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Comment: Re:Sanity... (Score 1) 501

by fafalone (#47942841) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

the police have more than enough tools for catching criminals without needing to violate the constitution.

Well, actually they don't.
-You have something for your own use in your own home, that you don't talk about publicly. Except it's illegal.
-You purchase a product from a willing seller, and you're both happy with the transaction. Except the product is illegal.
Not only are these two scenarios just illegal, but society has demanded that they need to be extremely aggressively enforced. There is simply no way for the police to do that without large scale and unambiguous violations of our rights. What needs to happen first is ending this ridiculous war on (some) drugs, which was the original justification for shredding the constitution (and also the vast majority of 'anti-terrorism' powers: they say they're to prevent terrorism, but are almost always used instead for domestic drug war cases).

Comment: Re:Fairly often, but nothing serious: (Score 1) 231

by fafalone (#47849051) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?
Oh lord, good old AOL. That was my online coming of age; I left just after leaking AOL6 Beta a couple days before it hit public beta. Most of the opssec team knew me personally. I was one of the guys who reverse engineered their FDO scripting language and did things like invoke all sorts of forms and libraries directly by resource number, hunting for staff only resources, which I frequently found. A very clever use allowed you to bypass RSA SecurID login for high level employees, and of course created banned screen names, 2 chars, fake 3 chars/indented names. But being kids, far and away most of our effort was focused on getting into or terminating other peoples accounts, which one way or another could almost certainly be accomplished. Star tool (aka Master AOL, a developer tool left accessible in the public release via a leaked trigger file) was a gift from the gods for those of us who really learned its power.

Comment: Re:More "elite" players? (Score 1) 170

If you're referring to things like startweapons or powerups timers as cheating(as if elite players can't time it in their heads)... it's got far more to do with game pace. I can't speak to Q3, but I played the Q2 Lithium mod on the standard startrockets/fasthook servers as a top tier player. Now that mod is gone and regular old baseq2 is all that's left. It's incredibly slow, you spend 50% of your time just chasing down weapons and ammo... it's boring. It's essentially a different game I have zero interest in playing.

Comment: Re:simcity 4 is best simcity (Score 1) 103

God, SC4 was so much fun. I wonder if I can get it working on my 64-bit Win7 box. Last I checked, it had some problems with that.

There's no problems at all running it on Win7 x64. And you should see the amazing custom content that's still being developed. Not just the thousands upon thousands of buildings; but an entirely new highway system with 2-10 lanes and completely custom ramps, tile-by-tile canal systems, or the incredibly detailed modular airports- can cover an entire large city tile with just an expansive airport; I released an entire plugin that's just tiles to make lines on the taxiways. Other modular sets let you construct expansive seaports, military bases, and any kind of landscape you can imagine.

Comment: Re:simcity 4 is best simcity (Score 1) 103

It's not just a computer hardware limitation; the simulator gets very inefficient at certain things. I running a reasonably modern system with 12GB RAM, and a large amount of custom content (20-40,000 files totalling 8-12GB, common among everyone still playing) on a large city still brings my system to its knees. Switching to underground view for subways, for instance, takes at least 20 seconds.

Comment: Re:Pre-emptive stance prior to 4K TV services (Score 2) 341

by fafalone (#47763745) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"
Even 1080p could push people over the limit. Getting everything I can in HD, 1080p if available, (e.g. all movies and maybe 2/3rds of TV) I've averaged just over 300GB/month for the last 24 months, even hitting 720GB one month. And I'm the only person on this connection. You get a whole family on the line (or god forbid 3 college kids sharing an apartment), and exceeding it is probably already common.
This is squarely targeted at those not getting their TV from Comcast NOW. No need to wait for 4K. I suspect they won't do this is areas where they have competition. I've had Optimum and now FiOS in my current home, and neither have these caps. Meanwhile my old house, where it was Comcast or 2Mbps DSL, was one of the very first places they rolled out caps to, and it was 200GB.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 3, Insightful) 341

by fafalone (#47763605) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"
You're either hopelessly naive or thinking of running for office one day yourself. Do you honestly think stuffing a senators pockets with "I'm donating $x to your PAC" is any different than stuffing it with actual currency? Or any of the other dozens of ways you can legally bribe congress, from 'I'll bring tons of jobs to your district' to 'Now might be a good time to invest in a company we're going to announce a buyout on next week' (look at how quickly and quietly they gutted the STOCK Act). All of these are the same thing as outright bribes and to pretend otherwise is nonsense.
And while on the local level, and maybe the state level, sure you have lots of people that sincerely want to effect change, but those aren't the people advancing to the national level.

