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Comment: Re:USPS is still important (Score 1) 258

by kenj0418 (#45392825) Attached to: US Postal Service To Make Sunday Deliveries For Amazon

Just remove legislation protecting the USPS, together will any subsidies.

You mean remove the Constitution?

The Postal Clause AUTHORIZES Congress to create a post office, it doesn't REQUIRE it. And it certainly doesn't force Congress to fund it or give it monopoly access to delivering first class mail and access home post boxes.


Solar Eruption To Reach Earth Soon 159

Posted by Soulskill
from the everybody-duck dept.
rastos1 writes "Spacecraft from NASA recently observed an eruption on the Sun sending billions of tons of particles toward Earth. The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred Tuesday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That's just over 1.3 million mph (2.2 million km/h). The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth over the next few days. Interestingly, an unnamed icy comet from the outer solar system dove into the sun and disintegrated nearly a the same time (video)."

Comment: Re:All he does is suggest "broad" change (Score 0) 302

by kenj0418 (#44649013) Attached to: Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

Where is the actually written bill?

He loves going place to place and telling that audience what they want to hear and then passing the actual work to Congress who he knows won't/can't do it.

What did you expect with a campaign slogan of "Hope for Change".

What? that wasn't the slogan - well, it probably should have been.

Comment: Neither Congressional nor Republican (Score 0) 302

by kenj0418 (#44648967) Attached to: Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

I'm neither a Congressman nor a Republican, but you can put me in the 'wary of deepening the government's role in higher education' column. So far their meddling in the marketplace has led to an inflation rate for higher education not only several times higher than the general inflation rate - but even higher than the 'skyrocketing healthcare cost' inflation rate we are alway hearing about.

The Internet's Slave and Helicopter-Powered Internet 64

Posted by timothy
from the long-memory dept.
theodp writes "As reported earlier on Slashdot, Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced the launch of, 'a global partnership with the goal of making internet access available to the next 5 billion people,' including 'those who cannot currently afford it.' So it's especially bizarre that just a few days ago, carried a FAQ which joked that slaves were used to create an Internet for the Pharaohs. And until recently,'s home page sported a photo purporting to show that freighters are used to rush Internet porn to affluent residents of the 16th arrondissement of Paris, and an illustration showing how helicopters deliver Internet data to actor George Clooney's magnificent Lake Como Villa. So keep an eye on how your domain is used, kids, especially if you plan to use it soon to position yourself and your partners as saints who champion the right of the world's poor to Internet access."

Google Chrome 29 Is Out: Omnibox Suggestions, Profile Resetting 120

Posted by Soulskill
from the ramping-up-for-number-thirty dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Google today released Chrome version 29 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The new version features improved Omnibox suggestions, profile resetting, as well as new apps and extensions APIs. The biggest change is undoubtedly around how Omnibox suggestions work on the desktop. When the feature arrived in the beta channel, Google said that the improvements were 'based on the recency of websites visited, so you’ll get more contextually relevant suggestions at the right time. ... Chrome 29 for Android meanwhile has received WebRTC support, which enables real-time communication (such as videoconferencing) in the browser without installing any plugins."

Comment: Re:Democracy has failed (Score 1) 569

...why not have subject matter experts randomly chosen to create legislature related to their subject. i.e. Teachers drafting education bills, economists drafting bills related to the well being of the economy. ...

Because those people would often have a vested in preserving the status quo. And, in general, would be likely to have personal/professional interests on the topic at hand that were different than the public at-large.

Comment: Re:Considering the Constitutional Nature.... (Score 5, Informative) 867

by kenj0418 (#44376985) Attached to: Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

Please point out where in the constitution that it requires mail delivery. Thought so....

Article I, Section 8.

Did you not peruse your copy before posting that?

Did you? Please show where it is REQUIRED. I see where it AUTHORIZED. Maybe it's just that Congress has been ignoring the idea of being limited to only what they are authorized to do for so long, people don't even understand the concept anymore.

The Congress shall have Power To...establish Post Offices and post Roads...

For reference, this is what REQUIRED looks like:

Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same...

Comment: Re:How about .. (Score 2) 867

by kenj0418 (#44376875) Attached to: Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

No, the Constitution specifically AUTHORIZES Congress to create a postal service it doesn't say they are REQUIRED to do so. They are perfectly within their constitutional power to not create one, or to scale it back as much as they want to.

The Congress shall have Power To ...
To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

vs. other places where Congress is specifically required to do something like:
Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.