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Comment Re:Magnetic field and open terraforming not needed (Score 1) 124

If terraforming is your goal, Venus would be a better target. While being terraformed, there is a spot at altitude where pressure is Earth norm, and temperature is livable. The atmosphere also has everything we need to produce CO2, O2, H2O to have a life sustaining habitat built.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's sound about right (Score 1) 226

Well, since the FAA has regulated RC aircraft and manned aircraft for years, and now congress wants them to regulate drones, perhaps someone gave a definition for drone.


That last link has a quotation from an actual bill that congress passed

Submission + - A remarkable number of people think 'The Martian' is based on a true story (examiner.com)

MarkWhittington writes: “The Martian” is a smash hit movie that made $100 million worldwide during its first weekend. The science and engineering depicted was, with certain notable exceptions, near perfect. The cinematography and special effects were so well done that one could almost imagine that Ridley Scott sent Matt Damon and a film crew to Mars to shoot the movie. In fact, perhaps the film was a little too good. Buzzfeed took a stroll through social media and discovered that many people think that “The Martian” is based on a true story.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's sound about right (Score 1) 226

It has to do with how it is controlled.

RC Aircraft are controlled by watching them, they can't go too high, and can't be controlled where you can't see them

Drones are controlled by watching through a remote camera or by GPS waypoints

They are different to the FAA; RC Aircraft already have laws regulating them and have for a long time. Drones fall under a mix of manned aircraft rules and RC aircraft rules, so congress asked the FAA to properly regulate them.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 66

I can understand where you are coming from, but I was responding to this:

The "Motion to Quash" (gotta love that name) references Righthaven as an example of abuse of copyright.
Federal courts have addressed such practices regarding plaintiffs "attempt to create cottage industry of filing copyright claims, making large claims for damages and then settling claims for pennies on the dollar." Righthaven LLC v. Democratic Underground LLC, No.2:11-cv-01356 (D. Nev. April 14, 2011).

Somehow I find it unsurprising that pornographers and right wing nutjobs try and use the same scam.

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

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