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Comment Re:The law is ridiculous anyway (Score 1) 200

The US has said they won't (as a government) lay claim to extraterrestrial material returned to the US from space in this law.

Where the fuck does Russia and China come into this again? They're free to pass their own laws saying that they will confiscate (or not) any material brought back to their territories, and then we'll see just how much shit gets de-orbited into their territory.

I know that if I was running some mining operation, and a particular nation was overtly hostile towards my rights as the person who went out there to get this shit and bring it back, I'd make damn sure that I'm landing it far away from them. The world is a big place, and it would be rather easy to compute a landing trajectory that misses Asia completely. NASA has been doing it for 50+ years.

Comment Re:The law is ridiculous anyway (Score 1) 200

Except that's not what the US is doing. They are granting property rights to material returned from space to the US. Essentially they are saying "if you go out there and mine a bunch of shit, and then return it to the US, the US Government will not confiscate said shit."

There is no granting of any rights to anything not on Earth, in the territorial borders of the US, at the time of the granting. This is completely consistent with existing international and maritime law.

Comment Re: The treaty says no such thing. (Score 1) 200

You seem to have comprehension issues. What the US Government codified is that they won't confiscate stuff that is returned from space to it's territory.

How is not taking shit that is on Earth, from people also on Earth, laying national claim to a body in space?

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 1) 312

As I understand it, there are two legal routes to obtaining a weapon restricted under the NFA:

1. Fill out an ATF form and pay the tax (as you said) as well as obtain the signature of a local law enforcement officer of record (sheriff, chief of police, district attorney, judge)
2. Establish a legal trust, assign yourself as a trustee, transfer funds to that trust, and then go through the legal loop of having the trust be the legal purchaser of the item and filing with the ATF for the tax.

Method 1 requires having an LEO that will actually put their signature to paper for you. Method 2 requires money, and exists so that legal entities such as private security business can still get their hands on these things.

The law is total horseshit, and takes an hour of a lawyer's time to get around.

Comment Konjac flour already has zero calories (Score 1) 156

The big innovation here is adding wood pulp to an already zero-calorie food?? Konjac ("Devil's Tongue Yam") flour has zero calories and noodles made from it already taste good. You can find them in any asian market sold as "Shirataki Noodles" or in a solid block form called Konnyaku. They are traditionally part of Sukiyaki, and are available online from konjacfoods.com and miraclenoodle.com.

Comment Re:What idiocy (Score 1) 312

Oh man, I guess I'm too poor and / or stupid to leave my country over the completely irrational fear that I'm going to be shot by a gun.

Isn't it funny that even with the problems the US has, one of the biggest debates in the US is about immigration reform, because so many people are still trying to come here?

Feel free to stay wherever the hell you are. And anyone willing to uproot themselves and their family over a statistically irrelevant fear, feel free to be gone. I'm just fine here, where I'm far more worried about the idiot driving their car and texting than I am about ever coming in contact with someone possessing a gun and intent to do me harm.

Comment Re: Torrent (Score 4, Insightful) 312

It's not so much about people freaking out, it's about them being banned by the National Firearms Act of 1934 - the same legislation that bans full-auto / burst fire machineguns, grenades, bombs, missiles, poison gas.

In October, 2015 Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon introduced the Hearing Protection Act to remove suppressors from the NFA. So at least one Congress critter agrees with you. I'm not really sure where a sound suppressor fits in with machine guns and grenades, but apparently Congress thought so 80 years ago when they were still reeling from the crime associated with prohibition...

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 195

That's really not that shocking. Most people don't "upgrade" for the sake of upgrading. Usually, at least in Windows land, an OS upgrade is tied to a hardware upgrade, and nobody is upgrading their hardware because a Core2 Duo is still working just fine as the family PC.

Only enthusiasts, gamers, and businesses are buying new PCs. Everyone else's tech spend is going to phones / tablets / etc.

A fanatic is a person who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. - Winston Churchill