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Comment: Drugs were not always illegal in the US (Score 3, Insightful) 474

by cphilo (#47488703) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use
Here is a recipe from my great-grandma's cookbook. Cough Syrup Syrup of squills four ounces, syrup of tolu four ounces, tincture of bloodroot one and one-half ounces, camphorated tincture of opium four ounces. Mix. Dose for an adult, one teaspoon repeated every two to four hours. She used to be able to go to the pharmacist and get tincture of opium.

Comment: Corporate culture (Score 5, Informative) 272

by cphilo (#47482899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?
My son is certified as a Microsoft Architect and at one point in his career was a senior Microsoft executive. He described the upper levels as very political. There was little team spirit.There was a lot of jockeying for position, backstabbing and attempts to degrade people to to elevate yourself. He eventually left and started his own company (which is doing quite well. He just bought a 40' RV)

Comment: Re:Why subsidize? (Score 1) 1030

by cphilo (#45493591) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

If solar is doing so great then why does it need subsidies? Thats what the GOP doesn't like, not that such a thing exists, but that the government creates distortions in the economy by picking winners before the race starts. Old school republicans and libertarians both distaste government intervention. Solar will eventually become cost effective without subsidies, lets wait for that to happen.

If fossil fuels are doing so great then why do they need subsidies? Thats what the GOP doesn't like, not that such a thing exists, but that the government creates distortions in the economy by picking winners before the race starts. Old school republicans and libertarians both distaste government intervention. Fossil fuels eventually rise or fall without subsidies, lets wait for that to happen.

+ - WikiLeaks Targets "Security Firms" Targeting WikiLeaks-> 2

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "Wikileaks press release from September 4 has not gotten much mainstream coverage (Digital Journal, Infosecurity-magazine). But it's an interesting circle... Wikileaks "Counter Intelligence" Unit is tracking the firms hired to track Julian Assange. The press release claims to have provided significant insight into "bulk interception methods for voice, SMS, MMS, email, fax and satellite phone communications." The released documents also show intelligence contractors selling the ability to analyse web and mobile interceptions in real-time, according to the release."
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Comment: Terrorists (Score 3, Insightful) 250

by cphilo (#44740375) Attached to: New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA
I think the problem is EVERYTHING is labeled Top Secret and everything is a terrorist group. Is this going to embarrass Senator X? Label it top secret. Twenty years in the future, this fact MIGHT be pertinent. Label it Super Top Secret. Annoyed with someone? Label him a terrorist. Annoyed with a situation. Must be terrorists. In the rush to cover their governmental asses, everything must be labeled top secret and everyone must be spied on, because, ya know, they might become a terrorist someday. Land of the Free, as long as you do not upset anyone in power: corporate, military or government.

Comment: Privacy Issue (Score 1) 223

by cphilo (#44602097) Attached to: Should Cops Wear Google Glass?
I see privacy issues both ways. If the cops is required to wear Google glasses all the time, we have an issue where the cops cannot use the restroom or eat in privacy. And if he takes them off, then some lawyer will be upset about the missing time. I also see a problem with overriding the individual judgement of the cop. What if he feels he HAS to write a ticket instead of just give a warning, because his every move is being monitored by someone. I think we should just stick with dashcams

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