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Comment: Re:Maybe, but maybe not... (Score 1) 135

by drinkypoo (#47798885) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

Usually, after a certain number of complaints, the system automatically blocks the content, and the original poster has to challenge the block.

Many Facebook users have noted, as I did when I was using it, that political content would often fail to post without explanation. Not only would the URLs fail to thumbnail and link, but I'd actually go back and read my posts and URLs had actually been stripped off of the political content, while the test bullshit I added in to prove the point was still there.

Comment: Re:Painkillers, HA! (Score 1) 199

by drinkypoo (#47798873) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

I assume the medical pot folks have a clue, and they say it tests quite a lot stronger than in the past -- more than six times stronger on average:

So I followed the links down and this is based solely on seized material. There's a zillion ways that could be improperly representative, especially since the volume has gone up so sharply. The figures became more useful year-on-year, and appear to become most reliable once you have hit around a couple thousand seizures. That is, if you look at the minimal available data with a critical eye, and not simply inclined to accept it.

Comment: Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (Score 1) 52

by Animats (#47798687) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

A few years ago, those Google NFC payment terminals were all over Silicon Valley. Nobody used them. Newer credit card terminals show no sign of supporting them, although some apparently have the hardware inside for it.

Another problem is that if the technology just requires the phone's presence, not interaction on the phone, it's insecure. "Near field communication" is only supposed to be up to 20cm, but a 2013 paper at Black Hat demonstrated connectivity at 100cm, which is good enough for crime. If it does require interaction on the phone, the user has to activate the phone, navigate to some app, and deal with the app. This is slower than swiping a credit card.

It's easier to do than card-reader skimmers.

Comment: Same thing from ultra-orthodox Jews. (Score 5, Informative) 219

by Animats (#47798195) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Many ultra-orthodox rabbis who demand their followers not use uncensored smartphones or uncensored internet access. In 2012, a big anti-Internet rally for ultra-orthodox Jews was held in New York. "The siren song of the Internet entices us! It brings out the worst of us!" The event was streamed live and is summarized on YouTube.

There are ultra-orthodox ISPs with filtering. The filtering is very stringent, based on a rabbi-approved whitelist. "That's all you get, and nothing else."

There are kosher cell phones. "Kosher Phone has no camera, no Bluetooth capabilities, no memory card slot and cannot be connected to a computer."

That's in the US. In Israel, kosher cell phones are so locked down that only approved numbers can be called. Even rape crisis centers are blocked.

Comment: Re:Painkillers, HA! (Score 1) 199

by drinkypoo (#47793969) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

the THC content of todays marijuana are much stronger than they were back in the 1960's.

We keep hearing this, but there's no evidence to support it. Maybe it's better than you could get in the 1960s, but humans have been cultivating this plant specifically for high THC production for literally thousands of years.

Comment: Re:Preferential extraction of heavy metals (Score 1) 199

by drinkypoo (#47793959) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Tobacco plants pull some very nasty minerals out of soil, such as Strontium-90 and Cadmium. There have been studies done to see whether that effect can be exploited as a means of remediation for contaminated soil.

Here are your search terms: "Oyster Mushrooms" "Fungi Perfecti" "Paul Stamets"

Long story short, not only can you remediate soil by growing common fungi but you can also reduce uptake of radioactives by plants via fungal soil inoculation.

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