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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

IMarvinTPA Re:thugs are also armed populace (1564 comments)

Gangs and Mobs are just competing governments and they already have guns, so this change in the law wouldn't really change anything compared to today. Murder and coercion are crimes either way.
The street thugs robbing 7-11s would get shot by armed 7-11 clerks (if corporate policies changed too).

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

IMarvinTPA Re:My revision: (1564 comments)

What's good for the goose is good for the gander... Although the above would be the time-traveler version. Try explaining "nuclear" to somebody in the 1700s and expecting it to stick to the 1900s.

Modernly, I probably would go with "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Laws limiting weapons in any way are prohibited, including but not limited to background checks, registration lists, and places where they can be carried. All governments, foreign and domestic, should be afraid of the armed populous. Nuclear weapons of any size may be regulated and prohibited. Biological and chemical weapons of over (researched volume or weight) may be regulated and prohibited. "

In a civil war, you would want to be able to at least shoot down the aircraft so they can't deploy the three banned weapon classes.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

IMarvinTPA Re:My revision: (1564 comments)

If everybody has a gun, the death toll should hover around 2. The first victim and the shooter.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

IMarvinTPA My revision: (1564 comments)

My suggested new text:
"The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Laws limiting weapons in any way are prohibited, including but not limited to background checks, registration lists, and places where they can carried. All governments, foreign and domestic, should be afraid of the armed populous."

If a gun can be anywhere, everywhere can be defended quickly.

(Did you know that a convicted felon is not required to register his guns since that would violate his 5th ammendment right to not self-incriminate? Look it up!)

IMarv

2 days ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

IMarvinTPA What I Will. (129 comments)

I'm sorry, I keep misreading these interview headlines. I do not think Bruce Parens knows what I will do, what I want, or what the contents of my will are.

So Bruce, do you happen to know what I will do, what I want, or what my will says?

about two weeks ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

IMarvinTPA Re:insert selection, not paste (729 comments)

Can I have text selected in two windows at once? Which one wins?

I forgot my other pet peeve, how do I highlight to replace when the system is being smart enough to synchronize the clipboards?

1. I never said the feature was rocket science. The problem I run into is discovering the correct keyword for the magic. How am I supposed to know that xsel is a copy-paste thing vs some Excel clone? The question I have is, "After I get to the desktop, how do I discover what I can do?" http://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+controls+middle+click+paste+in+linux does not return xsel. The question does have other interesting answers though. How did you learn that xsel exists and what it does?

2. Android smart phones have a limited user input methods, it is easier to learn fewer options. When was the last time you middle clicked to paste on your phone?

IMarv

about 7 months ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

IMarvinTPA Re:insert selection, not paste (729 comments)

My original post got marked as flamebait.

I have run into a few windows programs that try to simulate the behavior, such as Trillian or Putty, that copies on select. Putty is the worst, because I have a hard time telling if I've actually entered my password (from a password storage app). CTRL-V does not work to paste. I have no idea why Trillian does it, but Putty is being a "good" multi-environment player by being the same in each. It just is an odd-ball in the windows court.

What are the rules for "current selection"? Does it include any echo of most recently, but not now highlighted? Highlighted in a windows that is the the active window?

But the "issue" is that there is nothing that tells you that there are TWO DIFFERENT WAYS to make stuff that is at point A go to point B. I didn't know that I had a choice between not using one or the other because I did not know that they were different. I thought I highlight text and it goes into THE clipboard automagically or I can select text and hit ctrl-c and get a 50/50 chance of copying it to THE clipboard or terminating the program. I thought that middle clicking would usually paste or do nothing or pressing ctrl-v would usually paste or send ^V or some such.

Another way to say the "issue" is that established Windows users carry some baggage of how stuff should work and the extra choices in Linux can cause confusion. I'm all for extra options, but sometimes the option I want is, "stop doing some annoying thing". Where is the option to NOT copy when I highlight text? If it is in some .config file, great! How did you know which one? Why can't that .config file have a GUI in a control panel?

