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Comment: Re:Sony? (Score 1) 161

by JThundley (#48644839) Attached to: Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

So let me get this straight: Sony advertises that you can install Linux on the PS3, users buy the PS3 and install Linux on it, Sony removes the said advertised feature, and it's the user's fault because other machines are better at running Linux?! Great logic you have there.

Don't forget that many people installed the update which removed Other OS by accident, or they wouldn't dream that installing an update would purposely remove an advertised feature. I am flabbergasted that you so quickly take Sony's side in this issue.

Comment: Interesting hypocrisy at play in Nebraska.... (Score 1) 463

by Ellis D. Tripp (#48640105) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

So legal weed coming INTO the state constitutes a great threat, but setting up cheap liquor stores just across the state border from the Lakota reservation (with a huge alcoholism rate) is just swell...

Nebraska Complains About Colorado Weed While Enabling South Dakota Alcoholism

Comment: Re:Not sure the FDA would be much better... (Score 1) 463

by Ellis D. Tripp (#48637177) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

In the case of pot, the most logical thing would be a division of efforts, such as we currently have for our other (much more harmful and addictive) recreational drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Surgeon general can force warning labels and release reports, but little else.

FTC/FDA/BATFE can police ingredients, labeling/packaging, production facilities, overseas shipping, etc.

Home production/non profit distribution allowed with generous limits and no more oversight than homebrewing beer or amateur winemaking is subject to now.

Comment: Armchair denial is not questionning science (Score 2) 627

by aepervius (#48636817) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
If you have data, make a model, and then either make experiment or prediction on model and come with a different result than the actual science, youa re doing science you can PUBLISH and then you are a climate skeptic because you have reason to.

Climate change denier, usually the same people which respond to criticism with "hey science is a religion you can't question it" are usually armchar people havign read a blog or two or have a poltical ground and have no fucking clue about the real state of climate science state.

How many people worldwide can be called climate science skeptic ? AKA : publish article and have data model to back it up ? Not many. I can count them maybe on a hand or two. ALL the rest are denier which throw any excuse up and they are present by many many order of magnitude more than the previous group (including the false criticism "established science cannot be questionned" ... It can, but with a proper data and evidence. Not with bullshit from a sofa).

And this is essentially why your criticism is not warranted. Science is about being constantly questionned by other falsifiable science hypotheses. Not by idiot in a chair repeating some conservative BS they saw somewhere abou solar flare or volcanoe.

Comment: Not sure the FDA would be much better... (Score 1) 463

by Ellis D. Tripp (#48634847) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

If they use the standards that they use for regulating pharmaceuticals, and tried to apply them to recreational drugs.

Their risk/benefit analysis procedures would need a major realignment, as the current methods would disallow essentially ANY substance as having risks that outweigh the benefits (getting high).

Because getting high is not a medical necessity, the amount of potential risk would need to be essentially non-existent for the FDA to allow a substance on the market. Even relatively benign recreational drugs like pot or psychedelics have potential risks that would preclude them from approval according to current FDA standards.

Comment: Re:On paper, sure. But in reality the DEA makes la (Score 1) 463

by Ellis D. Tripp (#48634399) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Well, a group of lawyers and businessmen (Congress) is about as poorly equipped as a group of prosecutors and cops (DEA) to render an impartial decision about the potential risks/benefits of various chemicals based on scientific fact, rather than political expedience or ideology.

About the ONLY thing that Congress has over the DEA is that (again, in theory) they are responsible to the will of the people that elect them. Of course, in reality, they are beholden to the needs of the corporations (Pharma, Booze, Tobacco, Corrections) who fund their campaigns, so we end up with more and more substances being made illegal every year, science be damned.

Comment: On paper, sure. But in reality the DEA makes law. (Score 5, Informative) 463

by Ellis D. Tripp (#48633755) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Going back at least as far as the 1980s, the DEA has used their "emergency scheduling" powers to ban various substances by fiat.

Drugs like MDMA, GHB, "bath salts", and various synthetic cannabinoids were all summarily placed in Schedule I by unelected DEA bureaucrats. All they have to do is wave their pen, and any substance they want to ban is made illegal.

Yes, such actions are theoretically open to review by congress, but in reality Congress has never denied any DEA action of this nature, and simply rubber stamps whatever the DEA does.

So the DEA has the ability to CREATE drug laws, as well as ENFORCE them.

Comment: nirvana fallacy (Score 4, Insightful) 56

by aepervius (#48628021) Attached to: India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket
Or whatever it is alled : expecting all basic ills to be solved before technological progress is considered. It is impracticable in the modern world and asking for it as you seem to do , shows a distinct problem at understanding how the world work. In practice you do not portion your whole finance to some problem as food or sanitation, otherwise you reach only stagnation. You have to dedicate some to technology advance.

And India is showing you why : they make a lot of progress, and in fact if their rocket is good enough (not many failure) they might get a good size of the satellite launching market, thus bringing in money and being able to concentrate on their other problem better, more so than as if they had instead investing that money in just food or basic sanitation.

Comment: Re:The US = Land of the Lawyers (Score 1) 573

by Paradise Pete (#48626307) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

the relatives of the one shot will sue Sony for millions of dollars due to the release of the film that Sony KNEW could unleash terrorism.

You don't really think they could win that lawsuit, do you? The only think they KNEW was that there was a threat. Sure, lawyers would probably have made the theaters and Sony post signs about the threat, but then the patrons also KNEW about the threat.
Otherwise any event in the country could be stopped by a mere phone call or email or even a tweet.

Comment: I am wondering too (Score 3, Insightful) 573

by aepervius (#48625903) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
I have posted that yesterday : the feedback I read from people having watched the film in preview told that it was horribly bad. Now they have made sure that for the next days or maybe even week they made the film "unforgettable". Maybe I am paranoid but I would bet that it is a PR coup on Sony side.

Comment: I am cynical (Score 2, Insightful) 580

by aepervius (#48621981) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
I have the feeling the reason the show was cancelled , was because the pre-release feedback was very negative, that it was a bad film, but with those threat they saw an opportunity, and now they are priming the US market for a massive "buy it to spite terrorrist !" direct to DVD.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.