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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

drakaan Re:ACLU (1323 comments)

I'm trying to determine how you're applying this definition to our discussion. Your view seems to be that there is an implied threat arising from a member of a group hearing about or observing a serious offense (murder, assault, battery, etc) that has to do with intent, specifically where the attacker has negative feelings towards a group and a member of the group is the person who was attacked.

Is that right, or am I misunderstanding your position?

about half an hour ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

drakaan Re:ACLU (1323 comments)

I'm not saying that killing people for holding a political position isn't going to be prosecuted as a hate crime, I'm saying that both the law and said prosecution are a bad idea. We appear to differ on that point...I get it.

When you say "implied threat", what are you talking about, legally?

2 hours ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

drakaan Re:ACLU (1323 comments)

Implied anything (intimidation, threats, mugging) is non-action.

Klansmen make me (as a person of mixed race and dark skin) uncomfortable because of many of their beliefs, but I defend their right to think the stupid and hateful things that they think.

Hatecrime legislation takes the thoughts of a murderer or assailant and turns them into something that they are not, namely action.

I think that 30 counts of intimidation should be no more or less reasonable to prosecute in a situation where the intimidator holds an unpopular view (anti-gay, anti-minority, etc) than where they hold a popular one (anti-neo-nazi, anti-fred phelps, anti-klan, anti-caucasian).

Racketeering (legally) encompasses a variety of activities. Fraud is not separate from racketeering, it's one charge among many that get looked at collectively. Multiple charges within a certain time frame mean that instead of fraud, bribery, extortion, murder for hire, sexual exploitation of children, etc, the blanket charge of racketeering can be applied.

3 hours ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

drakaan Re:ACLU (1323 comments)

Going "I doubt your bullet" or "I doubt your knife" or "I doubt your fist" won't save your life, true. The first amendment is not there to assert that individuals have a right to deprive others of life with a firearm, it's there to assert that the government may not prohibit an individual from owning a firearm with which they might protect themselves.

I see many arguments against firearms as akin to arguments around hate crimes. The offending thing is not the despicable action (murder, assault), but a peripheral thing (a gun, an opinion).


Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

drakaan Re:ACLU (1323 comments)

Why don't we just add those five words to all of the other amendments in the same manner and at the same time?

I don't want to have amendments that apply to citizens unequally on purpose...that's a pretty stupid way for a present or past supreme court justice to think about "fixing" a constitutional amendment.


Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

drakaan Re:I Pay (319 comments)

This Netflix situation is more like:

  1. I ask my cousin in N.Y.C. to drive to Auburn, Maine with a package for me
  2. He arrives later that day and we reminisce about family over drinks
  3. The next day, I move to Vermont, and ask him to deliver another package, but it takes two weeks for him to get there because my cousin can't afford to pay a fee to the state of Vermont to be able to travel at speeds over 5% of the posted speed limit

...or at least it's no worse an analogy. It's equally bad at describing what the fuck is actually happening, which is that Comcast is extorting other companies because it can.

2 days ago

More Bad News For the F-35

drakaan Re: What's left of the UK Navy (401 comments)

Same with omelettes, if you're judging by school cafeteria standards. In both cases, of course, you're talking about crappy cooking, not crappy cuisine.

about 3 months ago

Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

drakaan Re:victory against science (510 comments)

Sadly, I am without mod points...would have had a +1 Insightful from me for sure, AC or not.

about 3 months ago

Tech Leaders Push Back Against Obama's Efforts To Divert Discussion From NSA

drakaan Re:He's a *LOUSY* president. (312 comments)

To play the devil's advocate here there does seem to be considerable evidence that voting makes very little, if not zero, difference....

Citation needed, I think...

about 4 months ago

Tech Leaders Push Back Against Obama's Efforts To Divert Discussion From NSA

drakaan Re:He's a *LOUSY* president. (312 comments)

Uh, no. Voting in an election is not like bidding in a slave auction.

Our elected representatives may be shitty representatives, and they may shift positions on issues like a pair of 19-year-olds having sex, but "slave" seems to me to be an extremely inapt analogy (feel free to comment on my own poor analogy).

You have a vested interest in voting for the least crappy candidate (or best candidate, if one exists) in each election you have the opportunity to vote in. Not doing that (or simply not caring enough to know which candidates are potentially crappier than others) leaves us all with the shitty representatives we have now.

