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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

BarefootClown Re:Joke? They're real! (100 comments)

From the perspective of the CPU, a printer is write-only memory.

3 days ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

BarefootClown Re:That is not true (96 comments)

Thank you; I learned something today!

about three weeks ago
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Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

BarefootClown Re:This is the voice of world control. (106 comments)

"Do a lot of damage" is a funny way to phrase "Completely destroy"

Nuclear explosions are big. Really damn big. Have you looked at footage of underground nuclear tests?

This was a tiny little 1.2 kiloton bomb under 60 feet of packed soil. Silos aren't packed soil, and though the details are classified, I believe most bombs on ICBMs are somewhere in the megatonish range.

As pointed out elsewhere, silos are heavily-reinforced concrete. You'd have a gun barrel effect directing the blast straight up.

Further, the typical warhead on an American Peacemaker ICBM is a 300kt W87. Granted, there may be up to ten of them, but unless they exploded simultaneously, the detonation would destroy the other nine.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones

BarefootClown Re:That is not true (96 comments)

Just like few ppl realize that the west has 3 space stations in orbit.

Eh? Citation, please.

about a month ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

BarefootClown Re:What's with this separation of powers thing? (137 comments)

From the President, to Congress, to the Supreme Court, nobody seems to be taking seriously the bit about defending and preserving the Constitution.

Least of all the voters.

about a month ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

BarefootClown Re:What a moron! (119 comments)

Under federal law, muzzleloaders aren't classed as firearms, so A) he wouldn't be in the business, and B) the prohibition on felons wouldn't apply.

State and local laws may vary.

about 1 month ago
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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

BarefootClown Re:99% (141 comments)

The C-N-O fusion reaction, for some of it.

about 4 months ago
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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

BarefootClown Re:Somewhere, in a dusty academic office . . . (141 comments)

The sun is made of burning coal.

No, it won't start burning carbon until after it's done burning helium...by which time the globe will have "warmed" into a cinder as the sun enveloped it.

about 4 months ago
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Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

BarefootClown Re: But... but nucular is bad! (143 comments)

Whether he meant it this way or not, he's actually correct: the probability does increase with time, insofar as mechanical parts wear out over time, electrical parts reach the end of their service lives, metals reach stress and fatigue limits, etc.

about 4 months ago
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Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

BarefootClown Re:But... but nucular is bad! (143 comments)

I'm not saying nuclear is "safe". There's no such THING as "safe". But coal isn't safe. Oil isn't safe. Natural gas isn't safe. Wind isn't safe. Wave isn't safe. Solar isn't safe. Hydro isn't safe. All of them come with their own risks and tradeoffs.

The damage done by a wind turbine falling over, or solar panel slipping off a roof tends to be orders of magnitude less serious than a major nuclear accident. That's why wind farms and solar installations can get insurance, and nuclear can't.

Wind also kills birds. Solar requires rare earth elements that are toxic to mine, refine, and dispose of at the end of the panel's life. The damages involved are more than just "[object] falls over."

about 4 months ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

BarefootClown Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (200 comments)

No, he'd win it. Even if the engine immediately went to zero thrust, the other engine would still be sufficient to find a suitable landing field. In fact, such things are practiced regularly, both simulated (for large jets) and in real life (smaller aircraft). It'd be expensive to fix, but entirely survivable, given a suitably-competent pilot.

about 5 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

BarefootClown Re:He picked the wrong moment to support amnesty (932 comments)

"Just that simple"? You like the idea of closing borders, evidently, but do you like the idea of produce prices, meat prices, service-economy costs, and just about every other menial-labor field seeing its labor costs double overnight? Because that's the consequence of requiring that citizens do those jobs. Stoop work is awful, backbreaking work that pays bullshit. It only survives because the immigrants who do it are so desperate for the work that they'll take it.

And if at the same time we close the borders, we cut welfare benefits, so that the lazy who vote for a living have to actually work for a change, what would that do for the labor pool?

about 6 months ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

BarefootClown Re:I get enough flying priuses already. (186 comments)

Seriously,

Show me the lines of the traffic code that require slower people to move to the right side.

It's a "convention" at best.

43 O.S. 11-309, notably (5):

5. Upon a roadway which is divided into four or more lanes, a vehicle shall not impede the normal flow of traffic by driving in the left lane; provided, however, this paragraph shall not prohibit driving in a lane other than the right-hand lane when traffic conditions or flow, or both, or road configuration, such as the potential of merging traffic, require the use of lanes other than the right-hand lane to maintain safe traffic conditions. [Emphasis added]

about 6 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

BarefootClown Re:Lesson #1 of Drug Smuggling on the Highway (461 comments)

How do you know he didn't do just that?

We have nothing in the record to corroborate the anonymous tip; the police themselves said they followed him for several minutes and he did nothing wrong. What if the tip was a lie?

about 8 months ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

BarefootClown Re:Bullshit (216 comments)

There's no offer, there's no consideration, and there's no acceptance - there isn't even an offer *of* anything.

I know you didn't read TFA, but you could have at least read the summary:

...if they download coupons, or 'join' it in social media communities.

Coupons constitute something of value (consideration). Arguably, so do membership and participation in the social media communities. General Mills is offering those to users; the users accept when they click OK to join or download.

Just because they're of little value doesn't mean they're not consideration. Courts generally will not look to determine whether the consideration is adequate; it's up to the contracting parties to make that decision.

about 8 months ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

BarefootClown Re:Possibly Worse Than That (216 comments)

Contracts have to be negotiated and signed by two parties to be valid. You have to have an opportunity to modify the terms before exchanging money. Buying commodities doesn't meet that standard. Neither do post-purchase EULAs.

This is patently untrue, on many points.

First, there is generally no requirement that contracts be signed, or even in writing. A very few types of contracts are governed by the Statute of Frauds, which specifies that there must be a writing signed by the party against whom a term is being used. The specifics vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but the linked Wikipedia article is reasonably representative. Outside the Statute of Frauds, there's nothing wrong with an unsigned, or even oral, contract.

Second, you do not have to have the opportunity to modify terms period, let alone before exchanging money. Terms may be offered on a "take it or leave it" basis; the Uniform Commercial Code, section 2-207 provides for how negotiation happens, and expressly includes an option to forbid any alternate terms. At common law, the principle is the same: there need not be an opportunity to make a counteroffer.

In this context, it would be entirely unreasonable for us to assume that respondents -- or any other cruise passenger -- would negotiate with petitioner the terms of a forum-selection clause in an ordinary commercial cruise ticket. Common sense dictates that a ticket of this kind will be a form contract the terms of which are not subject to negotiation, and that an individual purchasing the ticket will not have bargaining parity with the cruise line.

Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. v. Shute, 499 U.S. 585 (1991)

As to "before exchanging money," it is very common for terms to be left open at the time of acceptance and tender:

Transactions in which the exchange of money precedes the communication of detailed terms are common. Consider the purchase of insurance. The buyer goes to an agent, who explains the essentials (amount of coverage, number of years) and remits the premium to the home office, which sends back a policy. On the district judge's understanding, the terms of the policy are irrelevant because the insured paid before receiving them. Yet the device of payment, often with a "binder" (so that the insurance takes effect immediately even though the home office reserves the right to withdraw coverage later), in advance of the policy, serves buyers' interests by accelerating effectiveness and reducing transactions costs. Or consider the purchase of an airline ticket. The traveler calls the carrier or an agent, is quoted a price, reserves a seat, pays, and gets a ticket, in that order. The ticket contains elaborate terms, which the traveler can reject by canceling the reservation.

ProCD, Inc. v. Zeidenberg, 86 F.3d 1447 (7th Cir. 1996)
The ProCD opinion also cited to Carnival.

I cite specifically to ProCD because it was a post-purchase EULA case, and it directly contradicts you.

In short, every single point you made is precisely and exactly wrong.

about 8 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

BarefootClown Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

I think will find is the very bottom it will be the last to go. The guy standing over the grill of the burgle have a job.

Nope. Guess again.

about 9 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

BarefootClown Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

So...production increased at a rate greater than cost increased?

Yeah, it's not about actual dollars spent. It's about marginal cost: cost per unit of production. Put differently, the company increased in output more than it increased its spending; that means it's now a bigger company, in terms of market saturation, and has a greater profit, both in absolute terms and likely a greater profit margin as well.

about 9 months ago
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Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

BarefootClown Rule of Law (519 comments)

This is a good thing for anybody who believes in the rule of law. Laws should be written to clearly put those governed on notice as to what behavior is prohibited. Pervy or not, if the photographer was within the actual letter of the law, he shouldn't be be held criminally liable for doing something which was not prohibited. The solution is not to "interpret" the law to extend beyond its text; the solution is to fix the bad law.

If laws can be "interpreted" to go beyond their plain meanings, then it becomes difficult for those subject to them to figure out what is prohibited. Not only is it patently unfair to hold someone accountable for an action that wasn't listed as prohibited, there is a strong constitutional precedent for holding it "void for vagueness." See, e.g., Connally v. General Construction Co., 269 U.S. 385, 391 (1926):

[T]he terms of a penal statute [...] must be sufficiently explicit to inform those who are subject to it what conduct on their part will render them liable to its penalties and a statute which either forbids or requires the doing of an act in terms so vague that men of common intelligence must necessarily guess at its meaning and differ as to its application violates the first essential of due process of law.

about 9 months ago

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Climate Research Unit Destroyed Climate Data

BarefootClown BarefootClown writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BarefootClown (267581) writes ""In mid-August the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) disclosed that it had destroyed the raw data for its global surface temperature data set because of an alleged lack of storage space. The CRU data have been the basis for several of the major international studies that claim we face a global warming crisis. CRU's destruction of data, however, severely undercuts the credibility of those studies. ... Among CRU's funders are the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy--U.S. taxpayers."

How can we have any sort of informed debate or critical analysis when raw data is not preserved? Don't the taxpayers have a right to the product of their "investment?""

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BarefootClown BarefootClown writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BarefootClown (267581) writes "Reasonis reporting that "Last night, a federal SWAT team assisted the RIAA in a raid on the studio of Atlanta musician DJ Drama." Radley Balko writes: "This local news report says the locally famous mixtape DJ is under investigation for piracy. But Drama's supporters say the DJ is a mix artist, not a bootlegger. They say news footage of the raid shows RIAA officials boxing up only recordable CDs filled with mixes, not bootlegs of retail CDs (the local news reporter seems to conflate the two as well)." Is this going to be the new policy for copyright raids?"

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