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Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 442

by gtall (#47946865) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Hehehehe...never watch CSPAN and Congress, have you? The President cannot arbitrarily close bases, it requires an act of Congress usually as part of the Defense Authorization Bill. The reason is that it involves finances. And then there are Congressional egos, money spent in home districts, etc. There are a lot of ancillary issues. The entire BRAC process was developed just to put some sort of reason into base closings. The Pentagon goes through a Base Realignment and Closure about every 5 years in a bid to keep the bases aligned with with national defense policy.

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 5, Funny) 215

by gtall (#47943943) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Those kind of people have never been owned by a cat. A brain the size of walnut generates the capacity to play, sulking when ownee admonishes it, buttering up the ownee for treats, etc. And then there is the room and board issue, it turns out most cats have a degree in financial services.

Comment: Re:Still not easy (Score 1) 36

by gtall (#47943911) Attached to: The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

I think it depends on the resources available. If, say, some rogue scientists in, to pick a nice orderly with a long proud tradition of human rights, say Pakistan, were to synthesize a bioweapon...or a chem weapon, I could see them turning it over to the Taliban for disposal. This is what scares the hell out of the Pentagon and the Indian defence establishment but with respect to nuclear material. So the article might be right in that there is no threat to Johnny Ahmed producing a bio weapon, Dr. Johnny Ahmed working for a Pakistan uni might do so.

Comment: Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (Score 2) 541

by gtall (#47925271) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

OSX is not free. It is built into the price of a Mac. And it should be. Linux is free, and it shows it. The lack of integration among the UI parts of Linux is enough to turn punters off. Windows is also not free, yet they still cannot seem to get a UI that doesn't drive you into pointless clicking and clacking. Mostly, it is because they don't have a clear vision for what the interface should be or what it should do or how it relates to the underlying system. It's a bolt on.

I've used all three. I prefer OSX, although I've not tried the umpteen Linux UIs, who has? But I also have some understanding of Unix and Linux under the covers so I can manipulate them usually to get what I need. Windows....well, I never took the time to learn it under the covers, but life is short and it is still Windows, the interface is just too horrid to use day in and day out.

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 352

by gtall (#47887787) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Even if Linux had a compelling and disruptive element, it wouldn't convince business to leave MS's demented ecosystem. And as soon as Linux had one, MS would be right there the next day saying to everyone, "Me too, Me too! And just wait 'till next year when we integrate with the rest of our crap."

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 499

by gtall (#47878695) Attached to: Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Bullshit, it references a well-maintained militia. The maintenance doesn't not constitute armed vigilante groups marauding in the name of the constitution or the rights of individuals to settle their disputes with guns.

From wikipedia:

In United States v. Cruikshank (1876), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, "The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence" and limited the applicability of the Second Amendment to the federal government.[9] In United States v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government and the states could limit any weapon types not having a “reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia”.

There you go. There is no right to overthrow the government. We can however vote the government corruption out of office. You will notice the Constitution enshrines that right and not your perverted view.

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