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Comment: Re:Property rights (Score 1) 99

by MightyYar (#47804115) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Ultimately, your property "rights" are granted rights, not inalienable or natural rights. You don't own air rights or mineral rights for simple, pragmatic reasons.

Hell, by international convention "conquest" is the most sure-fire way to get more real estate.

As for noise pollution - people have been suing over that since the dawn of aviation. Sometimes they win, and sometimes they lose (hard to prove harm if you bought a house near an existing airport...). Over the years, we've made jets quieter, we've restricted the operating hours, and we've limited flight to sub-sonic over land. People fight over industrial plant emissions, sewer plant location, and yes - fracking locations - all the time.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that drone use will be regulated through the democratic process and not (solely) by some quaint notion of property rights.

Comment: Re:Why is this treated differently (Score 1) 161

by MightyYar (#47785395) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Right, but you HAVE to take the new phone when you are up for it, or you leave money on the table. If you promptly re-sell the phone this might work out financially. (Or in the unlikely event that your phone wears out or breaks at exactly the same interval as your replacement schedule.) The payment plans are a much better deal (if the interest rate isn't too high), since the payment eventually stops. The subsidy in the old plans went on forever.

Comment: Re:Wait (Score 1) 458

by MightyYar (#47741297) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

The attempts to find the "missing heat" assume it's still on Earth and then look for it.

I have to chaff a little bit at "assume". They don't blindly assume anything - the models that scientists have been working on for 30 or 40 years all say that the heat is still on earth. They have to "find" the heat to improve the models. You could be correct - the heat could be escaping through some mechanism that is not understood or currently measured, but that's not the high-percentage bet.

Comment: Re:Wait (Score 5, Insightful) 458

by MightyYar (#47725763) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

This is a common tactic I see on Slashdot: "How can Slashdot be praising x when they usually say y?"

The folks claiming that the "hiatus" is a denier hoax are not necessarily the same folks who published this paper.

Furthermore, the argument is not that "hiatus" is a denier hoax - any fool can see temperature readings have been flat in most measured areas. The counter-argument is typically that the Earth is really big and that surface measurements alone do not necessarily represent the amount of heat absorbed by the atmosphere. Where all of that heat has been going was where the speculation has been, with the usual supposition being "the ocean" or "the poles".

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.

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