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Comment Re:Budget and Timelines (Score 2) 329

Would it have been possible for the Congressionally-approved design to have specified "steel meeting the ASME SA316 standard as it existed on X date" to head off the problem at the beginning? Also, did the ASME committee really care about the structural weakness or did some anti-nuclear member(s) of the committee realize it would screw over the reactor construction and do it on purpose?

Comment Re: Great way to kill the competition by making it (Score 2) 301

My VW runs on 100% biodiesel and is therefore closer to carbon-neutral than even the average electric vehicle. Keeping an old car in service also avoids the gigantic environmental cost of manufacturing a new one (which is even worse for modern EVs because lithium mining is a particularly nasty business).

So who's the assknob now? Pretty sure it's you, not me!

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 301

good luck finding a car that doesn't apply to

That's easy: you just restrict your search to cars old enough not to have significant software. (Or, a more relaxed standard: old enough not to have software complex enough to get USB bug fixes, or that uses a radio to "phone home" to the manufacturer.) My newest car is a 1998 VW diesel. I don't know if the ECU is actually DRM'd or not, but it didn't stop a chip tuner from being able to re-flash it to edit the fuel/air/boost maps.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 301

Up until 5 minutes ago, I was a Tesla fan.

This isn't the first instance of Tesla abusing copyright to infringe on people's actual property rights. I don't remember what the previous issue was, but I definitely remember that I made the same decision you just did something like a year or so ago.

Comment Re:Great way to kill the competition by making it. (Score 2) 301

Frankly, right now I am considering restoring a used car over purchasing a new one. The cost will be more, but I think I will have a better car.

I've already consciously chosen to drive older cars because of that. FYI, cars made in the 1990s (and maybe early 2000s) are still modern enough to have things like fuel injection and air bags, and can still be found in good enough condition to not need "restoring," but also generally weren't infected with enough DRM'd equipment to matter.

Comment Re:Great way to kill the competition by making it. (Score 2) 301

And I worry that this might be the future of Economy. Deplorable as Communism.

I agree that (a) it's a worrying trend and (b) that it's deplorable. However, the economic system it more resembles is feudalism, not communism. The difference is that instead of the lords holding Real Property (i.e., land), they hold Imaginary Property (i.e. copyright).

Comment Re:DCMA Fair Use / Parody (Score 2) 215

Parody is a defense for a use that would otherwise be copyright infringement. That makes discussing it unnecessary, since this just simply isn't copyright infringement to begin with. A Galaxy Note 7 is an object, not a video. The idea that merely using any random object in a video gives the person who designed the object claim over the video is absurd!

Comment Re:Not the largest organism (Score 2) 99

If we accept roughly 2,300 square kilometers of mixed biology as "a living thing", then we must also accept roughly 5,500,000 square kilometers of mixed biology as "a living thing" which means that the Amazon Rainforest has this reef collection beat by three decimal places and a bit more.

I'll see your rainforest and raise you the boreal forest

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