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Comment Re:radiation was detected (Score 1) 109

> In fact, so small, that maybe the radiation they've detected was a coincidence due to some meteorite and actually has nothing to do with Fukushima.

Things with short half lives only come from recent nuclear reactions. Stuff in space or from geologic processes would have gone through tens of thousands to billions of half lives.

If a pure kilo of Cs-137 originally has about 4 * 10^24 atoms... After 82 half lives, there is probably not a single atom of Cs-137 left. This happens in less than a couple hundred years.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 2) 186

In a situation like this, Pebble has the choice between stiffing all of its creditors (e.g. the bank, new kickstarter backers, etc) or selling some assets and only stiffing some.

FitBit has a choice between buying some assets that they think are worth $10M to them, say, for a discount price of $7.5M... or paying off the bank for more than that and incurring all kinds of potential obligations by acquiring the whole company and getting those assets for a total price of more... or doing nothing.

It's not great for anyone to take that first choice away from FitBit. Better this than Pebble entirely defaulting to everyone.

Comment Re:Warranty Support? (Score 2) 186

Yah, asset sales aren't made in those situations and I'm sure there was competent counsel present.

There's probably no bankruptcy filing now (it's often not advantageous in this type of situation, but --- 99.999% chance this is going chapter 7 or orderly dissolution.

Comment Re:Maybe, I should sue KDE? (Score 1) 121

> No, we weren't tricked into upgrading the way some MS-users were. But that's a rather thin defense for any software-maker, which simply discontinues older versions — forcing users to upgrade or remain open to security and other bugs.

Yes, we should be forced to support code and use-cases we were concerned with 10 years ago for the rest of our lives.

Comment Re:So (Score 1) 1430

Most political systems have some degree of protection for rural areas to prevent them from being utterly steamrolled and dominated by the cities. This is true within the United States both on a national and state level, and within a number of places in Europe, Asia, etc.

I think it's fair to argue it's perhaps gone too far, but I'd hope we'd keep a political system where the rural has a bit more power than it'd get just by proportion of the population. The electoral college chooses a mix that is mostly proportional-- 435 of the electors are assigned by population, 103 by underlying government.

Otherwise we're likely to get a system of government where flyover states are completely neglected for infrastructure, etc, if it weren't for the senate and the presidency having some degree of per-state representation in them. I'm not sure that even passes utilitarian tests (are we better off as a country if it goes that way?) let alone fairness tests. Rural areas are both have fundamentally different needs because they are physically removed from the cities (and thus may not benefit from infrastructure/spending in the cities) and because they are fundamentally different places (it's natural to understand a different take on gun rights when you probably know lots of hunters and live somewhere where police response can be expected to be literally 45 minutes away and are fundamentally unlikely to suffer from gun violence or mass shootings).

Submission + - China Presses Tech Firms to Police the Internet (

alternative_right writes: Picture an internet where tech companies are deputized as crime-fighters, where censors keep radical views in check and where governments work together to achieve global order in cyberspace.

That is China’s vision, and its third-annual World Internet Conference that ended Friday was aimed at proselytizing that view to tech executives and government leaders who assembled here from around the world.

Submission + - Dutch Science, Men Need Not Apply

greg65535 writes: In order to reduce its gender imbalance, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam will hold special election rounds, one in 2017 and one in 2018, for which only women can be nominated. Source: (paywalled). No comment.

Comment Re: Obviously, a failed time travel mission (Score 1) 360

As others have already pointed out, this is not true-- there are more than 31 documented cases, and the controls to actually detect voter fraud in a way that we could consider "confirmed" or garner a conviction are very weak.

I both A) have faith in our electoral system and B) think that there's a lot more cases of voter fraud that go undetected, but still not enough to tip over elections in anything but the most extreme circumstance... but... There's lots of smart people-- can't we figure out how to set up better controls so that we would actually know the rate and can prevent a fair bit more without unduly denying people participation in the election? Wouldn't it be better to KNOW?

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