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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

SteveFoerster Re:Militia, then vs now (1569 comments)

If that means their own codes of behavior, and those codes don't involve violence or property crime against others, yes, why not?

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

SteveFoerster Re:Militia, then vs now (1569 comments)

Very well, but that raises the question why all that land has to be public, especially when it's been okay for it to be used for decades by someone in particular.

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

SteveFoerster Re:Militia, then vs now (1569 comments)

Maybe he did mean that, but I responded to what he actually said. It's not like "society" and "country" are the same thing or are spelled similarly, or anything like that.

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

SteveFoerster Re:Militia, then vs now (1569 comments)

The lesson of Nevada is that there are self entitled people who don't realize that they belong to a country.

You're right, we crazy anarchists don't think people belong to a country. In fact, we're so bonkers we think that the country should belong to the people.

2 days ago
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Mt. Gox Working With Japanese Cops; Creditors Want CEO To Testify In US

SteveFoerster Your stereotype is out of date (62 comments)

Stop stereotyping -- there are reasons to use Bitcoin other than just to be anti-establishment. It's an inexpensive and instantaneous way to transfer value internationally, for example.

Besides, Bitcoin isn't untraceable. The blockchain means it's rather the opposite, and thus is much less suitable for crime or tax avoidance than its detractors say.

about three weeks ago
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UK Bans Sending Books To Prisoners

SteveFoerster Re:Sounds reasonable, but look who's in prison (220 comments)

If we allow retribution to be a part of the sentence we have a problem since the victims will have vastly different ideas of what an appropriate sentence is. The punishment will then no longer be able to fit the crime, some victims will ask for execution while others will be able to forgive and forget.

You seem to be assuming that people are only imprisoned for actions that have a victim. Unfortunately, all too often the only victim is the one who's being incarcerated, e.g., for drug possession, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Klingon Beer

SteveFoerster Re:the prime directive (100 comments)

Wouldn't the prime directive of a Klingon beer be to not drink it with one's enemies?

about three weeks ago
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Waves Spotted On Titan

SteveFoerster Re:Charlie don't surf (73 comments)

we could in principle build something for which the Earth is an incredibly hostile hot environment

Like, anything with superconductors?

about a month ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

SteveFoerster Re:"Run, Forrest: RUN!!!" (276 comments)

How many times do I have to show everyone you're a worthless piece of crap troll?

Zero more times.

about a month ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

SteveFoerster Re:Typical government stupidity (185 comments)

Thank you, you beat me to it. It's disgraceful how much taxpayer money gets spent on those things.

about a month ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

SteveFoerster Re:Typical government stupidity (185 comments)

The moon's close enough that we shouldn't bother with rovers, unless they're left behind by acutal astronauts..

If I go to the airport now I can get to Japan by tomorrow, but it still makes more sense for me to FedEx something there than to take it there personally.

about a month ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

SteveFoerster Re:Send some terrists to Mars (185 comments)

So what, no Republicans voted to fund NASA or the NSF and Democrats don't vote for pork? This isn't MoJo, around here someone will call you on it when you engage in mindless political cheerleading.

about a month ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

SteveFoerster Re:Thanks, Obama. (185 comments)

BAD MOD: Not everyone will agree with this, but that doesn't mean it's flamebait.

about a month ago
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How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers

SteveFoerster Noncompletion doesn't mean failure (147 comments)

The point of MOOCs is that since they're free, those who enroll in them can pick and choose from what's there that interests them. Plenty of people enroll in a MOOC because they want a refresher on something, or to learn about just one aspect of what's covered, or just to see what it looks like. It's not failure when those people don't go through everything in the course.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

SteveFoerster Re:A dream without a Business Case (48 comments)

That doesn't seem to be considered a huge drawback in some Silicon Valley circles....

about a month ago
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Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance

SteveFoerster Re:I've heard that government moves slowly... (299 comments)

They may not be hardcore gamers or telecom experts, but when it comes to ruling on the law they are making determinations based on the exact wording on the law.

If only they would treat the Bill of Rights similarly!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

SteveFoerster Re:A simple dock with the basic apps (287 comments)

When my Mom's old Dell running XP got too slow five or so years ago, I wiped it and installed Ubuntu, and she adapted quickly. She's still on Ubuntu now, but still has an old enough version that she has Gnome 2. I'm thinking for her 80th birthday in a few months I'll get her a new machine running Mint.

about a month and a half ago
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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

SteveFoerster Re:What's your average day like? (290 comments)

No one on their deathbed ever said "Gee, I wish I had spent more time at the office."

Yeah, but he's not dead yet. In fact, he thinks he'll go for a walk....

about a month and a half ago
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Ouya CEO Talks Console's Tough First Year, and Ambitious "Ouya Everywhere" Plan

SteveFoerster Re:Ouya just isn't compelling (134 comments)

Wasn't a really low numbered one auctioned off for charity once upon a time?

about a month and a half ago

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