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Comment Re:Vigilante Justice (Score 1)182

What is a good idea and what is legal are two entirely separate things. You are allowed to defend your property with non-lethal force. Whether you should is not something my post attempted to address.

Comment Re:Vigilante Justice (Score 2)182

That is not true. You are allowed to use degrees of non-lethal force (such as a fist) to defend your property.

From the Wikipedia article on self-defense:
"The ownership and possession of property confer a certain right to defend that possession, [including] a defense of it which results in an assault and battery, and that which results in the destruction of the means used to invade and interfere with that possession."[4]
People v. Kane, 131 N.Y. 111 (142 N.Y. 366, 37 N.E. 104)

Comment Re:Nonsense... it is 100% effective (Score 1)490

Remember that the F-22 is not just stealthy, but also very fast. If it uses all of its medium range missiles, it doesn't have to engage at short range. It can simply run away faster than the bogies could follow. Being able to fire off 6 missiles with little chance of return fire seems like a good plan to this civilian.

Comment Re:Liability (Score 1)625

Are you concerned over the passengers collapsing over a mere .2 g? At that acceleration (perpendicular to gravity), people would only feel 2% heavier. People would only feel 20% heavier at .66g (numbers brought to you courtesy of the Pythagorean Theorem). Humans can withstand a lot more force than that. Roller coasters hit more than 3g. I can't imagine minimal safe acceleration would be less than .5g.

Comment Re:Does anyone understand it? (Score 2)90

There are several types of electron microscopes.
You are talking about Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEM), which do work like optical microscopes, bouncing an electron beam off of the object being imaged.
The summary is talking about Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEM), which pass an electron beam through the object being imaged, and works more like microfilm.

Comment Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (Score 1)624

Wikipedia disagrees:
A bureaucrat is a member of a bureaucracy and can comprise the administration of any organization of any size, though the term usually connotes someone within an institution of a government or corporation.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1)313

I would not put Tetris and Dwarf Fortress in the same box. Tetris is only fun because of its mechanics. Dwarf Fortress's mechanics are not fun. What is fun about Dwarf Fortress is the stories created by those mechanics. Story is critical to Dwarf Fortress, but the story is created by a collaboration of you and the game, and not set by the developer.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 2)313

I disagree. The brilliance of all the Sims games (most easily seen in The Sims but present even in SimCity) was the way it told a new story every single time. The narrative of going from tiny rural farm town to bustling metropolis is engrossing. Just because a story isn't baked into the game with cutscenes and dialog doesn't mean storytelling was absent from the design.

Comment Re:Advice (Score 1)643

If you mean driver side, I can agree, but some cars also complain about the passenger's side also not using the seatbelt, even when the thing sitting in the passenger's side seat is not a person (such as a cooler full of meals on wheels).

Comment Re:Weight? (Score 1)181

Unless it is big enough to deflect the planet it is orbiting (Pluto/Chiron), the mass of the satellite does not matter. All that matter is the particulars of its orbit.

Comment Re:This is not good. (Score 1)205

First to file means that if have a working model and you talked to someone about it, they could get the patent.

Changing to first to file doesn't change the fact that only the inventor can file a patent. If you could show in court that your work was used to file the patent, you would win it back. Note that this is different from the case where someone else independently invents the same thing and files first.

Comment Re:Why federal, again? (Score 2)1306

Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the ...

That seems to cover this

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