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Comment: Re:Word on the street is that SW rocked (Score 1) 20

by smitty_one_each (#48920359) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Starts Kampaigning

which goes well with your general disdain for organized labor. What you have not answered though is why this particular type of freedom of association should be banned when others are not.

I think the IRS, and the general expansion of the administrative state, offer literally hundreds of thousands of reasons why.

If someone choses of their own free will to be part of a union how is that different from choosing of their own free will to be a member of a specific church?

Crazy thing is, we don't have churches making decisions about how to regulate the lives of random people. I really don't know how to make this distinction more obvious to the oblivious.

Comment: Re:So your point then... (Score 1) 33

by smitty_one_each (#48920333) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson

My point is that the whole "morally blameworthy" is excessively squishy.

Only for the rationalizing sack of crap in the crowd, or those who place religious levels of faith in the state.

your original thesis here is that if the high capacity magazine ban where equally enforced (and existed where the interview you mention took place) then your Mr. Gregory would be expecting to serve jail time.

The other direction the reaction could go is that people say "Ah, all of these DC abridgements of the Second Amendment are a pile of crap, and we should strike them."
Whacky thing is, the state never seems to just relinquish power, and let liberty flower. . .

Comment: Re:Fermi's paradox is hubris (Score 1) 116

by Lumpy (#48919949) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

We already are surpassing radio to become something that is undetectable in space. spread spectrum and low power communications is already common place in the Ham Radio community. with 2.5 Watts I can talk to 30 people around the globe using PSK31 or Wspr. My signal will not be detectable past the moon even on the best radio equipment made. High power broadcasting is a thing of the past and will rapidly disappear. Some of these new technologies will make communicating with our own space probes easier, but hellishly harder to detect as power levels can be reduced.

A very advanced species will not be broadcasting at 200,000,000,000 watts with AM modulation or CW... what can be detected at light year or more distances. they will be using things that are far more efficient and will not be detectable. Honestly the whole SETI project is not looking for ET's TV stations or regular communications, it's looking for an intentional ultra high power beacon that was sent for the only purpose of saying "WE ARE HERE" which even reduces the chances of it being successful even more.

For SETI to detect a signal from Alpha Centauri. IT would have to be 10,000X stronger than any transmission ever sent from earth and on a constant time year after year after year so that it can be detected.

Comment: Re:Not really. (Score 2, Interesting) 116

by Lumpy (#48919899) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

First, us humans prefer killing each other to science. This is a proven fact.
Second, humanity did not go from Horses to Nukes, a very very small percent of the population did it, those geniuses have everyone else standing on their coat-tails.

The next leap will be by a very small group that is significantly more enlightened than the rest of the 99.95% of the population. If those people are benevolent, then everyone enjoys the fruits. If they are not....... Well, things can go very differently.

Currently with how education is going, the general population is becoming more uneducated every year. WE do not glorify learning, but instead glorify morons that can carry a ball, or can sing a tune. And we Vilify in society those that do love learning and are very smart.

Honestly Humanity is a joke, almost a cancer. And if an advanced civilization stumbled across us, they would probably wipe us out to make the rest of the universe safer. We as a species love to hate others, we love murder, war, and control. WE thrive on hating those that are different or think or worship different.

Comment: Re:Open source code is open for everyone (Score 1) 161

by firewrought (#48918925) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

People who think that Java (or C#, or Python) language will fix their security problems write more security bugs than C programmers who work around the weaknesses of their language.

Apparently, your experienced C developer is still leaving holes for arbitrary execution, despite all of the tools (fuzzing/NX/ASLR) targeting this specific issue. Managed languages (like Java and C#) give you a "secure-by-default" memory and execution model that's a lot harder to accidentally mess up. The more "stuff" (languages, libraries, operating systems, etc.) that's secure-by-default, the less security holes we will have.

Comment: Re:Word on the street is that SW rocked (Score 1) 20

by smitty_one_each (#48918567) Attached to: The Kevlar Kandidate Starts Kampaigning

in opposition to your political ambition of putting all government employees out of work

Oh, far from it!
[tasteless_joke] I'd rather put all government employees in work camps [/tasteless_joke]
By which I really mean to say, if you're just going to ascribe ambitions to me wantonly, why not go big?

you would still be a government employee working for the community college.

If one enjoys teaching, is it really work?

Although it seems a lot of your heroes have been collecting checks from the government for some time, so maybe that doesn't bother you.

Are you asserting that government employees should work for free? Wouldn't that be, essentially, stealing their labor from them? A shockingly immoral thought.

Comment: Re:So your point then... (Score 1) 33

by smitty_one_each (#48918383) Attached to: Props to William Jacobson
What marriage issue? Marriage remains marriage, despite the liars. The real bummer on the equality front is that the analysis has not arrived at the libertarian realization that marriage should not be a province of the state, period.
Instead, we have the spectacle of one definition of 'Morality' being supplanted by another, and you sanctimoniously pretending that it's not an equal and opposite imposition. [golf clap]

Comment: Re:That'll stop the terrorists! (Score 1) 215

by cayenne8 (#48916733) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Trust me, Chuck Schumer knows exactly what he's doing. He never passes up an opportunity to restrict freedom.


These leaders that are supposed to be representing the peoples' will, seem to be so disconnected from what we the people want.

I think a larger problem is these asshats making this a lifetime career.

I know it stands a snowballs chance in hell, but we desperately need term limits to keep fresh blood more representative of the citizenry going through up there on a regular basis. These govt jobs were NOT meant to be lifetime careers.

Maybe more of a chance of governmental representatives thinking more of the rights of the people over the ever growing power of the govt to restrict the commoners' rights.

I think there's a world market for about five computers. -- attr. Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board, IBM), 1943