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Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 264

by Shakrai (#49503159) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

*shrug*, in New York State they have six months for all felony charges except murder, where they have a year. It takes time for both sides (defense and prosecution) to prepare their cases. 70 days seems reasonable to me, particularly in the case of someone (like the subject of TFA) who isn't being held pending trial.

Comment: Re:Data in Ireland (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by swb (#49500225) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

The beer may have been better over there 30 years ago, but there's no way that's true now. In most places in the US you can't swing a dead cat without hitting half a dozen craft brewers making outstanding beer. You literally can't sample what's available in liquor stores fast enough and a lot of it is really good.

I don't know if this is a trend that has been embraced by Ireland or not, but I would imagine that in many Irish brands suffer from what many "traditional" European beer brands are no different than most American beer brands -- owned by conglomerates, brewed on industrial scales. Maybe it makes you feel more exclusive to drink Harp over Buweiser, but I'm pretty sure its moslty psychological.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 49

by swb (#49500181) Attached to: Kingston HyperX Predator SSD Takes Gumstick M.2 PCIe Drives To 1.4GB/sec

Samsung 850 1 TB drives are about $0.38/GB.

They're not as fast as these drives but it looks to me like flash vendors are kind of inventing a new category of benchmarking stroke artistry around storage.

I can't even begin to imagine what usage advantage is to be gained from some of these over the more traditional SATA SSDs outside of very marginal activities, except for benchmark chasers.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 1) 191

by swb (#49498149) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

Argentina really only has its internal politics to blame. Unlike the rest of Latin America, they weren't just a hacienda for United Fruit agricultural exports, they had a large, Eurocentric population (and in the first half of the 20th century, probably a European *educated* population) and a reasonable basis for creating a self-sustaining internal economy neither overdependent nor incapable of exports or imports.

Extractive economies, especially oil states, never seem to use the financial windfall to develop non-oil economies. It's almost always used for dubious modernization efforts (ie, building underutilized skyscraper cities), buying poltiical loyalty, building up an unsustainable and outsized military or subsidizing prices for staple foods, fuel and substandard housing.

All of these probably have convincing arguments -- you can't attract business without modern office space (and bonus, we get to develop a construction sector that can build more than cinderblock and tin shacks), you need political stability to develop an economy, you need military security from your neighbor (plus developing military bases furthers your construction industry goals, making weapons improves your manufacturing base), and making food, fuel and housing available *now* is both popular and a humanist policy.

But they almost never develop sustainable *economies* that do anything else. I can't think of one thing Saudi Arabia does besides sell oil and they have probably taken in a trillion dollars in profit. Given quite literally "more money than God" why haven't they been able to buy their way into pharma, water purification, semiconductors, information technology, polymers, agriculture, shipbuilding, or any other industry that has grown up in the last 75 years? They have been politically stable, have good trade relations with the West and are at the geographic crossroads between the East and West.

Yet all they have to show for it is a bloated aristocracy, ridiculous overbuilt cities, a high tech military they can barely operate let alone fix or make parts for.

Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 1) 231

by swb (#49498031) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

I think the fear aspect is hard to over state, especially if a threat of violence is made and especially if the threat of violence is actually demonstrated with even the slightest show of *actual* violence coupled with an obvious power imbalence, like a larger, stronger man grabbing a woman by the neck.

I don't remember where I read it or even if it is actually true, but I have read that women's vaginas respond physically to accomodate intercourse even when they don't want it, some kind of leftover (well, leftover in a modern sense) mechanism to protect them from serious injury from forced intercourse.

If that's true, then the enitre response pattern I hypothesized about the woman I originally posted about makes sense and is believable.

Comment: Re:Awkwardly enough... (Score 2) 264

by Shakrai (#49496895) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

If TFA is to be believed, his craft wouldn't meet the requirements of an ultralight aircraft:

103.1 Applicability.

This part prescribes rules governing the operation of ultralight vehicles in the United States. For the purposes of this part, an ultralight vehicle is a vehicle that:


(e) If powered:


(2) Has a fuel capacity not exceeding 5 U.S. gallons;

From TFA: According to court documents, Hughes rented a car and towed his gyrocopter from Florida to an airfield in Gettysburg, Pa. He chose the location for its proximity to the Capitol -- about an hour away and reachable on the aircraft's 10-gallon fuel tank -- and the fact that it was an uncontrolled airport, according to a criminal complaint.

Comment: Re:Awkwardly enough... (Score 1) 264

by Shakrai (#49496875) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

You do realize the link you offered lists about twenty things that he did wrong? Here's the big one:

103.19 Operations in prohibited or restricted areas.

No person may operate an ultralight vehicle in prohibited or restricted areas unless that person has permission from the using or controlling agency, as appropriate.

Comment: Re:Another load of Federal B.S. (Score 3, Informative) 264

by Shakrai (#49496763) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

But banning him from setting foot in the District of Columbia and talking about YEARS of prison time?

The banishment is part of his conditions of release and will expire whenever the criminal case is concluded. Nothing to see there. As far as "YEARS," well, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines don't have a specific section for this offense, so it falls under the other felony offenses section, which says that 18 U.S. Code 3553 is controlling.

Assuming he has no criminal record, my educated guess would be he stands a decent chance of doing no time. If he gets a prison sentence it will be 366 days, which is SOP is the Federal system because it gives the defendant a chance to earn early release. He'll also be required to forfeit the gyro-copter and any other property used in the commission of the offense, pay court costs, and possibly a fine.

Comment: Re:Typical Misdirection From White House (Score 1) 264

by Shakrai (#49496499) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Quite the contrary. He sent them a message a full hour in advance, saying that they should expect him.

The White House knew he was coming and expected him

You've got a lot of faith in Uncle Sam if you think the left hand (whomever reads talks to the right hand (FAA, NORAD, USSS, and a few other agencies in the alphabet soup)

Heck, it's not even a Government address, it's BHO's campaign organization's address.

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 5, Informative) 264

by Shakrai (#49496419) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

It's not a "ban" per say, it's a condition of his release pending trial. No different than the Judge telling you that you can't leave your house except for work, must submit to drug testing, or the myriad other requirements that are imposed on people who don't get pre-trial confinement. The alternative to accepting the conditions of release is to go to jail and sit there for a few months while the wheels of justice grind forward.

You will have a head crash on your private pack.