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SCOTUS Refuses To Hear Tenenbaum Appeal

Staale Nordlie Re:Clueless court (420 comments)

Fraud is illegal regardless of copyright law.

more than 2 years ago

A Defense of Process Patents

Staale Nordlie Re:Patents should promote innovation (249 comments)

Patents exist solely to promote innovation. Or, more specifically, "science and the useful arts". There is plenty of evidence that traditional industrial patents do exactly that.


more than 2 years ago

Mars Rover Begins "Whole New Mission"

Staale Nordlie Re:XKCD (93 comments)

Yes, yes, I noticed. :(

(I looked for it before posting, I swear, but clearly I didn't look hard enough or I had the wrong view settings.)

about 3 years ago

Mars Rover Begins "Whole New Mission"

Staale Nordlie Re:Just gotta say (93 comments)

What is it you don't understand? There is no contradiction, seeming or otherwise.

Planning for a 90 sol mission when the rovers clearly have the potential to last far longer is bound to lead to suboptimal choices. It boggles the mind that anyone can fail to understand that.

As for the weather on Mars, it is, in fact, pure bullshit that NASA had no way to estimate its effects.

Oh, and I'm not "hating" on anyone. But I guess that's what any hint of criticism looks like to a raving fanboy. Calm down.

about 3 years ago

Mars Rover Begins "Whole New Mission"

Staale Nordlie Re:Just gotta say (93 comments)

I don't think the rovers lasting far beyond the "planned" 90 sols is entirely flattering for NASA as an organization. It means that they've used completely unrealistic estimates, be it due to incompetence or general ass-covering. When Opportunity finally breaks down it may well be because someone knowingly put in a component with a relatively short lifespan even though a better alternative would only have been marginally heavier or more expensive.

about 3 years ago

Mars Rover Begins "Whole New Mission"

Staale Nordlie XKCD (93 comments)

Keep on struggling Opportunity. We'll bring you home soon. We promise. Just a little longer. (Spirit rover)

about 3 years ago

Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These

Staale Nordlie Tit for tat? (761 comments)

Which law or laws would you be breaking by placing tracking devices on FBI or police vehicles?

more than 3 years ago

Ex-Pirate Bay Admin Launches Micropayment Service

Staale Nordlie Re:Fine, another target for exploits (197 comments)

A simple way to avoid some scams:

Pay out once a month. One week before any money is actually transferred each subscriber gets an email with the previous month's clicks. Scammers can be detected and reported. You could have the subscribers confirm each click in the list after logging into the website, or just pay out the money unless the subscriber actively says otherwise.

more than 4 years ago

Bolivia Is the Saudi Arabia of Lithium

Staale Nordlie Not true (291 comments)

The Norwegian oil fields were first explored and developed by multinational corporations.

The Norwegian government was and is heavily involved in the Norwegian oil industry, but it never got "all of the profits" (as parent claims).

I suspect the fact that Britain has 13 times more people and smaller offshore oil reserves might just possibly have something to do with Norway benefiting more from its oil on a per capita basis.

more than 5 years ago

Juror From RIAA Trial Speaks

Staale Nordlie Agreed (918 comments)

The government requires proof "beyond a reasonable doubt" for even the shortest prison sentence or smallest fine. But it only requires "preponderance of evidence" (51% or more) to use its power to ruin your life with debt due to a civil suit.

more than 6 years ago


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