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Comment Re:What data did they want? (Score 5, Informative) 83

It is data for an specific users, based on specified phone number, relating to an on going criminal case.
This is not a police investigation, but a court order, so there is at least enough evidence that there is a crime and who committed it to to warrant a criminal prosecution.

According to Brazilian law, law enforcement agencies can not request this kind of information without a court order and, to get that order, they have to show "just case", meaning evidence of authorship and materiality (that a crime really happened).

I don't agree with the prison order, which was disproportionate. But the request for data was legal and legitimate. Facebook is hiding behind the "the servers are not physically located in Brazil, so we don't have to comply" argument.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 4, Insightful) 311

Yeah, doesn't this require that all software that supports the format needs to be released as GPLv3 as well?

Who's bright idea was that?

The reference implementation is under GPLv3. Everyone is of course still free to create their own implementation and license it under whichever license they want.

Isn't that exactly the kind of thing that free software was supposed to avoid? Having to reinvent the wheel because some nitwit had it locked on copyright?

Comment Re:Hybrid cel/tablet? (Score 2) 283

I can't say I like those either. This 5.5" Moto X Play is pretty much on my limit. My old 4.8" Moto X (1st Gen) was the ideal size for me, but unfortunately it went the way of the dodo.
My "real" tablet is a 10.1" Samsung Galaxy Tab, that I carry around in my briefcase.

Comment Re:Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 0, Flamebait) 293

And live in separate communities and have separate schools, right?

Oh, how cute. You are trying to imply that evangelicals are like the minorities that were persecuted through history and suffered segregation. Right, those poor Christians. They are so defenseless, so persecuted. How dare other people not let them tell everyone how to live their lives.

Comment Re:Why would you want this? (Score 1) 178

Actually, I didn't make that statement. I made a statement saying that the withdraw can be opioid-like, and another saying that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances in existence. Let me clarify both, then.

The addictive level of a substance is not measured about how easy it is to quit, but about how easy it is to get addicted. I have no doubts quitting heroin is much harder.

Also, when I talk about withdraw being opioid-like, I'm speaking about it being possible (not mandatory or even the rule) to present with symptoms associated with opioid withdraw. Specifically crams and throwing up. However, while those symptoms are frequent and stronger with opioid, they still can happen, even if more rarely and in a milder form, for nicotine.

Another important thing to notice, in a more general way, is that "easier" is a very relative term. It is easier to survive being shot in the chest than being shot in the head. Doesn't mean you should feel safe in either case, or that either case is EASY.

Comment Re:Why would you want this? (Score 4, Insightful) 178

The numbers on people who try to quit and fail are scary. The numbers of people who quit and start smoking again within the first 2 years are also telling.

What I find even more strange is how many people I've known who knew full well that it was bad prior to even starting, and then started anyways. I've asked them why they did that, and the answers range from "it's so that you have something to do when you're with your friends" to "well I figured it would be good for me so long as I used a natural brand." (By natural, they mean those packs you can buy on the Indian reservations that are supposedly grown and made locally by the natives.)

You are absolutely correct. Even when I started smoking (1991-92), it was already a stupid decision. I knew all the problems. In my case, I was depressed at the time, and maybe (not sure) in a self destructive mood. I knew how stupid I was acting, but did it anyway.

It is scary how many people still make apologies for smoking, or say that this or that isn't "that bad" or "bad at all".

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