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Comment Hold your nose (Score 1) 158

It comes as no surprise, that cases to defend civil liberties or other constitutional transgressions by the state will involve unsavory characters. No one wants this guys to go free if he actually did what he is accused of, however, a society HAS to ignore evidence that has been illegally obtained. Before the defenders say "you let this scum free on a technicality" I'd say if you couldn't catch this guy with legal evidence, you didn't catch him at all. They got a warrant, so they can't complain that time was a constraint. They just didn't stay within the bounds of the warrant. Basically, bad policing let this alleged scum bucket off.

Comment Re:All your music... (Score 1, Insightful) 74

Music never belonged to the listener. the concept of "owning music" was farcical to begin with. The concept of having your own personal version of music was the creation of something called the music industry. Industrial music. I haven't purchased a CD in 15 years and haven't downloaded an mp3 in more than 10. I listen to the radio and take in live performances in the local pub.

Drop recordings - throw them away. Support the artist directly via live performance. Consumption of recorded music only support industrial music - and the corruption that controls it.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 120

And as soon as you do a bit of water cycling through either the lunar or martian regolith, issues related to abrasion go away. The coagulation and binding of micro particles eliminates this. As for the perchlorates and other chemistry concerns, they of course, are still valid. Oxidation of the regolith will be rapid. I would expect that every new batch of regolith to be "converted" to soil will result in a series of blooms and die offs of different species of bacteria/fungi, as the oxides are converted. Certain species of grasses are fantastic at uptaking heavy metals from soil. I wouldn't be surprised if the mass conversion of regolith to soil takes several steps, involving several key species, over several seasons, to finally generate usable soil.

Comment Re:Ride sharing? (Score 2) 105

Shhhh! Please don't start spreading truths. the marks will be upset if you point out that the Uber concept is to disguise a taxi service under a better term.

And by marks, I don't mean the foks being taken in a vehicle to a destination, I mean the investors being taken for a ride by Uber Inc.

Comment Re:Define human! (Score 1) 127

Lets just say this: Human is not the same as Homo sapiens. There are many members of our species that I would not classify as human beings - primarily for their lack of humanity.

Members of Homo sapiens are persons (biological into legal) and under American terminology, natural persons.

It is not sufficient for two organism types to be able to breed to be the same species, only that they have viable offspring. A mule is sterile, as is a liger.

These "hobbits" and Neanderthals, if alive today, would almost certainly be considered persons under the law. They would probably be viewed as human, but they would not be considered Homo Sapiens.

Technical and precise terms are required. Generalized words, like human, cannot be precise. Use the right tool for the job. Someone with far more brains and artistic skill could probably produce a Venn diagram highlighting this discussion

Comment Physical Standards ? (Score 1) 144

The article states that applicants should be "experts in their fields' and "in peak physical condition". We can all agree that they need to be technically competent in several technical areas, but I don't believe they need to be "experts". Also, while I can agree that the crew need to be in good shape, the important thing would be to ensure that the crew are in a physical condition best suited to minimize the chances of ill-health considering their environment. I do not believe that being of "peak physical condition" is necessarily required or desired.

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