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Comment: Re:Statistics Applied Wrong (Score 1) 290

Actually, it has nothing to do with cannabis use, just cannabis LAW. The availability of cannabis is probably about the same. The difference would be that the poor and minorities would be in jail instead of a university., and thus the selection of students is altered to reduce those demographics Whether that is because of being 'subhuman', just not having as good of a support system available, being culturally an outsider, or something else, is a different question. Let's take this one step at a time to maybe be passable in your trolling.

Comment: Re:Addiction (Score 1) 290

Your point would be relevant if there were any substantial number of people who don't get 'high' in some way or another. Yes, weed and alcohol alters your mind. So does caffeine, sugar, Ritalin, antidepressants, spicy food, chocolate, exercise, sex, music, meditation, and sleep. Which drugs and techniques in what quantities work best for you in what quantities is a matter of your own neurochemistry. For example, shrooms and LSD have shown a lot of potential in things like cluster headaches, PTSD, and ironically enough, addiction. If such an enormous burden was removed from your life, wouldn't you feel like you were thinking on a different level? Nobody's perfect, and you might even gain a great deal of insight from being in different states of mind. Not because these states are wholly better than straight edge teetotaling, but because they allow you a different mode of thought, diversifying your perspective somewhat.

Comment: Re:A lot of that stuff actually worked (Score 1) 370

by king neckbeard (#49424231) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
It's not as if there is any shortage of purposes that could be more well defined than these projects, and would likely yield more useful results. Even a literal interpretation of a practical flying car would probably lead to more productive research. Maglev has enough conceptual overlap to be able to see research that benefits both, and flying cars should obviously be self-driving. Self driving vehicles and maglev trains could increase the standard of living and lower the costs of travel and distribution.

Comment: Re:Reality check (Score 1) 212

The NSA likely has far more of a need for a reality check. The omniprescence of human stupidity alone means that nobody should have the kind of power that they have, especially without serious objective external oversight and a robust system of protections for whistleblowers, including employment within government agencies or with clients. Whistleblowers shouldn't have to leave the country. They should get a bonus and a promotion.

Comment: Re:So You are Saying (Score 0) 68

by king neckbeard (#49364001) Attached to: Another Patent Pool Forms For HEVC
You completely missed the point. I'm saying that if even the simplest video codecs involve hundreds of patents, the bar for getting a patent is clearly far too low. Patent pools can reduce the symptoms, but it doesn't address the underlying problem of "HOLY MOTHER OF FUCK, EVEN A CHIMP COULD GET A PATENT!"

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 1) 202

by king neckbeard (#49343681) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations
No, I'm 'relativizing' them to statistical probability, both globally and within the US. Within both realms, ISIS and Ebola are not threats. If your village is taken over by ISIS or has a severe ebola outbreak, the stats become a bit different, but that's the exception, not the rule. Also, a good share of the groups fighting ISIS end up causing similar death tolls.

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 1) 202

by king neckbeard (#49339027) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations
I'm not downplaying their struggles at all. I'm just normalizing them against global threats, and also against the threat of Americans in particular (since we are discussing a US agency, and that agency is nominally focused on US threats). You. however, seem to be focusing entirely upon acute threats. That's actually the easy stuff to focus on, but it often has much less of an impact than less exciting threats. You can empathize with someone without agreeing with their conclusions. That's why, while 9/11 was an awful tragedy, it wasn't worth passing the PATRIOT Act for, especially since it didn't really result in us being safe. I've seen claims that the decrease in flying due to the TSA's security theater has actually caused more deaths than the terrorism it's supposed to fight because people opt for car travel instead, and cars are more dangerous than planes.

Look, it's an easy mistake to make. The human brain is awful at scale, and thinking on scale feels dirty to us. But we've got to at least try to be rational if we want to make sensible decisions.

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 1) 202

by king neckbeard (#49335845) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations
Malaria kills a lot more people than Ebola, even in West Africa. Ebola is all kinds of nasty, but it's not nearly as contagious. ISIS is a big mess as well, but their scale is relatively small, and they exist because we arm rebels and ask questions later. Look, I realize that these things are scary as hell to our brains. Our brains have a lot of difficulty with grasping relative risks on scales beyond the scope of a tribe. However, that doesn't change the reality, and the reality is that bathtubs kill more people than terrorists.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"