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Comment Re: Is Hawking up for the rigors of spaceflight? (Score 1) 77

I can't think of a more fitting honor than first man buried in space, perpetually circling the Earth in a make shift coffin. Hell even if his orbit decayed and he was cremated on entry, it would be a fitting end for such an important person to science. Even if he doesn't pass away on the trip, I would gladly pitch in to help send his body up.

Comment Re: Boaty McBoatface: people power (Score 1) 116

I suspect the problem is serious people wouldn't want to put this on their resume. Imagine "served as . What they failed to understand is how much of a conversation starter it is. I'd bet they'd get interviews from people interested in the name alone. Plus if they're single men they have the best opener ever: "hi, I'm the first mate on the Boaty McBoatface"

Comment Re:Disturbing, but practical (Score 5, Insightful) 414

He's not a mosquito, he's not a smoldering ember, he's likely not even a mentally ill person. Imprisoning anyone for researching alternative viewpoints (even if you believe to be evil) is wrong and you don't punish people for it. This man did nothing other than basically research and as far as anyone can tell had no plans to do anything further.
In my 20s I downloaded a copy of the big book of mischief. I never tried to make anything from the book, probably good I didn't or I might not be here now, however by the logic that convicted this guy I could have faced years in prison... for curiosity.
No matter which way you cut it this is wrong.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

I don't think we forget that part, it's just irrelevant in our opinion. If it's acknowledged that the amendment was added so the people could fight the government should it no longer serve them for whatever reason, then the government can't be allowed to determine in any way what constitutes a militia. Otherwise the government could define militia in a manner that negates the entire amendment and it's purpose. Thus only the people outside the normal government processes can determine what a militia, which opens it up to multiple valid interpretations and implementations. Of course this idea requires you to believe the founders added irrelevant text to constitution, which doesn't seem likely given the thought put into the wording.

Comment Re:100,000 Light years across the Milkey Way ... (Score 1) 686

I've wondered if aliens might be using some sort of advanced communication method we haven't discovered yet... say a subspace radio, and once we discover the tech and turn in on and discover planet foobar public radio. You have to imagine that even in highly advanced civilizations they'd still need a way to broadcast news to everywhere their race exists.

Comment Re:Bad example (Score 2) 800

This is the crux of the issue, someone needs to step up and accept the fact they are going to deliberately kill three people rather than let 300 people die. I'd equate it to whistle blowers like Snodwen. Unfortunately a country government cannot operate without some secrets (though they should be few and far between) and there should be prosecution for whistle blowers. However principled individuals should risk imprisonment when the cause is just. Sure it sucks but the court of public opinion does help somewhat. In relation to the original post, this is what will prevent drive less cars. Any company that attempts to mass produce driver less cars will have to face a possible avalanche of wrongful death lawsuits which will scare the bejesus out of it's stock holders and kill the idea. The only way this can move forward in any sort of scale is laws limiting liability (which I doubt the inept US government can create), and a decently sized case history showing the laws can stand court scrutiny. So unfortunately even though they will be safer I feel it's unlikely we'll see driver less cars at the consumer level for several decades if ever.

Comment The original intent is the same (Score 1) 1633

The original intent of the 2nd amendment was to give people the power to fight their own government should the need arise. If you look at the Bill of Rights and what was going on under British rule many of the Rights were added specifically to address issues they experienced. The British were limiting the ability of the people to report on what was going on, was preventing organized demonstrations, was confiscating weapons and forcing private citizens to harbor troops. Without the 2nd amendment the people of the US would have zero chance of overthrowing the government should the need arise. Of course with the technological advances in military weaponry it'd be very difficult to due with personal weapons, but that may be more justification to broaden the weapons allowed by private citizens.

Comment Re:US Marketing Ploy? (Score 3, Informative) 394

It doesn't matter either way. If they want data on US citizens they can just give the tech to the English who aren't restricted against spying on US citizens and then they'll share the data on each other's citizens. What we need is a Snowden in England to see if they are monitoring US citizens. Unfortunately we're pretty much screwed at this point. To the best of my knowledge no government has ever given up this level of power willingly.

Comment Re:$3.6 Million Bitcoin Seized (Score 1) 620

I'm not sure what dropping $3.6 Million in bitcoin on the open market would do but it probably wouldn't be good for bitcoin. I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to exchange them just to collapse the market. Perhaps they'll just wait until they've accumulated even more to ensure they collapse the market and kill the currency.

Comment Re:Five Star (Score 1) 627

You may not have as much "metal on metal" but the big issue with used electric cars is battery life. If I remember right the batteries are only suppose to be good 5 years or so with significant performance degradation after that. Unfortunately the batteries are one of the most expensive parts of hybrid and electric cars. With my wife's hybrid replacing the batteries which we'll likely have to do in the next couple of years would cost about half what we paid for the car (we bought it used at about a year old).

Comment Re:Why does the cynic in me. . . (Score 2) 116

I've been wondering if there is a way to break the face tag feature, was curious what everyone else things. Basically the system as I understand it works by users tagging you in photos they take. If that step isn't done facebook has no way to know your face. So what would happen if you seed it with conflicting information. For example find a picture of some random model (or alternatively another person with a dislike of being tagged) and have as many friends as possible tag the individual as you. Repeat this with several other faces and facebook should be adequately confused. Thoughts?

Comment Re:Clever guy (Score 1) 104

There's a more likely reason he hasn't be identified. I'd bet Avunit was caught first and outed or helped out Sabu and the others in exchange for no jail time and not being publicly named. If you think about it Sabu doesn't appear to have gotten much of a break for helping the FBI, the best offers would go to the first turncoat... Avunit. But maybe I'm wrong, perhaps he really is that good.

Comment Re:Phonetically similar in another language? (Score 1) 192

Even though phone as in iphone isn't written correctly in Spanish they still pronounce it the same way. My sister in law, who was born and lives outside Mexico City says IPhone the exact same way we Americans do. In fact the the word telephone pronounced in Spanish is exactly the same with the addition of an "o" at the end.

Comment Re:You wish you were this guy (Score 1) 761

That begs another question, was the GPS on his car while he drove the car into Mexico. If so then I bet the government broke some laws. I can't imagine it's legal for them to track people across borders like this. I imagine Mexico would have some opinions about the US government monitoring people in Mexico, probably wouldn't do anything about it though.

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