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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

jythie Re:the solution: (427 comments)

Do you bitch this loudly about when they violate your first amendment, or your fourth amendment, or your fifth amendment? Or anything else? Or is it just guns in particular you worry yourself about?

Of course, how else would they prevent the police from searching their home and taking away their kiddy porn?

6 hours ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

jythie Re: the solution: (427 comments)

You know, sometimes I wonder why the people who believe in the absolute interoperation of the 2nd amendment are not fighting to legalize child pornography too.

6 hours ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

jythie Re:the solution: (427 comments)

Nope, the Constitution was silent on the matter until the Nineteenth Amendment.

Well, yes and no. In the original debates (not The Federalist Papers, which had specific authors expressing their own opinions) there was a great deal of 'of course we do not mean XYZ', with significant disagreement about how absolute they were and what did not even need saying (ah, common sense). For instance there were arguments about whether Islam, Judaism, and Catholicism counted as religions. There was no debate about whether the native ones counted, they were most certainly not.

At the time it was taken for granted that a person was a white christian male. Women were legal non-entities, they were essentially non-transferable property (outside a few narrow transactions) with no legal rights or protections. It was not 'silent' on the matter, it was just a 'everyone knows women are not people' thing. The 19th ammedment essentially changed the definition of 'People' in 'We the People', but the earlier version had a defintion even if it was not spelled out in writing.

6 hours ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

jythie Re:the solution: (427 comments)

Constitutional amendments have nothing to do with debating the merits of the topic. Politicians are concerned with keeping their jobs, their entire reward/punishment system is built around obtaining and holding political power. The only way an amendment would get passed is if a large number of political figures were convinced they would get voted out if they did not, and given the 97% incumbency rate we have today, that is just not going to happen.

6 hours ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

jythie Re:the solution: (427 comments)

I am kinda curious where this 'the 2nd amendment is so we can keep the government in check' idea came from. Historically it is complete nonsense.

6 hours ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

jythie Re:the solution: (427 comments)

California was debating requiring a serial number on home made guns independent of how they were made.

Since homemade guns are not transferable it was mostly a symbolic idea which at most would add another charge onto an existing arrest and that is about it.

6 hours ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

jythie Re:I have an idea (163 comments)

Even if one is a programmer and is able to do it themselves, what most of us probably want is to be sure the websites that we interact with have updated their versions, and a lot of companies (or their admins) stick to what has been fixed and pushed out rather then hack their local versions.

yesterday
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

jythie Re:Why isn't this auto-update? (163 comments)

It depends on what the malfunctioning patch does to the systems.

Since macs are rarely used as servers the number out there is probably going to be pretty small, so that has to be factored in as well.

yesterday
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

jythie Re:Spawn of Satan! (68 comments)

As long as someone is fairly affluent this is not unusual. It is when people close to the poverty line get hooked that you run into problems since so much of their resources go into supporting the addiction as opposed to just taking a chunk out of their disposable income.

yesterday
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

jythie Re:How does the quote go...? (266 comments)

They will not even have to bother with that. After Tesla tests the market, builds confidence, primes infrastructure, and makes enough advances that electric cars are profitable, the big companies (who have not been absorbing the cost of these things) will come in and crush them.

One of the downsides of our system is that companies that are innovative get the short end of the stick. Boring companies that sit and wait for others to make mistakes on their own dimes pull in the long ter profits.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

jythie Re:Americans are smart. (451 comments)

You only 'own' the land within the framework of the state's legal system, just like when you are renting a property it is 'your home' within the framework of the lease. Others can not take it away unless the framework allows them to, which generally benefits both landowners and renters since without this protection other random people would probably take it from them simply because they want it.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

jythie Re:Americans are smart. (451 comments)

Stop paying your landlord, or utility companies and see what happens.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

jythie Re:Americans are smart. (451 comments)

I do end up wondering though, every time this type of story comes up it is in the form 'people do not trust XYZ, rated below used car salesmen!'. So who does the population tend to trust? There must be some group on the top of the list.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

jythie Re: Read Slashdot (471 comments)

Which only makes sense if you are going into IT, maintaining networks and installing other people's software.

If you want to be building things, degrees still have value.

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

jythie Re:Incompetence (167 comments)

As the other reply pointed out, tenure is not quite that iron clad. However this issue is about getting tenure, a process that takes a decade or more where often at every step you are on a knife's edge of being let go. There is really no analogy in the business world, in non academic jobs you either advance or stay where you are, in academic ones things are barely tolerable where you are and there are enough people trying to get there that if you do not advance you leave the field. It is a surprisingly harsh system, much worse then what you see in corporate america.

I have always found the old 'those who can, do, those who can not, teach' rather ironic since for people who want to go into academia, private industry is where you go if you fail.

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

jythie Re:Know who to sue (167 comments)

If nothing else, in other countries the police would be handling this instead.

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

jythie Re:This lawsuit won't help him get hired anywhere. (167 comments)

True, but such lawsuits also might give people reason to not do such things again.

This is the problem with our DIY justice system. This is the type of thing that the state should be handling... bringing people to trial, penalties if found guilty, that sort of thing. But in cases like this the prosecution has to be privately funded and consequences only come of the injured party pushes it on their own.

about a week ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

jythie Re:Incompetence (167 comments)

Tenure is competitive enough that simple accusations or slurs can be enough to sink a person. While it would be nice if solid research and objectivity were the only elements involved, there is a huge human factor which is distressingly easy to swing.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

jythie Re: Good response to the Systemd fight... (221 comments)

This is tech. Any suggestions that there is not one right universal way to accomplish something is a personal insult to one`s preferred technology. After all, all smart people must come to the same correct solution.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

jythie Re:min install (221 comments)

I think the concern is not how stripped down of an install you can do, but how competing needs can result in desktop centric package decisions effecting server installs. This is probably related to systemd and the perception that it is a technology designed around the problems desktop users focus on at the expense of the issues server admins worry about.

about a week ago

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