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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

wbav Burning Some Karma (1059 comments)

Walden is an out of touch moron.

The day after the mall shooting in Oregon, he sent out a general e-mail saying how he prevented the UN from grabbing control of the Internet.

We've already spent the money, the debit ceiling just is a debate on if we pay it back. No wonder the credit rating was down graded. God this pisses me off so much.

about a year and a half ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Re:Why even have the terminal illness requirement? (439 comments)

I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that if someone no longer has a desire to live (part of our nature, instinct if you will) that they can still be considered healthy. Maybe there is a case I can't imagine, but as you might be able to tell I work in the realm of reality instead of theory. If such a case exists (and I always leave open that possibility, I'm not infallible) then you do have a valid point.

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Re:Good For Them (439 comments)

My point was as an Oregon resident there's no need for something like that.

If my father says he wants to die quickly and painlessly, that's his choice. If he wants every possible medical procedure done that might extend his life even a second longer that's his choice as well. I do not, nor should I, have a say in what happens.

A side note, most people don't have basements in a climate that is this wet. Also stairs are difficult to navigate using a powered wheel chair.

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Re:Why even have the terminal illness requirement? (439 comments)

I've had a friend commit suicide (presumably depressed but not diagnosed) and I have a father with ALS.

There is no logically good reason someone healthy and happy would commit suicide. I do wish someone had taken responsibility for my friend before he jumped in front of a train. And no that isn't the responsibility of the state government. It is the responsibility of every citizen.

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Re:Alternate View on the Subject (439 comments)


While I won't say I know how you feel, I will say I've been that family member who caught themselves sighing. It is a terrible thing on both sides. I don't believe my father has brought this up, nor has his doctors. We live in Oregon so this is an option for him if he wants it. He's already signed an advanced directive and let me and my mother know his wishes as to care. (Car accident for example.)

Does the possibility for abuse exist? Yes. It is limited in every way imaginable, but it still might happen. Similarly an advanced directive can be open to such abuse. That said, I much prefer these to be rights people can exercise at their discretion.

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Re:some sense at last (439 comments)

You sir deserve mod points for this. I'd give them to you if I had them. I'm facing the same very real possibility in a few years with my own father. We live in Oregon and I'm grateful for this law.

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Re:Hippocratic Oath (439 comments)

Actually it is the other way around. Which is more harmful, dying peacefully in one's sleep or spend six months in a hospital bed with 24/7 care as the muscles in your chest degrade from ALS to the point that you can no longer breathe? In these cases death is assured, it is the amount of pain inflicted that we're talking about now.

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Re:Why even have the terminal illness requirement? (439 comments)

If someone is "healthy" but wants to commit suicide that indicates they are not healthy. Something is wrong (usually mentally). It absolutely is the responsibility of everyone to get that person help so they can be truly healthy.

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Re:Psssh, Hippocratic oath! (439 comments)

As with most people here, you apparently don't have personal experience. The doctor doesn't have to tell a person with a terminal debilitating disease that they are a drain on love ones while have little or no quality of life. It is obvious. When you have to have someone else wipe your ass and all you can do is watch TV, what kind of life is that?

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Re:Psssh, Hippocratic oath! (439 comments)

Give me one good reason my father should have to "drown" slowly as his diaphragm gives out due to ALS, feeling the pain of his lungs screaming for air even when his muscles can't respond. The patient has to give notice in writing, which is traceable. Usually the family is involved. It is not a surprise. Quit with the conspiracy theories there's a time and place for them, but this isn't it.

Either you're an evil, sadistic human or stupid. Take your pick.

about 2 years ago

Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

wbav Good For Them (439 comments)

I've got karma to burn, and this thing is personal to me.

