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Comment: Re:No one cares, so why does it matter? (Score 1) 265

by sjames (#47438833) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

So then you agree with the NRA/2nd amendment supporters that it is not now time to use their firearms in a revolution. So what's your complaint about them again? We have no idea what they might have said through channels other than the NRA (which i specifically for gun related issues).

Comment: Re:Movies (Score 1) 151

I know its a fun conspiracy theory and all but I don't think the double standard is deliberate, even if it does exist.

The only real double standard is that the government is rapidly advancing its UAV technology while keeping private industry from doing so. Notice how Greenpeace floated a blimp over the NSA data center? Good for publicity but not the most efficient way to gather the photos they did.

Amazon shouldn't be calling them drones, though - drones kill Pakistani children, aerobots save puppies.

Comment: Re:Need fast-acting yeast (Score 3, Insightful) 120

by bill_mcgonigle (#47438251) Attached to: Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

They better act fast if they want to skirt the law with yeast, while there's still a law to break.

It's still a good idea if you want pure chemicals - yeast can produce chemicals faster (to both grow and purify) than plants. Companies like the one Gov. Johnson is heading up would probably be very interested as a supply source for their refined products.

The trick is medicinal cannabis has something like 250 active compounds. A few years ago everybody assumed that it was only THC that did anything (marinol, for instance). Now they know that CBD is the most active medicinally and Johnson is now talking about CBG as well. There's still more unknown about the others than there is known, so focusing on just a couple pure chemicals might miss out on benefits. Human bodies do a lot of signalling with various cannabinoids and here's this one plant that happens to also grow most of them. It should be a biotech bonanza, except for the crapitalistic reasons politicians try to keep it off the market.

But, um, yeah, get high on THC beer if you want. It would actually probably be a net-benefit for society since people will be satisfied with being less drunk. As a user of the road monopoly, I'd strongly support THC beer on the market.

Comment: Re: Seems appropriate (Score 1) 345

by sjames (#47437549) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Did you read my responses carefully? Where I expressed doubt that the prosecution would even try absent physical evidence or witnesses to a discussion of guilty knowledge to back up the theory? For example, an accountant will certainly know if they keep 2 books. A written communication indicating state of mind in the case of the adviser or at least a repeated pattern of behavior.

If you fail to plan, plan to fail.