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BP Says "Top Kill" Operation Has Failed

daniel.b.douglas Re:How to really motivate them... (768 comments)

It's a good idea, but unfortunately the combination of ex post facto and the 13th Amendment prevents forced labor for any worker who did not actively commit a crime. Perhaps you could get the CEO and some others on fraud, though.

more than 4 years ago
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The Short Arm of the Law

daniel.b.douglas Re:Prosecuting corporations for crimes is asinine. (336 comments)

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."? How exactly does a system that uses a mathematical formula to determine punishment violate the 10th, 8th, or any other amendment?

more than 4 years ago
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The Struggle To Keep Java Relevant

daniel.b.douglas Re:Tempest, meet teacup... (667 comments)

I don't necessarily endorse the following statement, but Alan J. Perlis has an epigram for you: 93. When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.

more than 4 years ago
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Brinksmanship Continues In Google-China Row Over Censorship

daniel.b.douglas Re:Brinkmanship not Brinksmanship (133 comments)

Surely "'Nazi, not nazi, surely?', not 'Nazi not nazi, surely?', surely?", not "'Nazi, not nazi, surely', surely?"?

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's New DRM Cracked In One Day

daniel.b.douglas Re:Is DRM socially irresponsible? (678 comments)

Do you have a pilot's license, an exotic animal permit, and the right to use the airspace above your lawn for recreational pruposes?

more than 4 years ago
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Unfriendly Climate Greets Gore At Apple Meeting

daniel.b.douglas Re:Fools. (572 comments)

...and all of the fish in the aquarium are dead as a result.

more than 4 years ago
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Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina

daniel.b.douglas Re:No Joke (849 comments)

That whoosh'd right by me. Thank you, and apologies to great-grandparent.

more than 4 years ago
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Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina

daniel.b.douglas Re:No Joke (849 comments)

Try reading the Constitution again. None of those are 2nd Amendment rights, though they mostly do exist in other Bill of Rights amendments.

more than 4 years ago
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For GUIs, Just the Right Degree of Realism

daniel.b.douglas Re:Confusing icon practices (256 comments)

Humorous nitpick: in countries such as Israel where the language is read right-to-left, American style fast-foward/rewind buttons seem extremely unintuitive and backwards to what you would expect. There's just not the same cultural sense that right is forward and left is backward.

more than 4 years ago
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Looking Back At Dungeons & Dragons

daniel.b.douglas Re:Nothing more fun? (189 comments)

The Princeton Simulation Gaming Union still puts on PrinceCon every year during spring break. The one time I went, there were probably only about 40 or 50 players, but otherwise, everything in your post can be present tense. ^_^

more than 4 years ago
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How Earth Avoided a Fiery Premature Death

daniel.b.douglas Re:It wasn't like that! (114 comments)

I wasn't aware of sex playing any major role in the Psalms, which are holy liturgical songs, though admittedly I've only read about half of them. I believe you are thinking of the erotic Song of Solomon, various sexual imagery in the prophesies of Ezekiel and Hosea, and historical/mythological narrative in Genesis, 2 Samuel, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Fraudulent Anti-Terrorist Software Led US To Ground Planes

daniel.b.douglas Re:We proved him a fraud years back, no one listen (147 comments)

Perhaps he promised a lossless algorithm but it was lossy? That wouldn't take cleverness to expose, though. Perhaps it does something like split the file into two parts and hide the other deep in the computer, so it appears to have achieved a factor of compression twice what it should have been?

more than 4 years ago
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Best Filesystem For External Back-Up Drives?

daniel.b.douglas Re:The solution.. (484 comments)

Not on this side of the pond.

more than 4 years ago
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Vatican Debates Possibility of Alien Life

daniel.b.douglas Re:Third group (721 comments)

Out of the Silent Planet, by C. S. Lewis, is a sci-fi book partially based on this premise.

more than 4 years ago
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Vermont City Almost Encased In a 1-Mile Dome

daniel.b.douglas Re:Other Ecological disasters (456 comments)

I'm aware that Monarch butterflies migrate yearly to Mexico, but is migration common among other insects, especially bees? I thought lack of migration was the reason beekeepers don't have to recapture their populations every year. Also, there are birds who stay for the winter. Granted, they may not be the right ones to keep an ecosystem in check, but I'm not going to say everything will die out without a lot of analysis of the situation.

more than 4 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

daniel.b.douglas Re:Flash (1231 comments)

I've had the same issue with Flash, as well as having had to do some mucking about to get wireless working on my laptop. I don't really blame Ubuntu for the latter, though, as the wireless card in the laptop wasn't Linux compatible originally and only recently had drivers published. Those are my only two issues... I'm moderately satisfied though I do hope future versions will anticipate the kinds of errors reported a bit better.

more than 4 years ago
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French Branch of Scientology Is Convicted of Fraud

daniel.b.douglas Re:Revoke The Tax-Free Status Of The Catholic Chur (622 comments)

McCulloch v. Maryland's core ruling was that "the power to tax is the power to destroy." I think that if the government attempted to tax religious organizations, there could be a valid legal challenge arguing that it would violate the separation of church and state doctrine. Just my two cents.

more than 4 years ago
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Telco Sues City For Plan To Roll Out Own Broadband

daniel.b.douglas Re:Privitization (681 comments)

Actually, for a period of America's early history there were many privatized roads - the word turnpike actually comes from the idea of having a pointy gate (resembling a row of pikes) that is turned aside to let a horseman or wagon pass only after a toll is paid. I'm not sure if any toll roads today are privately operated, but it is the same idea.

more than 4 years ago

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