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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

brainboyz Re:Jurisdiction (213 comments)

I would say the same thing, but there are several countries that can effectively impose their will anywhere within the Moon's orbit and a handful that could manage anything within the solar system. That said, having navigational control of a big rock on the edge of a gravity well may prove to be a hefty bargaining chip.

about a week ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

brainboyz Re:Possession is nine-tenths of the law... (213 comments)

That was my first thought. Who's going to argue with someone who maintains navigational control over very large rocks in orbit? Drop the investigation/case or I vaporize your city with a 50m rock.

about a week ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

brainboyz Re: Scrap all the rules (104 comments)

Your officers were full of shit. Having a private channel list is perfectly legal. Your content is perfectly readable: you're changing channels. "QSY channel 4" is no different than "QSY Bob's repeater." Just because an outsider wouldn't know who Bob is, doesn't mean you're using a code or cipher.

about a week ago
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China's Island Factory

brainboyz Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Russia and China float boats in international waters off our coast all the time. China just doesn't have much in the way of a navy capable of stationing them there. Russia, in particular, is known to cruise their subs all over and rumor has it they've shadowed US military ships going in and out of ports. International waters are international and open to use by all. This is not the first and certainly won't be the last time superpowers poke at each other from international borders while saying "I'm not touching you!"

about two weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

brainboyz Re:We need to carpet bomb Nigeria (160 comments)

Deregulation does not prevent fraud charges, or lawsuits. As if our laws apply in Nigeria...

about two weeks ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

brainboyz Re:9 to 5 is a myth (146 comments)

Wrong actually. In CA they're mandatory. Prevents employers from threatening the employee and then later saying they "voluntarily skipped lunch" leading to he-said/she-said.

about three weeks ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

brainboyz Re:Not strong in Oakland (135 comments)

Because you can feel the relative strength where you are. Also, you start to get a feel for how far away it is based on the motion. Close ones rock'n'roll at the same time, while further ones get a jolt or two followed by a rolling motion.

It's part of the SoCal culture/tradition, so Independence Day had it right.

about a month ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

brainboyz Re:...The hell? (291 comments)

What's funny is his complaints are mostly about apps. On an Android. Where you can mostly replace the functionality without fanfare.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

brainboyz Re:We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

Just a word of warning: My current coworkers have been on the job for 8, 12, 15, and 17 years respectively. Three of the four are idiots, resistant to change, and like doing things backward because it's comfortable (we're still using Classic ASP and VBScript for our webpages, exposed SQL server, build 70% of queries in code, filter data in code loops instead of bulk where clauses). Sometimes, they have no choice but stay because they're too incompetent to move on and the manager is too dumb or spineless to fire them.

about 2 months ago
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California Property Tax Exemptions For Solar Energy Systems Extended To 2025

brainboyz Re:Property Tax? (76 comments)

If they think it adds to the value of the house in some way, yes. They'll grasp at every last penny they can in an effort for tax money.

about 3 months ago
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Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

brainboyz Re:Internal and External Simultaneously (104 comments)

We consider these services to be in quantum hyper-position states until a need is chosen.

about 3 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

brainboyz Re:on behalf of america (625 comments)

One can hope that if this goes through they put the designated parking spots at the back of the parking lot.

about 3 months ago
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of Mysterious Streaks In Radio Images of the Sky

brainboyz Re:Reflected EM Waves? (66 comments)

Not many people transmitting x and gamma rays.

about 3 months ago
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Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

brainboyz Re:Ethanol IS a scam (432 comments)

As someone with one of those trucks destroyed by ultra-low sulfur diesel, it's true. If I don't include additive with every tank, I'm risking a costly injection pump replacement. Older injection pumps relied on the fuel as a lubricant internally and the ultra-low sulfur diesel doesn't provide that. Older trucks are either using additive, or have had a $1500+ repair to upgrade/replace the injection pump. That's more than some of those trucks are worth.

about 4 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

brainboyz Re:Next target, please (626 comments)

I've got no problem with cannabis, I've got a problem with people wanting to ban things. I cannot partake of it, but I don't wish to deny it to those who wish to.

about 4 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

brainboyz Re:Next target, please (626 comments)

As someone that occasionally and responsibly brews and enjoys alcohol, but is allergic to MJ: fuck off.

about 4 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

brainboyz Re:Yes! No more mandates! (584 comments)

You mean space shuttles and naval ships that have an army of support engineers constantly maintaining them at very high cost? Or vehicles where electronics failure generally isn't life threatening and failure modes are taken into account which lead to the electronics doing nothing?

And jamming the signal doesn't require a lot of time. There would be a limited number of chips driving the technology with a known frequency list. Easy enough to create a jammer.

about 4 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

brainboyz Re:Yes! No more mandates! (584 comments)

Mandate smart guns and see how quickly smart gun jammers become available. Despite being illegal, we have cellphone jammers for relatively cheap. I don't see anything stopping thieves from doing the same if it means they can't be shot at.

about 4 months ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

brainboyz All it takes is one criminal now? (128 comments)

One potential suspect on a network and the cops suddenly want the capability to spy on the whole network unimpeded? That sounds like a GREAT idea. Oh, wait...

about 5 months ago

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