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Comment: Re:$25 Million? (Score 1) 22

by K. S. Kyosuke (#48628441) Attached to: India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket
They still haven't build the presumably rather expensive (deeply cryogenic) third stage, so don't count on the final version being so cheap. Plus the improving standards of living in India will inevitably push the price upwards, whereas Falcon development is definitely going to either push the price down or at least stabilize it at a rather low level, if at least one of 1) reusability or 2) increased launch frequency pans out. (The latter is almost certain.) And finally, the advertised Falcon 9 price tag is a market price (with profit margins included), whereas this is presumably just the total sum of expenses for this test (and without the third stage, it will be only a fraction of the launch expenses for the real thing).

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 395

by amicusNYCL (#48627795) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

That may be true but a key difference in the US is that gun rights are codified into law and in the culture. What is the "Wild West" without guns? In Arizona, to this day, you can walk into a bank with a gun with no problems.

You can't walk with a gun into any business that has a sign saying that firearms are not allowed, even if you have a concealed carry permit. Convenience stores post those signs, if a bank (or any other business) wants to make it illegal to walk in there with a gun then all they need to do is put a sign up. A business without a sign can still ask you to remove your gun provided that they have a secure place for you to store it while you're there. There are other places where you're not allowed to carry a concealed weapon, for example within a certain range of a school. You're never allowed to bring a weapon to a polling place on the day of the election. You also can't walk into Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station with a gun, or secured areas of the airport, or a jail. You can walk into a bar with a gun as long as the owner doesn't prohibit it, but you can't drink alcohol with a gun on you.

But you know what's prohibited here? Nunchucks. That's not a joke, either. You can walk down the street without a license carrying a loaded shotgun in each hand, handguns strapped all over your waist and legs, and rifles slung over your back, but nunchucks are illegal. We need to draw the line somewhere. This isn't the wild west any more.

Comment: Re:Really? The FCC is a "rethuglican" creation? (Score 1) 110

by TubeSteak (#48626891) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

The FCC was formed by the Communications Act of 1934 to replace the radio regulation functions of the Federal Radio Commission.

The FCC exists because 100+ years ago, assclowns with radios were making false distress calls, cursing at people on the airwaves, and faking naval messages.

You could call it the Greater Radio Fuckwad Theory.
/And yes, 100+ years ago, foul language was a legitimate moral issue that the government felt compelled to regulate and punish on the shared airwaves.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 2) 395

by amicusNYCL (#48626511) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

I just have to wonder if it's not just a PR stunt.

I think it's much more likely that Sony is trying to shift media attention away from all of the information that was leaked, and onto the story of the threats and the movie. Pulling the movie all of a sudden makes the threats seem much more credible, and now that's what the media is talking about. The real story here is all of the data that was stolen from Sony, like the story about them wanting to go after DNS to take down piracy websites. The movie isn't the story, but that's where the narrative is being steered.

Comment: Re:Yup, Hegel 101 (Score 2) 395

by amicusNYCL (#48626465) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

it's been quite fun to watch this event transform from "Fuck Sony" to our ever present "Oh Noez! A bogey man" dialectic

I haven't moved on from the "Fuck Sony" part yet. Especially after they pulled the movie. The article that the summary links to is the first response to this that actually makes sense. Every other response from every talking head, or politician, or executive, has been completely fucking stupid. There's not really another way to say it. It's just moronic.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 395

by amicusNYCL (#48626379) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Yep pretty much. Just because someone is robbing you doesn't mean there is a need to kill them.

Correct, but you can go in and confront them, because you don't want them taking your stuff. They are invading your property. Have you ever experienced a break-in where people that you don't know are going through all of your stuff deciding what they want to take? It's a pretty vulnerable feeling, you feel violated after that. Why let someone do that to you? Why roll over just because they decide to break a window and come in your house? Why not stand up to them and tell them that they aren't going to be taking anything? They very well might have a weapon on them, so you defending your house and your property and your family isn't going to carry a ton of weight with them unless you can back things up with force. If they decide to back down and leave, great, you don't have to kill them. If they decide to pull their weapon over your TV, then they've made the decision to escalate things.

Hopefully your solution isn't to let people roam through your house and do whatever they want, and you'll just call insurance. Make sure to inform your family that if they see anyone in the house stealing things, the proper response is to just get out of their way and try to make a note of what they're taking. Hopefully they decide that the only things they want to take are material goods.

Comment: Re:Never attribute to stupidity (Score 1) 394

by Rei (#48626209) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Propaganda campaign by who? I think Singer needs to check his haughtiness at the door:

the ability to steal gossipy emails from a not-so-great protected computer network is not the same thing as being able to carry out physical, 9/11-style attacks in 18,000 locations simultaneously. I can't believe I'm saying this. I can't believe I have to say this."

Except, of course, for the fact that the prime suspect is the hand-picked hacker squad of the Hollywood-obsessed leader of a nuclear armed state with ICBMs, whose family's Hollywood obsession has gone to such extremes in the past as kidnapping filmmakers and forcing at them at gunpoint to make movies for them. I can't believe I'm saying this. I can't believe I have to say this.

+ - Woman game developer may have never "fled her home"->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Previously unknown indie game developer Brianna Wu made international news, including on the green, after claiming on October 11 that threats from the Gamergate movement had forced her to flee her home. As one report briefly mentioned, at that time Wu was on a planned trip to New York where she was scheduled to speak at Comic-Con. Later news interviews placed Wu at her home as they reported that she had fled from it, raising the question of whether she had ever been forced to flee her home at all.

As has come to be usual for any news on this subject, Medium administrators deleted an article that had provided additional evidence that Wu's secret media interview location was in fact her own home from which she had never fled."

Link to Original Source

+ - FBI confirms open investigation into Gamergate->

Submitted by v3rgEz
v3rgEz (125380) writes "In a terse form letter responding to a FOIA request, the FBI has confirmed it has an open investigation into Gamergate, the loose but controversial coalition of gamers calling for ethics in gaming journalism — even as some members have harassed and sent death threats to female gaming developers and critics"
Link to Original Source

Comment: Are You Joking? (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by eldavojohn (#48625017) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

> It is not known how the US government has determined that North Korea is the culprit

Of course it's known. The same way they established that Iraq had chemical weapons. The method is known as "because we say so".

Are you joking? I thought it was well established that there were chemical weapons in Iraq we just only found weapons designed by us, built by Europeans in factories in Iraq. And therefore the US didn't trumpet their achievements. In the case of Iraqi chemical weapons, the US established that Iraq had chemical weapons not because they said so but because Western countries had all the receipts.

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.