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Posts by mykej

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  • Military Retiree Disability Pay Issue Appears Stalled By Bush

    10/29/2002 11:03:04 AM PST · 4 of 12
    mykej to 88keys
    Because Bush will veto it if it is standalone. The only way to make it veto-proof is to tell him the military gets nothing if he doesn't agree to it.
  • ***Minnesota Picks The Biggest Loser Ever, (Who PROMISES To Raise Taxes) To Run Against Coleman***

    10/28/2002 7:17:15 AM PST · 18 of 32
    mykej to The Wizard
    You said:
    "Walter Mondale lost 49 states out of 50..."

    The one state he did win was Minnesota. In this case the old maxim "All politics is local" is very, very true.
  • Monster mash translates into graveyard cash

    10/20/2002 3:48:37 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    mykej to lewislynn
    I can't believe they let these terorists run loose. they admit they set out to frighten people, and using the logic that calls the Washington Sniper a terrorist, these people are too. Send 'em to Gitmo.
  • Dissing Adam Smith: A Nobel misread.

    10/17/2002 4:24:01 PM PDT · 3 of 15
    mykej to xsysmgr
    A few things from Adam Smith that will never be refuted:

    "People of the same trade seldom meet together but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."

    "Those exertions of the natural liberty of a few individuals, which might endanger the security of the whole society, are, and ought to be, restrained by the laws of all governments."

    "Our merchants and master manufacturers complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price, and thereby lessening the sale of their goods both at home and abroad. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits."
  • Microsoft won't cut Windows price to beat Linux

    10/09/2002 12:24:41 PM PDT · 15 of 60
    mykej to Common Tator
    You said:
    "When you look at the total cost FREE LINUX costs more than EXPENSIVE WINDOWS. CEO's look at total cost. That is why they get the big bucks. Until the LINUX people solve that problem they are doomed to 1 or 2 percent of the desktop share.

    Even in servers LINUX can't get the low end market. One can easily spend $2,000 on operating system software for each Windows 2000 server. The same functionality comes with FREE LINUX. Anyone can install and hook up Windows 2000 servers to windows 2000 or xp clients. It costs at least $50,000 a year to get a guy who can get a Linux server to work seamlessly with Windows 2000 and XP clients. "

    First off, there's something wrong with your caps lock key. It seems to keep switching on and off.

    Secondly, the TCO on linux boxes is lower than on windows. Check this link, posted on another thread:
    http://cin.earthweb.com/article/1,3555,10493_1477911,00.html

    As for the cost of linux sysadmins: You pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Linux sysadmins handle two to three times the number of servers a windows admin does.

    Regarding allowing windows boxes to talk to the linux server: I can't name one distro that doesn't come with samba. If you can read, you can have samba up and running in less than 5 minutes. Oh, and if you're only paying 50k for sysadmins, you're not going to get anybody competent, even in the windows world.

    You also say:
    "When a Linux client has no training costs and any windows server jockey can do a linux server, Bill Gates will be in deep doo doo."

    I think that Bill Gates will be in deep doo doo as soon as the Microsoft apologistas actually try a modern linux distro and ind out Microsoft has been lying to them about how hard it is.
  • DJ US Supreme Court Rejects GOP New Jersey Ballot Appeal.

    10/07/2002 11:53:16 AM PDT · 59 of 62
    mykej to Cyber Liberty
    " Nope. I can't read your link, but, IIRC, Forrester actually *won* the primary."

    Yes, but he wouldn't have been in the primary unless Treffinger had dropped out. Forrester took Treffinger's place on the primary ballot, 40 days before the election. Which is less than 51 days, which puts it clearly in the territory of title 19.

    At least that's the argument other people in the primary made back in April.
  • DJ US Supreme Court Rejects GOP New Jersey Ballot Appeal.

