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Comment There Are No Sovereign Rights (Score 1) 286

[pirate]The Code is more what you call guidelines, than actual rules...[/pirate] and as goes Pirates of the Caribbean, so goes "international law." There are no sovereign rights. There are only guidelines on what is normally allowed to let slide by interested powers. North Korea is allowed to develop nuclear weapons and ICBMs solely due to the crack they fall through in the current balance of power.

Comment Proxy fight: Parent Is Correct (Score 1) 277

13 year Hawaii resident, lacking mod points, so chiming in to say that tlambert hit the nail on the head. The sovereignty and similar aligned organizations have little political power, other than what they can exercise in the state courts.

I used to argue with sovereignty advocates (via Maui News letters to editor) that if they wanted to make some real headway, they should consider forming a party and contesting elective office like the various Puerto Rican independentistas, rather than expending all of their energies in front of judges.

But, those at the pointy end of the Hawaii movements seem to labor under the delusion that a tribunal in The Hague or D.C. can and will separate Hawaii from the remainder of the Union by the stroke of a pen, so back to court we go...

Comment DeLorean, Meet Avanti (Score 1) 276

When the (by then diversified) Studebaker Corporation pulled the plug on automobile manufacturing, a couple of Studebaker dealers hui'ed up to create a company to keep making Avantis. Among other things, they bought the existing stock of Lark convertible sedan frames the Avanti body sat on. From '66 through '83, they cranked out about 3000 Avanti II's, basically Studebakers with Chevy engines and transmissions.

When the company ran out of Lark frames, they reworked the car to use the Chevy Monte Carlo chassis.

In the case of the new DeLorean company, I suspect they'll run through the existing stock of parts and call it a day. But, if they are hot sellers, I wouldn't be surprised if the principals drafted new blueprints and sourced some fresh chassis, fiberglas bodies, and stainless steel panels. DeLorean II?

Comment Re:CompStak wants a share of PlayStation revenues (Score 1) 197

That's an interesting thought, and it wouldn't surprise me if a landlord eventually tries to pull that act on commercial property via an inventive reading of the lease.

However, I'm reasonably sure Sony's lease allows them to pursue normal s/w business activities... unless they sublet to Sony Pictures for a pr0n shoot.

Comment Sharing Business Model Assumes You Own Resource (Score 1) 197

The sharing/gig economic model assumes that someone owns something of economic value that is not already 100% utilized, be it an automobile, a domicile, labor, or what-have-you. If you want to sell use of something you don't own, you either need to stay under the radar of the owner, or have an agreement giving you the right to make the sale.

A comment snarks about whether adding a baby counts as sharing. In the US, usually no, unless you live in a community whose covenant limits permanent residents to 55-and-over.

Comment Wartime Economics Fail (Score 2) 171

I don't have to read Dr. Williams' rebuttal to see that Mr. Feinstein was either trolling or lacking knowledge on some fundamentals of wartime economics: if the enemy is using a resource as a weapon in combat, it needs to be in some way destroyed or neutralized... especially if said weapon has and can be used to vape your civilian means of production, along with 100% of the co-located civilians.

Comment Hawaiian Style (Score 1) 388

Maui County doesn't have any non-automotive noise ordinances, and homes more than 15 years old aren't likely to be insulated. When I was about to move into the neighborhood, I sampled a few Friday and Saturday nights and found the noise level to be commendably low. But, neighbors move, or change their game, so all the research in the world doesn't guarantee long term quiet.

When the neighbor to one side rescued four dogs too many and penned them in the side yard facing our master bed, and the neighbor on the other let her ex-bf set up his drum kit in her garage, but meters from our living room and kitchen, it got a bit sporty. I had a lot of nice talks with the dog lady, and repeatedly called the cops over the drumming. In the end, the solution was six foot high lava rock walls, which provided the added benefit of a modicum of additional privacy.

We also utilized local lore and hung a mirror on the outside wall of the house facing the ex-meth head drummer in the garage, the idea being that his bullshit reflects back on him. He may not have known it was a karmic f-u, but we did, which was good enough.

Comment Warmer Climate == More Snow (Score 1) 319

Per TFA's conclusion: If dynamic thinning continues to increase at the same rate of 4 [gigatons/year] with no offset from further increases in snowfall, the positive balance of the [Antarctic ice sheet] will decrease from the recent 82 [gigatons] to zero in ~20 years. However, compensating increases in snowfall with climate warming may also be expected.

Apparently, warming has added mass via more snow, and the paper doesn't appear to address possible bedrock rebound from thinning ice. At some point, temperature will likely increase to the point where added snowfall can't keep up with the ice outflow. At the moment, the changing dynamic of the climate seems to be causing counterintuitive local changes, like added snowfall in the eastern US and eastern Antarctica, due to added water vapor in the air.

Comment Libertarian Claptrap (Score 1) 248

Our experience thus far is that Mr Ridley is wrong. Industry *can* fund basic R&D by itself, but we wouldn’t be at the level of development we are now with only private investment. In any case, innovation is limited without some data into the basics that it will stand upon. He’s assuming innovation by accident. It happens, but you can’t count on it.

Comment Aka, The "China, Please Snarf My Data" Bill (Score 3, Insightful) 114

So, the Indian Govt thinks that intentionally weak crypto and forced plain text long term storage is a good idea? Never mind what the US might do with this. India's strategic and economic competitor is China, which will thus get so much more info product with so much less effort.

On the flip side, this may be so unacceptable to the business sector that it'll become another source of graft for officials to look the other way. Aka, The "Bureaucrat Bonus" Bill. Something for everyone.

Comment Laser Turntables Aren't That New (Score 1) 62

I read about the Finial laser turntable in '88, and by the time the new owner of the technology finally got them to market in the late '90's, I had gone CD and didn't care. But, I still have the LPs stored vertically, still have a turntable, and maybe one of these days I'll eBay an ELP laser turntable.

Comment Coding? How About 12 Years Schooling? (Score 1) 306

About 30% of Australian high school age kids are in work training or just straight on work, rather than full time students, and are exiting with not much more than middle school level language and maths skills in a US context. So that PM Abbott isn't keen on coding classes isn't a huge surprise.

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