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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1617

by zeugma-amp (#46772619) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
Yes, there is generally a difference between an 'arm' and 'ordinance', however it was clearly not something the founders would have cared much about. At the time, it was perfectly legal to own ordinance such as cannon. In fact it was formally recognized as such, in the Constitution itself. Article 1, Section 8, specifically refers to the "grant letters of marque and reprisal" as a power of Congress. Letters of Marque are issued to private warships, among others. In the day a private warship would pretty much require the private ownership of cannon.

Comment: Re:Hear, hear! (Score 1) 163

by zeugma-amp (#46686705) Attached to: It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

My Dad won't read Wikipedia either. He gets his information from Fox News.

Wikipedia is useless for anything political unless you happen to agree with the political slant of the article.

Want information about metalurgy, great. Wikipedia rocks for that.

Want formation about anything where there is political finger pointing? Not so much.

Comment: Re:The new Hitlers (Score 1) 564

by zeugma-amp (#46673999) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Hypocrites .. that's what I think those that support gay marriage are. They don't give a flip about equality, they only want to force their moral beliefs on those that disagree, and enable a very small group of select people to get benefits. If they truly wanted equality, they would fight to ELIMINATE all benefits tied to being married. Tax laws could be changed to allow for household incomes to be used. Social Security survivor-ship benefits could be simply modified to allow for one person to receive them, and set several rules (such as living together for a number of years while working and paying social security taxes). D

Well said. While I don't agree with everything you had to say, I agree with the sentiment almost entirely.

What we are seeing is a repetition of the pathologies that have driven witch hunts in the past. I think it's amazing how much power the press has given such a tiny percentage of the population to demand that they be obeyed lest bad things befall the dissenters. It's astounding to watch it in action, and mirrors many dark times in the history of our civilizations.

Comment: Re:No contract, wifi-only (Score 1) 126

by zeugma-amp (#46472881) Attached to: Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

But it's not likely..... they can't be transmitting on cell phone frequencies from their station anyways, as the transmission outside frequencies within their operating privileges would be a FCC violation that could get their station licenses revoked.

Yup. So they couldn't do so openly. These days, there are plenty of ways to do so anonymously. Given some of the cool tools out there in the Ham world for connecting radios, I wouldn't be at all surprised to find an Elmer who could do some interesting things with cell phones if they wanted to.

Yeah, I'm a ham, but I'd never put my callsign on /.

Comment: Re:Better Than Commercial Software? (Score 4, Interesting) 202

by zeugma-amp (#45737435) Attached to: CryptoLocker Gang Earns $30 Million In Just 100 Days

So, you made a donation to organized crime. How charitable.

As did this police department ...

US local police department pays CryptoLocker ransom


A local police department in Swansea, Massachusetts, has paid cybercrooks behind the CryptoLocker ransomware attack to decrypt files locked up by the malware on police computer systems, according to local press reports.

The police department spokesman claimed that the infection had been mopped up and their systems secured, with no personal information stolen.

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Comment: Re:Then Fire Him (Score 1) 509

by zeugma-amp (#45683995) Attached to: NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

I'm sorry, you see a difference between Socialism and socialism slow? Because I don't. The two parties are more closely aligned than either of them admit. To the point where I can't tell the difference sometimes. GWB was worse than BHO, except on the things BHO is worse on, than GWB. In both cases, we haven't stopped the "worse" of either, and haven't held on to the "good" side of either.

Agreed. Republicans want to take away certain aspects of your liberty. Democrats want to take others. Neither has any desire whatsoever to actually increase liberty, because that would mean they would lose that much more control over your lives.

Both parties are two sides of the same coin.

We should just start referring to the 'two' political parties in America as the Janus party.

Comment: Re:What about FAT32 (Score 1) 192

by zeugma-amp (#45631279) Attached to: German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

One of the points of a SD (or SDEX) card is that you can read it very simple in an other device. By formtitting it it in JFFS2 or YAFFS you cannot read/exchange the card in windows. Inconvinent, but technically possible.

