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Comment: Re:Sic semper tyrannis (Score 1) 531

by lowtekk (#44768799) Attached to: NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA
Not to wade too far off into this morass, but the US Code (10 USC Â 311) defines two classes of militia: (a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard. (b) The classes of the militia areâ" (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia. The unorganized militia consists of a large swath of the US population.

Comment: Re:Hmmm... (Score 2) 245

by lowtekk (#41023555) Attached to: How Plagiarism Helped Win the American Revolution

I think one other factor of the time that is being lost in our discussion is that printing a paper was a laborious and time consuming task back then, and the attribution information may have been lost to the second or third had recipients further down in the colonies. There was no cut and paste, unless you note the comment above with regards to smaller papers buying boilerplate from a larger paper. I think of this not as plagiarism so much as a primitive precursor to the AP.

Comment: Re:Babylon is in Central/Southern Africa? (Score 1) 309

by lowtekk (#38519082) Attached to: Recent Discovery Contains Oldest Depiction of the Tower of Babel

I would have to agree that it is probable for a ruler to take credit for the whole building a a structure when he might have only repaired or improved it. We see that in Egypt and other parts of the world as well. It might also lie in the ruler's believe that he is the reincarnation of past great rulers, thus it was in his estimation, his creation.

Comment: Re:Stop hosting your own mail (Score 1) 459

by lowtekk (#35280082) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

I concur. Not only do you avoid any of the blocking issues, but you are also guaranteed near 100% that your customers will never have any of their mail to you bounce. Your mail server may go down, but Postini will just queue it until your server comes back up. And on top of that, you don't take a bandwidth hit for all of the SPAM, etc.

Comment: Re:Conditioning (Score 2) 515

by lowtekk (#35243534) Attached to: Kids Who Skip School Get Tracked By GPS

This fits well with the boiling a frog metaphor. Indoctrination not only has to occur at an early age, but it has to be implemented incrementally across generations. By the way, where are all the hippie protesters fighting the 'man'? Now they are the 'man' and they don't like kids doing things they did when they were that age. I guess civil liberties aren't as important as they once though.

Comment: Re:Congressional ignorance (Score 1) 375

by lowtekk (#35203074) Attached to: FBI Releases File On the Anarchist Cookbook

I'm glad to hear that you haven't shared my experience. In my state we have two pretty established senators, and in my opinion, one been encamped in Washington a little too long. The other may have a few more years of good service. My district has a new congressman who is a bit of a firebrand, and based on his performance locally, I expect him to be the type to read everything and ask heated questions. He still calls into the local talk station and gets an ear-full from constituents, so I have high hopes for him.

Comment: Re:Congressional ignorance (Score 1) 375

by lowtekk (#35199266) Attached to: FBI Releases File On the Anarchist Cookbook

I have to concur with this thought. In writing to my senators and such over the years, I have noticed that they (or whichever staffer actually responds) have often not bothered to actually read the letter that I sent them, much less the actual legislation that I am writing about. They depend too much on someone else's opinion, expert or otherwise, to determine what their understanding of a particular matter will be.

Comment: Re:MS - get you're game on (Score 1) 403

by lowtekk (#33826998) Attached to: Apple vs. Google TVs

What was the name of that web appliance Microsoft failed with a few years back??? WebTV? But more to the point of your post, what would work in that arena would be for one of the tuner manufacturers such as Elgato to make a version that worked on a 360 (or PS3). There's not reason that it would have to come from Microsoft.

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+ - Main UK opposition party talking OSS

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twofish writes "The user of open source software in European government got another boost recently when shadow Chancellor George Osborne told the Royal Society of Arts he wanted to create a level playing field for open source software in the UK. He has estimated that the British government could save more than £600 million a year if it used more open source software, according to this short article on the BBC website."

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