    10/07/2002 11:35:11 AM PDT · 54 of 62
    mykej to mass55th
    "Since the SCOTUS has passed on it, this New Jersey ballot change can be done anywhere in the country citing the New Jersey Supreme Court decision and the failure of the SCOTUS to step in"

    Nope, not at all. NJ Supreme Court decisions only apply to New Jersey.

    Didn't Forrester get on the primary ballot the same way?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/05/nyregion/05JERS.html
  • Mr Linux basks in the limelight (WINDOWS BEWARE?)

    10/05/2002 7:09:10 AM PDT · 19 of 67
    mykej to Fresh Wind
    Honesty I can't think of a good gui html editor off the top of my head (which certainly doesn't mean they don't exist).

    Bluefish is a decent html editor, but you work in the source code.

    OpenOffice will save files as html (like MS Word will) but doesn't have the site management tools.

    I use XEmacs, but I'm a geek. Half of my html source is actually perl, so I don't expect any editor to handle what I do.

    I'll dig around and see what I can find.
  • Mr Linux basks in the limelight (WINDOWS BEWARE?)

    10/05/2002 5:18:11 AM PDT · 8 of 67
    mykej to snopercod
    You aked:
    "How painful would it be to try and "operate" a home PC using Linux."

    Not painful at all. Really. Everything is pretty much point and drool these days.

    "How would I operate a modem dial-up connection, for instance. Would my Netscape browser work? Would cut and paste still work?"

    Using a modem is as easy as clicking on an icon and hitting the "dial" button. The first time you will need to put in a phone number, but you'll be typing into a nice friendly graphical app.

    Netscape absolutley works. In fact much of the development of the newer versions is done on linux.

    Cut and paste work, but differently.


    "Could I still use MS Word and Excel?"

    Yes and no. You can run Word or Excel under Linux if you set up windows emulation. VMWare is excellent at this (it actually emulates a complete computer, not just windows), and many windows app will run under WINE.

    On the other hand, there's no need to. I haven't touched Word or Excel for almost a year. OpenOffice does everything I need, and I trade files back and forth with Word users all the time. I also use it on my windows PC, not just my linux box.

    I'd suggest getting a beginner friendly distribution, and if you have an older computer sitting around you don't use much, try it out. Mandrake is an excellent distro, very user friendly and will grow with you.

    If you have a broadband connection you can download the entire distro (3 cds), or you can buy it for about $30 at CompUSA/MicroCentre/Best Buy/etc. For the price you get the CDs, a book, and technical support. If you don't want the book or support you can buy the CDs alone from CheapBytes online for $3.99.

    If you use the KDE environment you might not realise you're not using windows.
  • Panama Increases Its Canal Tolls

    09/28/2002 6:03:41 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    mykej to billorites
    At the new rates ($2.80/ton) that sounds about right, or even a bargin. At the rates in 1928 he was probably ripped off.

    If my math is off, I haven't had enough coffee yet today.
  • Freeper Tech Help Needed -- Have I Been HACKED?

    09/11/2002 12:21:15 PM PDT · 9 of 10
    mykej to dyed_in_the_wool
    " Seriously, though. Make sure you have all of the updates available at Windows Updates. "

    Of course that's a problem in itself. Yes, you have to have all of the updates to get anywhere close to security on any system, especially a MS system. However, the End User License Agreement that you have to agree to says Microsoft can go on to your computer any destroy any programs or data they don't like. Will they? Probably not. I just don't like signing my rights over to Microsoft.
  • Scientists attempt to measure speed of gravity

    09/05/2002 10:57:02 AM PDT · 33 of 134
    mykej to RightWhale
    Why are they allowed to teach this "gravity" trash in public schools? It is just a theory after all.
  • An Alternative to Microsoft Gains Support in High Places

    09/05/2002 10:47:56 AM PDT · 8 of 49
    mykej to stainlessbanner
    "All we're looking for is a level playing field competitively,"

    All they have to do is release some open source software, and nobody is stopping them from doing that. Seems like we have a perfectly level playing field.
  • Tour pros next in Augusta lobbying effort (Hootie Responds)

    09/03/2002 1:48:23 PM PDT · 60 of 136
    mykej to clintonh8r
    "They haven't done anything illegal, unethical or immoral. Why should anybody be able to "voice disapproval", and more importantly, interfere with their business operations? "

    Obviously you have a different opinion on the ethics and morality of the issue than the NCWO does. That's fine. Ignore them.