Perhaps a resurgence of mandatory civics classes would help maintain a reasonably sane electorate...perhaps not...but giving up on it all or throwing away the current system is not the solution to the problem.

about 4 months ago

Moore's Law Blowout Sale Is Ending, Says Broadcom CTO

drakaan Re:350mm (18inch) wafer (267 comments)

Also, 350 mm is 13.7795 in., not 18.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Would Be Proud: Wireless Charging For Electric Cars Gets Closer To Reality

drakaan Re:And get arrested (176 comments)

Makes sense...the inability to bill for the supplied power was a major factor in Tesla's research not attracting funding. Hard to get investors when you can't charge for a charge.

about 4 months ago

Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

drakaan Re:Sounds like the apple lightning connector (408 comments)

...And before you say "OMG Apple sues over every silly patent!" remember that Samsung sued Apple for the bounce-back effect when you scroll a list and reach the end (no I'm not joking they really did).

Aside from the fact that you have that precisely backwards, that's correct.

From the column you linked to written by Florian Mueller (not exactly an Open-Source evangelist):

...For example, Apple is suing Samsung over a feature called "rubber-banding." It's the iconic bounce-back effect when you scroll a list (such as your phone's address book) and reach the end. I like it, but if you have rubber-banding and I don't, we can still keep in touch. No nuclear threat there...

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?

drakaan Re:Talk to a good carpenter. (250 comments)

Good idea, but this is for an entire office, not a server room.

about 4 months ago

A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

drakaan Re:Fucking rednecks (1030 comments)

I do agree with your sentiment...."The best thing the government can do if insisting on directly promoting development of technology", I guess I should have said.

Whether that is, in and of itself, a means to positive fiscal ends (increased tax revenues, govt energy savings, etc, etc) is way too long of a discussion.

about 5 months ago

A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

drakaan Re:Fucking rednecks (1030 comments)

The logical thing (as with every technology) would be that its time will come when the value of said technology exceeds the cost. Could be that fossil fuel gets more expensive, could be that manufacturing costs for solar go down...or efficiency rises sharply at the same cost.

The problem (as noted in the summary) is not with government investing in research, it's with government backing production. If you want efficient, cost effective non-carbon-based power sources, then you need demand and competition, not lack of demand and competition avoidance.

Either climate change or energy prices are going to continue to push the "expensive" needle for hydrocarbon-based fuel higher and higher without stopping, which will help make solar/hydro/nuclear more attractive, which will in turn lead to more production and economies of scale.

The best thing the government can do is to throw around research dollars and get the fuck out of the way.

about 5 months ago

FCC To Consider Cellphone Use On Planes

drakaan Re: please don't (183 comments)

(paraphrasing) "Damn. You sent in the wolf? Shit, that's all you had to say!"

about 5 months ago

Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

drakaan Re:Huh (567 comments)

True...on the other hand, there might be a push (technically, there *is* already a push) to include telemetry monitoring on all new vehicles.

Doing that, and adjusting rates for everyone based on it (everyone who is insured, anyway) would provide a financial incentive to drive a certain way. It would be an unacceptable invasion of privacy to many (including me) for it to be forced, but then, so are many other things.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Makes an Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties

drakaan Re:common misconception. basic laws not patentable (304 comments)

I suppose I am being insufficiently precise.

Math is a collection of systems pertaining to the relationships between and manipulation of numbers, shapes, and spaces, using mutually agreed-upon symbols.

Math *is* abstract. You cannot build me a physical thing that is the same as 1+1=2. You *can* build me a physical thing that looks like one of the commonly agreed-upon representation of the symbols used to describe that mathematical utterance.

Software is always a mathematical utterance that describes an algorithm. It is absolutely creative, yes, which is why software is deserving of copyright protection. I've written plenty of software. I'm familiar with the effort it takes and the level of skill required to create something useful, efficient, and interesting.

An abstraction *is* thought. When we talk about things in the abstract it means that there is an imaginary construct that describes or replaces some other real or imaginary thing for either convenience sake or because there is no practical way to discuss something without said abstraction. If you insist that an abstraction is not an abstraction, then I don't expect you would ever be able to fairly judge my reasoning.

You can think about physical, tangible things (puppies, automotive parts, trees)), and you can think about abstract things (math, emotions, philosophy). Just because I can think about love or good or evil or pride or shame doesn't make them more than abstract thought. That's my main statement...there are physical things that you can patent and abstract things that you can't. Software falls in to the latter category.

about 5 months ago



So long jumpcut...I'll miss ya

drakaan drakaan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

drakaan (688386) writes "If you ever used jumpcut, it's time to grab any edits you posted and save them to your home machine. Recently, Yahoo! sent out the following email message:

Dear Jumpcut user,

After careful consideration, we will be officially closing the Jumpcut.com site on June 15, 2009. This was a difficult decision to make, but it's part of the ongoing prioritization efforts at Yahoo!

