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Comment: Re:How do we know we've only discovered 1% of NEAs (Score 4, Insightful) 53 53

If it's just a count of objects, "1%" doesn't mean much anyway. We should be much more interested in mapping Mass. A 1kg asteroid is mostly harmless (to Earth, though it could be catastrophic for man-made satellites). This may be a faulty assumption, but I would think the larger, more dangerous objects would be detected first. If so, 1% of the total number may represent something like 50% of the total mass of all NEAs. If that's true, it's far less ominous than saying "99% of potential Earth-impacting asteroids are currently hidden!!!1!"

Comment: Re:Welcome! (Score 1) 1074 1074

I wouldn't go that far. No issue is ever completely off the table unless we can get (essentially) everybody supporting one side. This certainly SHOULD be off the table, but SCOTUS has reversed itself before, so nothing is written in stone. Hell, there's still an abortion debate (not that I want to open that can of worms here), and that was "settled" 42 years ago with a stronger majority in the court.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 289 289

I'd like to see somebody make a decent case using UCC Article 2:
" 2-314. Implied Warranty: Merchantability; Usage of Trade
(2) Goods to be merchantable must be at least such as
(c) are fit for the ordinary purposes for which such goods are used."

Laptops are ordinarily used to go online, but any model with this particular hack is not fit to do so. It could be argued that, even in the face of the EULA, Samsung has violated the implied warranty. It's like (obligatory car analogy) advertising that your car has a top speed of 200mph, but then hidden deep within the manual is a disclaimer that the tires will blow up if you go over 60.

Comment: Re:Uber doesn't own the vehicles, correct? (Score 1) 346 346

I've never used any of the services, so honest question here...
Does Uber (just to use one example) set the schedule, or do drivers come and go as they please? An employer-employee relationship gives a lot more power to the employer. Any drivers fighting to be an employee might end up regretting it later.

Comment: Re:"Crunch Time" == Bad Project Management (Score 5, Insightful) 336 336

1. Promise AAA game in 10 months.
2. Scope out 16 months worth of work with the resources available.
3. Work a bunch of young, eager (i.e. cheap) developers to the bone.
4. Profit.
You say bad project management, but it sounds pretty lucrative for the folks who are actually in management.

Comment: Re:Did Blackberry invent the QWERTY keyboard (Score 1) 67 67

Note that while there are three patents discussed, the D'775 patent is the most heavily referenced. Design patents have a much lower bar to entry, as they act more like trademarks than patents. It's the same thing as Apple's "rounded corners" patent, D'286.

The idea is that the form (rather than the function) is so iconic that it represents a singular entity instead of being a market standard.


What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake