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Comment: Re:Just one more reason (Score 1) 243

by Sloppy (#46788923) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

[Just one more reason] to legalize and regulate.

I can see how this kind of story would support legalization (crimes against criminals often go unaddressed), but how would it support regulating? Is theft unusually common with unregulated crops, as opposed to regulated ones?

(Ignorance plea: Heh, it occurs to me that I don't even know what crops are regulated and what isn't. Maybe agriculture is already totally micromanaged by Washington; I sure hear enough stories of corruption (e.g. subsidies) within the topic!)

Comment: Re:Just one more reason (Score 2) 243

by Sloppy (#46787697) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Legalizing weed would take some money/power away from cartels which is always a good thing.

It's not a good thing, if your financial interests are aligned with the cartels.

If I'm on Al Capone's payroll and you ask for my opinion of the 21st Amendment, I'm going to say it's a bad idea.

Comment: Re:SImple question to all the anti-medicine greens (Score 3, Funny) 584

by Sloppy (#46747403) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

If everything the medical industry has been doing has been wrong, why has human life expectancy consistently gone up?

That's an illusion. You only think life expectancy has gone up, because you look at evidence. But suppose we ignore dubious things such as evidence, measurements, math done on those measurements, inferring general rules and then testing them, as well as all our everyday experiences where reality seems to be functioning according to understandable rules. Then what reason is left, for believing that life expectancy has been going up? None, that's what.

Balancing out that nothingness, there's my feelings and intuition and paranoia and whatever dogma I've been exposed to. And those things tell me medicine is bad. Ergo, it sure looks like life expectancy is going down.

HTH.

+ - Skydiver catches meteorite on video->

Submitted by vidarlo
vidarlo (134906) writes "A Norwegian skydiver, Anders Helstrup, caught a falling meteorite on video. This is the first reported instance in the world of his happening, and the rock fell close to the skydiver. NRK writes:

Although Helstrup is still not completely convinced that it was indeed a meteorite that flew past him, the experts are in no doubt.

“It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites – a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded,” said geologist Hans Amundsen.

The video in the article shows the metorite. It's in the dark flight phase, with low velocity."
Link to Original Source

Comment: that's really stupid of them (Score 2) 173

by Error27 (#46648571) Attached to: ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

The government already has the CIA for this stuff. It was amazingly dumb of USAID to start doing the CIA's job. The head of USAID should resign followed by a full investigation.

But that won't happen because the government has stopped caring about appearances any more.

Comment: Re:Where does article say "not enough openings"? (Score 3, Interesting) 161

by Sloppy (#46644337) Attached to: App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

[yeah, this is a digression]

SSL/TLS need to be reworked to support multiple root CAs in case one is compromised. That way, if two CAs have no clue about a cert, but one CA vets it, this can raise a red flag.

That's not how you do multiple CAs. You don't raise red flags; you abstain from raising green ones. Everything starts red by default. No CA (even the most hated and distrusted one) can ever possibly harm your estimation that a key is correct; they can simply fail to increase your estimate. Trust is somewhere between zero and one, but never less than zero. Even Cthulhu Hitler CA rates no less than 0.0.

Comment: Zero budget. You can't be helped .. yet. (Score 2) 423

by Sloppy (#46596717) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

they see no additional benefit to do a costly upgrade, no reason to change a running system .. So what is the best way to secure this remaining Windows XP systems?

Don't. Don't secure it. Just let the chips fall where they may. Failure is an option, and you've presented things such that it's the best option.

Before you reply with "that's crazy" (or "that's lazy") let me remind you, that you there's "no .. benefit" to being more secure, and "no reason" to worry about the consequences. The submission has already stated that solving the security problem has zero value. So why are you working on it? Just let it go. Security is a don't-care condition. Every hour spent on it, is an hour wasted for no benefit.

If you change your mind about it being a don't-care condition, then you open the door to upgrading to a maintainable OS. But you can't do that, until you decide that upgrading does have benefits, and there is reason to change a running system.

So .. have you changed your mind? Are you still sure there's no benefit to an upgrade and no reason to change a running system? Or have you realized that's TOTALLY FUCKING ABSURD yet? Because I think once you realize that it's TOTALLY FUCKING ABSURD then you're going to see some options appear.

Comment: Metric religion (Score 1) 224

by Sloppy (#46595843) Attached to: Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

People should switch to metric religion. The sabbaths are every ten days, there are ten super-holy days per year (each with one special rite and ten minor cultural flavorings) which are always guaranteed to never also land on a sabbath so you get an extra day off from work, there are ten gods, the tenth son of a tenth son gets a magic power (among a choice of ten possibe powers, and balanced by one of ten disadvantages), each priest gets immunity from prosecution for one of ten different crimes (yes, rape is one of the choices, but they don't all have to choose rape!), the holy book that you're expected to be familiar with is only a hundred pages long and contains ten myths, and the kilochurches (there are no "megachurches") are only allowed to have one thousand members apiece before they're required to fission into hectochurches, so there's plenty of parking and they don't antagonize their surrounding community so much, thereby limiting the amount that you're hated and loathed in residential areas.

"If value corrupts then absolute value corrupts absolutely."

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