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Comment Re:funny and sad (Score 1) 390

What the hell are you even talking about? When Apple deleted the floppy from the iMac, all computers had a hard disk in them, as well as an operating system running from that hard disk. Plus, the iMac was only one line that Apple was selling - the Power Macintosh still had a floppy drive, and that's what anyone would actually be running Quark on if they knew what the fuck they were doing.

Boot floppy? Post System 6? Only if you're a moron, or have a dead System Folder on the hard disk. Either way, boot floppies for every-day use were dead after like 1992 in the Mac universe.

Comment Re:The law is ridiculous anyway (Score 1) 211

The US has said they won't (as a government) lay claim to extraterrestrial material returned to the US from space in this law.

Where the fuck does Russia and China come into this again? They're free to pass their own laws saying that they will confiscate (or not) any material brought back to their territories, and then we'll see just how much shit gets de-orbited into their territory.

I know that if I was running some mining operation, and a particular nation was overtly hostile towards my rights as the person who went out there to get this shit and bring it back, I'd make damn sure that I'm landing it far away from them. The world is a big place, and it would be rather easy to compute a landing trajectory that misses Asia completely. NASA has been doing it for 50+ years.

Comment Re:The law is ridiculous anyway (Score 1) 211

Except that's not what the US is doing. They are granting property rights to material returned from space to the US. Essentially they are saying "if you go out there and mine a bunch of shit, and then return it to the US, the US Government will not confiscate said shit."

There is no granting of any rights to anything not on Earth, in the territorial borders of the US, at the time of the granting. This is completely consistent with existing international and maritime law.

Comment Re: The treaty says no such thing. (Score 1) 211

You seem to have comprehension issues. What the US Government codified is that they won't confiscate stuff that is returned from space to it's territory.

How is not taking shit that is on Earth, from people also on Earth, laying national claim to a body in space?

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 312

As I understand it, there are two legal routes to obtaining a weapon restricted under the NFA:

1. Fill out an ATF form and pay the tax (as you said) as well as obtain the signature of a local law enforcement officer of record (sheriff, chief of police, district attorney, judge)
2. Establish a legal trust, assign yourself as a trustee, transfer funds to that trust, and then go through the legal loop of having the trust be the legal purchaser of the item and filing with the ATF for the tax.

Method 1 requires having an LEO that will actually put their signature to paper for you. Method 2 requires money, and exists so that legal entities such as private security business can still get their hands on these things.

The law is total horseshit, and takes an hour of a lawyer's time to get around.

Comment Re:What idiocy (Score 1) 312

Oh man, I guess I'm too poor and / or stupid to leave my country over the completely irrational fear that I'm going to be shot by a gun.

Isn't it funny that even with the problems the US has, one of the biggest debates in the US is about immigration reform, because so many people are still trying to come here?

Feel free to stay wherever the hell you are. And anyone willing to uproot themselves and their family over a statistically irrelevant fear, feel free to be gone. I'm just fine here, where I'm far more worried about the idiot driving their car and texting than I am about ever coming in contact with someone possessing a gun and intent to do me harm.

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.