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Comment Re:National level? (Score 0) 171

"The United States" doesn't do any mining, only private corporations do. The TPP is a tacit admission that corporations (via ISDS) are above national governments anyway.
The Outer Space Treaty prevents celestial bodies from being claimed as (Earth) national territory, but apparently says nothing about commercialization of such bodies by private entities.

Comment Re:How can there be? (Score 1) 622

Really? The one move that helped AOL stay alive long enough as a dial-up service was moving to unlimited access in 1996. That grew the userbase right up until they merged with Time Warner at the same time home broadband was starting to become a thing.
In other words, moving to unlimited access was a huge boon to the company, and would have worked long-term if always-on connections didn't happen. Unless there's a whole new way to connect to the internet coming in the next few years, this is all about the money.
Now, if they would offer LOWER bills for lower access (half price for 10GB, say) then I would believe it's all about the "fairness" that Comcast is pushing. It's no coincidence that they are moving to cap connections right as IPTV services and 4K video are on the horizon. All the major ISPs now are TV providers, or are very cozy with them. The new services are competing with the cable TV cash cow, and won't be allowed to survive.

Comment Re:Continuing behavior trend (Score 1) 264

I just switched to Comcast because the only other "alternative" is 3mb DSL.According to the FCC's definition of broadband, Comcast is literally the only provider in my area.
People need to understand that Comcast gets significant concessions from local governments such as monopoly protection (municipal franchise agreements) and special access (utility line right of way). Get your neighbors together, fill up a city council meeting, and demand action from the ground up.

Comment Re: It's not the Earth's fault (Score 5, Insightful) 291

One second is "the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom."
Everything else is derived off of that. Why does one minute every few years have to be redefined just to keep "one day" relatively constant? They've effectively got two units of measurement that conflict with one another. We let "one year" drift enough that it only needs to be corrected once it's off by a whole day. Why not let those seconds accumulate and have a second leap day every hundred thousand years or so?

Comment Re:Are we supposed to be more concerned? (Score 5, Interesting) 83

The FBI is part of the DOJ, which recently announced that they were going to get warrants before deploying their Stingrays. The IRS is part of the Treasury Department, which is OK with using them with only a Pen Register request.
In cases where the agencies are working together, it's likely they have IRS agents use their own device with the much lower standard of evidence, per department policy.

Comment Re:This problem suffers severe undersampling (Score 1) 822

I really should have said "additional" controls on alcohol and medications. All the industries mentioned are highly regulated already, and even if you believe that alcohol is more tightly controlled than guns are, what has all the extra regulation gotten us? A product with triple the kill rate of firearms.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 4, Insightful) 235

OK, now define what's a drone and what's not.
RC planes have for decades been exempted from other FAA rules, are they now caught up in all this?
What about the micro-copters that can't fly outdoors if there's even a slight breeze?
Treating a 30g copter with a 10m range the same as a 5kg copter with a 1km range will mean the death of whole industries that pose no threat to anybody.

Comment Re:This problem suffers severe undersampling (Score 1) 822

I was looking for an answer, thank you.
Purpose, in my opinion, is almost entirely beside the point. The numbers are the numbers. A product intended for relaxation is objectively more dangerous than a product intended for killing. As you say, we've tried prohibition, and it doesn't work; I'm certainly not advocating for a renewal of those policies. Education would do far more to prevent drug/alcohol deaths, so why is that such an offensive solution to gun deaths for so many people? If 30k deaths is enough to get half the country to call for many more restrictions on the sale of guns, how many deaths would it take to get people doing the same for other, more dangerous products?
Now, THAT'S mostly a rhetorical question. The answer is that the number of deaths isn't the real issue here; nobody would call for more regulations until it became a partisan political issue. It's all politics, not logic.

Comment Re:This problem suffers severe undersampling (Score 2) 822

Of course there are regulations in place regarding medications and alcohol, as there are regulations in place for guns. But which item is getting the news cycles demanding MORE regulations? Perhaps I didn't make my point as clearly as I intended, but it's pretty clear which product gets the coverage. Despite being less dangerous than other products, and less dangerous than at any point in the last 50 years, guns are made out to be the evil one to push a political agenda, rather than an objectively logical one.