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Comment: Re:Good news (Score 4, Funny) 409

by Ralph Wiggam (#48887789) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

But then you have to just remember how awful JJ's Star Trek movies were.

Really? The first one was terrible because nothing can live up to the expectations of angry nerds.

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'


Comment: Re:What an idiot (Score 4, Informative) 178

Prior to that, the FBI took control of a forum mod's account. They asked "dread" in chat to look into something on the site that required him to log in as an admin. When they grabbed his laptop, a window with him logged into the site admin account was open. That's pretty damning evidence even without the journal.

Comment: Re:And let me guess... (Score 1) 289

by Ralph Wiggam (#48858553) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Argument one will be that these devices are in no way in contradiction with the fourth amendment because nobody with RF-permiable walls can have a reasonable expectation of privacy

The Supreme Court already ruled that you DO have an expectation of privacy against wall-penetrating infra-red cameras. Prior to that, police helicopters would fly around looking for indoor pot growers.

Comment: Thanks...Justice Scalia (Score 5, Interesting) 289

by Ralph Wiggam (#48857897) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

The cops need a warrant to use these things is because of an interesting Supreme Court decision from 2001.


The traditional "liberal" and "conservative" wings fell apart and Ginsburg joined Scalia in the majority. Scalia's decision specifically addressed future technologies like this. It's strange how he's really good on privacy issues and really bad on everything else.

Comment: Re:I don't think so. (Score 1) 154

They're not saying that nuclear power has the only impact. Just that since 1945, our overall environmental impact has increased dramatically- with China building 800 GW of coal plants being a perfect example. While our per capita impact in many ways has decreased, the huge increase in population has caused the aggregate impact to increase greatly.

Also, while Japan and France may be scaling back their nuclear power generation, the "anti-nuclear" Obama administration has given the final approval for 4 new reactors. They're the first new ones since the 70s.

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