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Comment: Why is this on /.? (Score 0) 190

by guevera (#47257459) Attached to: U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

It's a bill sponsored by members of the minority party in the House of Representatives. It has zero chance of becoming law, and a nearly zero chance of ever making it out of committee. Why are the editors wasting our time with this? Do they not understand the first thing about how congress works?

Comment: Re:Turn the tables around (Score 2) 114

Sure, but is "intuitive user interface for capacitive touchscreen device" actually patentable? If it is, then Apple's got a case and the patent system is even worse than I thought. If it's not, then Apple's just scum trying to manipulate the legal system to win what they can't win in the market.

As for nuking Apple from orbit? I'd happily do it even if there was no such thing as iOS, Android or even cell phones. I'd nuke them even if I had to give the launch order over a landline with a rotary phone.

Comment: You can still get cable descramblers? (Score 1) 548

by guevera (#46905135) Attached to: Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

I had no idea you could still get cable descramblers that work worth a damn. Anyone know if they're legit? Anyone wanna point me toward a good source?

I used to get hacked DirectTV access cards back in the day and they were awesome...but I thought those days were over for good.

I've sworn to never pay for cable again, but I would sign up for a basic package if I could get everything else for free like back in the day.

Thank you DOJ; without your stupid initiative I woulda never known.

Comment: Depends on the state (Score 1) 1374

by guevera (#46895285) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

And as for the "what if this is the only gun you can buy" counterargument: there are a few hundred million guns in the USofA, and the people that make them have considerable clout. The notion that suddenly all those other, conventional firearms will disappear, and that gun manufacturers will be forced to make only this type of gun, is delusional.

Ruger has already been forced to quit selling new guns in California because of a requirement that all new pistols include 'bullet stamping' technology -- technology that is not near ready for regular use and will make pistols at least two to three times more expensive than they are now when it is finally reliable.

Other manufacturers will be affected by the new regulations as they refresh their model lines (and in Cali, that can include things like a different color finish).

Comment: Re:So much nonsense in terms (Score 1) 258

by guevera (#46792077) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops
Looks nice...but still not as dense as what I'd expect under HIDs...I really want to be excited about LEDs but I just haven't seen them work well enough on a per watt or per sqft basis...yet. They've gotten a lot better in just the last couple of years....and someday soon they'll be ready for prime time.

Comment: Re:Cartels will be fine.... (Score 0) 258

by guevera (#46785893) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Except for that's not how it's panning out in places like Colorado and the Netherlands, where it's largely smaller growers who are making money....

Sure, as long as it remains illegal enough that no legitimate corporation is willing to touch it. The minute you've got real legalization, as opposed to just decriminalization or some sort of nebulous status like Colorado (legal state, illegal under federal law) then it'll be a whole different type of criminal running the show...the same business a$$hole$ who run the rest of the economy.

Comment: Re:So much nonsense in terms (Score 2) 258

by guevera (#46785587) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

LEDs aren't there yet. You can't get cannabis to flower properly under LED lighting, nor can you get the sort of growth rates you'll get under HID lights. It might be useful for cloning...but flourescents work fine for that.

Also, the newer digital HID ballasts are silent. Even older magnetic ballasts don't make much noise, especially if they're installed properly. Your biggest noise issue is going to come from exhaust fans, but that can be minimized as well if you know what you're doing. Or so I've heard..."

Comment: Cartels will be fine.... (Score -1) 258

by guevera (#46785575) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops
...if weed is legalized. It's mom and pop growers who will be hurt. Serious organized crime groups will just make up any lost weed money with other drugs. People who have turned to growing because the economy sucks so bad, like pretty much everyone in my hometown, will be the losers from legalization.

Comment: Ahhh, blessed tobacco.... (Score 2) 54

by guevera (#46616683) Attached to: West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco

About 15 years ago a partner and I did a large-ish scale guerilla-style marijuana grow on timber company land in SE Humboldt County. Spent almost 10 months hiking through dense brush and scrub forest every day, often working or walking along the streams -- prime territory for ticks and mosquitos.

My partner was a serious hippie. He was vegitarian and ate macrobiotic, grew his own wheat grass, didn't smoke (tobacco, anyway), body was his temple. He got eaten alive. Every day he'd have a half dozen or more ticks take a bite, mosquitos swarmed him every chance they got.

Meanwhile, I was living on Mountain Dew, McDonalds and Marlboros. Anytime I saw a mosquito I'd light a cigarette and they'd go away. I think I got three tick bites the whole season.

Of course I was 18 and could get away with it....but still

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