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Preparing For Satellite Defense

ixuzus Re:Iron Sky (118 comments)

Okay, I'll bite.

The moon is tidally locked so you're probably worrying about the wrong horizon. Go ahead and build on different sides - how does that help you when the moon is on the opposite side of the earth?

about 2 months ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

ixuzus Re:Iron Sky (118 comments)

How does that help you? Your enemies don't even have to bother to destroy your lunar telecommunications system - they just wait until it is below the horizon.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

ixuzus Re:Rights tariffs, then? (322 comments)

Uh, you do understand we're talking about tariffs, not sanctions, right? Sanctions are generally restrictions on trade and/or financial transactions. I suspect Iraq is the example you're thinking of. Tariffs are simply are tax on export. or (more commonly) imports. I honestly don't know where sanctions stand constitutionally in the United States but any argument that tariffs are unconstitutional is utter crap. Pretty much the first piece of major legislation passed after the introduction of the constitution was the Tariffs Act.

about 4 months ago
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The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

ixuzus Re: chastity (209 comments)

Yes.
Yes.

Next question?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

ixuzus Re:Don't. (408 comments)

As someone who has used both cutting methods very recently this seems a little implausible.

If you put a spinning blade into a metal safe it is going to make a hell of a racket which is probably not an ideal situation for a thief

Now a plasma cutter is one of the power hungriest tools I have ever used. I wouldn't count on even being able to run it off a standard household point. In addition you're going to need an air compressor which is hardly a quiet beast. Making a racket and then coming out of someone's house carrying a plasma cutter and dragging an air compressor will make even the least curious neighbour inquisitive.

about 4 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

ixuzus Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (348 comments)

Documents of a proprietary nature could include documents that disagree with the published findings.

Irrelevant. Let us say that I privately compile useful data and sell it to recoup the costs incurred in collecting it plus a little profit for my trouble - that is, I own data of proprietary nature. Now if I sell (or give because I believe in the value of the research) a copy to a public scientist that does not mean they get to put my data on the public record the first time they get a FOIA - effectively dropping the value of my data to zero.

So, if you want to force public scientists to release proprietary material you can choose between:
(a) public scientists not being able to gain access to private data sets which will stifle their research
(b) public scientists being sued into oblivion which will really stifle their research

about 5 months ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

ixuzus Re:Looks like they're taking the high ground (313 comments)

My back of the envelope calculations suggest that even for a straight line shot from the moon with no other forces in play a one degree change in any direction would result in you missing the earth entirely. Now when you take into account gravity from at least three bodies, what atmospheric conditions will be like in X time when your shot actually reaches earth (keep in mind that for most shots you'll likely be going through atmosphere on an angle), I'd be very impressed if you landed your shot in the right country.

In addition your shell has to not burn up in the atmosphere. Even if you get all that right there's going to be a significant time lag between when you fire your shot and when it arrives so you're only good against very stationary targets. Even if you fire at Mach 10 a competing bomber crew is probably going to have taken off, destroyed the target with an accurate, guided solution, and be home in bed by the time your shot arrives.

In short, an interesting exercise but there are probably quicker, cheaper, and more reliable ways to hit stationary targets.

about 6 months ago
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Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

ixuzus Re:Snowden (151 comments)

Cite your source. I'm pretty sure there are no term limits for Australian politicians. Some of them have been there forever. Take for instance Billy Hughes - the guy spent 58 consecutive years in parliament, representing four electorates in two states as a member of four different political parties. (to put that in American terms think of him as someone who spent significant time as both a Republican and a Democrat and a member of a couple of funny breakaway parties) If he hadn't died of old age he would probably still be there.

about 6 months ago
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Yik Yak, After Complaints From Schools, Suspends Its Service In Chicago

ixuzus Re:anonymization (167 comments)

When I went to school most anonymous speech was shared via the back of the toilet door.

about 7 months ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

ixuzus Re:Why? (769 comments)

You produced an article about at study essentially about caffeine withdrawals which is nothing particularly new. Perhaps I missed something but I see nothing there to back up your assertion that "you probably would not have CFS if you got over your addition to caffeine". Try actually backing up your assertions before calling for rebuttals. Out of curiosity, do you actually know anyone with severe CFS?

about 7 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

ixuzus Re: Hacker??!! (248 comments)

Can't comment on European attitudes. My family left Europe well over a century ago. It's not my thing but if the Europeans get all hot and bothered about sending a convicted murderer to jail then who am I to judge?

about 8 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

ixuzus Re: Hacker??!! (248 comments)

North Korea is a barbaric dictatorship with a despotic leader where your chances of a fair trial are small to arguably non-existent. Italy is a peaceful democracy with a functional judicial system that was deemed fair enough by the United States for extradition treaty to be signed. Completely different situation warranting a completely different response.

about 8 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

ixuzus Re: Hacker??!! (248 comments)

well if the italians thought that their citizen was getting railroaded in the US contrary to justice I would hope that they would advocate for the freedom for their citizen.

Absolutely - and they would be well within their rights to offer consular support and even express their dissatisfaction through diplomatic channels but ultimately it would remain an American legal issue. I don't think that's the issue in question here.

although notice your straw man I never said that obama should step in and put an end to the matter.

Actually, that's exactly what you said. It's a direct quote what you said.

i just said that she shouldn't be deported.

Okay, we'll run with that as your intent then. The United States has an extradition treaty with Italy. I think it dates back to the mid eighties. It looks like this case would meet all the legal requirements. If the extradition should be blocked at a political level then there would be the prospect of other countries deciding that their extradition treaty with the United States wasn't worth the paper it was written on and tearing it up or preparing to randomly raise their middle finger to extradition requests from the United States if it wasn't politically expedient at home.

what do you mean "reasons why you're not very well liked?" americans? or me?

I was referring to an opinion of Americans and the American government that is quite prevalent internationally. As for you personally, I don't have enough information to make a judgement.

An earlier post made reference to some EU jurisdictions allowing double jeopardy to which you replied - and note that I'm quoting you here - "Sure whatever, as long as they do it to themselves and not Americans." Now correct me if I'm very much mistaken but that reads a lot like if a foreigner comes to the US and commits a crime they will be tried under US laws and legal principles but if an American goes to a foreign country and commits a crime we expect American legal principles to override the laws of that foreign country. Can you see how this might come across as a trifle arrogant?

I don't care if Knox is guilty or innocent. I expect proper legal process to be followed. If you don't like the Italian legal system you shouldn't have signed an extradition treaty with them. For further reading see how the US has tended to react when told no on the matter of extradition even when the country had no treaty obligation to extradite the person in question. If you need help finding a starting place then here's a hint: look slightly south from Uzbekistan.

about 8 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

ixuzus Re: Hacker??!! (248 comments)

So... if an Italian was accused of committing a crime in the United States and for some reason the Italians were unhappy with the way the justice system in the United States worked would you be happy for Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to intervene in the US justice system - to "step in and put an end to the whole matter?"

Now I know this is hard for you to understand but many people in the world do not consider 'the way we do it in America' to be synonymous with 'the right, only and best way'. This sort of attitude is one of quite a few reasons why you're not very well liked.

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

ixuzus Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

So let's see how they did. Overthrow the Shah - oil price spike. We can argue about whether the Iran-Iraq war and another price spike would have happened without that meddling - I tend to suspect not. Invade Iraq - oil price spike. Invade Iraq again - bigger oil price spike.

Now US meddling is not the only factor affecting oil prices but it looks like the aim was to destabilise oil production so that the price went high enough that the US oil industry could make some profits too.

about 8 months ago
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Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

ixuzus Re:False equivalence much? (518 comments)

The logical solution would seem to be to give a discount on renewing your drivers licence and registration if you agree to be an organ donor. I'm sure a Nobel Prize winning economist could calculate the economic benefit of getting more people off transplant lists to see how much of a discount we could give and remain revenue neutral.

