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Comment: Of course (Score 3, Insightful) 86

by ShieldW0lf (#49142909) Attached to: OPSEC For Activists, Because Encryption Is No Guarantee

If I'm the only one who can unlock your encrypted communications, then it's in my best interest to have everyone encrypt their communications, because then, I'll be the only one with total situation awareness.

It won't be in any of your interests, of course, because you'll be handing me my advantage on a silver platter... but you're all far too shortsighted to pay attention to such things.

Of course Obama and the NSA want you all using strong encryption. Stupid of you to give them what they want, though.

Comment: Re:First Fascist! (Score 1) 36

by mcgrew (#49118761) Attached to: Welcome back, SlashPot (thank you failure machine samzenpus)

Coincidentally, I saw this JE this morning right after seeing a report on CBS's morning news program that said that marijuana is by far the least dangerous of all recreational drugs. They found the most dangerous was alcohol, followed by heroin, followed by cocaine. I did a quick search, it doesn't look like they've posted it to their web site.

I've found an incredible amount of misinformation about marijuana. This article says "Those who might remember pot from the 70s - the marijuana grown and sold in Colorado today is up to 10 times stronger."

The difference isn't strength of the pot, it's how its potency is measured and how pot is and was sold. They take the pot, grind up the entire bag and test it.

Today, pot is grown indoors so it has no seeds, and only the buds are sold. In the seventies, they put the whole plant; stems, seeds, leaves and all. Leaves are far less potent than buds, stems have very little THC and seeds have none at all, and the seeds are heavy. I saw pot in the '70s that the seeds were more than half the weight of the bag. So grinding up the whole bag would indicate that it's 10 times stronger, when stoners always threw the stems and seeds away and usually saved the bud for the weekend.

The best pot I ever smoked was in Thailand in 1973-4.

Now, even if pot wasn't the safest of all recreational drugs, even if it were the deadliest, how does your neighbor getting stoned affect you or society at large?

There's a chapter in a book that was required reading in a college history class in the late '70s that shows how incredibly moronic prohibition is. Alcohol and Al Capone

Look at Mexico and Columbia. Prohibition is purely stupidly evil.

Comment: Re:Highlander III did it already... (Score 1) 421

by GameboyRMH (#49113533) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

You're absolutely correct (except perhaps about the Eemian period not being catastrophic - 13+ft of sea level rise would be nothing to scoff at today!), but none of these facts should rule out making changes to keep the climate in a state that works for our civilization.

We'll probably never have a "good stable state," we'll have to keep making intentional climate alterations constantly in the future - as the population increases, a "good" state will be more and more narrowly defined as well. We can't let the planet's temperature vary anymore, not due to man-made causes today or any natural ones in the future. We have to keep watching the thermostat from now on or it's going to get ugly.

Keep in mind that we're really really good at warming the climate, so we won't fall into another ice age easily.

Comment: Re:Highlander III did it already... (Score 1) 421

by GameboyRMH (#49111529) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

Nothing that mankind has control over is more likely to cause mass death than continuing to contribute to climate change, except for maybe starting a nuclear MAD scenario, so any death enthusiasts using green energy to get their jollies are going to be sorely disappointed.

Their best bet might be waiting for someone to fall from a solar or wind installation, and they could be waiting a long time...they'd be better off waiting by the Golden Gate bridge.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.