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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

ahodgson Re:ACLU (1569 comments)

I didn't say anything about safety, that's your straw man. Obviously, owning a gun has safety implications.

I argue simply that the right to carry is necessary to be able to, when necessary, exercise one's right to self defense.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

ahodgson Just quit (284 comments)

Seriously.

yesterday
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

ahodgson Re:ACLU (1569 comments)

Suffice it to say: (controlled) studies have genuinely shown that owning a gun increases your death rate(per anum) by about 1.6%, with about 100% of the increase taking the form of suicides and homicides by family member.

If you're worried about those outcomes, then don't own a gun.

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

ahodgson Re:ACLU (1569 comments)

Firearms are most effective means of self defense against most attackers. It's not hard to argue that the right to self defense is a natural right. The right to bear arms is a necessary prequisite to being able to effectively exercise one's right to self defense.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

ahodgson Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

Well, the interest charges will eat up your estate, for one. They're a perfectly valid tool if all your money is in your house, but I doubt their proponents walk people through the economic implications and any alternatives.

4 days ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

ahodgson Re:Retraining miners (578 comments)

This * 1000.

about a week ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

ahodgson Re:What? (303 comments)

Perhaps because more and more systems are being run on open source. And because it is open source, and people can read the code.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

ahodgson Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

That said, Democratic Socialism has been shown to work. ... for a few decades. In small, resource-rich countries with homegenous populations.

about two weeks ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

ahodgson Re:The double standard at work (824 comments)

It's outlawed because in practice most polygamous communities also end up abusing children and treating women like slaves.

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

ahodgson Re:I'm sure of it (397 comments)

Yeah, I'm not even American, thanks.

I just can't imagine a bigger disconnect than public school teachers and computer programming.

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

ahodgson Re:"tech training programs" are a bandaid (397 comments)

The government can't even produce a school system that can reliably teach kids how to read and write, after 100 years of trying. You really think they're going to have any kind of success teaching kids to program?

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

ahodgson Re:Makers and takers (676 comments)

The really rich don't make money as income, they make it as dividends and other "special" income that gets taxed at a much lower rate.

It's not a lot of people at that level, though.

It is a reality that the top 20% of wage earners pay over 80% of income taxes.

about a month ago
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Senator Accuses CIA of Snooping On Intelligence Committee Computers

ahodgson Only peons can be searched with impunity (242 comments)

Come on, CIA. It's only OK to snoop on the other 300 million Americans. Not those special protected royals .. err .. politicians.

about a month ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

ahodgson Re:Common sense? In MY judiciary? (457 comments)

The difference is that almost everyone recognizes that speed limits are stupid, and enforcement is random and arbitrary and never done on days when it might actually do some good, like when the weather is bad.

If cops are going to do stupid, annoying things, I have no trouble making their life harder.

about 2 months ago
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Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

ahodgson Re:well i'm reassured! (393 comments)

Grenada, Panama, Gulf War 1, Afghanistan, Iraq.

You may not agree with them, or much like the results, but they were clear military victories. The inability to govern afterwards or install a stable friendly regime nothwithstandnig.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

ahodgson Serviio worked fine for me (420 comments)

I installed Serviio on an existing Gentoo box, added a couple of packages (ffmpeg, etc), and it has worked fine with my Sony BlueRay player for a couple of years now with no problems. I don't really do playlists or anything, just navigating folders and watching a couple movies or shows at a time.

about 3 months ago
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If I Had a Hammer

ahodgson Re:Isn't this the ultimate goal? (732 comments)

Over half the population doesn't work now. Which is at the core of our economic problems.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

ahodgson Re:Good parenting (599 comments)

Most humans throughout history never experienced freedom. Ours has been on a steady decline since at least the early 20th century, and hugely so since the 70s.

Frankly, most people won't notice or care that the remnants are gone. They're happy being "safe" sheep. Their lives won't noticeably suck, because they won't know any different.

about 3 months ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

ahodgson Re:I don't care (599 comments)

There is no way you can drive any distance or with any frequency without breaking the law.

about 3 months ago
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Canada Quietly Offering Sanctuary To Data From the US

ahodgson Re:Meaningless (184 comments)

As long as the execs live in the US, the company will do whatever .gov wants them to do.

about 3 months ago

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