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Comment Re:The law is ridiculous anyway (Score 2) 135

It takes more than just flag-planting to make a territorial claim. A nation has to be able to demonstrate some sort of permanent control of the territory, usually in the form of colonization or economic exploitation. That's like trying to say that we need to ask the Danish, Norwegians and Swedes if Canadians can live in Newfoundland.

Before any nation can make claim to any extraterrestrial territory, it's going to have to be able to actually hold that territory, and we're still decades away from that.

Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 3, Insightful) 135

And when we get to that point, we'll worry about it. Heck, various nations claim chunks of Antarctica, in one way or another, and thus far it's been meaningless flag planting.

But when we do get to the point where we can mine other bodies in the solar system, we'll have to come up with some sort of system of claims. The UN isn't going to be mining, it's going to be commercial and state players doing the mining, and we'll have to come up with a new treaty that will inevitably recognize the rights of those players to make what amount to territorial claims.

Probably the biggest concern, in my view, is privately-owned entities making claims independent of any national or international body.

Comment Re:"Failed" push for renewables? (Score 1) 320

The simple matter is renewables will never ever produce enough because energy is different to other resources. The more energy you have and he cheaper it is, the more you can conserve and recycle other resources. So buckets of energy means you can live lakes and rivers to run free to create a healthy environment and desalinate salt water instead. In agriculture, cheap plentiful energy means growing under lights in a multi storey structure very close to demand and allowing farm lands to return to bio diverse forest, that people can enjoy and will create a healthier planet for us. When it comes to recycling cheap energy means land fills can instead be high tech recycling centres to break down waste in required raw materials that can be delivered back to manufacturers (one off capital cost to build but does need very cheap energy to keep going).

Ample energy also means a little more fairness in the world, I set in a fully air-conditioned home and do feel a sense of guilt for those who do not, cheaper and cheaper and cheaper energy all make that all the more accessible to many more. The cheaper and more plentiful energy is, the much better the quality of life will be for the bottom 50% and they don't have much of nothing at the moment.

Comment Re: so, open season on American civilians now? (Score 1) 70

Keep in mind you analogy of the school bully and the bar drunk. So if you are at war with a school bully, the accepted US tactic blow up the school and adjoining properties are guilty by association. If you are a war with a bar drunk, target the bar with drone missiles and if it is a chain target all the rest of the chain because the drunk might be in one of them instead. Lets be clear on the reality of the terror wars, the fantasy Global War on Terror versus the real Global Terror War (where little or nor focus is given on separating the guilty from the innocent and hellfire missiles at $58,000 a pop are fired off like fireworks at Christmas because the investors at Lockheed and Boeing want a new yacht for Christmas).

Comment Re:Build one (Score 3, Insightful) 281

Option three is of course missing, the option I tend to lean to now and have done so in the past. Get to know your local store, and have one assembled out of the parts they stock eg (local to me, find a similar styled store near you).

This gets you a reasonable set of parts, generally at a reasonable price (stocked items discounted rather than ordered in full price) and if you have any problems, well you can annoy the people who actually put you box together. I always prefer buying locally sourced, any problems and customer service a support is one easy short drive away, rather than a call to a foreign service centre there to fob you off, rather than provide a service.

Comment Re:If you're American (Score 0) 176

Don't forget they have spent the last four decades trying to steal back everything they can and damn the future. Note they had to stick in world wars to try to make the claim we are better off. It takes the fucking insanity world wars to try to make fucking unbridled capitalism look good, seriously what the fuck, a world war where millions die, to make unbridled capitalism look good in comparison. I suppose a bunch of small wars and the Global War on Terror (that's PR speak), The Global Terror War (the real war being waged against US by the insanely rich, emphasis on insane).

The real message, 'go back to sleep sheep', baa baa.

Comment Re:well (Score 1) 66

Technically it is possible to create a system for perfect judgement calls. This law is based around the concept of, 'what the general public feels reasonable', as such to be in affect perfect, it needs to be put to the general public for their opinion. So every right to be forgotten claim, should be put to the public to vote on and when sufficient votes are accrued to remove it, it disappears, this would also take into account contrary votes from members of the public who feel it should remain being deducted from that total. So a reasonably representative number as a percentage of the population, can view the content and the relevant search and vote. Done and finished ;D.

Comment Re:If it's really a policy (Score 1) 304

Sure ban some ads but don't ban others, the ad seemed pretty reasonable and should have been tested upon it's own merits ie a broad range of people of many nationalities with a very broad demographic sharing faith. Jedi was on my census form and will continue to be so for as long as I live (although the appropriateness of the question being questionable and a government official threatening to penalise people if they wrote it it, might have had considerable bearing on that response).

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