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Comment: Re:Good ruling (Score 1) 135

I agree that zero tolerance is a bad idea, but what they've struck down is the "reasonable person" standard in any kind of criminal case. It has nothing to do with zero tolerance.

IANAL, but I suspect the issue is that to convict someone for a serious crime you generally have to show "mens rea" ("guilty mind") -- that the defendant had the intent of committing the crime in question. If so the ruling may be reasonable, but not for the reasons you suggest. If I'm right, what SCOTUS is saying is that the jury has to determine that the husband actually intended to threaten his wife.

As for the civil liberties implications, they appear to be more limited than most people seem to believe. Threatening someone is still a crime. It's just not a crime to say something someone would misconstrue as a threat, even if that person is being reasonable.

Comment: Re:Like the sailor that blow into his sail... (Score 1) 165

by hey! (#49819399) Attached to: Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene

Well, without actually reading the article itself I'll venture an opinion of course. If you carried the fuel and lasers yourself it wouldn't be like the sailor blowing on his own sail at all; it's be like the sailor facing the stern and blowing his ship forward. That's because the ship would still be powered by the rearward expulsion of electrons.

The advantage of the system with an external laser is (I presume) that even though it is no doubt very energy inefficient, since all you're expelling is electrons the specific impulse would be quite high. This allows you to apply small amount of thrust, but continuously for a long time without the bulk of your payload being fuel. If you are going to carry the fuel needed to power the thrusters you might as well go with compact ion thrusters.

Comment: Re:Why WOULDN'T you? (Score 1) 77

I'd think they'd prefer notoriety under an alias, e.g. "The drinkypoo Bandit" rather than a real name unless they could obtain attribution knowing there wasn't enough evidence to convict.

That's why some antivirus companies deliberately change the names when reporting, from whatever the author wants it to be called (when they can tell.) They don't want to provide them notoriety under their chosen alias.

Comment: Re:Eh... (Score 1) 78

by drinkypoo (#49818853) Attached to: LEGO Launches a Minecraft Competitor On Steam

I don't know where you get this from. I have seen many computers where it doesn't run, or it fails to run well. For a game with quite simplistic graphics, it sure does take a powerful machine to run it. Sure it runs on Linux, OSX, and Windows, but it requires quite a lot of resources on any of those machines.

Minecraft does not demand a whole lot of CPU without complex mods, but it wants a whole lot of GPU and a whole lot of RAM. Only full-on gaming PCs (in households, anyway) tend to have both.

Minetest takes a lot less GPU and RAM, but takes a lot more CPU. You can run it on crappy intel integrated graphics that come with an Atom, but it will crater the Atom.


Fuel Free Spacecrafts Using Graphene 165

Posted by samzenpus
from the to-the-stars-and-beyond dept.
William Robinson writes: While using a laser to cut a sponge made of crumpled sheets of Graphene oxide, Researchers accidentally discovered that it can turn light into motion. As the laser cut into the material, it mysteriously propelled forward. Baffled, researchers investigated further. The Graphene material was put in a vacuum and again shot with a laser. Incredibly, the laser still pushed the sponge forward, and by as much as 40 centimeters. Researchers even got the Graphene to move by focusing ordinary sunlight on it with a lens.Though scientists are not sure why this happens, they are excited with new possibilities such as light propelled spacecraft that does not need fuel.

Comment: Re:Or conversely, why openssl is stupid (Score 1) 2

by drinkypoo (#49817813) Attached to: Why libressl is stupid

RAND_egd() goes in the trashbin along with all the other buggy ancient OS crap.

I'm in favor of that, I just wish they'd had the balls to switch the names of headers etc. so that it could coexist peacefully next to openssl, because that's going to be the reality for a while. I've found patches for libressl compatibility for some applications, and rolled my own in a couple of cases, but what a PITA.

Comment: Re:Of course it bombed (Score 1) 187

by drinkypoo (#49815717) Attached to: Tron 3 Is Cancelled

Because remaking the same IP year after year is taking risks.

That's the sad part. Compared to what Hollywood typically does, making Tron 3 is a risk even though it's basically printing money. They could split the soundtrack between two artists (give one of them the bad guys and the other one the good guys and make it a vs.) and a big portion of the fans of both would show up...

Comment: Re:Will be highly upset? (Score 1) 187

by drinkypoo (#49815677) Attached to: Tron 3 Is Cancelled

I don't know who started that practice, but it should stop.

YMBNH: It's been happening since time was time. It's really only a problem because the subject is not shown directly above the comment, so when you C&P you get a header you have to excise. You are right, it should stop, but since the practice of doing it here is probably about as old as the subject line... give-u up.

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