I take offense to the start of the summary. It is called death with dignity for a reason. There are people out there with very terrible diseases they didn't ask for. For example ALS that robs the victim of the use of their muscles. Over time the diaphragm goes out, and if pneumonia doesn't get the poor soul they eventual die from lack of oxygen, much like drowning. The sick and twisted part is while the person can feel the pain they can't even express their discomfort. My father has ALS. I may have it some day. I live in Oregon and I'm proud that this law gives me and my father a chance to end things on our own terms without saddling our loved ones with even more medical bills.

To this point my father hasn't asked for this; however, when the time comes he can. There's no reason we shouldn't allow that. It is far less dangerous than eating a bullet and gives family time to prepare. Fuck the submitter. It is about dignity.

about 2 years ago

Federal Judge Approves Warrantless, Covert Video Surveillance

wbav I Have a Farm (420 comments)

And I have cows. They can try to put a camera on my place... but this is likely to happen:

A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas, and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher says, “Okay, but do not go in that field over there,” as he points out the location. The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, “Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me.” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the rancher. “See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish, on any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?”

The rancher nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores.

A short time later, the old rancher hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased by the rancher’s big Santa Gertrudis bull! With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he’ll get gored before he reaches safety. The officer is clearly terrified. The rancher throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs...

“Your badge. Show him your BADGE!”

about 2 years ago

Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech

wbav How Long? (1160 comments)

How long should I tolerate your hurtful intolerance with respect to my personal value to tolerate every one's opinion regardless of how intolerant it is?

If my religion has a value of tolerating everyone, doesn't that mean, given the summary, my tolerance should not extend to hatred directed at my religion's tolerance?

about 2 years ago

The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail

wbav Re:Hrm (547 comments)

I'm guessing he didn't realize the mistake until the handcuffs were put on him.

It appears possible via the broadcast message feature, where the recipients can't respond: Blackberry Broadcast Messages

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

wbav Check with your University (515 comments)

Most universities offer virus protection and support for free. I'd go there first.

If for some reason they don't offer anything, I've had reasonable success with AVG.

about 2 years ago

Go Daddy: Network Issues, Not Hacks Or DDoS, Caused Downtime

wbav TG Posted... (143 comments)

This shirt by Think Geek fits.

about 2 years ago

Windows Has a Future In RAM: AgigaTech Samples DDR3+Flash DIMM

wbav Re:Less interesting than the writer thinks. (139 comments)

Actually, I think you're over-estimating the task.

Since most "critical" tasks such as writing to a disk or communicating over the network already require handling of drop outs (SATA is hot swappable, most communication is USB based which can cut out) it should be as simple as retrying those tasks when the power comes back on. In theory this should be able to handle power drop outs. You might have to alter the OS to have effectively a journal with respect to the CPU/other hardware, but that's not a terrible problem to solve.

Just because current OSes can't handle this gracefully doesn't mean they won't in the near future.

As to being able to patent this, if the solution is so obvious and straight forward, why hasn't this been done for years? The patents likely refer to solving various problems in integrating an ultracap with a DIMM.

about 2 years ago

12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

wbav Re:To those thinking gun control would help: (1706 comments)

Self defense from criminals and the government.

Also, define assault rifle.

Thank you for proving my point. No one is expecting to use this to hunt with. You're exactly the person who shouldn't be able to head to Walmart and purchase an AR-15 or get a 100 round clip from the internet.

Let's address your two examples: criminals and the government separately.

First criminals. Short of sniping them in your yard, this gun is completely useless. For close in work, such as your home a shotgun would prove far more of a deterrent and a hand gun would be far easier to wield. A rifle like this is for long range use.

As for the government, the fact that you think having more guns will keep you breathing if the government wants to take you shows a level of ignorance. If you present any kind of threat they will in fact kill you and then blame you for it. I mean after all, look how well armed you were, you must have been crazy.

As for the term Assault Rifle, I suppose I should have said Assault Weapons, as defined in the AWB.

more than 2 years ago



Samsung Lock Screen Bug Allows Full Access

wbav wbav writes  |  about a year and a half ago

wbav writes "So as Sean McMillan notes, there is a bug in Samsung's lock screen for Android. This flaw allows access to the entire device without any security. It affects products like the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 using Jellybean.

