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Comment: Re: Stupid (Score 2) 551

The problem States are having is that companies refuse to sell the drugs to the States because of sanctions imposed on them by the EU.

Oh come on now. That isn't even bullshit. It is horse shit.

The drug companies that produce the drugs used for execution realized that their drugs, which were originally designed to save lives, was being used to take lives. Every statement made by those companies state that. In other words, they made a moral judgement that they didn't want to be seen as providing death on one hand and life on the other. Sure, the EU pharmacies were the first to refuse but your statement doesn't take into account the American companies refusals.

Comment: great, chrome becomes even more annoying (Score 3, Interesting) 69

by X0563511 (#49506523) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

For a good long while it's been annoying when dealing with mangled SSL configurations - at least firefox let's you tweak stuff in about:config to work around them.

No, getting the site fixed is not always an option, and validation of the certificate is not always necessary. For instance, there was a good long while where Chrome was completely unusable with some of our ZFS storage appliances (which live on a nonrouted private management network) because of retarded cert validation changes. Sure, that makes sense when you are visiting your bank's site... but not so much when you're trying to get into something on 10.0.0.0/8 when you're directly connected to the thing with a crossover cable... and no, updating the software in the controller wasn't an option because of outstanding critical-level bugs.

Fun times.

Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 5, Insightful) 208

While I've been fortunate to have never received any of that junk, I do see this as a good move... and $5 is really low. Recall it's not $5 on any purchase, but $5 over the lifetime of your account. That's... well. If that's a problem for you, how exactly do you afford to have whatever it is you're running Steam on? I'll give you the internet - maybe public wifi (or stealing it)... but unless you dug the device out of the trash and are also stealing electricity, I think spending $5 at one time or another isn't much to require.

Comment: Re:Doug Williams - Polygraph Countermeasures? BS! (Score 1) 112

by penix1 (#49505469) Attached to: DIA Polygraph Countermeasure Case Files Leaked

The problem is people DO believe a polygraph is "accurate" or it wouldn't be used to "weed out" suspects like it is. I watch Investigation Discovery all the time and I find it disturbing that a test that is invalid in a court is still use by police for this purpose. Things get worse if you refuse to take the test or, God forbid, request an attorney be present during questioning. Guilt is then further reinforced with a suspect that invokes those rights.

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