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Comment: Re:Politicians making a promise. (Score 2) 117

"...get a constitutional convention by having non-corrupt state-level politicians pass an amendment."

Clearly you haven't been paying attention. State level races are as bad as national level when it comes to money as influence.

"So we're going to elect some politicians that promise to do something different? Where have I heard that before? (Every 2-6 years)"

Your gutless resignation isn't doing any good. Lessig has a great idea and he understands just how fundamentally broken the system is. He is fighting the system from within the system, something I didn't think was possible, but it's a really worthy goal. Be part of an attempted solution. Go donate. (And yes, I have. Twice.)

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 3, Interesting) 49

This is something called a low-density supersonic decelerator. It's probably a bit different from anything else that has been happening "for the last 50 years." It's meant to allow a parachute to work effectively in the low-density atmosphere of Mars for spacecraft that are too heavy for conventional parachutes or the bouncing type of landing that was used for the Mars Exploration Rovers.

Comment: Re:They're infringing my Second-Amendment drone ri (Score 2) 268

by Concerned Onlooker (#47340677) Attached to: That Toy Is Now a Drone

"I'm not sure that the FAA has the authority to regulate the quadcopter in the first place..."

Maybe not quadracopters, but they definitely have the authority to regulate airspace. And regulation of quadracopters is probably coming, in much the same way as every little device that transmits radio waves is regulated now.

Comment: Re:The actual appeal (Score 1) 240

My previous career was in the commercial photography business. I was the one that pushed the studio into getting a digital scanning back for our 4x5. I'm in agreement about digital. Mostly.

I recently acquired an old film Leica for two reasons. One, I just always wanted an M4-P. It's a really great feeling piece of equipment that makes you think very deliberately about how you're shooting and it's fun to use. Two, I know that I can record some images that will be impervious to bit rot.

Ernest asks Frank how long he has been working for the company. "Ever since they threatened to fire me."