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Comment Re:Haven't I heard this before? (Score 0) 112

The other, which does not connect to the internal LAN ... Outside users must authenticate using their Xfinity credentials to connect ... nefarious activity ... will be attributed to it's rightful owner.

Once someone finds a vulnerability that bypasses either of those, what happens then? How soon will it be before Comcast admits there is a problem, and a patch is issued?

One of the MANY reasons I won't run an ISP supplied modem or router, there is nearly 0% chance that it will receive security or usability updates in a timely manner, if they update them at all.

Comment Re:Pagination incompatibility? (Score 1) 314

They took it to insane levels by changing the formatting when the printer is changed.

Oh, what a (hopefuly not too hazy) memory that brings back. Mid/late 90s, working as a store computer tech, I once spent half a day trying to figure out why a client who had just installed a new printer could only select from a few fonts in Word. Somehow the system was using a generic driver for the new printer, and thus Word was only giving a few options for fonts. IIRC, installed the updated, device specific driver, set the printer as the system default, and went for a 3 beer lunch.

Comment Re:More stupid CONservative posts (Score 1) 231

Why are you pulling out a legal dictionary?

Because you seem to think that there is only one type of cause. If a butterfly flaps it's wings in Asia, how much of a factor is that in a hurricane in the Atlantic? Did the butterfly directly cause the hurricane, or was it some other type of cause? I understand that this is an absurd example, but you seem to be saying that this is all black and white, with no shades of grey and that no other factors contributed to the end result.

And what is the other factor involved in jumping out a window if the direct cause of your mental state is the substance itself?

Are you claiming that the persons mental state and the setting in which they were in before ingestion wasn't a factor? Have you heard of the concept of "set and setting"? The internal mindset and external setting where usage takes place affects the resulting experience of drug usage.

sulfuric acid won't kill you but the hemorrhaging semi-dissolved tissues will.

Probably a bad example. The causal chain in that case would look more like: Ingest acid > catastrophic organ and tissue damage > death.

Comment Re:More stupid CONservative posts (Score 1) 231

You seem to have a limited understanding of the idea of causality.

A direct cause means, if I take action A, then the result is B. There is no other factor that influences the process. If I drink a quart of concentrated sulfuric acid, nothing about my mental state, previous training or knowledge or physical ability will change the resulting course of events.

An indirect (or if you'd like some finer shades of grey, Proximate, Unforeseeable, and Remote Causes) cause is one that is a contributing factor. Some small number of people who ingest cannabis, when combined with OTHER FACTORS, do things that are stupid, or possibly dangerous or deadly to themselves or others. Tens of thousands of people ingest cannabis every day, without jumping out of windows or hurting themselves or others in any way. Actually, "tens of thousands" is probably a very low estimate. According to a 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there were 19.8 million past-month users.

If cannabis use was a direct cause of people jumping out windows, or harming themselves or others, why are there so few such incidents when compared to the rate of usage?

Comment Re:More stupid CONservative posts (Score 1) 231

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. We haven't (yet) had to find out if it's effective or not, and I hope that it doesn't come to that. There are approximately 88 guns for every 100 people in the US. If it does, it won't be pretty, no matter which side "wins". Scare quotes, because if there is an armed insurrection in the US, no one wins.

My hopes are lowered a little bit by every story of willful corporate and government abuse. I wish I had an answer for how to turn that around, as it seems to be getting worse, not better.

Comment Re:More stupid CONservative posts (Score 1) 231

You've shown 1 example of an inexperienced cannabis user. Lets look at the direct, and some indirect consequences of other drug that are legal in the US. On average, 6 people die every day from alcohol poisoning. In 2013, over 32,000 people died in car accidents. Tobacco is a factor in over 450k deaths a year. In 2013, there were 16,000 deaths from prescription painkillers. Even if you want to include indirect deaths such as your example, cannabis is far more benign than many other substances that are legal in the US.

The reason I'm starting with toxicity, is that I can state with a high degree of certainty that you can ingest as much cannabis as you want, and you'll still be here to talk about it in a few days. The same cannot be said for alcohol, oxycontin, or xanax. If the toxicity and risk from use of cannabis are so low, why do you feel a need to have it so restricted?

If there was a system in place to provide actual education around use and abuse, and a regulated market place, the cannabis related "deaths" would be expected to go down even further. I guess I think people should have the freedom to alter their mind and body in the way they see fit, assuming they aren't infringing on someone elses rights when they do it.

Don't you think it would be a better use of our collective time and money to go after the more dangerous drugs?

Comment Re:More stupid CONservative posts (Score 1) 231

Can you provide an example of this happening in real life?

If people had access to valid information about how to use cannabis safely, and had the ability to obtain it in a legal manner, that would be very unlikely.

Since Colorado legalized cannabis in 2012, traffic fatalities have declined each year.

Comment Re:More stupid CONservative posts (Score 1) 231

While I think the constitution probably isn't the right place for cannabis law, the insane way the plant has been treated in the last 100 years is appalling. Starting as a racist tool in the 20s, cannabis prohibition is part of what has grown the US prison population to be the largest in the world.

In recorded history, not a single person has died directly from the use of cannabis. This is contrasted with the legal and accepted drugs tobacco and alcohol, which kill multiple people EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Bring your best arguments. I've heard them all, and they are easily defeated.

Comment Re:More stupid CONservative posts (Score 2) 231

The right to have a car isn't in the constitution either.

No, it's not. Probably because cars, or even the internal combustion engine, wouldn't be invented for another 100+ years. The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that citizens do have the freedom of movement.

Comment Re:Artificial? (Score 1) 163

OMG. Have you heard about Dihydrogen Monoxide? This is some serious stuff, and it's EVERYWHERE!

For example, DHMO is a constituent of many known toxic substances, diseases and disease-causing agents, environmental hazards and can even be lethal to humans in quantities as small as a thimbleful.

And it should be the law: If you use the word `paradigm' without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions. -- David Jones