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Comment Re:Sad Day (Score 1) 1051

No it doesn't. And for exactly this reason, an amendment is difficult to achieve. The idea being that if an amendment can pass, we can have high confidence that it's the right thing to do (but sometimes we are wrong, so amendments can be reversed - like prohibition).

And we started down the road away from small government when we accepted the idea that we can pass laws without questioning it's constitutionality (eg. Civil Rights Act of 1964)

Comment Re:Sad Day (Score 2, Insightful) 1051

Yes! And his objection to it has nothing to do with racism as you like to think it does. The federal government certainly doesn't have that right. If you can find me the clause in the constitution that suggests that they do have that right to tell private businesses who they must serve, I would retract that statement.

Understand that the Civil Rights Act was put in place in response to other government involvement in private enterprise which forced a lot of businesses to be segregated against their will (The transit system in Montgomery Alabama is a good example). All Dr. Paul said was that government should not be in the business of telling private enterprises which customers they need to or need not to serve. Let the free market prove to business owners that attempting segregation is a guaranteed loss.

If you think the Federal Government SHOULD have that right, then you should favor a constitutional amendment to take care of that.

This is why Ron/Rand Paul are difficult to connect with. Libertarianism requires greater intellectual vigour and deeper analysis to understand.

Comment Re:There's an easy fix for this (Score 2, Interesting) 181

No they don't. They have a responsibility to do whatever they want to do. If they say shareholders be damned, then shareholders be damned.

You can't invest in an "environmentally friendly" company and sue them because they aren't being as profitable as you think they could be. They might have other priorities.

Comment Re:You're kidding, right? (Score 1) 2058

What about the danger to the fire fighters?

You'd suggest if I refuse to pay for car insurance, Geico should pay me for a new car after I smash mine up because I begged them to.

The article didn't seem to indicate there was any risk to life here, just property. But IF there were people trapped inside, I would suggest accepting the risk to save a life and billing him after the fact much like a call for an ambulance would.


Big Dipper "Star" Actually a Sextuplet System 88

Theosis sends word that an astronomer at the University of Rochester and his colleagues have made the surprise discovery that Alcor, one of the brightest stars in the Big Dipper, is actually two stars; and it is apparently gravitationally bound to the four-star Mizar system, making the whole group a sextuplet. This would make the Mizar-Alcor sextuplet the second-nearest such system known. The discovery is especially surprising because Alcor is one of the most studied stars in the sky. The Mizar-Alcor system has been involved in many "firsts" in the history of astronomy: "Benedetto Castelli, Galileo's protege and collaborator, first observed with a telescope that Mizar was not a single star in 1617, and Galileo observed it a week after hearing about this from Castelli, and noted it in his notebooks... Those two stars, called Mizar A and Mizar B, together with Alcor, in 1857 became the first binary stars ever photographed through a telescope. In 1890, Mizar A was discovered to itself be a binary, being the first binary to be discovered using spectroscopy. In 1908, spectroscopy revealed that Mizar B was also a pair of stars, making the group the first-known quintuple star system."
The Internet

New Service Converts Torrents Into PNG Images 297

jamie points out that a new web service,, will encode a torrent into a PNG image file, allowing it to be shared easily through forums or image hosting sites. Quoting TorrentFreak: "We have to admit that the usefulness of the service escaped us when we first discovered the project. So, we contacted Michael Nutt, one of the people running the project to find out what it's all about. 'It is an attempt to make torrents more resilient,' Michael told [us]. 'The difference is that you no longer need an indexing site to host your torrent file. Many forums will allow uploading images but not other types of files.' Hiding a torrent file inside an image is easy enough. Just select a torrent file stored on your local hard drive and will take care the rest. The only limit to the service is that the size of the torrent file cannot exceed 250KB. ... People on the receiving end can decode the images and get the original .torrent file through a Firefox extension or bookmarklet. The code is entirely open source and Michael Nutt told us that they are hoping for people to contribute to it by creating additional decoders supported by other browsers."

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 416

Why not build a high speed train that transports cars (electric or otherwise)? Kind of like a ferry. That way people don't need to worry about renting a car once they've reached their destination.

Cars should be for cities only. City to city transportation could use high speed bullet trains/"ferries", not freeways.


New Success For Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Arm 81

An anonymous reader writes "A number of amputees are now using a prosthetic arm that moves intuitively, when they think about moving their missing limb. Todd Kuiken and colleagues at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago surgically rearrange the nerves that normally connect to the lost limb and embed them in muscles in the chest. The muscles are then connected to sensors that translate muscle movements into movement in a robotic arm. The researchers first reported the technique in a single patient in 2007, and have now tested it in several more. The patients could all successfully move the arm in space, mimic hand motions, and pick up a variety of objects, including a water glass, a delicate cracker, and a checker rolling across a table. (Three patients are shown using the arm in the related video.) The findings are reported today in Journal of the American Medical Association."

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