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Comment Re:No (Score 1) 626

Nice way to cite an article that doesn't say what you claim it does. The answer to the headline question is, by definition, "yes".

Quoting the last paragraph:

My point isn't that the situation is hopeless, although it certainly gives one pause. All I'm saying is we need to dispense with the illusory notion of "alternative" energy, which suggests we'll get to be choosy about energy sources. Sorry, not going to happen. We'll have to use them all.

If you interpret that as a "yes," we'll have to agree to disagree.

Comment Re:blasts an (Score 1) 118

Don't get me wrong, Zero Dark Thirty is probably the closest thing in that list to being relevant, but you miss a bigger point -- 0DT takes a very disgusting pro-torture stance, which is pure propaganda bordering on outright fantasy.

I didn't get that impression. Further, on The Colbert Report on 2013-01-22, the director called torture "reprehensible," and indicated that the depictions were included in order to avoid whitewashing history.

Comment Re:Yay double standards (Score 1) 103

Thank you for taking the time to answer all of my questions—patiently, promptly, plainly, and pro bono. Despite my anti-imaginary-property leanings, in my book*, I say that you, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. :o)

* My book, entitled "Slashdot Comment History of User cffrost (885375) with Addendums" is hereby released into the public domain. No rights reserved.

Comment Re:Yay double standards (Score 1) 103

I framed my question based upon the understanding that under US law, everything anyone creates that can be considered a "work" (for example, these comments) is protected by copyright from the time the work is created... Am I mistaken, or does the registration process merely serve to codify/insure the rights-holders' claims?

Comment Re:Ban Walmart (Score 1) 1591

Gasoline, Vaseline jelly, and Tupperware = napalm

Napalm B is made with polystyrene—most Tupperware products are made from polypropylene, which is insoluble in gasoline.

Adding heavier petroleum distillates only serves to lower the gasoline's energy density and its ability to dissolve/stably mix with the gelled polystyrene—find something else to do with your Vaseline.

Plastic jar, nails and screws, fertilizer, newspaper, and matches = shrapnel bomb

A hole in your plastic bomb casing tight enough to form a proper seal wouldn't allow your newspaper fuze to burn through to the interior.

By "fertilizer" I'm guessing you're talking about ammonium nitrate, in which case you'd want to add diesel fuel or nitromethane to your shopping list... COTS fertilizer from Walmart isn't a proper explosive.

Bleach and ammonia = mustard gas

Not unless "mustard gas" is your name for chloramine, the antiseptic commonly used to disinfect municipal water supplies.

Comment Re:Yay double standards (Score 1) 103

Statutory damages for copyrights are always awarded per infringed work. The only discretion for the fact finder is the amount, which can vary anywhere between $200 for innocent infringement to $150,000 for willful infringement. But it is always per work, which means that it doesn't matter if two people saw it or ten million. This is exactly what is happening in the RIAA file sharing cases, by the way. The damages are so large because there are lots of infringed works (e.g., if you shared 10 songs, damages could be up to $1.5 million).

At whose discretion is the delineation of what constitutes a single "work?"

To elaborate: If a P2P user is sued for allegedly sharing (for example,) two albums of equal play-length and file size*, each in its own monolithic archive file (e.g., .rar), but one album contains ten tracks and the other is a single-track DJ set, would a court more likely consider this two, or eleven works/infringements? If the latter is the norm, couldn't, say, a publisher sue for each chapter/recipe/etc. contained in an book, and so forth?

Comment Re:Isn't this just bulimia? (Score 1) 483

no awkward situations in the bedroom or airport

You're kidding, right?

Not necessarily... In the case of the first situation, I imagine that revealing one of these devices to a boyfriend or girlfriend would not be pleasant, at least not unless/until the patient's S.O. responded with acceptance. I included the latter situation due to the reported supplemental abuses experienced by some passengers reliant on various medical device(s), at the hands of TSA thugs.

Comment Re:Isn't this just bulimia? (Score 3, Interesting) 483

The tube should ameliorate some of the dangerous effects of repeated exposure to gastric acids by the sensitive tissues and teeth of the mouth and throat, so there is that...

Sure, but the same benefits can be achieved via do-it-yourself nasogastric intubation, using a length of latex tubing and a hand-pump from the hardware store. No surgery, no inter-abdominal infection vector, no awkward situations in the bedroom or airport, and a total investment equivalent to a plateful of cheeseburgers.

Comment Re:Yes, better transparency! (Score 1) 217

My state government isn't putting citizens on "kill lists" or making secret "no fly lists".

I'm not saying you're wrong, but that's not necessarily true. Collusion between US federal and state governments against Americans is generally increasing.

For a few examples of what I'm talking about, please see some of the incidents of abuse listed under criticisms of fusion centers on Wikipedia.

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