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Comment Re:That's a new war (Score 2) 53

The only way to get sufficient competition is to make "the last mile" into a public utility, but allow many content providers in. They don't have run a jillion lines, only hook up to regional routing nodes. By not having to get into the mass wiring business, more content providers can enter the market.

Comment What should convince a user to enable JS? (Score 1) 80

Running with javascript default-enabled is like letting any stranger in the world use your house for any purpose they want.

If most people change the default to no JS, what steps should a developer of a web application take to convince prospective users that the web application is legitimate? Or should all applications instead be native and therefore specific to a single operating system?

Comment The state could require breeders to be insured (Score 1) 145

True, you'd have to be in VHEMT to say breeders ought not to exist. But in the same way that many U.S. states require drivers of motor vehicles to carry liability insurance, generally privately underwritten, the state could require breeders to carry unemployment insurance that covers the full cost of the child's upbringing, also probably privately underwritten.

Comment Trump doesn't plan to pursue Rx pot (Score 1) 145

From a story in The Morning Call :

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer [...] may have actually done Pennsylvania's effort a small favor by simultaneously voicing the administration's intention not to interfere with medical marijuana programs.

"There are two distinct issues here, medical marijuana and recreational marijuana," Spicer said. "Medical marijuana, I've said before, the president understands the pain and suffering many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana can bring to them."

Comment Re: Fake News (Score 1) 270

1. That was just an old theory, and not a widely accepted one.

2. Given what we've just seen, it demonstrably isn't.

That doesn't mean that there aren't compounds formed at great pressure that can remain stable at moderate pressures and represent very dense energy sources - there surely are. Metastability is a very real thing. But apparently not in the case of metallic hydrogen at ~STP.

Assuming that this actually even was metallic hydrogen; even that is somewhat in dispute.

Comment Re:Maybe (Score 1) 204

Indeed, on both counts. And in particular I like the word "rogue planet". Again you have an adjective imparting additional information about another object ("Rogue X"), "rogue" can be readily quantified ("Not in a stable orbit around any particular star or cluster of stars"), and it's a very evocative term. And rogue planets are absolutely expected according to our current models. They'll be incredibly difficult to find, but they're out there.

We're also coming to the realization that there's a lot of objects, potentially including large ones, that are only tenuously bound to our solar system. And it's likely that we readily exchange this mass with other nearby stars over cosmologic timescales; parts of our solar system (primarily distant ones) likely formed by other stars, and things that condensed during the formation of our star system are likely now orbiting other stars.

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