3/10/2014 1:35:34 AM
As you know, I've been playing with Z-Wave Home Automation ever since I bought a house. Before taking the plunge, I had researched Z-Wave in great detail. I found several SDKs and APIs that looked like I could integrate Z-Wave into a C# application fairly painlessly. ...(More)
3/8/2014 7:18:25 PM
Being a geek and new homeowner, naturally I started looking into Home Automation. I bought a VeraLite Z-Wave Controller and hooked it up. Complication 1: It didn't seem to get an IP address, so I had to hook it up to my laptop and switch it over to the correct subnet manually. ...(More)
3/8/2014 12:57:37 AM
Two days ago, I wrote a software feature that can read text aloud. Today, I wrote a feature that can recognize words. Imagine what I'll do tomorrow. ...(More)
3/6/2014 3:02:56 PM
I haven't posted in almost a year, and nobody called me out on it? Well, I see how it is. Fine then, on with the show. Since last we spoke, I got married and bought a house; but not just any wife, and not just any house. ...(More)
4/22/2013 11:39:45 PM
[video] October 1798 - The proper size and scope of the federal government, right from the horse's mouth. Thomas Jefferson was involved in writing the Constitution, wrote the Declaration of Independence, and was the third President of the United States. I think he had some idea what this country was supposed to be ab ...(More)
4/12/2013 10:44:12 PM
It is indoctrinated into us from the onset of our teenage years: "Driving is a privilege, not a right." We accept this at face value, because we are ignorant teenagers. Public schools don't teach critical subjects like Natural Law and the role of government, so we don't know any better. We cherish the "privilege" or being allowed to drive, and we honor the government for granting us a license to do so. This is backwards.
You have a right to purchase and hold private property. That property includes land, pencils, medicine, guns, computers, food, and cars. Literally anything that is sold is something you have a right to buy, assuming you can find a willing vendor and agree on a price. By extension, you have a right to use that private property.
2/23/2013 8:40:02 PM
Some of you have heard or figured out by now that I published a book about liberty and the impact that socialism has on American life. Those of you who are paying attention have also realized that this booklet is but the introduction to a much larger work: A comprehensive review of the federal budget. This review goes through every department, every bureau in the federal government. Where necessary, I also dive deeper into the offices and individual programs.
My goal in doing so is to identify how much of the government is unconstitutional, to identify how much it would cos ...(More)
2/18/2013 8:27:40 PM
The ACLU's Stance on Marijuana Law is that eliminating penalties for low-level possession would be a good thing, and decriminalizing it altogether would be even better. They're right, of course; but they're not going far enough.
Yes, eliminating penalties for low-level posession would "prevent tens of thousands of people from becoming enmeshed in the criminal justice system". Yes, decriminalizing it would "[keep] people out of jail". Fewer laws mean fewer things to be arrested for. Way to do basic arithmetic, ACLU.
Yes, the war on drugs kills more people than the drugs themselves.
Yes, drug prohibition has resulted in an exponential spike in America's incarceration rates. In fact, it's the biggest reason why America has the highest per-capita incarceration rate in the world. Weren't we supposed ...(More)
2/18/2013 8:13:15 PM
The ACLU's Stance on Drug Testing is that drug use is often unrelated to job duties, testing produces inaccurate results, and hasn't been proven to prevent drug use.
You have a right to privacy. You also have a right to use drugs, prescription, legal, illegal, whatever. It's your body, and your body is your property. You are sovereign over your property, and nobody has an automatic lien or higher claim upon your property than you. Unless the drug causes you to combust and the embers set the neighbor's house on fire, it's none of their business.
Employers, however, have a right to decide who to hire. They have a right to make their decisions based on any criteria they so choose, including whether an applicant uses drugs.
The accuracy of the tests is certainly an important point. An info ...(More)
2/18/2013 2:54:43 PM
The ACLU's stance on what they call Racial Justice tells us that Black people still face inferior schools and targeting by the justice system; that Hispanics face anti-immigrant legislation, and that housing is "starkly segregated by race and class". Let's break this down for a moment.
Schools and school districts are managed and administered in one of the worst ways I can imagine. If we got the government out of the education business and privatized it like it should be, the economy would respond with better schools, because it would make more money for the companies running the schools. If, however, we are resigned to the government running the schools, then we should do it right. I designed a much better system a couple ...(More)