Re: Everything is just
yep, soup cans and string at the ready!
784 posts • joined 23 Dec 2009
yep, soup cans and string at the ready!
"I believe that the US Constitution is hot on "States' Rights", so I guess that in other states a convicted felon could hold office?"
Pretty sure that's correct. Couldn't tell you which, off the top of my head, but with 50 states to choose from, I'm sure you could find at least one where a felony conviction is a non-issue for political office holders and/or aspirants. All I can say for certain is that Article 1, section 10 of the Louisiana Constitution of 1974 specifically prohibits convicted felons from holding public office unless they have first received a full pardon of their conviction. One of the few things (in law) that Louisiana does correct.
Ralph B: The short answer is "probably not."
The longer answer: In my native Louisiana, politics is our second most popular spectator sport (topped ONLY by "American rules" football). One of our most "colorful" politicians and longest serving governor (four non-consecutive terms) Edwin Edwards was well known for his total disregard of the law. He was corrupt as the day is long BUT fiercely loyal to his state and his backers. He is the embodiment of the old saw "an honest politician is one who STAYS bought." In Louisiana, he has always been enormously (and inexplicably) popular. Many people would proudly proclaim "Yeah, he's a crook, but he's OUR crook!"
The FBI and Department of Justice tried to prosecute Edwards on many occasions for many violations. After several failed attempts, they FINALLY got him and sent him away for (IIRC) eleven years. After his release from Federal penitentiary, there were people who very seriously attempted to get him to run for office again. It was at that point we learned that a felony conviction did NOT disqualify one from seeking or holding office at the Federal level. State, yes. Federal, no. I weep for my country...
"...remnants of the black holes are flung out of the galaxy and cast into the emptiness of space."
What, according to theory, becomes of these remnants? One would suppose they are now insufficiently massive to continue as a black hole. Does the matter in that remnant "become visible" again or "return to normal" for lack of more precise terms OR does the remnant evaporate in much the same way as we have been reassured would happen to quantum or nano-scale holes created from LHC collisions?
Regardless of the answer, I am delighted at the pace of recent scientific expansion. If this keeps up, we might actually find a reason to stop killing each other long enough to get off this little blue ball.
Disclaimer: I most certainly do NOT lay claim to knowledge or credentials to make the text below a statement. I am trying to expand my own learning and therefore continue presenting it as questions.
"could be thousands or millions more 'covert' black holes out there waiting to be discovered."
I've asked this for several years: How do we know there aren't many more black holes that we simply can't see for one reason or another and THEY are, at least in part, the so-called "missing mass" of the universe? There may well be many black holes from the early universe that have since consumed everything around them (therefore not emitting x-ray death screams) and with not much behind them (from our perspective, therefore not giving away their position with gravitational lensing/distortion). I readily grant that it would take an AWFUL LOT of these to make up the required total mass to fit the models but, it would certainly lessen the need to rely on exotic theories. And this may also help to explain the uneven distribution of matter in the universe. Perhaps in some of the particularly empty regions sit one or more black holes that have digested everything within reach and sit quietly and darkly waiting for something else to eat.
...when Shi does that.
Here's how * the flat tax would work. A simple 3x5 card form:
1. How much did you make last year, including all forms of income?
2. send that in *
* only HALF joking because some politicians on both sides really would like to see that - if for no other reason than to torpedo such a common sense argument as "flat tax" or any other tax system that people can actually understand.
I raise my glass to the flight crew and emergency personnel on the ground who performed as trained and handled the situation well, ensuring the safety of passengers. Bravo.
came to make a snarky comment along the lines of "c'mon lads! This is for SCIENCE! We can afford more than four calcium ions."
Then read the article, picked up my jaw, and slunk away in awe. Hooray science.
"Two peanuts valk into a bar. Vun of zem vas a salted. peanut."
It's been around for many years but much more amusing when recently told to me by ein Deutscher mann who worked in my division. Yes, this was after much bier.
As a Yank, I must say that freedom of movement is a glorious thing. Many of you lot over there might not realize that while from without, the US appears to be one homogenized unit, from within it is actually 50 individual states each with their own culture and unique characteristics. The overarching Federal government structure gets all the press but, a huge amount of the governmental load-bearing is done at the state level - each with its own bureaucracy, etc.
As to the subject at hand, freedom of movement, this affords us the opportunity to see a wide variety of different areas and people where the only common denominators are language and currency. Perhaps this is why we frequently get such a bad rap as tourists abroad - we are so used to going wherever we like and getting what we want when we get there that when we don't we become obnoxious about it. I freely admit to being a sterotypical Yank tourist and unapologetically so. I am, however, actively trying to tone it down and play nice with others... Cheers.
Wait, I'm confused. Does this mean he dialed the correct number by mistake or that he got a wrong number even more wrong?
Either way, job well done!
Deepest condolences family, friends, and colleagues. Although I only knew him through his often brilliant writing I, too, am lessened at his passing.
Thank you Lester for everything. May you rest comfortably and eternally. Cheers, mate.
depends upon whether this new $9.99 fee is for those who DON'T have Prime or includes those who DO as well. If the latter, then Amazon can FOAD. I already pay $99/yr for Prime which includes streaming music and TV. If they want to offer the music to those not subscribing to Prime for $10/month, then fine.
That was my question as well. If the parasitic bees and their offspring are still doing "bee work" then, apart from the scientific curiosity and genetic diversity implications, is this a problem or not? And if so, why?
If, on the other hand, they are NOT doing "bee work" then I understand the problem and withdraw my question.
"Just don't expect that £80 phone to be upgraded past the OS it has, it will only get security updates."
If we actually DO GET the security updates then that, in my opinion, will be a satisfactory outcome and vastly superior to what many get now.
Thanks to this story, today I learned that Nihon is the semi-official word for what we call Japan. Like many, I always thought it was Nippon (and it sorta is. See link for disambiguation or possibly FURTHER ambiguation as the case may be). My research enabled me to learn the differences between and story behind the whole Nihon/Nippon/Japan thing.
I am now ever so slightly more enlightened than before. Thanks, Reg. This is one of the reasons I come here.
" I fully expect that one day, my lifetime subscription will turn in to the lifetime of the device which means that once they end-of-life the product, the subscription will expire."
That could be difficult to do for existing boxen. Not impossible, but certainly difficult, at least in the US. I have papers on all my Tivos, going back to an ancient and not currently in use Series 2 box which plainly state that the Lifetime Subscription is for the life of that unique and serial numbered hardware device. When that discrete and physical box dies, the subscription dies with it. Not before. Altering that is almost certainly tantamount to altering a contract. Because I have actual paper and not some stupid and alterable web link, it's theoretically harder for anyone to alter it until that contract expires upon death of the device.
Now, that being said, they could certainly change that for any NEW purchases and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them do it. This is why I plan to buy the latest model very soon before they enact any such shenanigans.
"Wir fliegen fliegen fliegen auf der Astrobahn"
*given the electronic nature of so-called "space music", the reference seemed appropriate.
pint for our musically-inclined astroboffins
actually, Lars, I'm hoping we can use one of said rockets to send the current leading presidential candidates on a lovely vacation, exploring the wonders of... er... anywhere other than THIS planet. I hear the Orion capsule is quite roomy. Perhaps we could send a few other current or potential heads of state along as well.
As someone who DOES pay taxes in the US, I'm all for the idea of bloody great rockets. Especially those pointed outwards and not somewhere else on the planet.
Surely that must be COTW. I cannot imagine much to top that one.
This is precisely why I was tasked with keeping a late 1980's era VAX 4300 running for a single user until he retired seven years ago. That one user was among the foremost authorities on Thermodynamics and used his own custom Fortran programs to model his processes. I got stuck with it because I was the only guy left who remembered how to administer VMS. Good times, in a way.
...that if the law is an ass, patent law attracts Sir Mixalot fans."
Oh VERY good, he said, reaching for the screen wipes.
The pictures, especially that first one in the article make the solar panels look like flapping wings. This, for me at least, increases the nerd-cool factor considerably.
Just another of those countless "Australian Things That Will Kill You" ?
Toyota's ability to utilize manufacturing economy of scale should deliver pretty consistent quality at a lower price point than Kamen was able to offer before. Plus the technology is a bit more mature now. This is hopefully good news for those with impaired mobility.
I'm already a fan of Kamen for his FIRSTInspires organization which get kids interested in STEM through various robotics programs. I'm a mentor for a local FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team in my area and find it very rewarding work.
Correct, Vince, including your supposition of the question behind the question. Thanks.
What is the source of the picture at the top of the article?
Larry Niven's very excellent A World Out of Time took this to another level. The story begins with the protagonist waking up in a strange place and in a "new" body. Then he remembered doing something stupid which had led to his accidental death. Then he remembered having expressed his wish to be cryo-preserved. Then they explained to him that "he" was some criminal whose memory and personality had been wiped and the RNA of some frozen dead person had been introduced to create what they believed to be a new person. The protagonist, Corbell, distinctly remembers his "original" life and struggles to determine whether or not he is now, in fact, the same person with a different body.
That's only a small part of the story, but it's a very interesting premise in a very interesting novel.
at the end, Sophie Turner had rolled her eyes and said, "You know NOTHING, Wayne Rooney!"
Verily I say unto you, this hath made tolerable the remaining hours of the work week.
"6. And they did also make Delphi for Android. And they made versions for Ice Cream Sandwich, and for Jelly Bean, and for KitKat, and for Lollipop, and for Maketh My Teeth Hurt Just Reading This"
it certainly would be nice if we could get those on THIS side of the pond. Perhaps some day but not this day... dammit...
now all we need is a 515,000m3 sandwich to put in it.
because Google certainly seems to lack understanding about how updates are supposed work...
depends upon your budget. A good quality "spring" should cost around $10. On the other hand, a similarly sized "pre-loaded molecular-bond energy-storage system" is typically $2000-$3000 because, you know, government contract reasons.
or "future Darwin Award winners."
"Sadly for fans of tremendously cool if somewhat improbable space tech, California's Made In Space didn't make the Phase II cut with its 'Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata' proposal, "
then linking up with the project later would have truly been a Rendezvous with RAMA...
In 1999/2000, I was the site IT manager of a chem plant for what was then a smallish manufacturer and, like most of the folks here, spent months ensuring my site was compliant, ready, etc. I, too, had to be on site all night during the rollover. My compensation for all the work? A small cash award that was barely enough to buy a nice steak dinner for myself and Mrs. Kiddingme.