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Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:I think I speak for us all... (335 comments)

You're thinking of Ted Kennedy, and he didn't quite make it across the bridge.

about 8 months ago

Passthoughts, Not Passwords: Authentication Via Brainwaves

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Escalator to hell (104 comments)

Spoken like a true BOFH.

Who cares that they chop off the heads of our users, as long as they aren't getting into the system.

Because a computer is worth more than a human life.

Objection! Assumes facts not in evidence!

OP clearly said "users."

about a year and a half ago

"Choice Blindness" Can Transform Conservatives Into Liberals - and Vice Versa

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Yeah Right (542 comments)

3. #2 also applies to gays. They should have a right to live how they wish like everyone else. They don't deserve the special privileges or attention they get from the left.

What special privileges do you suppose liberals are trying to get for gays. The right to marry the person of their choice just like a heterosexual can?.

The special privileges granted to married couples. How about we just do away with those entirely? Allow people to form whatever family units they want. Don't give special tax statuses. Allow inheritance under uniform rules. Allow whomever somebody wants to be involved in medical decisions.

Recognizing gay marriage perpetuates the problem; the real solution is to de-recognize marriage as a special state of being. Just let people make their own decisions.

about a year and a half ago

North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:And... it's gone (636 comments)

No need for nukes with North Korea, anyway. They will easily be flattened by conventional missles. They are effectively defenceless and have a tiny infrastructure. Any war with them with missiles would be concluded before you heard about it on Slashdot.

Certainly before the third time we heard it on Slashdot, anyway.

about a year and a half ago

North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:LAPD (636 comments)

If Kim had a shotgun and behaved like this in L.A., LAPD would have plugged him about 40 times by now.

...with 930 shots fired, three dogs killed, and a small child wounded.

about a year and a half ago

Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Wrong lesson... (1111 comments)

Sounds like Ruby Ridge.

When Weaver refused to become "a snitch," the ATF filed the gun charges in June 1990, also claiming Weaver was a bank robber with criminal convictions (those claims were false: at that time Weaver had no criminal record and the subsequent Senate investigation found: "Weaver was not a suspect in any bank robberies.")

about a year and a half ago

Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Assault Rifles (1435 comments)

By the definition given in 26 U.S.C. 5845, there is legally no distinction between full-auto as you have described and burst:

(b) Machinegun
The term “machinegun” means any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. The term shall also include the frame or receiver of any such weapon, any part designed and intended solely and exclusively, or combination of parts designed and intended, for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun, and any combination of parts from which a machinegun can be assembled if such parts are in the possession or under the control of a person.

Assault rifles, by definition, are selective fire: they have a semiautomatic and some form of automatic mode. The term "assault weapon is a misleading term deliberately crafted to take advantage of the confusion between assault rifles and cosmetically-similar semiautomatic-only rifles.

about a year and a half ago

New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:bad idea (1232 comments)

Some of them are willing to risk a murder rap for twenty bucks. Happens to pizza delivery men more often than you might think.

about a year and a half ago

New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (1232 comments)

It's actually illegal to buy a gun outside your State of legal residence unless:

1) it is a private sale, not innvolving a licensed dealer (you want to buy a gun from your uncle, no problem, you go into a gunshop, no sale)


the sale is executed through a gun dealer local to you. I had to do this once when I saw a really sweet Mauser hunting rifle while traveling. Only way to actually buy it was to arrange with the gunshop that had it to ship it to a gunshop local to where I lived, and do the actual sale there. And pay sales tax twice, essentially, plus dealer markup twice.

If you're going to give legal advice, you should get it right. Your first option is, in fact, a Federal felony--you have it exactly backwards.

It is illegal to buy a gun from a private seller outside your state of residence. If the owner is not a resident of your state, he must send it to a licensed (FFL) dealer in your state of residence, who can then transfer the firearm to you.

You can buy a long gun from an out-of-state FFL, so long as it would be legal for you to make the same purchase from an in-state FFL. You cannot buy a handgun from an out-of-state FFL.

The only common exception would be for those buyers who hold Curio and Relic collectors' licenses, who may buy C&R-eligible firearms from out-of-state sellers and receive them directly. That's because the C&R license is, in fact, a limited FFL of its own.

about a year and a half ago

Judge Demands Email and Facebook Passwords From Women In Sexual Harassment Case

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Sorry, judges (218 comments)

Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure....

