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Comment: Re:While I'm inclined to agree... (Score 2) 256

by Anonymice (#46787123) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

The people who are the real problem are the criminals. The only way to resolve that issue is by cutting them out of the market.

The only other problems are a public health issue. You'll have more cases of people driving under the influence, and smoking in general increases the cancer risk of the population. Now whilst those are credible issues, they're no worse than the legalisation of tobacco & alcohol. In fact, you could argue that tobacco & alcohol are worse due to their higher incidence of addiction & the latter's habit of causing an increase violence.

Comment: Re:Damn Fascinating (Score 1) 124

by Anonymice (#46687275) Attached to: Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Your info is at least 15-20 years out of date. Whilst security is far from Western standards, you're not likely to land in too bad a trouble unless you're either looking for it, or extremely stupid. Columbia especially has done wonders in putting itself back together, and its reputation is now starting to improve as a result.

*Central* America is another story. Low level/Everyday corruption is rife & its the battleground for the world's most powerful cartels.

Comment: I reckon this could be challenged (Score 1) 77

Consumer have strong rights in the UK, and they *can't* be waved, regardless of what a contract says.

If a company pulls you in on a "no exit fee" promise & then silently changes the contract to renege on that on that promise, I reckon the ombudsman would have something to say about that.
I have a couple of domains with 123-Reg, and if they try to extort this money when I transfer out (I noticed the other day that they've also substantially raised their prices), then I will be reporting them to the ombudsman & challenging them in small claims court.

Comment: Re:Good, I guess (Score 1) 148

Correct. The exchanges are legally required to provide collocation services to other providers (I can't remember if "fair" fees are also regulated - I wouldn't be surprised), those companies then resell exchange access to third party ISPs (basically any ISP outside the "Big 6").
In all, it basically goes: BT manages the copper -> B2B ISP manages the PoP at the exchange -> Consumer ISP terminates the connection.

Comment: Re:Scientists "know"? (Score 1) 75

by Anonymice (#46590235) Attached to: Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

That's not AGW, that's just "GW".

Anthropomorphic Global Warming suggests *we* are a major cause of rapid global warming. With enough data, that can be disproved - you can compare current records with past & future records to see if man made CO2 (& other gases) has made any difference to global trends.

I personally prefer the term "Climate Change", as "Global Warming" only describes one part of the trend. That the global climate goes through cycles & changes is not under debate in the scientific community, we have overwhelming evidence that the world goes through glacial & interglacial periods. What's under debate is whether human activity is the cause behind the most recent changes.
For what it's worth, current models do predict brief periods of cooling between increasing warmer periods.

Regardless, anyone who claims to "know" the exact whats & whys of our climate is a numpty & clearly taking liberties.

Comment: Re:Scientists "know"? (Score 1) 75

by Anonymice (#46586365) Attached to: Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

What tripe. "We don't know" is what drives science.
You're spouting the same shit over semantics that creationists do over the "theory" of evolution. The only things we can know for certain are mathematical proofs.
Outside pure mathematics, all we can do is form models that make predictions which most accurately match our observations.
There are holes in most of our scientifically accepted theories. That doesn't mean you need to throw the baby out with the bathwater, just that modifications need to be made to the models (exactly as was done with Einstein's Relativity).

We don't "know" with a 100% certainty that gravity exists, but our models match our observations well enough that we can say it's "pretty fucking likely".

AGW most definitely is falsifiable, however neither camp currently has enough data to prove either way.

Comment: Re:How does it make sense for rich people ... (Score 1) 300

Refer to the post I was replying to. He's not questioning what it's for, but why it's being done in this manner.
In the case of leaving enough to pay off the taxes, an insurance policy guarantees a bigger share of the money to the heirs than if it were left in a savings fund.

Comment: Re:How does it make sense for rich people ... (Score 2) 300

Because the insurance payout won't be taxed & the overhead costs of the insurance policy are still likely to be less than the 45% inheritance tax that would otherwise be charged.
It's a loophole to make sure a bigger share of your estate lands in the hands of your heirs, rather than in federal pockets.

Comment: Re:only where matters (Score 1) 145

by Anonymice (#46501177) Attached to: US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

Logistically, the "who" could give could give a big clue as to the "where". Once you can narrow down the geographical area, you can better focus deduction as to where a 777 could possibly land. It's a big piece of kit & concealing a runway large enough to land it may be an even tougher feat than hijacking it in the first place.

Comment: Re:This is a BAD idea (Score 1) 57

by Anonymice (#46305681) Attached to: S. Korea's Cyberwar Against N. Korea's Nukes

Oh, no doubt the casualties would be catastrophic, but don't underestimate the power of sheer numbers. The Arab uprisings are a good example of its efficacy.

NK wants the nukes to fend off the US, not South Korea.

Their only influence on the US is through their threat to the South, as they lack any long range capability. The best they've managed to do was fire a chunk of metal into the lower atmosphere - that's a long way from an ICBM.

Comment: Re:This is a BAD idea (Score 2) 57

by Anonymice (#46304037) Attached to: S. Korea's Cyberwar Against N. Korea's Nukes

Whilst horribly under-equipped & outdated, North Korea has the largest army of foot-soldiers/infantry in the world. Adding that Seoul is also only 35km from the NK border, I wouldn't want to place any bets. If the North goes down, it'll take the South with it & flood China's already delicate border regions with a huge number of refugees.

Unless it gets taken down from the inside, I don't expect to see any changes in NK during my lifetime.

Comment: Re:well i'm reassured! (Score 4, Insightful) 393

by Anonymice (#46127591) Attached to: Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

How is this modded 4+ Insightful?! It's ignorant, hypocritical bollocks!

"Women, gays, Muslims & atheists" are no more special interest groups than bible-bashing white males. And how the fuck do you make "accommodations" for atheists? Not force them to sing words of praise to your special interest deity?
On an organisational level, religion should have no place in military procedures. If you're having to make "accommodations" for people absent of any religion, then there's something horribly wrong with the procedures of your military.
And how the hell can you complain that atheists DON'T have to follow your religious doctrine, AND at the same time complain that other religious groups get to follow theirs?

A recent article shows that the Pentagon is reconsidering uniform requirements to permit beards and turbans for Muslims.

Suddenly - we are courting Muslims...

Under pressure from Sikhs, the Pentagon has publicly clarified its existing procedures to permit certain practices "as long as the practices do not interfere with military discipline, order or readiness."
And not just that, they have to go the through the procedures to request permission for every individual deployment.

A number of highly decorated professionals have been drummed out of service for the crime of failing to wholeheartedly support the gay agenda.

So it's OK for people to break with agreed military procedures & speak out against a minority, but it's not for a minority to request to do the same? Go fuck yourself.

...often enough, accusations of sexual harassment and/or assault are political tools used against good soldiers. It is impossible to even guess at the numbers of such instances, but I know for a fact that it happens. Other times, a female soldier who is busted for drugs or other infractions tries to turn the tables by accusing supervisors and investigators of sexual harassment. Again - it's impossible to even guess at the numbers, but it happens.

Given the accuracy of your comments so far, I'll choose to take these self-professed baseless assumptions with a pinch of salt. You don't have enough information to even make a guess, but you "know" it happens? Do you have *anything* to back this up?

...the fact is, our military is being improperly used to advance a number of political agendas.

Something the whole world would probably agree with you on.

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