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Comment: bah (Score 1) 144

by surd1618 (#48619537) Attached to: Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

It bears responsibility for helping turn the '80s into the "Cocaine Decade" in the U.S. because it became much more difficult to import the the heavy and bulky drug marijuana into the U.S. through Florida...

BS... THC is more psychoactive, by weight, than cocaine. By this logic, why didn't hash win out, or for that matter, heroin, or synthetic opiates active in the lower microgram range? People love coke, simple as that.

Comment: Re:Still not buying it (Score 1) 1037

by surd1618 (#48591945) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

I pay for vaccines that are not covered by insurance.

I am speaking for myself and don't want to be construed as speaking for you, but I think this sucks. They ought to be free, considering that most of the people who are most at risk don't want to pay extra for them. I remember working public-facing jobs, not making much money, having to weigh the cost of getting a flu shot (or the extra effort of a free one, which amounted to roughly the same), against the risk of catching the flu (and possibly passing it on to my coworkers or the public).

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 1037

by surd1618 (#48591915) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?
The parents ought to go to prison if that happens. If an outbreak causes death or disability, then all of the parents who refused vaccinations should go to prison. That ought put a stop to this BS. Just figure out the total prison sentence for all of the injuries, and divide it equally between all of the parents of unvaccinated children at the same institution. It's not a perfect plan, but I think it would be effective.

Comment: I just use noscript (Score 1) 681

by surd1618 (#48550515) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus
I block most everything by default and have gradually learned exactly what scripts to allow in order to access the content I want. It's a little tedious but I'm completely used to it and don't have to think about it. Of course, remembering which sites to temporarily allow googleapis to run on would drive many people nuts.

Comment: Re:Needless complexity or necessary evil? (Score 1) 413

by surd1618 (#48486433) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
It's funny that a lot of people who are against regulatory systems, support the free market, and so forth, are all for districting. In a totally laissez faire system, cities ought to dominate, because the way people live in rural areas, especially in the US, is egregiously wasteful compared to city dwelling.

Comment: Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (Score 1) 223

by surd1618 (#48389375) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

The *only* reason to offer some sort of price promotion later instead of just giving you the discount up front and making you sign a contract (even for three months of service) is so that they can roll the dice on customers signing up after being enticed by the promotion, and then not claiming the promotion. Rebates work the same way.

Partly agreeing with others here have said, I can think of two other reasons. One is to get customer information. The other is to hold money a little longer, so that there is more money available for the company to use.

Comment: People Are Defined By What They Do (Score 1) 176

by surd1618 (#48362579) Attached to: The Math Behind the Hipster Effect
Everything else is like alms, except for attention instead of money. The amount of vitriol directed at people for putting on a front to get noticed a little bit, is silly, when you consider what really matters in life. It might seem like a geek's pipe-dream, to think that the day will come when people are defined by what they do instead of what they consume. However, the truth is, that this day has already come, and in fact the (tiny) amount of attention we collectively pay to people for how they dress or spend their free time is just a pittance that we put forth to keep the world from being a very very hard place for most people to tolerate. So, I like hipsters a little, but mostly I am just concerned about myself and what I am doing or can do. I would probably espouse some hatred for their ilk conversationally, but I don't really mean it.

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