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Comment: Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (Score 5, Informative) 126

by Mullen (#48871653) Attached to: Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

All of the financial costs related to heroin use comes from enforcement and criminalization of heroin, hardly any of the damage comes from use of heroin.

All crime related to heroin addiction comes from the cost of getting heroin. If it was legal or could be purchased if the buyer could be proven to be an addict, then the cost would be lower and the addict would not need to steal. All of the violence from addiction comes from the ability to not get heroin legally.

OD'ing comes from heroin purity not being controlled. If all legally sold heroin was the same purity, then addicts would OD a lot less.

AID's and the spreading of disease of heroin users comes from sharing needles and lack of access to medicine. If heroin was legal or medically dispensed, then addicts could also have access to clean needles.

Addicts are forced to operate in the shadows and out of the eye of government and medical professionals. If you made heroin legal or medically accessible, then addicts could start working on getting clean or at least not getting worse.

Comment: Re:Biased Institutions FTW (Score 1) 784

by Mullen (#48832433) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

> There .. fixed that for you. Don't believe what the media tells you, it's really not that bad over here.

Seriously, stop watching Fox News. Japan is insanely safe for adults and children and the crime rate over there is tiny compared to the US. 99% of Japan is safer than the anywhere in the US at anytime. The only place I would advise against walking alone is Roppongi in a back alley on a Sunday morning at 3:00a.

Comment: Professional Mass Emailer (Score 2) 405

by Mullen (#48380557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

At the company I work at, I run several large high volume mass mailing servers that send million of messages a month (50 million last month). Here is what I recommend you do:

1) Get forward and reverse DNS setup and most importantly, the forward and reverse DNS information must match.

2) Set up and use DKIM for all outbound traffic.

3) Have the SPF information in your DNS records. Don't put your block of IP's in SPF record, just the one IP that you use for sending email. Make sure there is a "-all" in the records so that it makes it clear that all other email claiming to be you is discarded by other server.

4) You will need to setup Feed Back Loops and proper SWIP (If possible) contact information. You will need to go to the big 10 ISP's and submit the FBL information to them and get put on their White Lists. Don't lie to them, just tell them your personal email server that is having issues sending mail to them and you want to get on their White List. FBL's are usually for people who send high volumes of mail, include Newsletters and some "spammy" mail, but I find it helps regular mail servers if you set up FBL information.

Comment: Re:This is great news! (Score 1) 485

by Mullen (#48305329) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Let's cede the argument that Bush made a mess in Iraq. If Obama's planned and announced withdrawal of troops basically took the bandage off the wound and it took the scab with it, then there's plenty of blame to go around if it gets infected. Public calls for a withdrawal could have taken a backseat to ensuring gradual stabilization of the country and reduction of forces. Obama was still adored by the masses and could spare a little political capital to go along with the military and intel leaders. But he slowly replaced those leaders with "yes" men who painted a withdrawal with no consequences.

Say it real slow to yourself, the US can't post troops in countries without a forces agreement. Iraq did not want to agree to an agreement that would have kept US troops in the country. This is not a Obama or Bush issue, it's a Iraqi government issue. When it is time to go, it is time to go.

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 1) 1007

by Mullen (#48264829) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Creationism is Religious subject and Evolution is a Scientific subject. You can't compare one with the other and Creationism does not belong in a science classroom since it does not pass being a working hypothesis. There is nothing to debate and pretending that Creationism is debatable subject in the context of Evolution is a insult to Science.

Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 1) 336

by Mullen (#47937515) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

> You regularly use NFC for payments? You must be some kind of wizard.

I use Google Wallet all the time: Pete's Coffee, 7-11, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Target (I'm pretty sure I used it at a Target last time). With the Target hacking, most of the Payment Terminals are being replaced and support Google Wallet.

