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Comment: Out of the public domain? (Score 4, Insightful) 91

by wonkey_monkey (#47550099) Attached to: Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

out of the public domain

If you can see it from public property and tell what it is, it's (effectively) in the public domain, isn't it?

If it's supposed to be secret, and someone who shouldn't know where it is does, you've got a security leak.

I'd say Google's doing them a favour. If any of their secret installations turn up on it, you know it's time to shut them down or move them.

Comment: Re:Prescription != illegal != illicit (Score 3, Informative) 446

Is it illegal to abuse legally obtained drugs?

Um.... Yeah, it is.

Taking it in any way that is contrary to the written prescription is illegal.

As another user asked above, can you cite the law that would be broken?

The above page, for example, discusess "seven state legislative strategies that have potential to impact prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose," but none of these are about what the patient may do with medication.

Comment: Re:What does unwind mean?? (Score 3, Funny) 141

by wonkey_monkey (#47548657) Attached to: Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Microsoft would reduce engineering in Beijing and San Diego and unwind engineering in Oulu, Finland.

I'd guess someone confused "unwind" with "wind-down," as in slow down (possibly to an eventual halt).

Then again, they might have meant "wind-up," as a business synonym for closing down/ceasing operations (with the implication that this is being done in a tidy manner, rather than abruptly being forced out of business).

Or perhaps they're winding-down before they wind-up.

I'm not winding you up here.

Comment: Re:No, no unfair advantage at all... (Score 1) 174

by wonkey_monkey (#47544465) Attached to: Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

The device is like a spring, so it stores energy

So... a bit like a tendon?

as well as having extra length and mechanical advantage

Does it actually have a mechnical advantage?

and better still its far stronger and requires much more force to break.

Again, does it? Have you tried to break someone's leg, versus breaking their blade? Of course, one definite advantage is that if it does break, you just put on a new one, rather than spending months in rehabilitation.

But it's not like running with a blade doesn't have any disadvantages. Not having any ankle muscles is presumably one such.

Comment: Re:It's not "buss" - its bus. (Score 1) 124

A fool's drivel repeated often enough will some day end up in the lexicon, especially in the moden age of instant mass communications, but that does not make it correct.

Uh, actually it kinda does.

It's why we now call that tasty fruit an orange, and not a norange, for example.

Comment: Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (Score 1) 140

by wonkey_monkey (#47535553) Attached to: The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

And how much of an impact do you think that would actually have on the military's ability to do any of this stuff? Hint: it's about the same as the amount of damage a bulldozzer would suffer if it rolled right over you.

or anything defined as 'evil' by a FSF committee.

Trying to define an objective standard of something as subjective as "evil" is bad enough, but asking a committee to do it?!

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. -- Robert Benchley