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Comment: it's just a speculum (Score 1) 160

by the_fat_kid (#47436253) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

And this is some how a good thing?

I'm sure that some law will prohibit forcing people to have their recent diet tested to be a passenger...

No "law" is going to prevent the TSA from deploying this against everyone who flies
or takes a train
or a bus
or drives
or uses public buildings
or looks suspicious
you know, Terrorists

Comment: Re:The hero Gotham needs (Score 1) 76

Paypal was unique and groundbreaking in it's day. I would certainly be proud of it.

Imperfect? Sure. Still is for that matter. How they managed to avoid getting classified as a bank is beyond me (tin hat: backroom deals to provide info to TLAs)

How eBay's using it now is obnoxious and abusive for sure.

Comment: Re:The hero Gotham needs (Score 1) 76

Agreed. Despite plenty of unnecessary/unrealistic opposition he continues to Get Shit Done.

Oh, Tesla cars ... yah but let's try to make your dealerships illegal.

Rockets? Welllllllll......we *might* let you launch them from your own space. Maybe. might take them out of the country? some some approvals.

I'm not saying give the guy carte blanche but his track record is pretty impressive even despite the artificial barriers thrown up in front of his work. I mean...when he's delivering cargo for NASA that they simply *CANNOT* deliver as they lack the equipment to do so AND doing it for less money AND making some profit in the process?

Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. :)

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

by torkus (#47433043) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

And then you have the option of just ... stealing the scrip pads assuming you don't bother to forge one. It's not rocket science by any stretch - and that's assuming the pharmacist bothers to check it.

If they think anything sketchy is going on they call the Dr to confirm...typically via the number on the scrip. Derp. Also pharmacists in chain stores are often assholes...oh you have a scrip for opiates or amphetamines? And tattoos? Yeah...uh huh. Right. We're going to have to call this in. Come back tomorrow.

Or you go to a mom and pop place where the biggest problem is if they have it in stock.

Or if you *really* want to get the evil eye...try filling a scrip like that without insurance. "No, I'll pay for that oxy in cash please" Good luck...

Comment: Name things that shouldn't be automated. (Score 1) 251

by holophrastic (#47432881) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Consider all of the tasks that you do as a part of your job. Identify which ones should absolutely never be automated -- maybe they're too dangerous, maybe the risk is too great, maybe they're too much fun. I'd bet that upgrading the OS would be pretty well the top of your never-automate-this list.

Comment: Re:"Don't Worry, it's only 400k volts" (Score 1) 160

by the_fat_kid (#47431431) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

Your magic door way to the employment office (with death ray?) will also be good for keeping out anyone with any cash or Tylenol. Are you really prepared to bet you job that you haven't touched either? I'm not suggesting that you use drugs but your money does. American money is so soaked with cocaine you can almost chew it like coca leaves. If the trucking industry is so filled with Drug Addicts maybe the problem is deeper than "scaring away applicants"
Now, if we can come up with a skin test for prostitute killing psyco I think we might have some thing.

Comment: Re:Why yes, we should blame the victim here (Score 1) 309

by BobMcD (#47419179) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

So... why is it the people who upload and host this stuff do not have consequences?

I think that's a legitimate TOR angle, actually. In order to leverage the law you need to know where they physically are. TOR hides that, per design.

There's a case here, folks.

TOR is inhibiting legal remedies.

Comment: Re:yes but (Score 3, Insightful) 301

by NeutronCowboy (#47411765) Attached to: Wireless Contraception

Then please tell me: how does this decision not apply to any other "sincerely held religious belief of a closely held corporation"? The SCOTUS might say that the decision is only supposed to apply to these particular scenarios, but I can't see how you can distinguish one sincerely held religious belief from another. Unless, of course, you let the government get into the business of deciding which religious beliefs trump which.

Then again, this is already happening, thanks to some enlightened congress critters wanting to legislate Baptist beliefs into government law.

Comment: Re:Kind of like supermarket loyalty schemes (Score 1) 349

by NeutronCowboy (#47411317) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

The problem is that the only difference between your libertarian and your anarchist is that the anarchist goes to the logical end of "all government intervention is bad", and the libertarian just happens to support exactly the intervention that you like.

In other words, it's just another form of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy.

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