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Comment Man bites dog. (Score 1) 289

The rest of us keep being treated routinely like criminals without the media getting interested, because we aren't the mayor of Stockton. Why should this guy get special treatment (by [...] the press) just because he's a minor elected politico?

Dog bites man isn't news. Man bites dog is news.

They slipped up and used the tactics they usually use on civilians on a civilian official. They don't usually do that, so the event was newsworthy.

Whether it leads to action against the TSA, just a little more care on their part to identify VIPs, or squat is yet to be seen.

Comment The problem wth tyrants is they're friendly ... (Score 1) 204

Until someone decides ... That being evil is the right thing to do. You know, ends justify the means and all that jazz...

(At the risk of precipitating a storm of posts misapplying Godwin's law...)

One of the big problems with tyrannical systems and the tyrants who end up running them is that they're attractive. The rhetoric sounds nice. The people setting then up and running them are sweet, reasonable-sounding, and persuasive (at least at first and/or to those they need to support them to obtain and keep power), and so on.

Then, after they've driven their "nice" ideas into their horrible, but inevitable, ramifications, and (if they) are eventually stopped, the historical record ends up showing you just their opponents' propaganda, painting them as obviously hateful. So people get the idea that bad uses of power LOOK repulsive. Then they don't recognize similar stuff when it develops in the future (or even the SAME stuff if it reappears - as one high-school history teacher showed by using Hitler Youth techniques on his class for a week, with just enough deltas to make their origin not recognizable until after the great reveal.

IMHO the change in motto from "Don't Be Evil" to "Do the Right Thing" is a (probably accidental, but nonetheless actual) giant leap down "The Road Paved with Good Intentions".

Comment So maybe it's a feature? (Score 1) 138

You can open it, yes. But unlike for any book that is indexed, such as the books on an e-ink Kindle, it loses your place in a manually opened book from the SD card as soon as you close it.

So you CAN read the book. But it FORGETS WHERE YOU WERE LOOKING when you close it, because it doesn't run an "index feature".

That sounds like the "index feature" consists of the tablet remembering:
  - What books you read.
  - Where you were reading them.
even after you delete the books themselves - or remove the read-only media containing them.

How convenient for government security agencies looking for readers of banned books, police looking at whether you read something about a technique that happened to be used in a crime near you, and so on.

Seems to me that having your book reader NOT keep a record of what titles you've read is a feature, not a bug.

Comment Re:While we're at it: Democrat... (Score 1) 1136

Sounds like you are regurgitating some hate-talk-radio host's flawed hateful email.


My wife researched this some time before that article came out. She noticed that news media would spend days to weeks claiming various mass-murderers were right-wing, then have to retract it. So she dug into online data - from sources such as media even lefties would trust, or public records, and was amazed at the high percentage of Democrats and non-party-affiliated progressives, and the near total dearth of conservatives.

She welcomes you to do your own research, but assumes you will agree with her that signing out with "Peace out!" is not exactly a Republican or conservative trait.

Chris Harper Mercer is no exception. His facebook page was still up as of 5PM pacific time and was full of rants for the Cascadia independence movement, a west-coast, left-wing, eco-freak, secession movement (though some authors are now trying to tie him to a similarly-named neo-NAZI operation far to the east of where he lived). (The conservative secession movement in the area is the "State of Jefferson" proposal - floated intermittently since a few years before WW II.)

Comment Re:While we're at it: Democrat... (Score 1) 1136

Sounds like you are regurgitating some hate-talk-radio host's flawed hateful email.Cascadia independence movement, a west-coast, left-wing, eco-freak, secession movement (though some authors are now trying to tie him to a similarly-named neo-NAZI operation far to the east of where he lived). (The conservative secession movement in the area is the "State of Jefferson" proposal - floated intermittently since a few years before WW II.)

Comment The answer was right - the presentation horrible. (Score 1) 483

The Q was: Should the children of illegal aliens get government funded emergency treatment at hospitals.

As I hear it, Ron got tongue-tied because he was trying to provide a multi-part answer under pressure.

The answer (as I heard it) was:

  - Government shouldn't force hospitals to give emergency care to ANYone, legal, illegal, kids of illegals, etc.

  - Government should ALSO not put roadblocks in front of those (such as the Catholic Church) who do want to operate emergency rooms and give care to all comers, and historically have done so (but have to a large extent been driven out by these government interventions).

  - We should get government out regulating (screwing up) and (under) funding emergency room and other medicine, go back to what we had before they meddled, which did a much better job providing emergency care, and move on from there.

The answer was pretty clear to me, but I can easily see how it would be misheard as "the kids of illegals should not get medical care".

I note that the anti-Ron Paul propagandists tried really hard to paint him as an anti-black racist, too. That ground to a halt after the husband of a patient came forward and started campaigning for him.

Seems his wife was at a hospital E-room, bleeding out from pregnancy complications, and on infinite wait, getting no service. He tried to bring her condition to the attention of the medical staff and they had called security, which was about to take them away. Then Ron (a gynecologist on duty) walked in, saw what was happening, and intervened, getting the wife the immediate emergency care needed to save her and the baby's lives, and getting the security off the husband's case.

Comment Re:It means anti-gun propaganda. (Score 1) 1136

The Australian anti gun laws said hi and proved you are fucking full of shit.

You mean the one that reversed the previous downward trend of crime in Australia, while producing scholarly quotes such as this one?

