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Comment: Re: One Word ... (Score 1) 178

Even if it is interstate commerce, the constitution says congress has the power to regulate it not some extra legislative commit or department. It doesn't resolve the need for an act of congress to create the regulation or even pass the standards for the regulation to a department created for that reason. And there lays the problem, the FCC has openly and often admitted that congress never intended the FCC to regulate the internet in the ways it is trying to do. Congress has never given the FCC the power to create laws or rules for existing laws that would allow this to survive a constitutional challenge in court.

Comment: Re:Sulfur (Score 1) 70

by sumdumass (#49159255) Attached to: Craig Brittain (Revenge Porn King) Sues For Use of Image

Nothing requires anyone to belive in any religion with what the op said. It only requires someone to know the religion exists as he said might be real not that it is real or that anyone has to have any belief in it.

It is no more a religious argument than a scientific argument based around what happens after death. It is a statement about societal norms and expectations that references an expectation of three largest religions in the world that has shaped the society in which he lives in. The reference to hell is ancillary in this context. Might exist and hell as used is little more than an impression of consequences for actions. Hell can be swapped with Karma or viciously enraged murderous women just as easily.

Comment: Re:He's one smart cookie (Score 2) 70

by sumdumass (#49158461) Attached to: Craig Brittain (Revenge Porn King) Sues For Use of Image

Not really.

Despite there being more than one set of principles in law in play here, usually a voluntary settlement includes some sort of admission of guilt which could prevent any appeals without showing some form of durress outside the penalties of law being faced. Its really difficult to win an appeal or even have an appeal heard when it involves a settlement.

Comment: Re:Sulfur (Score 1) 70

by sumdumass (#49158435) Attached to: Craig Brittain (Revenge Porn King) Sues For Use of Image

He didn't make a religious argument. He asked if there was concern that there might be a hell. Of course as demonstrated by your answer, the answer is likely no.

But more importantly, even if the answer was yes, it doesn't preclude that kind of behavior. People sometimes ignore their beliefs in right or wrong or hell and do sick and evil things all the time.

I think this guy is just a moron eho doesn't understand the context or limits of principles involved here. He seems to have taken the principle of fair use to one extream knowing people would psy to avoid it. Then when he found out that there were limits, hes run to the opposite extreme.

Comment: Re:Can someone explain this? (Score 2) 76

by sumdumass (#49157567) Attached to: Oracle Sues 5 Oregon Officials For 'Improper Influence'

You do understand that cheating at taxes is more of a democrat thing than a republican thing right?

I know it's hard for the delusional to find their world isn't as they thought, but the fact of the matter is that it would seem that either someone is lieing to you or you are ignoring reality all together. So please, look up the suicide prevention number in your area, make sure you are near a phone, then read that link. You can also do searches for words groups together like "democrat tax cheats" and see lists of people that are near the top of the party.

But hey, stay hydrated and avoid cool aid if everyone is wearing Nike sneakers if at all possible.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal, anyway? (Score 1) 169

by sumdumass (#49157445) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

The rules make sense enough for the most part. There seems to be a couple exceptions to the rules in science that nobody cares about. For instance, Mammals give live birth- except for the platypus and spiny anteater. Eggs need to be fertilized- except in some bee colonies where male bees or drones develop from unfertilized eggs.

There are plenty more and one more will not matter much at all.

Comment: Re:stop the pseudo-scientific bullshit (Score 2) 85

by sumdumass (#49157411) Attached to: Mysterious Siberian Crater Is Just One of Many

Ice expands as it freezes. We also know water under pressure will super cool and not freeze but it will still expand. Take a pop bottle and fill it with water without putting the cap on and set it in the freezer. It will spill out the top. Put the cap on it and it will simple expand the plastic bottle (or break a glass bottle)

Now imagine a hole in the ground or a pocket of water just under the surface of the ground. It freezes, pushes up, and brings the ground with it a bit. It's under pressure so it doesn't all freeze but exerts force in pretty much a radius. The relief point is up until the weight of the column of water finds another relief point (a crack in the earth leading to sea or something.) If you look at the craters again, you will not find enough material around the edges to correct for the amount missing from the hole.

