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Comment: Re: Okay.... so what? (Score 1) 78

by iluvcapra (#48685173) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

I love how, when Sony here has used a song without permission, the aggrieved musician is an "artist" and Sony is exploiting them.

But, when someone pirates an MP3, nobody is hurt but the "evil record labels."

In this situation, the money Sony would pay to use the song would go to the RECORD LABEL. I don't understand why people are so excited about taking sides in a dispute between large corporations neither of whom want sharing to succeed, and both of whom are doing their fair share of exploiting.

I mean you're either pro-remixing or not.

Comment: Re: stealth (Score 1) 244

by lgw (#48684763) Attached to: Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets

Do you understand the difference between "stealth", the B2's thing, which is "remaining undetected", and "stealthy", the modern thing, which is "no missile lock"?

Everyone understands that you can see F22s and F35s on radar. No one is unclear about this. What you can't do is get missile lock before they do. There are fundamental reasons that missile guidance uses short-wave radar (the original radar, from the 30s, was long wave, and military "over the horizon" and early detection radar still is).

Sure it's an arms race, a literal one in fact. That's normal for, you know, arms. But long-wave missile guidance isn't coming soon.

Comment: Re: Ground Control... (Score 1) 133

First: Why? everything in life is a risk

Because NASA is funded by politicians, who care very much about bad news. When a shuttle crashes there must be congressional investigations! Congresscretters must be seen doing something about it.

"Proof" in mechanical systems is usually demonstrated through redundancy which only gets you so far: Not nearly as far as the engineers are taught...

It's not the engineers who are confused about this. Nor is it the politicians. Both groups understand the situation well.

Comment: Re: Shut it down (Score 4, Insightful) 133

conservatives spend bribing old people with freebies

So Social Security, Medicare, and Federal Pensions (collectively over half the budget) are conservative programs now? Man, when did that happen - I can't keep up with these shifts in the political landscape!

Meanwhile, the defense budget is only 1/6th of the federal budget and falling. The left got their way: America's military dominance is fading. The Pax Americana is ending.

Comment: Re: Shut it down (Score 1) 133

Why don't we skip Mars and set our sights on mining precious metals from the asteroid belt. Much more complicated, but:

    Planetary Resources says that platinum from a 30-meter long asteroid is worth 25Ã"50 billion USD.

It costs more for the fuel to de-obit platinum safely than the value of platinum. We can't start there. We should either:

1. Find a country we really don't like, and declare it "America's new platinum mine", so we can skip the whole "safely" part of "de-obit platinum safely"; or

2. Start with a CHON asteroid. Most of the expense of space past LEO is the cost of the fuel to lift the fuel. If we could make endless fuel in orbit, well, whole new worlds of space exploration open up to us. (Plus then it's cost efficient to do the platinum asteroid thing.)

Comment: Re:Shut it down (Score 0, Flamebait) 133

USA should trim the military budget first.

And it has. We are no longer a superpower. We're barely a world power, and mostly because of legacy ships and planes that are still relevant to modern warfare. That has also hurt R&D in America significantly, but not with the same proportionality that cutting NASAs budget would.

NASAs budget is just a mix of R&D and congressional earmarks. All that money? Spent right here on Earth. Did you know there are no malls in space? NASA does a crappy job of "pounds of payload lifted per dollar of budget" because they do so much research (and congressional earmarks).

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 240

by sumdumass (#48683115) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Drunks made the decision to do something completely legal. It's only afterwards when they are impaired that they make the illegal decision. Or are you on some religious crusade against alcohol entirely. If so, you might want to try and make your case a little more clearly.

And please try thinking before you post this time. It isn't hard.

Comment: Re:Poor tax? (Score 1) 240

by sumdumass (#48683105) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

There is a big push to hurt low income people. Governments lower taxes and increase fees for services all the time. The so called cure for climate change seems to be taxing energy use to actually make it unaffordable in the hopes that some day someone might actually be fed up enough to create an economically viable and reliable alternative while oppressing the bulk of the people into using less. Even the criminal justice system is infiltrated. You have a constitutional right to a trial by jury but in practice, you will have to pay for it. I've seen the prices start at $120 and get as high as $1500 in my area.

Ronald Reagan probably said it best when he said " I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help" was the nine most terrifying words in the English language. It is not because the government cannot help, it is because in trying to do so, it tends to wreak havoc on people. Without government helping, you might not be any better off but at least you won't be paying for the boots on your neck holding you down every time it seems like you could get ahead.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 240

by sumdumass (#48683081) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

Drunks are impaired in their decision making and motor skills which is why it is illegal for them to drive while intoxicated. Saying there is a choice is a bit like saying people who drink and drive are completely sound and in control of themselves which sort of negates the reasoning for making it illegal in the first place.

Stop and think about that a bit.

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1, Interesting) 240

by sumdumass (#48683069) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

You do not ruin a life by driving drunk. Drunk drivers only ruin someone else life when they have accidents which they are more prone to do. But simply driving over the legal limit often has no impact whatsoever at all on others or the drunken driver.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 115

by lgw (#48682625) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Sure, but I also pay for content (the vast majority of bits streamed to my endpoint are Netflix, followed by game-related stuff), and surely blogs could still make money from non-tracking ads, right? It's only the likes of Facebook that would vanish, so nothing of value would be lost.

Comment: Re: Hopefully (Score 1) 247

by lgw (#48682591) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

"Liberals" could mean just about anyone, but the very vocal SJW crowd are famous for being humorless, prudish buzzkills. What used to be the case for the right wing religious whackos is now true of the left wing SJWs: they lay awake at night worrying that someone, somewhere might be having a good time. No more representative of the mainstream left than the televangelists were of the mainstream right, but boy are they vocal. Heck, some of them are probably the same people, just with a new excuse for moral scolding and finger wagging.

Comment: Re:Culture and information matter. (Score 1) 247

by Jane Q. Public (#48682541) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea
A swing and a miss? More like knocking himself out with the follow-through.

Anybody who honestly thinks Libertarians are tools of the Right is too ignorant to be dangerous.

And anyone who thinks Ted Cruz is a Libertarian could probably learn a lot from a school of those trout.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 205

by sumdumass (#48682339) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

It would seem that you need the name also.

The context I posed the question in was specifically of the defendant's pov. If you cannot follow that, you need a lot more help than I do. If your intent was to expand above it, you would look a lot less ridiculous if you a: attempted to point that out while going there, and b: refrained yourself from trying to insult someone in order to elevate your own self worth while appearing to lack basic reading comprehension skills.

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