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Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 1) 291

Because there are two constants in today's economy: data and weapons. Nobody ever went broke selling either.

I refer you to BAE Systems' recent contracts and the fact that people still sell CDROM discs full of verified email addresses. (£1.3Bn for a nuclear submarine) (B2B Spam and why opt-in lists work about as well as opt-out).

Comment Re:I'd like to hear from content creators (Score 1) 478

I hear of people plugging keyboards into XB360, even my son had a play (before his 360 blew up). Aside from the input options, what other issues affect game portability? Graphics? How hard can it be to port to 1080p when most modern consoles (if not all of the current generation) can output 1080p anyway?

Comment now, that is funny haha (not funny ooh-er) (Score 1) 78

I heard about one over the last week or so that encrypts home folders then throws away the key with the expectation that a skeleton key would do to decrypt once the ransom is paid... something about the author then either lost or trashed the skeleton key, so any systems which got crunched had to be scuttled - no way to retrieve the home folder whatsoever absent backups.

Comment Re:Is that really the right Question? (Score 1) 239

the what act? The only reference I can find to legislation even closely worded like that is the National Aeronautics and Space Act 1958 which laid the framework and authorised the founding of NASA. The Outer Space Treaty 1967 (Resolution 2222 (XXI)) governs the ENTIRETY of space activity by mutual agreement by all but I think THREE UN member states (two of which don't even have their own space programs, Burundi I don't know about but for some reason they refused to sign), Article 3 of which forbids sovereign or personal or national claim to ANY celestial body. That's anything naturally occurring at an altitude of 62 miles and above, the Earth's surface, and because it says ANY with no further clarification, that does mean ALL natural bodies no matter the size or nature. Obviously this excludes manmade objects such as satellites and stations, where maritime law applies. Crewed spaceflight is subject to the same laws as you'd encounter in international waters.

Comment Re:Considering the enormous expense (Score 1) 239

while it's in space, it's fair game. When you get it back to Earth, you can then lay claim to it - after all, bringing back just 400kg of material from the MOON cost an entire COUNTRY its economy for a decade and a half. I figure they deserve to go "MINE!" on what came back, but there's quadrillions of tons of Moon up there and the Outer Space Treaty 1967 Article 3 confirms what I just said: no claim of sovereignty or person on any celestial body.

If it's on Earth, it's not a celestial body by definition and etymology: from the Latin, caelestis, or sky.

Comment Re:Maritime law. (Score 1) 239

the Outer Space Treaty nullfies everything you just said. There is a caveat I think, that's been sort of tested and seems to work: bringing materials back to Earth. What you bring back is yours. To whit: the Apollo astronauts filled in customs declarations to bring back lunar samples (yes, really - the documents are scanned and are available but they didn't actually go through the usual baggage checks. The document was part joke, part getting the shit out of the way). Those samples are entirely claimed by the US Government in Trust to the whole of Mankind (it does sound like they've just gone "MINE!", though), and you have to go through all sorts of hoops just to handle a sample in cleanroom conditions. There is an 83g sample from Apollo 15, part of the Great Scott Rock, at the Science Museum in London as part of the permanent Space Exhibit, it's in an armoured glass case behind the Apollo 11 LEM replica. There's also (unsubstantiated but not disproven) rumours of samples being given as gifts by various people from technicians to astronauts to Presidents, to others such as family members and associates, colleagues and counterparts, sort of "under the table". So there is a sense of material claim once the ores get back to Earth.

Comment Outer Space Treaty 1967 (Score 1) 239

Resolution 2222 (XXI) Article 3: outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.

As at 1992, 98% of all Member States of the UN had signed, ratified, and legislated in compliance with, this treaty in whole. About the only exceptions were the Cook Islands (which doesn't have a space program of any description), Burundi, and Canada (which works in cooperation with the ESA but is not a member of that organisation).

Renders this poll entirely pointless.

Comment Re:I'd like to hear from content creators (Score 1) 478

games are what consoles are for.

I still have a stack of XBoxes. One's unmodded, that does me for Live. One's softmodded and packed with retro games. Four have ludicrous (for the base spec) hard drive upgrades and sit there running various file services including a webserver on a load-balanced pair (experimental, I don't expect for it to be getting a million hits a day or anything daft like that).

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?