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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Dereck1701 Re:Late to the party as usual.. (598 comments)

That doesn't change the fact that they tried to and still are legally able to pursue these "debts" with no real recourse for those who are targeted. This stinks of a temporary hold to let the controversy die down so it can be reintroduced at a slower pace next time, if you're boiling frogs alive you bring the temperature up slowly so they don't jump out of the pot.

yesterday
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

Dereck1701 lofty goals or waste? (172 comments)

I'm all for lofty science projects with a moderate likelihood of failure but it seems like every one of these large scale projects of late fail to live up to their promises, don't provide significant scientific information AND cost 4 times what they were originally projected to cost. One of those conditions every other project would be quite acceptable but all three of them on a vast majority of projects? Sounds like either a massive waste of taxpayer money or a "legalized" form of embezzlement to me.

4 days ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

Dereck1701 Re:Sounds scary (269 comments)

You might want to flip through some of the youtube videos of commercial aircraft landing in even moderate weather conditions, you might be surprised how hair raising their landings are when seen from the right angle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about a week ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

Dereck1701 Feds (269 comments)

Federal (FAA) banning of this service for "safety" reasons in 3....2.........1.................

about a week ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

Dereck1701 Would it have made a difference? (461 comments)

Would such a device have really made a difference? Currently it looks like one of two scenarios, either someone commandeered the plane (growing increasingly unlikely) and disabled all of the communications systems or there was a sudden catastrophic failure that either destroyed the plane in midair or crippled all of its systems. I find it highly unlikely that this system could upload a meaningful amount of data through a satellite connection (not known for their reliability) in such a short time if it was a catastrophic failure or if it was a failure of all systems who's to say that it wouldn't have taken out such a device as well.

about a month ago
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Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

Dereck1701 No shame (131 comments)

These **AA agencies truly have no shame, hopefully this little "oversight" lands a boot so far up the MPAA's rear that they'll think twice about their brazen and often completely false/misleading statements for decades to come. Sadly I'm not betting on it, they'll probably use some circular reasoning to "justify" why they can take advantage of off-shoring but others shouldn't, but one can always hope. At a bare minimum they've given the actual artists ammunition to use against them.

about 1 month ago
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Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Dereck1701 Focus (330 comments)

Perhaps they should focus on one incredibly ambitions plan instead of eight separate ones. I'm also a bit curious how big the receivers would have to be earthside to collect the beamed energy. I don't know if they've invented the microwave equivalent of a laser which is probably what would be needed to to keep the receivers less than 20 miles wide.

about 2 months ago
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What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

Dereck1701 Not really a fan of NIF (143 comments)

I can't say that I'm really a fan of the National Ignition Facility. The PR side of it is "a grand search into fusion power research", but the reality seems to be nuclear weapons research. Coupled with the fact that the project has had massive mismanagement and cost overruns from an original ~$1 Billion estimate to costing over $4.2 Billion. Advanced research is never predictable to be sure, and some cost overrun/failure is to be expected but a four fold increase in costs AND no ignition? Sounds like we're not getting much bang for our research bucks.

about a month ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

Dereck1701 Re:Hacker??!! (248 comments)

I am aware of that as a matter of law, but the premise was that a person can't be tried for the same crime multiple times in the US. That is false because there are stacks of cases where people are tried 2, 3, 4 or even more times, the law may say that the previous trial "didn't occur" but that doesn't erase the fact that it did. And there is technically no limitation to the number of times a person can be retried as long as a prosecutor can make enough of a case to avoid a verdict of not guilty (despite an hour of searching I still can't find the legal requirements of a finding of "not guilty" by a jury, is it 50%?). There are even cases where prosecutors have purposely caused (or attempted to cause) mistrials to prevent possible not guilty verdicts so they can retry a person in the future.

about 2 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

Dereck1701 Re:Hacker??!! (248 comments)

"nopee. the first court is the only court"

Tell that to the "Liberty City 7", that group of destitute morons that the FBI conned into becoming "terrorists". The charges and evidence were so laughable that two separate juries wouldn't vote to convict. It took a third, hand picked jury to finally convict some of them of some of the charges after two weeks of deliberations and two uncooperative jurors being replaced.

about 2 months ago
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Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

Dereck1701 Re:Anything it sees may be used against you (192 comments)

In some cases you would be right, there are definitely cases where a department acknowledged that there had been misconduct and was open with the fact & any evidence they had. However there are also MANY cases (Michael Deherra Beating, Hollywood FL framing, etc) where there were obvious instances of personnel not involved with the misconduct covering for those misbehaving by destroying and/or editing evidence. On officer video could have very positive impact on both punishing criminals and punishing officer misconduct, but only if the video is streamed to a third party database that provides access equally to police, prosecution, defendants & reporters. And there are SEVERE penalties for having "accidents" with your video equipment at an "inopportune" time.

about 2 months ago
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Many Lasers Become One In Lockheed Martin's 30 kW Laser Weapon

Dereck1701 Dubious (202 comments)

I'm highly dubious as to the real world applications of this system. Every other laser "weapon" has turned out to be highly ineffective, prone to failure & unable to meet any of its design goals. Just look at the ABL (Airborne Laser), they burnt over $5 Billion and were well on their way to burning more until some in the military hierarchy noticed that you would need dozens of them positioned inside even a small enemies airspace to be effective.

about 2 months ago
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Midwestern Fault Zones Are Still Alive

Dereck1701 Re:Oh, Frack (115 comments)

Nuclear "earthquakes" are a hiccup compared to the real thing, the shaking only lasts a second or so and is only experienced in a comparatively small area. The 2011 Tohoku earthquake was equivalent to a 9,320 Gigaton explosion in terms of energy released and lasted about 6 minutes.

about 3 months ago
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Midwestern Fault Zones Are Still Alive

Dereck1701 Re:Oh, Frack (115 comments)

My geology is a little rusty, but I don't think any amount of human activity can "create" full fledged earthquakes. Some activities can encourage an already building earthquake to occur before it would naturally, but not create one from nothing or even enhance one that is building. In some cases this could actually be a plus, it would probably be preferable to have a few 6.0 quakes that you can roughly predict rather than one 8.5 quake that you don' t have a clue when it will occur.

about 3 months ago
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Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

Dereck1701 Re:Range? (734 comments)

"anything close to the miles-per-tank"

No, but are there any gasoline powered vehicles that can go around 100 miles on ~$3? That same trip will cost you around $15 and rising in even a more economical gas powered vehicle. True at the moment the economics don't quite work out, electric vehicles being more expensive than their gasoline counterparts. But its getting pretty close. Unless there are major advances electric vehicles won't completely replace gas anytime soon but they would suffice for most peoples daily commute and the more people that are willing switching to electric vehicles the longer those who need/want the range and convenience of gas vehicles will be able to afford it.

about 3 months ago
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The Spamming Refrigerator

Dereck1701 Great (90 comments)

Yet another reason not to buy/network these "smart" appliances. I'm all for more use of the internet & connectivity, but not with basic utilities (HVAC, Electric, Water, Fridge/Freezer, Septic, maybe TV). Maybe some basic outputs, like sending out an email warning that your furnace is malfunctioning or your water pressure has dropped but only through unidirectional protocols that are impossible to hack or secondary health monitoring systems that even if hacked would be physically unable to effect the operation of the appliance. I don't want my fridge to try to talk me into helping out a Nigerian prince, my furnace being held for ransom by a piece of malware or my TV flashing male enhancement/porn advertisements when the kids are trying to watch a Disney show/film.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

Dereck1701 Re:guns up/crime down in Chicago (934 comments)

"gun related "accidents" happen all the time"

"All the time"? There were only about 613 fatal gun accidents in 2007. That compared to at least 67,740 incidents of self-defense with a firearm a year and possibly far more (NRA claims 2.5 M but likely inflated). Especially when you compare the number of private firearms (somewhere around 300 Million) with the number of crimes even vaguely associated with a firearm per year (~400,000) it amazing how rare firearm related crime is (0.1%).

about 3 months ago
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NSA's Legal Win Introduces a Lot of Online Insecurity

Dereck1701 Impartiality (239 comments)

Aren't judges supposed to be impartial adjudicators? This judges statements read like an NSA PR release touting all of the "wonders" of the NSA program without providing any evidence or noting any of the drawbacks.

about 4 months ago
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First 3D Printed Liver Expected In 2014

Dereck1701 Livers? (67 comments)

Isn't the Liver one of the easiest organs to transplant and least difficult to acquire? You can get simply cut off a moderate part of a living donors liver and sew it into a recipient and both livers will grow back to normal size within weeks. It sounds like it will practically grow itself with the right mixture of nutrients. At least start off with something a little more difficult, like a thyroid gland or a segment of skin.

about 4 months ago

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