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Comment: Re:What the fuck (Score 1) 220

Apparently convincing movie theaters not to show a bad movie that they probably didn't want to have to show anyway with a vague threat of violence after cracking Sony's network (yeah, like that hasn't been done before) makes you a superpower.

The theater chains were probably looking for any excuse not to show that thing but not get left out of the next Sony release they actually do want to screen. This way, Sony eats the shit sandwich rather than the theaters. Also known as "the way it should be if you make bad movies."

Comment: Re:Solution is End Federal Ban (Score 1) 467

by MachineShedFred (#48634247) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

They would also now need to add Oregon and Alaska. And when even more of these laws pass, they would need to add them too. And don't forget medical use states - need an exemption for all of them too.

At the end of the day, you're just going to have a massive jumble-fuck of legalese that nobody understands. Just do away with the Federal blanket ban already and let States decide, since that's what is happening right now anyway.

Comment: Re:"Legal Pot" is a total fiction (Score 1) 467

by MachineShedFred (#48634153) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

What could be interesting is what happens if the next President decides to enforce Federal law in Colorado / Washington / Oregon / Alaska, and if someone makes an 8th Amendment case saying it is "cruel and unusual" to enforce laws at the whim of the Executive.

That could be a precedent that causes repealing of a whole lot of so-called "blue laws" that go unenforced, or just ridiculous laws like Indiana declaring "The value of Pi is 3."

Well, if we're lucky.

Comment: Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (Score 2) 467

by MachineShedFred (#48633093) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

How is it hard to harass someone on drug charges, if they are not using or possessing drugs at the time of a police stop?

"Can I search your vehicle / bag?"

"Affording my constitutional rights, No."

Now the police either has to show a judge probable cause to get a warrant, or they let you go. So called "reasonable suspicion" doesn't even work because there has to be some form of evidence for that - if you don't have dilated pupils, slurred speech, or loss of coordination / balance they don't have that either.

Know your rights, and exercise them, and most cops don't get to play their cop games. If they do it anyway, you've got a nice legal settlement coming from the city / county / state.

Comment: Re:Implementation not the technology. (Score 1) 153

by MachineShedFred (#48612717) Attached to: In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

Why the hell would I want to tell an organization that is more focused on their actual business that they need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to build up a datacenter over weeks / months worth of time when I can literally do it myself using Chef / Puppet and Amazon EC2 in a few days, and we're not on the hook for any hardware maintenance or replacement in the future?

The business gets to keep focus on the business without the overhead of running a whole datacenter including power, cooling, wiring, real estate, countless admins, service contracts for hardware and network gear, construction costs, built-in costs for future hardware replacement and scaling, etc. etc.

There's a reason why lots of people are following Amazon into this space. It's possible to do things right, and to do it cheaper. And you are far more agile in needs should you be successful by pairing their load balancing services with something like Chef or Puppet. Oh, and just do your offsite backup out of "the cloud" to a box at your office, and an off-site at a regional or whatever.

Yes, there's some risk associated with the "Amazon / Microsoft / RackSpace / Whoever fucked up", but it's far more likely they'll figure it out and get it back up and running far faster than if the same fuckup occurs within your private datacenter, because datacenter is their business while the company I'm working for cannot say the same.

1 Sagan = Billions & Billions