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Comment Re: How is FILMING "speech"? (Score 1) 135

the only reason police stopped the plaintiff was because he was recording video in a public place.

Sure. I accept and wholeheartedly agree, that the guy's recording is legal and should've been unmolested.

I just don't see, how the First Amendment protects him in the slightest. Doing, what is not expressly prohibited by law is legal in a free country — you do not need it to be expressly allowed by an Amendment or anything else.

The only possible charge I could see is disobeying a police order — had they ordered him to stop and he continued, they could've charged him with such disobeying, even if the order itself were later found invalid.

Comment Re:CRISPR for the masses (Score 1) 165

So which organism are you going to lift genes from which is comfortable (i.e. can breed) at Martian temperatures and pressures?

It does not have to be comfortable enough to breed — or even survive — unaided by other technology. But if it can be made more comfortable than an unmodified human — requiring a lesser oxygen tank and/or a lighter suit and/or an easier-to-build shelter — that'd be a win already.

Comment Re:Ukraine to the rescue (Score 1) 138

The An225 is a Soviet era design

Boeing 767 was also created in 1981 — and they still can't make enough of them.

hardly what anyone in 2017 should call"advanced".

It is neither computer nor software. It is a plane. US still flies B-52s (since 1955) and F-15s (since 1976).

and only one was ever built.

Yep — because Socialism of the USSR was not conductive to proper mass production.

The Netherlands, the Congo, the Philippines, the Bahamas etc...

If you want to use the short names of the countries, then it is, respectively: Holland, Congo-Kinshasa (or Congo-Brazzaville — in your ignorance, you aren't even aware there are two), Philippines, Bahamas. "The" may be part of a long name of a country, such as The Kingdom of The Netherlands...

Comment Using an article in front of a country's name (Score 1) 138

The Sudan.

Wrong. The name of the country is Sudan. The Sudan is a name of a geographic region . Face it, your English really sucks and you are most uncultured.

The Netherlands.

Some countries have a long name and a short name. The article is not used in front of the short name. The Kingdom of The Netherlands is the long name, Holland (no "the") is the short name.

Like Germany, Ukraine has no "long name" — since it stopped being merely a region of the delightfully dead USSR and became and independent state, the "the" in front of it is inappropriate although frequently used to insult by the Russian assholes. Which is exactly what you did — and are.

Comment Re: How is FILMING "speech"? (Score 1) 135

gathering evidence in support of one's claims -- particularly against the government -- is an integral part of the freedoms of speech and seeking redress

Actually, no, I don't think that's a valid explanation. For example, this guy — who merely wanted to gather exactly the evidence you are talking about — was convicted of "entering a federal building under false pretenses". By the logic you are putting forth, all his actions should be covered by the First Amendment...

Similarly, the computer hacking for stuff to publicly disclose later is merely "gathering evidence" for future speech... Heck, just about anything done in order to talk about it in the future must be protected by the First Amendment — rape and murder included — if we follow the proposed line of reasoning.

Comment Re: The Million Regulators March on Washington (Score 1) 109

The way you THINK it should work usually

The way I KNOW it works, where I live. Fixed that for you. Comcast sends their promotions monthly, and FiOS is well aware of it...

Your anecdotal evidence may be different and I do not doubt your truthfulness. But absence of ISP-choice is in itself the government's fault — it is too easy for the local mayors and city councils to block an ISP. So easy, even the mighty Google gave up.

Comment Re:The Million Regulators March on Washington (Score -1, Flamebait) 109

USA health costs per person is about $8000 whereas that bastion of capitalist competition, Sweden, is $4000 (you can check it out if you know how to use this thing called the internet).

Citation needed. The US does not have "Single Payer" halthcare — yet. Nor do we have a properly free market for it either — things were pretty bad and then became even worse with Obamacare.

But in primary education the market is cornered by the monopoly called Department of Education. And, according to their own figures (see, how citations are done with thing called "HTML"?), since 1950-ies the per-pupil costs of public school education quadrupled : from $3k to $13k (inflation-adjusted). Has the quality gone up? No, most unlikely — only 30% of the nation's 8th-graders, for example, are deemed "proficient" in reading .

you can check it out if you know how to use this thing called the internet

I do not. You make a claim, you cite supporting evidence.

Comment Re:The Million Regulators March on Washington (Score 1, Insightful) 109

They're going to pocket the money

Why is this not happening with pizzerias or sneakers?

Why am I paying the same price for 75 Mbps up/down today, that I used to pay for 35 Mpbs up/down 6 years ago?

The answer: competition. It is competition, that keeps the services improving and/or the prices dropping.

Once you have a monopoly — such as "Single Payer" education, or healthcare, or Internet-Service provision — the price goes up and the quality goes down.

How fucking stupid do you think we are, anyway?

Only because you asked... I think you are unbelievably dumb and uneducated. Quite obviously, you also lack manners and any semblance of class.

Comment The Million Regulators March on Washington (Score -1, Troll) 109

The consumer gets buttraped again

Yes, because the only thing protecting the consumer is the Government. (Pay no attention to NSA, FBI, and the Border Guards.) There is a Million Regulators March on Washington being planned for — you guessed it — April 15th. Be there to show your support!

(Npghnyyl, ab, gung jnf fnepnfz.)

Your guy Trump sure is sticking it to the corporations

By making it less likely that an ISP will be (frivolously) sued for violating the nebulously unclear standard to take "reasonable" measure measures, Trump's government lowers the cost of the legal insurance, which lowers the total cost of doing business. And that's a good thing for both producers and the customers alike.

Comment Re:Ukraine to the rescue (Score 2) 138

You do realise that the An-225 is an appallingly low tech aircraft, all it has going for it is its size.

What else do you need for a cargo plane other than the size — and the lift, which it also has aplenty? The long distance, maybe, and the ability to operate in various weather conditions? It has got all that too...

And the Ukraine

There is no "the" in front of the country name. The Germany? The France?

as its prime buyer was Russia

Yes, and that's why they are now reorienting towards the Saudis as I already mentioned. And the Chinese. In other words, both of the markets mentioned in the write-up.

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