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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:A big boat! (113 comments)

The Panama Canal is being expanded to handle larger ships. These are "superpanamax".

In the US, harbors are in the middle of legal entanglements by environmentalists to deepen harbors by 5 feet to handle them, 7+ year battles, longer than the canal took.

Meanwhile, China is building an even bigger canal for even bigger ships.

The center of empire has shifted. The empire that keeps the trade routes open prospers. An empire that turns to lording over its own people falters.

Goodnight, Irene. Your kids will live in an economically broken.1984-like panopticon state ruled by populist memes.

Words don't matter. Actions and history do.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:this is ridiculous (440 comments)

It's more than just privacy -- that they nailed him on something irrelevant...that he wasn't even doing for a month of surveillance yet, smacks of using a de facto general warrant, which the Constitution specifically forbids.

They must list the crime they suspect you of, and present some evidence, and list the things to search and stuff to seize.

They cannot just go get a general warrant to filch through your stuff indefinitely until they find some little law of a myriad existing ones you violated.

That was how politicians abused their power, keeping down uppity people, or people who, you know, didn't pay their donations.a
So government surveillinh him for wn indefinite period, looking for violations of anything, amounts to this behavior.

It would be interesting to see if the decision touches on this.

4 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:What? (440 comments)

No, they don't have that power.

The case a few years ago throwing out Congress' law banning guns within a certain distance of schools was ruled a rare overreach of the general welfare clause justifying domains of legislation for Congress.

To this day, the Supreme Court still acknowledges this principle, even if deliberate misinterpretations of things like General Welfare have voided most limitations.

4 days ago
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Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Never stopped my old roomate (203 comments)

Slightly warmer temps map to warmer seas, etc. But that is not the same as hyperventillation about storms and droughts rampaging across the planet.

The latter makes no sense. You are talking a fraction of a percent energy differences, which amounyts to almost nothing given the low and high emd of temps both rise a little.

Climate scientists, well many of them anyway, are apparently oblivious to this concept as well as regression to the mean. Expect maybe 1 extra hurricane per century, with an average storm strength increase of less than 1%.

This is a thermal sea expansion problem, not a weather severity problem.

5 days ago
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9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:EFF Says: (158 comments)

I read a legal analysis of this -- when you are hired to act something, it's for that something, and the implied right of whoever hired you to twist it out of all recognition or use it for other things is not infinitely malleable, sans a speific contract for that.

So there is precedence for her to be able to put the brakes on it.

Is this one such case? Well, that's what's being decided.

5 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Impy the Impiuos Imp Replicant (298 comments)

"It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does? You do, baby! You do!"

about a week ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:How crazy (135 comments)

> shemale porn

And if he's really scared, he can just Bailey out of the agreement.

about two weeks ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Nesspresso! (270 comments)

As an experiment, you should see if you can get started in San Francisco an outrage meme similar to Uber, but for unofficial K-cups.

"They aren't insured. What happens when one poisons someone? Ther's no guarantee. Any old person could make one in their home."

Same exact stuff the city council is so adamant about.

about two weeks ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Over to you, SCOTUS (379 comments)

Politicians run scared -- all they need is for someone to whisper in their ear, "Imagine the next terrorist attack, and your opponent points out how you hampered the government investigation..."

about two weeks ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:PRIVATE encryption of everything just became... (379 comments)

This is where higher strategy comes in -- if they could crack it, first few but the very highest would know. But they wouldn't run around as if they'd cracked it. They'd keep it secret, using discovered things only rarely and even then with a believabla parallel construction, and not for legal reasons, but to hide the ability.

This also applies to other hacks and cracks and taps legal and illegal, i.e. mundane spying, and not just. Bletchley Park stuff.

Go read Cryptonomicon for a good feel for this stuff. Ultra code knew the Germans had been cracked. Ultra Mega knew the cracked messages themselves, and consisted of 20 people, but they would supposedly have a random plane "stumble" over an important sub so it could be attacked without revealing the code had been broken. I have no idea how close to reality it was.

about two weeks ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

It's up to you to set a rate. If you have an inalienable right, then you can charge $0.
Sounds like a dictatorship could use a constitution with a very first amendment observing the inalienable right to freedom of speech and the press, which means the right to clone and distribute your speech.

That's just another thing to get in the way of politicians handing out favors, and, in this case, silencing opposition...of smaller organizations.

about two weeks ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Atlanta Nights by Travis Tea (100 comments)

This makes me want to read Game of Thrones.

about two weeks ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

I would much rather have 99% of the web disappear than have it continue in its current state (ads everywhere, selling my info, letting advertisers control content, forcing me to watch an ad and type "I LOVE MCDONALDS" before showing me content, etc.).

Attention: McDonald's. If I ever see this, I'm never eating there again.

about two weeks ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

Impy the Impiuos Imp In less than a year, too. (222 comments)

"But he also loves brutally difficult games that challenge gamers 2–3 times his age, and he’s frighteningly good at them."

These mad skillz are supposed to impress me? Let me know when he can do something really hard like solo his way to 100 in World of Warcraft without buying an instant 90.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Beyond request? (121 comments)

Every new dollar spent here is another dollar or two...or three spent elswhere because of tit for tat negotiations. Look for it.

When Bush requested $700 billion for bank bailouts, it was over $800 billion, the extra being negotiated pork to buy votes.

Think what that means: If the bailout was necessary, some in Congress were ready to cancel it unless they got something. If the bailout was not necessary, some who would have rightly stopped it got bought out to go along.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:FUD and kneejerk reactions (209 comments)

You know damned well they are not limiting it to an odd researcher at DOD or NSA looking into disease resistance. If caught, these overzealous agents with no historical sense of why government should need warrants will claim, "The law doesn't specify meaningful boundaries, tough!"

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:Greasing Palms. (280 comments)

I like the level of erudition in addressing his (or her) argument. Do you have a pamplet in which I can learn more? O rperhaps I will get really lucky and there's a scheduled meeting down by the docks?

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:How's This: (280 comments)

You believe in the cover meme that this is about safety. Yet planetwide, regulations are actually used to get in the way of competition,!to protect iinterests with the ear of those in power, or to allow those in power to get in the way to get paid to get back out of the way.

You don't go into business there to get rich -- that just attracts regulators. Yiu go into government to get rich. A region's buildinh regulator regularly charges 10% of the cost of a buildinh to approve construction.

The net downside of blowing it all away is rather small, safety-wise.

At worst, if it was about safety, government would demand adherance rather than licensing with limited licenses.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Impy the Impiuos Imp Re:From Jack Brennan's response (769 comments)

You're free to think of the US as a piece of shit, but compared to most countries they're good. We do lead and many people in real shitholes, not just ones in your imagination, hve said time and again they look to the US to lead.

So, fool, fool.

about two weeks ago

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Lucas sues over portable laser

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "George Lucas has decided to sue a company that produces a powerful, portable laser that, coincidentally, happens to look like a lightsaber hilt. Or not. You be the judge.

It can set things on fire with the best of 'em, though, and, like a real lightsaber, should not be jammed in your eye.

Lucas filed a similar lawsuit last year regarding a laser that was too close to the Death Star, which was thrown out of court on technical grounds."

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Sony To Encase In Carbonite Half The Star Wars: Ga

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) writes "Not surprisingly that it's gone unnoticed for several days, but Sony is apparently merging out of existence half its Star Wars: Galaxies servers. In spite of a number of innovative features (three health bars, choreographable dancing and music coordinatable between several players, "your own R2 unit and 3PO", programmable droids, and so on) a complete overhaul of the combat system, designed to simplify it and make it more action-oriented, actually drove away more people than it attracted. It soon thereafter retired to that great Sony one-fee-for-all stable of aging and also-rans in the sky.

Still on life support, it was preceded in death by Sony foster brother Matrix Online."

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Citystyle

Impy the Impiuos Imp Impy the Impiuos Imp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Went back to City of Heroes after an 8 month interlude in World of Warcraft. Ahh, the freedom of high-speed, true 3D travel. Ooooh, the power of the scrapper class in feeling truly heroic and dominant on the battlefield. You can take your +85 strength swords that increases your damage by 1.2% and, in the words of the Lieutenant, cram it up your ass.

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