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Comment Re:Ninth Amendment (Score 1) 126

Again no rights are being created, they already exist. Yes it should beup to the states to recognize the rights and but when the states fail to protect the rights of citizens, for example equal schools, then the federal government has the obligation to step in an protect the citizens rights when the state fails or refuses to do so.

Same Sex Marriage was always a right, whether or not it was enumerated in the constitution. The only problem was a failure of the state to protect the rights of ALL its citizens. The federal government recognized the failure of the states and stepped in.

That is unless you believe that that President Eisenhower had no constitutional right to enforce the desegregation orders during the 50's.

Comment Ninth Amendment (Score 1) 126

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

Seems like the founder already took care of this one. Many rights exist that are not specifically enumerated in the constitution and the courts are free to find those right violated. Unfortunately strict originalists like Scalia forget about the Ninth Amendment when they want to go back to what "The drafters of the Constitution wrote down" as their primary source for rulings. The Ninth basically says there is a lot of rights that we the founders haven't written down but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

Comment Re: Why not land on the moon? (Score 1) 303

ho said anything that the goal was to "impress" you or the American people? If the goal is to use the moon as a base, NASA has to re-develop the technology to get back there.

There's no economic benefit to a moon base, so it's all for show anyway.

Think back to, oh, 1600. Imagine the conversations in taprooms in England- "there's no economic benefit to a colony in North America, so it's really just for show anyway"....

Comment How could you possibly care? (Score 1) 507

Wow! He's tweeting with an unsecured phone!!!

I'll bet there's no way in hell he's managing to keep those tweets secret!

And this ignoring that based on the number of tweets he's making, he's not even making most of the tweets ascribed to him.

In any case, when there's some reason to suspect he's using an unsecured phone to talk to people about classified information, then it'll be time to get excited.

Note, by the by, that you're not talking to the unclassified world with your secure government phone. That one is just for talking to the OTHER secure government phones, not to your hairdresser....

Comment Re:Obviously (Score 1) 382

So, the CEO of a company that makes electric buses asserts that they're cheaper than other types of bus....

Just curious, if the maker of electric buses is considered a reliable source for this sort of thing, why isn't the maker of, well, anything else, considered an equally reliable source about his products?

Or is this guy a reliable source because he's saying what you all want to hear?

Comment Re:Nuclear: too dangerous, too expensive (Score 2) 87

I'm by no means an expert but recent media has made this seem to be the case.

Your image showed the most expensive nuclear as cheaper than the cheapest residential solar. Utility-scale solar was comparable to, or cheaper than, nuclear, but that didn't include the required back-up power (your utility-scale unit is just as susceptible to clouds as your home system, which requires a backup)....

Comment Re:Emails (Score 1, Informative) 895

was a dumbass about classified emails

Note that the FOIA forbade what she did - the whole point of her private server wasn't to make it a convenient place for her to look at classified stuff, but a place for her to hide from the law.

Note also that if you or I had done what she did while working for the government, we'd be in jail now....

Comment Re:moving all the time is dumb (Score 1) 490

Look at a map sometime, every state has hundreds of small towns with 500 or 600 people (or less) geographically distant from anything that could be considered a big or medium sized city.

Let's, for the sake of argument, assume that "hundreds" averages 300, and that "medium or big city" averages 1,000,000.

So, we're talking 160K living in those small towns, compared to 1000K in the one city.

When we further consider that small towns tend to be weighted toward an older demographic (young people do move to the "City" (more often the 'burbs than the city itself), not so much in reverse), we don't see any reason why your statement and what you're responding to can't both be true....

Note, by the by, that I moved about a dozen times before I was 25 (being an Army brat accounted for most of those moves). And only three more times before I was 50 (and one of those was basically from one side of the city to the other). I *might* move again before I die. Maybe....

Comment Re:It's a pain because recovery has to be an optio (Score 1) 216

twelve characters, mixed case, numbers, and non-letter-number characters

Hmm, those contraints rather limit the set of possible passwords, thus weakening the security of the system.

Ignoring the 12 character limit, would be better if mixed case, numbers, and non-letter-number characters were ALLOWED, but not required.

As to the character limit, I think I may have used a password that short this decade by personal choice. Maybe. Of course, passwords for websites (online bill pay, that sort of thing) frequently don't allow passwords that long....

Comment Re:Ethernet (Score 1) 53

Now taking bets on if gigabit Ethernet will still outperform wireless in almost all use cases that don't require someone to be able to sit in their office chair with their laptop and spin continuously like this sentence...

In a home environment wireless can out perform wired as long as you don't have interference issues with your neighbors, but in an office environment where everyone connects to the same or a limited number of WAPs you have contention issues that bring the available bandwidth for each client down to less than optimal.

For a while I worked in an "open plan" office where everyone connected via wireless, many people used a tethered cell phone for access as it was SO much faster and more reliable than using the office "wi-fi" connections. The company had a screwed up infrastructure that treated every connection as external so you went through the external firewall whether using the provided wi-fi or tethered cell.

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