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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

wiredlogic Barriers will fall once the money comes rolling in (208 comments)

As soon as space mining becomes practical on the near horizon Congress will take the necessary action to legalize it. Otherwise they risk losing all of the money and jobs (not to mention the brib... er campaign contributions) from the support services that would go to non-US companies in countries who aren't signatories to the treaty.

2 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

wiredlogic Re:Connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 (147 comments)

The point is that they are an introduced species that doesn't belong there any more than camels in Australia.

2 days ago
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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

wiredlogic Re:Android (122 comments)

They aren't being used by students because they need to be able to run general purpose software. They are bought by budget minded people who only need a web browser and web apps to use a computer which is the case for most non-technical people these days.

3 days ago
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Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

wiredlogic Re:Eat real foods, mostly veg, not too much (288 comments)

Dr. Oz has always been a shill hiding behind his credentials to tout scam artists by proxy.

The anti-salt propaganda has as much basis as the "wisdom" of drinking eight glasses of water a day. It became a thing everyone "knows" is true without questioning if there is any factual support. Nobody has ever demonstrated a mechanism for how salt intake causes heart disease. All you ever get is a lot of hand waving and vague statistics collected from people who already have advanced CV disease.

Short of drinking excessive amounts of salt water your kidneys will do their job and maintain isotonic balance by pissing away any salt your body doesn't need. Unless you have compromised renal function there is no substantiated reason to moderate salt intake.

3 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

wiredlogic Re:I don't get it (522 comments)

No it wouldn't. The embargo is only about pacifying Cuban-American voters. If it was to battle communism then we wouldn't have normalized trade relations with Vietnam.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

wiredlogic Re:To be fair... (400 comments)

NFL: One of the few industries where smooth talking idiots can rake in millions spewing bullshit.

3 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

wiredlogic Re:Snowden (495 comments)

This.

It has been going one ever since Manning came to light. Nobody wants to be the investigator who approves the next high profile mole so they reject people on the flimsiest of grounds to cover their ass and not harm their promotion track.

4 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

wiredlogic Re:Wrong Title (495 comments)

What do you think she's guilty of?

Believing that she lives in a free country.

4 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

wiredlogic Re:Wrong Title (495 comments)

That's not how the questions are presented by the investigators. Every time I've been asked it's always phrased as a question of affiliation with any anti-government group, violent or otherwise. I always truthfully denied it while pondering why they don't believe in the truly American, constitutionally backed principle of toppling an oppressive government.

4 days ago
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The Exoplanets That Never Were

wiredlogic Re:POTUS declared war on ISIL (31 comments)

More like accidentally kill 100,000 civilians and threaten to cut off anyone in the press corps who dares to bring it up.

4 days ago
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The Exoplanets That Never Were

wiredlogic Re:POTUS declared war on ISIL (31 comments)

Playing both sides sells more guns from the corpor... people that matter.

4 days ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

wiredlogic Re:COBOL (380 comments)

Ask them to implement a DSP algorithm in COBOL. I'm sure you'll get some tantrums from that.

5 days ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

wiredlogic Re:Simple change. What about round abouts (211 comments)

Dupont Circle is a traffic circle which isn't quite the same as a roundabout. Roundabounts have different design specifications: smaller, not usually more than four connecting paths. This makes them easier to negotiate when placed in locations where volume isn't too high to lock out less trafficked lanes. In places where more roads need to meet you'll sometimes see double roundabouts to handle the connectivity while maintaining the advantage of better sight lines from the smaller radius.

5 days ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

wiredlogic Re:P.S.A. in you live in NYC (211 comments)

NY State law only requires non-motor vehicles to be as far to the right "as practicable" and has explicit provisions preventing smaller jurisdictions from restricting the freedoms of bicyclists. These segregated bike lanes are a recipe for getting plowed over by unobservant turning drivers and it isn't unusual for "practicable" to mean riding on the left side of the lane proper.

5 days ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

wiredlogic Re:Copyright violation? (229 comments)

There are no legal issues with an end user altering the presentation of what they receive to suit their needs. It's not like you're under contract to download all of the cross-site scripts today's hipster web developers burden their creations with. Injecting some Greasemonkey Javascript or blocking malicious code can be interpreted as a derivative work but there is no further distribution to other parties to make the case of damages through copyright infringement. This is commonly done with screen readers and other non-traditional browsers that need to simplify the content. Having a middle man do that without consent by either sender or receiver is another thing entirely.

about a week ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

wiredlogic Re:True North? (259 comments)

without even more custom software to handle random diagonals.

Because we shouldn't trust robots to do basic geometry on their own.

about a week ago
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Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

wiredlogic Re:Or so they say... (142 comments)

It would be unfortunate if PC backfires and results in releasing the bad guys it was intended to catch.

Parallel Construction doesn't catch criminals. It hides criminal activity by the government. It is an institutionalized form of lying which isn't acceptable in our court system.

about a week ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

wiredlogic Re:DJ (137 comments)

Disney isn't in the dance club DJ business so despite the similarity in trademarks there is no direct competition between them that could cause market confusion. Deadmau5 doesn't get airtime on mainstream radio so Radio Disney doesn't count either.

about a week ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

wiredlogic Re:Out-of-state tuition (161 comments)

That's how Purdue works. Somebody's got to pay for the custom branded hand dryers and other pointless luxuries.

about a week ago

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