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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1470

by Microlith (#46775453) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

none of which were brandished by the protesters, let alone used in a threatening manner.

Bullshit, unless you're going to claim the photos going around of not merely brandished but aimed weapons were staged.

Are you terrified because they don't share your ideology, or what?

Terrified that they've decided to toss the rule of law out the door and point guns at people to get their way.

The Dust Bowl was caused by a trifecta of over-farming, monoculture (wheat), and a massive drought - not grazing. It was also caused by activities performed primarily on private land, so the comparison is invalid on two fronts. Methinks you're reaching too much for hyperbole to support an otherwise somewhat valid point.

I don't see how it's hyperbole.

lso, why does the federal government have to supply this management, instead of by the state whose borders encompass the land in question

Because it's land held by the Federal Government. I'm sure Nevada could offer to purchase it.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 4, Insightful) 1470

by Microlith (#46769297) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

But look at Nevada, a 1,000 man militia. Probably the first time a battalion size militia has been active in the U.S.

Terrifying. Unaccountable quasi-military organizations that tend to be high on ideology and low on reason. What happens if they were to try and pull the same shit to enforce their own rules (like they effectively did here) beyond just allowing a freeloader to not pay for grazing rights? These guys scream about "liberty" all the time but, down the line, they're either anarchist or authoritarian.

But one can also argue the Feds enacted unethical policies and mis-used laws, in an abusive way.

Hardly. Managing land to keep it from being destroyed like it was during the Dust Bowl is important and costs money. Otherwise we end up with a Tragedy of the Commons and the land is left in ruins, grazed down to barren earth.

The point of the Second Amendment is for those times when what is legal (or what is illegal) is WRONG!!!!!

Or you think it's wrong but your rationalizations are arbitrary and capricious, and somehow you use that to justify murdering people (or at least threatening to.)

Comment: Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (Score 1) 192

by Microlith (#46767203) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Apple tried to save us from an Amazon monopoly and failed.

Hahaha! No they didn't. They tried to insulate themselves and their profits from having to compete with Amazon. It had nothing to do with "saving us" at all. Amazing how quickly fanboys will rewrite history for the sake of their favorite corporation, no matter how evil they're shown to be.

Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 0) 202

by Microlith (#46752567) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

They stood by and watched their CEO get ousted because of a donation to a cause that the majority supported.

That the majority supported it is meaningless. Eich put money behind an initiative that sought to deny equal rights to a subset of the citizens of this country, and for no legitimate reason.

They could have championed free speech instead.

No, the man fell on his own sword. It was not Mozilla's to fall on and he recognized that.

Knowing that Mozilla is now a "social justice" organization, who would trust their software?

I see comments like this one cropping up constantly, and it is at best deliberate misrepresentation.

They could be cataloging everyone's surfing habits in order to use it against them later.

Or given that Mozilla is open source, you could go check for such behavior. Or even sniff packets coming out of Firefox and check.

Or you could just be stupidly paranoid because people got up in arms that Mozilla was now being led by someone who backed a regressive, short-sighted politician and a lie filled campaign that ran on misinformation.

They deserve a backlash.

No they don't. We, as a nation, need to look at what equality means and realize that while Eich is forced to leave office, you still have politicians in states like Arizona and Mississippi still trying to protect discriminatory behavior towards gays.

Comment: Re:old tech (Score 1) 165

by Lord Kano (#46750207) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi


Reliving past glory.

Interest in computing history.

Some guys collect classic cars even though newer cars can get better mileage and have lower emissions.

Some people like to make their own cabinets, even though it's cheaper and easier to go to Ikea.

I collect WWI/WWII vintage guns. I have guns made as far back as 1923 even though a new AR is cheap, easy and available.


"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.