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Comment: Re:Hardware Security (Score 4, Interesting) 22

yea, I've been laughing about this story... If this scares you, never look up how landlines work, that'd terrify you. lol

You could take pretty much any speaker you wanted to, run a jumper to the switch and listen to any phone call you wanted. ANYONE in your neighborhood can walk over to any one of the hundreds of pedestals in your neighborhood and do the same. If you really want to get fancy you can go get a butt set off Amazon for $10 and dial out to. And all that's before we get to someone with switch access... they can issue commands to link your call to another number so they can listen in, etc...
You've absolutely no privacy on a land-line phone call.

Comment: Re:Marijuana is still illegal everwhere in the US (Score 2) 230

by Charliemopps (#48632735) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

... this is similar in nature to same sex marriage, and women's reproductive rights.

It's legal some places and banned in others.

No, it's not. Marijuana is still illegal throughout the United States due to federal law. In no state (including Colorado) is it legal. It's simply that Colorado has removed any state law criminalizing it. The federal prohibition remains. That is not the case with same sex marriage and women's reproductive rights. The next president could easily tell the DEA to go in and shut down every marijuana dealer and grower in Colorado if he/she orders it.

You're neglecting the fact that the DEA doesn't have the resources to enforce that. The DEA relies on local law enforcement to do almost all of their work. They only become involved in very big cases. So yes, they could take out the stores and maybe the larger farms, but the real change is the hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people growing it in their back yards. What I'm really surprised about is that the price hasn't really gone down yet. The prices you see at those dispensaries are still higher than street prices in states where it's illegal, which is baffling.

Comment: Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (Score 1) 230

by Charliemopps (#48632625) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

It would seem, if the other states don't want to lose the revenue from drug enforcement (which I believe is certainly true), that this increase in arrests and subsequent convictions/asset forfeiture would be welcomed.

Yea, but now they also want a paycheck from Colorado. See how that works?

Comment: Re:Assuming they escaped, the penal system worked! (Score 4, Funny) 81

by Charliemopps (#48626367) Attached to: Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Think about it - they obviously didn't reoffend, right? If they had, they'd have been detected and returned (probably with a few extra bruises) to the Rock. Therefore, in the case of these three men the system worked perfectly - whether they escaped or not.

Didn't re-offend? You mean, didn't get caught. There's a difference.

Comment: Re:yea but (Score 1) 524

by Charliemopps (#48626291) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

The theaters are contractually obligated to play the movie.
Sony can claim publicly that they don't have to play the movie, but those legally binding contracts are still in place, and remember, the theaters still want to play the movie. That's cash in their pockets and the threats are likely fake. So they show the movie anyways, and if a real attack happens, the first thing they are going to do is point at that contract and say Sony forced them to show the movie, they had no choice. Viola, Sony is now liable.

Comment: yea but (Score 1) 524

by Charliemopps (#48625561) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Yea but... they only have to pull it off at 1 theater.
And it doesn't have to be NK that does it... some crazy nut job could... and Sony would be on the hook for liability.

If Sony were smart (which they definitely are not) they would have leaked the movie as a torrent themselves, blamed North Korea, and then with the Sword of Demaclese now lying squarely at their feet moved on with their lives. They may have pulled the movie from theaters but it could still get released, and until that threats gone NK will continue with the pain.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 1) 411

by Charliemopps (#48621081) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

...the "mostly by Cubans in exile" is the important part.

As someone who occasionally orders Cuban cigars from the Swiss, I can tell you that they're simply not any better than the same cigar from the same company from their Dominican or Nicaraguan plants. ...especially since the same seeds grew the tobacco. Cigar Aficionado likes to perpetuate the mystique. They benefit from it.

meh... You seem to be arguing that people of Cuban decent do not have magical cuban pixie dust that makes them taste better. Ok... I guess we can agree.

But that's like saying (since you mentioned the Swiss) that you know a Swiss guy living in North Dakota that makes watches just as good as Swiss watches, so clearly Switzerland ain't all that great at watches... But there's certainly a cultural interest in Switzerland of making fine watches, and a long and storied history of them doing so. Are all Swiss watches perfect? Can no other country or ethnic group produce a good watch? The answer to that question is about as dumb as asking it.

There are many fine Cigars made in Cuba. Those that enjoy smoking fine Cigars will be happy that they have a new and interesting place to buy them from. Would they be as excited if we normalized realizations with North Korea and they could finally get those fine North Korean Cigars? No... and that has nothing to do with "hype" and has everything to do with a real and notable difference in the quality of products coming out of those 2 countries.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 5, Insightful) 411

by Charliemopps (#48619713) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

> Cuban cigars are desired because they're good.

[citation needed]. Outside of the 'neat' factor of buying a cuban cigar, there are equally good makers in other countries.

How about the fact that the primary magazine dedicated to cigars has an entire wing of their site dedicated to Cuba?

Go check out their reviews...Most of the top reviewed were either made in Cuba, or by Cubans in exile in the US. Clearly they're doing something right.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 4, Interesting) 411

by Charliemopps (#48619597) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

I doubt the US administration "realized" anything.

Very likely a conglomerate of US companies sees business opportunities and is pulling strings behind the scene.

Pretty much every business in the US has wanted to reopen trade with Cuba since the day after the US Closed it. They've been tugging on those strings for a long time with no luck.

Comment: huh what? (Score 4, Informative) 373

by Charliemopps (#48617579) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

No one's ever tried to issue a takedown notice like that...

They haven't?
Tried this?

Because, the last I checked...
It was happening
all the time...

Comment: Re:does not compute (Score 2) 82

by Charliemopps (#48616745) Attached to: Spacecraft Spots Probable Waves On Titan's Seas

Umm, this is not the methane you simple person know; or think you know. For one thing, temperatures on Titan are somewhat different than that on Earth, so please try again to recompute what you once thought you knew. Seas of frozen methane do exist, take Titan for example.

He's just being pedantic about a phrase in the summary.

The bodies of water appear to be made mostly of methane, and not mostly ethane as previously thought.

A "Body of water" can't be made of methane.

Not that it matters. People like to post stuff like this AC and then mod themselves up... so they get to post AND mod in the same thread. I wish they'd just stop allowing AC posts to get modded, but oh well...

Comment: Re:Why is it there? (Score 2) 170

by Charliemopps (#48616475) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Interesting, but I can't help wonder if this enzyme exists for a reason. I presume these scientists are working hard to determine what evolutionary role it fills (before working on selling it as part of an anti-aging cream)

I hear this a lot... There seems to be a lot of misconception about evolution and the body. We gain and lose traits when they affect our ability to reproduce... and at no other time. So, at some time, this enzyme increased our ability to reproduce in some way. It did not need to increase our chances of survival because, evolution only cares about getting us to reproductive maturity. So, whatever reason that enzyme helped us in the past may be long gone and it's just a vestige of that time. It'll not be bread out of us until it hurts our chances at reproduction and since "Wrinkly skin" isn't going to hurt that until we're in our 40s, well outside of normal reproductive age, there's no reason it would become an evolutionary disadvantage. What I'm saying is, Evolution doesn't care if you get ugly, contract cancer and die in your 50s. If this thing doesn't make you less attractive or hurt your chances to make it into your teens and early 20s, evolution doesn't even notice it.

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra