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Comment: Re:Meh. (Score 0) 60

by roman_mir (#49500645) Attached to: Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine

Ah, fucking hell, almost nothing new is new but if they can put satellites up at 6.6 million dollars a pop that is certainly new.

How many people come up with their own products that are really built from nothing into something that others want to use? The answer is: not many. Anybody who is able to start a company and bring a product up and succeed in all of this without losing their sanity, health, all the money and family in this world is a fucking hero as far as I am concerned.

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 264

by causality (#49498253) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Well, the constitution does say any American citizen has free travel between areas within the US. So if I was this guy, I'd sue the federal court. Fun fact, because it's a federal issue, he's constitutionally promised a jury of at least 6 people if the suit is for more than $20. At that point, it really doesn't matter what the federal judge says, it's the jury. And since the US is a country of "letter of the law", the federal government is going to have a hell of a time defending this action when the constitution explicitly prohibits it.

Sure thing. All it will cost him is his life savings plus whatever debt he incurs.

Comment: Re:Still vapor (Score 1) 104

by roman_mir (#49483303) Attached to: The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers

How about medical applications? 1mm^3 is actually small enough to be put in a pill and go through your digestive system. Cover it in some glass coating to avoid acid from melting it, swallow a bunch over a number of time intervals, have sensors on the surface that measure whatever can be measured and you may have some interesting results. It is still too big to be injected into your blood stream, need to shrink it another 10-100 times to do that I guess, but it is an interesting way to develop computing by combining it further with the medical field. You can actually embed 1mm^3 computers into your bones and other tissue and not even feel them probably, while they are sending their data to your phone and to your physician.

Comment: Re:People are tribal even when they don't realize (Score 0, Troll) 245

by roman_mir (#49476395) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

As a libertarian my position never changed, I always root for the individual (and a company is property of an individual, so the same logic applies) to win against the violence of the collective. Governments are the ultimate and most violent (wars) representation of the collective. Government is the ultimate weapon of the mob against an individual and his freedoms. Realizing that the real virtue is in the Individual freedom and the non aggression principle is how you fix the issue of tribalism destroying rationality.

Comment: Those who can - do. (Score 0, Insightful) 245

by roman_mir (#49476255) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Those who cannot do - sue.

The entire premise of 'anti-trust' coming from a government, ANY government is laughable in every possible way. The only real monopolies that can abuse power are created by governments and it is government power that is abused by them, as for Google and other companies that compete among each other and may become dominant (for some time) in a market - this is due to the choice of the clients, who collectively vote for that company to be in a more dominant position at that time.

Comment: Re:Yeah, right. (Score 1) 892

Absolutely 100% correct.
Also I would like to add that if this strategy is somehow supposed to 'help women' it is also going to backfire, just like all such nonsensical regulations rather than market based ideas do. There are plenty of women who will get hurt through the indirect action of their husbands/significant others not being able to get a better paying job.

Even if men were payed more because they were better negotiators (which is not the reason for the higher pay that *some* men command over women as you have already mentioned) it doesn't mean that lowering their pay (which is all that this proposed 'solution' is) will not hurt women! Many of those men have women in their lives and when a man's potential earnings are capped by such artificial barriers those women (and the entire families) will also feel the sting.

Comment: Re:Can people with H1B visas start companies? (Score 1) 442

My understanding of H1B visas is that they are sponsored and that if you leave the sponsored job, you have to go back to wherever you came from. That's what makes it so attractive for employers.

H-1B Visas are attractive for employers because they are the easiest way to bring in foreign workers, especially from China and India.

The Employment Based (EB) Visas are limited to 140,000 per year, but more importantly they are limited to 9,800 per country.

For example, the Visa Bulletin says that for China, they are now working on EB-2 & EB-3 Visa applications from 2011, and for India they are now working on EB-2 applications from 2007 and EB-3 applications from 2004. Hey, what's a 10 year wait?

In FY 2012, 136,890 H-1Bs were issued for initial employment and 125,679 were issued for continued employment.

Comment: Re:Do the math: that is stupid! (Score 2) 421

by causality (#49412325) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Banned In Six States

"It one of the least efficient form for transporting ethanol. "

But still more efficient that carrying the potable form which multiplies the mass by another 2.5x.

I don't think you understood what was meant by "efficient". Greater mass (the ethanol plus the absorbent material) makes it a less efficient method of transporting ethanol. This product does not produce a drink nearly as strong as regular 80-proof, 40% liquor. It's not even close. I'd carry some 151 (75.5% alcohol) and be much better off. There are lightweight non-glass containers that would be more than suitable.

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