    So far, I can't fault their methods. Calling for boycotts is an age old American tradition used by both the left (v Nike) and the right(v Disney). They aren't interfering with any business, they've simply asked other people not to do business with Augusta.
  • Tour pros next in Augusta lobbying effort (Hootie Responds)

    09/03/2002 1:31:01 PM PDT · 45 of 136
    mykej to Oldeconomybuyer
    "Augusta National should have the freedom to make the rules for their club just as Wellesley College has the freedom to make rules that ban men from the school (hrc notwithstanding)."

    So far, there's no lawsuit, just social pressure. I thought that was supposed to be a good way to fight. You stand up and say, "These guys are jerks, and we don't want to be associated with anybody who associates with them, until they change their ways."

    I don't understand the problem with voicing disapproval of somebody's actions.
  • Americans laboring 1,900 hours a year: Workweek longer than ever

    09/02/2002 2:33:16 AM PDT · 4 of 17
    mykej to Friedrich Hayek
    "Being productive makes people happy and gives life meaning."

    Working for somebody else adds absolutly no meaning to life. At least for me. I feel sorry for you if that's the only way you can add meaning to your life.
  • Illicit drug profits linked to terrorists

    09/02/2002 2:27:11 AM PDT · 2 of 4
    mykej to kattracks
    And licit oil profits also go to terrorists. Which one do you think they make more from?
  • 50 States and DC Ranked in Order by Livability of their Better Areas; according to crystalk

    08/19/2002 1:17:14 PM PDT · 27 of 184
    mykej to crystalk
    If you enjoy doing anything other than watching grass grow, this list will be pretty useless to you.

    Sorry, I can't live anyplace that doesn't have critical mass for culture (i.e., it can support museums, concerts, foreign films, bands in a variety of clubs). I figure the cutoff to be about 3 million. Any smaller than that is gonna be dull.
  • School tells teachers to speak English only

    08/19/2002 11:40:00 AM PDT · 24 of 90
    mykej to Myrean
    " They aren't saying the children can't speak Spanish on the playground, only that the teachers must reply in THIS country's native language! This should be the rule across America!"

    Uhm, the "native language" of Arizona isn't English. In fact, it isn't Spanish either. There were 19 separate cultures there before either showed up. Which native American language would you like them to speak?
  • Lab Mice Die After Drugs, Disco

    08/19/2002 9:59:57 AM PDT · 12 of 42
    mykej to Willie Green
    You know, when I was in college the psych people would always ask for volunteers for experiments. Why wasn't clubbing and drugging studied? We always got extra credit for participating. I could have had a doctorate!
  • Library to track usage patterns; Statistics will be "very helpful"

    08/19/2002 7:56:27 AM PDT · 3 of 3
    mykej to twas
    All of the power of 1/1,000,000,000th of the internet!

    It actually could be very helpful for searching local databases like the card catalog, but to actually make it useful as an internet gateway would require far too much investment in employee time tracking down good web sites.

    The best thing about it is that it can be ignored and will shut up the censors at the same time.
  • Citing Cost, Judge Rejects Death Penalty

    08/18/2002 10:23:10 AM PDT · 15 of 32
    mykej to XtreMarine
    "To the chair with him. To the chamber. Ready set, inject!"

    Wouldn't it be nice to have a trial first? You know, maybe find out if he actually committed the crime?

