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Comment Re:The fine won't hurt the DC owners. (Score 1) 169

Someone made the call to have live circuits worked on, despite this being illegal. That person should be tried for manslaughter. It's about time people stopped hiding behind the corporate veil and are made accountable for their decisions, just as you or I would be.

No, companies are people now, better to charge the company with manslaughter and figure out how to send it to prison.

Comment Re:Its all in the taxes and incentives. (Score 4, Insightful) 211

Which is great news! Texas is ahead of the world now in being prepared for the huge increase in electricity usage that good electric cars will cause.

That won't do much good though, Tesla still can't sell in Texas without going through a bunch of hoops for a dealership.

Submission + - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

unitron writes: Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?

Comment Re:A Serious Fan Could Apologize This All Away (Score 1) 111

If the energy shields could only stop energy and not physical materials from entering, then the rebel shield makes sense. The Star Destroyers are too massive to get below the shield without crashing to the planet and yet all of their weapons are ion or energy based. So you have to transport in ground troops and walk them in.

The shields the Gungans used in the prequels seemed like that. It could stop weapon fire from outside, but the droids could just walk inside of it without any trouble.

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