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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

BobMcD Re:Militia, then vs now (1159 comments)

You're assuming that all information is good and that all bullets are bad.

You simply can't do that without context.

8 hours ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

BobMcD Re:The difference... (127 comments)

Did I consent to your observing me in my home? If so, please proceed.

8 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

BobMcD Re:Militia, then vs now (1159 comments)

I'm not certain that's supported by the text of the actual document. The point of the constitution is to set limits on the government's behaviors, one of those being 'everyone is the same under the law'.

"Can have guns" is the same under the law.

Nothing in the constitution undermines the concept of the wealthy buying their way out of problems, and in fact the original document heavily favored landowners.

9 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

BobMcD Re:Militia, then vs now (1159 comments)

He's not comparing 'kill people'. You are.

He is comparing technological advancement, which is very much apples and apples.

It is no 'straw man' to argue that the freedom of the press never envisioned the internet, and therefore should be reevaluated along these same lines.

You're better than 'buzz word bingo'. Perhaps your response was a bit rash.

9 hours ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

BobMcD Re:The difference... (127 comments)

Right, and I get that, but that difference is an emotional one, mostly.

The boobs were observed.

Playback allows the observation of the boobs by others, which largely is not desired. This is understood.

But humans are capable of playback as well. Description, depiction, etc.

"Jenny's pads her boobs, I know because she showed me last night" gets into the exact same privacy issues as Glass, does it not?

9 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

BobMcD Re:Militia, then vs now (1159 comments)

In short, the 2nd amendment favors the rich because they can arm themselves to the hilt, should they wish. Not very equal, is it?

Did you just make a "life isn't fair" argument?

How less available for purchase is law enforcement, as opposed to guns? Or do you deny that the rich get different treatment than the poor under the law?

Seriously, you just made a 'money exists' argument as though that was removed by retooling the 2nd amendment.

9 hours ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

BobMcD Re:The difference... (127 comments)

Basically people like privacy and glass threatens that.

This is emotional and illogical. 'Glass' does not 'threaten that', being observed 'threatens that'.

Tell me, if you're not being observed, what threat does a recording pose?

9 hours ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charges

BobMcD Re:WTF?? (689 comments)

Don't move the goalposts. We're discussing the second test, per your setup:

there were no adequate lawful means to address the situation

The means were clearly inadequate, because there was a teacher in the room and yet the 'zero tolerance behavior' continued.

The problem in this situation is the second one.

Second test is now met. "Legitimacy" isn't even in the criteria you listed.

10 hours ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

BobMcD Re:The difference... (127 comments)

So your suggesting that Glass be made more covert?

No, I think you're covering up the real issue - people like the freedom to lie and/or forget. Brains have an unreliable nature to them, which people over the millennia have learned to exploit. There's value in that, which people do not want to lose, so they resist. Plain and simple.

I wonder, though, what people will do once science eventually finds a way to play back memory? Will your very eyes and ears be as offensive as Glass?

Because that's the only difference - the ability to play it back. Everything witnessed by the Glass device is being witnessed by the wearer as well. It isn't the OBSERVATION that's the problem, but the playback.

10 hours ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charges

BobMcD Re:WTF?? (689 comments)

There's no suggestion that the boy told his mother about the bullying, there's no suggestion that the mother contacted the school about the bullying before the recording was made.

The teacher is present on the recording as well. The authorities had 'been contacted', since they were directly witnessing the events. There's no additional onus to rub their noses in it. The idea that a teacher feels the words 'cunt' and 'twat' being used in her presence are acceptable is absurd.

11 hours ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

BobMcD Re:Useless? (392 comments)

So do your very atoms. What's your point?

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

BobMcD Chromecast mystery solved (180 comments)

I guess this solves the mystery as to why Amazon never batted any eyelashes towards Chromecast.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

BobMcD Re:Projections (987 comments)

I wasn't under the impression that we as a people had money to lose. How far down can the US GDP go before we can no longer pay the interest on our loans? (Hint, not very far.)

The risk of insolvency is greater than global catastrophe due to AGW.

It's about priorities, I think.

about two weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

BobMcD Re:Medicalizing Normality (558 comments)

My youngest son has high-functioning autism with pdd. From my point of view, you're both right and wrong (in that extremely insensitive way only an ignorant person can be.) So let me reflect.

You're right - there is a 'craze'. It involves things like throwing Risperdal and/or non-gluten-casein diets at a problem that science can't even define, let alone treat. Jenny McArthy's book, all that crap. It is crap, you're right about that. It is the same as all infant science - as much voodoo as fact. But that goes for a lot of medicine these days, so let's not judge too harshly.

