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Comment Re:Legal obligations? (Score 1) 505

Slashdot strike me down if I am wrong, but common encryptions like WPA only protect against transient users and can be cracked with moderate effort. What's going to be easier to explain to court...that the content traced to your IP was downloaded by one of the dozens of people who park on your street near the 'free wifi' sign, or that someone cracked your encryption?

Comment Re:it's the children that suffer (Score 1) 206

You're closer to the truth than your mods would admit.

Contemporary crusades against minimum wage by economic libertarians are often shouted down as racist, but when minimum wage laws were enacted, they were obviously racist against blacks. You see, before minimum wage laws, blacks commanded lower wages, largely because Americans at the time were racist fucks. In old silent movies you can see signs in the background that say 'colored waiters wanted'. Guess what, they didn't want 'colored' waiters because they liked black people, they wanted them because they would work for less than white people (due to less competition for their services).

This resulted in a predictable tizzy of 'deytukarjabs' by the empowered white majority, who instituted minimum wage. With minimum wage, if you have to pay X dollars per hour anyway, you hire a white person for X dollars per hour. The practical effect: no black people get any jobs until every white person who wants a job has one. This is all politically 'sold', of course, as an empathetic measure which will benefit the disadvantaged.

Comment They tried that in California (Score 1) 1862

The trouble is, 'fixed' is a hard thing to define.

Witness "The Bullet Button", which makes AR15s legal in California:

This, like all such gun control laws, would be laughable if we weren't talking about possible prison terms hinging on ATFs interpretation of laws written by ignorant lawmakers to serve no logical purpose.

Comment Re:I love netbooks (Score 1) 336

I agree; I used mine for field-programming microcontrollers all the time. It's basically a portable terminal. I had a TRUE netbook in the original eeePC which was seriously light and small enough to be a piece of gear like a Fluke meter. The $300 generation of netbooks is just an uncanny valley and it doesn't surprise me they are going away. I also blame the Netbookflation on Windows. I want my $200 eeePC back, only with a full size (touch?) screen and the bit more horsepower and storage which would be obligatory nowadays just due to technology advancement. I'm surprised nobody is selling something of the sort as a toy or a kid computer.

Comment Re:2010 was the end (Score 1) 336

While we are sharing anecdotes, I have 2 Aspire Ones. I bought the windows versions but installed Linux. Mine is a 1st generation one with the extended battery. Will not die. I fell on it skateboarding and now the battery has to be taped in, but I cannot notice a significant decrease in battery life, even though it's over 2 years old and was my main computer for a long time. I've taken it apart a few times and lost some screws so it's kind a flexy but it just won't die. I did replace the network card with an Intel card after the first card stopped working. The bios zero'd out on me and I had to reflash it.

My wife's is a newer generation Aspire one. The screen is bigger but the keyboard is worse. Hers has constant problems with the wifi card locking up, forcing a reboot. I even changed the card. I think there must be a hardware bug in these things with the wifi.

I also had an original eeePC and I loved it, because it was a true netbook. I would love to have a modern equivalent with a (touch?) screen that actually fills the screen and a bit (just a bit) more horsepower/storage. The eeePC literally fit in my jacket pocket, I loved it but sold it while it was still worth something when the newer netbooks started coming out. I'm looking at the Transformer and Chromebook, but they are expensive.

Comment Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (Score 3, Interesting) 1232

"Regulated" is a governmental euphemism that came to mean what it does because instead of saying "We are going to pass laws to control X", the government consistently comes up with more palatable (like "we are going to regulate(old meaning) X") to hide the true nature. Over time, now "regulated" actually means "controlled by law". People eventually wise up to the new meaning.

There should be a special category for language changes caused by government euphemism. I predict the following future usages:

Current word:True political meaning, eventually becoming common meaning after people wise up
Fair:Socially Engineered
Rich:Not dependent on government

Comment Re:100 more will die today (Score 4, Interesting) 1719

How many people did not die in the Clackamas Mall shooting a couple days ago? Apparently a bystander who was legally carrying a handgun for defense confronted the shooter, but did not fire due to presence of bystanders. Handgun vs. rifle is a very frightening disparity, btw.

How many people didn't die that would have? Hard to say, but I'm sure all we will hear in the news is about the shooter how the incident proves we need to ban guns.

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