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Comment Re:NTSB fines? penalties? (Score 2) 83 83

I would expect that it's classified as some sort of "Experimental" vehicle at this point, for which the usual rules do not apply. So I doubt the FAA has much to do with it either.

No, TFS has it correct. It's classified as "Commercial Spaceflight," and the Federal Government deliberately moved jurisdiction from NASA to the FAA.

Comment Re:I'm not American so why would I care? (Score 1) 144 144

Which has then conspired to de-legitimize the celebration of its own independence. I have close to zero respect for anti-fireworks laws. Go ahead and do it, but be responsible, or be held liable. What the hell is wrong with that?

What's wrong with that is that it's a little hard to track down the individual who lit the fireworks AFTER a wildfire has devastated the region. You do understand that fire prevention is the primary reason for these laws, right? (There may be rural areas where the noise frightens livestock, and that would be a legitimate reason for prohibiting their use as well).

Comment Re:I'm not American so why would I care? (Score 1) 144 144 when it happened....there were nukes.....hmmm who knew

The way to do it that would have been legal would have been to petition parliament like the Scottish just did, you can't just decide you don't like the way your country is run so you'll make you're own....if that was a thing, I'd have my own already.

Um, remember that phrase "taxation without representation" that got thrown around back then? Parliament did not recognize the colonies' right to petition because there was no colonial representative member. The colonists then did what they could--petitioned the king directly.

I guess that didn't help either.

Comment Re:Boo hoo... (Score 1) 818 818

I should follow up that I do not believe that the sale of the flag should be banned. That would also represent a restriction of free speech. If you can find people who want to make it, and people who want to sell it, you should be able to buy it, just like people should be able to buy other symbols and icons that represent a desire to change the law ("Legalize it!, etc,). I just believe that people aren't thinking carefully enough about what this particular symbol truly represents, and if a majority of the citizens in a State believe it's offensive to display an item over the Capitol, then those people have the right to bring those grievances to the State Government and expect change.

Comment Re:Boo hoo... (Score 1) 818 818

The flag only represented treason when the South lost. Up until then it represented freedom from the oppressive North, a North that wouldn't let them govern themselves how they saw fit.

I can't believe we're still dealing with this strawman. I also can't believe you don't see the irony in your own statement. The people of the south wanted "freedom" to deny freedom to others, and you're OK with that?

When some folks finally got enlightened enough to realize that the ownership of human beings is just plain WRONG, a majority of the citizens of the US (which is how our representative democracy works) convinced their legislators and President that "how they saw fit" should be outlawed. They way we effect change in this country is through legislation. If an Army base were to be attacked today for the reasons that Fort Sumter was shelled, we'd call it terrorism. So, yes, the flag was treasonous on the day it was created, and continues to be so because of the "ideals" it represents.

The southern states only considered this "oppressive" because an end to slavery meant lower profits for slave-owners. This is clearly outlined in their secession statements.


Louisiana Governor Vetoes License Plate Reader Bill, Citing Privacy Concerns 131 131

An anonymous reader writes: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has vetoed a plan to acquire license plate reading cameras in the state. Law enforcement agencies nationwide use such cameras to scan cars and compare them to a "hot list" of stolen or wanted vehicles. That data is kept for weeks, or even years In some cases. Jindal wrote in a signing statement: "Senate Bill No. 250 would authorize the use of automatic license plate reader camera surveillance programs in various parishes throughout the state. The personal information captured by these cameras, which includes a person’s vehicle location, would be retained in a central database and accessible to not only participating law enforcement agencies but other specified private entities for a period of time regardless of whether or not the system detects that a person is in violation of vehicle insurance requirements. Camera programs such as these that make private information readily available beyond the scope of law enforcement, pose a fundamental risk to personal privacy and create large pools of information belonging to law abiding citizens that unfortunately can be extremely vulnerable to theft or misuse. For these reasons, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 250 and hereby return it to the Senate."

