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Submission All Malibu Media subpoenas in Eastern District NY put on hold

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: A federal Magistrate Judge in Central Islip, New York, has just placed all Malibu Media subpoenas in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island on hold indefinitely, due to "serious questions" raised by a motion to quash (PDF) filed in one of them. Judge Steven Locke's 4-page Order and Decision (PDF) cited the defendant's arguments that "(i) the common approach for identifying allegedly infringing BitTorrent users, and thus the Doe Defendant, is inconclusive; (ii) copyright actions, especially those involving the adult film industry, are susceptible to abusive litigation practices; and (iii) Malibu Media in particular has engaged in abusive litigation practices" as being among the reasons for his issuance of the stay.

Comment Re:this is not a *space* flight (Score 3, Insightful) 223

I think there is a feet/meters confusion here.
From the link in the AC post you're replying to, " ... the 50-mile (80-kilometer) altitude used by US government agencies, including the FAA, for awarding astronaut wings." So AC meant 80km when they said 80K. I suspect (please correct me with details if I'm wrong) that you (reasonably) interpreted 80K as 80,000 feet and are saying Alan Shepard flew to 160,000 feet without it counting (by who?) as a space flight.

Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 1) 397

"35 K is fine - I'm waiting for the 4wd trail rated version."

The model X ('crossover utility vehicle') is being launched sometime about now (I think a few hours ago.) As far as I know that is as close to 'trail rated' as they're currently planning to make. It probably has a price tag around $70k+ however. There is a 4wd version of the model S, so I expect model X will at least have that as an option, perhaps standard.

Comment Re:Dear Mr Musk... (Score 1) 397

Mr Musk not only knows this, but changing this world in this way is Mr Musk's declared reason for founding Tesla Motors in the first place. The plan is to produce the Model 3 in a few years, which will have your 300km range, but current price is expected to be US$35k (neglecting government incentives for electric vehicles.)

Comment Re: How much will it cost. (Score 1) 397

What you're looking for is the Model 3 which does not yet exist, but has been Tesla's goal since inception. Everything we've seen up until now has been primarily done to gain experience and fund development towards the Model 3.

The Model 3 doesn't quite hit your targets - price US$35k, range 320km.

Comment Re:application of "whole proteome tiling microarra (Score 5, Informative) 111

My understanding from a very quick skim of the paper (open access, here) is that they are not using microarrays. They have a mixture of a very large (2 million) number of probes to match DNA/RNA sequences of all known viruses which infect vertebrates. They use these to amplify viral sequences and then use normal high throughput DNA sequencing (Illumina, in this case) to see what they've got. They claim that it is sensitive to both DNA and RNA viruses (and all the variations - double, single stranded etc.) Being able to detect both DNA and RNA in a single test mildly surprises me, but I'm only slightly familiar with DNA sequencing technology, so maybe it isn't a big deal.

They do say "A biotinylated oligonucleotide library was synthesized on the NimbleGen cleavable array platform and used for solution-based capture of viral nucleic acids present in complex samples containing variable proportions of viral and host nucleic acids." Perhaps that translates to say the microarray you talk about was used to make the 2 million probes.

As a complete aside, I'm a little surprised this isn't a Nature or Science paper.

Comment Re:How to handle (Score 1) 361

I was thinking along the same lines.

An infrared cutting laser should be able to get in without completing any circuits. I'm not sure how portable they are (particularly in 1980.)

As well as an x-ray detector as an extra trigger, we could add temperature (detonate outside some range) and we could make the enclosure airtight and then pressurize (or depressurize) it and add a pressure trigger.

I think there is a movie script in here.

Comment Re:graphical Harvard museum effort not available (Score 1) 72

That is really cool, I didn't know about those. Thanks.
For the sake of practicality, they'd probably be 600m from H. sapiens in the Ediacaran building, plus there'd be little sign beside the path from 'origin of life' to the main museum, at 2 km, to mark the correct location.

Comment Amborella Wars (Score 1) 72

Wonderful - now all the scientific feuding over whether Amborella is the basal angiosperm can spill over into wiki edit wars.

(Amborella trichopoda is a New Caledonian flowering plant (angiosperm) with no close relatives. The deepest split in the angiosperm phylogeny may be Amborella splitting from everything else. Much ink and enmity has been spent on whether or not this is so. Here is a summary I found, although on a skim read I suspect it was written by a partisan.)

This is the theory that Jack built. This is the flaw that lay in the theory that Jack built. This is the palpable verbal haze that hid the flaw that lay in...