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Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 710

" those who had weapons were during that time required to register with the government so they could be called up as part of the militia."

As it is today.
The only difference is that it is, in fact, automatic. If you are a citizen (or declared to want to be), not part of the National Guard or Naval Militia, and you are male from 17 to 44, you are part of the UNORGANIZED MILITIA.

10 U.S. Code  311 - Militia: composition and classes

Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia areâ"
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 14; Pub. L. 85â"861, Ââ1(7), Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1439; Pub. L. 103â"160, div. A, title V, Ââ524(a), Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1656.)

Comment kind of a jerk, in my view. (Score 1) 134

"...Given all that's happened, I've lost a lot of trust in shipping games like this..."
You really mean to say "I've developed a more realistic appreciation of the process and how appropriate (or not) the various services are for shipping valuables, ie, not to ship something of high-value via the lowest-possible-cost method."

"...Once again, I'd like to offer my sincerest apologies to the USPS for assuming the worst in that these games were stolen. I should not have been so hasty to assume malicious intent.
I'm a natural pessimist however, and if you've shared all of my disappointments in life, I suspect you might be as cynical as I am...."
You had me at the first sentence, lost me at the last. That sort of "well my life has been so hard" excuse is bullshit. If you were a NATURAL PESSIMIST you'd have been a lot more cautious about how you ship goods worth (allegedly) $thousands$ in the first place.

"...There is a very real issue in that their machines are ripping the labels right off of packages...."
You've got to be fucking kidding. I'm not a USPS employee, but to suggest that a service that handles a HALF BILLION pieces of mail every day - of how many different sizes? weights? grades? with how many different labels? address text/writing styles? - has a "very real issue" because your precious item lost a label is ridiculous. Special snowflake alert (which was obvious anyway from the immediate suspicion of theft, but I was giving him a pass on that because he was upset).
As a side note: that number of pieces is shipped by Amazon...in a YEAR. So the USPS ships roughly 300x the pieces with around 2x the staff.

"There's a very real concern in that it's damn near impossible to get help when something goes wrong unless you manage to attract a lot of media attention."
You let me know when you meet a government agency with a half-million employees distributed across 31000 locations that's any more responsive. Sorry, that's just life in the big city.

"My package was sitting in Atlanta, GA for well over a month with my address clearly visible right on the box."
If he's talking about what was handwritten on the box, basically what's on the box is disregarded unless it's a label. Do you have any idea how many people ship stuff in old boxes, with all sorts of addresses, comments, or old information that they don't cross out?

I'll be clear: I'm glad this guy got his stuff. But his narcissism is verging on solipsism. Is everyone that ignorant/pollyanish about the real challenges involved in modern shipping?

Comment Clarification needed on the use of DA users work (Score 1) 63

I think they need to clarify immediately what they mean by that, whether it's art that users have explicitly open sourced for stock use (a common thing there, artists allowing other artists to use their work as input material for photomanipulations) or if they are insinuating that everything is up for grabs, which would be a violation of everyone's copyright. I suspect it is the former, but they need to clarify to avoid a panic among the DA userbase.

The stuff I have on there is copyrighted and specifically not allowed for stock use without permission. Allowing Wix users to use the work on their own sites does not seem to be a valid extension of the permission given to DA to use the artwork on its own pages and promotions.

Comment Re:Weak/nonexistent punishments for faulty notices (Score 1) 81

All patent applications are signed under penalty of perjury. However, the US Patent and Trademark office disbanded its enforcement department in 1974. So, you can perjure yourself on a patent application with impunity.

Unless it's testimony in a criminal case, or the perjury trap in front of a grand jury, or something they want to prosecute like lying on your tax form, the Federal government is in general lassiez faire about perjury, or even encouraging of it with their reluctance to prosecute, especially perjury committed by a so-called intellectual property holder.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 330

And we know that while warp drive might be possible, it's not feasible and we probably won't be seeing it in our lifetimes.

The technology advances are often far more gradual than we would expect (and hope), but no less transformative. Just think (if you're old enough) how life was before the Internet became ubiquitous. Has life radically changed since then? I wouldn't say it has, but many, many parts of our lives have changed radically, things we see and do every day, and mostly for the better.

I think AI is going to be the same. It's not going to manifest in the ways we commonly expect (e.g., computers you can converse with, etc.), but will come about gradually, with software getting smarter and smarter until things we commonly see, say 10-20 years from now, would have to fall under the definition of "A.I." even though it happened gradually enough that it didn't occur to us... because we don't yet have HAL 9000.

Comment Re:Not in this political climate (Score 1) 272

The President doesn't want to hear about the possible presence of more aliens!

This is exactly what we need right now!

1. Tell everyone aliens exist in outer space
2. With backing from the middle class, invest heavily and push to build space faring technology so we'll be able to deport the aliens, and build a space wall
3. Inadvertantly figure out how to build a dyson sphere
4. Free energy for life; civilization upgraded to a spacefaring nation

Comment Re:I think its time we hack space travel. (Score 1) 272

I'm having a very hard time seeing how a spacecraft could NOT contain an immense amount of patented tech.

Patents expire and the devil is in the details. If your only criteria is reaching another star, eventually, well heck that mission has been done with 1970s technology, although -- spoiler alert! -- it's not scheduled for the rendesvous for another 40,000 years:

http://www.space.com/22783-voy...

My suspicion is if you were willing to travel slow enough (or endure some time debt by accelerating and decelerating slowly to the speed of light), you'd have no problems getting to another star, patent free, using apollo era technology.

Of course, if you want to build warp drives and solar sails that can be deployed maybe you'll need to license some patents. But only for some years before it becomes public domain.

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