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Comment Re:Consider the source (Score 2) 102

That's exactly what this is. With one regulation a universe of small competitors are obviated. Getting the unique id is going to take lawyers and incur costs. Manufacturing the special transmitter will be closely regulated operation and cost a small fortune.... That's what you do once your the market leader; go to Washington and have them pull up the ladder for you.

Comment Re:Staging Point (Score 1) 234

Give that AC a cookie.

We need a place to house the people and tools that will assemble, test and prepare a large number of independently launched modules into an interplanetary space craft. We need a place to house the people and tools that will assemble an array of large optical reflectors into a big, orbiting interferometer with two orders of magnitude better resolution than Hubble.

There is an obvious and crucial purpose for IIS when you consider in-orbit assembly and service work. Getting to Mars etc. is relatively easy if you can incrementally assemble and fuel an arbitrarily large space craft in orbit. IIS has all the habitat, power and communications facilities to host the necessary construction crew and equipment.

IIS is a STATION. It is not an end in itself anymore than a gas station has a purpose without cars.

Comment Re:We fucked up. Bad. (Score 1) 51

This.

A thousand times this.

Since their competitors have failed to voluntarily participate Samsung will take it to Washington next; lobbying Congress and the FCC to erect a (another?) battery safety bureaucracy complete with $250k certification fees and a special "fast lane" process for the well healed. Never let a fuck up go to waste.

Comment Re:Probably a minor oversight. Will likely be fixe (Score 5, Interesting) 236

Microsoft has actually done a good job with Visual Studio Code.

If you're willing to completely dismiss performance concerns then yes, great work. On the other hand, if you care about performance, and memory usage, it's pretty hard to do worse than VSCode without including including something like Eclipse or Intellij in the survey.

Comment Re:No Crime (Score 1) 233

I don't know what 'violently protesting' means

I don't either. The thing is our mutual ignorance of the meaning of that bit of media speak isn't terribly relevant. The rioters have actually been charged with crimes; Felony Rioting, specifically. Here is the actual statute: https://beta.code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/code/sections/22-1322.html.

And perhaps the most relevant part of that is:

If in the course and as a result of a riot a person suffers serious bodily harm or there is property damage in excess of $5,000, every person who willfully incited or urged others to engage in the riot shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than the amount set forth in 22-3571.01, or both.

So any riotous trustafarian that texted any of their follows in a manner than that appears to incite or urge is a felon. Just yelling or holding a sign can get you there; all the prosecutor needs is some evidence. That's where all the phones come in.

Some folks got use to having their way with no push back under Obama. As these rioters and others (Dakota Access squatters, for instance) are learning, the worm has turned. The next Ferguson is going to be very different.

Comment In other "protest" news... (Score 0) 233

The "March for Science" is floundering as various grievance groups push their diversity agendas into the fore. The event's "official diversity policy" is now on its forth revision amid the resignations of organization committee members.

Some are concerned the event will — much like the vaunted Women's March — have conspicuously white optics. Others are concerned the March for Science is losing focus as sundry aggrieved interests try to attach themselves to the imprimatur of "science." In all likelihood they're both right.

Comment Wait until they discover the comments (Score 1) 76

This is probably a function of the age of corporate executives, i.e., older folks who don't actually browse the web very much. Advertising around unmoderated comment sections is like placing ads in bathroom stalls. It's done, and it can be done successfully, but generally for local businesses and only in certain categories.

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