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Comment: Well, what do you know. (Score 1) 224

Threaten people with total legal impunity and they tend to not want to get eaten alive.

Next you'll tell me that making it a condition of employment that workers live in a company dormitory, buy food from the company store with company scrip, and sign hideous non-compete contracts, all reduces cost for corporations.

Comment: Re:They wore him down. (Score 1) 246

I have heard more than one defense attorney who has gone up against federal prosecutions admit they recommended suicide to their clients as a preferable alternative to the nightmare of being hounded, persecuted, slowly destroyed, and turned into a pariah by the federal monster.

I'm not even slightly joking.

Comment: That's a rather loaded question at the end... (Score 3, Insightful) 1097

"is there an end in sight to the madness associated with the representation of this religious figure?"


But you won't like the answer and it's not politically correct. Ergo, our current political establishment refuses to even admit its existence.

Comment: Re:Larger landing area (Score 3, Interesting) 342

That's exactly what it is, since they don't have the throttle authority to burn lower, longer.

With that approach profile, they're aiming to have dV hit zero the same exact instant that the rocket settles into a 1g static load on its landing gear - same as if it was just sitting on the ground.

There's a good reason it's called a suicide burn.

Comment: Every box IS a dev kit (Score 2) 69

by He Who Has No Name (#49084833) Attached to: Will Every Xbox Be a Dev Kit?

XB1 devkit functionality is in software, not hardware. And part of that is account access to parts of MS Corpnet that allow correct devkit functionality. We have to have the correct authorized user account and sandbox entered for devkit functions to work correctly.

Our devkits at MGS are stock retail kits that are pulled off the line and loaded with in house SDKs.

I have no idea what the plan is, if any, to roll that out widespread. I'm just a polygon slinger.

Comment: Re:Counter-productive (Score 1) 157

by He Who Has No Name (#49026879) Attached to: DMCA Exemption Campaign Would Let Fans Run Abandoned Games

Unconstitutional laws are not laws, and it's not especially hard to mount a whole variety of solid constitutional challenges to the DMCA.

What's difficult is for individuals to do so with standing, since their opponent in the manner ends up needing to be either a media company, with a multi-million dollar warchest, or the federal government, with a bottomless one. Both those scenarios are very good at preventing the rightful party from winning.

Comment: That study used data from Finland's Winter War... (Score 3, Informative) 113

...and one of the other things it found was that pregnant women who found out their loved ones were killed during the Winter War and Continuation War were more likely to have children who exhibited certain psychological conditions and behavioral pathologies.

The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong -- until the next person quits or is fired.