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Comment: Re:And the almond trees die. (Score 1) 415

by cwsumner (#49323015) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

The source of the E. coli is more likely to be migrant farm workers who are not allowed bathroom breaks during harvest. State regs since the 90s require bathroom facilities, but they're often dirty, far away, and using them is frowned on by foremen on a tight schedule.

Possible, but not likely. The real reason is bands of wild hogs in the fields. -Much- bigger problem. Look it up... 8-)

Comment: (Score 1) 295

by cwsumner (#49293583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

... WTF does that even have to do with whether it is expensive or not? So by your logic, if I tried to sell you a single can of coca-cola for $14.99, you'd say that's not expensive since you can make more than that by picking up two aluminum soda cans each day for a year?

It would all depend on how bad you wanted that coca-cola, at that time and that place! 8-)

I paid $5.00 for a coca-cola, once, and it was well worth it...

Comment: Re:No business sense (Score 1) 287

by cwsumner (#49292955) Attached to: NTP's Fate Hinges On "Father Time"

When you deal with someone, you have to talk their language (or at least agree on a common language). Just because they talk "english" does not mean they talk the same language as you!
If you deal with a corporation, then you have to talk "corporation language". And corporations don't understand the word "donation".
The other posts are right, sell your help as "consulting" and they will understand. 8-)

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in my fellow geeks (Score 1) 214

by cwsumner (#49252171) Attached to: Billionaire Teams Up With NASA To Mine the Moon

All these objections sound like the 1960's, when people were asking why anyone would want a personal computer or a car phone (2ft square in the trunk of the car). Obviously they were not actually good for anything and never would be!

I read science fiction and had some idea, so you geeks should now, too.

Sure, I wasn't ready for a carry-around phone at that time. Lugging it around on my back did not sound good. And the home computers did not even have a screen and keyboard. But you would be amazed how fast they had some that were practical, if a bit pricey.

By the time these people are ready to go, there will probably be people there to buy what they make. Today doesn't matter for that, they aren't ready to start yet anyway. And whatever you think the world is like, the only thing you know about the future is that it will be different (mostly). I know, I've seen it change already... 8-)

Comment: Re:1st Amendment (Score 1) 449

by cwsumner (#49251095) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun

... The Founders strongly opposed the idea of private armies, and in fact when people tried to set up their own military force outside of the Militia they were found guilty of treason and shut down by the army. ...

Actually, you have it backwards. The Founders strongly opposed the idea of a government Standing Army. There was only an army during the war, it was disbanded afterward. There was -only- supposed to be civilian militia, no Army. They did keep a Navy because they had to maintain the ships, I think.

They did make a standing army later, I think maybe 1812 but it might not have been until the Civil War.

Comment: Re:1st Amendment (Score 1) 449

by cwsumner (#49250839) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun

... To actually contradict my case you'll have to prove one of several very difficult things: Conditional clauses don't exist; This particular clause cannot (for some grammatical reason) be conditional; etc.

That argument may be plausable by the syntax, but is not Historically correct. Read the debates they had.

By the way, the words "well regulated", in this context, means regular or using the same ammunition, parts and uniform clothing. For ease of supply. It has nothing to do with laws, it means the civilian militia needs to have military equipment available.

Comment: Re:Why is this interesting? (Score 1) 449

by cwsumner (#49250767) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun

Quote>... Even a well constructed sling shot can kill people or take out an eye, which is why we tend not to give them to young children to play with any more. ...

I really don't think even -that- CNC machine is that easy to set up.

I had a slingshot when I was a kid. It was quite capable of killing a squirrel, outright. Funny how, after I had that, the 1 or 2 bullies in the area didn't bother me any more. But I seldon shot at anything alive, and never at people. I never heard of anyone else shooting at people, either.

Kids did get hurt on bicycles, though. Did you know there was a movement to ban all bicycles? If you have a bicycle, can you imagine it being illegal, even for adults? Do you want to live in that kind of world?

Could it be, that the kids who never had slingshots or cap guns or bow and arrow, are the ones who wave around guns like toys, if they get hold of one?

Comment: Re:M-16? (Score 1) 449

by cwsumner (#49250615) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun

I built my 2 AR-15 rifles, this stuff isn't rocket science - but it's probably a little to advanced for any liberal journalist.

I find it curious that people want to make gun ownership a liberal vs. conservative issue. ....

I think the line is more about journalists than liberals. 8-)
But that is true, gun ownwership is not a liberal vs conservative issue. Gun owners that complain about all liberals might be yelling at people that are on their side, at least on this issue.

Gun "control", and other things, are issues about "control" of the population vs freedom. Unfortunatly, the politicians seem to divide up the issues without reguard to which side is for freedom, as though they just drew straws. Liberals for freedom on one issue, conservatives for freedom on another issue...

Maybe it is just that people are for freedom on things that know about and for control on things they -don't- know about?

To quote a line from the NRA, "Vote for Freedom first."

Comment: Re:Well, I guess I've got to watch it now. (Score 1) 356

What makes you, or the man, think that -he- is safe there?

If you want to be (reasonably) safe, don't go in unsafe places. And, learn safe and accurate Gun Handling. 8-)
Most people walk around in a dream world where no bad thing can happen. Most of the time they get away with it, but it's not real.

On the other hand, real criminals are (usually) few and rare. Most people are polite and helpful, except maybe in the big cities. If your friends are rude and rough with you, maybe they -are- criminals. Don't stay around people you don't like, it's not worth the trouble. There are plenty of others...

It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.