Well, we don't know that Mr. Fusion was available in 2015. Doc Brown might have traveled further into the future, after all.
There's no escaping shades of reality in any SF/Fantasy I've ever read. Scratch at any of them, and huge problems are revealed.
McCaffrey's dragons are too powerful. Large size, flying, and fire breathing is pretty stock stuff for dragons. But her dragons are also telepathic, and so emo they each bond with a chosen human rider so closely they kill themselves if their rider dies, and they can teleport (mere flying just ain't good enough), and worst of all, time travel. I'm guessing she realized she'd gone too far, but couldn't make any acknowledgment. Instead, she tried to paper over the problems by introducing restrictions and limitations that unfortunately come across as too arbitrary.
An integral and needless law of Tolkien's world serves only to make things needlessly more special and their loss more tragic. It's this notion that great things can only be done once. Why can't Yavanna simply grow more trees to light the world? Why did she quit at 2 trees to start with? Why can't Feanor make more Silmarillions? No explanation is offered, we're simply told that's the way things are. There's enough real misery in the world, there's no need to invent reasons to be even more miserable. But some people, especially story tellers, do that to be more dramatic, more poignant. This desire for specialness also infects authors' thinking on copyright. Even apart from the obvious self-interested reasons, they're predisposed to like copyright, like the way it puts art on a pedestal.
Another problem with many fantasy stories is what I call the Godzilla or King Kong problem. Huge scary powerful solo monsters that no one expected certainly are dramatic. But improbable. Monster movies are inherently ridiculous because even if such a monster appeared, it would have no chance whatsoever of doing much damage before the massed might of millions of people brought it down. The Watcher in the Water at the west entrance to Moria would in all likelihood starve very quickly. One need only wait. If, somehow, the monster is magically sustained, there are all sorts of other things a crew of engineering sorts like dwarves could do to solve the problem it created. For one, could open another exit nearby, but out of its quite limited reach. Or, could probably set off a rock avalanche, crushing anything in the pool as well as displacing all the water with debris. Could also undermine the dam and drain the pool that way. Or perhaps a more low key approach might work, like dumping poison in the pool. To prevail against all the things a crew of determined engineers could try, the monster would need extraordinary abilities by the dozen. Even the Balrog should have a very difficult time prevailing against an entire nation of dwarves. The Balrog only ran them out of Moria. The sandworms of Dune are slightly more plausible, but still not a real problem for a civilization that can travel interplanetary space. Only Sauron went as far as setting up a rival empire, and thereby stood a real chance of prevailing.
Middle Earth follows many rules of nature. The land is for the most part geologically plausible and sound, with mountains in ranges, rivers rising in the mountains and flowing downhill to the oceans, and woods, marshes, grasslands, deserts and ice in places one might expect. Despite the prominent place of magic in the typical fantasy story, its impact is really quite limited. Gandalf used his brains as much or more than his wizardry. Since the land is familiar to so many readers, why not model its climate for fun?
No need. Orcs mostly speak the common tongue or else their own tribal dialect. The Black Speech -- as devised by the Dark Lord in elvish runes -- was a failed attempt to linguistically distinguish his followers from those of the Alliance. It didn't take among the Orcs, but strangely the East End London accent did.
The journals of course are businesses and quite reasonably want to stay in business and make a profit.
Sadly I don't have a good idea for a solution.
Nationalise the journals.
Ok, not replacing it with a corporation, but if EVERYONE's the same country, it'd make it that bit trickier to go to war with yourself.
Yeah, that worked out real well for America. As if you even need countries to have bloody wars of hundreds of thousands of soldiers on each side.
Treaties can and DO override US Law all the time.
When the President and two thirds of the Senate concur that a treaty can invalidate some sections of US Code, that code is toast, unless the treaty tried to override the amendments 1 thru 8 which specifically limit federal power.
So treaties that override other amendments like the 19th Amendment are just fine and constitutional?
