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Comment: Stevens never deserved that job. (Score 1) 1409

by jcr (#46771181) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

His antipathy towards our most important civil right, the right to self defense, shows that Stevens was never fit to be admitted to the bar at all. The second amendment doesn't need fixing, it needs ENFORCEMENT.

The right to keep and bear arms isn't for the government to grant or withhold, and the second amendment doesn't even presume to do so. It acknowledges the right as pre-existing, it cites one important reason for preserving it, and forbids the government from infringing it.


Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 2) 771

The sick fuck principal and the sick fuck vice-principal at my middle school just loved to paddle kids until their asses were purple.

Never encountered that in school, but by 9th grade I already knew what kind of damage you could do to someone if you knew their name, address and SSN.


Comment: Re:Kudos, Bill (Score 1) 137

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46767705) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Glad to see there's someone out there that cares about privacy and is looking to do something about it!

Unless this was irony, no: Bill Gates doesn't care about privacy. He cares about profits.

All I see here is one company - Google - bringing misery to people with their surveillance equipment in disguise, and an individual trying to profit from the coming backlash. All in all, both are out to profit from you, but none have your interests at heart.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't trust Apple (Score 2) 190

by iluvcapra (#46764245) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Okay here we go

I have the following:
$600,000 loft (and appropriate decor/rooftop pool)
BMW 328i
84 IMDb credits, and my crew has won three Oscars
2 dogs
2 iPhones
1 Macbook Air
2 MacPros
(I also have a MacBook running ubuntu)

I am uncertain of the future of tech without Apple products.
I just don't 'get' the obnoxious contrarianism of Android products. Or their enormous screens, or their uniformly poor OS upgrade and hardware support, or Google's completely obscure roadmap for Android.

The thing Apple is selling you, beside the hardware, is the complete integrated product. They take your money, they give you something that works, that's their sole "monetization" strategy. Unlike everyone else in the business, trying to suck you into their various creepy ad/clickstream/search front-running scams.

I won't even go into the Google tracking everything you do to, you know, "help" you.

This isn't the 1990s, competitive Apple products are always competitively priced. It's the feature packages on Apple kit that people get upset about.

Comment: Re:Mr Fixit (Score 4, Insightful) 544

by iluvcapra (#46761273) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

That it reacts fast is good. That the bug could be audited in the source, in public, is good.

We should remember that FLOSS reacted very quickly to the "revelation," but the bug itself has been sitting there for years, which isn't really supposed to happen.

It's nice we know how long it's been there, and can have all kinds of philosophical discussions about why the OpenSSL folks decided to write their own malloc.

Also OpenSSL was effectively a monoculture and just about every SSL-encrypted internet communication over the last two years has been compromised. OpenSSL has no competition at its core competency, so the team really has no motivation to deliver an iteratively better product, apart from their need to scratch an itch. FLOSS software projects tend not to operate in a competitive environment, where multiple OSS products are useful for the same thing and vie for placement. This is probably bad.

Comment: Re:Lobbying aside (Score 3, Insightful) 414

by iluvcapra (#46760379) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

his point was that people need to see what they're giving to the government

People "see" it already, on their paystubs and on their 1040s.

What he wants is for tax collection -- not taxes themselves, just the way they're collected -- to be intentionally disruptive, so that people will attempt to lower rates and revenues not because they are high, per se, but just because the way they're collected causes economic harm.

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting. -- Billy Rose