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Comment Re:A simple proposition. (Score 1) 238 238

They used to sell a service where you could subscribe to Slashdot [slashdot.org] for some nominal fee per 1,000 page loads. The fact that they quit selling this service is their own problem, the scaffolding is all there. It just needs to be turned back on and made worth the investment.

I subscribed to Slashdot right up until their subscription system broke.

My second official act as the new owner of Slashdot (after tearing out the videos and replacing them with fish tanks) will be making sure that goddamn subscription system works again. It was easy as pie and occasionally I would even pick some insightful commenter and gift him 5000 page loads.

When Slashdot started refusing my subscription requests, I figured it was only a matter of time until they'd get sold. Fortunately, I had sufficient bottle caps, pre-war money and Legion Denarius to purchase the site. Once the sale goes through, things are gonna be different around here, lemme tell you.

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 5, Informative) 476 476

And all three of which went to prison for their technically illegal actions.

Wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony did NOT go to prison. They were arrested, booked and released. MLK spent some time in a local jail, but that's not the same as being sent to prison.

A better example for Snowden would be Daniel Ellsberg, who is now seen as a hero.

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 5, Insightful) 476 476

He should have gone on the Sunday talk shows and say, "the government is doing really sleazy, illegal and unconstitutional shit, and I am violating my oath and the law by telling you exactly what they are."

When your oath to the government requires you to keep government wrongdoing secret, the problem is not with the whistleblower, but with the government.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 476 476

The government, not wanting to validate that the information he leaked is indeed accurate, have not named the people he's gotten murdered. There's a list; it's not short.

And you've seen this list? You know about it because Raymond Reddington told you about it?

Nobody got killed because of anything Edward Snowden has done. Can you say the same about any American president in the past - I don't know - two hundred fucking years?

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 4, Insightful) 476 476

If you fire a gun in an unsafe manner, you can be charged with attempted murder, for what you "could have" done. You can also be charged with attempted murder for stabbing someone who actually survives. You could have done many things. Things you do can have many outcomes, and some things you do are illegal. In response to your exact example, if you are driving in an unsafe manner, it is called reckless endangerment, because you "could" have injured someone with your reckless driving.

None of those charges carry the death penalty.

He also broke a contract (Non Disclosure Agreement), which has pretty strict terms in it.

That's a civil matter and certainly does not carry the death penalty.

Comment Hostile Takeover (Score 1) 489 489

I've offered them 14,500 bottle caps and $100 in NCR money. They want me to throw in 12 bottles of Nuka-Cola and a box of Fancy Lad Snacks because of some contractual obligation to Pudge.

We're still in negotiations. If I end up buying the place, I plan to paint it green and forward the link it to Soylent News.

Comment Re:Off Topic Editorial Complaint (Score 5, Funny) 476 476

So how many of you know that Slashdot is up for sale? It's been on the firehose [slashdot.org] and elsewhere on the web all morning, but, as near as I can tell, not on the Slashdot front page?

It's off the market now. I bought it earlier today for 14,500 bottle caps and $100 in NCR money. Also had to throw in 12 bottles of Nuka-Cola and a box of Fancy Lad Snacks, but that was just because of some contractual obligation they had to Pudge.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 2) 476 476

What he did could easily have cost lives, so death would be on the table.

So, we give the death penalty for what someone could have done? That doesn't sound much like liberty to me.

Hell, I could have run over an old lady on the way home today, but I didn't. Does that mean I should get the death penalty too?

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 5, Insightful) 476 476

What Snowden did was technically illegal

For the record, what every single one of the Founding Fathers of the United States did was "technically illegal", too.

Boston Tea Party? technically illegal

Rosa Parks technically illegal

Susan B Anthony? technically illegal

Martin Luther King, Jr? technically illegal

So, Ms Lisa Monaco, go jump in the motherfucking sea. You suggest that the "right way" for Mr Snowden to react to finding that his government was doing illegal shit would be to "speak out about it. Well, madame spokesperson, how the fuck do you "speak out" about something that it's illegal to disclose?

Was Snowden supposed to go on the Sunday talk shows and say, "the government is doing really sleazy, illegal and unconstitutional shit, but I can't tell you what it is"? They'd have laughed at him.

Comment Re:Blimey (Score 1) 450 450

I had to look deeper to see that you are correct. There _have_ been several NASA published designs using microwaves or other EM for ordinary thrust, I'm afraid I thought the original article concerned one of those.

On review, as I mentioned elsewhere, I'll bet that this is really a "Dean Drive". The Dean Drive never worked well outside the designer's workshop, was never tested properly with a basic "pendulum" test, and seems to have been a basic "oscillation thruster": it interacted with the floor under it to provide net thrust. That would mean the system is not really "sealed", it's interacting with its environment in some subtle way.

From the description at http://motherboard.vice.com/re..., I'd guess EM interaction with the walls of the stainless steel vacuum chamber. And one of hte people I'd want to review the experiment would be James Randi, who's been helping debunk "mysterious mental force" claims for decades, and has a professional magician's eye for misdirection and sleight of hand.

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