While Lookout claims to have a fix, this submitter found it was possible to bypass that fix easily as well.

This looks especially bad since these devices are part of Samsung's SAFE program."

Link to Original Source



FF Extension Roundup

wbav wbav writes  |  more than 9 years ago Okay, so here's a list of must have extensions for FireFox and why (All found under the 1.0 link of
Adblock - Get rid of those ads in web pages
Allow Right Click - Stupid web masters won't stop me!
Basics - I like having a new tab button
BugMeNot - No web registration
ColorZilla - Cool little eyedropper in FireFox
CuteMenus - Adds Icons next to the context menus
Download Statusbar - Much better than that download manager
Minit - Reorder tabs, really nice
Popup Count - See how many have been blocked
Popup Alt - See those alt tags
Reload Every - Add meta refresh to any site
Session Saver - If you don't get anything else, get this. It saves your tabs and history/location in each one and restores them on start, even after a crash. Don't use multiple windows though, it only saves the last window closed (includes things like dl manager and extension manager.)
Spellbound - Spell check your forms before submitting. (Needs to be better integrated.)
Target Alert - See what it is before clicking on it. (Still slightly buggy)
Text/Plain - Make a URL in plain text a link by highlighting it
Titlebar Tweaks - Change how the title is displayed for pages
Tweak Network - Use that broadband connection
User Agent Switcher - Useful for those pages who want only IE
Weatherfox - See what's going on outside your cube
Web Developer - Helps deconstruct your website so you can build it correctly

Best part of is that they usually have extensions repacked for the current FF version even if the author hasn't done it yet.

Oh and for those keeping track, I do have a few more extensions, but they are not listed on this page, so I'll post them separately.


Printing C/C++ Code

wbav wbav writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm in a class this term that requires me to print hardcopies of code for submission. So, when I've finished my code, I fire up vi and start printing. 28 pages of mostly white space later, I realize that there must be another way.

Looking around on the web I found c2ps (I have used a2ps in the past when printing a number of files.) However, even this tool didn't do it all for me, as I was looking for a booklet format with no blank pages.

So I put it to you, the slashdot reader/programmer, what tools do you recommend for printing out 28+ classes in booklet form.

(Incidentally, the instructor also requires that we submit an electronic copy, along with a VC++ project, so I'm open to both windows and Unix tools.)

I'm putting this here in case my submission is rejected

Update -
Rejected after 2 minutes.


Over-reaction and Moderation

wbav wbav writes  |  more than 12 years ago Lately, I've been seeing a few things that disturb me more than a little...

First is moderators who are not paying attention.
For example: My comment was modded down as redundent even though I was the first to post on the issue of mac address spoofing.

Second, there has been more than a few users who seem to get pissed off at people for putting up what they feel is inaccuate information.
For example: Perhaps if they had looked at my sources and bothered to read them they might find that I did research this and I was telling what I felt was the real story. Now if they feel I'm wrong, they could have e-mailed me, or better yet, talked to my sources and possibly correct the information out there. Instead, they whine and complain that I got modded up.


Voice Control of XMMS

wbav wbav writes  |  more than 12 years ago As of November 14th of 2001, I got voice control of xmms working. Anyone looking for help on how to do this can contact me.


Some Moderators Lack the skills required to moderate

wbav wbav writes  |  about 13 years ago

Well, I made a comment in response to a message about how the fact that the wtc attack was just liberal propaganda; saying that it was time to stop bickering between parties. Then I re-read the comment and found that it was ment as a joke, so I replied to myself saying sorry I shouldn't have posted. Well it seems that both messages got moded as trolls and as offtopic. What kind of moderators do we have here? I didn't post again expressing my outrage out of fear of getting moded again. I ask anyone reading, what do you think of this situation?

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