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Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 1) 304

by murkwood7 (#47067195) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down

Where freedom refers to the the government being free to fuck you over as much as they want!

With apologies to Mr. Greenwood:

"..and I'm proud to be an American, where at least I think I'm freeeeee..."

Probably shouldn'ta said that.

Ah, there is a sound like that of an lp being brought to an abrubt halt that would be apropriate at the end of that quote! Could anyone tell me how to represent that on "paper"?

Comment: Maybe we shouldn't save the species... (Score 1) 374

by murkwood7 (#46354417) Attached to: Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

I read Arthur C. Clarke's stuff when I was young (and no, this was not last week!). As well as Heinlein, Asimov, PJ Farmer, and many, many others. I was enthralled and entranced. The spirit of exploration has been deep seated within me since those days.

When I read the comments for this topic, I am struck by:

1) The number of people who share my love of exploration, discovery, and maybe a chance to save the species. This number is woefully small.

2) The number of people who have no sense of awe, excitement of discovery, no desire to look past their own immediate universe. people to whom the horizon marks the end of the universe. This is, then as now, too many.

If we (the rest of us) listen to the nay-sayers, we will still be sitting, fighting over the girls and land, on this wore-out world, when the sun goes nova. And that will be sad.

I'm not trying to insult anybody. And my conversation style, grammer and spelling, tend to leave a lot to be desired.

Comment: Re:What could go wrong... (Score 1) 10

by murkwood7 (#44221581) Attached to: UCSD Lecturer Releases Gun Owner Geotagging Application

I expect those who advocate this despicable app will soon discover it's far more beneficial to the criminals in pointing out where the people who can defend themselves live and consequently where the sheep live. Why would the BadGuy fuck with me when he can mount the sheeply, mewling quim, (to borrow a phrase from another post), that bleats next door. Great Idea!

A valid point. Only; how many criminals (of the type that break into homes), use smartphones?

Comment: Tracking apps? Seriously? (Score 2) 10

by murkwood7 (#44218427) Attached to: UCSD Lecturer Releases Gun Owner Geotagging Application
Seems like someone (Brett Stallbaum) is attempting to start a civil war. Like the shit going on in other parts of the world isn't enough. Looks like some liberals are trying to start a "track everybody, discriminate against everybody" kind of big brother (big stereotyper?) thing. As a parent, I'd rather have an app that tracks pedophiles. Oh, wait, got one of those. Wonder if he is on it? The idea of "casting the first stone" often comes back to bite the first caster. Who often has political reasons for casting that stone that are unrelated to the (noisy) reason they cast the stone to begin with. Just sayin'

+ - Testing Only!!

Submitted by murkwood7
murkwood7 (807159) writes "when i submitted a story i was prompted to share via facebook, twitter, and linkedln. i chose facebook and the software promptly posted to my wife's facebook page. why did it do that???????"

+ - Some states dropping GED due to price spikes!?!->

Submitted by murkwood7
murkwood7 (807159) writes "I know many people are tired of the rip-off prices (or spiraling-out-of-control costs!) in anything education related. It seems to me that there should be a Wiki-style Educational resource that states could use for this purpose. I. e. High School equivalency wiki. The basic educational requirements for someone to function in society (read and understand job ads, job apps, and, say, nutritional labels, wouldn't change drastically from year-to-year."
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