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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

reve_etrange Re:Fugitive (164 comments)

since Dotcom has extradition preceding against him he is is a fugitive

A fugitive is someone on the run from justice, not someone willingly submitting to standard extradition protocol under an extant treaty.

Man, arguments would be so much easier if I were willing to just make up definitions to suit my purposes, like you. Oh well.

3 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

reve_etrange Re:Short answer ... (164 comments)

No, they really didn't... no legal grounds anyway...

Of course, war isn't about law, no matter how much people like to say it is... The reality is that the winners decide what happens, no more or less...

Those are insightful comments. Some German and Japanese war criminals were tried, but no one from either side was tried for using systematic rape of as a weapon of war, though it was used on all sides.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_during_the_occupation_of_Germany
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_camp_brothels_in_World_War_II https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_during_the_liberation_of_France

All sides.

3 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

reve_etrange Re:2 issues here. (164 comments)

He is following extradition procedure under the extradition treaty established between the US and New Zealand. The DoJ is claiming that following a treaty that the US government itself established is criminal. They might as well bring up the NZ courts for aiding a fugitive, since the NZ courts are processing the extradition request.

3 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

reve_etrange Re:Other fugitives (164 comments)

"Terrorists" did not start the war in Iraq. I'm sure the parent meant to include that conflict in their statement.

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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

reve_etrange Re:Wait what? (164 comments)

They claim MegaUpload rewarded uses for uploading specific copyrighted content. Supposedly they also have internal emails to that effect. They probably would have got him already except for the NZ police conducting an illegally overzealous raid on Dotcom's estate, followed by the scandalous behavior of the US DoJ and NZ police, which drew a lot of ire from the NZ public (and prime minister IIRC).

3 days ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

reve_etrange Re: Wait what? (164 comments)

Right, but since the DoJ is claiming that someone in standard extradition proceedings is actually a 'fugitive,' the parent's point stands.

3 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:N/T (494 comments)

We're not talking about fission reactors, but radioisotope thermal generators (RTGs).

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:It's only a 100 kg lander ... (494 comments)

A 12 kg one, about the same mass as the solar power system. E.g. SNAP-9A, SNAP-19 would be sufficient, and those are 1970s designs.

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:Nuclear Test Ban? (494 comments)

so we could have been using nuclear in our spacecraft this whole time?

We have been.

The Russians even launched some satellites powered by actual fission reactors.

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:Mass (494 comments)

Whilst it is an appropriate use of a nuclear power plant, I'm sure the mass of a nuclear powered probe would have increased the costs and complexity of the launch and landing whilst decreasing the science payload.

It's not a "nuclear power plant," it's a radioisotope thermal generator (RTG). For this particular mission, a RTG would have had a very similar mass to the solar power system used (12 kg for the solar power system, ~12 kg for a 20-30W RTG).

Had a nuclear plant been installed the probe would have had a guaranteed end of life, where as the panels afford the craft the possibility of functioning indefinitely.

The probe will be destroyed as the comet nears the sun, within a year.

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:I'm no aerospace engineer. . . . (494 comments)

Yet another AC who doesn't understand the difference between nuclear fission and radioisotope thermal generation.

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:Really? (494 comments)

Add an RTG, which adds mass

Other considerations aside, it really would not have added appreciable mass. There are existing RTGs producing about the right amount of power (20-30W) with 12 kg masses similar to the ~12 kg mass of Philae's solar system. You can read about them on wikipedia or a bunch of informative comments in this very thread.

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:Job Offer (494 comments)

Public liabilities are private assets. You can't reduce one without reducing the other - it's an accounting identity. Space exploration isn't the only area where math matters.

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:I bet Slashdot knows better than any engineer.. (494 comments)

There are existing RTGs with nearly the same mass to Philae's solar power system. It's not a big secret or anything, you can even read about them on Wikipedia, you know, if you're in to fact-checking.

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:If Philae Were Nuclear Powered? (494 comments)

unless you start ingesting it.

Even then, I think there's a good chance you'd pass the insoluble oxide before it killed you.

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:With a RTG, it couldn't have got to the comet. (494 comments)

25W would be more than enough for Philae, and the solar panel system happens to also way 12 kg. The masses would be similar, but with a RTG Philae would still be online right now.

4 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

reve_etrange Re:With a RTG, it couldn't have got to the comet. (494 comments)

Nope. The plutonium (NOT polonium) used in RTGs is in an insoluble form; even ingesting some of the alpha source would be unlikely to hurt you before you passed it.

4 days ago

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