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Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 1) 282

Have you actually read it yourself beyond the title? It doesn't permit the US government from granting anyone titles of nobility. It doesn't prevent anyone from holding or claiming such a title on other grounds.

I suspect that you're confusing it with the Titles of Nobility amendment, which went further by stripping citizenship from anyone who would accept a title from a foreign country (so even under it self-claimed titles wouldn't count) - but that amendment was never ratified and is not standing law. Some people claim that it "has actually been ratified", and hence is part of the Constitution "that the government doesn't want you to know about" - usually this is claimed by fringe right-wingers, the type of guys to the right of the Tea Party.

Comment: When royalties drop to zero (Score 1) 77

by tepples (#49631731) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

Except in reality, this likely means that you will only get access to the subset of content that has been negotiated in ALL EU member countries individually.

Then anything not negotiated for the entire EU market will disappear from the EU view of the service. The publisher will get zero hits and thus zero royalties. If the publisher wants to continue collecting royalties from the service, it will have to negotiate with the service for the rest of the EU market.

Comment: What's the canonical URL? (Score 1) 77

by tepples (#49631661) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

you encode 'state' on the url!

So which URL for a given resource is canonical to be listed in indexes and shared with other users of the Internet: the one with or without cookies? Your answer to this will help me phrase my next question.

with RESTful apis being so trendy, cookies are often JUST use for authentication.

OAuth 2 uses bearer tokens, which behave like cookies. Is OAuth 2 considered "RESTful"?

Comment: Re:Trains (Score 1) 185

by drinkypoo (#49630779) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

Right, you can't use rail unless you have high utilization, and you can't have high utilization if the rail doesn't do the job you need to do, or if the public transportation systems along the rail line don't work. That's why PRT makes more sense than rail for most trips, and why we should use classic rail only for long hauls and PRT for short trips.

Comment: Re:Trains (Score 1) 185

by drinkypoo (#49630523) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

Freight Trains, you know, the topic of this entire article?

Yeah, you can't build rail just for freight, because it won't see enough utilization. It has to carry passengers, too. You can't take the efficiency of the freight-carrying system alone because it doesn't operate alone, it's dependent on being part of the passenger-carrying system (and vice versa.)

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