Quote of the Week #16

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding.

– Justice Louis Brandeis, dissenting, Olmstead v US (1928)

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For Crying Out Loud

Remember how I rebooted my computer remotely and couldn’t get back into it again? Apparently holly’s BIOS felt it necessary to warn that there was no mouse attached at boot, so please press any key to continue. So it sat there. For five days.

For the record, whoever thought that was the proper failure mode for not having a mouse attached (if not having a mouse attached can even be considered a failure to begin with) is a moron.

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