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SpaceX Unveils Heavy-Lift Rocket Designs

nuclearpenguins Ownership? (248 comments)

If a private company or individual sets up a settlement on Mars do they own the planet? The UN's Moon Treaty has yet to be ratified, and the current treaties we have only prohibit state actors from claiming ownership of celestial bodies.

more than 4 years ago

The Short Arm of the Law

nuclearpenguins Thomas Jefferson said it best: (336 comments)

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."

Too bad no one listened to him.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Announces First 3D Blu-ray Disc Players

nuclearpenguins Re:HDMI spec (145 comments)

In my case, live sporting events. The Internet streaming options aren't quite ready for primetime yet.

more than 4 years ago

DRM Content Drives Availability On P2P Networks

nuclearpenguins A Perfect Example: (211 comments)

So I went out and bought the ultra Blu-Ray edition of the newest Star Trek movie. On the cover it was advertised that it contained a digital copy for me to use. Cool, I thought that I would just put the digital copy on my media server that streams to the various viewing centers of the house.

No dice.

The digital copy is DRM'ed up the wazoo, (and the quality is severely lacking) and will only allow itself to be played from certain devices and no streaming allowed. You must also register with the home servers before you're allowed to take the copy of the file off of the disc and it is limited to being on that one hard drive. You cannot reinstall it if you lose your data somehow.

So what did I do? I "acquired" a Blu-Ray rip .mkv file of the movie. Plays perfectly on everything I want it to.

Eat me, movie industry. Offer me something that fits my needs, not yours.

more than 4 years ago

Star Trek Online Open Beta Starts Today

nuclearpenguins Re:Not free on fileplanet (309 comments)

I just did a Twitter search for "Star Trek Online open beta" and I found a site that was giving away keys. You could try that.

about 5 years ago

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs

nuclearpenguins Damn it, EA... (161 comments)

Sell me the Origin Systems IPs. I'll pay top dollar for them so you can keep your current employees employed.

I'll then bankroll a proper Wing Commander game since you people don't seem interested in doing it.

more than 5 years ago

NASA, European Space Agency Want To Go To Mars

nuclearpenguins Re:First things first. (129 comments)

Perhaps investing in developing the new technologies we would need to get our asses to Mars would create all sorts of new jobs.

more than 5 years ago

New Images Reveal Pure Water Ice On Mars

nuclearpenguins Re:Use the ISS (179 comments)

As great as that would be, there isn't enough radiation shielding on the ISS to protect it outside of the Earth's influence. It would require massive retrofitting.

more than 5 years ago

Replacing New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain

nuclearpenguins Re:Just what I was looking for (162 comments)

As a resident of southern Maine let me be the first to say thank you for those additions to my childhood. Actually my family made many day trips to NH to experience all that state had to offer. Climbing Tuckerman's Ravine in the middle of a sudden thunder storm was an experience I'll never forget. This is probably off-topic but I don't care. NH is an awesome state.

more than 5 years ago

Why Republicans Won't Retake Silicon Valley

nuclearpenguins What's the problem? (445 comments)

The "business as usual" thing is what got us all into this economic mess in the first place. I don't see what the problem is with a little more regulation of all things financial. Sure, it may suck for a little while, but it's the price we have to pay for 30+ years of financial shenanigans.

more than 5 years ago

AT&T, Comcast To Join RIAA Team

nuclearpenguins Re:There go the customers (?) (360 comments)

Some communities/apartment complexes only have one choice for broadband access. They have the choice of one ISP or no ISP at all.

about 6 years ago

NVIDIA GTX 295 Brings the Pain and Performance

nuclearpenguins Re:i hate fans (238 comments)

Some of us like having our systems sound like bad motel air conditioners you insensitive clod.

more than 6 years ago

In the U.S. election just ended, I voted ...

nuclearpenguins Re:Complete-the-line with a pen (709 comments)

It was the same here in most of Southern Maine as well. It's simple and effective and I don't know why others don't do it this way to avoid all sorts of problems.

more than 6 years ago


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