    Wonderous to see how seriously people take the presumption of innocence.
  • 'American Idol' votes could be skewed by power-dialers

    08/17/2002 7:09:13 AM PDT · 3 of 6
    mykej to HennepinPrisoner
    These people are morons. You can't block ANI to an 800 number. Allow 1 vote/ANI/day. Done. It's that easy.
  • Body of missing Harvard professor found in Louisiana

    08/17/2002 6:53:56 AM PDT · 6 of 41
    mykej to The Raven
    "This is the guy who's car was found near a bridge in Nashville?"

    Since Nashville is 250 miles from the Mississippi, I doubt it.

    This guy's car was found on the bridge in Memphis. The last I heard the belief was that he stopped his car on the bridge, got out to look, and a passing truck blew him over.
  • KDE smokes MS in SSL bug fix

    08/14/2002 12:21:55 PM PDT · 12 of 17
    mykej to Dominic Harr
    Of course when MS does get around to issuing a patch, they'll give you a new EULA that effectivly gives them root on your machine. Don't agree to it, and you can live with an insecure machine.
  • Mother Teresa voted the 'greatest Indian' - but why not Nehru?

    08/12/2002 9:58:03 PM PDT · 6 of 13
    mykej to Singapore_Yank
    Have you ever seen a Mother Teresa jacket? Maybe that's why she won.
  • Computer Hardware & Software Will Apple Put Intel Inside?

    08/12/2002 6:20:15 AM PDT · 18 of 25
    mykej to Brookhaven
    " If you're a software developer, and you're going to develop for an "Apple/Intel" architecture, also developing a "Windows/Intel" version is going to look pretty tempting. After all, you've done most of the work when you did the initial "Apple/Intel" port. That huge windows market is going to look pretty tempting"

    Except there's nothing to leverage in writing a windows port. Presumably, if they released MacOS on Intel they'd have cross compilers and all sorts of tools to handle all the endian issues and whatnot for you. You're still writing to the MacOS API.

    The Windows API is *nothing* like the Mac. I imagine it would be fairly painless to write a MacOS program that would run on either platform (given good tools), but having an Intel version of MacOS won't make a Windows port any easier.
  • Computer Hardware & Software Will Apple Put Intel Inside?

    08/12/2002 6:04:43 AM PDT · 16 of 25
    mykej to Utopia
    "They already have it -- without the fanfare. Apple bought NExT. The NExT technology DOES/DID run on Intel."

    Saying NeXTStep "runs" on Intel is generous. It crawls. I loooooved the pizza box machines and the cubes, but Intel boxes just didn't cut it.

    I doubt that Apple will switch anytime soon. For reasons, look at the following examples:

    1) NeXT. It just never work right or sold well when it was only an OS. NeXTStep was tied to the architecture of the box, and it was great where it belonged. Similarly, Solaris also sucks on intel. It's my favorite OS, running on a sparc, but I won't even use it as an xterm on intel.

    2) Apple opened up to clones in the early-mid 90's. Customers were able to buy cheaper boxes running motorola chips. Working in an animation/video house at the time, I can tell you we had nothing but trouble from third party boxes. (Of course we had more trouble than most people do even with Apple boxes, but every machine was pushed to its limits every day. The Apple boxes held up better.)

    Apple depends on knowing how everything in the box works and fits together. I don't think I would trust them to write an OS in the rough and tumble commodity world of intel hardware. Apple know more than any OS company out there about UI, but they have a horrible track record for writing software that runs anywhere but on a tightly controlled system.
  • Secret Service Bans Trucks Near White House Over Bomb Concern

    08/09/2002 12:48:50 AM PDT · 3 of 3
    mykej to kms61
    I do hope they go ahead with the sunken roadway plan. It *is* a huge pain not being able to use a major street.
  • Seismic Event: The Final Moments of Flight 93

    08/09/2002 12:33:21 AM PDT · 9 of 23
    mykej to sourcery
    "Its new, unscheduled flight path puts it into a dead-on course for Washington, D.C. It will likely overfly at least one nuclear reactor and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis before reaching the beltway."

