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Union Boycotts LA Times Over Teacher Evaluation Disclosure

z80kid Re:Educational Problems (629 comments)

Each of those industries is dominated by dinosaurs that only linger on because they are kept on life support by government.

They are kept on life support by government at the behest of the unions. GM wasn't bailed out for our benefit - it was bailed out for the benefit of the UAW.

more than 4 years ago
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US Youth Have Serious Mental Health Issues

z80kid Re:In the words of the great Ken Titus... (818 comments)

> but that one about the bike helmet just outright seemed silly.

And hence, you miss the OP's point entirely.

Each individual restriction has some benefit, and may have even saved some people some misery. And each one may make sense - depending on how much you value freedom vs safety.

As a kid, I had a pocket knife and a bb gun (later a .22). I worked for local farmers and rode (on the public road) on top of hay wagons and in the backs of pickup trucks. My folks let me wander off some pretty long distances without them. Much of what I did as a kid would not be allowed today for safety reasons. And that has probably saved somebody some grief, or maybe even their life.

But if I'd grown up in the same situation today, I imagine I'd probably have spent all day with the TV and Playstation. I'd have been safe, but out of my mind with boredom.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Cheap Tech Undermine Legal Privacy Protections?

z80kid Re:Growing Orchids (282 comments)

So, growing orchids gives the cops the right to just bust your garage door?

Sadly, it does.

more than 4 years ago
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INTERPOL Granted Diplomatic Immunity In the US

z80kid Re:Funny this is flamebait. (450 comments)

>> If George Bush would have signed the exact same executive order, this post would be modded +5, insightful,

Huh?

Umm, no. Bush wouldn't have signed it. And Bush didn't sign it.

If Bush had signed on to National Healthcare, you'd be against it! Right?

Oh wait, he wouldn't have signed it, would he? That's why they are DIFFERENT people from DIFFERNET parties.

But I guess If Linus Torvalds had signed it, it would have been +10 Insightful.

What a moronic post.... And +3 Insightful, no less....

What if Stallman told you to buy Microsoft stock - you'd be buying it, right?

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Clear Your Name Online?

z80kid Re:welleee (888 comments)

Not bad.

You could create a phantom entity on facebook, myspace, etc and link him to the incident. Give the phantom the same name, but make if obvious to anyone reading the profile that it could not be you. It might help if you had your own glowingly innocent profile on the same site.

Sort of like a virtual scapegoat....

about 5 years ago
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NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List

z80kid Not news (189 comments)

Smug elitists in NY paper disapprove of entertainment that is most popular with the consumer.

Film at 11.

about 5 years ago
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Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"

z80kid Re:Yeah, right (666 comments)

I'll roll up replies to both posts into one here.

I'm interested in what makes the untrained merchant sailor a better fighter then your theory of untrained pirates that have just experienced

Who said anything about handing weapons to untrained men? Oh yeah - that was your straw man talking. You don't let them sail without training, so why would you hand them a gun without training?

Everyone else here was talking about arming ships. You claimed that this wouldn't work. I pointed out that resistance has worked without guns, so why wouldn't it work better with guns?

Yes, and then there's the stories about what happens the other times when people try to resist.

Umm, I read the article you linked, and looked up several others. From what I can tell the pirates had already taken the boat and were telling the captain to turn around. He refused. That's not fighting back. That's just stupid.

As "idontgno" pointed out, these guys are used to dealing in numbers on land. But they generally don't outnumber these crews - they only succeed because they are the only ones armed. I googled around for some stats, but all I could find were details of individual attacks ranging from 4-9 pirates each. One account listed four speedboats. Those things seat 5 or 6, so that means if all boats were full there were 24 pirates at most in that attack. I'd like to see where you guys are getting these figures of "10 boats and 80 pirates". This ain't the Black Pearl, matey.

Think about the scenario - These pirates are chasing down much larger ships and scaling the sides. That's a vulnerable position to be in. Even well trained military men aren't going to do that while men with guns take cover behind deck structures and open fire. They only get away with it because nobody shoots back.

Again, if it was really so simple do you not think more ships would do it? Do you not think the international recommendations would be to fight back, rather than to not fight back?

No, for the reasons given in the more knowledgeable posts here. They run into problems with port regulations.

then it suggests you have the same view of reality as those who take their combat knowledge and experience from playing Call of Duty and watching The Unit.

Ooh, nice flamebait. But I don't play soldier games or watch Hollywood wars. Maybe I could turn it around and suggest that you are one of those thumb sucking sissies who thinks no one can handle guns except for soldiers and police who get special powers when they are "blessed" by the government.

about 5 years ago
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Somali Pirates Open Up a "Stock Exchange"

z80kid Yeah, right (666 comments)

engaging in a firefight with multiple decade battle hardened militants isn't actually that safe or easy an idea.

