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Journal Journal: According to my records...

It has been well over a year since I looked at Slashdot.

I see that some of my friends are still writing journal entries. Want them to know I'm still alive. :-)

Comment Re:Mommy... (Score 4, Informative) 1435

Article I Section 8:

"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;"

That seems pretty clear to me... As to whether te expenses to be paid for are justified is a different matter...

Comment Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (Score 1) 1232

And we do, which is why we quarantine dangerous infectious disease carriers, to limit their rights and freedoms, in order that they don't harm others.

Where, pray tell, are our HIV colonies located? What about the hepatitis colonies? Where is the influenza ward in the hospital? (yes, the flu is deadly dangerous)

Oh, right. What you said is pretty much make-believe except for possibly some rare esoteric infections that few people acquire.

Comment Re:Ben Bernanke is the Copper Thief (Score 1) 363

"Yes, people huff gasoline, they huff the propellant from Cheeze Whiz."

Cheeze Whiz doesn't use propellant, it comes in a jar.

You might have been thinking about Easy Cheese, which does use a propellant, but it's a bit hard to get to it the way the can is designed, as the propellant is in a separate sealed chamber from the product.

Comment Re:Apple ][ easter egg (Score 1) 98

Actually, it was the VERIFY command in the ProDOS BASIC.SYS that output the copyright message when no filename was given. In ProDOS, if a filename was given, it checked that the file existed, but did nothing else.

Apple DOS 3.3 and earlier read every sector in the file and would return an I/O error if it could not be read. Not specifying a file name resulted in an error.

Comment Re:But ... (Score 1) 846

with the exception of hunting rifles, they exist for one purpose, to facilitate the most abhorrent crime there is.

Yeah, because there is nobody on this entire planet who might want to use one to test their skill at punching little holes in paper sheets from a distance.

Beyond that, ban everything but slow-shooting hunting rifles.

Most certainly you wouldn't want to try that with different kinds of firearms, in different positions, and at any sort of speed.

While we're at it, we should ban all forms of foot races except for marathons, because nobody should have any reason to participate any other kind of race.

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