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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

deltharius Re:What about the presumption of innocence? (1590 comments)

Well, thankfully an AC knows the laws of every single state.

Why don't you look at (for example) Arizona's legal requirements for getting a driver's license. I'll admit it took me a whole 30 seconds to get them on Google. Having a legal license from the State of Arizona does actually prove that you are either a citizen or legally in the country, because that is the only way that Arizona will issue a license to you. Idaho is the same way; no birth certificate, no green card, no legal papers = no license. So, is it completely foolproof, no. You could get your license with faked documents, or just a fake license, which just adds to your crimes, but a legal, valid license certainly does imply your legal status.

more than 4 years ago
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Gamma Ray Mystery Reestablished By Fermi Telescope

deltharius Re:A WHAT symbol?! (95 comments)

That's OK. You want to be a medieval cartographer, not a physicist. Old maps would have things like "here be dragons" on them in unknown, unexplored regions. So, they are just marking the unknown, unexplained gamma rays as the 'dragons' on the map.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Claims Patent Violations in Most Apple Products

deltharius Re:Apple is breaking the deal (419 comments)

Nokia has the patents Apple wants. Nokia asked for cross licensing. Apple refused, indicating that Apple means to sue Nokia using their patents.

More importantly, Apple has patents that Nokia wants and Nokia is asking for cross licensing so that Apple can legally use Nokia's patents that Apple is already infringing upon . Is Nokia asking more than the RAND terms for the patents? Maybe; and if they are, it's a punitive measure for Apple using the patents without a license in the first place . It's not like Apple didn't know that there might be patents before they started shipping the iPhone.

more than 4 years ago
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Dying Star Mimics Our Sun's Death

deltharius Re:good job (149 comments)

+1, Family Guy reference

Yes, since Family Guy was created by Seth McFarlane, who also created American Dad... which is where GP's quote came from. So, really a very thin, tenuous reference.

about 5 years ago
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Disney Buys Marvel

deltharius The Sales meeting... (423 comments)

"Marvel, you just celebrated 70 years of publishing comics, what are you going to do now?"
"Weâ(TM)re going to Disneyland! Waitâ¦noâ¦that wasnâ(TM)t a legally binding sales agreementâ¦noooooooâ¦."

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia To Require Editing Approval

deltharius Re:And what's so bad about it? (453 comments)

> How could it possibly be? Wikipedia isn't a government entity. I'm curious - so which items in the US bill of rights stuff don't apply to Corporations or other Organizations?

I'm going to assume (bad idea, I know) that you're asking a serious question.

And though you just asked about the Bill of Rights, I'm going to answer about all of the Constitution...
Article I ... defines the legislative body ("Congress") ... doesn't apply to "Corporations or other Organizations"
Article II ... defines the executive body ("President") ... doesn't apply
Article III ... defines the judicial body ("Supreme Court") ... doesn't apply
Article IV ... defines State's rights ... doesn't apply
Article V ... amendment procedure ... doesn't apply
Article VI ... Federal power ... doesn't apply
Article VII ... the "ratification clause" ... used by some to say that the people have the power to enact law by popular consensus, in reality only enacted the Constitution as law in those members of the Articles of Confederation that ratified the Constitution by the vote of the special assemblies of those states ... doesn't apply
Amendments 1 - 8 (the first 8 of the Bill of Rights) ... grant rights to, or prevent Congress from infringing upon the rights of citizens ... doesn't apply
Amendments 9 - 10 (the last of the Bill of Rights) ... reserves rights to the States and people and limits the power of the Federal government ... doesn't aply
Amendments 11 - 27 ... various things, all of which apply to the Federal government (with the addition of holding the Bill of Rights at least to the States [Amendment 14], and possibly all of the Constitution and Amendments to the States [but the Supreme Court has never ruled on all of it]) ... doesn't apply

So, which items don't apply to corporations ... ALL OF IT. The Constitution (and Amendments) of the United States only applies to the Federal government and by the 14th Amendment might apply to the States.

Imagine what would happen if the Libertarians get their way and there isn't much Government left to respect their precious Constitution in a meaningful way.

Yes, as opposed to the Republican and Democrat presidents and Congress who respect it oh so much. I bet a Libertarian government would absolutely respect the Constitution much more than it has been in recent years. It's 7 Articles and 26 Amendments ... all of which are short and written in English that a high school grad should be able to understand if it weren't more 3.Profit!!! to ignore.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Igniting Touchscreen PC Market

deltharius Re:Will always been a niche market (257 comments)

Maybe he was typing it on a Dvorak keyboard so the letters weren't in their proper place... :)

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Balks, Finally Relents, At Possible User Queries of Dictionary App

deltharius Re:If you mean did not relent, then yes (259 comments)

Yeah, what on Earth would the Federal Trade Commission, a government agency responsible for consumer protection, ever have to do with Apple? And the FTC doesn't care about the radio spectrum, since that is the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC.

more than 5 years ago
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AP Will Sell You a "License" To Words It Doesn't Own

deltharius Re:parent is not trolling, get a clue mods (340 comments)

"If you are stupid enough to offer me money for a copy of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, Thomas Jefferson's or William Shakespeare's writings or anything else in the public domain, why shouldn't I accept your money?"

Because it's fraud?

Whew! Good to know. Now I can go sue Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, various book publishers, music publishers, etc. for the fraud they have been committing in taking money for copies of those things.

It's almost like it's legal to sell things that are in the public domain. Heck, next thing you know people might even be able to copyright public domain material... Oh, wait, you can! It doesn't remove the original version from the public domain, but my recording of Ride of the Valkyries, or my selection and arrangement of Jefferson or Shakespeare writings can be copyrighted to myself.

Fraud? Not hardly.

more than 5 years ago
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Funds Dwindle To Dismantle Old Nuclear Plants

deltharius Re:I'm surprised.... (315 comments)

Considering that there has been a sum total of 1 fatal reactor accident in the United States ever (at the SL-1 reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory in 1961) with a total loss of life of 3 people. To compare, the US had 28 coal mining deaths in 2008 alone.

So, yeah nuclear power causes slightly fewer deaths than coal mining. The number less is equal to the number of coal mining deaths every year except 1961.

more than 5 years ago
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First New Nuclear Reactor In a Decade On Track

deltharius Re:Just Takes One (575 comments)

Hahahahahaha. You do realize that all the military nuclear propulsion reactors were built by private company low-contract (or blind contract) developers, right? A good number of them were under my father's control while he was the Branch Manager of the NRF (Naval Reactor Facility) at the INEL (Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, now INL, formerly INEEL). The reactors such as S1W (Submarine 1 Westinghouse), A1W (Aircraft Carrier 1 Westinghouse), S5G (Submarine 5 General Electric), etc. were built by private contractors; the INEL/INEEL/INL has the DoE reactors operated currently by Bechtel, previously by some Lockheed-Martin subsidiary, someone else before that ... it changes every few years. Bechtel also runs Bettis and Knolls Atomic Power Labs.

The military and government reactors are already built and run by low-bidders. And yet, even with that, there has been one (1) fatal nuclear accident in the US. Three military personnel died in a meltdown and explosion in 1961 at SL-1 reactor at the INEL. So, thinking that military reactors are safer... well, in the US they have the same record for the last 48 years - 0 fatal accidents; but military loses before that...

more than 5 years ago
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Storytelling In Games and the Use of Narration

deltharius Infocom (131 comments)

You want games based on the story? Take a look at Infocom. Founded in '79 and had nothing but story based games. I got my first computer (an Apple ][+) in '82 as a kid and spent much of my time on it playing Infocom games.
And of course Softporn Adventures (which later became Leisure Suit Larry)...

Hell, even Final Fantasy has more of a story than a lot of games these days. People became less interested in the story and plot of games and more interested in the flashy graphics. It doesn't take a lot of brain power to look at the spoon fed pretty pictures ... but to keep up with a story and solve puzzles and problems ... OMG I haz 2 think0rz!!11!! ... gamers have gotten lazy (lazier?).

more than 5 years ago
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Virgin Media UK Pilots 200Mbps Broadband Speeds

deltharius Re:3. 2. 1. (179 comments)

Take Utah, for example, the 40th most populous state with only 10 people per square km. Of these, 2.7m people, almost half live in Salt Lake City, with a population density up at 643.3/km^2.
Um, no. Salt Lake City only has a population of about 180K. The SLC metro area has a population of about 1.1M, and the Wasatch Front (covering from Ogden in the north to Provo in the south ... 80 - 120 miles up the I-15 corridor) contains about 2M of the population. None of those are 'half the population living in Salt Lake City'.

Now, the Wasatch Front total area is *roughly* about the size of Rhode Island, with about twice the population ... yet my girlfriend (in a SLC suburb) gets worse internet speeds than I do in Pocatello, ID.

Personally, I'd kill for 10Mbs, let alone 100Mbs.

more than 5 years ago
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Fly An R/C Plane With an iPhone

deltharius Model plane + php + girl (105 comments)

I RTFA. The guy claims to fly model planes, code in php AND had a *girl* in his bed. While he was coding php?!? It was either his sister, or I call bullshit on the whole story.

more than 5 years ago

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