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( Jun. 13th, 2006 12:46 pm)
SF no longer under gun ban: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/06/12/MNGQ9JCVC15.DTL

A comment by user [livejournal.com profile] crayonbeam illustrates the whole thing wery well:
I've always liked this rewording:

A well regulated library, being necessary to the education of a free state, the right of the people to keep and read books, shall not be infringed.

I read that and I can't find anything in there to indicate that people should not be allowed to keep books in their own homes and outside of a government-sponsored library.
As a bibliophile as well as a hoplophile, I like the simile. Books in many ways are more dangerous - they contain different ideas, persuasive words, and information on how to create weapons - from flint knives to massive explosives.
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( Jun. 13th, 2006 06:46 pm)
So, these jerks at Comcast "lease" me a brand new cable modem for $3 a month. But the stupid thing won't work with a router/firewall - IOTW, it doesn't really work. So Fuzzy, who's been dealing with them since he's home during the day when their "support" idiots are available, says we have to transfer his account into my name, and then "merge" them by physically going to a Comcast office, so we can use his cable modem which does work with a router.

Excuse me? What the fuck kind of lame shit is that? I'm not connecting jack diddly squat to a public network without multiple layers of protection. No firewall, no go. Yeah, my Windoze box has "ZoneAlarm", but that's a back stop. My goddamn printer is a network printer. If I just use a switch, that means any fucking idiot downstream of the neighborhood router can print to it! No Goddamn way!

So, I'll either end up doing the "merge accounts" bullshit, or buy my own damn cable modem that actually works.

The idea of a cable modem that doesn't work with a router downstream is insane. It's a way of making life easier for script kiddies to assemble botnets, and spammers to use your PC as a spew source. I wonder how much the spam kings paid Motorola to do this.

I am seriously and severely pissed off, at both Comtrash *and* Fuzzy, because of the complete fubarred mess that this has become. I signed up for service nearly two months ago, and am still suffering with flakey, slow, and intermittent DSL.

EDIT I tried it, instead of Fuzzy, with the proper reboot of the modem and then a release and renew of the router, and it worked just fine. Pissed Fuzzy off. I guess that's why I get paid for this, and he doesn't.

Comtrash is still lame, because they didn't know jack about it, but at least I don't have to make a useless pilgrimage to comcast. Sheesh.
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