Allow the family to overrule a person's decision to be an organ donor but if they do the estate becomes liable for the amount discounted plus interest. If the estate cannot pay they have to. I suspect that the number of people with some sort of objection to a decision by a relative to donate their organs will decrease significantly if it bites them in the hip pocket.

about 8 months ago
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DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

ixuzus Re:Legality vs Enforceability (183 comments)

Standing may not be so hard to come by if a lot of this material truly can't be copyrighted. Crowdsource the licence fee and the cost of a decent lawyer, make the material available for free in a very public manner, and wait for them to come to you.

I also wonder if this agreement would get them around being hit with a FOI request every time something new is released.

about 9 months ago
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Siberia's Methane Release Larger Than Previously Thought

ixuzus Re:The only solution is workers revolution (135 comments)

Or they can start their own businesses. That's a huge option you completely missed. It's not the market economy which punishes people for creating new businesses and hiring people. It's the zero sum people who think that there's only a fixed amount of work to go around and then set political policies based on that assumption.

Nope, didn't miss it. In theory they could - but for any given skillset there is only a finite amount of demand in the job market. So in this world where everyone has gone and started their own business are we just going to abandon the aged to their fate and not have anyone wait tables?

Let's give an example. Say society creates or raises a minimum wage. By zero sum thinking, this means that there's more money being paid in wages - because the number of jobs hasn't changed. In reality, people whose labor was worth less than minimum wage become unemployed and the quantity of jobs shrinks.

I do see where you are coming from but let me give you a counter-example.

Let's say company X employs 100 people at the absolute minimum they can get away with. Management is well rewarded for keeping costs down and a profit is made. Come Friday night the owner and management can afford to go out for dinner and a movie and do so. The owners of the local cinema and restaurant look around, see about six bums on seats, decide they can't afford this crap and let staff go and doesn't provide much business.

Alternately, company X is forced to pay a livable wage and come Friday night everyone can afford to go out. The local restaurant owner sees a full house and a queue any says, 'hell, I'm going to need another cook and a couple more waitstaff.' Come Monday morning, he's on the phone to company X to place a good sized order.

My point is, concentrating wealth tends to limit consumption in many ways. Even if that money is reinvested it's likely going elsewhere and still bleeding the local economy dry.

Protective tariffs and other forms of protectionism are more classic examples. The jobs are being taken by foreigners. So barriers are raised. By zero sum thinking, that should keep jobs from running away. In reality, it weakens the global economy making less jobs for everyone. And because one economy which already was operating at a disadvantage is hamstringing itself with protectionist barriers, new economic growth goes to the rest of the world.

And so begins a race to the bottom. We can make more profit employing people at cents per hour fourteen hours a day, seven days a week so if you want to work that's what we're offering... and back to my point about wealth concentration. I'm happy for trade to be flowing in all directions but I would be delighted if my government would say that if you're not meeting minimum work standards with regard to work hours, pay against the cost of living, safety, etc then you're not selling that crap in my country directly or indirectly. That aside I'm not a fan of protectionism. I've seen first-hand the effects of US farm subsidies on markets and how that affects other people.

about 10 months ago
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Siberia's Methane Release Larger Than Previously Thought

ixuzus Re:The only solution is workers revolution (135 comments)

I call bullshit. Show me anywhere in the capitalist western world where anyone is forced to labor. If you've taken a job, I suspect it's because you're better off taking it than not taking it. If you have a valuable skill to sell, then you have options. If you have a lack of options, that indicates you have a lack of valuable skills. Your failure to better your skills isn't the fault of the market economy.

So let's say, for the sake of argument, that everybody went and got these magical skills which gave us all 'options'. I doubt that very much would change. The guy working in aged care might be a skilled structural engineer, the guy picking fruit in the scorching heat might be a diesel mechanic and the poor girl who has to serve coffee to self-righteous fools probably has a better grasp of computer science than most of us will ever dream of. Why? Because there are only so many jobs available and a significant proportion of them are crappy, low-paying jobs - and that is the fault of how the market economy is set up.

about 10 months ago

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