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Comment: Stevens never deserved that job. (Score 1) 1459

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) 776

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:For something that's actually happening.. (Score 1) 157

by jcr (#46752129) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

one big-ass rotor is far more efficient and generates far more lift than a bunch of small ones.

The trade off is that one big-ass rotor makes a hell of a lot more noise, and is a single point of failure. The multicopter can lose several motors before it's unable to stay aloft.

there is a reason basics of helicopter design has not changed in decades, nothing else makes sense.

The multicopter wasn't feasible in the days of mechanical controls. Computers are better/faster/cheaper, and make things possible that weren't possible in the past.


Comment: Re:Certifications and experience are more importan (Score 5, Insightful) 286

by jcr (#46747661) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

Would you rather hire a support technician with an arm's length list of industry certifications or a 4 year degree?

Neither, actually. When I interview people, I really don't care about what tickets they've gotten punched. I want them to demonstrate proficiency.


Comment: Re:It's Black folk who HATE Condi Rice. (Score 1) 446

by jcr (#46733445) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Sorry, but I don't see a problem with anyone shopping for shoes when a hurricane is hitting some other part of the country. She wasn't part of FEMA, she wasn't a member of any search-and-rescue organizations, and dealing with Katrina wasn't her job. What exactly do you propose that she should have been doing to save lives in Louisiana during the storm?


A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis