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Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 193

Personally I wish we'd just man up and shoot the appropriate organisms into Venus' atmosphere to start the terraforming process.

Because breathable Earth-normal atmosphere is a lifting gas on Venus, we could make a relatively low budget colony without any terraforming. Just send a big balloon. It could ride the relatively stable upper atmospheric winds on Venus, circling the planet every 4 earth days, and be at standard pressure, so any hull breach would not result in explosive decompression.

Comment Re:Robots.txt (Score 1) 234

The Internet Archive says that it subscribes to the The Oakland Archive Policy which for |requests by governments" says:

Archivists will exercise best-efforts compliance with applicable court orders Beyond that, as noted in the Library Bill of Rights, 'Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.'

Seems like this may just have slipped past them. Let's make sure they know they need to sort it out... Surely they only removed it from the Wayback Machine, not from the archive itself.

That's actually a really good point. I wonder if there's any justification in the Policy for retroactively removing content based on current robots.txt

Comment Re:Missing Option (Score 1) 443

I chose Fly Through Space, since that option would also cover Fly.

Well, chucking a car through an airlock would make it "fly through space" but it wouldn't necessarily make it a "flying car" even should it renter Earth's or some other planet's atmosphere.
More like a rapidly disintegrating burning lump of metal.

Everything is air-droppable at least once --Schlock Mercenary

Comment Re:Why wait for birth? (Score 1) 128

I was under the impression that there was a fairly simple amniotic fluid test which reveals gender. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that even if you have to resort to a genetic sample it still doesn't require DNA analysis, just a much simpler check for the existence of a Y chromosome - something that was discovered long before we even had the capacity to read the DNA itself.

However, for most cases, ultrasound is much preferred to drawing amniotic fluid (amniocentesis) due to the risk of introducing infection.

Comment Re:at some point... (Score 1) 827

Then you've got food, and even an anorexic will have to pay $40/week for food

Really? Your grocery store doesn't have beans? Potatoes? Rice? Ramen? When my wife was in college, she spent about $30 - $40 a *month* on groceries.
    I'm not saying it's great food, but it's at least some calories.

Comment Re: A Series of Tubes (Score 1) 458

It would be nice if people understood the joke before correcting it. Google for robot chicken (and enjoy) - it's a take-off of Star Wars and what was quoted is a line from the take-off.

I thought it was the Family Guy parody, not the Robot Chicken one...

Comment Re:Email is like sending a postcard (Score 1) 218

Except the USPS scans an image of every piece of mail that it processes, which is then stored in a database that law enforcement can access. So in effect, sending a postcard is very similar to an email, with regards to how the message is intercepted and stored by federal authorities.

My experience working for the USPS was that the images were kept for a very short time (a day or two max) and then deleted. It is possible that law enforcement would be able to get a copy, but they'd have to be quick. In addition, the Postal Inspection Service is pretty serious about postal employees not accessing the mail except as part of doing their jobs, but I don't know whether they give access to law enforcement.

Comment Re:Email is like sending a postcard (Score 1) 218

On the other hand I think we would be justifiably irate if it turned out that the Post Office was photographing every single postcard and processing the information it contained into a permanent database.

Except that it turns out that the Post Office is actually doing that. It is photographing EVERY piece of mail and processing the information and putting it into a database. I did not examine the articles closely enough to be sure, so I do not know if that includes evaluating what is written on postcards. I suspect not, but I also suspect that the information contained in the article would not have answered the question of whether they do or not.

Postcards are *supposed* to have a designated address area, and a designated text area. That being said, people write all over the whole thing. It can lead to some mis-sorted mail if the address recognition software happens to recognize some of the text instead of the address. The post office does indeed collect images of the front (address side) of all mail, that's how it gets sorted. (OCR, and if the computer can't read it, it goes to a graphical display for a human being to decipher).

Comment Re:Our culture (Score 1) 1029

In all fairness this is one you can't blame on our culture. Blockbuster movies need to be international. International means they can't have as much culture. Pure action translates well to large audiences worldwide, the more plot the more character the worse it translates.

This one you can blame the 3rd world.

Movies need more action? Reminds me of

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