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Comment Re:Nope, not kidding. (Score 1) 2058

What do they do, negotiate with the guy on the spot?

It's been done before by Crassus where the word "crass" comes from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crassus

Most notorious was his acquisition of burning houses: when Crassus received word that a house was on fire, he would arrive and purchase the doomed property along with surrounding buildings for a modest sum, and then employ his army of 500 clients to put the fire out before much damage had been done. Crassus' clients employed the Roman method of firefighting—destroying the burning building to curtail the spread of the flames.

Comment Re:ps3 (Score 1) 199

I have trouble enough finding all the remote controls. The shutter glasses seem to be just one more thing to have to find and put batteries in. One reason CDs replaced Vinyl and MP3s are replacing CDs is it is a lot more convenient to just listen to something. This seems to be a step backwards.

Comment The Big Problem (Score 1) 90

The problem with this is that it does not detect cancer cells but anomalies that may be cancer cells. All the dentist can do is refer one to an oral surgeon who will just look at the tongue and ask if one has bitten it accidentally in the last few days. They are not going to do a biopsy on something they can not see and they are not trained to interpret the photos.

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NASA's Space Balloon Smashes Car In Australia 174

Humunculus writes "Of more worldly issues, NASA's latest multimillion-dollar stratosphere-bound balloon launch has gone horribly wrong and crashed into a car, turning it over and narrowly missing two elderly people who were observing the launch. The payload fared worse, reportedly being smashed into a 'thousand pieces.'"

Comment Re:14k buys a lot of film. (Score 1) 347

That's a good point.

Another is that a craftsman does not begrudge good money spent on quality tools of their trade that will last for years/decades[1] with proper care.
It's considered a sound investment that pays back across the board.

[1] YMMV, depends on craft/trade

It's also a deductible business expense for a professional photographer.

Comment Re:Lord of War Quote (Score 1) 980

I personally feel that Apple should sue itself.

Specifically the Quick Time team should sue the iPhone and iPod OS team for not putting Quick Time support in the OS. Seriously, why must we all convert our Quick Time movies? Is it really that hard to support their own format on their own device?

It wouldn't be the first time a company sued itself:

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/07/13/1727218/Wells-Fargo-Bank-Sues-Itself

Comment Re:Return on investment (Score 1) 541

You can also get a compressor unit that will reject the houses heat into the pool. This only works if you have a smaller compressor for example for the upstairs and a larger compressor for downstairs unless you have a really big pool since it will get too warm. In the good old days, people would just run cold tap water through them and dump the hot water into the sewer.

Comment Re:What is with the Slashdot support for crime? (Score 1) 394

I think the biggest problem is that the employees did not pay their taxes using gold coins. If one gets paid in gold coins and pays their taxes in gold coins there would not be a problem. If one gets paid in gold coins and pays their taxes with fiat money then one is manipulating the system.

Comment Re:Very simple (Score 1) 151

What a fucking perversion of the interstate commerce clause. The lawyers twist it to mean anything. How else do you think that states can really legalize pot now, even though that pot could stay within the state's borders the entire time? Via interstate commerce clause, they argue, because it COULD go out of state. Just like I may commit a crime one day, so lock me up now before it happens.

Mail was delivered for 160+ years in this country before the interstate highways. I never once thought "Gee, this highway is here to deliver mail". It never occured to me, because that's a benefit of the highway but not the main purpose. (I'm not saying highways aren't beneficial, but that's a seperate discussion).

The interstate commerce clause is also used to justify the civil right act of 1964. Your argument also applies to segregation as well. The question being, if I have a restaurant in the middle of nowhere and the state is fine with what I do, what right does the federal government have in telling me how to run my business. Without a broad interpretation of the commerce clause, the federal government loses its ability to affect social change. It seems one can not have their cake and eat it too. I am all for state rights but not at any cost.

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