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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1178

by jythie (#46768699) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
It is only revisionism if one claims unilateral victory and wants to shut down the other side. Even at the time there was debate and disagreement about the scope and specifics of the various Bill of Rights amendments. One of the big reasons they were not included in the constitution is there was so much debate over the topics among the delegates that they feared it would derail the drafting.

"The Founders" meant a lot of things, and their intent varied from person to person, and they disagreed with each other a lot.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 3, Interesting) 1178

by jythie (#46768617) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
Which is a scary thought since the lesson of the Nevada event is that if you have good PR and enough armed people, officials who do not want bloodshed will back down and allow you to continue. Since this is only a tool that can be utilized by the wealthy and well connected, even if it was just, it does not actually help average citizens but does mean that it is less likely the state will actually protect them from other citizens.

I guess Waco and such did accomplish their goals. They wanted blood to make a point, other groups used it for anti-government propeganda, and now officals are wary about standing up to these groups. I suspect we will see a rise in sovereign citizens and others who hope that if they are more willing to kill then officals then they will not have to follow laws they do not like.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1178

by jythie (#46768493) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
The line between butchering and fixing is pretty blurry. While people like to say that it 'clearly' states the scope of protection, given that people have been arguing about it for over a century indicates that it is not all that clear. Changing the wording to make it explicit would help, but that would mean deciding which interoperation is correct once and for all, meaning whichever direction it went the other camp would consider it butchering.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 691

While that would indeed have a psychological impact, the actual body count would likely be zero. It is not to say such things can not be dangerous, but for them to be deadly you generally need a LOT of the material and a poorly ventilated/enclosed space. In a school, opening up the window would be enough to nullify any attack a student could manage.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 691

We can only hope. While explosives can sometimes be effective, things like chlorine gas and tainted water supplies are very hard to pull off in any significant way. They tend to have a significant psychological place in our fears, but as actual implements of harm they have a very poor cost/benefit ratio in the general case.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 2) 691

Yeah, that is the thing that drives me crazy about all the talk about bullying in schools. Schools (and police) pretty much never acknowledge the role they play in strengthening the bullies' hands or even actively participating.

The worst bullying cases I have known involved teachers joining in, reenforcing the idea that the victim deserves it or is simply being shown their proper social place. And sadly the whole myth that bullies are some broken losers really makes things more difficult since most of them simply have a higher social standing in the school and are acting as their peers feel is appropriate.

Comment: Re:Subtle attack against C/C++ (Score 3, Insightful) 180

by jythie (#46760095) Attached to: The Security of Popular Programming Languages
I do not think C++ would have helped here, all it would have done was made things a bit more obscured. It should also be noted that you can build custom allocators in C++ too (I worked on a couple projects that used them) so that part of the problem would be there too.

C++ makes a lot of things easier, but under the hood it is still essentially C with an expanded library and fancy pre-processor (I know modern compliers do not actually preprocess C++ into C and then compile), thu all the same problems are still there and mostly are mitigated by using libraries that wrap things up in a safer way.

Comment: Re:Wonder how Ada 2012 would fare... (Score 1) 180

by jythie (#46760033) Attached to: The Security of Popular Programming Languages
I would wager that even if some sites do have it as a back end, they are too rare for this type of experiment or the back ends are not sufficiently exposed for it to matter. That being said, yeah, if I had to start from scratch in all regards and write a secure service as the primary priority, Ada would probably make make it to my short list of languages.

Comment: Re:Get rid of income Tax (Score 1) 401

by jythie (#46759301) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings
'productive' is highly subjective. A minority of our economy is actually tied to necessities and infrastructure, most of it is tied up in things that have value but are otherwise frivolous. Which gets into the high level concepts of what objectives and metrics we want to optimize for.

Ok, so then let us move that tax onto sales instead. Oh wait, the person still ends up paying 22% higher costs on items then they would be tax free except now the tax burden is skewed towards the transfer of material goods rather then services. Since the middle and upper class spend a significant amount of their income on intangibles this puts an even higher burden on the lower class yet again, only this time the tax code can not build in exceptions for people at the lower rungs thus it falls on them even more.

Pure sales based systems have been done before, they were extremely regressive and abandoned.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson