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Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 4, Informative) 211

Doesn't matter,

Punitive Damages are not about what the plaintiff wants. They are about dissuading the defendant from repeating their offence.

So how do you dissuade an an entity such as Getty? You savage their pocket book so badly that the board of directors take notice. For public corporations, you hit them so hard it affects their stock prices and subsequently their shareholders, who then would hopefully respond by replacing board members who allowed the President or CEO to take the offending actions.

In the case of corporations, the buck stops with the shareholders. There is no punishment until the shareholders feel the pain.

Submission + - No Cell Phones, Wi-Fi Allowed In Small W.Va. Town (

sycodon writes: Would you believe there’s a place where no one can use a cell phone? Where Wi-Fi is not allowed? Where even finding a radio station can be a difficult task?

No, it's not a case of a bunch of loonies allergic to cell towers, radio, TV or WiFi signals.

It's the home to the largest movable radio telescope in the world, the National Radio Observatory, located in the National Radio Quiet Zone.

Comment Things you can get for $250 (Score 2) 140

1. New brake pads and rotors for my car
2. One month's 74 degree AC setting on my large, two story home.
3. A twenty Seven year subscription to Netflix's streaming services
4. Ten $25 dollar Prime steaks to grill.
5. 4 physician co-pays
6. Twelve and a half tanks of gas
7. A Primo Backpack
8. Round Trip Tickets to Vegas and a two nights at a shitty Hotel.
9. $451.53 after 20 years of 3% interest, compounding annually.
10. A 5/10 hooker for the night or a 10/10 hooker for 30 minutes.

Comment Child Porn? (Score 1) 406

If you visit a child porn site and view images, are you not guilty of a felony?
Will they not try to put you in jail if they can find you?
Will the operators of the site not be prosecuted for felonies?

The precedent is set. They question is now, do you view the wanton murder of innocents, the advocating for such, etc. to be as egregious as child abuse?

Submission + - South Australia intervenes in electricity market as prices hit $14,000MWh 1

sycodon writes: Turmoil in South Australia's heavily wind-reliant electricity market has forced the state government to plead with the owner of a mothballed gas-fired power station to turn it back on.

"National Electricity Market (NEM) prices in the state have frequently surged above $1000 a megawatt hour this month and at one point on Tuesday hit the $14,000MWh maximum price."

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