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Comment Pick a different target (Score 1) 122

There's *actual* crime happening every minute of every day online and this is the target the FCC is wasting its time and resources on?

Come on. Google effed up. They admitted they effed up. There's absolutely no evidence that Google did anything or was planning to do anything with this data and all available evidence points to a mistake rather than anything "evil". And besides, if you don't want your data sniffed, THEN ENCRYPT YOUR STUPID WI-FI CONNECTION!

Please FCC... we pay your salaries. Go after some actual fraud attempts rather than wasting your time (and my tax dollars) on this.

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Comment Wait Until Dark (spoiler alert) (Score 1) 244

Many years ago, I was going to see the play "Wait Until Dark" (Marisa Tomei and Quentin Tarantino were in the play the time, neither of them very good, but that's besides the point).

I mentioned to my Mom that I was going and she said "Oh, is that the one where he uses the light in the refrigerator at the end?"

"Gee, thanks. I don't know. I've never seen it before."

I spent the play looking at that damn refrigerator waiting for the spoiler.

Anyway, someone going to see a murder mystery has no business researching it online except for maybe reading reviews of known publications if they must. If they look at the Wikipedia article or discussions of the work somewhere else, then it's their own fault for getting spoiled...

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Comment Panspermia (Score 4, Interesting) 91

If it's true, it's actually not a huge deal. I could mean that life spontaneously started on both Earth and Mars (Panspermia). But it's probably more likely (Occam's razor and such) that life started on either Earth or Mars and was transported via meteor to the other planet. I would be very cool if life on Earth actually started on Mars, but it's not clear to me how we could prove which came first. -S

Comment Couldn't see that from my vantage point (Score 1) 99

I drove over to the Canaveral National Seashore for this launch. The position of the sun made it very hazy from where I was. This shot is geotagged if you're so inclined to see exactly where it was taken. I didn't see that sonic boom wave and no one I was with made any mention of it either. That's really spectacular.

FWIW, I really love this photo of the launch which was taken by a guy in the same spot where I was. It captures the Atlas V flying past the sun which I thought was perfect given the nature of this mission.

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Comment Who owns the property this event is on? (Score 3, Informative) 439

IANAL, but....

In the Nevada desert? State owned property? Then I doubt they have a legal leg to stand on. However, if it's on private property, then they can probably stipulate what gets done with the photos. Stupid? Yes. Legal? Maybe.

Photographers, print this out and carry it with you at all times: http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm. It was written by lawyers who do actually know a thing or two about photography and the law.

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