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Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 0, Troll) 46

by jcr (#47535129) Attached to: The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

They bomb hospitals under UN protection

They bomb hospitals that UN personnel have allowed Hamas to use as weapons depots, and they call and warn people to get out of them first.

Taking Hamas propaganda at face value is a good way to make an ass of yourself.


Comment: Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (Score 1) 72

by msauve (#47534599) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?
Good luck with that. Copyright law is pretty clear:

(Section) 106 . Exclusive rights in copyrighted works

Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:

(1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies...

(Section) 501. Infringement of copyright

(a) Anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner as provided by sections 106 through 122... is an infringer of the copyright...

USC, Title 17

If you're downloading and saving a work, you are "reproducing" a copy. And before you quibble about semantics, that's exactly what "reproduction" refers to - playing a work is called "performance." Of course, in your attempt to rationalize your illegal activity, you've conveniently ignored that word.

Comment: Re:.7% (Score 1) 150

by msauve (#47533585) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
You're the one who's confused. I was responding to the GP, who claimed "Given the opportunity cost of the money an investor spent on buying Amazon stock, it's pretty much effectively a loss."

Amazon increased their net assets by about $3/share FY12-FY13 (on revenue per share of ~$170, so less than 2%), so re-investment doesn't explain their lack of significant bottom-line profits. They're just working on low margins.

Comment: Re:I also measure distance (Score 1) 166

The headline here was way off - this was over 1 TBq being release to the atmosphere recently over a single 4 hour period. It resulted in radioactive contamination of crops 20 km away. The total amount of radioactive material released from the site is obviously much, much greater.

Comment: Re:So am I. Specifically, violated how? (Score 1) 774

It's amazing how many people actually believe that the Constitution gives us rights. It only lists some of them. Likewise, many people think the gov't can do whatever they want unless specifically prohibited, they don't understand how the gov't derives only limited, enumerated, powers from the people through the Constitution.

Don't get me started about how the federal gov't itself thinks that everything under the sun is somehow "interstate commerce," begging to be regulated.

Comment: SWA Terms of Carriage... (Score 1) 774

Carrier may, in its sole discretion, refuse to transport, or may remove from an aircraft at any point, any Passenger in any of the circumstances listed below..

Carrier may refuse to transport, or remove from the aircraft at any point, any Passenger in any of the circumstances listed below as may be necessary for the comfort or safety of such Passenger or other Passengers and crew members:
(i) Persons whose conduct is or has been known to be disorderly, abusive, offensive, threatening, intimidating, violent, or whose clothing is lewd, obscene, or patently offensive.

Seems they're covered. Publicly calling them out as rude, by specific name and location, seems to meet that criteria as intimidating.

Comment: Re:There would have been one nice side effect (Score 1) 192

Until you realize that the production facilities for that equipment was also damaged, and the facilities which made those machines, etc. There aren't a lot of steam engine driven factories producing electrical products.

Problem is, the world would pretty much need to bootstrap itself out of the mechanical age again.

Comment: Re:I also measure distance (Score 1) 166

The article was reporting on a relative increase, and actual harm. Radioactive material is normally being released to the atmosphere from the site at a rate of 10 MBq / hr. The article points out that there was some recent work which released it at a rate of 280 GBq / hr, over a period of 4 hours. That's 28,000X the normal rate (over 3 years' worth), and it resulted in radiation contaminated crops 20 km away.

You're making it sound a lot better than it actually is.

With your bare hands?!?