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Comment Re:Not log10, 10^(11.8 + 1.5M) (Score 1) 431

The equations you describe may be quite right (or maybe not, I'm not a seismologist), but they can never describe the sheer terror of living through a mag 8.8+ earthquake. The fear of not knowing whether the building you're in will withstand the strength of the ground motion. Of not knowing how your family and friends are faring. Or having communications networks collapsing, keeping you even more in the dark. Power lines falling, leaving you completely incommunicated with the rest of the world. Yes, I lived through one of these.

My best wishes to all affected by this catastrophe.

Comment Re:Wind Italy got it right (Score 1) 364

Italy is not the only place. I've had such conditions for over a year in Chile. I have full 3G speed up to 400 MB in a month. Go over, I'm down to 128 Kbps for the remainder of the month. Start next month, back to full speed. There are cheaper plans that throttle you to 64 Kbps after 100 MB. So far I haven't noticed any slowdowns, so I assume that I have never gone over the limit. This was all explained to me very clearly when I signed up.


Comment Re:Cool (Score 1) 188

So a study funded by Big Megacorp would be more reliable than a study funded by the Green Party? Maybe, maybe not. The money-driven science argument cuts both ways. The way the world seems to be going, we mere mortals might as well flip a coin on this and many other really important issues.


Comment Re:10,000 users a day... (Score 1) 302

Grants Geeknet. Geeknet has the right to make and distribute copies of the post. And since the downloaders are receiving the files from an entity authorized to copy and distribute, there is no infringement of any kind. What happens if the downloader makes further copies is not clear, yet I seriously doubt there is much (if any) of that going around.

Comment Re:10,000 users a day... (Score 1) 302

Stupid me! Wrong button.

From the ToS (emphasis by me):

...the submitting user grants Geeknet the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display such Content...

Geeknet's method of reproduction, publishing and distribution is through web downloads to whoever requests them. I think this goes well beyond any "reasonable man" standards. With the usual IANAL and IANAA (I Am Not An American), so any opinions from me regarding American law might as well be a brainfart.


Comment Re:10,000 users a day... (Score 1) 302

This is the text you're arguing about: "The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way."

Not that text. The one in the actual Terms of Service that can be found at the bottom of the page. Check section 6, paragraph 2. Better luck next time.

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