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Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 676

by The-Ixian (#49538709) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I am with you.
I really feel that by making drugs illegal and taboo we make it

  1. 1. Difficult for people to talk about it and thereby make the cycle harder to break and
  2. 2. More appealing to rebellious youth who want to buck the system.

These points alone play a big part in setting some people on to a dark path.

Comment: Re:A flaw in *WINDOWS*?! (Score 1) 119

by The-Ixian (#49479899) Attached to: Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Found In Windows HTTP Stack

I have been saying this for years and I almost believe it myself now.
The fact is, I have biases and these biases shift over time.
I always tell myself that I am giving people the best advice I can, but upon self analysis, I hardly ever recommend MACs to people because I just sort of don't like Apple because of encounters I have had over the years with zealot fanboys. I sort of have the same feelings toward Cisco.... every Cisco tech I have ever met looked down their nose at me... for that reason I normally deploy Adtran, HP or SonicWALL.
I guess my point is that we all like to think that we are being unbiased and use the tools that work best, but my feeling is that most people just end up using the tools they are most comfortable with and carry stories that help justify their decisions.

Comment: Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 187

by The-Ixian (#49471779) Attached to: Acetaminophen Reduces Both Pain and Pleasure, Study Finds

I really don't think that it is drugs that "turn a large majority of their users into slobbering idiots", this attitude is part of the problem.
I think that drugs are a side effect of a larger more fundamental issue in those people's lives. I mean, who doesn't like feeling good? Drugs can make you feel really, really good.
I think it is just that most people don't know how to talk about drugs because they can't, we don't let them. What they are going through is outside the experience of non-drug users and furthermore we are taught to demonize them because "drugs are bad, mmmmmkay?.
Drug users have to hide their use from everyone except the people that are doing it with them.
You get an echo chamber effect and bad decisions are cascaded because there is no voice of reason any more, just voices of contempt and disgust coming from the communities outside.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 362

by The-Ixian (#49190631) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Are people really going to end up owning cars in the end (far future)?
I think it will be an uber style model eventually were nobody owns a car but everyone has equal access to one.
In this situation, the company owner would be the one with the license and liability to operate it.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel