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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

91degrees Re:Tape drives (238 comments)

It could conceivably happen. We'll need a breakthough of some sort but these do happen a lot in the tech industry. A factor that will keep HDD prices high is precision mechanical parts are expensive to manufacture.

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Mt. Gox Ordered Into Liquidation

91degrees Re:This confirms my point of view (44 comments)

:)

To be fair this doesn't really prove or disprove anything except that MtGox's specific business model doesn't work.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

91degrees Re:No. (1469 comments)

Defending the constitution does not mean preventing any change to it at all. It means making sure that any attempt to violate it by act of congress is reversed. If the constitution is changed such that clauses are added or removed, then his job is to defend the changed constitution.

Surely you agree that the citizens of the US still have the right to amend the constitution as long as they follow the amendment procedure specified in it.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

91degrees Re:It's crap (1469 comments)

I think the US military won in Iraq. Against opponents that had military equipment.

So, you think that if the citizens of the US decided to stage an uprising, for whatever reason, and if this was opposed by the majority of the US armed forces, they'd need to invade the US!? They're already there. They just need to defend essential infrastructure.

But at that point it will be too late anyway. The people will have effective control of the country without firing a shot.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

91degrees Re:It's crap (1469 comments)

They don't need to. They just need to prevent the citizens from taking control of essential government infrastructure.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

91degrees Re:ACLU (1469 comments)

The ACLU is about protecting civil liberties, and not the constitution. The constitution is one of the means they fequently use since the Bill Of Rights ostensibly has the same purpose so it's a good tool for the purpose. Whether gun ownership is a civil liberty or not is hotly disputed in the US, but in the rest of the world is considered to not be one. The rest of the rights protected by the Bill of Rights are less contentious. No doubt is the 18th amendment was still in force, the ACLU would not make any effort to defend that either.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

91degrees Re:It's crap (1469 comments)

It's not likely to be very effective. Have you seen the weapons the government has? The only way to succeed in a revolution is be to make sure the majority of the army is on your side or at least neutral, in which case, weapons are irrelevant.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

91degrees Re:But what is a militia? (1469 comments)

I think the amendment is intended delegate responsibility for gun control to the states. If a state wanted to they could simply pass no law, or if the populace felt strongly enough, add a second amendment style clause to their state constitution.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

91degrees Re:WTF?? (777 comments)

Cool! What was the evidence, and what defence was offered? The only articles I can find was a statement that the transcript was obtained. The failure of any of the reporters to go into detail about what was said makes me suspicious of bias here.

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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

91degrees Re:Effectiveness of a space elevator. (98 comments)

You'll not get close to orbital speeds until you're close to the centre of mass. At 200km, you're barely going faster than an object on the ground.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

91degrees Re:WTF?? (777 comments)

Do you have some information about theevidence that was presented to the magistrate, what witnesses actually said, or what the magistrate said?

If you were a magistrate, based on this information alone, would you have found him guilty? If not, then do you think it's possible that there is some other information that the magistrate was aware of, and we are not?

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

91degrees Re:WTF?? (777 comments)

He got charged for disorderly conduct. But we don't know the details of why or what he was actually alleged to have done.

As for wiretapping, he shouldn't have been threatened with it, but he was never charged.

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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

91degrees Re:Effectiveness of a space elevator. (98 comments)

LEO isn't about height though. We can get there pretty easily. X-15s managed to get half way there in the 1960's. You need to get to about 15,000mph to actually do anything useful at that altitude.

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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

91degrees Woudln't carbon nanotubes themselves be worthwhile (98 comments)

The things have more uses than space elevators. A thinner stronger cable is always going to have uses even if it's only a few metres.

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

91degrees Re:We might be. (768 comments)

People want the government to spend money more than they want the government to not take it.

The reason both major parties are so similar is that they target their platform to what most voters want.

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

91degrees Re:Duh (768 comments)

The elected portion has very little power and lacks the cohesion to actually agree to much.

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

91degrees Re:Heading off the Republic Pedants (768 comments)

It is indeed a constitutional republic. It is also a representative democracy. Apparently you can be both.

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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

91degrees Re:Consumers pay (319 comments)

(where else would they get the money from?)

Presumably from Comcast customers who previously found the service inadequate but will now subscribe.

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Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

91degrees Re:I came up with a great idea (157 comments)

How do you get from the strip of asphalt to where you want to end up? Taxis aren't really the most economical means to get from A to B, or the most convenient, apparently, for a lot of smaller airports.

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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

91degrees Re:They do have a point (584 comments)

They stopped using Thimerosol because of public pressure; not because of any scientific reason. The mercury level in a dose of a vaccine is less than the amount you might get from eating a tuna steak.

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Of course it's a troll

91degrees 91degrees writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, probably, but there's usually a germ of truth in what I say.

Either that or I'm not trolling, but felt like ranting. Or making a joke.

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Why computers need driving licences

91degrees 91degrees writes  |  more than 12 years ago I was recently sent an email by a friend about stupid computer users. One of these people had broken his CD-ROM drive trying to use it as a cup holder. One of them had tried to use the mouse (The plastic device that you use to move the pointer around the screen) as a foot pedal.

My friend seemed to find this funny. I found it disturbing. We have people spending several thousand dollars on a piece of sophisticated equipment, that they have no idea how to use. It's not just this though. The shear volume of unmitigated dross on the Interent is screaming for us to regulate it, if only to make it possible to find something useful.

I think people should have to take a driving test for their computers.

This may seem like a strange suggestion, but this is simply because you aren't used to the idea. When the driving licence was first proposed for cars, people were horrified at the prospect. Now, if you even consider suggesting the abolision of the driving test, people with react with equal or greater horror.

A computer can after all be every bit as dangerous as a car. Used incorrectly, it can be used to attack commercial and government websites that are essential to the running of the free nations of the world. Even those who don't have any illegal intentions could unwillingly be allowing criminals to hack into their machines, and the evil hackers could use them as a springboard to get into other computers, making the owner of the computer an unwitting acomplace to a criminal act.

It is illegal to export powerful computers to over 100 countries. Yet these same countries do have low power computers. These can be used to hack into more powerful computers, that can be used to hack into the powerful computers that we have in the democratic world, and these can be used to hack into the extremely powerful servers that run our nation. People need to be taught to prevent this sort of attack from happening. We should not allow people to put these at risk simply because they don't know how to secure their computers.

We should expand this into restrictions of the types of computers that should be used on the internet. Now, many people here believe that Microsoft Windows should be the only operating system that people shuld use, but I feel that as long as they could ensure basic security was implemented, other operating systems should also be considered. Obviosuly we should make sure that these are rigourously tested, and at a cost to the manufdacturers. We insist on basic crash tests for cars after all. Once again, I'm sinmply suggesting that we apply the same rigourous standards to computers

This would have several benefits.

Old operating systyems such as the MS-DOS found on the early pre-Pentium machines can be decertified after they reach a certain age. This will keep the slower machines off the net, speeding up the internet for the rest of us.

After all, surely people should not be entitled to modify their computers in dangerous ways. Some people have REMOVED the Windows operating system that came with their PC, and replaced it with a free operating system in order to avoid having to pay for their software. I'm surpirised that this is still allowed. Nobody allows us to put spikes on the front of our cars, or replace the wheels with sawblades. Why should we be allowed to do the same to our computers?

Finally it will reduce the cost of our computers. Part of the cost is the cost of technical support. If they didn't have to train qualified people to answer so many questions, the cost of Windows would plummet.

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