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Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 352

Manning's freedom was lost because (s)he thought that the public knowing what was really going on in Iraq was important enough to make the risk worthwhile. In return, i'd say it's the least we can do to refer to her by her preferred gender. It's a lot easier than losing your freedom, don't you think?

Comment Re:Pardon Manning and Snowden (Score 1) 352

This. If you want to be a whistle blower, there are already avenues that are perfectly legal, up to and including finding a friendly senator or congressperson, who are charged with oversight of the rest of the government, and passing one (or the entire legislature) the information. They can then make public with immunity and/or take action against others inside the government. Leaking directly to the press is a last resort because it is both illegal and potentially life threatening to covert operatives.

A great idea -- until the first senator you go to turns out to be not so supportive and turns you in. So much for getting the data out at all.

Comment Re:Lucky (Score 1) 136

It crosses our orbit which means that -- now that we know where it is -- we will probably notice that it comes 'near' earth on a semi-regular basis, and it may impact us sooner or later (sooner rather than later).. I, for one, am happy that it's not big enough to destroy more than a town or two if hits in a populated area -- rather than leaving a hole big enough to be noticed on a full-world map.

Comment Re:I've been saying for a long time about autonomu (Score 1) 94

About 40-60% of the Dallas Texas DART light rail system is above grade, except for where it's already on existing railroad grades, or the brief ~1 mile subway section under the dense suburban area just north of downtown. It works really well, there's almost 0 at grade crossings in the most densely populated areas.

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