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Comment: Re:Mexican Safe analogy (Score 1) 431

by techno-vampire (#47586165) Attached to: Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers
How? Even if the border patrol blocked the entrances on the US side, the owners could always provide a door on the Canadian side and there's no real way to stop people from going into Canada and using them. And, as the tavern was a Canadian business, American LEOs wouldn't have had any jurisdiction as long as the sales were made on the Canadian side of the building.

Comment: Re:GUI = fail (Score 1) 147

by techno-vampire (#47586131) Attached to: Comparison: Linux Text Editors
I've had to clean up my desktop after an upgrade didn't finish properly and I only had a CLI to work with. Knowing how to use at least one non-GUI text editor and having that editor installed already was a life saver because without it I couldn't have gotten the network up again and without that, I couldn't have installed an editor. Remote admin is one good reason to know how to work without a GUI, but it's not the only one.

Comment: Re:Pfft (Score 0) 147

by techno-vampire (#47586093) Attached to: Comparison: Linux Text Editors
I've been using nano, or as I like to call it, "Mork's editor," for a number of years when I've needed (or wanted) to do text editing in a CLI environment under Linux and I've never had a bit of trouble with it, even with line endings. You just have to remember that in some places, such as /etc/fstab, you need to make sure there's a /n at the end of every line, including the last one. Of course, my bashrc includes alias nano='nano -w -m' which may well explain why I've had such good luck with it.

Comment: Re:Mexican Safe analogy (Score 1) 431

by techno-vampire (#47585481) Attached to: Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers
I remember reading that back during Prohibition, there was a tavern that was built right over the US/Canadian border with the bar stools in the US and the bar itself in Canada. That way, if/when US law enforcement came in, all the customers needed to do was put down their glasses and lean back and there was nothing that could be done about it.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 163

by techno-vampire (#47570949) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing
I'm not sure how well it worked for her, but I'm glad that my trial's over and I'm back on my old treatment. Not only did I find myself obsessing over how much and when I was eating, I had vastly more hypoglycemic episodes than normal. (Of course, at least half of them had no symptoms other than a low reading, so I can't be sure.) I know that mealtime insulin works for many people; now I know that I'm not one of them.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 3, Informative) 163

by techno-vampire (#47570381) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing
Name another group of the population willing to be guinea pigs for experimental medication?

People with chronic conditions that might be helped by it. My sister has MS and was part of a clinical study of a new treatment. I have Type II diabetes and just finished a clinical trial of a new form of mealtime insulin. Neither of us is homeless, destitute or mentally ill.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 293

I didn't say you shouldn't be able to be paid in vacation days or in insurance or in gallons of milk. All I am saying is that you should be able to make those choices for yourself and not have government dictate to you how to get paid.

Agreed. However, the whole point of my post was not just to show that there's more to your compensation than just what you see on your paycheck but to give an example of how such alternate forms of payment can be worth much more than most people think.

Comment: Re:sure, works for France (Score 1) 293

You want to get medical insurance through your employer then your hourly rate is going to be lower, same with any tax.

Back in the '50s my father voted in favor of a proposal by his union to accept medical benefits instead of a raise in the hourly rate. Years later, he told me he considered it one of the best decisions he ever made.

Comment: Re:wat (Score 1) 227

by techno-vampire (#47526353) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists
It's important to note that when speaking about infinity don't fall into the fallacy of treating it as a value.

Even trained mathematicians can fall into that trap. In Infinity and the Mind, Rudy Rucker made the mistake of talking about a mountain that was "more than infinitely tall," which is nothing more than gibberish. I don't recommend that book to anybody, and this is just one of the many reasons I was disappointed by it.

The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time. -- Merrick Furst

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