Rick Moen

Rick Moen

  • Commented on What happens now?
    JBS: As a Golden State native son (albeit raised among Brits), I can report that 'youens' has no currency in California's vernacular. However, you might pass as a native by using 'hella many'. Or, more specifically, as subspecies Santa Cruz...
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    mdive @ 473 about Giuliani: Just note that it is a trade organization, and it is no way involved in his ability to practise law - his law license is administered by the New York State Board of Law Examiners...
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    JBS @ 183: According to Moscow Mitch it cannot be called back into session before that date without Unanimous Consent. This is an accurate representation by JBS from a lying liar who lies, and I thank (once again) JBS for...
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    Queens, I mean. Apologies to the good citizens of the Bronx, who certainly didn't deserve that....
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    Bill Arnold @ 243: Certainly I'm aware that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is empowered to order nuclear strikes a la Brig. Get. Jack D. Ripper. My point is that the office also gives him a massive number of...
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    Robert van der Heide @ 216: Ouch. Leo Ryan was my Congressman and personal acquaintance, and I occasionally visit his grave in Millbrae, CA when I go visit my grandfather's. (Oddly enough, Dan White is also buried in that...
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    JBS @ 183: The only reason The Turtle says he "cannot" reconvene the US Senate without unanimous consent is that he doesn't wish to take action to reconvene into full session from the current pro-forma one. It's always within the...
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    Heteromeles @175, yes, a President sidelined via the 25th can indeed countermand that advisory immediately, and I apologise for mis-summarising Section 4's details slightly. And since posting my earlier remarks, I've caught up enough on reading to infer that Pence...
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    Last night it occurred to me that the President-Eject's latest actions and lacks thereof might be most easily explainable in one of these two ways: 1. He might have been already 25ed by the VP and an 8-vote majority of...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    JBS @ 1748: Yes, of course I'm aware that the entire point of the 25th Amendment was to formalise the succession, and provide an orderly alternative to what happened with President Wilson in '17. My point was merely that interested...
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    It's entirely possible that VP Pence and sundry Cabinet members and other officials have already, as with the National Guard deployment, simply started acting as if Pence were Acting President, that involving a great deal less commotion than would be...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    paws4thot @1188: Also, still waiting for anyone to explain the difference between Rounders and Baseball (other than possibly the softness of the ball). Rounders uses a much smaller bat than baseball, often swung one-handed, and the batter carries the bat...
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    _Moz_ @1069: Precisely. Remember the brief upset when people discovered a complete computer running linux 'hidden' inside Intel CPUs? This seems to be a hideously garbled attempt to refer to discovery of a string from Andrew Tannenbaum's (now-BSD-licensed) Minix3 (not...
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    David L. @1108: pfSense can do simple NAT or deep packet inspection or whatever level of paranoia you want to operate at. But you have full control over what goes in and out of your location. For those who care,...
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    Greg Tingey @1085: I wonder ... is it possible to get a new "appliance" in this general class that DOES NOT use connected electronics? Seriously, I am having a very difficult time believing that any commodity appliance (excluding ones specifically...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Certainly, security threats (or at least complications) to one's household computing from the Internet of Pwned Things are worth pondering and deciding how to contain and defang the undesired behaviour. In the short term, I've managed so far to avoid...
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    JBS @1004: I think you got the wrong guy. Rick Moen @ 956: wrote that about the big, prominent tumors. Let me back up just a little, because I was probably a little unclear, and my main point may be...
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    JBS @931: As it happens, I know rather a lot more about prostate cancer than I'd really like to. 1. Official recommendations about when to get first PSA screenings continue to be disputed, the bone of contention being one I...
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    whitroth @910: You think that hasn't already come under consideration?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interplanetary_Internet Personal story about that: At BucConeer, the 1998 Worldcon (Baltimore), I noticed a sudden notice at the convention centre infodesk about a newly scheduled, impending talk by Internet pioneer Vinton...
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    Greg Tingey @719: "Freedom of expression" Does not allow shouting "FIRE!" in a crowded theatre. And that is exactly what the ant-vaxxers in Samoa are doing. I applaud the sentiment, but need to indulge my inner history geek, and tell...
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    icehawk @718: So... how are *your* liberal views on free speech handling that? Because mine are running facefirst into a brutal concrete wall of reality. Speaking for myself, I'm not even a citizen of the Independent State of Samoa, and...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    As a follow-on, some further reading confirms that this is indeed a publicity stunt directly related to the impending primary election season: Bill co-sponsor Keller aims to cross houses and upgrade her seat to that of the Senate 4th District,...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    _Moz_ @748: A medical procedure which has not yet been invented is now legally required... There is dimwittery and political pandering at work, here, but it is equally evident that fact-checking is just not your forté. No legislation whatsoever has...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    (And yes, the author acknowledges that SPADs resign before a General Election. He claims to have a broader point about reporting. See the Twitter thread, and you be the judge. I was just mostly amused by the follow-on comment.)...
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    Just seen in a Twiiter feed found it was tweeted by Malcolm Nance: [begin snip] Dominic Cummings, senior aide to the Prime Minister, apparently resigned three weeks ago. THREE WEEKS AGO. It's only being reported now. And the BBC Politics...
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    mdive @719: Specifically, Amtrak desperately needs funding for the new Hudson River tunnels. Pardon me if this is pedantic hair-splitting, but, for purposes cited, wouldn't one new Hudson River tunnel suffice? Stepwise: 1. Build New Tunnel. Make it service-ready. 2....
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    LAvery: Brevity is the soul of wit. Fair cop, gov. And sorry, everyone. I just get a bit wound up when I see smarmily phrased, vague-yet-mostly-wrong claims about software stakeholders, particularly when they're frosted with by-the-numbers blather about 'intellectual property'....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    JH, I'm just a tiny bit disappointed, because I was hoping for at least a begrudging acknowledgement that your continually repeated assertion that 'Getting to 2/3rds is mathematically impossible' (stated in a variety of wording) was in fact bushwah, that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    JH @1533: Getting to 2/3rds is mathematically impossible. As for the retirees swinging a vote for a secret ballot together with the Demos, that would backfire big time. Like I said, then you'd have a Republican secret ballot bloc vote...
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    nojay @601: Patents expire, the Slashdot article you linked to is 20 years old To quote one of my favourite lines from The West Wing: 'Ah, the rare valid point.' But.... But that merely means that the specific patents then...
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