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Comment Right on schedule (Score 1) 555

The new studies that show new, ominous sounding but nebulous effect of Marijuana use are beginning to appear. They always appear whenever Marijuana laws are being relaxed. The same thing happened in the UK a few years back when the police said they would no longer actively pursue arrests of Marijuana users. These studies are to be ignored. Legalization and governmental control of who can purchase and grow Marijuana are both enlightened and necessary to move forward. The anti-drug laws and their deleterious effects on individuals and society must first be eliminated before their past effects can be reversed. Legalize and then empty the prisons of those jailed exclusively for possession, use, and sale of Marijuana. Make it illegal for companies to test and discipline/fire their employees for substances found that have been confiscated from their employees' bodily fluids. This needs to be the real deal, otherwise it will be reversed in a heartbeat.

Comment Re:I just did it (Score 1) 180

I've been posting, advocating, and hassling legislators via phone and email over Trade Promotion Authority for months. I would have posted it earlier had I known about it. That was not my point. My point was that I almost believed this post and canceled Facebook (just because I use it doesn't mean I have to like it) without having verified the claim. I have no problem with the underlying message and if this is what it takes to get more hits -- I cannot argue with it.

Comment Re:So let me get this straight (Score 1) 686

I believe the polls, I just cannot believe the stupidity of the responses. I am outside the mainstream as well, I'm 60 and I believe Snowden is a patriot and American hero. Unfortunately, I have to listen to these people who look at me like I'm crazy and that privacy is dead and I must accept it. To accept privacy is dead, I must accept that free and open discourse is dead as is democratic government. I will never accept that.

Comment The golden rule applies (Score 2) 370

And the tech companies have the gold. The is age discrimination in IT jobs because younger workers are cheap and full of enthusiasm and energy. I remember back in the 1970, I didn't care what my income or perks were -- I just wanted to work, screw a home or social life. The tech industry depends upon this as must as the education industry depends upon dedicated educators willing to work for a pittance.

Those that make the economic decisions have decided that disaster rollouts followed by many cycles of repair because of inexperienced personnel and insufficient quality control combined with low salaries beats paying larger salaries to those who would refuse to put oot finished code until it's ready for release. I believe this strategy will fail in the long run, but who is in software development for the long run anymore.

I have seen from working in Europe that seniority is valued by some companies but the American short-sighted strategies are taking hold and the Americanization of the European continent continues apace.

Comment Slippery slope (Score 2) 143

Facial recognition is known to produce false positives. Identification of suspects by witnesses is well known to be notoriously unreliable and easily influenced by the interrogator. All I can hope is that this method will not be used to convict without corroborating evidence.

Everything in the world is a double-edged sword. Another example is DNA evidence.

For over a century, fingerprints have been the gold standard by which suspects were positively identified. Today, the reliability and uniqueness of an individual's fingerprints has been called into question. The one saving grace when a positive match can be found is that it is very difficult to falsify fingerprints found on a weapon or at the scene of a crime.

Ah, but DNA is another matter altogether. We are being taught that individuals matched via DNA evidence leaves very little doubt, is it 1 in 7 Million, that the DNA found on the scene is that of the perpetrator. But what if the DNA is planted on the scene to frame an innocent patsy? Leaving a hair or blood sample is very easy to do. Couple that with the government and police compiling DNA databases of the citizenry and an entire new danger emerges.

Every time there is a political protest or, the Occupy Wall Street movement is a good example -- what was ubiquitous at all those sites? Cameras recording facial metrics of those involved. Now I suspect the US government has a massive database of photographs processed to extract the necessary metrics to identify other photographs of the same person. False positives could create mayhem in a system where too many are already falsely convicted of crimes.

No sir, I don't like it.

Comment Works for me! (Score 1) 322

I had been running Easy Peasy on my Asus Eee 1000H, but I was having trouble maintaining a connection via 803.11n. To fix the problem, I fell back to Windows XP, but from the very beginning I was having troubles using Windows Update from even before the expiry date.

I installed this hack and was able to fix all my problems and my Asus is almost back and up to date. The final problem was Microsoft Security Essentials that refused to operate after April 18th, 2014. I uninstalled it and installed the free version of Avira -- problem solved. Plus, I have some applications that will not run on Windows 7, so this hack was a great boon.

Comment A New Hope, with probabilities of disappointment (Score 1) 403

The original Star Wars was simply a good, swashbuckling tale that just happened to take place in a future time far, far away. The ideas and representation of that future were novel and ground-breaking at the time, but its an excitement that simply could not be repeated today. The SFX have improved exponentially in films since then and the franchise has become tired and worn.

The answer, IMO, is simple to express but may be impossible to execute. Good story, less reliance of special effects, good and interesting characters that have good chemistry on the screen can still make a good movie and great experience. They could do like Star Trek and mirror current political and mortal dilemmas in their world where the subjects can be examined as a commentary on the current day.

Also, please god, REAL science fiction authors!

Comment I find the whole thing interesting (Score 1) 557

First the results were suspect because the margin was so high. Now the results are suspicious because they were not as originally reported, but here a plurality (55% of those who voted) was only a minority of Crimea's population. The bottom line, of course, is we are to mistrust the results no matter what.

What percentage of Ukraine's population was necessary to take to the streets and overthrow the elected government and appoint their own oligarchs?

The shrill nature of US media reporting on the issue and the aggressive pushing of the narrative that Russia's "invasion" of Crimea fomented the crisis is very suspicious. They act as if the crisis began in February, 2014 when the people had been in Maidan square for months.

It ignores the role played by Victoria Nuland, wife of the co-founder of PNAC Robert Kagan, who was caught on tape on 28 January 2014 discussing who should be in charge of an interim government after a coup. Coincidentally, the chips fell exactly as planned. The media ignores the pressure put on Ukraine to accept a deal from the EU (and IMF) rather than the better deal proposed by Russia and accepted by Yanacovych.

The media is acting, in my opinion, in a fashion reminiscent of the run up to the Iraq War debacle.

Comment Re:well (Score 1) 557

I think the point was that had the US Supreme Court not intervened, stopping the recount and then declaring it was too late to continue, the recount of ALL ballots order by the Florida Supreme Court would have declared Gore the winner. This was based on the post-election review of the existing ballots by the major news organizations. Not that it matters. It seems clear that the US establishment was determined to have Dubya as president, and they were forced to use their reliable 5-4 Supreme Court majority as a final ploy.

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