Googling "somali pirates fought back" yields quite a few articles about N Korean, S Korean, Egyptian, and Spanish ships that fought back successfully. These are untrained men with improvised weapons - not trained men with rifles.

These pirates aren't "multiple decade battle hardened militants". Most have NO organized military training whatsoever. The process of recruiting for Armies in Somali wars consists of driving around in pickup trucks yanking young men off the street. Somali "veterans" are veterans of little more than the usual random violence that plagues the country.

No, I'm quite certain that the other posters are right. It's the entry rules to various ports that keep ships from arming themselves. In many cases where crew has had some means to fight back and has tried, the pirates have cut and run. They are after easy money - not a prolonged fight. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ships_attacked_by_Somali_pirates)

about 5 years ago
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Where Are Your Contact Lens Displays?

z80kid Hijacking (152 comments)

And I'm working on a device to hijack those displays.

I call it "The Ultimate Goatse Device"

about 5 years ago
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Psystar's Rebel EFI Hackintosh Tool Reviewed, Found Wanting

z80kid My little rant, FWIW (328 comments)

I really don't understand all this crap about "licensing".

From what I know about copyright, I only need a license if I intend to copy for some purpose that does not fall under "fair use". If I bought a copy from a licensee, I have a right to sell that copy.

I see no reason why I cannot buy a retail version of photoshop, install it on a machine, and sell the machine to someone else (provided I sell the disk with the fair use copy that resides on the machine).

I don't think anyone would object to me buying a retail copy of Windows, installing it on a machine, and selling the machine (and install disk) to a third party. It happens pretty regularly.

I don't need a license to read a book. I don't need a license to play the contents of a CD. I don't need a license to play the contents of a DVD. I sure as hell should not need a license to run a program on a CD or DVD. "Copy right" is the right to distribute copies. If I'm not doing that, I shouldn't need a license.

I really don't understand why Psystar hasn't emphasized that as the core of their defense. In fact, they don't really seem to be presenting any defense at all. It's suspicious as hell. They seem hell-bent on losing. Which is odd, since they almost seem to have been formed to litigate / prove some kind of point.

I mean, if you're not out to prove something, then why would you buy a machine with an OS from a company that's determined to shut you down? Makes no sense...

more than 5 years ago
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High-Tech Gadgets Can Pose Problems At Mexican Border

z80kid Re:YRO??!! (447 comments)

I knew that receivers had to modified so that they couldn't fit military internals. I should have guessed that someone would start making custom instead.

While I don't doubt you on that point (I googled it for enlightenment :), I should think that smuggling arms from the US and having techs retrofit them would be an absurd amount of effort and expense for organizations that are already smuggling hand grenades and RPGs in from other countries. (They ain't buying those at US gun shows.)

Unfortunately, there are no detailed reports on the types of weapons and their sources. One note of interest - I had heard that many of the AR's and M16's were actually supplied to the Mexican police and military by the US government, and then stolen by men defecting to the cartels. It would be fascinating to know if that's true. But without more detailed reports from the BATFE it's just heresay.

The original point still stands, though. There is a pretty wide gulf between "90% of all guns" and "90% of guns submitted and successfully traced".

more than 5 years ago
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Wireless Network Modded To See Through Walls

z80kid Pad Picture (161 comments)

The only picture in TFA was a blob.

Get back to me when it can see tits....

more than 5 years ago
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High-Tech Gadgets Can Pose Problems At Mexican Border

z80kid Re:YRO??!! (447 comments)

In all seriousness though, "not alterable" doesn't mean what you think it means. Go to a few gun shows and you will see that they sell kits to "fix" your old pre-1994-assult-weapons-ban gun.
The ban also expired in 2004

Fully automatic weapons that fire continuously have been virtually banned (again, see the federal criteria for owning one - "class III license") since the gun control act of 1934.

None of this has anything to do with the Clinton gun ban, which banned guns that look like military rifles, along with some accoutrements such as bipods, bayonets, scary looking stocks, etc.

Yes, you can alter them to add the bayonets and bipods back. But the guns sold here must have a reciever that cannot fit a fully-automatic bolt group.

You told me to go to a gun show. I'm a collector and I've been to dozens. How many have you visited? Have you ever asked a dealer what you need to do to purchase a fully-automatic rifle or machine gun?

I'd really encourage anyone with strong opinions on the subject to do so, and get some first hand knowledge. Every now and then someone will agree to come with me, and when they talk to the dealers and ask what the laws are, they are generally quite surprised.

more than 5 years ago
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High-Tech Gadgets Can Pose Problems At Mexican Border

z80kid Re:YRO??!! (447 comments)

There's been waaay too many documented cases of people buying guns (and I mean big guns, like assault rifles) legally in the US with their God-given 2nd ammendment right and smuggling them to the drug cartels here.

