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Submission + - AT&T - Directv Privacy policy prohibits litigation (directv.com) 1

mknewman writes: A new "Privacy Policy" from Directv(AT&T) was released at 23;00 today 6/29/16, one hour before it took effect and prohibits individual suits and requires arbitration or FCC action or small claims only, in Section 9.

1) DIRECTV and you agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims between us. This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. It includes, but is not limited to: â claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory; â claims that arose before this or any prior Agreement (including, but not limited to, claims relating to advertising); â claims that are currently the subject of purported class action litigation in which you are not a member of a certified class; and â claims that may arise after the termination of this Agreement. References to "DIRECTV," "you," and "us" include our respective subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, as well as all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of services or Devices under this or prior Agreements between us. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may bring an individualized action in small claims court. This arbitration agreement does not preclude you from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state, or local agencies, including, for example, the Federal Communications Commission. Such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against us on your behalf. You agree that, by entering into this Agreement, you and DIRECTV are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This Agreement evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of this Agreement.

Comment Re:Citizen eco-drive atomic watches (Score 1) 291

I have had one of these for about 15 years. WWV, Solar and tough as nails. The newer ones even look better, I bought one for my dad that looks like a normal watch. Batteries last about 10 years if you wear short sleeves enough to charge them occasionally. Without a solar charge the battery lasts about 6 months. I have replaced the battery twice, they are about $20 and fairly easy to replace if you are handy and careful. Just watch out for the tiny springs.

Submission + - The BBC is Bringing Back Robot Wars, the Original Robot Fighting Show (gizmodo.com)

mknewman writes: Sure, BattleBots was cool, but let’s not forget the real father of Robot TV deathmatches broadcast for our pleasure: the classic BBC series Robot Wars. Fans of violent robotic combat rejoice then, because the BBC are bringing back the series with more robots, and some mandatory science bits to distract you from the FIGHTING ROBOTS.

Comment The best and worst parts (Score 1) 242

Worst line: "I'm going to science the shit out of this!" (Not in the book). Best line: "You've got smoke coming off of you" (That line wasn't in the book but it was mentioned that he stunk). Unfortunate that Ridley changed the ending. The lame Ironman routine sucked big ones. Watch his hands after he cuts his suit, he would have been dead by the time he got to the airlock. On a positive, I liked the book and the movie as moderately scientific sci-fi. Mars' radiation would still kill you if you had been on it for 2 years in a tent though.

Comment Moon and Mars are both silly (Score 1) 684

Go to the Asteroid Belt and find nice valuable rocks and volatiles floating around. No need to expend Delta-V to land and take off. Even the big asteroids have minimal gravity. Really though, what we need to concentrate on is finding habitable extra-solar planets and send some probes there. Earth may be a burnt cinder by the time we hear back, but the longer we wait the longer it will be. Inhabit the Solar System and then move out, even if we get there and the planet is a dud we can live in space indefinitely.

Submission + - Amazon Announces New Car Show Featuring the Old Top Gear Presenters (gizmodo.com)

mknewman writes: Amazon has announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be reuniting to create “an all-new car show” that will be exclusively on Amazon Prime.

The new show will be produced by the old-time Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman and is scheduled to go into production “shortly.” It will apparently appear on screens in 2016. For what it’s worth, Jeremy Clarkson has said that the move makes him “feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”

Submission + - Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine 1

Adrian Harvey writes: The New Zealand based commercial space company Rocket Lab has unveiled their new rocket engine which the media is describing as battery-powered. It still uses rocket fuel, of course, but has an entirely new propulsion cycle which uses electric motors to drive its turbopumps.

To add to the interest over the design, it uses 3D printing for all its primary components. First launch is expected this year, with commercial operations commencing in 2016.

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