    Is he using a different map from the rest of the world? Since flight 93 was approaching from the NW, and Annapolis is East of DC, I doubt they would have overflown it.
  • Citizen Kane voted the greatest film ever

    08/08/2002 8:31:58 PM PDT · 9 of 21
    mykej to Revolting cat!
    And where is Les Quartre Cent Coups?
  • No Trophies for Terrorists; Israel should keep cameras away from scenes of carnage

    08/08/2002 6:59:25 PM PDT · 7 of 10
    mykej to Husker24
    "Ill bet the media showed the Rodney King video more then they did the WTC attack one."

    I don't know if that's true or not. It's neither here nor there. Arguably, the Rodney King tape is more important.

    We expect our enemies to hate us, and we expect them to do horrible things. And we should kick their asses when they do. This is in no way an apologia for the scumbags responsible for the attacks of September 11th.

    However, in a democracy we should not be afraid of the agents of our own government. As good Americans we can rally around and help defeat the evil people from the outside that attack us, but we need to be secure from those we appoint to help protect us.

    At the WTC, nearly 3,000 people died. This is a great tragedy, and we need to make sure that those who are responsible pay for it. But an external attack on a free state shouldn't surprise anybody.

    The Rodney King beating may have only physically affected one person, but it raises questions that go to the bedrock of democracy, and ultimately affects us all.
  • Intel set to announce accounting changes (Refuses to call stock options an expense)

    08/08/2002 7:49:40 AM PDT · 4 of 10
    mykej to VRWCmember
    As long as they don't tell the IRS that options ARE an expense, I don't care. They shouldn't be allowed to tell investors one thing and the IRS another.
  • D.C. MAYOR WILLIAMS CANNOT BE ON THE BALLOT! (MORE DEMOCRAT VOTER FRAUD!)

    08/07/2002 2:27:01 PM PDT · 6 of 58
    mykej to Recovering_Democrat
    Even after the bad names were removed from the list, he still had enough to get on the ballot.
  • Study: Linux sales down, but not out

    08/07/2002 12:08:03 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    mykej to bat-boy
    "Every few days? Man that'd be great! I run WIN98 2nd Ed and it locks up in less than 24hrs. I hate it!"

    Win2k admittly is much better. It can often go 48 hours without losing its mind.

    "I've heard that you can actually run windows on top of Linux and if it locks up, you can close it like a program and then reopen it."

    Yeah, VMWare rocks. It doesn't emulate windows, it emulates an entire computer. You can install and run anything that runs on Intel like hardware under VMWare.

    "Although if you're running Linux, I can't see why you'd want to run windows also. "

    I do some consulting on stuff that runs on Win2k or Solaris. Since Sparcbooks cost a fortune, I run linux on a laptop and use VMWare for the win2k software. Since it's network dependant software, I can test configurations on the "network" that exists between the physical machine and the virtual machine running the software. Spiffy.
  • Study: Linux sales down, but not out

    08/06/2002 7:49:57 PM PDT · 12 of 22
    mykej to Abcdefg
    Tulip chipset on the NIC, it works.
  • Jesus, Budweiser Billboard Defaced - advertisement with Jesus as a pitchman for Budweiser beer

    08/06/2002 7:44:46 PM PDT · 69 of 155
    mykej to RightOnline
    "What say we all pick on.......oh.....hmmm.........your best friend. "

    Let's say that you and me and my best friend are out having a pint and shooting the breeze. You make a joshing remark, obviously not intended as a serious insult. ("how ya doin' you old S.O.B.?")

    My friend isn't insulted. He understands human interaction, and he knows how to take a joke.

    Who would you think is a fool? a) you for engaging in normal social behavior b) my friend for not being insulted or c) me, if I started ranting and raving about your abuse of somebody who can stand up for himself and obviously didn't see any abuse?

    Don't you think God understands jokes better than any human could?