1) Applies in the criminal, not civil, context, and
2) Is not being breached in this case anyway. This is standard discovery, and the defense is quite entitled to discover evidence that would bolster its own case or impeach the plaintiff's.

about a year ago

Judge Demands Email and Facebook Passwords From Women In Sexual Harassment Case

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:This will cause a terrible precedent.. (218 comments)

It should be the decision of the plaintiffs to provide that information as evidence, not the position of the judge to order private information.

No. A thousand times no. Defendants have rights, and they should have rights. One of those rights is necessarily the right to obtain evidence necessary to mount a capable defense. Telling the defense "you can only have the evidence the plaintiff wants to give you" puts his defense at the mercy of the plaintiff (who, you will remember, is fundamentally adverse to the defendant).

about a year ago

Supreme Court Hearing Case On Drug-Sniffing Dog "Fishing Expeditions"

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:USA Land of Crime (451 comments)

I'm not advocating in either direction, but an alternative would be to allow the evidence illegally obtained, but prosecute the person who obtained it illegally.

Do you really expect prosecutors to file those cases?

about 2 years ago

Reiser4 File System Still In Development

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Rename it (317 comments)

A German.

about 2 years ago

Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Isn't this what Libertarians WANT? (627 comments)

Allow me to refine the statement, then. Speaking only for myself--though I suspect many will agree, I am not appointed as their mouthpiece--I've no problem with the government enforcing contracts. The issue is that the government has taken it upon itself to say that for this type of contract, we're putting very narrow qualifications on who is permitted to enter into the deal. Having such strict limitations is relatively rare, and in nearly all other cases, has been struck down as unconstitutional. Even in the same realm (marriage), we've struck down such restrictions as anti-miscegenation rules (see Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967)). Outside of marriage, there are almost no restrictions on who can enter into a contract; the few that exist tend to center on capacity. Individuals are free to come as pairs, small groups, or very large groups, with structures to allow all to act as a single entity; to allow one to make binding decisions for the others; to own property in common; to share in gain or loss; etc. In fact, we even have a name for such coming-together:


about 2 years ago

Following FEMA's Zombie Preparedness Plan Could Land You On Terrorist List

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Are you a human being? (527 comments)

The Flying Tigers were active duty airmen, not volunteers. This made their flights against the Japanese an act of war by the US government against Japan, well before the actual declared hostilities.

The Flying Tigers were volunteers; they resigned their commissions in the US armed forces before taking the assignment.

Now, I'll grant you, the US government provided tacit support funneled through corporate intermediaries, including allowing the volunteers to leave the service, but as a matter of formality, they were not agents of the US government.

about 2 years ago

Jimmy Wales Threatens To Obstruct UK Government Snooping

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Good (198 comments)

...and standing down against a rabbit.

about 2 years ago

'Wiki Weapon Project' Wants Your 3D-Printable Guns

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Strong enough plastics? (570 comments)

You are, of course, correct; my fingers got ahead of my brain for a moment. Thank you for the correction.

about 2 years ago

'Wiki Weapon Project' Wants Your 3D-Printable Guns

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Guns without Ammo? (570 comments)

On occasion, several of these nations hold temporary bazaars in large warehouse-like buildings where you can go in and trade the local currency for all sorts of weapons - no questions asked.

To the bolded bit: not so much. If the seller is a dealer--and the majority of them are--you have to go through the same paperwork (form 4473) and background check as if you'd bought it at the store. If the seller is a private individual, yes, you can buy without the check, but then, you can do that any time, gun show or not. Also, if the gun is of certain categories (short-barreled rifle/shotgun, machine gun, destructive device, etc.) it has to go through the background check, other paperwork, and an expensive tax stamp regardless of whether it's a dealer or private seller.

The "gun show loophole" is a myth.

about 2 years ago

'Wiki Weapon Project' Wants Your 3D-Printable Guns

Maxwell'sSilverLART Re:Strong enough plastics? (570 comments)

It's also a legal requirement for any sort of handgun. If it's not rifled, it's legally classed as a short-barreled shotgun, which is much more difficult (in some jurisdictions, outright impossible) to own legally. An SBS is any smoothbore device with a barrel length (measured from the face of the closed bolt to the muzzle) less than 18", or a total overall length less than 26."

about 2 years ago


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