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Comment Re:Capitalism works, SLOWLY (Score 1) 372

The key factor isn't regulations vs. free-for-all, but making sure that the regulations are as simple to comply with as possible without compromising the stated goal, and making the bureaucracy move faster and with less BS paperwork that serves no purpose other than checking off a box. Additionally, it is really important to understand that we currently have a condition where multiple agencies at both Federal and State levels promulgate regulations that are not coordinated over the same subject, and do make the rules such that it is not possible to comply with all of them at the same time - comply with Rule X and violate Rule Z, for example. That ends up having to be resolved in court after millions of dollars in litigation and often criminal liability, and makes the environment such that only those players with deep enough pockets can enter the market, and all others are locked out.

Comment Re:yes they should (Score 1) 1081

The only tweak that I would make would be to allocate electors on a per-district basis, with the two that represent the number of Senators being allocated to the winner state-wide. That would help to get candidates that are acceptable to the widest range of constituencies and reduce the chances of a split between popular vote and electoral college count.

Comment Re:Numbers Are Easy (Score 1) 224

They still follow roughly the same logic, though now the last pair of digits are a "performance category" that is only nominally related to the actual displacement. Thus we have the 2.0 l turbo-4 in the 320i (180 HP), the (much better tuned) 2.0 l turbo-4 in the 328i (240 HP), and the 3.0 liter turbo-6 in the 340i (340 HP). In the previous generation, the 328i put out 230 HP from a naturally-aspirated 6, and the 335i did 300 HP from a turbo-6. With the slight bump in power, they bumped the nomenclature to match.

Of course, it's all marketing spin and BS, but at least it's still internally consistent.

Comment Re:Stray PROTONS flipping bits (Score 1) 162

An unbound neutron is unstable, and decays to an electron and proton (ie - a hydrogen atom) with a half-life of about 15 minutes. Unbound protons, on the other hand, are stable, and are just a hydrogen ion. When they hit the atmosphere at relativistic speeds, they unleash a chain of ionization events among air molecules, which then radiate hard gamma rays, which cause more, but less energetic ionization events, which eventually results in X-rays reaching the surface.

Comment Oh, It's Simple, All Right... (Score 1) 216

The technicalities of her grant of rights requires attribution, and do not give any right to sub-license the works. They are well and truly screwed in this case. Even if they claim that they were merely acting as an agent for someone else who submitted the pics to them, they failed to do proper due diligence to ensure that whoever that person was actually had the rights to begin with.

And this sure appears to be a case brought by someone with legitimate standing who wants to have very severe punishment imposed, and is one where the evidence is public and incontrovertible.

Comment FTA... (Score 1) 110

"The office of Brazil's attorney general reiterated its position that judges who suspend WhatsApp are incorrectly interpreting a 2014 law meant to provide a legal framework for the internet.

"Still, that guidance has not stopped judges frustrated with the modern limits of wiretaps in drug-trafficking investigations from going after the service and even briefly jailing a senior Facebook executive in March."

It sounds like we have a judge who is violating the law and should be arrested herself.

Comment And an amplification (Score 1) 224

One point that should be amplified is that under the Soviet system, there was also a criminal offense called "Social Parasitism" whereby anyone without a job would be a considered to be a criminal, and likely sent to the Gulag. In practice, it was "the hammer" that the authorities used against dissidents - they would be fired from any job they had and blacklisted, then charged with "parasitism" for not working. Additionally, the court system was not independent, and all accused were automatically considered guilty. Indeed, "defense attorneys" often denounced their "clients" even more vigorously than the official prosecutors.

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