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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

david_thornley Re:No. (1323 comments)

His job as Supreme Court justice was to interpret the law and defend the Constitution. As a private citizen, he's entitled to any opinion he likes, stupid or not. He'd only have been remiss in his job if he'd interpreted the Constitution the way he wanted it written. Got evidence for that? (I honestly don't know.)

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

david_thornley Re:Expand your peripherals (1323 comments)

The Federalist papers were propaganda designed to promote the Constitution. They're fascinating and can be stirring, but they were written by three people as propaganda. You can't extrapolate to all the Founding Fathers.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

david_thornley Re:I'll give you six amendments: (1323 comments)

So I can nominate myself for President and have just as much air time as, say, Hilary?

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

david_thornley Re:Easy Militia States (1323 comments)

Actually, I'm not a member of the Unorganized Militia any more. There's an upper age limit.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

david_thornley Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1323 comments)

The reason Hitler didn't invade Switzerland was that Switzerland was much more useful to him as it was. It would not have taken many divisions, nor lasted for long. The Swiss threat to blow up tunnels through the Alps was more of a deterrence.

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Mt. Gox Ordered Into Liquidation

david_thornley Re:This confirms my point of view (44 comments)

I don't know if they were thieves, but it seems more likely than that they were that incompetent. However, they could have done the same thing with any currencies, just as easily, except that when they're an explicitly financial institution it's harder to evade regulation. They failed to maintain the most basic auditing, for whatever reason, and they were not acting as any sort of regulated financial institution.

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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

david_thornley Re:Fucking Daily KOS... (154 comments)

We keep those people next to the Ayn Rand fans, and cook popcorn. No matter what stupid idea it is, it's probably on Slashdot somewhere.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

david_thornley Re:So let me see if I understand this..... (743 comments)

Generally, evidence can be collected with an illegal act, provided the police and other legal authorities don't do it or encourage it. It doesn't make the act legal. (Note: IANAL. Reliance on random pseudonymous people on the net for legal advice may not be wise, even if it is common.)

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

david_thornley Re:So while all of this was happening (743 comments)

Defending oneself can lead to getting in trouble. It can also stop the bullying. No bully likes getting hurt; that's for the victims.

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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

david_thornley Re:Why not pass the Fair Tax? (408 comments)

Because defining income is really difficult, that's why.

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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

david_thornley Re:Intuit will lose a service, but gain another. (408 comments)

It seems to me you're suggesting Intuit do the hard parts for free and charge for doing the easy parts. The hard part of my tax returns this year was knowing where to apply all these numbers from all the forms and notes. Calculating from there isn't that bad. Paper filing is easy, even if I have to copy numbers from screen to tax form.

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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

david_thornley Re:Intuit is the Microsoft of tax software (408 comments)

TurboTax efiled my Federal return free, but charged actual money to efile my State return. (Don't know how much, but it was double-digit dollars. I didn't bother to look at the exact amount, since it didn't matter for my decision making, so I only remember the number of digits.)

I'm pretty sure that the only people who gain from charging that much for efiling are the USPS.

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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

david_thornley Re:Lobbying aside (408 comments)

And, if you've got that much credit card debt*, odds are that you'd just spend more because you were able to pay more off. It may be more useful to get a large refund and pay off the credit cards then.

*Yeah, there can be legitimate reasons to run up a lot of credit card debt. I'd bet a nickel most people with a lot of that don't have legitimate reasons, and the reason they've got the debt is that they're lousy with money. At that point, something that makes them budget involuntarily may be a help.

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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

david_thornley Re:Think of all those poor accountants! (408 comments)

If you hand him a wad of cash, it's a gift and not income. This means, of course, that if it's a large enough gift (> $10K) you're going to have to file tax forms on it.

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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

david_thornley Re:What about a re-implementation... (284 comments)

With higher-level languages, you can make language constructs that enforce things like that. If you have a set of rules about locking memory pages and zeroing out data, you're going to miss something sometime. If you have a language construct that does it, you won't miss things. If you have to write your own, you'll be able to test it and prove correctness once, and guarantee not making those mistakes 238 times.

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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

david_thornley Re:What about a re-implementation... (284 comments)

The closest thing I know is to write in C++, use library containers instead of arrays, and use the bounds-checked calls. There is no frickin' way you're going to make raw pointers safe and bounds-checked in general. I suspect it's equivalent to the Halting Problem, but haven't done the work to check. The only possible approach is to have a strict discipline, which is much easier to do in C++.

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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

david_thornley Re:What about a re-implementation... (284 comments)

If you are certain to avoid memory management problems in C, you're not using much of the memory facilities. It's really easy to get memory management wrong in C.

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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

david_thornley Re:Rights and Wrongs of good code. (284 comments)

GOTOs are tricky, and should only be used with strict discipline. A GOTO going to the end of a routine is fine, but one that goes backwards is likely to be confusing. If there's over 200 of them in the Linux kernel, that's few enough so they're likely well used. If the OpenSSL code has them everywhere, that's a bad sign.

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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

david_thornley Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (284 comments)

I'm perfectly cool with dropping MacOS support. If they make it not work on MacOSX, I'll be annoyed. There's a difference there, although it may not be obvious.

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Apple makes iBricks

david_thornley david_thornley writes  |  more than 6 years ago

david_thornley (598059) writes "Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet has some early reports on Apple turning iPhones into iBricks. Apparently it's happening not only to unlocked iPhones, but to standard locked iPhones where the customer hasn't done anything out of the ordinary. Once bricked, it may be possible to return it to factory settings, losing all photos, mail, contacts, and other things. This isn't good, folks. If you have iPhones of any description, except newly purchased, don't sync with the new update."

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