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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

camperdave Re:Militia, then vs now (887 comments)

The well regulated militia was there to defend the security of the state, not the security of the people against the state

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

camperdave Re:Why 5, just add the one word (887 comments)

add "not" and be done with.

Like this?: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed... Not!

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

camperdave Re:Militia, then vs now (887 comments)

To the contrary- it is very clear: "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

If the amendment simply read "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.", then we wouldn't be having this conversation. The fact that you have to take a phrase out of context to make your argument is an indication that the amendment is vague. The ambiguity lies in the "...".

2 hours ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charges

camperdave Re:Rewarding the bullies... (604 comments)

Coping by paying the immigrant to go Columbine ticks all three boxes.

4 hours ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

camperdave Re:Seriously (316 comments)

...they're my only real broadband internet option now, and the only real option now for several cities around me now in fact.

That's odd. Usually there are two broadband options: DSL and Cable. Are you saying that Comcast owns both?

yesterday
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Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

camperdave Re:Better to make a hand extension for dangerous w (90 comments)

Why not let a "prosthetic" hand take the injury in the first place?

Yes, it's called a push stick. It takes about five minutes to make one.

2 days ago
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Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

camperdave Re:3D printing?! (90 comments)

You mean you can print in 3D now? Why have you guys kept that so quiet for so long?

Yeah! It's really cool. You print one image in red ink, and one in cyan. Then when you look at the result with 3D glasses (the colored lens ones, not the polarized filter ones)... and poof! 3D!

2 days ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

camperdave Re:so how fast is fast..? (116 comments)

how much more improvement can you get?..

Well, you could convince the sensors applet and the clock applet to wake up from suspend properly instead of randomly consuming all CPU cycles, preventing the gui from awakening.

3 days ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

camperdave Re:Caution (116 comments)

The power load of waking up 20 hard drives at the same time can be tremendous compared to the load when they're all spinning and purring.

Spinning drives... how quaint!

3 days ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

camperdave Re:Um... (80 comments)

Courthouses are often large old buildings with a lot of marble pillars, marble floors, and immovable walls. This may be why they used Wifi... It's just not feasible to drill a hole through 3 feet of marble to run Cat5.

... and yet they have power. So how did they do that... extension cords running all around the joint?

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

camperdave Re:Mixed Linux/Windows Environments Don't Work Wel (450 comments)

So? Run LibreOffice everywhere

Great plan! How do I convince my affiliates, vendors, clients, and other business partners to switch?

about a week ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

camperdave Re:Cue the naysayers... (172 comments)

Recently both rear view cameras and sideview camera systems have been criticised as a bad idea by some here on Slashdot.

This Land Rover invisible hood system seems beyond criticism. But I'm sure slashdot naysayers will find an angle anyway. Go for it...

I think the biggest legitimate criticism that came out of the rear/side camera replacement of mirrors was that you had to refocus your eyes from infinity to dashboard to infinity each time you glanced at the video display. In this case you will already be tracking your bonnet so that the required change in eye focus will be minimal.

The biggest criticism with rear view cameras is that when you are reversing, you're looking out of the rear window so you can't even see the dashboard, let alone the display.

about a week ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

camperdave Re:All I have (235 comments)

Is a cellphone. Cell. Phone. It makes phone calls...

Sucks to be you, then. My cell phone takes pictures; measures distances, angles, and levelness; points north; plays music and videos; reads barcodes; displays web pages; identifies stars and planets in the night sky; shows maps; quizzes me on CCNA; plays games; provides reading material; reminds me of appointments; sends and receives email; lights my path; calculates; and myriads of other things. Oh, and of course, it makes phone calls.

about a week ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

camperdave Re:Pretty close to zero (235 comments)

The only app I've payed for is Tasker. It provides the phone with situational awareness. When I am at work or at home (technically, when I am within range of a set of cell towers that provide signal at those locations) the WiFi gets turned on. When I leave those towers, the WiFi gets turned off. When I am at church, the ringer gets turned off.

about a week ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

camperdave Off-roading? (172 comments)

Off-roading? The cameras would be caked with mud and dust within 15 minutes. How is this going to be helpful?

about a week ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

camperdave Re:More problems. (172 comments)

Why would you allow them to do an oil change at 50mph?!

Because doing one at 100mph is dangerous.

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

camperdave Re:Outrage fatigue (230 comments)

It's amazing - fucking amazing - that while the NSA was busy spying on Americans Putin was able to invade the Ukraine and surprise us.

You may have been surprised, but who says the invaion of Ukraine was a surprise to the joint chiefs?

about a week ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

camperdave Re:People need to start with the scale (392 comments)

Question:

Instead of turning around at the halfway point and using the same thrust to decelerate, would it be possible to, theoretically, initiate an explosion in front of the craft, equal in yield to the amount of thrust used to achieve whatever speed your craft is at when you need to start accelerating? Kind of like the old police trick of pulling in front of a speeding car and using the police cruiser to slow it (but with a BOOM instead of brakes, obviously).

Only if you want everyone squashed to a jelly. The point behind the continuous acceleration, flip, and continuous deceleration is to provide a 1G environment so that the passengers/crew experience Earth normal gravity. Coasting along and slowing down with an explosion means years in a zero G environment followed by a gargantuan deceleration. Whatever bones remained within the passengers and crew would be snapped like twigs.

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

camperdave Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

I know we can cut a gene from one DNA source, and splice it into another DNA strand, but that requires a particular sequence of base pairs both in the source DNA and in the target strand. I wasn't aware that we can custom build a DNA strand base pair by base pair. Can you point me to some websites?

about two weeks ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

camperdave Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

Sending people offworld to relieve population growth will never work*. The maximum volume of space that you can cover in a particular span of time is a sphere with a radius of ct (where c=speed of light, and t is time). The volume of the sphere varies as the time cubed. However, population growth is exponential over time. Exponential growth always exceeds geometric growth at some point.

Unless you're shipping off one entire gender.

about two weeks ago

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How Do You Sort?

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about a month and a half ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I was recently going through a pile of receipts and other papers to put them into date order. Lacking one of those fancy sorting sticks they have at the office, I wound up with all sorts of piles and I was getting confused as to which pile was for what when it struck me: Why don't I use one of the many sorting algorithms I learned back in my computer science classes? So swept all the papers back into the box and did a radix sort on them. It worked like a charm. Since then, I've had occasion to try quicksorts and merge sorts.

So, when you have to physically sort things, what algorithm (if any) do you use?"
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Doug Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse, dies at 88

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 9 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Douglas Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse and so much more, passed away in the late hours of July 2 at his home in Atherton, California. He was 88 years old.

The idea for the mouse occurred to Dr. Engelbart in 1964 while he was attending a computer graphics conference. He was musing about how to move a cursor on a computer display.

In December 1968, he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration before more than a thousand of the world’s leading computer scientists at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. In what would later be known as "The Mother of all Demos", he sat on stage in front of a mouse, a keyboard and other controls and projected the computer display onto a 22-foot-high video screen behind him. In little more than an hour, he showed how a networked, interactive computing system would allow information to be shared rapidly among collaborating scientists. He demonstrated how a mouse, which he invented just four years earlier, could be used to control a computer. He demonstrated video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, and a collaborative real-time editor."

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Falcon Launches, Dragon in Orbit

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "At 10:43 EST today, SpaceX launched a Falcon9 rocket topped with their Dragon capsule. The objectives of today's launch are: Launch and separate from Falcon 9, orbit Earth, transmit telemetry, receive commands, demonstrate orbital maneuvering and thermal control, re-enter atmosphere, and recover Dragon spacecraft. The launch was scheduled for earlier today, however telemetry problems forced a delay.

Dragon is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft being developed by SpaceX under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. SpaceX plans on ferrying astronauts and supplies to the international space station later next year."

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I look forward to the first snowfall...

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I look forward to the first snowfall...

