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Comment Re:What is it that you say? (Score 1) 445

So it's illegal for me to give me co-worker a ride to work without paying this onerous tax?

So it's illegal to give a friend a ride somewhere without paying this onerous tax?

So it's illegal to give wome you just met a ride without paying this onerous tax?

Absolutely not. You're allowed to give rides to whoever you want. It's when you start charging them and making money off of it that it becomes a different story.

As I've said before, there's a difference between, "Hey, I'm driving past the airport on my way to work every day, I could make a little extra cash giving people rides" and "Driving people to the airport is my work."

Comment Re:Humans do not cause this! (Score 4, Funny) 412

Cows do - damn methane burping, farting cows and CO2 producing livestock (=compare livestock numbers with human population)

Damn straight! That's why I eat them. I'm doing my part to help reduce climate change. It's those vegetarians/vegans, the people who are eating the very things that are removing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. They're the villains here!

So when I up end up with heart disease and clogged arteries and the like, remember that I did it to help future generations. No, no, there's no need to thank me...

Comment Re:FAA approval? (Score 1) 55

I'm presuming this is only necessary because they intend to launch from the US?

Nope. New Zealand. I assume they also have to get permission to launch their rocket through the New Zealand CAA.

I mean its not like the US have declared they control the moon or something right?

Sort of. The US controls what US Citizens / Organizations do in outer space, in accordance with the Outer Space Treaty. I assume they do this through the FAA (you'd think it'd be NASA). If they were a French company, they would have to go to some organization within the French government. But because they're an American company, they need to get permission from the FAA to go to the Moon.

Why? Because there are treaties concerning what you can and can't do up there. I can't take a "laser" to the Moon, for example, and threaten to destroy the world unless they pay me one million dollars. And it is up to the country of which I am citizen to make certain that I don't do this.

Comment Re:things NASA does and does not do well (Score 1) 65

This is an interesting debate.

On the one hand, I agree with you. Why is NASA wasting money developing SLS? The heavy version isn't going to be that much better than Space X's heavy launcher.

On the other hand, the SME-derived engines that NASA is using on SLS are beasts and I have no problem spending money to research making them better because, realistically, where is Space X's incentive for building a rocket more powerful than their heavy?

Comment Re:In order to get your ass to Mars. . . (Score 1) 65

This isn't a bad idea, but it does make me chuckle...

When I was a kid back in the 1970s, I picked up a book published in 1958 for kids that talked about "the future of space flight." They talked about flights on a spaceplane (eg, the X-20). This would lead to the construction of a space station in orbit (such as what you see in 2001: A Space Odyssey) and, eventually, trips to the Moon coming along sometime in the late 1980s.

That was sort of the "plan" way back when and, if you look at older science-fiction, it follows that.

But Kennedy came along and, in a pissing contest with the Soviets, said, "We'll race you to the Moon!" And the whole idea was to put someone on the Moon and bring them home safely, but not much planning into what to do after that.

Comment Re:Just hope there is no incident that happens (Score 1) 537

Well, and again, you have to remember that I included...

So if someone were to die and it could be shown that their death could have been prevented if people had been able to call 911

So, first, in the world of "What-If", I'm sure you could find someone who would talk about how "seconds count" in whatever situation it was and how valuable time was lost when a person had to leave the crowded bar or convince the bartender to call 911.

Second, it's a civil court. All I have to do is put 7 cell-phone addicted people on the jury and I have a victory. There's no way you'd get a criminal conviction...

Comment Re:Just hope there is no incident that happens (Score 1) 537

I'll admit I didn't read the article.

But, yes, that's the sort of thing that would be decided by the courts here in the US.

He put in a faraday cage--he went out of his way to install this for no other reason than to block cellphone signals. So if someone were to die and it could be shown that their death could have been prevented if people had been able to call 911, he could be liable in civil court for damages.

Comment Re:Judges and logic, always a riot (Score 1) 191

I'll admit, that was my first thought. But I thought about it a bit more.

The issue is that recorded speech is protected as well. If I make a video saying that a certain politician is a vile person for whatever reasons--assuming that I'm not committing slander--just because I'm doing it "live" doesn't mean it's not protected speech. The government can't ban me from distributing that video just because of it's contents.

Like others said, the judge is right. Unfortunately.

To use a right-wing slogan, "freedom isn't free." Sometimes we have to put up with annoyances.

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