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Comment: Re:Rights tariffs, then? (Score 4, Informative) 322

by ixuzus (#47189283) Attached to: Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them
Uh, you do understand we're talking about tariffs, not sanctions, right? Sanctions are generally restrictions on trade and/or financial transactions. I suspect Iraq is the example you're thinking of. Tariffs are simply are tax on export. or (more commonly) imports. I honestly don't know where sanctions stand constitutionally in the United States but any argument that tariffs are unconstitutional is utter crap. Pretty much the first piece of major legislation passed after the introduction of the constitution was the Tariffs Act.

Comment: Re:Don't. (Score 1) 408

by ixuzus (#47025395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

As someone who has used both cutting methods very recently this seems a little implausible.

If you put a spinning blade into a metal safe it is going to make a hell of a racket which is probably not an ideal situation for a thief

Now a plasma cutter is one of the power hungriest tools I have ever used. I wouldn't count on even being able to run it off a standard household point. In addition you're going to need an air compressor which is hardly a quiet beast. Making a racket and then coming out of someone's house carrying a plasma cutter and dragging an air compressor will make even the least curious neighbour inquisitive.

Comment: Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (Score 1) 348

by ixuzus (#46793437) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Documents of a proprietary nature could include documents that disagree with the published findings.

Irrelevant. Let us say that I privately compile useful data and sell it to recoup the costs incurred in collecting it plus a little profit for my trouble - that is, I own data of proprietary nature. Now if I sell (or give because I believe in the value of the research) a copy to a public scientist that does not mean they get to put my data on the public record the first time they get a FOIA - effectively dropping the value of my data to zero.

So, if you want to force public scientists to release proprietary material you can choose between:
(a) public scientists not being able to gain access to private data sets which will stifle their research
(b) public scientists being sued into oblivion which will really stifle their research

Comment: Re:Looks like they're taking the high ground (Score 1) 313

by ixuzus (#46746195) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

My back of the envelope calculations suggest that even for a straight line shot from the moon with no other forces in play a one degree change in any direction would result in you missing the earth entirely. Now when you take into account gravity from at least three bodies, what atmospheric conditions will be like in X time when your shot actually reaches earth (keep in mind that for most shots you'll likely be going through atmosphere on an angle), I'd be very impressed if you landed your shot in the right country.

In addition your shell has to not burn up in the atmosphere. Even if you get all that right there's going to be a significant time lag between when you fire your shot and when it arrives so you're only good against very stationary targets. Even if you fire at Mach 10 a competing bomber crew is probably going to have taken off, destroyed the target with an accurate, guided solution, and be home in bed by the time your shot arrives.

In short, an interesting exercise but there are probably quicker, cheaper, and more reliable ways to hit stationary targets.

Comment: Re:Snowden (Score 1) 151

by ixuzus (#46514347) Attached to: Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services
Cite your source. I'm pretty sure there are no term limits for Australian politicians. Some of them have been there forever. Take for instance Billy Hughes - the guy spent 58 consecutive years in parliament, representing four electorates in two states as a member of four different political parties. (to put that in American terms think of him as someone who spent significant time as both a Republican and a Democrat and a member of a couple of funny breakaway parties) If he hadn't died of old age he would probably still be there.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 769

by ixuzus (#46391965) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
You produced an article about at study essentially about caffeine withdrawals which is nothing particularly new. Perhaps I missed something but I see nothing there to back up your assertion that "you probably would not have CFS if you got over your addition to caffeine". Try actually backing up your assertions before calling for rebuttals. Out of curiosity, do you actually know anyone with severe CFS?

Comment: Re: Hacker??!! (Score 1) 248

North Korea is a barbaric dictatorship with a despotic leader where your chances of a fair trial are small to arguably non-existent. Italy is a peaceful democracy with a functional judicial system that was deemed fair enough by the United States for extradition treaty to be signed. Completely different situation warranting a completely different response.

Comment: Re: Hacker??!! (Score 1) 248

well if the italians thought that their citizen was getting railroaded in the US contrary to justice I would hope that they would advocate for the freedom for their citizen.

Absolutely - and they would be well within their rights to offer consular support and even express their dissatisfaction through diplomatic channels but ultimately it would remain an American legal issue. I don't think that's the issue in question here.

although notice your straw man I never said that obama should step in and put an end to the matter.

Actually, that's exactly what you said. It's a direct quote what you said.

i just said that she shouldn't be deported.

Okay, we'll run with that as your intent then. The United States has an extradition treaty with Italy. I think it dates back to the mid eighties. It looks like this case would meet all the legal requirements. If the extradition should be blocked at a political level then there would be the prospect of other countries deciding that their extradition treaty with the United States wasn't worth the paper it was written on and tearing it up or preparing to randomly raise their middle finger to extradition requests from the United States if it wasn't politically expedient at home.

what do you mean "reasons why you're not very well liked?" americans? or me?

I was referring to an opinion of Americans and the American government that is quite prevalent internationally. As for you personally, I don't have enough information to make a judgement.

An earlier post made reference to some EU jurisdictions allowing double jeopardy to which you replied - and note that I'm quoting you here - "Sure whatever, as long as they do it to themselves and not Americans." Now correct me if I'm very much mistaken but that reads a lot like if a foreigner comes to the US and commits a crime they will be tried under US laws and legal principles but if an American goes to a foreign country and commits a crime we expect American legal principles to override the laws of that foreign country. Can you see how this might come across as a trifle arrogant?

I don't care if Knox is guilty or innocent. I expect proper legal process to be followed. If you don't like the Italian legal system you shouldn't have signed an extradition treaty with them. For further reading see how the US has tended to react when told no on the matter of extradition even when the country had no treaty obligation to extradite the person in question. If you need help finding a starting place then here's a hint: look slightly south from Uzbekistan.

Comment: Re: Hacker??!! (Score 1) 248

So... if an Italian was accused of committing a crime in the United States and for some reason the Italians were unhappy with the way the justice system in the United States worked would you be happy for Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to intervene in the US justice system - to "step in and put an end to the whole matter?"

Now I know this is hard for you to understand but many people in the world do not consider 'the way we do it in America' to be synonymous with 'the right, only and best way'. This sort of attitude is one of quite a few reasons why you're not very well liked.

Comment: Re:Murica Fuck yea! (Score 2) 635

by ixuzus (#46007901) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

So let's see how they did. Overthrow the Shah - oil price spike. We can argue about whether the Iran-Iraq war and another price spike would have happened without that meddling - I tend to suspect not. Invade Iraq - oil price spike. Invade Iraq again - bigger oil price spike.

Now US meddling is not the only factor affecting oil prices but it looks like the aim was to destabilise oil production so that the price went high enough that the US oil industry could make some profits too.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce