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Comment Punish people for following rules YOU WROTE? (Score 0) 359

It's not illegal, so Obama needs to shut the fuck up about what's 'patriotic'.

The government writes the rules; if they're too stupid to write rules that aren't gameable, they're idiots.

If our corporate taxes are so high (the highest statutory rate in the industrialized world, and nearly the highest effective rate (2nd to New Zealand)) that businesses are driven to shenanigans like this (which certainly wasn't cost- or challenge-free for the company), then clearly our tax rate is too high.

It's TRUE globalization, kids; not only will companies go overseas to find cheaper workers if there's no added value to having some lazy American do the work, companies will go overseas if the savings found in moving offset the relative inconvenience of having their hq elsewhere.

Comment Is he suing his sister too? (Score 2) 780

...since they'd removed the cuffs, and she asked them to re-cuff him to she could take the much-ballyhoo'd picture? Surely being re cuffed induced some of his "suffering"?

For those countering the suspicion that surrounded this kid's actions with "why would he possibly put himself through this? What did he have to gain?"...there's 15 million reasons for you.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 98

"I think the worst peace is better than the greatest war victory."
Ridiculous, and the sort of banal nonsense statement that can only come from someone who hasn't really understood what it's like to be oppressed.

Comment Good! (Score 1) 98

Good, I'm delighted they're finally doing that.
1) serious research into living, working, traveling into space will only come when it's militarily significant

2) even better if the primary sphere of conflict between great powers moves off earth; rather than a hair-trigger annihilatory balance here, better by far that the meaningful fight takes place out there and that whoever loses is so out-matched by the result that there's no point in fighting here on earth.

Comment In point of fact (Score 1) 50

Mystery Science Theater began its run in the Twin Cities, I believe it was on channel 23? later on Saturday mornings, in the late 80s.

I had the good fortune to work briefly in high school with Trace Beaulieu (he was Lex Luthor), after which I'd heard about this new thing he was doing.

Comment Learning time for Editors (Score 4, Insightful) 109

OK, so, is Slashdot a tech-news page or just trying to be Gawker?

The story here is that personally-identifying information was sent to 12 organizations. One of those organizations was a gun magazine (because they were one of the 12 that requested the info).

Editor 101 quiz, which of these headlines is more informative, and which is just polemic clickbait:
"Georgia Gives Personal Data of 6 Million Voters To Georgia GunOwner Magazine"
"Georgia Gives Personal Data of 6 Million Voters To 12 Organizations"

If we're going to go the polemic route, why not just go all the way? The Governor of GA is a Republican, you could instead re-title this:
"Republican Governor's office hands citizen data to Gun Magazine"?

Comment Re:Yup, I "invested" (Score 1) 211

"kickstarter recommended them"

Did they?

Because KS's position on these has always been: we're simply providing a venue, a digital orange-crate for them to stand on and hawk their projects.

Don't look at me because I've thought the entire KS thing is ridiculous Pollyanna'ish bullshit from the start. It might have been well-intentioned, and there are almost certainly valid projects that are what they seem, but it was bound to turn into a "money/gullible people" Separation Engine.

Comment Re:National level? (Score 1) 171

A few answers to your question:

First, yes, on the face of it this should be a UN sort of question. But in the same sense that the UN is unlikely to adopt a US law, the US is cantankerous about adopting UN agreements since many of them are so patently political and over-reaching. Let's also remember that the UN is fundamentally NOT 'democratic' so really, their "resolutions" have no inherent moral value more than US fiat anyway.

Second, as a matter of practicality, the US is technologically the most likely power to GET there, so it would make sense that insofar as US law is concerned, it's hashed out. In fact, the resolution of these property rights at least in regards to US courts and jurisdictions, probably makes it even MORE likely that a private venture would be willing to commit the $ to be earlier even than national space programs (again, pretty much only US firms are anywhere close to that capability).

Thirdly, also as a matter of practicality: *nobody* can enforce jack in space. It's going to be the Wild West to some degree (if you can wreck someone else's stuff and NOT BE RECORDED DOING SO, you'll get away with it almost automatically) until an actual police force could be put in place. And guess which power that's likely to be? Hint: it won't be the UN.

Comment hm (Score 2) 84

The USs tech advantage is most pronounced in combat aircraft and subs. Enabling a tech that cheaply hunts/kills subs substantially attacks that advantage.

Not that it would stop development if DARPA didn't do it, but this tech probably has the largest potential to harm the US of any country. Considering our sieve-like computer security and that apparently every advanced tech the US develops seems to be almost instantly aped by China and/or Russia, DARPA's essentially doing research for them.

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.