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Comment: Re:How about ignoring it? (Score 2) 462

by flink (#48633709) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

I can't believe anyone can be stupid enough to think cannabis is dangerous enough to merit criminalization.

What you can or cannot believe isn't important, the truth is that cannabis can have a devastating effect on the developing teenage mind. Even if you don't consider that enough to warrant criminalization, that does not justify insulting those of us who do.

By that measure, so is alcohol, or any number of other drugs that are sold over the counter. Yes it should be age restricted, but the point is that it is not any more dangerous than plenty of other substances that are legal. It's certainly less dangerous than cigarettes.

Comment: Re:this is ridiculous (Score 1) 440

by flink (#48617711) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

It is now cost effective for governments to micromanage EVERYONE'S life.

The cameras may be next-to-free, but the cost to review their video and type up laborious transcripts isn't...yet.

Yes, but if they have hundreds of hours of tape on everyone, then whenever a government official wants to compel you to do something, all they have to do is threaten to laboriously review your tapes.

Don't challenge this eminent domain taking, or else we'll review your tapes. Don't fight this speeding ticket, don't attend that protest, don't report that dirty cop, etc.

Comment: Re:Knowledge is the solution (Score 4, Insightful) 1050

by flink (#48582585) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Government forcing medical procedures on anyone is really not something we want, especially since government won't take responsibility for the (admittedly unlikely) consequences of a bad result.

You mean take responsibility by compensating (the very few) people who are legitimately harmed by a vaccine reaction: National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Comment: Hiding evidence (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by flink (#48559753) Attached to: Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

If you are a US citizen, I don't think you could get out of producing a document the court ordered you to supply by airmailing it to a confederate in another country. Similarly, if the data in question are related to Microsoft's US operations, then MS, being a corporation incorporated in the US, should be required to produce them.

Comment: Re:If so damn many people are making nukes (Score 1) 260

by flink (#48297595) Attached to: Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

fair enough, I should have been more specific. Anything with pseudoephrine has been behind the counter for years. I'm talking about a lot of stores now have a blanket policy on any cold medicine regardless of ingredients

  but I stand my my point regardless if you can make meth with it. How about instead of regulating things that could potentially be used to make bad things, we simply go after people who actually DO bad things. Stop inconveniencing the majority because of a very VERY small minority

Many cough formulas contain dextromethorphan, a mild dissociative that can be abused recreationally. When they check IDs for over-the-counter stuff, they're probably trying to screen out robotripping teenagers, not people cooking meth.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 3, Informative) 463

by flink (#48149881) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Can we please stop comparing Ebola to the flu?

For starters, Ebola apparently has a 70% mortality rate. Additionally, Ebola kills people who are otherwise perfectly healthy. The flu does not.

Some flus are absolutely more deadly for healthy people. Part of what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly was that it could induce a cytokine storm resulting in multiple organ failure. Since the release of cytokines is an inflammatory immune response, the better your immune system the worse off you are. Thus a young, fit person with a healthy immune system is more at risk than an infant with a undeveloped immune system, or an elderly person with a failing one.

Comment: Re:A bit early (Score 2) 279

by flink (#48140429) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

TFA's commentary on patient zero being sent home with a bottle of antibiotics (for a virus, of course) was spot on though. That's what happens when you insist on running healthcare as a business.

The suspicion is that either the ER Doctor(s?) ignored the nurse's notes,
or the hospital's electronic health record (EHR) software didn't let the Doctor see the nurse's notes.

I spent 15 years designing/implementing hospital information systems and later HIEs. In every instance I can think of where a doc was denied access to a portion of the chart, we gave implementers the option of enabling a "break glass" button that would let them see the entire unredacted record in case of an emergency. Using the button would trigger an administrative alert to prevent abuse or routine use. A competently designed system should never get ion the way of the delivery of urgent care.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 549

by flink (#48135083) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Was great on my PCs where I had KeePassX, but the first time I had to enter a 24-character randomly generated password with special characters on my cellphone to log in, I realized why it will never work for the average person. Big, long complex passwords are great until you have to type them in on a tiny ass keyboard.

Zetetic's STRIP is pretty great for this. I've been using it since it was a Palm Pilot V app. They've got Windows, Mac, IOS, and Android clients. On the desktop you you can dedicate a hot key for filling in forms, although admittedly on mobile you're stuck copy/pasting. It even has an RFC6238 TOTP generator built in so you can ditch Google Authenticator. Supports syncing between devices via cloud services, local WIFI, or a designated folder.

I usually don't shill for commercial products, but I've rarely used any one piece of software for so long and been so happy with it. And while the UI is commercial, they've released the encrypted repository that backs it as open source.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 299

Frankly, I'm more concerned with hackers or script kiddies bricking thousands of phones for lol's, than I am about hypothetical law enforcement abuse of it, but it remains a possibility.

a PC packed with FPGAs and a microcell could work as a rolling nuke that cracked and bricked every cell phone in a 2 klick radius

I think any sane implementation of this would require the brick command to be signed by the carrier's PKI or some other fail safe to prevent brick commands from being spammed or spoofed.

Loose bits sink chips.