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Comment: Re:Regardless, This Is Asking for Trouble (Score 1) 886

by andywest (#49355767) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

I should add that GenCon is so big, and the relocation of such convention take so long, that it would be more cost-effective to wait until the contract expires and make a new contract with another city (say, Seattle) ahead of time. Be patient.

I should also add that the type of businesses that were clammering for the anti-homosexual law — caterers and photographers — are not the same type as those that serve GenCon conventioneers. The law would not have an effect on conventioneers, anyway.

Comment: Regardless, This Is Asking for Trouble (Score 3, Insightful) 886

by andywest (#49338585) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill
It will be sad to see GenCon migrate to Seattle, where it would be far more welcome than in Indianapolis. But the Indiana General Assembly's act of antagonism will cause a loss of customers and business, which should be enough cause for GenCon to claim breach of contract on the part of the Indianapolis Convention Bureau, even if it was not its fault. And the law itself will be litigated over. Lawsuits will be flying this summer in Indianapolis, not cosplayers flying to Indy.

Comment: The myth is not its basis (Score 1) 305

by andywest (#49029713) Attached to: Alcohol's Evaporating Health Benefits

I do not know how 'red wine' got inflated to 'any form of hooch', and 'resveratrol' to 'ethanol'. I guess it is typical human folly in which the red wine story was transmuted into an excuse to get totally wasted ... with help from the 'alcohol industry'. (Since when do you need an industry to help you get drunk?)

It is the red wine, taken in moderation and with food, that is supposed to be healthful: Not Pabst nor Thunderbird nor Jack Daniels taken with the bottom of the bottle up in the air.

Comment: Efficiency is irrelevant (Score 1) 448

by andywest (#48757839) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For
Using the comparison of cable television with the airline industry is foolish, as this Techdirt article reveals. Efficiency (by which I assume they mean profitability) is irrelevant if the only customers the cable industry has left are the sports nuts. In this country, there should be enough of them to keep the industry going, I suppose.

+ - UN: US Pot Legalization Violates Treaties->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week.

Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted this month to allow the use of marijuana, boosting the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.

"I don't see how (the new laws) can be compatible with existing conventions," Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told reporters.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Just Give It Up (Score 1) 116

by andywest (#47824291) Attached to: Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help
Trusting in Oracle (or any other company of that kind) is your first mistake. When you realize that mistake, you sue Oracle. Well and good. Now you want to salvage the mess that Oracle made, and you need their help? That is even more foolish. Why should Oracle help you now? Just give it up already, swallow the cost (and the pride) you already paid, and go on the Federal site.

Comment: Re:Legal statutes (Score 2) 371

by andywest (#44111799) Attached to: FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

That is a misunderstanding.

Let me shift the bulletin down: The only reason ham radio is allowed to operate anywhere in the world is because the governments of the world (including ours) do not regard it as a threat to them. Encryption is a threat as far as governments are concerned; and legal limitations (or their lack) in this country don't matter, since ham radio is global. If you add encryption to ham radio, then ham radio becomes a threat to governments, too. Then ham radio will become largely banned or restricted, and its enjoyment elsewhere will drop to the point where it is no longer viable as a hobby.

This proposal, requested by a relatively narrow sector of society (hospitals) out of fear of litigation, if it every becomes allowed, will turn and bite hospitals in the collective butt when they face a shrinking pool of licensed radio operators. Any remaining ham radio operators will use ham radio at work, where the employer assumes the legal risk. Otherwise, why bother, when encryption makes ham radio too much trouble.

Comment: Nope, That's Not Going To Work (Score 2) 2

by andywest (#42971231) Attached to: The Deat of Slashdot

Let assume that the bill passes both houses of Illinois' legislature. The governor might see it for the nonsense it is, and veto it. Even if he signs the bill (or his veto is overridden), the law will be challenged in court almost immediately. It is likely it will be struck down on constitutional grounds, and will almost certainly not be enacted in the meantime.

Just to make things more interesting, the proposer of this bill is also proposing another bill to make gun ownership anonymous.

Comment: It's not just with WinXP. (Score 3, Interesting) 92

by andywest (#42798131) Attached to: Kaspersky Update Breaks Internet Access For Windows XP Users
This is not Kaspersky's only problem with its anti-virus product. I have been asked to install a 'technical update'. When I did so, it crashed the anti-virus so badly that it no longer worked at all. I had to physically remove its folder from the Program Files area and reinstall the program from scratch. And this was with Windows 7. That was back in November. When I got the same message in January, I thought Kaspersky might have fixed the problem. Nope: Install -- crash -- scrape up mess -- reinstall from scratch. You kind of wonder what has Kaspersky been doing over the past six months.

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