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Comment: Re:Outage.. (Score 1) 353 353

Something similar. Took almost an entire ISP down. Had a few servers with about 200 domains running bsd located at thier "data center " which was more like a couple shelve and a long bench. Anyways, they where supposed to be running a script to verify two servers were mirroring the other two. I got lazy and stopped checking the logs for it and eventually they stopped running the backups or the script to verify it. One day a drive failed and about 50 domains were off line. I couldn't remote into any server and started getting a run around from their techs so i loaded up all the backup servers i had and a file share with copies of everthing and drove the 200 miles to the isp.

Turns out one of their techs tried to fix the problem by pulling a good drive from one of the other boxes but wasn't the one mirroring the bad drive. This then caused issues in the raid for the good box which he tried to rebuild by pulling the a drive from the mirroring box and ended up breaking all the configs. The worse part is that he thought he had the right tools to fix everything at home and instead of going to get them, he loaded my servers up and took them home.

So i show up, realize i have to start from scratch, set up a couple makeshift boxes that likely wouldn't survive a month, then i connected an old NetWare server. I enabled SMB on the two new servers and started transferring files from the NetWare server. Next thing i know, someone came in and started rebooting all the routers. I looked and jokingly said a reboot is not a fix.

Well, this went on for about two hours with about half a dozen people working on it, making phone calls and claiming they were under some DOS attack. My file transfer was finished, i disconnected the NetWare server, and it all magically stopped. I had misconfigured the SMB and created a packet storm that their routers and modems gladly repeated and multiplied to the point it almost melted their network.

My real servers finally showed back up so i loaded them up, built new ones and had a t3 ran to a commercial building near the house that became their new home. There was a lot of finger pointing and talk about compensation but it got dropped when i reminded them that the only reason i had access of that kind was because they failed to fulfill a contract obligations and then screwed the pooch trying to recover.

Comment: Re:No, it ISN'T free speech. (Score 1) 261 261

And there's a problem with your concept too. You do not know god doesn't exist. All you know is that you have not been convinced that one or more God's exist or existed at any time. And no, saying if god exists do X to prove it does not mean one doesn't exist when X doesn't happen any more than i wouldn't exist if you demanded i took a dump on your door step while you sleep as proof i exist and i didn't.

The worse part. In your fervor to proclaim a scientific untruth (science cannot prove a god doesn't exist, only that one is not needed ), you miss the entire point of the clause. However you were created, a common inborn desire of man is to strive for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which is not limited to a select few born into the right families or royalties , or bestowed upon by some king or whatever for the success or pursuit in those goals.

All through human history, this is a desire of the human race. Choices and ideas on how to achieve it varies, but it has been present. People naturally desire it. The fact that they were created (in however that came about ) means this exist.

Comment: Re:No, it ISN'T free speech. (Score 3, Insightful) 261 261

Its because you have no rights to impose on other free people your freedoms and rights outside of what they are willing to allow through contract or good will where the government is bound to not use the force of law to restrict the same.

In other words, my rights do not create an imposition on you and the government cannot take them away. The US constitution recognizes the right already exists and bars government from infringement of it.

Comment: Re:If you're using GPL code, you have no choice (Score 2) 167 167

It still wouldn't matter. The other authors can license any way they want as long as it is compatible with your license. In the case of the GPL they can release their software as later version and still push back to your project under your version. You can take your code and release it proprietary and gpl at the same time because it's your code.

Comment: Re:make-your-own-dildo (Score 4, Informative) 266 266

They have had kits that do not require a 3d printer for that for a long time now. There are a few different companies offering it. Here are a couple that I know of.

And I there there is a clone a willy kit somewhere but cannot remember the URL for it. All of these options are much cheaper than a 3d printer and you can put vibrators in them as well as glow in the dark colors and even lights. Lots of fun- just don't make a bunch of them and hand them out in the secret Santa at work next year. Trust me, it's not as fun or funny as you might think.

Comment: Re:"had to" (Score 1) 268 268

Anyhow, I do not know if the FCC has an 800 number to call and check for flight restrictions. They should. I kind of assumed they did, actually.

If they do, I don't know about it.

Most of the fun for me was making the replica. It's like building models except they work like the real things. My stuff is a lot smaller but I've seen the larger ones in real life. They have them now with Jet engines and speeds that are unreal for a remote controlled unit. Or if anything, they are way beyond my skill levels. When I was into it enough to spend money, the jets were a pipe dream or electric motor with a prop enclosed in a housing to simulate a jet engine. Now they are a reality and actually burn fuel.

As for mounting a gun, of course that wouldn't be legal but we had some mount flour bombs, open bomb bays and drop bugs (beneficial bugs for pest controls in agriculture). I've heard stories of people mounting home made paintball guns. You could do it but I do not know if the air frame would survive the recoil. You could likely get a POV camera mounted to aim it too with all the new fangled electronics they have now. It sounds like it would be fun to try.

