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Comment: Re:Interstate Commerce Clause (Score 1) 267

by whoever57 (#46796007) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Weed that doesn't cross state lines you mean.

Exactly. The Supreme Court has decided that weed that doesn't cross state lines can be regulated by the Federal government. Your opinions don't matter.

Yes, I agree that this does not agree with the text of the Constititution but it also follows prior decisions such as allowing the Feds to regulate wheat grown for personal use. Basically, the Supreme court has decided that anything that affects interstate commerce can be regulated, even if that commerce is illegal anyway. And yes, it's hard to imagine anything that doesn't affect interstate commerce.

Comment: Re:Yahoo does make money. (Score 3, Interesting) 149

by whoever57 (#46787533) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Yahoo mail is not bad at all IMHO.

I don't think that it is coincidence that, whenever someone I know gets their email hacked and used to send SPAM, they are using Yahoo mail.

There was an issue disclosed a few months ago which related to stealing Yahoo credentials -- I suspect there are others. It's either vunlerabilities at Yahoo or there is something about the type of person who uses Yahoo mail.

Comment: Re:ALL the exchanges failed (Score 1) 155

by whoever57 (#46785617) Attached to: Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

You tell me you want a house built in two days... Fine... but if you expect there to not be serious problems and unforeseen issues as a result of rushing through the planning phase and then constantly changing the mission premeters throughout development... then you're being unreasonable.

Newsflash .. customers are often unreasonable.

In your scenario, if the contractor signs a contract to build the house in two days, then the contractor is liable if the house is not ready in two days. As the contractor, you should not take on a contractual resposibility that you cannot deliver. That's just as true for building a house as it is for building a large website.

As the contractor, you should have the expertise to decide to refuse the deal if the terms are impossible, or take actions to eliminate the risk.

Comment: Re:I'm disapointed in people (Score 1) 689

by whoever57 (#46776913) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money
All of this sounds good in theory, but in practice there are some terrible design decisions being made. For example, I tried a build of Red Hat EL7, which has Gnome Classic.

The first thing I tried to do was to customise the panel. right-button clicking on the panel did nothing. Why? I have later learned that I have to click <alt>-right-button on the panel to have the same effect. But why? How should a user know that s/he needs to also hold down the alt button? What was wrong with a simple right-click, which has been used for decades to bring up a context menu? The right-click has not been re-assigned, it just became non-functional.

The changes make the desktop environment less discoverable and hence less usable. It's this type of change that puts people off.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1574

by MightyMartian (#46771721) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

When you look at the Second Amendment within the context of how the US was formed as an outgrowth of revolution against what was viewed as a tyrannical regime. Many of the underlying concepts of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are essentially answers to the reasons for revolt and secession against Great Britain laid out in the Declaration of Independence. The Second Amendment was clearly intended to preserve liberties against future tyrants.

Comment: Re:Funny (Score 1) 689

by whoever57 (#46771021) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

The board fell behind on bugging folks on payments because the processing took a lot of time and our financial controller was buried in work. As I was saying elsewhere, it's a scaling problem.

No. It's a management problem when an organization takes on a role that it is not equipped to execute and is not part of the organization's primary mission. Furthermore, it is a management problem because the issue was allowed to fester for some time with little to no action (as the minutes show).

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 2, Interesting) 1574

by MightyMartian (#46770533) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

I have absolutely no problem with a sane, sober individual possessing a weapon. I myself am a Canadian, but I remember camping trips with my grandparents out in the backcountry of British Columbia, and he always kept his hunting rifle loaded (that would get him arrested in Canada these days), not because he even really hunted by that point, but because of the risk from bears and other predators with young kids around. I learned to shoot when I was pretty young, and while I have no more adoration for guns than I do for hammers or screwdrivers, I respect their power and believe firmly that whether anyone owns a gun or not, they should know how one works, both for gun safety and in the hopefully unlikely event they actually need to use one.

The fact of the matter is that if someone is out to kill lots of people, guns, while perhaps the most convenient method, are hardly the only one. Some college kid just stabbed five people to death at a house party, apparently with a knife that was in the house where the party was being held. If someone goes nuts and decides it's time to kill lots of people, there's damned little anyone can do about it. Maybe, if we're lucky, we find out about their dastardly plan in advance, but bad luck can take anyone out; whether it be a maniac with a weapon, a car accident, or hell, falling off a ladder.

Comment: Re:Yawn. (Score 5, Funny) 68

What happens to the vast minority of people who always think they are in the vast majority?

They join some Libetarian populist movement and demand all government services with the exception of those they partake of to be slashed or eliminated?

And yes, oh ye mighty moderators, this is trolling.

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