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Comment: sure is (Score 1, Interesting) 180

by delong (#26398207) Attached to: Another Attempt At Using the Courts To Suppress an Online Review

Yep, this is defamation. Sucks to be him. The EFF won't get anywhere, you don't have a free speech right to defame a private party. This isn't a situation where a trademark is being used for commentary, or copyrighted material is being cited for criticism and commentary, etc. This guy criticized a private party, in writing (libel), about his professional life and insinuated he was involved in crimes of dishonesty.

I hope the verdict is big.

Comment: Re:Um no (Score 1, Insightful) 877

by delong (#26291791) Attached to: Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow?

Do you actually believe this? "No new food on the planet for a year?" Give me a break. This supervolcano, even in a worst case scenario, would not be sufficient to create global subzero temperatures and block enough sunlight to prevent crops globally. This is more alarmist garbage unsupported by any facts.

Comment: Re:Um no (Score 4, Insightful) 877

by delong (#26287501) Attached to: Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow?

Actually, the number of deaths would be negligible. Yellowstone sits in the most sparsely populated region of the U.S. The actual direct destructive power of the volcano would only effect a 40 square mile area, which except for Jackson Hole, is largely empty.

Laramie, Cheyenne, Bozeman, Billings, etc would be hit hard by ashfall, but Denver would only get about a foot. Folks know ash collapses roofs. So, gasp, folks would clear the ash as it accumulates. Many or most people would evacuate anyway.

This is alarmism. At its worst, there will be an immense disruption of the electrical and telecommunications grid, immense expense from ash damage and removal, alot of immediate deaths and some ash deaths.


+ - Amazing Mars Discoveries Keep Coming

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sighted writes "The fleet of five active spacecraft at Mars (in addition to the recently-missing Mars Global Surveyor) have been working overtime. On the heels of last week's finding of possible flows of liquid water, the ESA has announced that an entire hidden landscape exists just beneath the surface of the Red Planet, and NASA has released some really amazing images of layered topography that will yield many clues to the history of this strange world."

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