You're wrong (in a fuck-you-generating way) that this is 'just' a craze. My son is a very different type of human. In fact this is how we break in new care givers: "Imagine a space craft landed and dropped off one of their children. Everything he does is normal on his home planet, and most of the things we do are weird and strange to him. That's Scott."

He can't really relate to people in a natural way. Eye contact is poison. He mixes up the concepts of 'love' and 'need' (he'll be the first to tell you he 'loves to fart', for example.) He'll probably never have a 'normal job', but could work in a specialized environment, etc.

There are upsides, too. Some of them are basically superpowers. For example, if he saw a calendar at any time during his life, he remembers it forever. So you can ask him, 'what was the Wednesday before April 7th, 2006' and he'll tell you. I have no idea how useful this would be to anyone, but it's still pretty remarkable. His circadian rhythms are pretty much infallible. Stuff like that.

In short, he's unique enough to have a 'thing' that deserves a name. The existence of the 'craze' doesn't invalidate the 'thing'.

It isn't all bad

about two weeks ago
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State-Sponsored Hacking Attacks Targeting Top News Organizations

BobMcD From the attacker's view... (19 comments)

From the attacker's view, this largely makes sense. The 'top 25 news organizations' are all deeply biased towards keeping the government happy, and even we Kool Aid drinking Americans are aware of it.

To an outsider, they're probably pretty hard to distinguish from state-run news.

about three weeks ago
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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

BobMcD Combine it... (143 comments)

It's an interesting idea by itself, but it occurs to me you could also combine the platform's capabilities with other needs: e.g. cell towers.

Imagine if every ugly tower was instead a floating power plant...

about three weeks ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

BobMcD Re:Easy stats to pull (367 comments)

I've even turned in video footage (I have a helmet cam) to drivers who were especially egregious - hard to deny you were texting/talking when there is a good chunk of video proving it.

Is this behavior more or less distracting than using a phone? Your head is turned sideways, is it not? Do you see most of these drivers holding their phones to the side?

Also, call me a 'cager' if it helps, but I'd suggest that 80% of your close calls are because you're on a motorcycle. The roads were designed and sized for cars, so you might expect to have to put up with some additional risk using them with the incorrect vehicle. And God help you if you're using your motorcycle like a motorcycle instead of a car - e.g. utilizing that 'nice thing' you mentioned above to pass commuters in the commuter lane at high speed using three feet of shoulder. Not that I'm bitter. :)

In slashdot terms, motorcycle riders who complain about cars remind me of Linux users who complain about compatibility. It should be an informed decision.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

BobMcD Re:Must keep running XP (423 comments)

But chances are, there won't be. The Intel rep said that they will no longer be developing drivers for it, and their new chipsets do not support it.

about three weeks ago

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What would you teach end-users about SPAM?

BobMcD BobMcD writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BobMcD (601576) writes "Implementing our new SPAM filter has presented a unique opportunity: I get to train all the end users on how to handle Spam.

My head is full of ideas, some good and some bad, but I need input. The question I put to you, good Slashdotters, is...

If you had one chance to train the world on Spam, what would YOU teach them?"
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Will Political FUD Motivate America?

BobMcD BobMcD writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BobMcD (601576) writes "While we in the tech industry are used to recognizing FUD, will it work with the general public? For example, Michael Chertoff cites a 'gut feeling' that Al Qaeda could strike.

Chertoff said there were not enough indications of an imminent plot to raise the threat levels nationwide. He indicated that his remarks were based on "a gut feeling" formed by previous patterns of terrorist attacks, recent Al Qaeda statements and intelligence he did not disclose.
The motivation?

Chertoff predicts dire consequences if border crossings are not tightened with stricter document regulations because of opposition from business interests. ... He said there would be security repercussions from Congress' failure to pass immigration reform. Chertoff had hoped that granting a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants would cut away "the tall grass" hiding criminal elements among the undocumented workers.
Will it work? Are we to expect more of it in the future?"

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BobMcD BobMcD writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A Concerned Citizen (601576) writes "After felony charges were pressed for a Florida teen's email to a friend claiming he could top the body count, a Colorado University student's arrest for making sympathetic comments after the attack, and a Community College professor facing terrorism charges for an admittedly bad joke, can we really claim to have free speech in this country? Being prudent is important, but were any of these incidents worthy of police action? Are any of them even close to credible 'threats'? Have you heard of other such actions in your own neck of the woods?"

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