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Comment: Is it not true? (Score 4, Insightful) 397

Pointing out that MJ is relatively safe (from accidental overdose) after decades of propaganda showing it to be a "dangerous" drug and comparing it to other "dangerous" drugs is a pretty important message.

Especially when you drop alcohol underneath the really nasty stuff.

It's making a really valid point. You put alcohol abuse up against MJ and the others for long term health affects you will probably see smoking climb the chart and fight alcohol for top run while MJ stays the same.

Comment: Re:Amazing what the absence of govt really means (Score 1) 148

by gatfirls (#49022113) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

That was kind of my whole point. Sure a bank could literally say that but they wouldn't because the whole FDIC system is there to prevent the need.

There hasn't really been a banking hack to that scale but I'll bet anything they have mitigation plans in place to make sure it does not affect that confidence I spoke of above.

If one of these exchanges tried to operate openly and got insurance (if they could) then people would be a lot more secure because the insurer would make damn sure they are doing things as close to perfect as possible.

Comment: Re:Amazing what the absence of govt really means (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by gatfirls (#49021261) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

"Jumping out of the frying pan and into the burner" adequately describes your position.

Currency is at its basis is valued in confidence. By that measure bitcoin not very competitive with almost any currency in the world.

My dollar means nothing to me because it can't be counterfeited and/or anonymously transmitted. It matters because when I head to the dealership to buy a car the value doesn't go down by 40% while I am finishing the paperwork, and also because when I go to the bank to withdraw it they *can't* say "sorry we got hacked, follow our twitter feed for updates".

Comment: Re:A Bitcoin scam? Impossible! (Score 1) 148

by gatfirls (#49021147) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

Uhhh, no it's their broad statute that covers fraud:

"419. Any person who by any false pretence, and with intent to defraud, obtains from any other person anything capable of being stolen, or induces any other person to deliver to any person anything capable of being stolen, is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for three years.
                                  If the thing is of the value of one thousand naira or upwards, he is liable to imprisonment for seven years.
                                  It is immaterial that the thing is obtained or its delivery is induced through the medium of a contract induced by the false pretence.
                                  The offender cannot be arrested without warrant unless found committing the offence

The parent to yours was spot on. The fraud associated with bitcoin et al; is no different than any other really. It's just the globalization of it and the semi-anonymity that makes it ripe for abuse. That's why the whole thing is so silly when people point out the lack or regulations and centralization as a benefit. It's the main neon sign drawback.

Comment: Oversight (Score 4, Insightful) 468

by gatfirls (#48909211) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Police want to be able to (without warrant or cause) track you, record you, search you, go through your cell phone, and whatever else the fancy at the moment but once there is the slightest attempt at any monitoring or oversight of the police they go apeshit about their rights and their safety.

It's so backwards it's almost a parody of the intent of the constitution and government accountability.

Comment: Re:Required vaccine? (Score 1) 178

by gatfirls (#48891589) Attached to: New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

You may be the stupidest registered user I have had to deal with.

Those headlights coming at you at 11PM might be a smoker, drunk person, or drug addict. Pick one.

Fight your tobacco cause you idiot, BTW a lot of really hardcore smokers are ex drug and alcohol users, tell those horrific people they should go back to alcohol and/or drugs because "ewww it stinks".

And someone modded you up? WTF?

Comment: Re:Required vaccine? (Score 1) 178

by gatfirls (#48886645) Attached to: New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

Alcohol? Great as long as you don't drive, don't urinate in public or start a drunken brawl.
Drugs? Great as long as you don't end up sitting in the ER on public dollars, or don't go on a lunatic stabbing rampage.
Smoke is probably the worst of the lot in terms of the number of people it affects. It smells foul (opinion) and it's bad for your health just being in the same room or general vicinity as someone who's doing it (fact).

Did you type that with a straight face? The sociological and economic impact from alcohol and drug abuse is so massive and ubiquitous it's pretty much impossible to be quantified.

What you are saying is: "I'm ok with these things when I remove the horrific aspects of them, but not with smoking."

There's like a million arrests per year for DUI (just the people who get caught), but let's focus on that terrible smoker doing things that you don't like.

The universe does not have laws -- it has habits, and habits can be broken.