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Comment: Re:Just not logical (Score 2) 80

by rtb61 (#49820463) Attached to: Indicted Ex-FIFA Executive Cites Onion Article In Rant Slamming US

FIFA is exactly what is was, nothing more and nothing less. An association with representatives from each country managing an 'Sports Advertising' association based around a specific set of rules and over grown children who can accept doing the same thing over and over again. This is turn sponsored by many governments using public funds, not for the benefit of the public but to subsidise 'Sports Advertising' in return for promotion of those politicians who vote in more 'Sports Advertising' subsidise at the public expence (three times, as tax, to be a spectator and to pay for advertising costs on the products they buy). What greater example than Australian, no minister of science but a minister of Sports (advertising, if was about sports it would be about people participating rather than spectating).

So let's drop the fantasy, the whole exercise once it leaves your neighbourhood park where your family can participate for free, is all about idiot egos, greed and corruption. So what is new here,hmm, let me guess who was meant to get to host the next world cup. Still taking into account the charges, they should be doing it a whole lot more often in a whole lot more cases of corrupt get rich quick schemes. So if they achieve prosecution, bloody good job.

Comment: Re:Good ruling (Score 1) 135

I agree that zero tolerance is a bad idea, but what they've struck down is the "reasonable person" standard in any kind of criminal case. It has nothing to do with zero tolerance.

IANAL, but I suspect the issue is that to convict someone for a serious crime you generally have to show "mens rea" ("guilty mind") -- that the defendant had the intent of committing the crime in question. If so the ruling may be reasonable, but not for the reasons you suggest. If I'm right, what SCOTUS is saying is that the jury has to determine that the husband actually intended to threaten his wife.

As for the civil liberties implications, they appear to be more limited than most people seem to believe. Threatening someone is still a crime. It's just not a crime to say something someone would misconstrue as a threat, even if that person is being reasonable.

Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 2) 160

by fyngyrz (#49819479) Attached to: Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

I wonder if they've weighed the sponges. One possibility is that the sponges are deteriorating in a particular direction, thus engaging in conventional "stuff out one end makes you go the other way" propulsion. And also becoming traditional "will get used up" style fuel in the process. :)

Though it'd be all kinds of awesome if it was creating coherent motion out of energy delivered by photons without wearing out. Now *that* could be a space drive.

Comment: Re:Like the sailor that blow into his sail... (Score 1) 160

by hey! (#49819399) Attached to: Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

Well, without actually reading the article itself I'll venture an opinion of course. If you carried the fuel and lasers yourself it wouldn't be like the sailor blowing on his own sail at all; it's be like the sailor facing the stern and blowing his ship forward. That's because the ship would still be powered by the rearward expulsion of electrons.

The advantage of the system with an external laser is (I presume) that even though it is no doubt very energy inefficient, since all you're expelling is electrons the specific impulse would be quite high. This allows you to apply small amount of thrust, but continuously for a long time without the bulk of your payload being fuel. If you are going to carry the fuel needed to power the thrusters you might as well go with compact ion thrusters.

Comment: Re:Negotiating when desperate (Score 0) 470

First of all, if your employer is acting illegally, then your real problem is that the rule of law has broken down in your shithole country. If that's truly the case, then you should move to another country without money or belongings and claim refugee status.

Of course, that's not really the case, now is it? Yeah, I didn't think so...

"Well, move!" you say?

Before you say I should work harder...

Before you say I should negotiate better...

I'm not going to say any of those things. What I am going to say is that you should cut costs. You say you spend $170/week, but only get paid $176/week? Then you can't afford to spend that much! If you're living by yourself, get a roommate. If you already have a roommate, get another one to take your bed and sleep on the couch. Or move out and borrow a friend's couch. Or sleep in your car. Or if you don't have a car, find a homeless shelter. And then eat nothing but ramen and/or whatever other food you can source for $1/day. After a few weeks of that, you've saved a couple hundred bucks. Congratulations, you now have savings, and now you can afford to move to get that $700/week job in the other city.

I really don't care how little you get paid! No matter how little it is you should always save some of your income, even if you're homeless and panhandling, because that's how you get yourself into a better situation. I'm not saying it's easy; I'm saying it's necessary. If you ever want to get ahead, you literally have no choice but to do it.

Comment: Re:Why WOULDN'T you? (Score 1) 77

I'd think they'd prefer notoriety under an alias, e.g. "The drinkypoo Bandit" rather than a real name unless they could obtain attribution knowing there wasn't enough evidence to convict.

That's why some antivirus companies deliberately change the names when reporting, from whatever the author wants it to be called (when they can tell.) They don't want to provide them notoriety under their chosen alias.

Comment: Re:Eh... (Score 1) 78

by drinkypoo (#49818853) Attached to: LEGO Launches a Minecraft Competitor On Steam

I don't know where you get this from. I have seen many computers where it doesn't run, or it fails to run well. For a game with quite simplistic graphics, it sure does take a powerful machine to run it. Sure it runs on Linux, OSX, and Windows, but it requires quite a lot of resources on any of those machines.

Minecraft does not demand a whole lot of CPU without complex mods, but it wants a whole lot of GPU and a whole lot of RAM. Only full-on gaming PCs (in households, anyway) tend to have both.

Minetest takes a lot less GPU and RAM, but takes a lot more CPU. You can run it on crappy intel integrated graphics that come with an Atom, but it will crater the Atom.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.