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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

RenderSeven Re:Photographic law precedence (180 comments)

They certainly have violations, which are below misdemeanors. Thats what speeding tickets and parking violations are. By making it specifically a violation, with a maximum fine of $1, supercedes any general application of higher charges.

Not my idea - got it from this beat up a flag burner law.

yesterday
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

RenderSeven Re:Photographic law precedence (180 comments)

... provided you can draft the laws right.

And thats always the trick. As well as enforcement, which in this case will be almost impossible.

Perhaps empowering people to enforce for themselves: "to interfere with or damage a drone operating over your property or engaged in warrantless surveillence of your propertry, shall be a violation punishable by up to $1 for each occurence". Make it legal by making it illegal. Sort of a cheap drone-hunting license.

yesterday
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Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe

RenderSeven Re:But we ain't gonna have a Big Cruch, right ? (35 comments)

Yep GP had a few math issues
- Hindu cycle is 311.04 trillion (3.11 * 10^14).
- Came up with that ~2000 BC
- The Cattle Problem was Archimedes not Aristotle
- Solution to that is 7.76 * 10^206544
- Thats a few more cattle than years. Even if we convert it to nanoseconds.
- Years in the vishnu cycle is about the same oreder of magnitude as the number of nanoseconds in a year.

about a week ago
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Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

RenderSeven Re:Molten piece of crystalline rock with ionic bon (74 comments)

it's in the elliptic plane,

It might be in the epileptic plane (so its shaken and not stirred). I dont think anyone has an electric plane yet. Airbus might be considered an eclectic plane. Or perhaps you meant the ecliptic plane?

about a week ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

RenderSeven Re:Automated notice not necessary here (364 comments)

Just wondering, if the other party says the call may be recorded, does that mean its legal for me to record also? Seems fair that if they ask the question they are giving tacit approval for me to record.

about a week ago
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Russia Cracks Down On Public Wi-Fi; Oracle Blocks Java Downloads In Russia

RenderSeven Re:The problem with American Embargos (254 comments)

remember the gulf of tonkin!

Last time I filled up there, I used Exxon of Tonkin

about two weeks ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

RenderSeven Re:Time Shifting? (317 comments)

If you are *truly* cynical and/or paranoid, one would almost think that GM set up the lawsuit to further enshrine precedent. Not hard to imagine GM lawyers getting a whiff that the RIAA might be contemplating action, so they find some poor underfunded schmucks to sue them first so they can smack them down hard and discourage well-funded schmucks.

about three weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

RenderSeven Re:What? (382 comments)

... waiting for Firefly to come back on television.

Wait, what? Firefly isnt coming back???

about a month ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

RenderSeven Re:Climate Change on Slashdot? Bring on the fun! (389 comments)

Take my incandescent light bulbs, take my SUV, take my hour-long commutes (please!), and take my semi-comfy-62-degree home heating, but keep your f**king hands off my f**king Big Mac!

about a month ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

RenderSeven Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

Boondocks here. I would kill for a connection that could deliver 80gb per month.

about a month and a half ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

RenderSeven Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

I will not argue but instead try to find common ground. Depending on the election cycle and the business sector, business sometimes favor the right and sometimes favor the left. Unions obviously favor the left by a substantial margin but they are not included in many statistics, which is either fair or unfair depending on your political leanings I guess. The differences are substantially smaller than either side would like to admit, and claims to the contrary seem to cherry pick the data or are patently false. From Politifact "The Democrats’ best edge was 55 percent to 45 percent in 2008, far from even a 2-to-1 margin. The Republicans’ best advantage was 59 percent to 41 percent in 2012".

Lets pick 2008 (or you pick a year I dont care), during which very roughly $1 Billion was donated to each party by "business". OpenSecrets shows close parity between parties going back 20 years or so. I dont understand the common assertion that Republicans get a billion dollars and are corporate lackeys, while Democrats get a billion dollars and they are not.

I hate both parties almost equally, though Ive come to believe Democrats hate me slightly more than Republicans (Im a middle aged middle class white guy that owns a business), even though I was literally kicked out of the Republican party for being too liberal (Im an atheist that's pro-choice pro-environment pro-gay-rights). So, Im asking honestly, how is my thinking flawed? What statistics am I overlooking that I should consider? Even if we disagree I want to understand what we are disagreeing about.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

RenderSeven Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Even the most cursory review of campaign donation records would show that Democrats equally serve corporate overlords. Im sure its a subject of much hilarity and mirth among Democrats that you've wholly bought into this myth.

about 4 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

RenderSeven Re:Are there any old drives around that read these (481 comments)

I still have my CP/M computer, twin 8" floppies, 64k memory, 4 mhz z80 processor. Every two years or so I fire it up just for fun, and it runs just fine. Agreed it shouldnt, but it does. And Wordstar runs just about as fast as the latest Word 2013. Not that I'd want to go back to those days, but there is no doubt in my mind it will outlive any computer and server in my office.

about 4 months ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

RenderSeven Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (504 comments)

Big. Really big. Sheets of graphene at say 5.3 angstroms thick (2*10^-8). Wait, what was your point again?

about 4 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

RenderSeven Re:Jeesh, make a federal case of it why don't you. (798 comments)

Exactly. The only chance to get a fair shake is to practice asymmetric warfare. Bury them with stuff it doesnt cost you much to file but costs them lots to defend, which is exactly what they do to you.

about 4 months ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

RenderSeven Re:Way to lose an easy case... (128 comments)

"A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater."

Bonus points for an obscure yet relevant Firefly reference!

about 4 months ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

RenderSeven Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

Yep. Or at least the ones I know do.

about 5 months ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

RenderSeven Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

Just whisper to them "Im the Sky Marshal watching that passenger over there. For everyone's safety find another seat and tell NO ONE." For bonus points, tap your non-existent shoulder holster under your sport coat.

about 5 months ago

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The Fascinating Science Behind Beer Foam

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about 10 months ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "Science has so far been at a loss to explain why tapping a beer bottle with another causes it to explosively foam over. Thanks to a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, a research team at the University of Madrid studying fluid mechanics has found the answer with some fascinating slow-motion video. Their soon-to-be-published paper found that tapping the bottle (or shooting it with a laser) causes a series of compression and expansion waves, that generate unstable buoyant plumes, quickly turning most of the liquid into foam. PhysicsBuzz notes that the process is very rapid and nearly unstoppable once started."
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Hostess to Close, No More Twinkies

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "In a press release issued today, baker Hostess Brands asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close all of its plants and sell off their assets, immediately laying off 18,500 workers. Citing high labor and rising health care costs, increasing competition and growing consumer awareness of healthy foods, Hostess says it can no longer operate without union concessions. A crippling strike has already shut down operations at all facilities, and while the Teamsters Union has ratified a new contract to keep Hostess in business, the Bakers Union has refused saying they would rather see the company closed than accept pension cuts. The Teamsters union is urging the bakers union to hold a secret ballot on whether to continue striking; citing its financial experts who had access to the company's books, the Teamsters say that Hostess' warning of liquidation is "not an empty threat or a negotiating tactic" but a certain outcome if workers keep striking. If your late-night programming is fueled by Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Zingers, better stock up now."
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Buckyballs Throws in the Towell

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "As previously reported the immensely popular Buckyballs office toys have been targeted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Last week Maxfield and Oberton, the maker of Buckyballs gave up the battle and announced they would discontinue sales and close. However, being driven out of business is not enough for R Buckminster Fuller's estate, who has filed yet another lawsuit that they own all rights to the name "buckyballs" despite widespread use of the term. If you still haven't bought your own yet, a few thousand sets in stock are still available."
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FDA to review Inhalable Caffeine

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes " Manufacturing .NET reports that U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement. AeroShot went on the market late last month in Massachusetts and New York, and it's also available in France. Consumers put one end of the canister in their mouths and breathe in, releasing a fine powder that dissolves almost instantly."
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Apple's Toughest Competition in the Fourth Quarter Tablet Market Was Apple

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  about 2 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "Although soaring sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and other low-priced tablets trimmed Apple Inc.’s media tablet market share in the fourth-quarter, it was Apple’s own newly introduced iPhone 4S that proved to be the strongest competitor for the iPad during the final three months of 2011."
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"An Inconvenient Truth" Banned in British

RenderSeven RenderSeven writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RenderSeven (938535) writes "The BBC reports that a High Court judge ruled on whether climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth, could be shown in schools. The ruling said it contains "nine scientific errors", and cannot be shown unless accompanied by guidance giving the other side of the argument. He found that "but for the new guidance note, the film would have been distributed in breach of sections 406 and 407 of the 1996 Education Act" which cover political indoctrination. The Times Online gave a more detailed list of the judges objections, including dismissing as "distinctly alarmist" the claim that sea levels could rise by 20ft "in the near future" .

Let the flame wars begin!"

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