You don't use a torrent to grab a three or four meg file: swarming protocols work best for sharing large files.
You don't or you shouldn't? With torrents people generally look for the album many of which are small enough that they aren't even compressed. From there they can download a single track listed in the torrent (bad for the sworm) or just download the whole album and delete the songs they don't want. If the album is well seeded, the benefit of a higher downloads speed and selection is often worth dealing with torrents, even for small files. Then you have the private trackers like jpopsuki that seed singles and package files so you can download them individually.
I love the suggestion that these turbines somehow reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We don't use any foreign oil whatsoever to generate electricity. Sorry Mr. Salazar.
The yellow light is just meant as a margin of error before the traffic starts going in the other direction. You're most certainly not supposed to count on the length of the yellow to clear the intersection before the red light.
The yellow light (inter-green time) is not just a margin of error, it is supposed to be a warning. If it just turned red you would have people applying emergency braking levels to avoid entering the intersection. This would lead to a lot of accidents. There is a margin of error typically 2 to 3 seconds that is built into an all red period where no lane is supposed to move, this also allows slower pedestrians to clear.
The light timing specifically for yellow lights is highly variable and is based on a number of inputs including typical traffic type, sight distance, reaction time, and speed limit to name a few. In the case of TFA it is entirely possible to "short" the light, whereby they do not allow a reasonable reaction time or allow enough distance to stop with normal braking. Reference any highway design text or specifically HCM2000 chapter 16.
I would argue that it isn't that the Constitution hasn't kept up with the time, but that our government has failed to live up to the Constitution.
When the federal government wishes to grow, it should do so by amendment - there is a process in place for that, and it works.
As for the "services" you mention, the Constitution fully supports the FBI as a federal enforcement agency. As for the standing army, we *technically* don't have one - we have an appropriations bill go through Congress that authorizes the continued expenditure of federal funds to maintain it. If Congress wanted to do away with it, all they would have to do is not pass a bill, and the funding evaporates. While I don't think this was the intent of the Framers, it certainly falls within the bounds of the authority granted to the federal government.
The rest... well, they are unconstitutional. They should be either authorized via amendment, or they should be repealed. I acknowledge that some of these programs are now part of the fabric of the American culture, but that doesn't make them right - it just makes them hard and slow to repeal.
I'm no Paulite. While I think he's got the right idea on domestic and monetary policy, he "bring them home tomorrow" foreign policy is insane. Indeed, he seeks to restore constitutional government - a noble goal - in many arenas, but he seeks to do so overnight. That would be catastrophic for this country.
As for the Second Amendment. I'm sure you're aware that the Supreme Court recently shot down the collectivist interpretation of the Second in Heller. As for the "civic purpose" part - well, yes and no. Yes, individuals were expected to be able to serve as militia to fend off attackers and to keep the peace - but that is not the rationale for the amendment, that is only it's primary use. "
Finally, as for effectiveness --- having a gun does not make you an effective fighter any more than having a hat makes you a cowboy. It takes motivation, mindset, training, and practice to become proficient in the use of firearms, and to maintain that. I agree that both sides of the argument are guilty of inflating statistics and hyperbolizing (is that a word? It is now!), but in the end, the effectiveness of the weapon is not relevant to it's status as a natural right.
I can give you the best security tools
Well according to this article, it seems the vast majority of your peers cannot even be irked to do that much. Blaming users for not knowing how to use software they were never given in the first place takes a special kind of jackass.
Also, password expire times are idiotic that probably do more to reduce password security than increase it.
Have you worked in health care...recently?
I think it was only regulations that made us do it. Well, made them do it. When they came to me and asked if I installed their encryption product, I told them that I had been encrypting my drive for over 3 years on my own, and unlike most others, my job really is easier if I run linux than windows, and then I tossed the key size and encryption mode at them (figured if I made their eyes gloss over they wouldn't want to continue the discussion) and told them I would be happy to talk to whoever I have to to get proper approval to use this instead.
They gave me the check mark and moved on. Good thing too, had to send the laptop to the shop a couple of years ago, and they replaced it/kept the old one with hard drive. Had I not been encrypting, that would have been a much bigger deal.
How is patent encumbered food products a win for environmentalism?
One of the craziest aspects of all this is patented genomes.
I saw an incredibly sad documentary on GM crops where a farmer was forced to give up his family's seed bank developed over decades because the crops had been contaminated with Monsanto GM pollen from an adjacent farm (wind pollination).
If you think software patents are bad, genome patents are far worse. They are corporatism incarnate. The practical aspect for farmers is that instead of planting their own seed season after season, they're forced to buy new seed each year from the megacorps.
90% users are plainly and loudly annoyed by common access password expire time and complexity requirements. They are simply not intellectually ready to manage encryption of fixed and removable media.
I have complained to my corporate IT-droids about this before. My issue isn't the expiry (90 days is perfectly reasonable), it's the ridiculous policy they enforce which means that about 70% of the RANDOMLY-GENERATED passwords I try to use won't even work. They enforce: (1) At least one of each of: number, upper case, lower case, symbol; (2) No two consecutive characters a repetition; (3) No two consecutive characters may be adjacent on a QWERTY keyboard; and (4) No three or more consecutive characters are allowed to form ANY dictionary word (if you've ever played Scrabble you'll know how many ridiculous 3-letter combinations get caught by this)?).
The net effect of this (aside from the fact that it dramatically reduces the valid search space for brute-forcing) is that once people have a pattern which actually complies with the rules they then WRITE IT DOWN AND PUT IT ON A POST-IT ON THEIR MONITOR and then just increment the digits they invariably put on the end every 90 days. Net result: LESS security, AND more complaints to IT. Utterly stupid.
Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.