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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

benjfowler Re:Militia, then vs now (866 comments)

As an Australian, I can confidently say that it was the best thing that otherwise complete waste of right-wing space, John Howard, ever did.

His confronting raving gun nuts at pro-gun rallies to face them down (in a flak jacket), was incredibly brave, and showed that an otherwise contemptible individual had at least a shred of moral fibre.

Fun fact: not only did the gun buyback slash gun crime, it also halved the suicide rate -- people go through dark times, but by raising the bar to people 'going postal', Howard saved countless lives. Credit where it's due.

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

benjfowler Re:Militia, then vs now (866 comments)

Indeed. That 'well regulated militia' the Founding Fathers spoke of, is now the greatest military power the world has ever seen.

If people need to augment their manhood with guns, they should join the military. Assuming of course, your average gun nut can get past the psych evaluation.

3 hours ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

benjfowler Landing legs (71 comments)

I wonder how confident they are of a successful launch, given that they've never launched with the 'production' landing legs attached (albeit, stowed for the ride uphill). NASA probably doesn't care if the first stage shreds itself upon reentry, but they'll care all right, if the landing leg interferes with the launch somehow...

2 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

benjfowler Angara (311 comments)

They can't even launch Proton reliably, and it's taken them 20 years of R&D to get Angara to the point where they can (nearly) launch it.

As it is, the Russian space programme has gone from world-beater, to being a bad parody of Kerbal Space Program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Talk is cheap. I'll believe they can build a Moon base, when I see it.

2 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

benjfowler Re:Whew! (236 comments)

These overpaid C-suite motherfuckers may not be responsible. But they ARE accountable. Very important.

3 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

benjfowler Management (236 comments)

Management are paid the big bucks, because in theory, they are held accountable when fuckups happen.

We keep on being told that meritocracy is the American Way. But what I see here, are a bunch of overpaid slimebags avoiding accountability, avoiding responsibility, and hanging the engineers out to dry.

If Barra has any personal integrity whatsoever, she should accept responsibility for this, and for lying to Congress, and fall on her sword.

Or is "personal responsibility" only for the little people?

3 days ago
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NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

benjfowler Conflict of interest (149 comments)

Why even have the same agency responsible for foreign electronic intelligence and put them in charge of "cyberdefence" (how I hate that term..).

It's a massive conflict of interest. You're virtually begging them to find and then sit on dangerous exploits.

4 days ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

benjfowler Re:well, it takes two to tango... (139 comments)

We have the Ottomans and their dysfunctional culture to thank for that. They are the ones who brought in different rules for different groups, and they are the ones who indirectly legitimized corruption in southern Europe. It's a wonder that we are as nice to the Turks as we are, considering the damage they've done.

about a week ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

benjfowler Re:In most of the world... (139 comments)

Tipping is an odious, disgusting habit peculiar to America, which is the thin edge of the wedge to bribery and other forms of corruption.

about a week ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

benjfowler Re:In most of the world... (139 comments)

Doesn't mean that all cultures are equivalent. I certainly wouldn't want my culture being considered equivalent to (say) the Dayak head-hunters, Nazi Germany or the Af-Pak tribal belt.

about a week ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

benjfowler US equivalent of Bribery Act (139 comments)

In the UK, we have a particularly strict law called the Bribery Act 2010, which is good, because it not only prohibits giving and receiving bribes to win business, but it also prohibits failing to prevent it.

Does America have anything even close? I suppose I shouldn't be surprised if they don't, because the US rent-seeker corporate Right would fight it tooth and nail.

about a week ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

benjfowler Re:Power? (630 comments)

Or bloody huge supercapacitors, as it were.

about a week ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

benjfowler WTF? (630 comments)

Why the hell does an inert slug encased in a discarding sabot cost twenty grand?

Are the defence contractors taking the piss or what?

about a week ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

benjfowler Re:Alternatives (240 comments)

For link-local addresses, which only work on your LAN. This obviates the need for ARP (there is no ARP in IPv6).

For any service which requires access to the outside world, you'll get a routable IP over (say) DHCP.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

benjfowler Blah (1744 comments)

I've got absolutely no time for poofter bashers.

But the torches-and-pitchforks brigade really overdid it this time.

Well, Eich did invent Javascript, and despite what that says about his judgement (or lack thereof), I think it's totally unfair to crucify somebody for their personal opinions. Just saying.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

benjfowler Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

You're saying that his peeling Crimea off Ukraine isn't a master stroke? Most people would. Very few leaders would have finessed that at such incredible speed. OTOH, he had goaded NATO into tooling up, and pushed Ukraine itself out of Russia's orbit. Putin's made Western leaders look like dickheads often enough these days that they're determined to avoid a repeat.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

benjfowler Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

Putin -- a tactical genius. And a strategic dunce.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Officials Dump iPads For Samsung Tablets Over Spy Fears

benjfowler Fart in a hurricane (198 comments)

If certain Western intelligence agencies want to attack certain devices belonging to certain people, they'll find a way in, regardless of which mass market POS they're using. They're wasting their time. This is just a pointless gesture.

about three weeks ago
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XWayland Aiming For Glamor Support, Merge Next X.Org Release

benjfowler Is it just me? (83 comments)

Is it just me, or is the Linux graphical stack insanely complex? Every time I read about it, they've introduced three new acronyms.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

benjfowler Re:The minimum wage increase movement... (870 comments)

Another data point, to prove that right-wingers simply aren't very bright people. They forget that consumer demand is what drives the economy -- maybe the greedy shits deserve to learn this lesson the hard way.

about three weeks ago

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