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Comment Re:memory loss defence? (Score 1) 602

I was in that kind of position where I got retrenched (80/90s), and the company asked me to do some contracting after. At the time I wasn't all that happy with them, so I squared my usual hourly rate and added a zero on the end. They paid. I was the *only* one that knew that design and could finish it. :)

Comment Re:Smokeless powder (Score 1) 276

The important thing about the railgun, though, is that it's a big conductive chunk of dumb metal. It's a direct-fire or ballistic weapon, not a guided one. We already have supersonic missiles. Missiles and rockets cost a lot of money to build and then are destroyed, but are often launched from relatively inexpensive platforms. Railguns put the expense in the maintainable, reusable launcher and use cheap ammunition that causes plenty of damage from kinetic impact.

The manufacturers will hate that. They'd rather be supplying a lot of expensive ammo.

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 622

Ah well... Let's hope these people doing this work are not subjected to too many death threats or terrorist attacks because of their findings. Some folks work really hard to keep other people in line and some folks are willing to die for their religious beliefs. Hopefully that does not happen here.

You know they will. This will be considered blasphemy in the highest degree, even by the non-fundamentalists. They're marked men.

And in the future, we'll study the markings using carbon dating.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 289

I'd like to see somebody make a decent case using UCC Article 2: " 2-314. Implied Warranty: Merchantability; Usage of Trade (2) Goods to be merchantable must be at least such as (c) are fit for the ordinary purposes for which such goods are used." Laptops are ordinarily used to go online, but any model with this particular hack is not fit to do so. It could be argued that, even in the face of the EULA, Samsung has violated the implied warranty. It's like (obligatory car analogy) advertising that your car has a top speed of 200mph, but then hidden deep within the manual is a disclaimer that the tires will blow up if you go over 60.

Ahh, retreads.

Anything cut to length will be too short.