    If someone here were engaging in mean-spirited, hateful jokes about God, I could understand you being upset. If I in any way gave that impression, I apologize. (To you, because I know He knows my heart and wasn't offended.)
  • Jesus, Budweiser Billboard Defaced - advertisement with Jesus as a pitchman for Budweiser beer

    08/06/2002 7:31:29 PM PDT · 57 of 155
    mykej to RightOnline
    "Do you think that maybe.......just maybe........that translations to English didn't distinguish between "wine" that was non-fermented (i.e. "grape juice") and fermented wine (i.e. "wine")?"

    How about this: (from http://home.vol.com/godsword/question_was_the_wine_at_canna_alcoholic_or_grape_juice.htm)

    I will conclude then that the men at the wedding feast who had been drinking the wine prior to the wine that Jesus made, were drunk.. I will then ask what kind of wine were they drinking that made them drunk? To quote from the headwaiter in verse 10 "good wine". Now what kind of wine did the same headwaiter declare that Jesus had made? "Good Wine". In both places the same 2 greek words are used.

    Now notice that the headwaiter had expected for the servants to bring out the "poorer" wine, why? Because after the men had become drunk, they would not know the difference between "good" wine and wine that was "poor" in quality. But he was surprised that the groom would waste good wine on men who no longer would know the difference.

    So what can we conclude from this?

    1. The wine they were drinking was fermented (it made them drunk).

    2. It was the same kind of wine that Jesus made, which was fermented.
  • Study: Linux sales down, but not out

    08/06/2002 7:12:18 PM PDT · 8 of 22
    mykej to Abcdefg
    "0 down time huh?"

    Realistically, no. Not even 5 9's. I don't believe bitty boxes really get there yet.

    You will have significantly less downtime with linux than windows though. Anything you have to reboot every few days is *not* a server OS.
  • Jesus, Budweiser Billboard Defaced - advertisement with Jesus as a pitchman for Budweiser beer

    08/06/2002 7:02:16 PM PDT · 43 of 155
    mykej to Paul Atreides
    "No. He is the Son of God, deserving of our respect, not disrespectful jokes."

    If God doesn't have a sense of humour explain the platypus.

    Heck, that might prove the drinking question too.
  • Jesus, Budweiser Billboard Defaced - advertisement with Jesus as a pitchman for Budweiser beer

    08/06/2002 6:59:40 PM PDT · 42 of 155
    mykej to RightOnline
    " It was NOT fermented. "

    Why are we told to serve the good stuff first, and leave the plonk til later when our guests won't notice it?

    I'm also wondering how they would have kept it from fermenting. I don't think they would have had much choice in the climate they were in.

    "yes, there WAS fermented wine, but remember that you're reading translations of translations. In sum, the wine that Jesus drank was NOT fermented "

    So everybody else drank wine and Jesus, the *human* incarnation of God, didn't? Was His liver constantly performing the miracle of Cannan in reverse? (Mine does this too, but very, very slowly, taking hours to convert wine to water. But I'm not perfect.)

    I don't have a problem believing Jesus could be without sin and still have an alcoholic beverage now and then. Why do so many people seem to think this?
  • Twin Towers satire for Fringe stage [Edinburgh Festival]

    08/06/2002 6:39:19 PM PDT · 4 of 21
    mykej to aculeus
    If you go to Edinburgh, there's a place in Grassmarket where you can get haggis pizza.

    And be on the lookout for deep fried Snickers bars.
  • Study: Linux sales down, but not out

    08/06/2002 6:34:12 PM PDT · 4 of 22
    mykej to Bush2000
    Nobody "buys" linux. Many people buy support for linux. Red Hat's per server license is for support, not for the operating system itself. (Note, RH may include commercial software in some bundles that requires a license fee, but never for the OS itself.)

    The only reason to buy support is a) it is going on a mission critical system that can have 0 down time or b) you feel more comfortable if you have somebody to yell at.

    Most enterprise level software generates much more profit on support, for those two reasons, than they do on license fees.
  • What would you ask the RIAA if you could?

