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Comment Good start (Score 1) 41

Thank you! I would prefer this enshrined as a constitutional right rather than a legislative one, but it's a start.

Ideally, have an amendment stating one's papers w r t the 4th Amendment, shall include but not be limited to electronic records, data storage, and transmissions wherever they may occur.

This could conceivably happen via Supreme Court decision as they love "evolving standards and expectations" to alter what is and is not constitutional for the government to do. Current warrantless invasiveness is based on an ancient ruling about phone records, being in the business, are not something a reasonable person expects privacy over. Now they do.

Comment Re:Maybe (Score 1) 365

They did this with fuel efficiency -- earlier tests had no load so, while reasonable for comparison between vehicles, poorly reflected actual milage So they tightenedup the test so actual milage is much closer to listed.

In any case, this scandal will hit US companies, and we can watch as those screaming for multibillion dollar fines come up against millions of retirees seeing their meal tickets clobbered.

Comment Re: Jews In Space! (Score 1) 50

Idiot downmodders, go learn some history. There's an apocryphal meme floating around that Hitler hampered Germany's nuclear physics by forbidding using Einstein's stuff because he was Jewish.

This sarcastically called those "Jewish physics" in this context.

God damn, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Get back to tumblr or wherever the hell you edumicated yourself.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 2) 368

This was on top of 15 years of ridiculous increases. In the early 2000s my house went up $500 a year. When I moved out after 10 years, the last two of which had a similar 2% max, the taxes had gone from $4200 to $7800.

Greedy politicians can suck it. Taxes are not even yet down to where they should be. Politicans ripped off citizens for years for amounts tied to house prices AKA housing bubble inflation rather than general inflation.

Comment Fries cooked with trans fats legally too! (Score 2) 50

McDonald's should take the opportunity to fund a $50 million pre-launch that lands a small habitat on the moon, well-stocked and waiting, for an extended stay if necessary (this is how we should go to Mars BTW) complete with a tiny McDonald's in it where they can buy four Big Macs, run by one astronaut who is also a legal McDonald's employee.

McDonald's, are you listening?

Comment Re:The money quote (Score 2) 175

I was under the impression the Supreme Court had already ruled you can encrypt as the encrypted message is protected speech, too.

That should be the case if not, but I do remember reading that. This was also why the government could get away wth banning export of encryption devices, but not the speech itself.

Comment Pro am (Score 5, Funny) 110


"In this corner, weighing in at 327, the Buttonmasher from Boston, the World Champeen Jason 'Couch Potato' Johnson!

"And in this corner, weighing in at 294, the Dollar Menu Don, the Permanent Indenter, Phil 'And a Diet Coke, lite on the ice, please' Pullman.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 0) 415

most of the decline in capacity factors is due to expensive "base-load plants that are being turned on less because of renewables," according to BNEF analyst Jacqueline Lilinshtein. Plants designed to come online only during the highest demand of the year,

Translation: "Fossil fuel plants suck because they are more and more used only when solar and wind are not working, nights, cloudy, calm times, and peak times we cannot handle !!!1!111elev3nty1one!!!"

They note that with unobtanium batteries they will be able to take over peak loads too.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.