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Comment: Re:Late to the party as usual.. (Score 2) 630

by Dereck1701 (#46755277) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

That doesn't change the fact that they tried to and still are legally able to pursue these "debts" with no real recourse for those who are targeted. This stinks of a temporary hold to let the controversy die down so it can be reintroduced at a slower pace next time, if you're boiling frogs alive you bring the temperature up slowly so they don't jump out of the pot.

Comment: lofty goals or waste? (Score 1) 174

by Dereck1701 (#46731555) Attached to: Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

I'm all for lofty science projects with a moderate likelihood of failure but it seems like every one of these large scale projects of late fail to live up to their promises, don't provide significant scientific information AND cost 4 times what they were originally projected to cost. One of those conditions every other project would be quite acceptable but all three of them on a vast majority of projects? Sounds like either a massive waste of taxpayer money or a "legalized" form of embezzlement to me.

Comment: Re:Having a private pilots license (Score 2) 269

Thats starting to change, ballistic parachutes are becoming more common place on small private aircraft giving a pretty significant margin of safety. Even with a complete failure of the airframe passengers can walk away from the remnants of the aircraft.

Comment: Would it have made a difference? (Score 1) 461

by Dereck1701 (#46460313) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

Would such a device have really made a difference? Currently it looks like one of two scenarios, either someone commandeered the plane (growing increasingly unlikely) and disabled all of the communications systems or there was a sudden catastrophic failure that either destroyed the plane in midair or crippled all of its systems. I find it highly unlikely that this system could upload a meaningful amount of data through a satellite connection (not known for their reliability) in such a short time if it was a catastrophic failure or if it was a failure of all systems who's to say that it wouldn't have taken out such a device as well.

Comment: No shame (Score 1) 131

by Dereck1701 (#46352589) Attached to: Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

These **AA agencies truly have no shame, hopefully this little "oversight" lands a boot so far up the MPAA's rear that they'll think twice about their brazen and often completely false/misleading statements for decades to come. Sadly I'm not betting on it, they'll probably use some circular reasoning to "justify" why they can take advantage of off-shoring but others shouldn't, but one can always hope. At a bare minimum they've given the actual artists ammunition to use against them.

+ - Federal wood burning rule prompts rural backlash->

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SonicSpike (242293) writes "This is a follow-up to what was previously reported here on SlashDot:


A federal proposal to clean up the smoke wafting from wood-burning stoves has sparked a backlash from some rural residents, lawmakers and manufacturers who fear it could close the damper on one of the oldest ways of warming homes on cold winter days.

Proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would significantly reduce the amount of particle pollution allowed from the smokestacks of new residential wood-powered heaters.

Wood-burning stoves are a staple in rural homes in many states, a cheap heating source for low-income residents and others wanting to lessen their reliance on gas or electric furnaces. Outdoor models often cost several thousand dollars, but indoor stoves can cost as little as a few hundred dollars and sometimes double as fashionable centerpieces in homes.

Some manufacturers contend the EPA's proposed standards are so stringent that the higher production costs would either force them out of business or raise prices so high that many consumers could no longer afford their products."

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Comment: Focus (Score 1) 330

by Dereck1701 (#46319809) Attached to: Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Perhaps they should focus on one incredibly ambitions plan instead of eight separate ones. I'm also a bit curious how big the receivers would have to be earthside to collect the beamed energy. I don't know if they've invented the microwave equivalent of a laser which is probably what would be needed to to keep the receivers less than 20 miles wide.

Comment: Not really a fan of NIF (Score 1) 143

by Dereck1701 (#46262647) Attached to: What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

I can't say that I'm really a fan of the National Ignition Facility. The PR side of it is "a grand search into fusion power research", but the reality seems to be nuclear weapons research. Coupled with the fact that the project has had massive mismanagement and cost overruns from an original ~$1 Billion estimate to costing over $4.2 Billion. Advanced research is never predictable to be sure, and some cost overrun/failure is to be expected but a four fold increase in costs AND no ignition? Sounds like we're not getting much bang for our research bucks.

Comment: Re:Hacker??!! (Score 1) 248

I am aware of that as a matter of law, but the premise was that a person can't be tried for the same crime multiple times in the US. That is false because there are stacks of cases where people are tried 2, 3, 4 or even more times, the law may say that the previous trial "didn't occur" but that doesn't erase the fact that it did. And there is technically no limitation to the number of times a person can be retried as long as a prosecutor can make enough of a case to avoid a verdict of not guilty (despite an hour of searching I still can't find the legal requirements of a finding of "not guilty" by a jury, is it 50%?). There are even cases where prosecutors have purposely caused (or attempted to cause) mistrials to prevent possible not guilty verdicts so they can retry a person in the future.

Comment: Re:Hacker??!! (Score 1) 248

"nopee. the first court is the only court"

Tell that to the "Liberty City 7", that group of destitute morons that the FBI conned into becoming "terrorists". The charges and evidence were so laughable that two separate juries wouldn't vote to convict. It took a third, hand picked jury to finally convict some of them of some of the charges after two weeks of deliberations and two uncooperative jurors being replaced.

Comment: Re:Anything it sees may be used against you (Score 2) 192

by Dereck1701 (#46202133) Attached to: Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

In some cases you would be right, there are definitely cases where a department acknowledged that there had been misconduct and was open with the fact & any evidence they had. However there are also MANY cases (Michael Deherra Beating, Hollywood FL framing, etc) where there were obvious instances of personnel not involved with the misconduct covering for those misbehaving by destroying and/or editing evidence. On officer video could have very positive impact on both punishing criminals and punishing officer misconduct, but only if the video is streamed to a third party database that provides access equally to police, prosecution, defendants & reporters. And there are SEVERE penalties for having "accidents" with your video equipment at an "inopportune" time.

Comment: Dubious (Score 1) 202

by Dereck1701 (#46148563) Attached to: Many Lasers Become One In Lockheed Martin's 30 kW Laser Weapon

I'm highly dubious as to the real world applications of this system. Every other laser "weapon" has turned out to be highly ineffective, prone to failure & unable to meet any of its design goals. Just look at the ABL (Airborne Laser), they burnt over $5 Billion and were well on their way to burning more until some in the military hierarchy noticed that you would need dozens of them positioned inside even a small enemies airspace to be effective.

"If value corrupts then absolute value corrupts absolutely."