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Comment Re:Really hard to stop (Score 1) 162

It's a contract of adhesion, and those are limited in what they can require. As to what the limits are, I don't know, and it would probably depend on your jurisdiction anyway.

FWIW, even standard contracts are limited in what the state is allowed to enforce.... but as far as I know, each contract requires a separate lawsuit. And the first item of business would probably be as to whether they can force you to use arbitration with their selected arbitrator.

Comment Re:I think you are on to something (Score 1) 148

I'm not convinced that there's a reasonable chance that you would EVER get your stuff back, no matter how much time and effort you spent on it. And I've heard things that cause me to believe that it's not only tourists that suffer.

It's not so much power that corrupts, as lack of consequences. Admittedly, the two are often closely intertwined.

Comment Not the first full recovery from space (Score 1) 104

SpaceShip One touched space and all elements were recovered and flew to space again.

BO's demonstration is more publicity than practical rocketry. It doesn't look like the aerodynamic elements of BO's current rocket are suitable for recovery after orbital injection, just after a straight up-down space tourism flight with no potential for orbit, just like SpaceShip One (and Two). They can't put an object in space and have it stay in orbit. They can just take dudes up for a short and expensive view and a little time in zero gee.

It's going to be real history when SpaceX recovers the first stage after an orbital injection, in that it will completely change the economics of getting to space and staying there.

Comment Re:Legality? (Score 1) 281

I think the IANAL disclaimers are because some places have laws against pretending to practice law when you aren't licensed. The IANAL is anti-lawsuit insurance.

That's just a guess, and that's why I use it when I use it. Also because some people are so Darwin award worthy that they *would* take legal advice from someone unknown over the Internet.

Comment Re:Another in a long series of marketing mistakes (Score 1) 136

You'd need a popular product to pull off obtaining second-clientage from governments, and you'd need not to reveal that your device had legal intercept.

This is just a poorly-directed company continuing to shoot itself in the foot. It's not made its product desirable for government, or for anyone else.

Comment Re:Not that anybody cares... (Score 1) 133

You misunderstand the problem. Being a vegetarian won't protect you against human-to-human transmission, and these aren't disease organisms that survive cooking anyway. The mentioned organisms are already infecting people. (Of course, there are probably others that haven't yet made the jump.)

IIUC the current disease is minor. The problem is that bacteria share genes beyond species boundaries, so it can easily spread to something serious.

Comment Re:Questions... (Score 1) 133

It is ever difficult to impress people barely making a living in the present with tales of doomsday futures.

While true, it *is* understandable. The problem is it's equally difficult to impress those currently getting extremely wealthy. And they're the ones with the power to change things.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's the problem (Score 1) 133

Perhaps, but while the "Affordable Care Act" is better than what we had previously, it's *NOT* a good act. It's lousy. It guarantees that the health insurance companies get to keep their profits, when they should be totally cut out of all basic health care as an unnecessary expense. Perhaps they are a reasonable approach for major medical, but when I checked into dental insurance I found that it was a total waste of money. They wouldn't cover unexpected or major dental problems, and they were much more expensive than just paying the dentist for routine care.

So my guess is that insurance companies shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the health care system in any branch. Perhaps for cosmetic surgery, but even there I have my doubts.

Comment Another in a long series of marketing mistakes (Score 2) 136

There's a truism in marketing that you can only differentiate your product on the parts that the customer sees and uses. Blackberry just can't learn this lesson. They tried differentiating on the OS kernel, which the customer never sees. And now on an insecurity feature that the customer won't be allowed to use. It's been a protracted death spiral, but it's a continuing one.

A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.