Comment: Re:"had to" (Score 1) 268 268

Even still, do you think it prudent to fly your UAV over a forest fire and add the mayhem?

I wouldn't just because of the chance of losing the plane let along any mayhem it might add to the situation.

here is no such thing as, well they are already at risk and the additional risk is trivial.

I would never say anything like that, my comment was how does someone know. It's a communication thing and despite you thinking it should be obvious, at least three people we know of didn't. Maybe what is needed is an 800 number or website someone can check and possible reminders to check packed into different items with the drone or drone parts.

As for a 4 foot wingspan, I don't have any but I do remember RC planes that large and larger being flown. But these were RC planes and line of sight. I havn't kept up with them and most of my experience was in recreating original planes at scale models that actually fly. I never got into the jet engines though and the larger ones were completely out of my budget. But there is one of the largest planes being flown.

Can you imagine the electronics that could fit into one of these..

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1082 1082

Yes, the old testament where the bible says do something this way which is repeated in the new testament where the same occurs. The bible recognizes outsiders and unfaithful so the fact of it happening outside of religious demands is meaningless when checking to see if the bible allows polygamous marriages. It says to have one man and one women and the two become one.

That defeats the comment that if someone reads a bible, polygamous marriage would have been legal from the beginning. It clearly instructs the Jews and Christians to not participate in it and that it is wrong to do. The fact that it happened is a bit like ignoring what it says.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1082 1082

No, not really. And besides, if it is a fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution, then any additional legislation should not be a barrier to it. If it was, then it would have been a barrier to gay marriage just the same.

Here we are in a unique circumstance where because of an argument about constitutionality, laws have to be changed and the argument for not changing them to cover the same argument over a different set of people is you would have to change laws. It's like logic is thrown out the window or something.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1082 1082

Its used in genesis way before Corinthians. It's mentioned in the new testament several times too. In fact, The new testament mentions that god made woman from man therefore when a man takes a wife the two become one.

It has enough meaning that at least two books were clear in this interpreting.

Comment: Re:"had to" (Score 1) 268 268

Not all fires are fought with air support. Not all fires have 24/7 air support. To say this one at this time would have it because there is a fire is a bit misleading.

Agreed, education is needed and warranted, but I have never- ever- called any civil or military aviation board or the nearest airport or anything when launching model rockets or flying remote controlled airplanes (not the drone type). I have asked people permission to fly on or over their land, but for the most part, it's either my own land or public property. I would have no idea there is a no fly zone that pertained to my small model aircraft or where it might have been. And yes, a 4 foot wingspan is a larger but still small model aircraft. When we get a forest fire in my neck of the woods, they send men in with shovels and heavy equipment and we have firetrucks with four, six and ten wheel drive sending water in. Of course we don't have huge swaths of inaccessible lands in my area as roads are pretty well established.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1082 1082

lol.. They did not give us a living document that can change with society. That is completely absurd. They gave us a document that society can change as enough of it deems necessary.

If the document was living and changed with society, then the first amendment would have lost it's power a long time ago. Society at one time in numbers larger than those who want gay marriage, wanted to ban Muslims but couldn't even try because of the freedom of religion. In the 1960's, society wanted to bar black Americans from all sorts of things and if the constitution was a living document that changed with society, the amendment passed just 100 years before would have changed to not allow the challenges that eventually gave us the civil rights act. To think, 9 justices with the ability to declare the civil rights act unconstitutional despite the 14th amendment specifically giving congress the power to create law covering it- just because the constitution is a living document and can change with society.

No, it can be amended, but until such time, it's meaning and interpretations are pretty static.

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1082 1082

But, if you change, "spouse and spouse" to "a group of spouses", then how do you change "upon death of a spouse, the remaining spouse shall inherit 100% of communal property before probate"? As in, you die, and your three widows each inherit 100%? That's 300%. Where do you get two more identical houses?

Well, first, the spouse is generally only entitled to 1/3 of the assets and in some cases, up to a certain dollar amount in an intestate death. Wills and contracts normally supersede all that unless the widow(er) receives less than that amount in which they can contest the will (though usually not the contract).

But to answer the question, it would be the unit "spouse" that receives the inheritance. If there was three spouses, they would all have to act as one unit for the transfer then figure out what to do after that. It's no different than a company being owned by 20 people that dissolves or is somehow transferred. In fact, I have two minor stakes in partnerships that one says upon my death the companies will be sold and 30% of the value will go to the first heir in the estate of the deceased and the other says my stake is to be transferred upon death to the partners. Both of those will happen before any inheritance or probate takes place.

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