Thanks,
IMarv

IMarv

about 7 months ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

IMarvinTPA Re:insert selection, not paste (729 comments)

Multiple invisible clipboards is not intuitive. Know that will help some of my confusion.

I wasn't going for flamebait, just venting why a user could be confused with an example of my own confusion.

Thanks.
IMarv

about 7 months ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

IMarvinTPA I hate Select to copy. (729 comments)

I hate select to copy. I frequently highlight words to help myself read them and track where I am. I don't associate highlighting text with copying it, which screws up my internal clipboard memory. Middle click to paste simply never occurs to me. Middle mouse button on Windows is generally application dependent. Since I never middle click, it's function by default is irrelevant. It'd the damned highlight to copy that screws me up.

IMarv

about 7 months ago
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SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

IMarvinTPA Linus said something... (552 comments)

Linux said "So I don't want to necessarily blame the harddisk, since it's just ten
days since I upgraded the rest of my machine, after it worked years in
the previous one. That just makes me go "hmm". As far as I know, all
the fans etc were working fine, but.."

There's his problem: "after it worked years in the previous [machine]."

His SSD died a natural death of old age.

IMarv

about 7 months ago
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Mystery Alignment of Planetary Nebulae Discovered

IMarvinTPA Electric Universe (86 comments)

"The team of astronomers, who used data from Hubble and the European Southern Observatory's New Technology Telescope (NTT) to survey 130 nebulae, posit that powerful magnetic fields may be behind the phenomenon."

Hey, you mean that mainstream science may be coming around to what http://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/ have been suggesting?

Good luck!

about 7 months ago
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Why We Need to Keep Our Night Skies Dark (Video)

IMarvinTPA Re:Its all about altitude.. (130 comments)

Fortunately, I know some Rabbids that are working on a pile of stuff. Perhaps when they are done with it, you can use it.

I think they're saying something about home and moon, but it isn't safe around them.

about 8 months ago
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Jail Looms For Man Who Revealed AT&T Leaked iPad User E-Mails

IMarvinTPA Jury Nullification. (124 comments)

Please, make sure the Jury knows about Jury Nullification. They can still declare him not guilty even if he technically broke the law. Juries are your protection against bad laws. Let them know it.

IMarv

about a year ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

IMarvinTPA Re:Oh I just love (475 comments)

Because the definition of Noon, 12:00, is when the sun is at its highest point.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

IMarvinTPA Make it look exctly like Windows XP. (1154 comments)

Make it so that any windows user wouldn't know they weren't on Windows other than the missing Windows icon in the start button. Integrate Wine so it is seemless.

Make it so if I know how to use Windows, I can know how to use a Linux desktop.

There will need to be a classic mode for those like me who prefer the clean classic Windows 98 desktop, as well as one for those that like the Aero Glass or whatever that pretty mode is. (I don't like pretty mode, when I want to see the window behind my primary, I'll give it focus! I don't need to watch my window minimize, just get it out of my way!)

If you want to switch a desktop user, make it so the user doesn't have to know they switched.

IMarv

about a year and a half ago
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DirecTV Drops Viacom Channels

IMarvinTPA Re:Obligatory... (378 comments)

Nick Jr already got rid of Moose A. Moose and Zee D Bird. So, yeah, nothing important lost from this.

Good thing my kids have switched to Sprout already.

about 2 years ago
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Texas Jury Strikes Down Man's Claim to Own the Interactive Web

IMarvinTPA Jury Deliberation went something like this: (151 comments)

Juror 1: "If we say this patent is valid, they'll take our internet away!"
Jurors: "Hell no!"
Juror 1: "I guess we should shoot the breeze for a couple hours so they will think we thought hard about this."

more than 2 years ago

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Disagree\Kook Moderation

IMarvinTPA IMarvinTPA writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I saw "there isn't a -1 disagree modifier for a reason, -1 offtopic and -1 troll aren't valid substitutes." in a user's tag line in Slashdot today.
I think there should be such a moderation. I know I can actually alter the values of the moderation and set it to zero. Perhaps it should default to a 0 modification and users can set it to -1. I could see value in at least giving people who think other users's comments are wrong or kooks a place to vent it. This would allow those of us who are interested in the alternative perspectives a chance at seeing them more easily.

