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Comment Re:What do they know? (Score 1) 136

Many small aircraft get as good, if not better, than many SUVs and at 2-3 times the speed while carrying one to four people and a small amount of luggage.

And comparing an auto from the edge of the bell curve is useful how? (Doubly so when the aircraft compared to has a fraction of the capacity and capability.)

Comment Re:Poke-non: gotta disclaim 'em all (Score 1) 145

I think the general principle behind that would be

"This valuable item is not in use, it is not on private property, its rightful owner has for all intents and purposes forgotten that it existed anymore and will very likely not use it ever again. But all citizens have an interest in not letting value vanish, so it is appropriate that the disclaimed value is transferred to the State to use it. That way, all can benefit from lower taxes and higher revenues. No one is hurt, because the value was disclaimed long ago and would have otherwise benefited someone who's not the rightful owner or no one at all when the value finally vanished."

Just like copyright. Oh, wait....

Comment Re:free market (Score 1) 55

I'm not sure how you reached that conclusion.

Unless you're stupid, yes, you are.

I thought you were trying to claim that I was not honest about wanting a civilized discussion. Yet who reaches first for an insult?

And if you could be so kind as to return to the topic of discussion, could you answer my earlier question? I will restate it here in case you have forgotten it:

After revoking the currently standing states' rights to approve insurance policies for their citizens, who would you like to see have the right to approve policies for sale across arbitrary numbers of states? Would it be:

  • The federal government
  • Nobody at all
  • The companies selling the policies

Or someone else entirely?

Comment Re:The People Problem (Score 1) 595

On the upside, their insurance DO cover glasses - one set every two year.

Is this not the case in Norway?

In the UK the NHS covers the cost of an eye examination and "basic" glasses if you're a child, in full time education, unemployed, disabled etc. If you want to spend more, you can still put the NHS money towards the nicer glasses.

(For employed people it's not really a problem, as an eye test plus the basic glasses is about £40.)

The Courts

Submission + - Korean software firm sues Microsoft ..->

rs232 writes: "'Microsoft has been slapped with a lawsuit filed by Korean instant messaging program developer Digito.com .. the US software mammoth has been accused of causing a loss in sales revenue estimated at W30bn (US$1=W918) because the firm's Windows operating system comes pre-loaded with a media player and instant messaging'"
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Google

Submission + - Terrorists use Google Earth to target missiles->

arikb writes: "Seems like terrorists are using Google Earth to target their missiles more accurately at civilian targets. "We obtain the details from Google Earth and check them against our maps of the city centre and sensitive areas," Khaled Jaabari, the group's commander in Gaza who is known as Abu Walid, told the Guardian""
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Software

Submission + - South Africa adopts ODF as a government standard->

ais523 writes: As reported by Tectonic, South Africa's new Mininimum Interoperability Standards for Information Systems in government (MIOS) explain the new rules for which data formats will be used by the government; according to that document, all people working for the South African government must be able to read OpenDocument Format documents by March, and the government aims to use one of its three approved document formats (UTF-8 or ASCII plain text, CSV, or ODF) for all its published documents by the end of 2008. A definition of 'open standard' is also included that appears to rule out OOXML at present (requiring 'multiple implementations', among other things that may also rule it out).
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Biotech

Submission + - Drugs That can Crush the Defenses of Tuberculosis

PennySillin writes: One of the reasons that tuberculosis is hard to defeat because it produces an enzyme that can destroy many antibiotics. To solve that problem, some doctors have turned to drugs that gum up the protective molecule — leaving the deadly bacterium defenseless. Several of these medications are already on the market to treat other infections, but until now, it was not clear how they work or which ones are best. Using an instrument called a mass spectrometer, researchers showed that the FDA-approved medication clavulanate becomes permanently bonded to BlaC, an enzyme that chops up antibiotics from the penicillin family. Enzyme kinetics experiments, tests that measure how quickly a protein does work and how effectively chemicals can bring it to a halt, showed that two other drugs, sulbactam and tazobactam, only have temporary effects.
Space

Submission + - Naked-eye comet surprise->

An anonymous reader writes: Bad Astronomy is reporting that Comet 17P/Holmes, 220 million miles from the Sun, which Monday was a dim magnitude 17 (observable only by a few giant telescopes in remote locations) has overnight become magnitude 3 — easily visible to the naked eye. This is 400,000 times as bright. It's likely due to a sudden breakup of the comet after one too many trips around the sun. Pictures here.
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