        * with a childlike sense of wonder
        * as a reminder to install snow tires
        * meh
        * with a sense of dread
        * It doesn't snow around here
        * because CowboyNeal shovels my driveway"
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Leslie Nielsen, actor, dead at the age of 84.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Leslie Nielsen, star of Forbidden Planet,The Poseidon Adventure and most famously for the Airplane! and Naked Gun comedies, has passed away at the age of 84. For the past twelve days he had been in hospital fighting a case of pneumonia. Nielsen has appeared in over 100 movies as well as numerous television shows, and is probably most remembered for his role as Lt. Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun films."
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When Digital TV Broadcast begins, I will...

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "When Analog TV Broadcasts end, I will:
  • Not care. I don't own a TV.
  • Keep watching via cable.
  • Use a settop box.
  • Break down and get a dish.
  • Stop watching TV.
  • Buy DVDs instead.
  • Fire up a bunch of torrents.
  • Be busy reading Slashdot.
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Star Wars, The Clone Wars

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I'll see Star Wars, The Clone Wars:
  • The first day it comes out.
  • When it gets to the cheap theatres.
  • Once it hits DVD.
  • When the torrent finishes.
  • If my Significant Other drags me out to see it.
  • When Hell itself freezes over.
  • Not even if Hell freezes over.
  • Only if CowboyNeal buys the popcorn.
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Shuttle Repairs Not Needed

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 6 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Apparently, the astronauts won't have to fix the gouge in the heat shield tiles after all.

"After a week of intense scrutiny and a battery of tests, mission managers concluded that the small, but deep, divot in Endeavour's undercarriage will not require repair during a planned Saturday spacewalk, said John Shannon, chairman of NASA's STS-118 mission management team."
From what I understand, there is a structural support frame directly behind the gouge and the NASA folks seem to think this will conduct enough heat away from the shuttle's hull to prevent a melt through."
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camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Natasha Stillwell, one of the hosts of Daily Planet, will be doing her last show tonight, Fri., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. She has been a fixture on the Discovery Channel's science magazine show since 2002, serving as a co-host alongside Jay Ingram.

It has been a difficult decision to leave Discovery Channel and Canada, but I'm excited about applying my experience to new broadcast opportunities in the U.K.," continues Stillwell. "In the last four years I've been lucky enough to travel the globe, bringing the wonderful world of science back to Canada. It's been a rollercoaster ride of once-in-a-lifetime experiences since the day I arrived; from tracking jaguars in the Argentine jungle, to conversing with robots in Japan and washing the windows of skyscrapers in downtown Toronto! I owe a massive thank you to Paul Lewis and Discovery Channel for the opportunity to work on Daily Planet and I'd like to thank the Canadian public for their warmth and generous support during my time in this magnificent country."
Natasha will be returning to the United Kingdom to pursue professional opportunities closer to her family.

More details here. No announcement has been made yet as to who will be Jay's new co-host."
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camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I am in the process of building a system for a friend. She would like a video capture/TV tuner card of some sort. I have no experience with these devices, so I would like to get the opinion and advice of the Slashdot community. What are the advantages/disadvantages of using PCI based cards vs USB devices? Are there features to look for, such as mpeg encoding? Any caveats, thing to avoid?"

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2011 Sigs

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. Well, my days of not taking Slashdot seriously are certainly coming to a middle...
  2. I am a vampire. I may ponder, or mull, or mediate, consider, ruminate, or think about...
    ...but I never reflect.
  3. Flying cars: Bringing stupid into the third dimension.
  4. For there ain't no Bottle in all the world
    Like that dear little Bottle of mine.
  5. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  6. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  7. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.
  8. Woah... Frogger flashback!
  9. What happened?
    He was starting to make sense. So I shot him.
  10. Build a better mousetrap and patent lawyers will beat a path to your door, carrying cease and desist letters.
  11. I'm gonna develop grass that only grows an inch and a half tall, and retire on the hush-money from the mower companies.
  12. I resent that. I am not sleeping on the job. I'm thinking laterally... with my eyes closed.
  13. adoxography: (n) 1. Skilled writing on an unimportant subject. 2. Any Slashdot posting.
  14. What fun it is to laugh and sing a slaying song tonight!
  15. If money is power, why don't we fix the dollar to the kilowatt?
  16. Buy our vacuum cleaners. They really suck!
  17. The pen was considered mightier than the sword until it was discovered that a sword could hack off a person's hands.