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Dice

IMarvinTPA IMarvinTPA writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I recently saw the quote, "Not only does God play dice, but...he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen." by Stephen Hawking.

My assessment: The last time I checked, the only person at my game table who could do that was the DM/GM behind the dice shield. All the DMs I have played with are pretty crazy type people. So if that is any kind of hint, then expect our DM to have a seriously demented sense of humor. The best you can do is try to figure out how to be on his good side so he can fix your bad rolls.

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Michigan man sues with Junk Fax laws against SPAM and wins.

IMarvinTPA IMarvinTPA writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I saw a news posting on Slashdot that disappeared within minutes. I can't find it and I must have gotten really lucky.
Anyway, it was about the article at http://www.linxnet.com/misc/spam/mi_spamsuit.html where a Michigan man took Sears to court with some spam he got in e-mail. He argued his computer was a fax machine and the e-mail was the fax. He won and Sears chose not appeal it.

Why did such a posting get removed? It would definitely count as a good win for techies and nerds who want to replicate the success.

Weird,
IMarv

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What to fight over. Or not.

IMarvinTPA IMarvinTPA writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I saw this in Oculus Habent's sig:
"I don't like butterscotch, but I do like vanilla. You don't see friggin holy wars over pudding, though, do you?"

And I just want to say my two cents on this:
Yeah, but you aren't going to hell if you're wrong and the other guy is right about his religion. So, to feel better, you go to war to make sure god(s) don't get confused over who to believe.

I figure picking a religion is harder than picking lottery numbers. You only get one chance to win no matter how many tickets you tried on the way because you only get the one you had when your chance was up.

IMarv

PS, I like both. :)

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Lots of thinking, I hate thinking.

IMarvinTPA IMarvinTPA writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I hate it when my thoughts keep going in circles. I just makes me more frustrated at the problem with no solution. Or at least no acceptable solutions.

    I don't care what others think of Kingdom Hearts, it does a good job of keeping my concentration off of my unsolvable problem. Although whenever I do that, eventually it all hits at once. I can't win.

    I'm a single 23 year old nice guy with a good stable job that I enjoy and I own my own condo with a great 15 minute commute to work in the DC area. If I had to pick my problems, this is probably a good set to be stuck with.

Andy

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When did Karma go non-numeric?

IMarvinTPA IMarvinTPA writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I was looking up the Karma and all I saw was "Positive".

Has Slashdot gone EverQuest on us?

IMarv

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Oh yeah, Happy B-Day to me!

IMarvinTPA IMarvinTPA writes  |  about 12 years ago

It's my Birthday.
Hi.

My perpetual Bday/Xmas wish list is fairly short and if you think you qualify, let me know:
I want a girlfriend.

I already got my own place, plenty of computers, good job, working on my fifth year! A car that's paid off and works well. Needs some cosmetic repairs but I live in Northern Virginia, so what do I expect for a car anyway (Dem roads here be dangrous)?

IMarv

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$pbthth'ddd or something like that.

IMarvinTPA IMarvinTPA writes  |  about 12 years ago

I think you have to have a 0 or better karma to metamoderate, if you are at -1 or less, you probably won't get the opportunity.

I'll note if I loose the ability later and I'm still positive.

IMarv

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And so it begin 666 journal.txt...

IMarvinTPA IMarvinTPA writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well, after much disuse, I dust of my Slashdot account to mostly not use it much, but just not be annonymously surf the site...
Anyway, Hi!

Andy

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