep lab equipment off support, so we just decided to ship it all back. When it comes to IT budgets, most companies are still sadly unaware of Moore's law, and waste tons of money without ever taking a hard look at what they have and what they really need, and figuring out the most cost efficient way to get what they need. Right now it is all about grid and virtualization, but who knows how many fat grid servers are out there running untuned or redundant virtual machines, and in the end not saving any money at all.

Comment: Re:Still more efficient than the x86 architecture (Score 3, Informative) 281

by blang (#42868315) Attached to: Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

I think you're forgetting how little computing power you're getting out of the sparc processors.
And the risc pipeline being highly optimized doesn't do you any good when you get 10x the speed out of a $50 intel chip.
Sparc was better in 1995.
By 1997 it was already playing catchup to everythnig else.

Comment: Re:This already exists. (Score 1) 149

by blang (#42502943) Attached to: Can Fotobar Make Polaroid Relevant Again?

Exactly. The high end market already owns their own printers. The low end market is already served. And if they take this idea to the developing world instead of USA, they will find that there is already a cottage industry of small graphical shops that get the job done with staff that gets paid $5 a day, and where the capital consist of a beat up old pc, and an old photo printer retrofitted to support continuous ink fed instead of the expensive brand name cartridges. You see them in shacks and mall kiosks all over the place. And theri main product is not so much prints, but things like weddig invitations.

I enjoy printing my own pictrures and give out, as many of my wife's family is so dirt poor they don't own a pc, and have just a handful pictures in the house. They're not a market polaroid could make a penny on.

Comment: Re:Whoooops (Score 1) 365

by blang (#35249238) Attached to: Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash

You have no more facts than any of us do. Still you say we have kneejerk reactions, while you throw one chewbacca defense after another out there. You are making just as many assumptions as I do. I just have a different philosophy about what responsibilities comes with the privilege of operating a motor vehicle. I see often cases where drivers are being reckless, and even when their actions cause harm, it is written off as an accident. I refute this definition of an accident. It is not an accident if you engage in an activity you know is risky and dangerous. Motorists are almost above the law in this country. I have myself been bodily harmed by a car making an illegal pass, and the underage driver, who even tried to flee the scene, but were stopped a couple of blocks away, was not even given a citation. The offense was a misdemeanor, because I was not severely or fatally wounded. Had I died, it would have been a felony hit and run. But police did not give a citation, because they could not prove that it was her intent to flee the scene. Which is bullpucky, because her illegal passengers (because she had a restricted license) shouted out as the crash happened, so she knew the accident had happened, and she still drove 2 blocks and didn't stop until a police car flagged her down.

Driving a car in this country is considered more of a right than a privilege, and even the weak laws that exist to regulate this dangerous activity, are rarely upheld by police. In other countries, if you are involved in an accident like this, or severe speeding, they simply take your drivers license, and you don't get it back until you gave been checked out of the case. The safety of the public is considered more important than the "right" of a reckless driver to continue with their reckless driving.

Comment: Re:Whoooops (Score 1) 365

by blang (#35248842) Attached to: Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash

Being blinded by the sun is not really an accident. The Sun has been there for billions of years. If you keep on driving at full speed while seeing nothing, you are being reckless. You are supposed to slow down to adjust to the driving conditions.If you don't, you are engaging in a reckless activity, that can have severe consequences for others, no different than taking a gun and shooting randomly into a crowd, or driving a car while browsing facebook.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken