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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Sabriel Re:You could at least tell us when TFA is paywalle (290 comments)

Editors: You could at least warn us that we won't be able to participate in constructive discussion of the featured article without paying.

Oh, the irony. Congratulations, you now have an idea of how the Michigan public were treated.

3 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Sabriel Re:credibility of article is doubtful (562 comments)

Uh, either way your "quickly try to estimate" idea still means you are staring into an atomic explosion. You should instead take cover immediately, thus covering both bases.

4 days ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Sabriel Re:Charging amperage (395 comments)

If they can get it down to a quarter-hour I'd be happy. Enough time to take that healthy walk after hours of driving, grab a bite to eat, etc. And if I wasn't doing cross-country, it probably means I've either repeatedly forgotten to charge the car at home or I've got bigger problems.

5 days ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Sabriel Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

I had a dream once, where our first meeting with aliens involved a giant spaceship appearing over the capital and confiscating the White House in the case of "The Galactic Republic versus 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, United States, Earth".

I was much more interested in the cool giant spaceship and not the politicians complaining at their own civil forfeiture laws being used against them, but anyway...

5 days ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Sabriel Re:Not only in Finland. (314 comments)

... did you mean "tough" and "toughness"? If so, sadly, yeah.

5 days ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

Sabriel Re:What happens to that heat? (423 comments)

... that second graph in the first link is interesting, regardless of whether any primary causes are anthropogenic or not.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Sabriel Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

... George Lucas?

Maybe my google-fu is weak today, I got nothing (but pages and pages of that Amidala quote). Please cite the original quote from the actual person?

about three weeks ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Sabriel Re:Not MAD. (342 comments)

MIRV = Multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle. So each of those 1500 MIRVs carries multiple nuclear warheads. Need five mid-sized nukes to wipe out NYC? No problem. Ten for LA? Still no problem. One missile each, just program in your preferred detonation pattern for the warheads:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

Here's a long-exposure photo of a single "Peacekeeper" missile dropping eight independent warheads (unarmed in this case):

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi...

about three weeks ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Sabriel Re:Not MAD. (342 comments)

I had understood the US to have the most with some 6000, and other than western europe and Russia I didnt think anyone else had any.

From the website of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Russia and US have rough parity, then it's France/China/Britain, then Israel/Pakistan/India, then North Korea, in descending orders of magnitude.

http://bos.sagepub.com/content...

about a month ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Sabriel Re:Not MAD. (342 comments)

You're thinking "world" = "surface area". I strongly suspect the GP is thinking "world" = "modern civilisation". Deploy even a fifth of those 1500 MIRVs against the planet by strategically targeting urban population centres in order of descending population, and the world as we know it would be gone.

about a month ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

Sabriel Re:The review ecosystem is good and truly broken.. (249 comments)

Why not have each reviewer's rating for a given item/location be statistically compared/weighted to that reviewer's history of ratings, e.g. a 5-star rating from someone who consistently gives 5-star ratings for everything could be valued less than someone who only does so some of the time, with weighting for older reviewers, anonymous reviewers, etc. Basically the equivalent of a bayesian spam filter, except for reviewers instead of mail. Yes, it won't be perfect, but can it at least be better than what we have now?

about a month ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Sabriel Re:all in all (221 comments)

To borrow from HHGttG, maybe the foreigners realise the purpose of the president is "not to wield power but to draw attention away from it"?

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Sabriel Re:Touchscreens don't belong on real computers. (545 comments)

You put your grubby mits on my nice clean monitor and you're pulling back a bloody stump.
Are you fucking people blind? Smears and fingerprints drive me nuts!

... where did you source your monitor, Umbrella or Weyland-Utani or something?

about a month ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Sabriel Re: RT.com? (540 comments)

Point taken.

about a month ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Sabriel Re: RT.com? (540 comments)

That's (state) socialism, not communism. I've pondered that communism ("characterized by the absence of social classes, money and the state") should be easier to achieve via capitalism than via (state) socialism, since the former more strongly encourages the technological innovations required to provide the means of eliminating scarcity that communism requires to be at all practical.

That, so far to me, was the deepest irony of the USSR: to eliminate the State, they created the State, and It was doomed from the beginning; whether or not communism may one day be feasible, our 20th Century selves lacked (and still lack) the technology to compensate for our psychology.

The USA and similar "capitalist" nations do have their own irony: one of their economic foundations is the very non-capitalist structure of copyright and patent law (think about it: fundamentally, the state dictates who may use any idea, enforcing artificial scarcities and artificially captive markets). It will be interesting to see if/how they overcome this flaw.

about a month ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Sabriel Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Ugh, one of those questions. By which I mean, people do tend to unconsciously insert "knowingly" into such questions, proceed to consciously answer "No", and then there it is, lurking silently in the filing cabinet for if HR ever need a pretext to fire someone.

about a month ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Sabriel Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

I believe the implication is that if your opponents are claiming to be proponents of the existing government, it's hypocritical of them to use illegal means in their efforts to silence you - the old "do as I say, not as I do" problem.

about a month ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Sabriel Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Hmm. Also from Wikipedia, later in that same article:

This issue did come before the Supreme Court in McDonald v. Chicago, in which the Supreme Court, "reversed the Seventh Circuit, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of self-defense applicable to the states."

As for your assertion that there is no right to overthrow the government, that is not strictly true. Note that the Second specifies not just any "state", but a "free state". A lawful government should have nothing to fear from the Second. An unlawful government, on the other hand, one would hope not so much.

about a month ago

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Google fined for someone else's graffiti

Sabriel Sabriel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sabriel (134364) writes "Google's appeal against a 2008 defamatory anonymous posting on Orkut has been denied in Brazil, and Google fined $US8500 ($9100) for the crime of being vandalised. In the words of the judge, Alvimar de Avila, "By making space available on virtual networking sites, in which users can post any type of message without any checks beforehand, with offensive and injurious content, and, in many cases, of unknown origin, [Google] assumes the risk of causing damage [to other people],".

I'd submit a more blunt opinion of this farce, but it might be considered offensive and injurious content... I wonder if he's related to the judge in Italy?"

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South Australia outlaws anonymous political speech

Sabriel Sabriel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sabriel (134364) writes "If you're online in South Australia and want to comment about the upcoming state election, be prepared to hand over your real name and postcode first — because this month it becomes illegal to do so anonymously (even under a pseudonym). Media organisations must keep your details on file for six months and face "fines of $5000 if they do not hand over this information to the Electoral Commissioner". This abomination was passed with the support of both major parties (Labour and Liberal), and to quote its sponsor, Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, "There is no impinging on freedom of speech, people are free to say what they wish as themselves, not as somebody else." Apparently incapable of targetting a few imposters without resorting to "nuke it from orbit" legislative tactics, it seems he's forgotten that protecting anonymity is important to the democratic process; hopefully both major parties will get a reminder come the polls on March 20."

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