Comment: Re:Safe injection sites (Score 1) 474

by fafalone (#47491575) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

...increase in the number of addicts

And why exactly do you think there would be an increase in the number of addicts? How many people do you know that just waiting to get out and pick up a heroin habit, if only it was legal?

Turns out there's just no evidence addiction rates will increase. There's some evidence more people might try a drug, but for the most part people predisposed to drug addiction are not being stopped by prohibition.
You may not be aware, since US media isn't very interested in going against the government, but Portugal has already decriminalized the possession of personal use quantities of drugs. All drugs. Cocaine and heroin too. They have NOT seen the number of addicts increase. In fact, the number of addicts GREATLY decreased, which is exactly what you expect to happen when addicts are treated like people who may need help and not as criminals who deserve a life-ruining felony conviction. (if you google for more information, be careful to note the distinction between addicts and people who have tried it, a lot of media outlets only report that 'tried it ever' has increased, and not that 'addicted to it' has gone down)

Comment: Re:Automation is killing jobs faster than ever (Score 1) 435

by fafalone (#47472317) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars
Those statistics fail to account for the biggest problem. Senior citizens themselves are perfectly safe doddling along at 20mph under the speed limit, taking a full minute to change lanes, coming to a complete stop where they shouldn't*, never signalling (or never turning the signal off) and all that other stuff. Everyone else on the road swerving around to avoid them or pass them (even when it's very unsafe to do so, because goddammit it's 55 not 35) are the ones being killed off. The seniors just continue on towards the bingo hall oblivious to the 10-car pileup they just caused.

* - One of the closest calls I ever had, some 80-90 year old came to a dead stop in the left travel lane of a 5-lane 45mph road and then slowly pulled into the center turning lane. This stands out as the single most egregious example of 'senior driving' I've ever encountered, and I lived in FL for 10 years.

Comment: Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (Score 1) 162

by fafalone (#47435591) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

I also think they are highly skeptical of someone asking for a specific opiate formulation, even when they initiate the prescription (ie, you have an obvious injury and they prescribe an opiate). It's highly ironic that they're so worried about addiction they're willing to risk serious liver toxicity.

This is exactly it. For every other condition, patients are encouraged to research their condition and its treatments on their own, and to have an informed discussion with their doctor about treatment options. But not for pain. Anyone with an even modest knowledge of painkillers is instantly labelled a drug-seeker. Ask for a painkiller by name, and the doctor looks at you like you're sitting there with a needle and spoon yelling 'GIMME GIMME DOPE'. And the more you justify why you want something, the worse it is. Doesn't matter how valid your research is, only junkies know that much. And the fact that you might have a clear need doesn't matter. Because if you WANT opiates, you're a drug-seeker, and drug-seekers should be left in pain rather than give them what they want.
That message has been drilled into doctors heads with the DEA leading the push. It's the DEA and drug warrior bureaucrats that define how pain is treated, not doctors. They know that no matter how thorough and professional their care is, they're one junkie OD away from an investigation and jail. Pain management specialists that actually prescribe should be hailed as heroes. Mine used to have the DEA come in, shut down the clinic, and start seizing files at least once every 6 months. And this is a caring professional who is not even close to a pill mill.

Comment: Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (Score 1) 162

by fafalone (#47435535) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body
Of course there's a compelling reason. It's to punish people who would take more than recommended by giving them liver damage. That's what the whole war on drugs is, punishing recreational drug users by increasing the harm that comes to them. Even if the doctor doesn't share that philosophy, the government forces it on them by making their life a living hell (everything from DEA records seizures and questioning, right up through loss of license and decades in jail) if they prescribe too many pure oxycodone products.

Comment: Re:Good? (Score 1) 273

1) Ubers can avoid poor neighborhoods at will, and there's really nothing the city can do about it. I live in LA, and if you live in, say, Watts, you must call a cab if you want a car, no Uber will find you there, because it's "the ghetto" and there's never an Uber within 20 minutes. Taxis can be and are required to pick up from all parts of the city, and their statistics are closely monitored by regulators to make sure they do.

Yellow cabs in NYC absolutely do this. Yes, they have to take you to your destination, but that's it. There's nothing requiring them to drive around looking for passengers- hence why the green outer borough cabs came to be. Even in parts of Manhattan, you'd have to wait 10-15 minutes, or more during off-peak, before seeing an available taxi. If you walk a few blocks, they're all over the place again. I used to frequently visit a friend in the Lower East Side public housing; for her cabs were so rare she would always call black car services, which cater to the area with cheaper prices than a regular taxi.

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