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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

AK Marc Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (389 comments)

Never mind the fact that it is undeniable, whether born here or not, that citizenship was renounced when he lived in Indonesia as required by Indonesian law to attend school.

Required by law, and performed aren't the same thing.

Or the fact that only one parent was a citizen at the time of his birth, which does not meet the required "natural born citizen" as defined and discussed in various texts and Federalist papers.

I have two children, born outside the USA, both of which were born natural born citizens. The requirement being *one* parent being a US citizen who has spent at least one day in the USA. The law isn't explicit about a minor mother who is a US citizen. But likely that would have been allowed at the time, as it is now, and the default is to give the citizenship at birth.

Even if citizenship was not denounced while in Indonesia, at best, he has dual citizenship, which disqualifies him, as he holds allegiances (citizenship) to another country, as explained by the constitution framers.

So you must be a citizen of Indonesia to go to school there, and Indonesia doesn't recognize dual citizenship?

Also, there is no condition that the President may not be a dual citizen. What the framers explain, and what they put in the document must not agree on that point. And the Constitution trumps revisionist recollections of framer's writings. Remember, they were all foreign born, and nearly all what would now be considered dual-citizens. But the rules were so much different then that it isn't really comparable.

3 hours ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

AK Marc Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (389 comments)

The Certificate shows Obama's father was born in " Kenya, East Africa". Kenya did not even exist until December 1963, two years after Obama's birth, and 27 years after his father's birth. Obama's father could not have been born in a country that did not yet exist.

Yes he could. Let's say that Texas secedes from the Union. My children will have Texas, USA as their father's birth place, despite them already having been born. Kenya is the area of East Africa, with East Africa clearly stated as the country. The fact that my birth location is listed as Texas isn't an edit, or pre-cognition.

Like all the other objections, this is looking for a problem that doesn't exist. Like the hospital names. I worked for Company A at one point. Now, it's Company C. My LinkedIn profile was entered with it as Company A long ago. At some point, LinkedIn retroactively changed the name of the company I worked for from Company A to Company C, despite the fact that Company C existed at the time, and I never worked there.

The same happens with birth certificates. The information is digitized, and a digital copy is printed on request. My sister's birth hospital changed its name. Any birth certificate she has printed now has the "wrong name" on it as well.

The fact that reality proves birthers wrong has no impact on their opinions. The Republican governor of HI verified the birth certificate personally, the first time such an action has been done. Is Obama a Republican conspiracy?

4 hours ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

AK Marc Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (389 comments)

I the government is supporting your right to safety and such, it does so taking away the right to abuse others. That right is more important to Randians.

4 hours ago
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Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

AK Marc Re:Oh yeah, almost forgot about Ebola... (68 comments)

Reminds me of the Swine Flu when it was big. The fatality rate was really high among healthy males, but lower in women and children, a first for the flu. But the problem was that it was in Mexico, primarily in poor farmers. They woke up sick. They had the choice to quit their job and slowly die of starvation when they can't find a job, or go to work and probably survive the cold they had. They had the flu. They worked the fields until they dropped dead. In the US, we panicked. Then it came to the US. I got it. It wasn't even the worst flu I've ever had. The statistics returned to "normal" once it was common in larger populations that more resembled the average.

Ebola is a death sentence in Africa. That hasn't been true in the US. And likely wouldn't be, even with a wider spread.

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

AK Marc Re:8X cost increase up front (477 comments)

Repairs on buried cable is just the opposite. Even finding the problem is harder and many repairs involve a lot of digging.

Conveniently, most of the time there's an underground power cable fault, someone has already done the digging for you. Often with some guys in orange vests updating their CVs pointing at the exact location of the fault in the ground and blaming the other guys, who just left.

12 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

AK Marc Re:Aerial or underground ? (477 comments)

Ice on the lines, and other things can cause problems that don't happen when the lines are buried. Overall Buried is more reliable and cheaper. But it's pretty close for cost, just not reliability. So some areas buried may be more expensive in the long run, not counting the more frequent outages with above-ground lines.

12 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

AK Marc Re: Storage (477 comments)

Here, the power company will trim them, and nobody else can. But then they'll send the bill to other people. Nobody should be trimming near the trees, except for people who are electrically trained. Or so says the electric company.

13 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

AK Marc Re:This is a legal matter. (159 comments)

Ah, so you admit you are a know liar, trying to waste the time of others. You could have saved time and posted that as your resume, rather than the lie about 18.5 years as a lawyer.

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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

AK Marc Re:He definitely did know and understand the risk. (142 comments)

There are piles of abandonware. And lots of books printed with a short run. But anything made after Mickey Mouse will be protected to the end of time. There are books that will be lost because the runs were short, and you can't copy them. The author is dead, and often the people who inherited "other" from the estate don't even know they are a copyright holder of a book, let alone what to do with it. Speaking of which, what does happen? My father is dead. He had involvement in a number of books (he was a history professor, among other things), and copyright isn't something documents and puts somewhere. So if I do own a copyright, I don't know, and can't know. Any copyrighted work of his is lost forever.

Copyright is provably doing the opposite of what the Constitution requires of it. Thus (at least in my opinion), all copyright law in the US is unconstitutional.

I don't think the **AA has gone after anyone for pirating "It's A Wonderful Life" or "Zero Hour", but they seem to find a lot of targets for violations of modern, currently published work's copyright.

You want old, but enforced like a Nazi? Try Happy Birthday...

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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

AK Marc Re:Well Duh (428 comments)

You said I was a tax-spender. If you don't like straw men, stop using them, you lying hypocrite.

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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

AK Marc Re:Well Duh (428 comments)

The point is that the government got their bite the first time around.

Yes. They tax the person, not the money. Each person is taxed once and only once. That's double-dipping, to do something once and only once.

Tax-and-spenders like you will insure that the Mad Max scenario takes place.

Fuck you, you lying sack of shit. I want a smaller government. The "keep spending high and cut taxes will starve the beast" misanthropes like you will ruin the world.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

AK Marc Re:This is a legal matter. (159 comments)

What job did you do for the 18.5 years of immersion?

yesterday
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

AK Marc Re:It was an almost impossible case to prosecute (1081 comments)

Martin/Brown, on the other hand, did not have the duty nor the right to attack them for advancing.

So you can menace, stalk and threaten with impunity, but you can't hit first after being targeted for homicide?

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

AK Marc Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (620 comments)

It's both required for life and poisonous.

There is zero scientific proof that it causes atmospheric warming. For you true believers, please cite the scientific paper that convinced you beyond doubt that CO2 is the dominant driver of climate warming.

You can't even be consistent from one sentence to another. "there zero proof it causes warming" to "prove it's the dominant driver". If someone met both of those, I'm sure the goalposts would move again. They didn't manage to remain consistent within two sentences.

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

AK Marc Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (620 comments)

It is actually who in that case. And who is acceptable in American English for all instances of whom, just possibly not preferred.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

AK Marc Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (620 comments)

All I'm saying is that launching spacecraft is really expensive. Prohibitively.

Not if step 1 is to build a space elevator.

yesterday
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

AK Marc Re:It boils down to energy storage costs (620 comments)

And you just proved you have no understanding of people. People use "oil" to mean "fossil fuel". It's wrong. But it's clear and consistent.

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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

AK Marc Re:Rubbish (620 comments)

The problem of these two guys is that they want renewable energy at the same price as coal plants which are directly and indirectly subsidized in many ways. In addition you normally do not pay for the environmental impact of extracting the coal from the soil. There for coal is much cheaper.

That's the answer. Rather than punishing the power user, the solution is to tax the coal. Increase the cost of the fuel to offset the damage to the environment as its take out of the ground. Then don't subsidize or penalize any fuel after that. The government can scrub the CO2 out of the air with the tax on extraction. But most likely, the increase in the price of fossil fuel will drive it to the niches it should be in, rather than primary mass power generation.

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

AK Marc Re: STEM is for suckers.. at least now. (428 comments)

The "freedom" to own slaves was written into the Constitution. The war was to remove that freedom. The freedom to have a strong local governemnt was crushed in that war. My ancestors came to the US after the Civil War from areas without slavery, so whether the US did or didn't have slavery wouldn't have affected *my* rights.

The same holds true of World War II, one of the last cleanly justifiable wars. They weren't US citizens, but there was a large group of people being shoved into ovens whose freedom was won at the end of a rifle.

No, by the time their freedom was won, they were millions fewer than before. Their freedom was taken by an armed governemnt, and a much smaller number were freed at the end by different governments with guns.

Normally I'm a liberal against unnecessary war, but the military has also has it's place.

There was no standing military at the start of WWII. The world had enough with WWI. That we could go from no military power to the strength we had at the end just proves we don't need one. If we did, we'd make it again. Yes, it really is that simple.

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House approved proposal to help block municipal broadband

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 4 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wants to make sure the Federal Communications Commission never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks."
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Bullied student punished for recording incident

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 7 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Whether it's the fact that it's a "disabled" student with ADHD, or the wiretapping was done with an iPad, stupid overreacting authorities, or bullies, this has Meme written all over it.

A 15 year old student was feeling bullied. He reported it, but nothing was done. He was being bullied in class time. So he recorded it on his school-provided iPad, provided because he has ADHD. When he took an incident to the school authorities, he was ordered to delete the file, the police were called, and he was arrested (and convicted) though one source indicates the charges were dropped and another indicates he was convicted, but overturned on appeal. . The charge was disorderly conduct, but he was also formally accused of (but not charged with) wiretapping violations."
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Loan Google Glass and Google will brick them remotely

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Now, as those lucky enough to be given Explorer status will begin to receive their Explorer Glass devices, some may be surprised to find that, in a possibly un-Google-like manner, the company has written, Do not “resell, loan, or transfer” language in the user agreement.

So what will the penalty be if you fork over the $1,500 and then decide to pass your brand new device on to someone else? The company says they can remotely turn your device into a fancy-looking forehead ornament."

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Software developer Bob outsources own job and whiles away shifts on cat videos

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes ""All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually".
When a routine security check by a US-based company showed someone was repeatedly logging on to their computer system from China, it naturally sent alarm bells ringing. Hackers were suspected and telecoms experts were called in.
It was only after a thorough investigation that it was revealed that the culprit was not a hacker, but "Bob" (not his real name), an "inoffensive and quiet" family man and the company's top-performing programmer, who could be seen toiling at his desk day after day and staring diligently at his monitor."

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Slashdot Poll

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Where do you live
1) USA
2) non-USA North America
3) South America
4) Europe
5) Africa
6) Asia
7) Australia/South Pacific
8) Other (Sealand, moon, Antarctica)"
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Last Chance to Save Buckyballs/Zen Magnets

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Comments close today on the magnet ban. The CPSC doesn't have to follow submission preferences, but it helps them stand up to the "you killed my kid" mothers who fed their children magnets until dead to say "the democracy chose to allow you to protect your own child". And yes, my attention was drawn to this by Zen Magnets who sent me an email about this issue, indicating that the last day for comments is today (well, will be by the time most of you read this)."
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