Shouldn't that be considered a feature. Who wants their data to be infected by a windows device? I've formatted most of my sd cards that are not used in a camera or similar device to ext2 or ext3. To most ms-windows users, it would look like a bad card. I have no problem at all with that.

Comment: Re:This is why Kindle Matchbook is a good idea (Score 1) 331

by zeugma-amp (#45543241) Attached to: 62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

I wish this was a general practice among book publishers. Buy the dead tree version, and on the inside is a card one can scratch off, scan a QR code, and download the eBook version. Best of both worlds -- a paper copy for the bookshelf, and a copy on the E-reader.

Baen Publishing does essentially with some of their books. A couple of years ago, I bought the hardback of a book from their '1632' series, and it came with a CD that contained every other book from the series, plus some others. All with no DRM. It's one of the things that makes me a loyal customer. I reward companies that don't treat me like a potential thief.

Comment: Rhythmbox? (Score 1) 400

by zeugma-amp (#45483503) Attached to: Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

I've tried lots of different mp3 players under Linux, but always eventually come back to rhythmbox. I've only got 18k songs or so, so I don't know how it handles larger loads. The thing that I like more than anything else, is how easy the search facility is to use. I mostly run it on a random walk, but if I want something specific, it is easy to find exactly what I want, either by artist, title, or album.

My biggest problem is getting it to exclude certain subdirectories for cataloguing.

Comment: Re:Sounds good to me (Score 1) 555

As a former Marine, I have some experience with hand grenades, and I can assure you that every case of grenades comes with an entire booklet of warnings, written in dense legalese.

Once the legalese is stripped away it all boils down to "Once you pull the pin, Mr. Hand Grenade is not your friend!"

Comment: Re:1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052 (Score 1) 478

by zeugma-amp (#44302293) Attached to: Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

If the goal is merely to use words rather than digits, you can easily encode longitude and latitude to approximately 10x5m resolution (22 bits each) using four words from a standard 2048-word dictionary, deterministically, and without relying on a third-party database. That should be more than enough to identify a particular building or plot of land.

This would actually be useful.

Code that up and get back to us.

I'll bet it could be done in a shell script.

Comment: Re:Loaded camera (Score 2) 320

by zeugma-amp (#43891087) Attached to: Montreal Union Wants a Camera On Every Policeman's Uniform

I think cameras on all cops will be awesome. But it needs to not be able to be turned off. And if it "malfunctions" there needs to be a look into what the cop was doing at that time. Because they turn off their cameras when its convenient for them. After all... why record yourself taking a bribe?

What would be even more effective is for juries to vote to acquit any time the camera "malfunctions", or the judge just throw the case out based on the 'malfunction'. I know that if I'm on a jury, and video evidence is 'missing', I sure as hell am not going to believe a word the cop says.

Comment: Re:Resignation? (Score 3, Interesting) 261

by zeugma-amp (#42952523) Attached to: Python Trademark Filer Ignorant of Python?

I'd like to point out that there is another Pobox out there, which is a US company (, that is apparently not affiliated with this British "Pobox" company.

From their blog:


We support @ThePSF in their fight for Python trademarks in the EU. @pobox is *not* Learn more:â¦

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I'm not affiliated with either company. I've used for email forwarding for about 17 years though, which is one thing that made me investigate this, as the UK company's claim of having used 'python' for 17 years seemed to me like about how long the US company had been around.

Comment: Re:DRM-free largely stops at 1922 (Score 2) 465

by zeugma-amp (#42499253) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

But what professional-quality ebooks are lawfully distributed DRM-free? I can see pre-1923 works, Baen Books, works of Cory Doctorow and a few other authors who have embraced Creative Commons, and what else?

Most Project Gurenberg etexts/ebooks are every bit as good as "commercial" ebooks. As a matter of fact they tend to have less typos and other artifacts of that nature. Sometimes the quality of "professional-quality ebooks" is often crap.

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