Comment: Stupid Blame Game (Score 5, Insightful) 1198

by Mullen (#47111715) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Why is Elliot Rodger being put into the Nerd category? I have not seen anything on this guy that would put him in the Geek or Nerd category. What languages did he code in? What con's did he attend? What was his comic book/manga collection like? What technical degree's did he hold? This discussion has nothing to do with "misogyny entitlement nerds" but a genuine crazy kid.

Just because some guy is a Asperger social reject does not put him into the category of nerd or geek. Elliot has major issues and he blamed women and people who had social skills for his troubles. He was an entitled little shit who thought having a BMW, traveling the world and wearing $500 sweaters would automatically get him the girls. It turns out he lacked the one major component in the Get The Girl Formula that you really need, a personality. He found an outlet in Men's Rights/The Red Pill/Misogyny but he could have found an outlet in any of the other shitty beliefs that exist in our society like 9/11 conspiracies, Little Green Men and the Black President is from Kenya. Blaming a sub collection of a sub portion of our culture is not going to find the answer to the complex problem of what to do with truly mentally ill people.

Comment: Re:California is dead, TEXAS is where it's at... (Score 0) 190

by Mullen (#47013365) Attached to: Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

> Look, I am not a Texas cheer-leader or anything, but I will say, at least we have jobs, and a much lower unemployment rate than the average. All of my kids are in private schools, because of the education thing... still our cost of living is significantly lower, and our lifestyle significantly higher than when we lived in California.

I would be willing to bet that high property taxes, huge electric bills and funding private education for your kids (Depends on how many you have), that your Total Taxes + School Fees + Electric Bills are not any lower than my California Taxes and Property Taxes. I don't need private education or have $500 electric bills.

Plus, Rick Perry.

Comment: Re:California = 1D10T Errors (Score 5, Insightful) 420

> Rather, it is all about killing agriculture in the southwest to free up more water for California urbanites.

Agriculture uses about 70%, with industry using 20% and urban populations using 10% of the water. Agriculture, you know, that stuff you eat from those greedy bastards in California.

> Nevada rancher stand off...

Bullshit. It's about some welfare rancher not paying his grazing fee's. Pure and simple. He has no intellectual or legal argument, so he is whipping up the dummies over on Fox News to call out the Tea Party morons to protest his desire to rip off the Tax Payers.

Comment: Forget Cars! (Score 1) 174

by Mullen (#46863371) Attached to: Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

People talk about cars as the next big thing, but in reality, it's trucks. Google 18 wheeler will be able to get on the highway and travel across the country in a couple of days. The big transit points and warehouses are already next to the freeway, just load up Google 18 wheeler, have it take off and two turns later it is on the highway trucking across the country. Just need to make gas stations with attendants that will fill up the trucks gas tanks and check the tires.

Comment: Re: Congressional fix? (Score 1) 217

by Mullen (#46861233) Attached to: How the FCC Plans To Save the Internet By Destroying It

Well, the USA does not. To get a heart you need to go before a panel to decide if you are "worthy" and you will survive. If you will not survive or you are not going to take care of yourself, you will not get that heart. I'm pretty sure that the "insurance will pay for a heart transplant while you are laying in bed with inoperable brain cancer which is expected to kill you within 2 months" is Right Wing propaganda bullshit.

Comment: Re:Austin, great but not my kind of town... (Score -1, Troll) 193

by Mullen (#46816725) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

What they are doing is using "code words" for what they don't want around them. They don't want it to be diverse; White's Only. They don't want ANY Gay people around. They don't want any "Femanazi's" around (*Gasp* asking for equal pay for equal work is like cutting off my penis!!!!!). They want Bible to be the main focus of education in their schools.

Don't be fooled with the polite code words, they want to go back to 1950's.

Comment: Re:Lobbying aside (Score 2) 423

by Mullen (#46758657) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

It would not be hard to make it clear to people how much "The Man" is taking.

For example, this is what the IRS might send you:

You make: $X
Your deductions: $Y
Your Tax: $Z
Percentage Paid: %R

For the vast majority of the people in the US, the IRS knows everything it needs to know about you to do your taxes. There is no reason why a voluntary system like this would not work.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad