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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

JonathanR Re:If true. If. (193 comments)

Exactly. Corporations are created and defended by the political apparatus that calls itself "the state".

2 days ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

JonathanR Re:If true. If. (193 comments)

Governments are created by arseholes who assert the right (with guns) to define the privileges and dole out licenses to exercise the same.

Just another bunch of racketeers.

2 days ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

JonathanR Re:If true. If. (193 comments)

The solution is to become ungovernable. This nearly happened at the time of the declaration of independence, but then some arseholes formed a constitution which people fell for, hook, line and sinker.

Viz. a newly legitimated political class.

2 days ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

JonathanR Re:If true. If. (193 comments)

There's no we in "we didn't buy..."

Those who refused to accept "Befehl ist Befehl" weren't "we". They were the dominant political elite from the victor's side. No we about it.

2 days ago
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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

JonathanR Re:Transparency (139 comments)

This was never the case, even when the ink on the declaration of independence was still wet.

How many of "the people" were involved in these decisions?

about a week ago
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

JonathanR They can't stop boats... (128 comments)

...let alone packets.

about a week ago
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

JonathanR Re:A nation of cowards deserves no rights (128 comments)

I was born on the great antipodean continent, I live there also. I don't, however, consider myself Australian. Being an Australian implies membership of a body-politic, which implies supplicating to politicians and their sycophants. I don't do that.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

JonathanR Anyone concerned about resource consumption (710 comments)

already knows about the Jevons' paradox.

Live it up. Use it all liberally before some horde of misers ration it sparingly.

about two weeks ago
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Source Code Leaked For Tinba Banking Trojan

JonathanR So 640k... (75 comments)

is plenty after all.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Issued 19,000 National Security Letters In 2013

JonathanR Re:Civil Disobedience (61 comments)

I'll sign up to this program.

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

JonathanR Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

By "declaring war" on entities which do not exhibit the traits of Westphalian sovereignty, the political class has tacitly undermined their claim of territorial integrity.

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

JonathanR Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

So a wife-beater is benevolent, so long as he brings home the bacon and occasionally shows up at the door with flowers?

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

JonathanR US Constitution is a formation of prohibitions. (371 comments)

I think you'll find that the US Constitution purports to _prohibit_ extrajudicial action regardless of the allegiance of the individual. The fourth amendment, even if construed to only cover "The People", when combined with the tenth amendment would imply that only state-actors or individuals are able to exercise extra-judicial power.

about a month ago
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After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

JonathanR NSA should have a copy somewhere in Utah (372 comments)

Amazing how ineffective these intelligence agencies are when the issue in question goes against the absolute power agenda...

about a month and a half ago
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GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

JonathanR Pressing the "break" will never slow a car (307 comments)

You were using the wrong control. A brake is what slows a vehicle.

Note how it was the e-brake that actually worked in your case. A better solution would have been to use the service brake.

about 2 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

JonathanR Re:Electric. (659 comments)

The efficiencies typically quoted for internal combustion engines are _peak_ efficiencies, obtained at a specific engine speed and loading. Real world thermal efficiency, even excluding losses to braking, aerodynamics and powertrain friction is heavily dependent on how the vehicle is driven. Keeping engine speed low(ish) and working close to wide-open throttle is important for obtaining best efficiency. This is why the pulse-glide method works for "hyper-milers"

Diesels engines are less affected, since the power output is controlled by fuel input, rather than manifold vacuum. It's also the reason why they take a long time to reach operating temperature.

On a drive-cycle basis, the efficiency of an internal combustion engine is beyond woeful. That ICEs are so terrible in their current conventional application is the only reason EVs can be even close to competitive.

about 3 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

JonathanR Re:Good for the judge. (457 comments)

It is a gang challenge. The gang members wear a fancy costumes and drive cars with flashing bling bling on top.

about 6 months ago

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Unaided Tasman Sea Kayak Crossing Underway

JonathanR JonathanR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JonathanR (852748) writes "Two Australian kayakers have departed Sydney on their journey across the Tasman Sea, paddling a high-tech composite double kayak, kitted out with a myriad of telecoms and safety gear. The 2200km (1370 mile) journey is expected to take some forty to fifty days. When they arrive in Auckland, their crossing will hit the record books as the first kayak to cross the Tasman Sea and the longest unassisted two man trans-oceanic kayak journey, amongst other record permutations. The detailed planning and safety preparations, not to mention the kayak design and construction, have been completed over the last five years. An audacious adventure in anybody's book."
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P2P Downloads Increase CD Sales

JonathanR JonathanR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JonathanR (852748) writes "A study conducted by Industry Canada and the University of London confirms what we all suspect; that P2P music downloads contribute to an increase in CD sales. Of course the Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) general manager, Sabiene Heindl, had to insist to the media that the results did not translate to Australia. She goes on to quote figures suggesting 57% of people who download music using P2P don't go on to purchase legitimate media.

"It's not rocket science", she says. I agree that it isn't, however I'm not quite sure what the other 43% of P2P music-downloaders do. Perhaps the not-so-rocket-science corollary would suggest that they go on to contribute the music industry coffers. Is it these sort who found there way into the Canadian study results? It's amusing how the music industry can make such absolute statements, whereas other mortals have to conduct studies in order to discover the facts."

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