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Comment No brute-forcing murky... or clear? (Score 4, Informative) 187

The website explains the brute-forcing thing in a roundabout way... but it does note (emphasis added):

While we accept bug reports on the ability to conduct brute-force attacks, we do not allow execution of brute-force attacks on other users. Please see the “Do not attempt” section. If you believe you have found a method to conduct a brute-force or code injection attack, please report it to us without testing it.

Comment Re:If this is the only way ... (Score 4, Informative) 160

It's hard to believe the National Park Service isn't a historical society of some sort when conservation and preservation of historic sites is their remit.

16 USC 1: "The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified, except such as are under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Army, as provided by law, by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

Comment Re:But the case hasn't even started! (Score 2) 119

Despite what the upper level post says, there is no Federal law that imposes a general requirement to accept Federal Reserve Notes in satisfaction of any debt. The legal tender for all debts wording on the face of those notes is derived from Title 31, United States Code, Section 5103 ("United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues. Foreign gold or silver coins are not legal tender for debts."). State and local law may vary and require acceptance of Federal Reserve Notes in satisfaction of a debt. LEGAL tender does not in and of itself mean MANDATORY tender.

An alternative answer to your question would be that you contractually agreed to pay in certain forms and not others. The most restrictive constraint will usually control when there is a conflict between law and a contract.

Comment Terrible ventilation v. heat exhaustion (Score 3, Interesting) 187

When I was in high school and they were adding on and renovating, everybody wanted as many classes in the portables as possible because they had air conditioning and our 50 year old school building didn't.

I'm sure more was learned in them than could have been learned in a 90 degree classroom.

Comment Re:Pretty big differencfe (Score 1) 297

A state retains concurrent jurisdiction over crimes committed contrary to state law in that state, even within the "special aircraft jurisdiction". Also, not all criminal offenses committed on an aircraft within the "special aircraft jurisdiction" can be prosecuted as a federal offense.

Comment Flying Objects and Buildings... (Score 2) 297

We're supposed to be okay with crashing flying objects to buildings? Did Al-Qaeda have it right all along? Should we give them medals instead of killing them? Is Bin Laden due a wrongful death payment?

These are legitimate concerns when you start complaining about a fine for a moron who caused his drone to fly into a stationary object.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 3, Informative) 250

Possession of stolen property requires that the property was stolen in the first place.

To steal something requires (among other elements) an intent to deprive the rightful owner of enjoyment of the property.

If you take something for the purpose of turning it in, that intent is not present and thus the property is not considered stolen.

Comment Re:Controlled for minimum driving age? (Score 1) 635

He was dad (to the best of my knowledge and belief). Policy, however, was that we couldn't allow them to sign for it unless their name was on the birth certificate. Even though I could clearly tell they were related (same address on license, report card/transcript, etc), dad had to be on the birth certificate to sign.

Comment Re:Controlled for minimum driving age? (Score 1) 635

As far as practical applications go, I had zero night driving experience before I got my license, whereas the GDL kids have had at least 2 or at least 10 hours at night.

But, the majority of driver ed time here is spent in the classroom, learning road rules to pass the written test and watching Red Asphalt (which should be a teenage rite of passage, as far as I'm concerned).

I think Michigan's rules for terminating at 18 assume that if you get a license after that age, you're self disciplined to do the practice on your own during the 30 day time restriction before you can take your road test.

Comment Re:Controlled for minimum driving age? (Score 1) 635

Something like that. You went to drivers ed, you got certificate, you brought it in and you would get your paper (replaced 10 of these daily, they don't survive the washer) level 1 license. You go back to drivers ed, get some experience, and about a year or so later you were back in (ugh) to get a hard plastic level 2 license. Then once you were 17 + had level 2 for 6 months, unless parents said otherwise, they'd automatically mail a Level 3, which has no restrictions.

You never don't get a "full" license until you turn 18.

Comment Re:Controlled for minimum driving age? (Score 3, Informative) 635

This. In Michigan, I waited until I was 18 just to avoid dealing with graduated driver licensing laws. The bureaucracy alone they create is a PITA.

During my time working at the DMV, kids would often bring their fathers in to sign for approving their next level license. At least twice a day I was sending home angry kids because daddy dearest wasn't on the birth certificate.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky