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Comment Re:Rights? (Score 2, Interesting) 565

The right to interpret a signal passing through your property would fall under Universal Rights. The "right" to claim that the signal cannot be interpreted without permission is a misnomer. It is actual a property arbitration issue and would fall under Social Contract, more specifically under Law. As for God? I'm not sure how that has any bearing on the discussion at all. -Hope

Comment Re:What a shock (Score 1) 265

I just opened an account with Citibank. I received the first statement last night. It declares that beginning April 1, they may hold my money for 7 days regardless of how I try to access it. It simply says "withdrawals." There is no reference to account closures. That said, I will be closing this account first thing next week.

Comment Re:Even if in the agreement. (Score 1) 1078

I'm referring less to the idea of model citizenry, and more towards the right of people to enter into contracts voluntarily. This includes the right to leave contracts as well. Because it is impossible to foresee every eventuality, contracts have limited scope. When the cost to remain in the contract exceeds the cost of exiting the contract, the contract ends. Apple is saying -- we don't need the business of smokers that badly. That's their right. As to the cost of ending their contract with smokers, I can only suppose they have good-will to lose since it is unlikely that anyone will have legal recourse to challenge them. It would be a class-action lawsuit if someone believes otherwise.

Comment Re:Even if in the agreement. (Score 1) 1078

I didn't detect a word of facetiousness here. Smokers have no rights outside of their natural rights to life, liberty, and property. If you smoke and no one wants to be near you, work with you, or enter into a contract with you, then that's morally and ethically sound for both parties. Same goes for parents with obnoxious children, people who cannot keep their pets from defecating in their neighbors yards, etc. Responsible people don't take equipment back to the manufacturer and expect service for items that has been accumulating chemicals from a hazardous environment. Personal responsibility would solve most of this problem.

Comment Re:I don't blame them (Score 1) 1078

Have you considered the possibility that after years of perpetual vapor deposition, smoke tar might possibly have a higher chemical concentration then that of a momentary cloud of smoke? As to whether the chemical accumulation in smoke tar is itself hazardous, I have no evidence either way.

Comment Re:Not Quite. (Score 1) 253

Actually, fitness has a very specific meaning when discussing evolution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitness_(biology) and is similarly applied to genetic algorithms where it's quantified for sorting and culling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitness_(genetic_algorithm) In both cases, fitness is context, and therefore environment, specific. -Hope

Comment Would anybody miss East Texas? (Score 1, Funny) 403

I'm just saying... if you cannot use your court for justice, perhaps you should not have one at all. Perhaps the gentle folk of East Texas could then reflect on the role of their humble district as it relates to the rest of the country in comparison to their perceived need for a local court system. -Hope

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 359

On a similar note, hydrogen peroxide at 50% concentration does the trick nicely. Heats to super-hot steam on contact with the dirt, and bakes the colony from the inside out. I've occasionally seen plumes of steam erupt from other places in the yard. Rarely takes more than one treatment a year and costs less than gasoline if purchased in reasonable quantities. -Hope

Comment Re:how hard can it be? (Score 1) 165

I'm not an expert, but my first thought is that the problem lies with "pressurized water/air". Water does not compress well, and even if it did, the water/air mixture would separate leaving a void. By comparison, a rigid foam would solve that, and laminated sheets of foam are probably indistinguishable from thick foam when uniform pressure is applied. So the idea has merit, but possibly with different materials. I'm thinking of rigid cells containing a liquid for neutral buoyancy. -Hope
Privacy

Submission + - E-Gold Indicted for Money Laundering.

An anonymous reader writes: A U.S. Department of Justice propag^h^h^h^h press release has announced the unsealing of an indictment charging E-Gold Ltd., Gold & Silver Reserve, Inc., and their owners each with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, and money transmission without a license under US Federal law. This comes despite repeated attempts by e-gold to be classified for regulatory purposes as a currency, enabling G&SR to register as a currency exchange, and the Department of Treasury reaffirming their interpretation of the USC and CFR definitions of currency as excluding e-gold.
 
Since the US government is answering e-gold's attempts to be transparent with a heavy handed enforcement action, while ignoring massive customer complaints against companies like PayPal, one must wonder: Is this the first step in an effort to destroy any open currency backed by gold, not controlled by a nation state, or not linked to the US Dollar?
Encryption

Submission + - Phone Taps in Italy Spur Use of Encryption

manekineko2 writes: This article on the New York Times discusses how a recent rash of high profile mobile phone taps in Italy is spurring a rush towards software encrypted phone conversations. Private conversations have been tapped and subsequently leaked to the media and have resulted in disclosures of sensitive takeover discussions, revelations regarding game-fixing in soccer, and the arrest of a prince on charges of providing prostitutes and illegal slot machines. An Italian investigative reporter stated that no on would ever discuss sensitive information on the phone now. As a result, encryption software for mobile phones has moved from the government and military world into the mainstream. Are GSM phones in the United States just waiting for a similar explosion in the use of commercially-availble wiretapping technology, and could this be the impetus to finally see widespread use of software encryption in communications?
The Courts

Submission + - Many Guantanamo practices illegal

Cleveguru writes: "The U.N. Commission on Human Rights basically states in it's report that the United States isn't fulfilling it's legal obligations under treaties it has signed, and also violates practices of other treaties it has signed. In other words, the United States government is breaking it's own laws. View the Report It's interesting to note that the response from the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. at the end mentions checks and balances! This is just a prime example of when our checks and balances fail to work. In the end, it is the duty of the people to check the government itself as stated in our declaration of independence."
Software

Submission + - Truths About Vista, Office '07 & SharePoint Se

4foot10 writes: "With the hoopla behind them, solution providers are getting down to business and figuring out what their customers are looking for and what opportunities the new products provide. Their thinking so far, according to an analysis on ChannelWeb.com: Office 2007 is in great demand, SharePoint Server is driving new development and integration projects, and Vista, well, that's another story."

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