At least by making it a criminal offense you won't go broke with attorney fees before you're even found guilty. And I also think the standard of proof would also rise to "beyond a reasonable doubt".
The equations you describe may be quite right (or maybe not, I'm not a seismologist), but they can never describe the sheer terror of living through a mag 8.8+ earthquake. The fear of not knowing whether the building you're in will withstand the strength of the ground motion. Of not knowing how your family and friends are faring. Or having communications networks collapsing, keeping you even more in the dark. Power lines falling, leaving you completely incommunicated with the rest of the world. Yes, I lived through one of these.
My best wishes to all affected by this catastrophe.
Constant checks like the ones all those free apps do in order to show you ads? Get the list over an SSL encrypted connection and there won't be much exposed to discovery. The code to do it is not even that complicated.
Italy is not the only place. I've had such conditions for over a year in Chile. I have full 3G speed up to 400 MB in a month. Go over, I'm down to 128 Kbps for the remainder of the month. Start next month, back to full speed. There are cheaper plans that throttle you to 64 Kbps after 100 MB. So far I haven't noticed any slowdowns, so I assume that I have never gone over the limit. This was all explained to me very clearly when I signed up.
...I expect the offspring that will make it will be the ones with weaker silk...
or the higher strength.
So a study funded by Big Megacorp would be more reliable than a study funded by the Green Party? Maybe, maybe not. The money-driven science argument cuts both ways. The way the world seems to be going, we mere mortals might as well flip a coin on this and many other really important issues.
Stupid me! Wrong button.
From the ToS (emphasis by me):
...the submitting user grants Geeknet the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display such Content...
Geeknet's method of reproduction, publishing and distribution is through web downloads to whoever requests them. I think this goes well beyond any "reasonable man" standards. With the usual IANAL and IANAA (I Am Not An American), so any opinions from me regarding American law might as well be a brainfart.
From the ToS (with my emphasis):
...the submitting user grants Geeknet the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from,
, perform, and display such Content...
This is the text you're arguing about: "The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way."
Not that text. The one in the actual Terms of Service that can be found at the bottom of the page. Check section 6, paragraph 2. Better luck next time.
Sue them back for emotional distress. You found a tracking device in your car and have been scared as shit that some terrorist is after you. Play their own playbook against them!