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Comment: Re:Bad business practice (Score 1) 134

by drinkypoo (#47800913) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

or the client did not exit cleanly and is in a possibly corrupt state.

It's too bad that Valve is too incompetent to open config files and the like read-only, so that this doesn't happen. What year is it, anyway? Also, if your client isn't already in offline mode, then you get to sit around holding your dick for minutes until Steam times out.

Comment: Re:Maybe, but maybe not... (Score 1) 196

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) 204

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: Re:Painkillers, HA! (Score 1) 204

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) 204

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.

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 4, Interesting) 204

by drinkypoo (#47793955) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

The War on Drugs has been a failure- it's put millions of people in prison, cost our society billions of dollars, and fueled honest-to-God warfare in South America and Mexico-

The War on Drugs has been a complete success. It's put millions of people in prison (At significant profit to certain sectores), funneled millions of dollars to contractors at a cost to society of billions of dollars (to say nothing of the lost lives) and fueled honest-to-God warfare in South and Central America, ensuring a steady supply of cheap labor and a fairly effective barrier which deters most Norteamericanos from migrating South to more friendly environments like Panama or Costa Rica by car, van, bus, or box truck.

I think alcohol and Prohibition are a good parallel here.

Sigh. If you really understood the situation as well as you think you do, you'd know that the people behind the "War on Drugs" were completely aware of the results of prohibition; it doesn't matter if it's of alcohol or marijuana. They knew that it increased demand and literally created a profitable criminal class.

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 1) 393

by drinkypoo (#47793947) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

The Russians have mandated that all corporate and personal data hosted by "the cloud" must be on servers on Russian soil so there is no question of legal jurisdiction when they're trying to investigate and prosecute a case involving a Russian entity.

There is no question of legal jurisdiction here, either. The USA cannot demand the data from the foreign nation, at least not with any weight of law. However, it can demand it from an officer of a corporation based on American soil, and it can hold that officer to be in contempt of court and imprison and/or fine them so long as they do not present it. The fifth amendment may or may not apply if the goal is to find malfeasance on the part of the corporation, and not the individual in question. Obviously IANAL, but you don't seem to be an expert in international law either.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 393

by drinkypoo (#47793937) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

If the U.S. government investigates Microsoft demanding they turn over info about their U.S. operations, Microsoft will say sorry, that data is stored in Europe.

That's why the SEC mandates certain filings. If you don't make them, they will come after you, and your profits, too. Such information is not even vaguely what we are talking about in this case.

Comment: Re:Since when did Microsoft become a EU company (Score 3, Insightful) 393

by drinkypoo (#47793927) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Microsoft is headquartered and incorporated in the US and thus subject to US law.

Yep. That's completely true. So if there were some data held on a server in the EU, and a judge decided it was relevant to a lawsuit and demanded that it be presented, they could reasonably hold some representative of the corporation to be in contempt of court until such time as they produced the data in question. However, it would not actually establish any entitlement to that data, nor make it not a violation of various laws if they were to seize it be force.

QED.

QED, what you have said is irrelevant.

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