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Comment Re:What happens next... (Score 1) 611

In the shorter term: What is on the Court's docket for the remainder of this year? There appear to be two more sessions scheduled, February 22 and March 21. In addition, the justices may have some decisions pending for which Scalia may not yet have given opinions. What happens to these and will his loss make a difference in any important upcoming decisions?

Comment 1976 Copyright Act (Score 4, Informative) 169

But Anne Frank's Diary was published in 1947. Extending that copyright beyond the term in effect at the time it was published is a violation of the constitutional prohibition against ex post facto laws.

But then, IANAL and the Supreme Court would probably be overruled by Mickey Mouse anyway.

Comment Re:Less than zero is a valid timestamp (Score 0) 160

Timestamp? As in a system generated date/time? Why would you ever expect a less than zero value?

Now, for date calculations; yes. Dates before the O/S epoch must be valid. So the representation of dates must either handle negative values or have some other method of representing dates as far back as 14,000,000,006 years.

Comment Re:Death Valley NP couldn't contact Google to upda (Score 1) 571

Garmin's response to someone following their GPS

Garmin's maps suck. A few years ago, I decided to take a scenic route home by driving around the East side of Lake Stevens (Wash State) instead of the West (direct route). I figured my dashboard GPS would just say "recalculating" and direct me to my destination. But that part of the county is similar to the territory in Winter's Bone or Deliverance. I suspect Garmin just figured that there was nothing worth mapping that far out in the sticks because their map was blank. I tried it again with my hiking eTrex, loaded with Openstreetmap data. No problems*.

*I still kept my doors locked as there were a few residents that looked like "Squeal like a pig" might be a typical greeting.

Comment Re:Fairness and cheating are human constructs... (Score 1) 173

This does not exist in nature.

Actually, it does to an extent. In species that live in social groups. Cheating (stealing food, for example) will eventually get the misbehaving individual thrown out. It's about establishing and maintaining trust within that group. But here's the problem with university research experiments: There is no permanent social group. A bunch of strangers are brought together for the study. But when they leave, they will likely not interact in the future. So who cares what they think of each other? This is probably beyond the level of planning that animals engage in.

This is also a factor in the behavior of individuals that expect a reward in some afterlife. They might be more willing to accept rejection from society at large at present in return for the promise of a reward in an afterlife. As animals don't suffer from the same sorts of imaginary thinking, they tend to act so as to maximize their acceptance into their pack or social group.

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