    08/06/2002 2:31:47 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    mykej to jumpstartme
    "Why do the RIAA and musicians want to kill the music recording industry?"

    The RIAA wants to kill it because they're morons. The musicians want to kill it so they'll finally make a living wage, even if they "only" sell 100,000 records.

    Remember, 100% of the expenses for an album come out of the artist's ~10% of the cut. To make back the $1M it costs to record and promote an album, an artist has to sell $10M (wholesale). After that point, they might make a profit. And the label has recouped its $1M expense, and earned another $9M to boot, before the artist sees a dime.

  • Investigation Casts Light on the Mysterious Flying Black Triangle [UFO]

    08/05/2002 5:01:04 PM PDT · 21 of 101
    mykej to The Raven
    "They are big, black, and triangular. In UFO folklore they are proof-positive that planet Earth is a rest stop for joyriding, but road-weary, extraterrestrials."

    Uhm, if you were traveling at near light speed, why would you spend the energy to decelerate and then accelerate again just for a bathroom break on earth?

    Go before you leave the house!

    Maybe they wanted a Pecan Log from Stuckey's.
  • Voir Dire: An 'Unreviewable And Irreversible Power ... To Acquit'

    08/05/2002 8:11:33 AM PDT · 6 of 20
    mykej to Stand Watch Listen
    "So, after wasting a full day of the court's time, and that of the prospective jurors, and of the attorneys (who I expect will not refund their fees)"

    Why would they refund their fees when the court screwed up? this guy sounded liek a libertarian up until this point. That just makes him sound like an anti-capitalist moron.
  • Voir Dire: An 'Unreviewable And Irreversible Power ... To Acquit'

    08/05/2002 7:48:06 AM PDT · 4 of 20
    mykej to Stand Watch Listen
    "Whereupon the third juror, should this nonsense continue, could add the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase, giving his charge to the jury in the treason trial of John Freis (9 F. Cas. at 930): "It is the duty of the court in this case, and in all criminal cases, to state to the jury their opinion of the law arising on the facts; but the jury are to decide on the present, and in all criminal cases, both the law and the facts, on their consideration of the whole case.""

    Is this the Samuel Chase who was impeached in part because of his conduct of this trial? Doesn't sound like a very good argument to give a judge.

    While Chase did beat the impeachment rap, even his defenders usually admit Fries didn't recieve a fair trial.
  • Spammed: A costly war of attrition sours the Internet experience

    08/04/2002 4:21:04 AM PDT · 9 of 17
    mykej to Djarum
    "ISPs have to start blacklisting the individuals responsible for the high volume spam, or congress and the FCC will step in."

    Nope. ISPs need to start blocking ISPs that don't handle abuse. Blocking individual ip addresses has beeen tried, and it doesn't work.

    SPEWS blocks much larger ranges of addresses. Yes, there is collateral damage. I think that's ok. I don't want email form anybody who gives money to a spam friendly ISP. They can move, or convince the ISP to clean house.

    This approach has already shown progress. No, it doesn't stop all spam. Even the best ISP will have some go through. The important thing is how they react to it. We need to force ISPs to be violently anti-spam, and to immedietly shut down *any* customer that spams, no matter how big.
  • Friendly Fire (Book: U.S. Military Drafted Plans to Terrorize U.S. Cities to Provoke War With Cuba)

    08/02/2002 9:33:40 PM PDT · 34 of 41
    mykej to MinorityRepublican
    "Yes, that reminded me. The Iraqi used inferior, outdated Russian equipment. We should really take Saddam out now. He's only at 40% of his 1990 peak strength.

    The sequel will be a cakewalk. Just like the first time."

    You mean we'll go 50 miles in and turn around?
  • Blue Flash In Sky A Mystery

    08/02/2002 8:53:51 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    mykej to Davea
    If Trafficant would stay in one place they'd be able to beam him up. Back and forth from DC to Ohio, they can't track him down.

    I guess they'll eight years to find him soon, unless he gets locked up in a lead ceilinged cell.