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Whose car is it? Bricked Model S a no go unless Tesla says so.

sjames Re:It's still his parts collection, regardless. So (3 comments)

Why? People have been self-repairing and modifying production cars since there were production cars. It has always been well understood that the owner that does that takes responsibility for their own work.

If all they wanted was a liability waiver, that would be one thing (perhaps a bit paranoid, but not so far out there) but demanding final say over whether or not he is allowed to drive the vehicle is way over the top.

I hope he figures out how to power it up himself and publishes the procedure.

5 hours ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

sjames Re:And still nothing in the US (98 comments)

Compared to spending that same amount on blowing up brown people, it is a great thing.

There's always money for blowing up brown people.

8 hours ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

sjames What if (456 comments)

What if the information on my phone could be abused to abduct children? What if Chester Molester figures out the back door? Why doesn't the DOJ care about the safety of children?

10 hours ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

sjames Re:Clipper Chip Anyone? (456 comments)

Just to add to the fun, there is evidence that organized crime in Italy has used the CALEA mandated back door to spy on their government even though there is no CALEA there. The equipment had the back door because it might be sold in the U.S.

10 hours ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

sjames Re:Where can I find the except clause? (456 comments)

Or, you could use a cipher when writing your documents, use an obscure foreign language, or write in deniable innuendo.

They were well aware of ways to make your papers useless to an investigator and they chose to do nothing about it.

If they hadn't spent the last decades battering and abusing the Constitution, there wouldn't be so many people interested in encrypting everything.

10 hours ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

sjames Re:The last sentence in the summary... (207 comments)

That would be relevant if the subject was geology. However, it is climatology.

yesterday
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

sjames Re:isnt ice less dense? (207 comments)

No, because when the ice melts from the land, it flows away into the ocean leaving less total mass in that location.

yesterday
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

sjames Re:The last sentence in the summary... (207 comments)

Probably because the deniers want to use minuscule blips in the temperature to 'support' a claim that decades of measurements mean nothing. All they're trying to do in TFA is quantify a well supported occurrence using recent data.

yesterday
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Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

sjames Stop clicking OK! (65 comments)

They must be clicking OK when Sony offers to update Titan's firmware. That is the leading cause of disappearing features. Of course it could be LG...

yesterday
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

sjames Re:Don't freak out. (449 comments)

Achoooooo! Sorry about that.

yesterday
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

sjames Re:Completely Contained? (449 comments)

Overheard at the TSA: OMG NAIL CLIPPERS, TACKLE HIM!!

Whew, that was close! Hey Lou, what about this guy? He's bleeding from his eyeballs! Let 'im through Joe, nothing in the book about that.

yesterday
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

sjames Re:Fristy Pawst! (449 comments)

And then there's the people in Africa...

yesterday
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

sjames Re:Goes to show (131 comments)

Smith's premise of markets depended on there being a great many small buyers and sellers who were of roughly equal economic power (say, within an order of magnitude). He said as much in the often cited but nearly never actually read " An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations". (You should read it, it's free!)

So no, two corporate billionaires selling to individuals is nothing like a viable market.

Note too that he was a proponent of strong regulation and an opponent of corporate charters except where absolutely unavoidable. If you buy into the market, you should naturally oppose corporations and seek to minimize them.

As for the FDA, it came into existence because there were poisonous foods and drugs on the market and people were dying.

If you care to call for better regulation, I'm with you. I would love to see the FDA abolished with a ground up replacement, among many other reforms.

As for the current topic, I am glad the FCC i butting out. That was not an appropriate regulation.

yesterday
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

sjames Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (150 comments)

That would be an interesting application, but I doubt the carriers are going to hand over sufficient control to implement that.

2 days ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

sjames Re:The terrorist won. (215 comments)

Or they could just say no and if the U.S. want to jump into a hidey hole and pull the opening in after it, so be it.

2 days ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

sjames Re:No he didn't (215 comments)

No. The cause of the delay was that he could unintentionally (and even inattentively) violate the security setup. If nobody is supposed to go that way then it shouldn't be possible at all. If only some people are supposed to go that way then someone should be posted to make sure only authorized people do that.

If it was such a security emergency, shouldn't someone have seen him sooner and led him back the right way so he wouldn't contact anyone already screened?

2 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

sjames Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (492 comments)

I see no evidence that you are one of the people who assures that electricity comes out of the socket. After all, when I make any vaguely technical statement to support my point you ignore it as if I offered you the plague.

The people griping to legislators aren't either. They're more the making sure that bonuses and dividends come out of the customers type.

And of course, my payment for their services should not increase. They are making due with the current one, surely they'll do with it in the future.

You're not even listening. I was quite clear that there is justification to split the billing for grid services from billing for power. The former can probably be similar to the 95th percentile billing for network traffic. The average non-solar customer should see no difference.

2 days ago

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