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Comment Did they try to work it out or just FILE FILE FILE (Score 3, Insightful) 183

Alot of the questions go to what effort did GameFly invest into research, planning and execution, of the shipping and return process.
Things from the material the mailer is produced from to simply how the dvd is secured inside the envelope to prevent shifting through the sorting process.

And the really big question, are you sure they really were "stolen" and not just kept.

I think pretty much all of the questions are valid and while written in legaleze, quite understandable given the severity of the complaint. If GameFly worked with the USPS in planning the mailing portion of their service and co-operated in tracking down these "thefts" before filing this case, then they should have no problems answering every one of them honestly and fully.

Comment Re:Nasa should reclaim this (Score 1) 234

You have to figure out how to build a reusable space vehicle first.

Which you'll never do unless you build and fly something so you can learn what works and what doesn't, which of your assumptions were wrong, etc... etc... You don't make progress by waiting for progress.

The shuttles have to be pretty much rebuilt before being used again, so they're not really anymore reusable than a capsule.


Reentry from orbital velocity seems to be the problem. If you can find materials that can do that over and over again and still be light enough to fly, then you've got something.

Well, we've got those materials. So I don't see what your point is.

Comment Re:Commodities... (Score 1) 913

That would be why the slightest turmoil in the middle east causes an instant rise in price at the pump, but the prices take weeks to go back down when the crisis is resolved. The oil execs tell us that the delay is because they already paid the high price for the oil in the supply line, but they don't explain why the oil they already paid the normal price for in the supply line didn't delay the increase at the pump.

Comment Re:Possession laws are stupid for this reason. (Score 1) 368

At least in the US, I call bullshit! I had a brother-in-law who got charged with drug possession for accepting a ride into town from a guy who the cops suspected of drug-dealing. Turns out they were right when they pulled him over on a pretext on the way. Dude had weed stashed in his car (in the driver's side door slot no less). Unfortunately, they weren't confident enough with their case, so they went after my BiW in an attempt to coerce testimony against the other guy. In the end he buckled and told them what they wanted to hear because his public defender told him he was SOL. He got a year in jail for doing nothing worse then accepting a ride with the wrong guy. Possession means exactly possession because a jury is too stupid and public defenders too incompetent to understand the technicalities. Innocent until proven guilty doesn't offer even a fig leaf when justice is for sale and so expensive it's beyond the reach of some. I wanted single-payer justice much more then health care.

IOC Trademarks Part of Canadian National Anthem 412

gravis777 sends us to BoingBoing for news that the International Olympic Committee has trademarked a line from the Canadian National Anthem and is threatening to sue anyone who uses it. The line in question is "with glowing hearts." "The committee is so serious about protecting the Olympic brand it managed to get a landmark piece of legislation passed in the House of Commons last year that made using certain phrases related to the Games a violation of law. The list includes the number 2010 and the word 'winter,' phrases that normally couldn't be trademarked because they are so general."
The Internet

The Facts & Fiction of Bandwidth Caps 394

wjamesau writes "What's the deal with broadband caps, like Comcast's 250GB/month data transfer limit, which goes into effect tomorrow? Om Malik at GigaOM has a whitepaper laying out the facts and fiction about Comcast's short-sightedness (which other carriers are mimicking), and how it will impact the future Internet: 'Given the growth trend due to consumers' changes in content consumption, today's power users are tomorrow's average users. By 2012, the bill for data access is projected to be around $215 per month.' Ouch." The white paper is embedded at the link using Scribd; for a PDF version you'll have to give up an email address.

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."