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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1570

by wisnoskij (#46770027) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

It is entirely reasonable to assume they they did not want Donald Trump to own a nuclear missile, or for some random person to stockpile Mustard gas.

But they very clearly wanted the average citizen to be able to legally own guns that would be compatible to a normal military footsoldier.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1570

by wisnoskij (#46769965) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

And to pretend that they intended this ability to legally amend the constitution would mean that they would agree with removing rights is just silly.
They rightly thought that it would need to be updated from time to time, not for basic constitutional rights to be trimmed from it.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1570

by wisnoskij (#46769801) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Yes and no.

Yes, Joe Nobody cannot own a tank simply for financial reasons, but AK47s are still far more important to warfare than any other single thing.
Joe Nobody can still own the most integral part of any personal and societal defence.

If you are talking state militia, sure they would be outspent by the US military, but there is no solution to this. And any State militia would still theoretically have enough money to get necessary stuff, like ground to air missiles, and talk busting rocket launchers/C4.
And if you are talking personal protection, a handgun and a knife is as good at it ever gets. It is not like person would walk around dragging a mortar for personal defence.

Comment: Re:Bloody Idiot (Score 1) 584

by wisnoskij (#46746165) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

But most don't... Walking across the street can cause death or brain injury, but like measles that is a very small risk.

I think the medical community would agree, if the measles vaccine caused a high rate of autism, it would be far worse than .001% of people who contacted measles suffering permanent damage. They simply would not allow you to make that damaging decision and would label it child abuse.

Hell, at least some studies into autism would have us believe that actually more people would die in scenario one (from autism related deaths [which have been measured as ten times the national average]) than in scenario two.

Comment: Sounds like Microsoft is making a pretty penny. (Score 5, Insightful) 322

by wisnoskij (#46735483) Attached to: IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Every corporation and agency is independently paying millions and millions to have them continue to patch their computers. I would not wager a guess at how much it costs to continue producing patches, but I cannot imagine it is more than a handful of full time devs.

Comment: Re:Ability to design and write software... (Score 1) 578

by wisnoskij (#46726241) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

By some we are of course talking less than 1% of the coal miner population with enough fundamentals to even have a chance at a quick re-training (a year or two), and the right desirers, personality, and intelligence.

And lets remember, these people ?picked? or at least have been doing for decades a physical trade. Going in and saying to them they all need to become intellectual desk jockeys not only won't work but is just cruel. If you are going to offer opportunities to coal miners, offer them trades retraining.

Governments and corporations might like to think of people as interchangeable cogs, but that is not the reality.

It's later than you think, the joint Russian-American space mission has already begun.