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Obama Admin Says It Won't Fight Looser Marijuana Laws, With Conditions 526

schwit1 writes with news that the Obama administration has released a memo stating that it will not fight liberalized marijuana laws in states like Colorado and Washington, but made that promise conditional on a set of guidelines, such as requiring efforts to dissuade underage use. From the Washington Post's coverage: "Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole detailed the administration's new stance, even as he reiterated that marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The memo directs federal prosecutors to focus their resources on eight specific areas of enforcement, rather than targeting individual marijuana users, which even President Obama has acknowledged is not the best use of federal manpower. Those areas include preventing distribution of marijuana to minors, preventing the sale of pot to cartels and gangs, preventing sales to other states where the drug remains illegal under state law, and stopping the growing of marijuana on public lands."

Comment Wrong approach (Score 5, Funny) 120

We don't need boondoggles and fanciful transportation methods that don't pan out. All we need is: the power of our mind.

Close your eyes. Pretend you're surrounded by pretentious rich assholes. Bingo, you're in LA. Total cost: $0. Total time: 15 seconds.

Ok, now close your eyes. Pretend you're surrounded by hipsters and leather deviants. Bang. San Francisco. Ding Ding, you can even hear the trolley and smell the homeless guy peeing.

Comment Fool me once.... (Score 5, Informative) 217

Given what we know about the NSA, NSLs, and Lavabits, " [we do] not provide encryption keys to any government" is a worthless statement. With an NSL, Google will turn over everything and won't be able to say anything about it. With an NSL, Google will be required to lie (like claiming data is encrypted when it's not). Lavabits received an NSL and chose to shut down rather than honor it and sell out their customers. Google compiles with their NSLs.

You cannot trust Google or the cloud with your data.

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