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Comment: Re:Automated sorting of mail and metadata? (Score 1) 65

by causality (#49537733) Attached to: New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail

The USPS has been using automated systems of sorting mail for decades. It's why mail across town goes to a consolidated center (perhaps halfway across the state) first for sorting into carrier routes and has been for decades.

That Homeland Security want to capture this information - which has long been determined to accessible (the original pen-trace) isn't surprising at all.

And they only have to photograph/image the ones that the machines can't read. It's only surprising to people who drink the conservative kool-aide that government can't do anything right.

There are four things government is in a position to do better than anyone else: military defense, law enforcement, public works, and the erosion of liberty.

Comment: Re:The antivaxers will ignore this... (Score 4, Informative) 339

by Pikoro (#49526223) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

" the idea being to add it to shots as something to enhance the body's reaction to a foreign body"

Wrong. the "mercury" in the vaccine is trace amounts of themirosol, which is a preservative used as an antibacterial/anti-fungal agent for multidose vials of vaccines. Its inclusion in single dose vials has been almost eliminated just to placate idiots like you who think it's dangerous or don't know what it actually does.

If you stick a needle into a multidose vial and it keeps getting punctured, there is a chance of contaminants getting introduced. The themirosol prevents that.

It has nothing to do with making the body react stronger to the vaccine. You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Get educated:

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 271

by causality (#49498253) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

Well, the constitution does say any American citizen has free travel between areas within the US. So if I was this guy, I'd sue the federal court. Fun fact, because it's a federal issue, he's constitutionally promised a jury of at least 6 people if the suit is for more than $20. At that point, it really doesn't matter what the federal judge says, it's the jury. And since the US is a country of "letter of the law", the federal government is going to have a hell of a time defending this action when the constitution explicitly prohibits it.

Sure thing. All it will cost him is his life savings plus whatever debt he incurs.

Comment: Re:Get 'em while they're hot! (Score 1) 108

by Pikoro (#49450385) Attached to: ICANN Asks FTC To Rule On<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.sucks gTLD Rollout

Funny thing is, if you look at the ticker showing recent registrations, NONE of them are by the trademark holders. They're all 101 Domains and CSC Corporate Domains. So these companies are buying up the domains, in order to sell "trademark protection services" to the actual trademark holders.

Nothing good will come of this, but the guy who owns the .sucks gtld is making money hand over fist.

Comment: Re:Do the math: that is stupid! (Score 2) 421

by causality (#49412325) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Banned In Six States

"It one of the least efficient form for transporting ethanol. "

But still more efficient that carrying the potable form which multiplies the mass by another 2.5x.

I don't think you understood what was meant by "efficient". Greater mass (the ethanol plus the absorbent material) makes it a less efficient method of transporting ethanol. This product does not produce a drink nearly as strong as regular 80-proof, 40% liquor. It's not even close. I'd carry some 151 (75.5% alcohol) and be much better off. There are lightweight non-glass containers that would be more than suitable.

Comment: Re:Astronaut-booze (Score 1) 421

by causality (#49412297) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Banned In Six States

Yes, you point out the facts of this; namely that typical strong alcohol at 70 proof is 35% ethanol. The balance is mostly water. This product is about that ratio of ethanol to some sorbent material that appears to go into solution if you add water.

  If the legislature of those states who are alarmed just did a little homework, they would realize that this is much ado about nothing.

Did you ever consider that they already know that? These are people who jumped through so many hoops to get where they are that they just enjoy being in control, flexing their muscles, and feeling secure in their positions by using them to real effect. Frivolous shit like this is the low-hanging fruit for control freaks. The very fact that it doesn't involve anything important means that the degree of serious, committed opposition will be minimal.

The important part for this mentality: if it doesn't work, nothing is really lost and you can wait a bit then keep trying until it sticks; if or when it does work, it establishes a "useful" precedent, giving an appearance of legitimacy to the idea that yes, the state can regulate this thing, too.

This is how sociopaths think. It's about winning and winning is about strategy. Most of that comes from a good knowledge of history, what others have tried beore, which things worked and which backfired, and what one is willing to risk. The campaign promises and speeches are just part of playing the game. The problem, the disconnect, is that average people don't think this way. They keep misinterpreting the actions they're observing.

As long as that keeps happening, things are unlikely to change. It's really difficult to solve a problem you haven't even defined.

Comment: Re:Um, not so much.... (Score 1) 105

by Pikoro (#49400241) Attached to: Court Refuses To Dismiss AT&amp;T Throttling Case

This is essentially what we have in Japan with the FLETS system. All the infra is basically owned by one company, who lease it out to others. NTT, the company who owns the fiber, have their own ISP set up on their own fiber, but it is trivial to start your own ISP using their infra. They get a cut of every customer, but there are so many ISPs here that they compete on features since speed isn't really a factor when nearly every ISP can provide gigabit speeds.

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.