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Comment: Re:Vigilante Justice (Score 2) 182

by ILMTitan (#42021861) Attached to: Hacker vs. Counter-Hacker — a Legal Debate

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

by ILMTitan (#40838631) Attached to: US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms
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

by ILMTitan (#40625053) Attached to: Why Ultra-Efficient 4,000 mph Vacuum-Tube Trains Aren't Being Built
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

by ILMTitan (#39282063) Attached to: Sheffield Scientists Have Revolutionized the Electron Microscope
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:Nope (Score 1) 313

by ILMTitan (#39025821) Attached to: <em>Twisted Metal</em> Designer Rails Against Storytelling Games
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.

For example :

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 2) 313

by ILMTitan (#39025529) Attached to: <em>Twisted Metal</em> Designer Rails Against Storytelling Games
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.

Apple Launches New Legal Attack On Samsung 490

Posted by samzenpus
from the history-repeating dept.
walterbyrd writes "Apple Inc has asked a federal court in California to block Samsung Electronics Co Ltd from selling its new Galaxy Nexus smartphones, alleging patent violations. In a suit filed last week in San Jose, Apple said the Galaxy Nexus infringes on patents underlying features customers expect from its products. Those include the ability to unlock phones by sliding an image and to search for information by voice."

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

by ILMTitan (#36536092) Attached to: US House Takes Up Major Overhaul of Patent System

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

by ILMTitan (#35613336) Attached to: US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax
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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