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Comment Re:Hot Jupiter, yawn (Score 1) 124

Ah, an exoplanet as essential exloring. Finding a way to sustain 6000000000 people on this planet when fuel is gone is for stay-at-homers because that doesn't qualify as curious? That qualifies as Proof by Insult.
As for the idea that pictures of exoplanets will solve any part of the problems we need solved here on earth.. I find that hard to believe. We are not speaking of breaking new frontiers here, we are just doing more of the same. Which is fine by itself, my point is just that for the general public it has very little to offer, and that is not because the general public just isn't smart enough to understand it.

Comment Re:Hot Jupiter, yawn (Score 1) 124

If the population of this islands was short of coconuts, i would kick these telescope builders in their rear excremental organ to do something usefull for the island. If this planet has 6 billion people that cannot survive without burning fossil fuels, i would say the exoplanet can wait.
And don't underestimate the military implications of a good pile of coconuts!

Comment Re:Hot Jupiter, yawn (Score 1) 124

OK, you have my attention, i'll bite: It seems that to the public, the only practical use of a telescope is to warn us that we are going to be hit by a very massiv object just in earths path. And even then it doesn't tell us what we should do about it. Why *should* the public care when we have an image of the surface of some remote exoplanet with life on it? Will it cure deseases? Will it improve our lives? And if so, has the money been spent wisely, or could we have archieved more benefits for mankind with the same amount by spending it on something else?

Comment Re:Antitrust avoidance (Score 1) 348

Even if exclusive means exclusive, it lacks a definition of a commodity or service. Is an operating system with a browser one commodity, or is it two? How about an operating system with a TCP/IP stack, or support for USB ports. Is that one commodity, or are they several? Every producer of anything has a monopoly, given a tight enough definition of the product.
I have a total monopoly on writing this message!

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 255

It sounds nice but it is absolutely untrue. European law is NOT copied from old western movies..
And it would be very strange to be detained by a civil court. I don't think they do that.
What strikes me mostly as odd is that TPB could probably have gotten top-notch lawyers to represent them for free, as this is such a high profile case.

Comment Re:Debt to society? (Score 2, Informative) 358

And as someone with a very close relative a victom of a sexual related crime, i hope no-one elses daughter meets that guy after he has left jail (served 6 years). He's really a charm, and can be very convincing when he has a gun in his hand. Jail may have cured him, but about 5 to 10% of these people do it again within 5 years after release from prisson. I think this one will. Where I live, we don't get to know where these people live after leaving jail, and with this guy that worries me.. He knows where _WE_ live...

But for sure, public exposing their whereabouts should be for the real dangerous cases only.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 0) 255

The server is not the issue. The judge ruled that copyright infringement is made (also) in the netherlands, and that TPB act as a broker to that copyright infringement. Since TPB didn't even bother to contradict that... they lost. Since they didn't even gave the judge a chance to ask them weather blocking dutch access was possible or not, they lost on that one too. Now it is _their_ problem how to obey with that. Not showing up is just a stupid strategy...

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