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OldSigs2

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. Is a Turing test valid if the human is an idiot? (From ivan256)
  2. Lost: one compass. If found, please return to the guy wandering aimlessly in the woods.
  3. The myth ain't busted 'till Savage and Hyneman blow something up.
  4. "Despite being an elegant and technologically sound solution, I think IPv6 will be adopted universally within a few years." - Sybert42.
  5. To destroy Paminella's tower, bake the hall in the candle of her brain.
  6. Honey, I'll be honest with you. If I could think of an excuse that you would buy, I'd use it.
  7. Maple Flu: A disease affecting Canadians; most prevalent when Canada Day (July 1) does not fall on a weekend.
  8. Camping Tip: You can duplicate the warmth of a down-filled bedroll by climbing into a garbage bag with several geese.
  9. Wild berries can be poisonous, or even cause hallucinations.
  10. Camping Tip: In an emergency, a drawstring from a parka hood can be used to strangle a snoring tent mate.
  11. Camping Tip: The guitar of the noisy teenager at the next campsite makes excellent kindling.
  12. Patents force people to work around patents.
  13. I ache therefore I am, or in my case, I am therefore I ache - Marvin the Paranoid Android
  14. When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.
  15. Never ask a Canadian about global warming during the winter. They'll just say, "Bring it on!"
  16. Camping Tip: Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.
  17. Camping Tip: Navel lint makes a handy fire starter.
    Warning: Remove lint from navel before applying the match.
  18. We used to watch 2D video on a 3D box. Now we watch 3D video on a 2D box.
  19. Why is the sky blue?
    Well, molecules in the air scatter blue light from...
    I asked why, not how.
  20. Tango Lima; Delta Romeo.
  21. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  22. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  23. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.

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OldSigs1

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. "I'm not impatient. I just hate waiting" - My Dad
  2. "Any landing you can walk away from is a good one" - Flight Sim Pilot
  3. Life is an adventure
  4. Wake up, Zeke! The day ain't gonna waste itself.
  5. The chicken and the egg came at the same time... along with the toast and orange juice.
  6. There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who are me, and those who wish they were me.
  7. Life... It's what happens around you while you're busy reading Slashdot...
  8. We don't inherit the Earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children.
  9. Can't sig now. Gotta read Slashdot.
  10. But, you have access to the greatest source of knowledge in the universe.
    Well, I do talk to myself sometimes, yes.
  11. "It is my firm belief that helicopters fly because they are so ugly that the ground repels them." - Pittance
  12. Freedom is not just another word for doing whatever the US says.
  13. Everything I needed to know about life, I learnt from reading "Everything I needed to know about life" posters.
  14. We have a blind date with destiny...
    ...and it looks like she's ordered the lobster.
  15. Eyes sore and red from reading Slashdot long into the night?
    There's a Visine for that.
  16. If my dad took a photo, would that make him a "papa"-razzi?
  17. Before: 2 Sith, 100s of Jedi.
    After: 2 Sith, 2 Jedi.
    Qui-gon was right. Anakin did bring balance to the force.
  18. Where can I get one of these?
  19. Mental note: If you're going to clone a grand army, make sure the prototype is a good shot.

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Quotes, Sayings, etc.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

  1. Patience is not learned , it is practiced.
  2. It is by the juice of the coffee bean that thoughts acquire speed, the teeth acquire stains. The stains become a warning.
  3. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

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Sigs

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. I ache therefore I am, or in my case, I am therefore I ache - Marvin the Paranoid Android
  2. When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.
  3. Never ask a Canadian about global warming during the winter. They'll just say, "Bring it on!"
  4. Camping Tip: Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.
  5. Camping Tip: Navel lint makes a handy fire starter.
    Warning: Remove lint from navel before applying the match.
  6. We used to watch 2D video on a 3D box. Now we watch 3D video on a 2D box.
  7. Why is the sky blue?
    Well, molecules in the air scatter blue light from...
    I asked why, not how.
  8. Tango Lima; Delta Romeo.
  9. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  10. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  11. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.

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