I'm sure that would go over real well. Besides, since when has Congress felt limited by any part of the constitution? They pretty much treat it as a mere guideline any more.
In general I would agree with you, but on subjects like law or finance or medicine, there are good reasons that formal advice is restricted to people with sufficient qualifications, and those reasons make just as much sense on-line. I'm not objecting to offering an opinion or sharing personal understanding with good intentions, I'm just objecting to presenting these as if they were statements of fact.
if you are going to sell diagnostic services in the USA then you will need to get FDA approval
I don't think so. I don't think there's any requirement that people have FDA approval in order to issue opinions on medical issues. You have to be an MD to call yourself a doctor, but if you just want to tell people stuff and aren't claiming to be a doctor and aren't doing any sort of medical procedures on them, go nuts. Likewise, if you're producing medical devices or performing medical tests (like 23andme), then you need approval but if you're not, do what you like.
I know here in Australia where we burn brown bloody coal an electric car produces more emissions than a V6.
Are you sure? Coal is dirty, yes, but big coal generation plants can and do make it much cleaner than you might expect. The nature of a big facility makes it possible to ensure a very complete burn, and many coal plants also scrub the output. In addition, large power plants are much more efficient at extracting the energy than a small ICE, which also helps them with the emissions/work ratio. Whether or not what you say is true depends less on the type of coal and more on the type and configuration of the power plant.
Preventing needless death gets lower priority because we have more important things to worry about? Name one.
almost 1/10th the rate of suicide among juveniles
I think he already did... of course, it could be argued that both of those types of death actually aren't needless and are a form of population control.
I understand that it's easier to pointedly misunderstand what he was saying though....
How come? It was God's will that you became ill. Who are you to go against it? You will burn in hell for that.
You, sir, would make a good Calvinist. Of course, these days you're unlikely to find many Calvinist Christians, Jews or Muslims -- the number isn't zero, but the sentiment in your statement is part of what the Baptists, for example (yes, the Bible Belt is mostly Southern Baptist) became a separate denomination about (the free will issue, both regarding God and State).
Of course, at the time they had no difficulties with Manifest Destiny....
We seem to be having different conversations. I didn't express any opinion about what you just asked. I just said that your statement that "only the owner of a copyright can enforce it" was wrong.
Oh wise Anonymous pundit, you get it by looking at the 12v battery which is doing the leeching -- the traction pack runs off the main battery, unless I'm mistaken.
When the vehicle is off, the 12v battery should be powering something about equivalent to a smartphone, so 4.5v sounds about correct. Amperage should be minimal until some mechanical process is kicked off, like unlocking the doors, turning on A/C, powering up the antenna(s) etc.
What this really feels like to me is that some secondary process controlled by the computer that's backed by the 12v battery isn't going into standby correctly -- likely culprit would be the wireless communication radio transmitter (not sure what type this car uses, so leaving vague).
One thing for owners experiencing this leakage to do would be to try parking their S in the garage overnight one night, and then outside the next night, and see if the consumption is visibly different. If it isn't, there's a design flaw to be tracked down. Has this system been EnergyStar rated?
I advise you to not post your "legal advice recommendations" in an online forum meant for people to hold discussions about relevant topics.
This whole discussion is basically about copyright law. How is challenging objectively wrong information about copyright law not relevant to the topic?
You understand the exact same applies to what you just said yourself?
No, it doesn't. Firstly, you are objectively wrong on this. Secondly, my comments here are based on formal legal advice as it applies in my jurisdiction (the UK).
What is not objective legal knowledge but merely my personal opinion is that posting bad legal advice, and in particular posting incorrect information about copyrights to a forum with a tendency to be less than respectful of copyright, could actually get someone who believed you in trouble. And if you don't think anyone reading Slashdot would believe you, please consider that your objectively wrong post is currently at +5, while my warning citing a specific and verifiable counterexample is currently at 0.