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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

dnaumov Re:Militia, then vs now (1581 comments)

When the constitution was ratified, the militia was the only defense that the United States had, and all able bodied men were expected to be ready to serve.

Now, whether the militia is the intent of the second amendment is a question that we have been asking for a long time now. The wording of the second amendment is not particularly clear on that.

It can be reasonably argued that the whole point of the second amendment is to allow citizens to protect themselves from an oppressive goverment. So no, limiting it to only people serving in a federally sanctioned militia would go "just a tiny bit" against the original idea.

4 days ago

Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

dnaumov Re:But there's nothing wrong with Bitcoin! (357 comments)

It's the people, goddammit!

No, It's because Bitcoin is stupid.
It can't expand and shrink to fit economic use.

That's a feature, not a bug. A lot of Bitcoin proponents are backing Bitcoin PRECISELY BECAUSE it's a medium of exchange free of government meddling.

about a month ago

Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking

dnaumov Re:Censorship requested by people (102 comments)

Source, google-translated:
The people asked for the ministry that on twitter, laws are broken (insults, privacy laws etc).
Twitter was contacted by the ministry and did nothing, so a court ordered that the only way to preserve Turkeys peoples right is to block twitter.

This is not how the internet works. You don't get to dictate what a service provided by a company located in another country does or does not offer. And the sooner your realise that your futile attempts to "erase" said service from "your internet" by various blocking methods, the faster you stop making a moron deserving utter humiliation out of yourself.

about a month ago

The Future of Cryptocurrencies

dnaumov pundits keep on getting this wrong (221 comments)

I always chuckle when I read yet another pundit claim that Bitcoin is going to fail because it's not government-backed. A significant part of current Bitcoin userbase are libertarian-minded folk who believe (and with very good reason) that a goverment-backed currency equals a currency that's constantly meddled with by said government, so having a government-backed crypto currency is precisely what they DO NOT WANT. Not having central banks fuck about with the money supply and the lack of need for banking institutions are features, not bugs.

about a month ago

Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

dnaumov Re:Why do they need to unlock it? (465 comments)

They would like to use the device? Since iOS7, there is an anti-theft security measure that prevents a "misplaced" iOS device from being activated with a new AppleID unless the device was specifically "unregistered" from the AppleID of the previous owner. Wiping the device won't help, as the activation of the wiped device will ask for AppleID credentials of the previous owner.

about a month and a half ago

Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

dnaumov Re:Internet access should be a socialized service (520 comments)

There's no reason for private companies to profit off the basic requirements of a functioning society

So there should be no private energy companies? No private guards / security companies? No private education and no private health care? What a crock of shit.

about 2 months ago

Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

dnaumov Re:Office 365 (293 comments)

So what's wrong with Office 365?

Because storing your private/confidential information in a cloud is a stupid idea, because you don't really have control over your data.

Anything you store in Microsoft's cloud is subject to the PATRIOT Act and can be demanded with a secret warrant.

So how about, use Office 365, but.... don't use the cloud features? Shocking idea, I know!

about 3 months ago

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

dnaumov Re:Windows keys? (459 comments)

Does anyone actually use the damn Windows Key?

In Windows 8, you actually kinda have to.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Quietly Fixes Windows XP Resource Hog Problem

dnaumov Re:Over a decade (246 comments)

I didn't pay $100 for Linux.

Even then the bugs in Linux still get fixed faster.

But yeah, when volunteers are giving their own time to build me a killer operating system, I'm not going to harass them about a schedule. I give them thanks and positive vibes and sometimes donations. I think we all expect more from paid developers... but we don't always get it.

So how many Linux distributions are supported 12 years after launch? For free?

about 3 months ago

US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

dnaumov "according to the law" (408 comments)

According to the law, the guy hasn't actually been convicted of anything yet, so WTF?

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

dnaumov Mac Mini, there, I said it. (420 comments)

You can probably achieve similar results with a cheap Intel NUC, but I happened to have a Mini and I am VERY happy with the results. I use Rowmote as the remote control/touchpad/keyboard to control it, Air Video to stream my video library to my iPhone over the internet when not at home, XBMC and VLC locally as well as all the other usual suspects.

Yes it's relatively expensive, yes it's overkill. But it does the job really really well, shit just works and it's tiny and beautiful.

about 3 months ago

OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

dnaumov Re:20,000 USD for electricity? Really? (277 comments)


> The OpenBSD project uses a lot of electricity for running the
> development and build machines. A number of logistical reasons
> prevents us from moving the machines to another location which might
> offer space/power for free, so let's not allow the conversation to go
> that way.

