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Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 1) 438

The second amendment has been gutted for some time and barely matters anymore from the state's perspective.

Citizens don't have access to the same class of weaponry as the state will use against them. This renders the second amendment little more than a placebo.

That civil war has the makings of being very one-sided.

Submission + - Microsoft apps will be pre-loaded on Lenovo and Motorola Android devices (

An anonymous reader writes: There was a time when Microsoft was seen as the enemy of the Linux and Apple communities. Understandably, at the time, the company only wanted Windows to succeed. Nowadays, however, the operating system is sort of inconsequential. Microsoft seems happy to have its software succeed on 'competitor' platforms such as iOS, Android, macOS, Ubuntu and more.

Today, Microsoft announces that it has partnered with Lenovo on a new mobile initiative. The Windows-maker's productivity apps will be pre-loaded on Lenovo and Motorola-branded devices running Google's Linux-based Android operating system.

Submission + - Android 7 "Nougat" released (

LichtSpektren writes: Android 7.0 "Nougat" was just released. This version totes a multi-window view, the Vulkan API, VR support for more apps, improved battery saving and data saving capabilities, more customization options for dealing with notifications, background security updates, file-based encryption, and a new secure boot mechanism.

Submission + - New Li-Ion battery with twice the capacity planned for release next year

lars_stefan_axelsson writes: MIT News reports that SolidEnergy, an MIT spinoff is preparing to release a new Li-Ion battery that provides double the energy density per weight and volume, compared to current batteries.

The battery uses a thin layer of lithium metal as the anode compared to the graphite which is used today. There is also a change to the electrolyte. The new battery can be manufactured using current process lines, and commercial release of batteries for smart phones is planned for early next year, with electric cars following in 2018.

So if this holds true, it's a pretty big step forward, in an industry that otherwise usually sees a couple of percent improvement per step otherwise.

Comment yup, you're right (Score 1) 156

I was in a hurry and missed it.

I know the difference but was not even thinking of "lead", the material. I was distracted while typing the brief post which when I typed it was timely and, I thought, of interest to the Slashdot community. I was thinking of "lead" (pronounced "leed") as in "to lead" while reading the original article in one window and composing my post in another and keeping an eye on the clock with little time before I needed to tend to something. I'm not a grammar NAZI, but this sort of error usually sticks out at me when I read it, and I would have caught it had I spent an extra moment on it. The error was one of attention rather than ignorance.

I am not offended that you flagged it. We would all benefit from being a little more careful in what we post both on matters of content and style. It was however a minor error on your part to presume ignorance when simple carelessness was a sufficient explaination. Another thing we would all benefit from is not presuming each other to be either ignorant or persons of ill will. Sometime people of goodwill simply disagree, and sometimes people of goodwill simply make a typical human error.

Comment No, George Washington warned us against ANY (Score 3) 177

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." - George Washington, first President of the US

If people would spend more time reading what our founders said and wrote, and just a tiny bit less time on pop culture, we might be a little bit less messed-up. They designed the American system and left us both the operating manual (the Constitution) and their design notes (extensive writings, both for and against the choices they made see: "Federalist Papers" and "Anti-Federalist Papers" and all thier other books and writings).

Submission + - RIP: Jerry Doyle

tiqui writes: Jerry Doyle, best known for playing Security Chief Michael Garibaldi on Babylon 5 has passed away in Las Vegas at only 60 years of age. His B5 character was often paired-up with G'Kar (played by Andreas Katsulas who died in 2006 at age 59) and with Jeffrey Sinclair (played by Michael O'Hare who died in 2012, also at age 60) He seems to have lead an interesting life. Cause of death not yet known.

Comment Scripts (Score 1) 126

I run incognito on occasion, but as a rule i'm on Firefox+NoScript+ABP and not actually in 'Private' browsing mode.

I suspect this leaves me much more trackable, but if i am browsing untrusted sites (read:ANY sites), i am way more worried about remote 0day compromise of the week than i am tracking.

Still, if i could auto-incognito and whitelist from that mode or cognito-reload at will (without enabling anything else) I would likely add that to my mix. But again, i run scripts disabled all the time so i'm willing to be a bit more involved in my browsing than most.

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