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Comment: Re:Painkillers, HA! (Score 1) 121

by drinkypoo (#47793969) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

the THC content of todays marijuana are much stronger than they were back in the 1960's.

We keep hearing this, but there's no evidence to support it. Maybe it's better than you could get in the 1960s, but humans have been cultivating this plant specifically for high THC production for literally thousands of years.

Comment: Re:Preferential extraction of heavy metals (Score 1) 121

by drinkypoo (#47793959) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Tobacco plants pull some very nasty minerals out of soil, such as Strontium-90 and Cadmium. There have been studies done to see whether that effect can be exploited as a means of remediation for contaminated soil.

Here are your search terms: "Oyster Mushrooms" "Fungi Perfecti" "Paul Stamets"

Long story short, not only can you remediate soil by growing common fungi but you can also reduce uptake of radioactives by plants via fungal soil inoculation.

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 3, Interesting) 121

by drinkypoo (#47793955) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

The War on Drugs has been a failure- it's put millions of people in prison, cost our society billions of dollars, and fueled honest-to-God warfare in South America and Mexico-

The War on Drugs has been a complete success. It's put millions of people in prison (At significant profit to certain sectores), funneled millions of dollars to contractors at a cost to society of billions of dollars (to say nothing of the lost lives) and fueled honest-to-God warfare in South and Central America, ensuring a steady supply of cheap labor and a fairly effective barrier which deters most Norteamericanos from migrating South to more friendly environments like Panama or Costa Rica by car, van, bus, or box truck.

I think alcohol and Prohibition are a good parallel here.

Sigh. If you really understood the situation as well as you think you do, you'd know that the people behind the "War on Drugs" were completely aware of the results of prohibition; it doesn't matter if it's of alcohol or marijuana. They knew that it increased demand and literally created a profitable criminal class.

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 1) 215

by drinkypoo (#47793947) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

The Russians have mandated that all corporate and personal data hosted by "the cloud" must be on servers on Russian soil so there is no question of legal jurisdiction when they're trying to investigate and prosecute a case involving a Russian entity.

There is no question of legal jurisdiction here, either. The USA cannot demand the data from the foreign nation, at least not with any weight of law. However, it can demand it from an officer of a corporation based on American soil, and it can hold that officer to be in contempt of court and imprison and/or fine them so long as they do not present it. The fifth amendment may or may not apply if the goal is to find malfeasance on the part of the corporation, and not the individual in question. Obviously IANAL, but you don't seem to be an expert in international law either.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 216

by drinkypoo (#47793937) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

If the U.S. government investigates Microsoft demanding they turn over info about their U.S. operations, Microsoft will say sorry, that data is stored in Europe.

That's why the SEC mandates certain filings. If you don't make them, they will come after you, and your profits, too. Such information is not even vaguely what we are talking about in this case.

Comment: Re:Since when did Microsoft become a EU company (Score 3, Insightful) 216

by drinkypoo (#47793927) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Microsoft is headquartered and incorporated in the US and thus subject to US law.

Yep. That's completely true. So if there were some data held on a server in the EU, and a judge decided it was relevant to a lawsuit and demanded that it be presented, they could reasonably hold some representative of the corporation to be in contempt of court until such time as they produced the data in question. However, it would not actually establish any entitlement to that data, nor make it not a violation of various laws if they were to seize it be force.

QED.

QED, what you have said is irrelevant.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 98

by drinkypoo (#47790895) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

I don't necessarily like knowing cops have this information but so long as there's rules over the collection (see above) I'm okay with this. If the EFF and ACLU (whom I normally support) wants the actual data, they can get their own OCR license plate cameras and drive around.

If the data doesn't belong to us, then the cops don't work for us, either. If we don't have a right to the methodology, then we're simply slaves.

Comment: Re:Just tell them (Score 1) 1198

It's comments like this that make me think the tech community isn't a completely lost cause.

I don't think it's more of a lost cause than the general population. Once I'd have thought it would be less, but these days I no longer believe that, either. The real difference is that modern communications methods make it easier for you to see who's an asshole. Before, it was entirely possible for someone to be a vicious asshole their whole lives and yet go unnoticed.

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