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Comment Re:Overturn States' Rights? (Score 2) 137

"here is no constitutional right to buy a car with any particular characteristic,"

You seem confused. The US Constitution doesn't grant rights (although it does list some specific ones, just for good measure), it grants powers to government. Where a power is not specifically given, it is left with the states or the people. The right to free speech exists because the government is given no power to regulate speech, not because it's listed in the Bill of Rights. That's only there to reinforce that fact.

The federal government is given the power to regulate interstate commerce, which it uses to regulate emissions on vehicles sold in interstate commerce. They could, if they wanted to, prevents states from enforcing stricter standards since those interfere with interstate commerce.

"the Feds have an important say in the encryption debate, but in car emissions, much less so."

Huh? Exactly what power allows the Feds to regulate encryption, per se, more than car emissions? It could be argued that they might regulate it with regard to products sold in interstate commerce. But, encryption is used for speech, a right of the people, and one which is specifically enumerated, so there's a pretty strong argument they can't do that. In the case at hand, they're talking about preventing states from interfering with interstate commerce by preventing states from requiring insecure encryption. That doesn't interfere with speech rights at all.

Comment Re:APorsche Self-Drive? (Score 1) 213

The submitter is obviously politically biased with the use of the term 'Luddite.'

The submitter is being dishonest and misleading.

The Luddites actively and physically fought against advancements in technology. Porsche has simply chosen not to adopt some, they're not trying to stop anyone else from creating a self-driving car. Big difference.

Comment Re:Militant Slashdot (Score 1) 295

It was a total non-sequitur. It would have made more sense to mention the M9 which was the military successor to the 1911, but then that would bring up the uncomfortable fact that the US Army is exploring higher power rounds to replace that.

Charts and ballistic gel results are fine in theory, but real world results are more telling.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 131

it is still kind of telling that you call Docker "esoteric".

Esoteric doesn't mean what you think it means. It does not mean unusual or rare, it means "intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest." Which it is.

I'm not a developer, and only play a sysadmin at home. /. has a wide audience. I'm interested in learning about technologies outside of my bailiwick (which centers on networking). I can usually get an understanding from context in the summaries. But this one was just pure technobabble for anyone outside of very specific fields.

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