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Comment Re:Impressive (Score 1) 74

You don't even need a protective suit, just a gas mask.

The catch is that to live like this on Venus, you have to live in a giant dirigible or "floating city". The conditions on the surface are hellish, but several kilometers high in the atmosphere, it's actually quite nice.

Actually, you will need more protective gear than just a gas mask. The temperature and pressure may be tolerable, but the atmosphere is full of sulfuric acid, and there are constant hurricane-force winds. I guess you could live there in a floating city if you could build one that would survive the environment- better be very confident in your design if you plan on living there- and you never wanted to go outside. But why bother?

Comment Re:doh! (Score 2, Informative) 528

Obama didn't release his birth certificate for one very good reason, he is very clever and Trump is very stupid.

The fact is that the Republicans will always invent some crazy idiotic 'scandal' that they obsess about and endlessly throw up smoke. The birther conspiracy was mind numbingly ridiculous. It would require someone to go back in time to plant the birth notice in the papers. Or for some group of conspirators to go to an enormous amount of trouble in order to make a particular black kid president.

So rather than release the birth certificate and let the Republicans invent a new scandal, Obama held onto it and let them obsess about a scandal nobody else thought made the slightest sense, knowing that he could knock their house of cards down any time he chose. Which of course he did a week before the Bin Laden raid which was guaranteed to end the story.

George W. Bush opened torture chambers across the world and collected photographs for a sick sexual thrill. Yet nobody ever talks about that. None of the people complaining about Hilary ever complained about GWB refusing to comply with Congressional investigation or the deletion of 5 million emails.

So here is what is going to happen. Trump is going to go down to the biggest defeat since Carter and he is going to drag the rest of his party down with him. And afterwards there is going to be a new civil rights act that prohibits Republican voter suppression tactics and the gerrymandering that give them a 5% advantage in elections. And by the time it is all done the Republican party will have two choices, either boot the racist conspiracy theorists and Trumpists out or face two decades in the wilderness.

Comment Re:so much for Prime (Score 1) 18

This is for successful Kickstarter products, that is ones that have already shipped to their backers and are ready to start selling the product to others.

All startups who participate in Launchpad receive custom product pages, a comprehensive marketing package, and access to Amazon's global fulfillment network, the retailer notes.

Given that I see no reason why they couldn't be included in prime, and browsing through the page, most of them are.

Unless your post was a joke, in which case: /swoosh.

Comment Don't use Digitalocean (Score 5, Informative) 565

I agree with the other posters that these videos are likely to cause confusion to the average viewer, and are probably in violation of trademark law. That said, the way to handle that is in the courts.

DCMA takedown requests only apply to copyright infringement, not trademark law. It is a violation of the law to use the DCMA this way, both according to the USPTOs guidelines(See B.4), and existing case law.

From the article, it is unknown whether their lawyers sent a DCMA request or a some other sort of cease and desist letter. But either way, Digitalocean had no legal obligation to take down the content, or any legal liability if they didn't take it down. The fact that they shutdown an entire service over a toothless complaint about one page on that service is unacceptable, and people should seriously reconsider doing business with them in the future.

Comment Re:paying dividends is dumb (Score 3, Insightful) 103

US corporations also pay some of the highest taxes in the world, which is why many of them are moving overseas.

More accurately, the US has one of the highest nominal corporate tax rates in the world, which is why US corporations work so hard to exploit (and lobby to create) the many loopholes in the system. The US corporate tax system is an excellent example of a case where it would be far better to lower the tax rate and broaden the tax base by eliminating loopholes.

Comment Re:Before the inevitable comments (Score 1) 74

The treatment was done 13 years ago, I didn't think they were gene editing back then so I assume they come from donors? Does that mean they require immunosuppressant drugs?

They do come from donors, and immunosuppressive drugs are not required. Transplants of tissue from living donors like bone marrow is very different from tissue from deceased donors like hearts and lungs. With transplants from deceased donors, the pool of donors is small and there's very little time to choose a recipient before the organ goes bad. In practice, that means it isn't always a very good tissue match, and it's usually necessary to give the recipient immunosuppressive drugs to avoid rejection.

With a transplant from a live donor, the pool of donors is larger- much larger in the case of hematopoetic stem cells or bone marrow, which grow back completely- and the tissue will keep indefinitely. That gives doctors plenty of time to search for the closest possible tissue type match, so the recipient and donor are generally perfect or nearly perfect matches. They won't even try to do the transplant unless there's a very close match.

Comment Re:Bank Accounts not mentioned in TFA (Score 1) 621

Does anyone know whether payroll debit cards being used for many low income jobs fall into the open-loop or closed-loop category? The people that are being paid with those are doing so because they don't have a bank account (and often can't get one) so those cards for all practical purposes are their bank account.

Comment They're all BS (Score 1) 100

All of the studies purporting to show cancer risk from cellphones are BS. How do we know? Because cellphone use has skyrocketed worldwide in the past 20-30 years with no corresponding increase in brain cancer in humans. It's not a perfectly designed study, but I'm going to trust the natural experiment that's been performed on billions of humans over decades of time rather than the lab experiment that's been carried out on a handful of rats for a much shorter time.

Comment Things will be "grate" if Trump gets in. (Score 1) 418

Apparently, trump hired a rabid global warming denier as his energy adviser.; Supposedly, this guy is so anti-global warming that he believes that the earth is cooling and that claims that CO2 is a greenhouse gas are fraudulent.

I have no reports on whether or not this guy is also a flat-earther.

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