Look, I'm the last person who wants to go around offending the sensibilities of the great nation-planet of Essassani. After all, we may need their military assistance to fight against The Reapers years in the future once we've attained intergalactic travel and all that.
Well, at least we're only infringing their copyright. If we were to rename their star, their wrath would know no bounds!
He was only in Moscow because it was en route to his actual destination in Latin America.
I have to wonder about that, just a little. I have no question that he's a good guy who did the right thing, or that he was stranded in Russia through no fault of his own, but... just look on a map. How in the world is Russia on the way from China to South America?!?
As Watchdog.org points out, the spirit of the law is somewhat undermined by the letter of the law.
There are noteworthy exceptions, many of which appeared in previous iterations.
Tracking is permitted without a warrant with the informed consent of a device owner, unless the owner knowingly loaned it to a third party. You can track calls for 911 emergencies. A parent or legal guardian can provide informed consent to locate a missing child. The government can track its own property or employees in possession of that property. And alcohol ignition interlock control devices placed by court order would also be traceable without a warrant.
I don't see how any of these things undermine the spirit of the law, which is that warrantless surveillance of criminal suspects is a bad thing, since none of these exceptions are about the surveillance of criminal suspects. The closest one would be the breathalyzer one, but such a person isn't a suspect; it's someone who's already been caught doing something that recklessly puts at risk the lives of everyone around them, and as such has shown themselves unworthy of the same level of trust as ordinary, law-abiding citizens.
Just because they occasionally get some thing right doesn't mean they're not mixing it in with pushing a horrendous, barbaric (in the most literal meaning of the word: anti-civilization) crap that causes very real harm wherever it goes.
I really don't see why everyone's so worried about ISIS. They may talk big, but all of their "great victories" have consisted of the forces defending the cities they're attacking being utter cowards who run away from ISIS forces that they could easily crush. They've gone and proclaimed a new Caliphate, which is likely to be exactly as well-received in the Middle East as the UK Prime Minister proclaiming the re-establishment of the British Empire would be here or in India. And most of the people they're fighting against are people who hate us anyway!
If our enemies want to fight our enemies... why not just get out of their way, stand back and let them? Overblown scaremongering notwithstanding, ISIS has never actually attacked us or done anything to hurt us the way Al Qaeda did. So why are we so concerned about them again?
Are the two teams competitors or are they different entities within the same organization?
That would be an much less interesting question if they were both in the same league and thus literally competed with each other on a regular basis, but since they're not, this becomes a bit tricky. But who says they can't be both?
Interesting, but I think the most significant thing in the graphene article is the last paragraph, where it says that someone's discovered (or is coming close to working out) a process that brings down the cost of graphene manufacturing by a factor of 1000.
Look at what just a few researchers with the considerable resources required to manufacture graphene have already come up with. It's kind of amazing. But make graphene cheap enough that any scientist can get his hands on a few kilos of the stuff, and we'd have a new Industrial Revolution on our hands!
Of the roughly 1,700 people who submitted online comments for [Philadelphia]’s survey, around 99% of those were negative.
I have to wonder about that survey, based on the very simple observation that it's Philly. Keep in mind that the City of Brotherly Love has so much hate floating around that the locals booed Santa Claus!
Regardless, the Cardinals way is dead, unable to pull itself from a muck of its own making.
You really believe that? After living through the Clinton administration? After reporting on CIA officials lying to Congress? After the endless cycle of MPAA lies about new technology that always keeps getting believed each new iteration?
Remember the High Court/Low Court system. Someone powerful and influential like a manager of a major sports team does something wrong, they'll get a slap on the wrist, tops. Sad but true.