When you say "and I mean big guns like assault rifles", it pretty much shows that you know nothing about firearms and US laws.

The articles you link to all cite the "90% of guns traced to US" lie. 90% of the guns that are submitted for tacing are from the US. Only a small number of guns are submitted for tracing, because there's no point in submitting AKs from China and North Korea with no serial number to the ATF for tracing.

Fully automatic guns (pull the trigger and they rattle off bullets) require a federal license with large yearly fees and an anal probe from the BATFE. They are rarely sold here and are exceptionally expensive. Even the gangs here don't buy them legally here. They smuggle them from overseas - it's way cheaper. I'm behind a censor here, but google "BATFE" and "class III license" to see what it takes to buy a machine gun.

What the ill-informed such as yourself call "big guns - like assault rifles" are military-looking guns that have been altered so that they fire one bullet at a time. To make them or import them here, they must not be alterable to fully automatic fire.

The articles you quote suggest a flood of guns from the US using faulty statistics, then go on to list a bunch of confiscated weapons that you cannot easily buy here. You can't get grenades and rocket launchers here. If they are able to smuggle those in from the third world, why would they pay US prices for rifles that aren't even full-auto?

http://www.factcheck.org/2009/04/counting-mexicos-guns/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2009/04/02/myth-percent-guns-mexico-fraction-number-claimed/

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/apr/16/barack-obama/Obama-claims-90-percent-guns-used-Mexico/

more than 5 years ago
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Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

z80kid Re:Holy shit? (950 comments)

If you haven't considered competing points of view and tried to understand the thinking behind them, then you probably don't understand your own positions very well.

And if you do have some understanding of competing perspectives, you are bound to find appreciation for at least some of the humour associated with those viewpoints.*

And finally, if the "prying my daughter's vagina from my cold dead hands" line doesn't make you laugh (regardless of who it is aimed at), then you have no humour in you.

* While I disdain the tired old insinuations that every conservative is a religious conspiracy-mongering wingnut, the OP still managed to make me spit my morning coffee. So kudos!

more than 5 years ago
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"Right To Repair" Bill Advances In Massachusetts

z80kid Re:Yes! (478 comments)

Bullshit. Any libertarian would tell you that computers in cars would've happened organically if government hadn't stepped in to require them.

That's right. All Libertarians are specialists in the evolution of the motorcar, and would never dispute you on this assertion.

That aside, computers do not add significantly to the longevity of the car (modern machining does). They do provide a little more gas mileage and a little less emissions. But I've known many people who work on cars who would gladly trade those features to have something they can work on easily again.

As the OP said, the federal regulation mandated the computer. But it didn't mandate open specifications. That's what brought us this.

Why are you so defensive of federal legislation? I didn't know Congress had astroturfers on /. these days.

more than 5 years ago
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"Right To Repair" Bill Advances In Massachusetts

z80kid Re:Yes! (478 comments)

Insightful?

Let's pretend there were no regulations dictating the actions of car companies, no laws restricting reverse engineering... and no IP laws protecting their trade secrets. ... The manufacturers would encrypt all output coming from their car computers...

They have the ability to do that now, yet they don't. I don't see how less laws would change that.

Those mechanics would then be placed under a strict contract (which, according to Libertarian thinking, is perfectly reasonable...

So under a Libertarian society, there would necessarily be no limits whatsoever on contracts? The government would enforce slavery and prostitution? I don't think so.

You know, if you follow any ideology blindly as far as you can take it, you will come to an illogical conclusion.

Liberals say that everyone has a "right" to health care. Follow that to it's illogical conclusion, and you can say that all health care workers are society's slaves; since others have a "right" to their labor (You could hardly call it a "right" if it had to be paid for.) And for that matter, most of society must become health care workers because a lack of said workers violates someone's rights.

I guess by your standards that means Liberal philosophy is completely unworkable too, doesn't it?

more than 5 years ago
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Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

z80kid Re:Holy shit? (950 comments)

He can have my daughter's vagina when he wrests it from my cold, dead hands.

OMG! My kingdom for a mod point....

I'm about as conservative/libertarian as they come. But this post is the funniest thing I've read all day!

more than 5 years ago
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Web Hosts Hit With $32 Million Judgment For Content

z80kid I am officially informing Slashdot.. (202 comments)

Via this posting, I am officially informing Sourceforge that editor kdawson has been using the site "slashdot.org" to send sensitive information to terrorist cells around the world via bogus article summaries.

See? Now that I've informed Sourceforge, it's incumbent upon them to take Slashdot down or suffer the consequences.

more than 5 years ago

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