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Comment: it still amazes and saddens me... (Score 5, Insightful) 78

...that almost everyone I speak to in real life thinks Snowden is a criminal.

he embodies everything people "say" they value in a democracy, yet they want to put him in jail and throw away the key because, basically, he embarrassed some allegedly criminal senior government officials.

clueless.

Comment: Re:this shit is infuriating (Score 1) 139

Which is it? Felon or minor drug offense, because it can't be both. Possession is a misdemeanor. Intent to sell is a felony. I seriously doubt your sob story.

seriously doubt this then buddy...

05-2008-CF-XXXXX-AXXX-XX DRUGS REOPEN DISP 03/20/2008 STATE VS [NOPE] DEFENDANT (1) 09/16/19XX ABCDEF
Cnt Record No. Charge Dt Statute Charge Disp Dt Final Disp Citation No.
2 1 03/19/2008 893.13.1.F-T POSSESSION OF HEROIN 04/17/2013 GUILTY 20116366GLK
3 1 03/19/2008 POSSESSION OF ALPRAZOLAM XANAX 04/12/2011 DISPOSED BY PROSECUTOR 20116367GLK
4 1 03/19/2008 POSS OF METHYLENEDIOXYMETHAMPHETAMINE MDMA 04/12/2011 DISPOSED BY PROSECUTOR 20116368GLK
5 1 03/19/2008 893.13.6.A-AQ POSS OF MORE THAN 20 GRAMS OF CANNABIS 04/17/2013 GUILTY 20116369GLK
6 1 03/19/2008 893.147.1-B USE OR POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA 04/17/2013 GUILTY
7 1 03/19/2008 316.193.1 DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE 04/17/2013 GUILTY 20118737XEC
8 1 03/19/2008 322.34.1 DRIVING W LIC SUSP REV CANC W O KNOWLEDGE 04/17/2013 GUILTY 20116364GLK
9 1 03/19/2008 316.217 DRIVING WITHOUT HEADLIGHTS 01/18/2013 PAID FINE OR CIVIL PENALTY 20116363GLK

the H, and the 20+ grams of weed are all FELONIES...no "sales" .

thank god i kicked the whole mess, but this is basically a life sentence career wise.

Comment: this shit is infuriating (Score 5, Insightful) 139

to someone who lives, on a a daily basis, with the discrimination and stigma of being a convicted felon for minor drug offenses, these kind of articles piss me off to no end.

these corporate douchebags can blatantly break federal, state, and international laws and not even lose their jobs, where people like me who got caught with some recreational substance see their entire careers and life go into the toilet.

fuck those HP crooks, AND the DOJ they rode in on.

Comment: i dont understand this (Score 3, Informative) 226

by Connie_Lingus (#46683445) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

...why do people have the ridiculous assumptions that..

1. coding is "fun" and it's something kids/adults would just love spending time doing "if we just exposed them to it"

and

2, that kids/adults want to spend their lives in semi-constant frustration of having to get these damn computers working and to learn and relearn skills every 4 years?

my 12yo daughter encapsulated it perfectly a few months ago..

"dad...you seem really smart...why in the world did you decide to be a programmer and sit behind a computer 10 hours a day instead of doing something cool?"

Comment: Re:easy! (Score 1) 392

by Connie_Lingus (#46678763) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?

Yeah we might be in a simulation (that's in another simulation and so on) but why do we experience this consciousness thing? Not talking about free will, but the experience of awareness itself.

Are the rules of this universe such that no matter what as long as you have certain processes, consciousness will arise as an emergent phenomenon? And what would those certain processes be?

yeah...wouldn't that be the point of the simulation? i often wonder...do the Sims in the game think they are alive and making "free-will" type decisions? i think they do actually...altho we can never really find out.

Could it be extinguished and yet the person still continues on "living" and moving as before? For example say a person went to sleep, and woke up the next day but never had the consciousness thing anymore - but just walked and talked etc like before as if he/she still had it.

that's a pretty good question...humans seem to be the only creatures (that we know of of course) in this simulation that have achieved the level of consciousness of which you speak, and it's highly probable that through the evolutionary path of Man, at some point our ancestors did *not* have this "consciousness thing" of which you speak, so my guess would be yes.

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