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Comment: Re:Space junk (Score 2) 21

by morgauxo (#48625189) Attached to: Startup Helps You Build Your Very Own Picosatellite On a Budget

"I hope these things are only ever launched into orbits low enough that atmospheric drag kills them after a year or so."

My understanding is these sorts of things are usually launched in orbits that give them lifetimes measured in days, maybe weeks. They are up there nowhere near a year and definitely do not become part of the long term space junk problem.

Comment: Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (Score 1) 593

by morgauxo (#48609825) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Actually, where I grew up it used to be pretty common for people to burn their trash in rusty old barels in their backyards. Some of the nicer neighbors would at least throw a screen over the top to get the bigger embers but not always. I never saw a yard fire. Smoke wasn't too bad, you just didn't play along the fence on the side where something was burning.

That other stuff sounds pretty rediculous. Animal cruelty laws will take care of your dog fighting example. The rest.. well.. I think i'll press my luck. I'm pretty confident that none of my neighbors will develop an interest in skunk farming.

But.. at least I learned a little psychology. I know now what boring little busybodies dream about at night. Maybe if their neighbors would allow them to have a hobby their minds would get a bit more excercise in the day and they might sleep better at night.

Comment: Re:Zoning laws are tyranny (Score 0) 593

by morgauxo (#48603837) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

People suck. They enjoy controling one another. They fear and/or or are repulsed by anything they don't understand.

Too many people find whatever their neighbor happens to like which they do not ugly. Given enough neighbors and the opportunity to control one another be it through zoning law happy city government or a local HOA there are always neighbors who will push to ban anything. Maybe it's an antenna, a basketball hoop, a boat or a vegetable garden. Give people the opportunity to control their neighbors and they will ensure a whole society of boring little houses surrounded by nothing but uniform green grass. Live that way for a couple of generations and you get boring little people to fill those houses.

You are right, people's yards are not islands unto themselves however there is a careful ballance to be made. Few people are capable of striking such a balance, it's better just to pretend our yards are islands and tell the busybodies to go fuck themselves.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.