It makes no difference to me whether or not you personally chose to ignore 603 of God's 613 commandments; whether or not you choose to play the odds at getting into the Silver City (currently 50,000 to 1 against winning, even if you perfectly follow the rules); whether you even pay attention to the 10 commandments you do claim to accept (cooking on Sunday? Straight to hell with you!). But you can't argue that the defining book of the Christian faith doesn't explicitly say as much.
They landed on any of a hundred small island airstrips with the full knowledge of the Malay government, and by now that alien's body has made it back to the Pentagon and out of our reach.
No. Even according to their own doctrine, "many are called but few are chosen". Funny, really, how people can find it comforting to believe a book that tells them that, out of the billions of people on the planet, a mere 144k of them get into heaven.
Then again, plenty of suckers play the lottery, too, so, what do I know?
Oh, no mistake there - I apologize if I suggested that as a problem unique to SF.
I meant only that SF, despite its reputation, doesn't get a pass on the "cities suck" vibe. It did have a few nice neighborhoods; and I'll even admit I felt relatively safe walking around at night (though I stayed on the "good" side of the hill). But beyond that, it has the qualities all cities necessarily have - Too damned many people, too little public transit, too many beggars, too much traffic, too loud, too bright, too expensive (I've never understood that last one - Supposedly, dense populations reduce the cost of living, so why does everything cost more?).
But no, nothing against SF itself. Mostly just disappointed it doesn't live up to its reputation.
Yes, the US controls ICANN. I can think of a lot of organizations that'd handle it a LOT worse!
The UN? Pfft. PLEASE. Probably the most spineless, useless organization extant (aside from various RIAA and MPAA type entities).
The Federal Dictatorship of Bumfuckistan demands that all sites containing mentions of *INSERT HERE* be taken down! They infringe upon our national and religious beliefs and are an insult!
*UN stops slurping cock for half a second* Okay!
Could you imagine some jackass kleptocrats like Nicolas Maduro, Putin or Cristina Kirchner calling the shots?
Or worse. China and North Korea?
I may not trust my government (and anyone who does, nowadays, is an idiot), but I HONESTLY don't see a better candidate out there.
Having recently experienced SF as an outsider on vacation... Honestly, after a week, I got used to some of its quirks. I could see it as more or less basically habitable as a permanent resident.
But my impression for the first half of that week? "You fucking savages call this shithole home??? Google couldn't pay me enough to put up with this!"
In hindsight, yes, Google could pay me enough - But for similar money, they could also pay me enough to take a private jet in every day from further North.
/ I did find the guy spraypainted gold amusing, though - Especially when a scab stole his usual spot. Like watching monkeys fling poo at each other.
Based on what you're saying, it seems very possible to me that there are ranges at which the transponder signal can be receive but the skin paint has not.
Signals in both directions will attenuate according to the normal square-of-distance law. Suppose that the aircraft is at a distance from the radar such that the signal is attenuated to just below the detection threshold. That is the radar can not get a skin paint -- but barely. However, the strength of the radar signal that strikes the aircraft at that range is 4X (in an ideal world; in reality its probably even higher) the strength of the signal that arrives back at the radar receiver. This is because doubling the distance (which assumes perfect reflection; in reality it's not quite that good) will quarter the power.
Therefore, the transponder can very likely detect the incoming radar signal -- and respond to it -- at ranges beyond which the radar can get a skin paint, since it receives 4X as much power.
The question, then, is whether the transponder replies with greater energy than the reflection at those long ranges. If so, then there is a zone in which the transponder signal can be detected but the skin paint cannot. Turning off the transponder in that zone would make the plane instantly and completely disappear from radar.
The Hippocratic Oath pretty much forbids this sort of thing.
And it's something that could get one's medical license revoked.
It's also part of belonging to a society.
Things are never perfect. ALL the weak get culled, not just the dumb ones.
Thank you for endorsing the fundamental principal of eugenics!
You've just graduated callous motherfucker 101!
... meanwhile on anti-vax FB pages that I have gotten into, they are having measles-parties, mumps-parties, and the like. Intentionally exposing their kids to disease.
I know, right? Such frauds... Kinda like how Mom n' Popco claim to take Visa, but in reality the transactions are routed through Network Merchants or Fiscorp or authorize.net. A bunch of lying liars! What does it matter that I can give them a credit card and they send me product, if they didn't personally wave the magic wand of money creation to turn that into USD?
Seriously, lose the hate-on (sorry, this irrational fear of BTC doesn't quite rank all the way up to the level of monkeys flinging poo... more like sheep running away from the rising sun every morning) for Bitcoin. Step back and think about what you believe about Bitcoin, and before posting more garbage, ask yourself: Could you say the same thing about the US financial system?
Ponzi schemes... Like Madoff? More SEC oversight... Like Enron? Useful for money laundering... Like a briefcase of USD$100s? Early adopters have an edge... Like the Rockefellers or Carnegies or Vanderbilts?
I know, you don't really care what I have to say about this, because you lost a few bucks trying to game a sytem you didn't understand, and no one can ever explain that away for you. But really, a great many of us use Bitcoin, for legal purposes, and find it extremely convenient. And like it or not, you can't do a damned thing about that.