Given that inordinate amount of bandwidth is already taken up by streaming video, and there's not even a single extra inordinateness left since video is more than 50% of traffic nowadays, I'd tend to say that internet radio at 128kbit/s is but a drop in a bucket. Certainly not inordinate by any stretch of imagination.
Interestingly enough, it *is* fairly easy to duplicate vinyl using fairly basic equipment. Yes, it involves wax and metal casting, but in principle everything you need to make a few dozen copies of a vinyl LP could be sold as a $200 kit, with much cheaper refills for subsequent duplications.
Yeah, because if we don't listen to internet radio, we're growing up without music. Ha ha. Frankly said, I find music radio to be almost unbearable, whether delivered over teh interubez or via airwaves. I like buying my music, and exactly the music I want.
You mean, the way I'd like it? Why, thank you!
Sorry but reality disagrees with you. People who lose their cool end up dead, over and over again, and everyone is lucky if they only kill themselves.
My comment was general, not targeted at this particular situation. Hate implies irrationality, and you precisely do not want on emotion when dealing with crime of any sort. You end up with the mess we currently have. Because people don't fucking think but simply act like animals without higher cognitive functions would.
What is violent crime, according to you? Because "robbery at gunpoint" can pretty much go with zero physical contact. If we redefine violence to mean anything that forces someone to do something against their will, then, well, most corporations are violent criminals (umm, btw, we've decided that we'll just raise your credit card interest rates by a 100% for no good reason, just because we can fuck you, you see). If the robbers have any brains left on them, they will in fact avoid physical contact, for the same reasons pirates from a couple hundred years ago weren't always on the lookout for sea battles either (contrary to fictional popular depictions).
The problem is that your approach is basically "my way or I'm gonna kill you". The "my way" is where the slippery slope is. People endlessly argue that more and more falls under the "shoot at will" umbrella. People being what they are, I sincerely wish you won't ever find yourself at the other end of the gun just because others take the rules you perpetuate to their "logical" conclusion.
Well, there are imaging gamma ray space telescopes out there, so the imaging part is handled. If you had sufficiently strong terrestrial gamma source, you could image it. Such a source, if omnidirectional, would probably sterilize everything around it for many miles, though. You pretty much need an astronomical gamma ray source in order for a gamma ray telescope to pick it up
Another important snag, as it turns out, is the atmospheric absorption: the half-length for Co60 gamma rays is 10 metres. So, for all intents and purposes, the atmosphere would completely shield anything extraterrestrial from the radiation of this Co60 source.
Very informative. The half-value layer for air being 9m just about does it. Alas, what is the background noise of the detectors in typical gamma ray telescopes?
Alas, I had a good hunch: "you'd be lucky if it would be a glowing pixel"
This is completely bogus. The only way you'd kill 5-10 million people with such a ship/barge would be if you'd drop it on a large city from high up, and depend in the liquid gas having a conformal radial surface flow once the thing hits the ground. Even then it'd be a rather long stretch, since once the gas ignites, it goes up real fast. It wouldn't go as far as the same amount of less volatile petroleum products. If you had such a ship full of gasoline and then dropped it from up high on NYC, then certainly you could kill a million or two. Maybe.
Even if it'd explode at a port in a densely populated city, the casualties would be much lower. Probably in the thousands, maybe very low 10,000 at most.
Because you'd contaminate everything and their mother trying to open the damn container?
I don't know what effect would you possibly want to achieve. If someone was serious about it, you'd be in deep trouble. I'm sure there'd be disciplinary consequences for putting hazardous items in a food fridge. If you're, on the other hand, putting food into a hazardous items fridge, then there'll be Darwinian consequences.
Sure. If you'd point a space-based gamma ray telescope at Earth, and said telescope be sensitive enough, you'd surely see the "glowing" truck. I'd think the resolution and sensitivity of such telescopes is such that you'd be lucky if it would be a glowing pixel, though. It's a simple enough matter to check how many gamma ray telescopes are pointed down and used for land surveillance. My bet: zero.
Yeah, you see, but you're being rational about it. Others seem ready to be driven by unabated hate.