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Comment: Re:Are they claiming more territory? (Score 1) 268

by Razalhague (#45701941) Attached to: Photos Stream Back From China's Lunar Lander

The treaty doesn't say anything about them not being able to mine the shit out of the moon.

Never said it did.

It just says they can't claim territory or place nukes in space (which you can be damned sure we've already breached) It also says the parties retain rights over whatever the launch into space, so should they start building mining platforms and shipping stuff back, we couldn't touch the equipment without breaching the treaty.

We wouldn't need to touch the equipment, just implement trade sanctions on whatever they mined out (or the resulting products made from them).

Comment: Re:Are they claiming more territory? (Score 2) 268

by Razalhague (#45699223) Attached to: Photos Stream Back From China's Lunar Lander
Considering that China has signed and ratified the Outer Space Treaty (which explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon or a planet), they'd probably get a few stern words and looks. On the other hand, if they actually manage to mine and transport something back, then there might be some mild repercussions.

Comment: Re:PDroid (Score 2) 324

by Razalhague (#45680131) Attached to: Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

I guess the news is that Google released similar functionality as a built-in, then removed it. Sounds nasty.

They didn't release it, per se. The code was there, but it was only accessible with third party tools. Not saying disabling access to it was the right choice, but it isn't as nasty as it sounds.

Comment: Re:The Way India Works... (Score 1) 53

Made you look!

No you didn't, because when someone posts anonymously, they don't get notifications about replies, so they will most likely never know that you replied. Remember, only reply to ACs if you think it will help some other reader. Replying to them in the hopes that they will read your reply is delusional.

Comment: Re:It'll cost them more in the long run (Score 1) 275

by Razalhague (#45673681) Attached to: Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

There's a good reason why Microsoft is the standard for business computing and that's because their products are almost always better than open source.

No, it's because Microsoft is better at running legacy software (or at least that's how businesses see it). And business computing is all about legacy software.

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