Controversial GCHQ Unit Engaged In Domestic Law Enforcement, Online Propaganda 83 83

Advocatus Diaboli writes: Documents published by The Intercept on Monday reveal that a British spy unit purported by officials to be focused on foreign intelligence and counterterrorism, and notorious for using "controversial tactics, online propaganda and deceit,” focuses extensively on traditional law enforcement and domestic activities. The documents detail how the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) is involved in efforts against political groups it considers "extremist," Islamist activity in schools, the drug trade, online fraud, and financial scams. The story reads: "Though its existence was secret until last year, JTRIG quickly developed a distinctive profile in the public understanding, after documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the unit had engaged in 'dirty tricks' like deploying sexual 'honey traps' designed to discredit targets, launching denial-of-service attacks to shut down internet chat rooms, pushing veiled propaganda onto social networks, and generally warping discourse online."

General Mills To Drop Artificial Ingredients In Cereal 163 163

schwit1 writes: General Mills announced Monday that it will be removing artificial colors and flavoring from its cereal products over the next two to three years. The company said that Trix and Reese's Puffs will be some of the first cereals to undergo the changes adding that cereals like Lucky Charms that have marshmallows may take longer to reformulate. They say 90 percent of their cereals will have no artificial ingredients by the end of 2016. "We've continued to listen to consumers who want to see more recognizable and familiar ingredients on the labels and challenged ourselves to remove barriers that prevent adults and children from enjoying our cereals," said Jim Murphy, president of General Mills cereal division, in a statement.

Comment Re:Don't worry, they'll try again (Score 1) 229 229

Oh, and of course there's always that *one* part of Fantasia that they did have to pay for--Stravinski's "The Rite of Spring." They've managed to convince an appeals court that the original contract (explicitly covering theatrical release only) also licenses all home video distribution, so its copyright has been rendered essentially null for them and them alone. I can think of at least 10 other movies that have never had a DVD or soundtrack CD release because the prevailing legal opinion is that those rights must be negotiated separately.

Comment Re:Don't worry, they'll try again (Score 1) 229 229

It is interesting to note that some of Disney's most well-known films are based on public domain works, while Disney has been one of the biggest factors in eliminating the public domain altogether.

can you open that up for us? I wasn't aware of this, and would appreciate a short schooling session

Open it up? You weren't aware that Disney didn't have to pay anyone for the rights to Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Hercules, Hamlet (The Lion King), Mulan, Pocahontas, Pinocchio, ad infinitum? .

I always use my favorite example of how they abuse copyright--Disney has now held the copyright on *their* version of Alice in Wonderland for more than twice as long as Lewis Carrol did for the original work.

Comment Re:Some thoughts about comments I'm reading... (Score 1) 105 105

I'm sure the logic is that only other baseball teams would want that data anyway, so there was no real concern about a group of Russian hackers copying a database. Why be fort knox secure when you trust and respect the other 29 teams that you share billions of dollars of revenue with? Naive, yes. Intentional, no. Deserved what they got, no. (No one deserves to be the victim of a crime)

As a resident of Houston who has avoided the sport since they gave the home run title to a cheater, I have to respond to this part of your comment. If THAT was the logic, then while they may not have "deserved" it, implementing security this poor amounts to criminal negligence. There are *plenty* of others who would want the info. You see, there's this little thing called gambling, and small advantages like this is how the pros stay ahead. Strangely enough, these same pros also tend to associate with folks who are part of organized crime.


Ask Slashdot: How To Turn an Email Stash Into Knowledge For My Successor? 203 203

VoiceOfDoom writes: I'm leaving my current position in a few weeks and it looks unlikely that a replacement will be found in time. My job is very specialized and I'm the only person in the organization who is qualified or experienced in how to do it. I'd like to share as much of my accumulated knowledge with my successor as possible but at the moment, it mostly exists in my email archive which will be deleted after I've been gone for 90 days.

The organization doesn't have any knowledge management systems so the only way it seems I can pass on this information is by copying all the info into a series of documents, which isn't much fun to do in Outlook. Can my fellow Slashdotters can suggest a better approach? By the way, there's quite a lot of confidential stuff in there that my successor needs to know but which cannot leave the organization's existing systems.

All syllogisms have three parts, therefore this is not a syllogism.