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Comment Re:What is it with Europeans and Bald Eagles? (Score 1) 137

In the United States they were endangered most of my life (until about 10 years ago), and still to this day it is illegal to "own" one in captivity except under certain very rare circumstances.

Evidently, it is not rare enough circumstances to prevent this particularly egregious fucktardery, which also shows that some of the most "patriotic" 'Murkans have no problem with it at all.

But I do agree...just leave them the fuck alone.

Comment Re:We actually don't WANT better ransomware (Score 4, Informative) 67

Well, it seems to me that two things are likely true:

1) Making malware code public helps malware programmers (current and aspiring) write better malware programs.

2) Making malware code public helps anti-malware programmers (current and aspiring) write better anti-malware programs.

Who benefits more? I honestly don't know. However, my bias is towards openness over secrecy, and I think it needs to demonstrated that the risks of making malware code public outweigh any potential benefits.

Comment Re:Is there a dark side (Score 1) 184

You know what else Henry Ford is quoted as having said?

"I know who caused the war (World War I)...the German-Jewish bankers! I have the evidence here. Facts! I can't give out the facts now, because I haven't got them all yet, but I'll have them soon."

Just sayin', it not like we should blindly accept every pearl of wisdom that dropped off ol' HF's lips or anything.

Comment Re:qBittorrent (Score 1) 91

There's no need to visit a site when your client has built in search across whatever you want to configure it with as well as sensible defaults and no malware included (I'm looking at YOU SourceForge).

I highly recommend qBittorrent for that, as one reason among many. I've used it for years and is the best client I've encountered.

While I agree with your recommendation of qBittorrent, in-client search is only useful when you know exactly what you're looking for. If you want to browse, you're SOL unless you visit the site(s).

As to the issue with qBittorrent and SourceForge, their primary download provider is FossHub, and it is also available via Ninite, neither of which seems to have whored out their reputation like SourceForge...yet.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 85

Given the options, I take the "factor" to mean "reason to be concerned over my own".

Interesting. I took it to mean "what is the most important factor for ensuring our personal data protection?" Again, that was based more on the options than the question.

That both are reasonable interpretations means we can all agree...it's a terribly worded question.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 112

Nope, wasn't arguing that at all. My only point was that LSD was to my knowledge, and have now confirmed, a pretty serendipitous discovery.

But to rant on a bit...in my opinion, most drugs are not really 'designed', and I've always bristled at the term 'designer drugs'. Ask people to name as many 'designer drugs' as they can and I'll bet you 99.99% of the answers will be some form of MDMA (discovered 1912), ketamine (1962), or maybe GHB (1874). There are a handful of drugs out there on the fringe of the party drug market that may be newer than than that, but I hope you get my point. Implicit in the concept of 'designer drugs' is that evil drug lords are just toiling day and night in their secret laboratories trying to come up with that just-right formula to evade the CSA scheduling list, but it's just not reality. The fact is that the pharmaceutical industry pretty much covered the vast majority of that ground by 50 years ago, and the corner of the illicit drug market beyond the 'tried and true' is statistically insignificant.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not attributing any of that cultural baggage to you...I'm just trying to express where I'm coming from. Do I think that mankind would ever stop looking for a better trip/buzz/what-have-you? No, not at all. But for the most part, they are rarely designed, more like they try every variant that chemistry permits and then determine which ones are interesting. I can't call that 'design' any more than animal/plant breeding or hybridization is 'design'; sure, you may start with objectives in mind, but good luck if your design is to make a cow capable of photosynthesis.

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