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Comment: Re:Insects (Score 1) 22

by PopeRatzo (#49803463) Attached to: First Ultraviolet Quantum Dots Shine In an LED

I have an application for this where I'm using 365 to 395 nm older style to attract bugs efficiently.

Come on, give us a few details. Are you collecting the bugs for research or are you using the lights as bait for your backyard zapper? Or are you collecting bugs to feed to your pet iguanas?

That's too tantalizing a statement for you not to tell us a little more.

Comment: Re: Slashdot Media Revises Privacy Policy (Score 1) 127

by Khyber (#49803369) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

Oh to boot...

SourceForge doesn't actually pay for most of the servers and bandwidth used to serve up their projects and they never have. All of the downloads are hosted on a network of mirrors run by organisations like universities out of the pure goodness of their heart.

I think it's time to have a serious talk with those providers.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Media Trains Users to Malware Install (Score 1) 59

by Khyber (#49803321) Attached to: MIT Trains Robots To Jump

You think I'm crazy. I told you fucks about the NSA back in 2003. Guess what? I was RIIIIIIIIIIGHT.

And I'm right here. CentOS is pretty shit. So is /.'s security.

Soylent isn't any better, either. They're running an OLDER codebase. They're more vulnerable, even after I forced them to patch their shit.

Comment: Re:outrageous (Score 1) 206

by PopeRatzo (#49803139) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

So arrest and prosecute the federal agent for attempted murder. He's the one who should be in jail. Not Ulbricht.

You don't think facilitating the transaction for a hitman for a percentage of the price should be a crime?

Remember, Ulbricht got a cut of the money for every single drug transaction on Silk Road. It's as if he bought a downtown building and rented it out to drug dealers (and hit men) and got a cut for every single transaction.

I know there's a belief that the Internet is a magical place where laws should not apply, because it's digital!, but that's just not how it works.

Comment: Re:Where does the Fed claim to get power to ban th (Score 3, Interesting) 206

Yes it can. [Gonzales v. Raich]

The issue was not in dispute in that case:

Respondents in this case do not dispute that passage of the CSA, as part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, was well within Congress' commerce power

In my opinion, by the way, Wickard v. Filburn, the New Deal era decision that says making something for yourself (i.e. growing wheat to feed your own chickens, or growing marijuana to use yourself) affects interstate commerce (because you otherwise might have bought it instead, affecting the price) and can thus be regulated, is a travesty that is long overdue for the Supremes to revisit and reverse, as they sometimes do when a previous court broke something substantial.

But even if you agree that feeding your own wheat to your own chickens is a suitable subject for federal regulation under the commerce clause, don't you think it's a stretch to say that affecting the price of a banned substance by NOT buying it on the illegal market is a legitimate reason for the Federal Government to ban your growing and consuming your own plants? Either way you don't buy in interstate commerce, so how can the difference in your behavior affect it? (Or was it Congress' intent for you to buy illegal drugs?)

Sometimes more than half the Supreme Court justices follow some argument to a point beyond sanity.

Comment: Re:Where does the Fed claim to get power to ban th (Score 1) 206

by PopeRatzo (#49802385) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

I won't even get into the issue of the Anarchist claims that ANY government is necessarily illegitimate, coercively imposing its will on people who did not pre-approve this and are not attempting, themselves, to coerce others.

I think you just got into it.

Comment: Re:Easily fixed (Score 1) 86

by PopeRatzo (#49802307) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

Don't want to join the "rewards program?!?" -- great! You'll be spending more than I do every time you visit the store b/c I have a rewards card and you don't. You are subsidizing my purchases. Thank you!

Your "rewards program" allows your privacy to be violated. Your store thanks you.

Remember, you're personal information, spending habits, movement information, location, etc are worth something. And you're giving it away for pennies on the dollar. Have you ever read the EULA on your "rewards program"?

PT Barnum had a word for people who thought they were getting something for nothing.

Comment: Re: Easily fixed (Score 1) 86

by PopeRatzo (#49802265) Attached to: Feds Bust a Dark-Web Counterfeit Coupon Kingpin

I'm enjoying my Friday lunch Burger and fries at a restaurant that offers me a free meal every 10. Deal?

You really believe you're getting a "free" meal?

I guess it's true there's one born every minute.

And to maximize my savings? Order water to drink.

The Chinese have a term for people like you: schnorrer.

Comment: Re:Where does the Fed claim to get power to ban th (Score 2, Insightful) 206

The Commerce Clause?

Nope. (The powers it DOES confer were already alluded to in my posting.)

[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

"Regulating" = making regular, setting standards, etc. It does NOT include banning whole classes of trade entirely.

If they want to PROMOTE drug and gun sales, that's fine. B-)

"It is better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try, but the result's the same." - Mike Dennison