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Comment: Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (Score 1) 160

by sudon't (#47432483) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

I think most doctors believe its beneficial but I also think they somehow see acetaminophen opiate formulations as some kind of bulwark against abuse.

That is, in large part, why it's in there. But, a lot of people are unaware of of acetaminophen's toxicity, and others will use it anyway, out of desperation, making it the "denatured alcohol" of drug prohibition. Instead of Jake leg, you get liver failure.

Myself, I won't take anything except aspirin when I want a simple over-the-counter pain reliever, and always insist on acetaminophen-free opiates.

Comment: Re:Or, you know (Score 1) 150

by sudon't (#47408021) Attached to: Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

Soon, you won't be able to. Already, you can't buy a new car without all of that crap, and you can't get Photoshop without connecting yourself to Adobe's servers. TVs are next, and soon enough, everybody selling any kind of appliance will be implementing some kind of so-called "smart" technology, so that shit won't work without an internet connection. Better stock up on appliances now.

Comment: Re:The REAL value of the transit system (Score 1) 170

"If its so fucking efficient then why do they keep needing to take other people's money to make it practical?"

It's because too many lazy assholes won't get out of their cars and take the bus. And yeah, government funds are inevitably mismanaged. The truth is, most government funds are intermingled, whatever their intended use was. That's why Social Security is "broke." They spent the money on other shit.

Comment: Re:Are customer able to evaulate that objectively? (Score 1) 254

by sudon't (#47306369) Attached to: The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

I haven't watched television at home for decades, don't listen to commercial radio, and have used ad blocking almost from the day ads began to appear on the web. I hate advertising. Yet, I see enough advertising in my daily life that I'm aware of brands that I've never used, and probably never will. People like to think they're immune to advertising, (I was one of them), but the fact is, we are all influenced in some degree by advertising.

Comment: Re:You can never trust companies (Score 1) 82

by sudon't (#47306107) Attached to: Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

without mentioning the elastic definitions of "permission" used at times on the Internet.

Exactly. The permission will be buried at the end of a long Terms of Service Agreement the customer has to click on.

You know, I just had the experience last night, of not being able to use my PS3 until I downloaded and installed an update. And to get the update, I of course had to click on the Terms of Service Agreement. It's not like you have much of a choice.

Comment: Re:Easier (Score 1) 106

by sudon't (#47283095) Attached to: Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

Yes, this. I have long thought that the DEA's focus should be turned away from recreational drugs, and towards antibiotics. Antibiotic abuse, (mostly by factory farming operations), is a very real threat to society, unlike recreational drug use, plus, the drug warriors wouldn't have to fight legalization out of fear of losing their jobs.

And yes, we need to reduce our germophobia, as well.

Comment: Re:Uh-oh (Score 1) 186

by sudon't (#47282921) Attached to: The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

Yes, I was going to add that, and 'government and corporate snooping' to divinity's comment. Remember when paranoids used to think their TV was spying on them? Their worse nightmare is coming true. The time is coming when you won't be able to buy anything but a "smart TV." And, we've seen the stuff they're already trying pull with those. It will likely be the same with other appliances.

Comment: Re:A Question from a Stupid Foreigner. (Score 1) 93

A lot of the "teeth" have been removed from many regulators over the years, in order to prevent their "interfering" with Big Business. That also helps explain part of the recent financial crisis, as banking regulators were carefully de-fanged over the last thirty years. Also, what Trepidity said.

Comment: Re: Americans are idiots ! (Score 1) 170

Yes, there is an obstructionist Congress, but there are many areas where the president could've acted freely and unilaterally, (to keep the campaign promises that got him elected in the first place), but didn't. He could've been light-years better than his predecessor, but in fact, his record is worse in many instances. I hope the examples are glaring enough for even the most ardent supporter not to need them listed here. The sad truth is that, even our team lies about campaign promises.

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