Makes it sound even more BS. 20,000 dollars which is supposedly what the project needs annually for electricity alone would easily cover any such "logistical reasons".

about 3 months ago

OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

dnaumov 20,000 USD for electricity? Really? (277 comments)

20,000 USD (or 20k CAD for that matter) pays for A LOT of electricity, so this sounds really fishy.

about 3 months ago

The Mystery/Myth of the $3 Million Google Engineer

dnaumov Re:Google gave 3.5M to keep an engineer from Faceb (173 comments)

I believe the article is accurate. Back in 2010, a senior staff engineer received a pre-IPO offer from Facebook, but Google gave him $3.5M to keep him. I strongly suspect that person from 2010 and this person from this current article are the same, and it's probably Jeff Dean, one of the engineers who created Map-Reduce (which led to Hadoop and all that jazz) and other engineering feats.

Chances are, Jeff Dean makes several grades above that.

about 3 months ago

UK Gov't Plans To Censor "Extremist" Websites Via Orders To ISPs

dnaumov Re:Well, (208 comments)

When Terrorism is 'Any action that is intended to influence the government', what is extremism?

you misquoted.

(b) the use or threat is designed to influence the government [or an international governmental organisation][2] or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and

just stating the fact, not it's implications.

"let's vote them out of office" would qualify as a threat

about 5 months ago

SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

dnaumov Re: fuck, give it to me! (188 comments)

3 billion was the second offer, the first was 1.

about 5 months ago

4 Prominent Scientists Say Renewables Aren't Enough, Urge Support For Nuclear

dnaumov Re:Correction (776 comments)

Nobody can get obscenely rich from renewable easy to produce energy, therefore it is not, nor will ever be practical.

Elon Musk would like to have a word with you...

about 6 months ago

4 Prominent Scientists Say Renewables Aren't Enough, Urge Support For Nuclear

dnaumov Re:The problems with nuclear aren't pollution.... (776 comments)

2) If every democracy uses uses nuclear power everyone else will want it. And if you have a nuclear plant you have most of the really hard bits of a nuclear weapons program. Untrustworthy countries who probably shouldn't have the temptation of city-vaporizing weapons will want them. And it's kinda hard to convince an Iranian who thinks his country is perfectly trustworthy (to him it's those nasty Israelis you have to worry about) that everyone's life would be so much easier if his country didn't have the physical capability to finish the Holocaust. It's even harder to convince the Israelis, who (probably) currently have nuclear weapons, that everyone's lives would be so much simpler if they just switched to solar.

In other words if the choices are one or two more degrees of global warming, or letting every country in the world develop nuclear power, we're probably better off living with the warming.

This is one of the shittiest arguments ever. Out of all countries with nuclear capability, US happens to be the only one who has actually used nuclear weapons against another country. Additionally, the US has started several new wars in the past decade alone. So if we go along with your "trustworthy" line of reasoning, the US should be #1 on the list of countries to be denied any access to nuclear technology.

about 6 months ago

OpenPhoenux Neo900 Bills Itself As Successor To Nokia's N900

dnaumov Re:Non-free parts include (111 comments)

And he never said they did. However, the FCC in the US, and the corresponding authority in other countries, do certify cellular terminals, and do make it illegal to operate uncertified ones (in the normal way, on a public GSM network).

What makes you think other countries even HAVE a corresponding authority to begin with? I live in Finland and we don't have any authority with the power to decide what device can and what can't be used on a public GSM network.

about 6 months ago



FreeNAS switching from FreeBSD to Debian Linux

dnaumov dnaumov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dnaumov (453672) writes "FreeNAS, a popular free NAS solution is moving away from using FreeBSD as it's underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."

Blizzard introduces World of Warcraft pet store

dnaumov dnaumov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dnaumov (453672) writes "Despite their previous claim that they won't be intoducing sales of in-game items for real money, Blizzard today announced the introduction of the Pet Store. Currently 2 pets are available for purchase, each one costing 10$. Many old-time players have by now noticed a definate shift in direction towards introducing more additional paid services to the game and wonder whether the Activision — Blizzard merger had anything to do with this change."
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China chooses FreeBSD as basis for secure OS

dnaumov dnaumov writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dnaumov writes "A report by the Washington Post claims China is equipping all of its government and military PCs with a version of the Kylin (site in Chinese) operating system to make hacking attempts by foreign intelligence services more difficult. The information about the highly secure operating system was made public during a US China Economic and Security Review Commission hearing in late April. In addition to the secure operating system, the computers will also contain a special microprocessor to prevent attacks. The Kylin (Chinese page link) operating system was developed by China's University of Science and Technology for National Defence, and although it appears the system is claimed to be proprietary, an analysis of the code (site in Chinese) in the kernel indicates that it is in fact a hardened version of FreeBSD 5.3. Kylin"


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