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Comment Re:Constitutionality (Score 1) 630

If you're a holy roller bent on extinguishing any glimpse of human genitalia from public view, then maybe you might want to consider who designed the human body to excrete waste fluids and eliminate waste. Blame God, if you think it's so evil.

this exchange comes to mind:

Peter: I'm looking for some toilet training books.
Salesman: We have the popular 'everybody poops", or the less popular 'nobody poops but you'.
Peter: Well, you see, we're catholic...
Salesman: Ah, then you'll want 'you're a naughty, naughty boy, and that's concentrated evil coming out the back of you'.

Comment Re:Constitutionality (Score 1) 630

I won't touch the origins of sex offender laws, though I believe they do not (in general) predate the US Constitution. Even if they had, many other unjust laws have predated the Constitution. Age is no basis for holding to a law.

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in high school, we read a short story called the lottery, and i believe it's still taught to this day (hopefully). just because something's been around forever doesn't mean it's right, just, or good.

in fact, and this is merely my opinion, it seems that the older something is, the more critical we should be in its examination, and the more cautiously we should approach its application.

the point of the story i linked is that it's easy to lose sight of the original intent after much time has passed. i don't want to start a religious debate, but look at some of the laws and codes that are "still on the books" (though almost certainly not observed) in the oldest, still extant religions... carrying paddles with you so when you poo, you can bury it so god doesn't step in it... not eating pork, likely because uncooked or poorly cooked pork carries much higher risks of sickness or disease than other meats...

and to go a step further, regarding what's been mentioned many times so far on this thread, the story challenges us to examine blindly following the crowd, and instead, ask why... i know thinking for one's self isn't popular these days, but it doesn't change the fact that we should, and that those who do should speak out or ask public questions when they see something fishy.

it's likely that everyone here is on the same side when it comes to feelings about sex offenders such as rapists, child predators, etc. questioning measures such as the one in the article should not be construed as sympathy for these people, but should be seen as concern for our own rights.

Comment Re:Forget SOHO boxes (Score 1) 517

What you're expecting is really beyond the capability of common SOHO NAS equipment.

I just re-read the OP's request, and I remembered a client of mine, a little over a year ago, in a small office, around 30 people. Spent around $15k for an entry-level SAN from HP, MSA 1500i. i guess my question for the OP would be, what do you mean by SOHO? Are you strictly speaking price? And, if so, what do you consider SOHO prices? If you're looking to not spend $40k for an equallogic/lefthand/etc SAN, but are ok spending a small chunk, then maybe an entry level iSCSI SAN from HP, EMC, etc will work. I can't speak to every make and model, but most of these are built around "server quality" hardware, typically reasonable RAM, Xeon-class CPUs, dedicated network and drive controllers, etc. HP and some of the other OEMs also sell "storage servers", for HP this would be based off of a DL380 chassis, populated with disks, running windows storage server.

i guess what would help me understand your request would be more details. what do you consider SOHO? what is a reasonable price to pay to get what you want?

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The Best Burglar Alarm In History 137

Sportsqs writes "When Nikola Tesla got creative with transformers and driver circuits at the turn of the 20th century he probably had no idea that others would have so much fun with his concepts over a hundred years later. One such guy is an Australian named Peter who runs a website called TeslaDownUnder, which showcases all his wacky Tesla ways, or rather electrickery, as Peter calls it." Very cool stuff, I wish I would have had something like this to protect my comic books from my little brother when I was a kid.
Sony

Submission + - PS3 crosses petaflop barrier (playstation.com)

mistahkurtz writes: From the article:

the aggregated computation power of the PS3 consoles — by themselves — has crossed the Petaflop line!

what i find most interesting is the disproportion between the PS3s, with 41145 CPUs active, and the runner-up (windows) with 173,353 CPUs active.

Printer

Submission + - Dot Matrix printer on OS X 1

mistahkurtz writes: I work in Corporate IT Sales. One of my smaller clients uses only Macs, and has upgrade everything to OS X. Until the upgrade, they were using an old Apple ImageWriter 2, but that's no longer supported. Though many printers are listed to be compatible with OS X, they are, in fact, not (which I determined after numerous consultations with pretty much every major manufacturer). While they are somewhat tech savvy with things like basic programming, etc, doing intricate work to get a printer to work is not a possibility. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of a problem?

Some possible solutions that have been suggested by my Mac-user co-workers are to buy an old G4 off of ebay, and set that up as a print terminal, or possibly something with Parallels and Windows Linux. The requirements for the printer are: Dot Matrix/Impact printer, must support continuous forms, and print to 5-part carbonless.

Does anyone in /. have any suggestions that might help my customer out?
Biotech

Submission + - scientists report: artificial life on the horizon (cnn.com)

mistahkurtz writes: cnn.com and other sites around the web are reporting on an AP story about the future of life. the famous last words to make a mental note of here are:

"When these things are created, they're going to be so weak, it'll be a huge achievement if you can keep them alive for an hour in the lab," he said. "But them getting out and taking over, never in our imagination could this happen."

IBM

Submission + - $1.4m server falls off forklift (theregister.co.uk) 1

mistahkurtz writes: it sucks to be this guy:

Federal contractor T.R. Systems says its workers were moving the server from a freight truck into its warehouse in Alexandria, Va., when the mishap occurred. "The rear wheels of their forklift hit the raised surface at the entry door of the warehouse, causing the forklift to rock, and subsequently causing the server to rock," T.R. Systems says in court papers filed last month.
having worked in a S&R dept, i know that things can arrive packed improperly. but usually, you'll be able to tell that before unloading the item from a truck, since said item is often already tipped over, busting open, or broken into pieces. can IBM really be held responsible? better question: should they?

Space

Submission + - faster than the speed of light (telegraph.co.uk)

mistahkurtz writes:
A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light — an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.


what sort of implications could this have? it's hard to tell if they really mean that the particle travelled in a (presumably) straight line like a normal object travelling thru space/time, or if it "teleported" from point a to point b 3ft away. either way, (assuming the story is true) the story is interesting, but should we file this with the stories of scientists "altering" or "slowing" the speed of light?

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