We have released a software utility that allows you to download the movies you created on Jumpcut to your computer. As well, you can now download your original assets. Please visit the download page at http://www.jumpcut.com/myhome/?subnav=download to get started.

Once you download your movies, you may choose to upload them to another site such as Flickr, which allows video uploads for short videos (90 seconds or less). You can find out more here: http://flickr.com/explore/video

Thanks for being a part of Jumpcut.

The Jumpcut Team

Sad news...jumpcut was a lot of fun. On the other hand, they *finally* put together a way to easily download the videos...maybe if they'd done that a year ago, this would be a different article..."


Microsoft's Open-Source Trap for Mono

drakaan drakaan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

drakaan (688386) writes "Yes, Microsoft has pledged to "open up" the source code to the .Net framework libraries. Therein lies a potential problem...

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes:

...Let's say a year from now, Microsoft does a SCO. They claim that Mono contains code that was stolen from the .NET Framework reference source code. They point at their code, they point at the license, and sure enough, there's similar code. After all, both projects are implementing .NET; there will almost certainly be lines of code that looks alike...

Link to Original Source



Damn, but I miss Groklaw.

drakaan drakaan writes  |  about 4 months ago

Seriously. Like, "there's an emptiness and it gnaws at me" kind of missing it.

I know why PJ went off the grid, and I respect her concerns, but it still sucks. In the meantime, anyone who feels the same can pay a visit Here, where some folks that used to frequent Groklaw are trying to re-establish a community that cares enough about the same things to keep them visible and discussed.

You should all drop by sometime.


CSS3, IE8, and things that take too long...

drakaan drakaan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

...so, I was grumbling to myself about IE not supporting certain CSS3 capabilities (selectors, box-shadows, text-shadows, etc), when I decided to go ahead and write a letter on the IE8 blog site:

Hi there.

I'm a web app developer and long-time [x]html/css hacker, and I'm curious about the timeline for IE8 supporting at least *some* of the useful new stuff in the CSS3 spec.

find it immensely aggravating that I can easily do rounded corners, drop-shadows, custom checkboxes/radio buttons, and opacity in Firefox, Safari, etc (but not in IE) using nothing more than CSS3-compliant stylesheets.

I always keep graceful degradation in mind when coding, but that doesn't mean I *want* pages to be either ugly in IE or uneccesarily complicated and verbose just because of browser compatibility issues.

When will I be able to rely on IE supporting CSS3 fully? It would help a lot in terms of lowering bandwidth, and simplifying development while ensuring a cross-browser experience that doesn't leave IE users with a dumbed-down view of a web app.

Shortly thereafter, I got a note back from Eric Lawrence on the subject:

The final version of IE8 was completed in March; in general, it does not (and thus will not) support CSS 3.

Planning for the next version of IE has started, and we have a large number of requests for support of various CSS3 modules.


I'm fine with that, but it misses the crux of my question (namely "when will IE be doing the stuff that other browsers have been doing for a year or more with CSS3?"), so I asked another question:

Thanks, Eric...

Does that mean that the next version of IE will support *some* CSS modules when it ships, or that it will support the CSS3 spec in its entirety?

When will we see some blogging on the subject?

...and got a reply...

It's important to note that thus far, only 5 of the CSS3 modules have reached Candidate Recommendation stage: http://www.css3.info/modules/. Some modules are still in working draft stage, and it appears that at least one isn't even at Draft stage yet.

We will discuss our IE9 plans as they solidify. At this point, we're primarily listening to feedback from developers.

Thanks for identifying some of your top requests.


I get it. I do, really. I *know* that CSS3 is unfinished. What I *don't* get is why 8 years after the initial working draft, the spec isn't close to being finalized, and why the parts that are simple or relatively stable have not been implemented by all browser vendors.

I make web-based applications for a living. I use a variety of tricks to make them more attractive, and I prefer omitting eye-candy or specific layout details to adding ugly CSS hacks, javascript workarounds, or conditional code just because some browser vendors are more willing than others to provide preemptive support for future standards.

I'm not sure what the primary issue is...politics, money, over-cautiousness...all I know is that the situation makes it harder than it needs to be for me to create simple things that just work in all browsers (a newspaper-style multi-column layout...a drop-shadow on a box or text...alternate images for checkboxes or radio buttons...text displayed at a 45-degree angle).

But hey, what do I know...I'm not coding browsers or part of the CSS working group.

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