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Comment: Re:Servers are for applications... (Score 0) 283

by jedidiah (#46780885) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board what you're basically saying is to just f*ck all of the applications that ultimately depend on the OS that's the "bedrock" of everything.

You're kind of attitude is why a CAB gets put in place to begin with. ANY change should be done only after consideration to it's impact. Trashing production because you can't be bothered to examine things or let someone else examine things is why these beaurocracies gets created.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1558

by jedidiah (#46769347) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

> Yeah, there's even another gun-rights organization

Except the NRA really isn't a "gun rights" organization. It's original charter was to encourage the development of marksmanship skills. Basically, they wanted to make sure that people could effectively use the kinds of weapons one might find in the Army or Marines.

You can't really do that if you can't own a rifle.

That whole "well regulated militia" thing can't happen if people at large aren't ever allowed to practice.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1558

by jedidiah (#46769127) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

The problem with the "lets guess what a psycho will do" game is that it really never ends. We live in a very technologically sophisticated and open society. The means to do stupid or evil things are all around us. It's not just guns. It's our entire modern society. If you think otherwise you're just kidding yourself.

Or you have no imagination whatsoever.

If you try to ban anything that anyone could abuse, then everything will unravel because psychos and terrorists will adapt even if you can't.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 2) 1558

by jedidiah (#46768991) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

> I don't know why you think you can determine what long dead people intended based on grammatically ambiguous language with very little context

People wrote stuff down. None of this is a mystery. You simply can't get away with re-writing history because someone already wrote it down when it wasn't even history yet.

That's the problem with a literate society. You can't just make up nonsense and pretend it's reality. Any one is free to dig up primary sources (or even secondary sources) and demonstrate just how much of a corrupt piece of shit you are.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1558

by jedidiah (#46768757) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment


If you want to butcher it then there is a well established procedure for that. Just use it. Good luck with that.

Weak transparent lies just undermine law and order and democracy. Redefining terms to suit your political agenda should be rightfully placed next to the worst political abuses anyone can summon.

Although in truth you are just trying to pretend that a severe and pervasive economic issue is instead a matter of simply interfering with personal property rights.

Comment: Re:Certifications and experience are more importan (Score 3, Interesting) 286

by jedidiah (#46747455) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Having managed myself to generate counter-factual results with such industry certifications, I have zero faith in them. A University may not be your idea of a suitably custom crafted trade school but it does imply a bit more depth than cramming for some multiple guess exam.

Comment: Re:Does this mean it's really dead? (Score -1, Flamebait) 245

by jedidiah (#46737079) Attached to: PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

I dunno. At one time I had access to the internal EA version of reality on this subject and at that time, console gaming was clearly the dominant force in the industry. I can't really see how that situation would have actually improved in favor of the PC since then. Although I don't have an insider's veiw any more.

I think this article is just a bunch of hogwash and people trying to keep up appearances and pretend that the Titanic really isn't sinking when it is.

The entire PC platform as a consumer product is in danger. It may stick around indefinitely as a business machine but I think the "must be DOS compatible" mentality for home computing is coming to an end.

Comment: Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (Score 0) 446

by jedidiah (#46735725) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

It's not even that. Anyone that's associated with the post 911 Intelligence apparatus seems like a rediculously inappropriate person to align yourself with now that we have that same apparatus threatening the viability of the entire Internet.

Her "war crimes" are just a side show. The real problem is what kind of relationship she might have with the NSA. Just the message that it sends to everyone is appalling.

At least what the Mozilla CEO was into was not directly related to the business.

They just put a Fox on the board of directors of a Hen house.

Huge WTF moment.

Comment: Re:Ubuntu? Fedora? (Score 1) 101

For what they seem to be talking about, even discarded hardware running some discontinued version of Windows would be a better idea than a locked down web terminal.

This sounds like some completely clueless idiot latching onto the latest fad or something he heard about in the news.

Comment: Re:shenanigans (Score -1, Flamebait) 386

by jedidiah (#46721599) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

It's pretty obvious really. The US has festering pockets of 3rd world poverty that skew the numbers.

While bleeding hearts blither on about gun control, bad economic and social conditions continue without any one paying attention to the real problem.

So while these numbers might reinforce the smugness of some Euro-trash, they aren't as significant as all that for most people. And for the rest, the situation is actually far more dire than these "statistics" indicate.

It makes you wonder if the rest of the numbers are misleading tripe too.

Comment: Re:OpenData (Score 1) 386

by jedidiah (#46721581) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

With proprietary data, you never can tell really. Compatibility is never nearly as good as advertised. The idea that government should be transparent, or that Robber Barons shouldn't be free to run amok and charge tools every 5 miles is not a new idea. Nor is it one unique to "open source fundementalists".

You were unintentionally funny when you came up with that.

Biff would be proud.

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 1) 721

by jedidiah (#46718263) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

...false dichotomy.

Option 3 is to encourage the propagation of less expensive urgent treatment facilities. Get hospitals (that are the real villan of this story) out of the situation. You could even make these non-ERs free in certain areas.

In any given situation, a hospital is the least efficient option. Their prices are complex and opaque and they crassly exploit their status as "non profits" to make out like bandits.

The percieved higher cost of American healthcare is probably entirely driven by bogus billing numbers from hospitals.

Although just about no one wants to be stuck with nothing but medicare patients. The government doesn't pay enough to keep the lights on. They are an equally untenable extreme.

Comment: Re:Fuck Obamacare (Score 0, Flamebait) 721

by jedidiah (#46718181) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

If Obama had the balls he could have called it a tax from the start. Then there would be an ObamaCare tax on my paystub next to the SSI and Medicare one.

While I would not have particularly like that, it at least would have not been a Harvard Con Law Professor wiping his butt with the Constitution.

This kind of dishonesty leads to all kinds of nasty consequences and corruption that are ultimately bad for business. The biggest problem isn't even the personal liberty angle. The biggest problem is really how the personal liberty angle feeds into our prosperity as a nation.

Things like predictability and the rule of law aren't just academic or theoretical issues.

There are perfectly crass reasons to care about the rules.

Comment: Re:Not so fast, cowboy ... (Score 0) 721

by jedidiah (#46718103) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Using the SCOTUS as an appeal to authority is a dangerous thing that can lead to obviously absurd results.

Although the comparison is not nearly as absurd as you would like to pretend.

Forcing me to buy some consumer good is no less of an intrusion on my basic liberties than forcing me to be part of some sort of posse to hunt down an alleged escaped slave.

"Look! There! Evil!.. pure and simple, total evil from the Eighth Dimension!" -- Buckaroo Banzai