Now there is something called geothermal flux which is more or less changes in the heat within the ground. It is already being blamed for some of the permafrost melting. And we know there are perforations within the permafrost in the sea beds off the coast which are letting methane release. It's could have aided in the release and removal of material assuming water under pressure was in fact not frozen in these areas.

The pictures do not look like sink holes can be ruled out. What would likely rule sink holes out would be the depths of the permafrost as well as when it was originally established (the last ice age I believe).

Comment: Re:I should think so! (Score 2) 93

by sumdumass (#49157163) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

You wouldn't need to get it pressed on a lot of disks but imagine if an ISO file of some movie was altered and when little johny downloads it and burns it in order to play on the large screen TV in the living room or perhaps a friends house, it's there.

Now what can this malware do. That depends, can it open a proxy and ping me so I can bounce my IP off yours? Can it sit idle until someone commands it to participate in a massive DDOS attack? Or can I use it to gain access to the blue ray player and have it stream video from the NAS in addition to playing blue rays?

Comment: Re:I should think so! (Score 1) 93

by sumdumass (#49157139) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

Do you have any better links with the freak dude at vimeo?

All the videos skip and stall or play sound without advancing the video for some reason.

Oh and props for the youtube link. Even though it was likely above my skill level, it was captivating and interesting. From the start of the vimeo links, it sounds like it might be good too.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal, anyway? (Score 1) 169

by sumdumass (#49157087) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

You have to add all the objects that meet the criteria.

No you do not. you can create an exception into a rule quite easily. I before E except after C. See, a rule with an exception and the earth nor it's inhabitants suffered major catastrophe. And if you look, you will find words that violate those rules too.

Comment: Re:And still (Score 1) 169

by sumdumass (#49157061) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

Why does the concept of another category, dwarfs, enrage people?

It's not the concept or name that enrages people. Well, some might get pissed if you call them a dwarf and are not yourself a dwarf. It's that all the other planets you mentioned are still considered planets while somehow the dwarf planet is being used to denote that Pluto is not a planet. Instead, Pluto is the big headed cousin of a midget or some other shit now.

Comment: Re:One Word ... (Score 1) 178

by sumdumass (#49156947) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

Actually, the FCC basically wrote the lawsuit with all it's work on the internet being an information service or an enhanced service prior to 96. I doubt the FCC will have to wait until republicans get in power before having to toss the title 2 regulation over the internet.

It is important to note, the FCC has never until recently held any position that the internet was anything other than a title 1 enhanced or information service. Even the brief period of time in the 90's when it became a title 2 classification due to court action that was overturned on appeal, they wrote legal briefs and filed them with the courts proclaiming the mistake in title 2 classification.

Here are a few notable quotes from one of the reports I have have been looking at.

certainly was not Congress's intent in enacting the supposedly pro-competitive, deregulatory 1996 Act to extend the burdens of current Title II regulation to Internet services, which historically have been excluded from regulation."


Senators Ashcroft, Ford, John F. Kerry, Abraham and Wyden emphasize that "[n]othing in the 1996 Act or its legislative history suggests that Congress intended to alter
the current classification of Internet and other information services or to expand traditional telephone regulation to new and advanced services." 75 Like Senator McCain, they state: "Rather than expand regulation to new service providers, a critical goal of the 1996 Act was to diminish regulatory burdens as competition grew."

As much as something needed to be done about the state of internet, I don't think the FCC's move was the right thing and I'm pretty sure it will not pass the court's especially seeing how they are bragging about doing it to get around a failed court challenge to something previously. I can't see the courts siding with the FCC if there is any ambiguity at all.

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