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Comment Re:Role Reversal (Score 1) 39

Public officials are under more scrutiny than ever.

By a foreign government and not our own 4th-estate or oversight, and current US leaders are willing to rattle the thermonuclear sabres over it...but not Crimea, Ukraine, Syria, etc etc...oh, no! Those little Russian military faux-pas are not sufficient reason to threaten reprisals. But, just release some emails that were supposed to be "polished...with a cloth" and suddenly it's 1962 Cuba.

Kinda tells one where their priorities and loyalties lie, doesn't it?


Comment Re:The Police State expands (Score 3, Insightful) 39

And "privacy experts are concerned!" And the useful idiots think that Mrs. Clinton is their friend.

For decades it's been: "But if we vote 3rd-party/write-in the wrong lizard might get in! We'll just keep voting for the same 2 parties...one of them will eventually listen to us!"

"Doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results is one definition of insanity."


Comment Re:Follow the money... (Score 1) 526

Obamacare reformed the healthcare system.

Obamacare was designed to fail so that the ultimate goal...full government-run, single-provider healthcare...could be rolled out in the US. It was a "Trojan horse" but without any real subterfuge other than propaganda ops shouting down anyone who tried to point this out.


My monthly bill went from $500 per month to $150 per month.

You seem to be the exception rather than the rule. If we actually met IRL you'd be the first person I've ever met whose medical insurance rates went down for a comparable level of coverage due to the ACA.




Comment Re:Population control (Score -1, Offtopic) 343

So, that's it: how to save the world: bring people out of poverty, give them education, and give them access to birth control.

You don't need the totalitarian bullshit.

But that's hard to do, and besides, it doesn't give TPTB ever more control over people's lives and yet another excuse to pick their pockets at gunpoint while not doing anything that actually addresses the 'problem' but merely transfers wealth to those they favor.

You expect any politician worthy of the name to work to empower and lift people out of poverty? Maybe if we had some statesmen instead of politicians, but Trump!/Clinton!

We're SO hosed!


Comment Re:The IoT as a connection? (Score 1) 161

But cant they just keep on adding heavy RF shielding?

No. R.F. doesn't work that way.

It's the inverse-square law of transmitter strength versus distance and relative signal strength at the receiver. Possibly comm equipment in a communications van at the scene *might* be powerful enough to punch a signal over the noise, but regular car radios and hand-helds would not be powerful enough. Then, even if the radios at the scene could get a signal to the station/HQ somehow (other than leaving the area or disabling the jammer), there's no way those at the scene will be able to hear a reply nor communicate between themselves over the nearby jammer.

The only practical way they could even partially mitigate such a strategy is to go to full hardened military comms with frequency-hopping, strong encryption, and designed specifically for use in theaters of operation where jamming and other electronic countermeasures can be expected. There isn't a lot of that kind of gear just laying around, and it is far from cheap and requires a system-wide re-tooling of perfectly-functional existing police radio systems at even further expense (and wasted tax dollars).


Comment Re:The IoT as a connection? (Score 2) 161

Ahuxley, I appreciate the thought that went into that, but all that isn't necessary.

Just put a couple of car batteries in a drug house to power a brute-force broadband R.F. noise generator and broadband amplifier to be kicked on when the lookout gives the signal a raid is incoming.

Not only no remotely-controlled drones, no police radios, no cellphones, nada. If it ain't wired together it ain't talking, at least within a few blocks. No tactical comms, no calls for backup, no alerts about fleeing suspects, no calls for med-evac for wounded.

And, it's a lot cheaper, far easier to make, and less labor-intensive.


Comment Re:No they won't. (Score 1) 423

So kid, in a few decades time when you turn 45...

Too late, just turned 59.

No guns for girls either?

Then maybe the second amendment has got fuckall to do with your right to own a gun despite what people running the NRA like that guy that sold guns to Iran and Hezbolla, Oliver North, want you to think.

That's the US Code for militias that defines ages and genders, it is a separate thing from the 2nd Amendment. Reading comprehension, dude!

Every person everywhere is born with the natural right to defend themselves and their property if attacked. The 2nd Amendment simply acknowledges and codifies that fact, while recognizing that citizens owning firearms is also essential for the nation's militia.

You've been played by a traitor and are pretending it is patriotism. That's just so fucked up.

Umm, what? I don't even...

Hello, non-sequitur!


Comment Re:No they won't. (Score 1) 423

Yeah, these activist judges also overlooked clearly written "well regulated militia".

Apparently you are not familiar with the English language as it was used in the 1700s. "Well regulated" meant "in good working order, well-organized".

There are two distinct and separate national militias in the US, the first is the "organized militia" which includes the National Guard. The second is the "unorganized militia" which consists of all able-bodied males between 17 and 45 and who are not already part of the organized militia or regular military and female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

10 U.S. Code 311 - Militia: composition and classes

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are-

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Or the letters that suggested mandatory standardized weapon distribution and mandatory military training for all (male) population. Clearly, we should go back all the way to 1800.

I'm down with that, except for the '1800' part. There's more than enough horse manure here on /., don't want any on my street, thanks. I'd love to have a government-provided M4 carbine with select-fire 3-round burst!


Comment Re:This is mostly a Red Herring (Score 1) 427

Or they were after something else.


This totally illegal general warrant/search is just too far beyond the pale and smells like a panic move by someone in local LE and/or a local politician/bureaucrat who thinks they may have been caught doing something or being somewhere they shouldn't, but the only clue they had to the identity of the person with the possible evidence was seeing the person walk into this building they searched. Now, if this anonymous 'building' was a news/media outlet, it gets even juicier.


Comment Re:No they won't. (Score 5, Insightful) 423

If you can make it so difficult to acquire, legally, that the average person doesn't want to be involved due to the regulatory burden, congratulations, you have just restricted and/or removed the right to access that item.

Even more troubling is that you can get judges all day long that will happily violate their sworn oaths and ignore that "shall not be infringed" "recommendation" in the US Constitution and rule these "backdoor ban" tactics do not infringe by some unfathomable "logic" they pull straight out of their collective ass.

Anti-gun extremists may celebrate, but they'd better bend over because the same tactics used to go around and/or reinterpret the 2nd Amendment can and surely will be used against the others, some of which you might actually value.

First they came for the gun owners, but I owned no guns...

You know how it ends.


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