In 2006, the lack of a measurable effect from the 1996 firearms legislation was reported in the British Journal of Criminology. Using ARIMA analysis, Dr Jeanine Baker and Dr Samara McPhedran found no evidence for an impact of the laws on homicide.

Comment While we're at it: Democrat... (Score 0, Troll) 1136

You left out WHITE... Most of these idiots are white.

You also left out Registered Democrat. Most of these idiots, it turns out, are either registered Democrats or left-wingers who didn't register, didn't register a party affiliation, registered with some left-wing minor party, or weren't old enough to register yet.

There are a few exceptions, such as Timothy McVeigh.

Comment Re:Description of Shooter (Score 5, Interesting) 1136

You left out WHITE... Most of these idiots are white.

Actually, not. It turns out non-white, non-Asian, people are (currently in the US) more prone to mass murder, both offenders as a percentage of their population and as a victim-count per-capita of offender's group's population.

But their victims are more often also non-white, non-Asian, and the attacks generally "aren't news". (When was the last time you heard the national media do a big news event on a drive-by or other mass shooting in the poorer residential areas of Chicago, Springfield, New York City, Philadelphia, or DC?) It's another example of how black (or Chicano, etc.) lives DON'T matter - to the news media.

Comment It means anti-gun propaganda. (Score 3, Insightful) 1136

What does "technically a gun-free zone" mean?

It means the news media is trying to stretch the "gun-free is safer" anti-gun propaganda in the face of the public becoming aware that gun-free zones are an invitation to mass murder and virtually all mass murders (and much other victimization) now happen in them.

"Gun-free zones" disarm the law-abiding people in them (so they can't shoot back and limit the carnage - and deter it from starting in the first place, turning them into helpless victims, but don't stop the attackers. Legislation (or private decision) to make an area into such a zone makes it a magnet for both nacent mass-murders and other victimizers.

A better term for such zones might be "free-fire zone" or "victim-rich zone".

By prepending "technically a", to "gun-free zone", they can make it sound different from the "gun-free zone" of the legislation. They pay lip service to the laws' unenforceability on bad guys. They recast the zones' danger into an enforcement problem, rather than a fundamental flaw in the concept. This helps to slow the propagation of the understanding that such zones are inherently more dangerous than unrestricted areas, that "The only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.".

That helps the anti-gunners in their efforts to pass MORE restrictions, making MORE areas dangerous, and to give the police more power to search and otherwise oppress people in the name of solving the problem they created.

Comment IMHO that may be even more important. (Score 2) 144

The DVD-burner graphene etching technique to produce supercaps is several years old -- but it looks like they're continuing to work on it. Good to see the technique hasn't been abandoned.

I'd never heard of it.

Using a DVD burner for constructing microcircuitry is a GREAT hack. Should be trivial to do resistors and wiring with it. If somebody can figure out how to do fast thin-film transistors it would put microcircuit fabrication within easy reach of hobbiests.

Sure the scale would be far larger than microchips. But for a lot of stuff that's just fine.

Comment Rand ALREADY gave them LOTS of pushback. (Score 2) 483

Sanders is the only one that I think would give them any pushback./i>

Then you haven't been paying attention. Rand Paul ALREADY gave them a BUNCH of pushback.

Just one example: He one-man filibustered the renewal of the Patriot Act for 10 1/2 hours, making it actually time out and creating a gap (to invalidate any claims to legality for information collected before the expiration and not destroyed after it.)

Comment Re:Well, now we know she h8s the US Constitution (Score 2) 483

That's really amazing especially when considering that ENIAC, which is regarded as the first digital computer, wasn't introduced until after VE day.

The ENIAC has a claim to be (one of the) first stored-program ELECTRONIC computers.

But digital computing had been done for a very long time, using mechanical devices, electro-mechanical devices (including both motor-driven mechanical calculators and relay-based, often plugboard-programmed, card counters, sorters, collators, printers, ...)

Hollerith invented the digital tabulation punched card and sorting/counting machinery for it for the 1900 census, after the 1890 census was taking nearly 10 years to process the data and the 1900 looked like it wouldn't be finished until after 1910. (Tab cards, AKA "IBM cards", were the size they were because, after the papermakers gave him an unreasonably high bid, he obtained the recently-retired bill making machinery from the US mint, which had redesigned the money shortly before. The cards are the same size as the previous generation of dollar bills.)

Comment Re:Well, now we know she h8s the US Constitution (Score 2) 483

IBM did, however, manufacture M1 Carbine rifles for the US during WWII.

Sounds odd, though I suppose carbines could be considered to be a type of "international business machine".

A number of companies manufactured M1 carbiines for WW II. IBM, Saginaw Steering Gear division of GM, Rock-Ola (jukebox manufacturer), Underwood, National Postal Meter, etc.

"Out of ten primary contractors that manufactured .30 Caliber Carbines, Winchester was the only one with prior experience manufacturing weapons."

The main requirement for beating plowshare factories into sword factories was having the right equipment. Being able to drill a straight hole through a long steel rod to make a barrel was one way to get drafted into the effort. (Thus Saginaw Steering Gear, which had machines to drill a hole down the steering wheel shaft for the horn wire.) Another was having equipment able to accurately mill a high-accuracy complex machine part (for receivers and other parts with cam or shaft bushing surfaces) out of hard steel alloys that would survive thousands of beatings and keep working.

Two is not equal to three, even for large values of two.