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Comment Re:Can't wait (Score 1) 416

Can't wait for the those same drug companies to get their hands on MJ so they can start filling it with additives and making it as addictive/poisonous as cigarettes. By the time they're through with it, it'll be more dangerous than the synthetic stuff they're currently trying to outlaw.

Effects of intentional adulteration will be mitigated because pharmaceutically effective marijuana can be grown by individuals.

Comment Re:$16,000? (Score 1) 120

OK, so I was joking with my earlier comment about only 10 phones being stolen, but I started thinking about it (having purchased an iPhone 6 Plus for my mom on her birthday) and spec'ed out a new top-of-the-line iPhone 6 Plus at

It would only take 17 of these to break 16K. 16K is not an insignificant amount of money (to me, anyway), but 17 phones isn't really a whole lot of equipment.

Comment Re: Barrier to entry (Score 3, Informative) 344

Why the fuck would Canadian or Australian tv shows be subtitled in English ? They speak the language better than Americans. They can also use a knife and fork correctly too.

  1. Hearing impaired.
  2. Visual channel for poor/no audio environments.
  3. Screenshots in an educational (i.e. Fair Use) context.
  4. Other uses not anticipated by easily offended linguistic nativists.

Comment Re:Perfect (Score 1) 178

I don't think it's so much about whether or not they're minorities so much as it's about those particular areas having very low demand for services that cost more, thus they can't take advantage of economies of scale.

I don't think this has as much to do with economies of scale because the way in which deliveries are routed can be optimized if there are only a few deliveries in a low-demand zone.

The reasons cities want equal access for low-income areas are many and they include, for sure, non-discriminatory access. But they also include the preservation of future urban revitalization (aka gentrification). If highly-moblie affluent residents choose where to live based on amenities such as walkability, entertainment, restaurants, parking, cleaning services, etc, you can bet that same-day Amazon delivery will be one of those amenities.

If same-day Amazon delivery is not available in an area, it will be one more reason an affluent resident will not choose to live an a neighborhood despite that it may be more affordable in terms of rent which in turn would me revitalization efforts would be stymied.

So far, there are dozens of comments expressing confusion and anger that poorer neighborhoods would be guaranteed the availability of same-day delivery and much of that confusion and anger seem to signal race as problem (e.g. snide references to "SJW"s). To my mind, the issues of class and race have people so inflamed they cannot see that arguments that deprive citizens of access, for whatever reason, are actually bad for the economy, period.

Members of the socioeconomic middle class are not having a rough time because the Federal government is taking all their money and doling it out to poor people. They are having a rough time because they are shouldering the economic burden that the wealthy have shirked.

One day, all members of the middle class may realize that depriving the poor access to good actually accelerates rather than retards the economic disenfranchisement of the middle class. But given that the leveraging of racist and xenophobic sentiment by elites to pit the middle class agains the ranks of the poor, such a realization seems distant at best.

More likely, much of the middle class will continue to rage against the poor, arguing that the poor should be allowed to suffer and that the poor don't deserve access to the benefits of modern civilization. Unfortunately, these members of the middle class may all too soon find themselves among the ranks of the poor and disenfranchised and they may wonder why they deserve to suffer so and why they do not have access to the benefits of modern civilization all around them.

Comment Re:Impeach Obama (Score 1) 103

Because racism

Obama is not not impeached because people would cry racism. Get real here.

No President of the United States will ever be impeached for violations of the Fourth Amendment, even if some interpretations of the Fourth Amendment are violated.

Courts determine which actors are in violation of of what interpretation and given modern US governmental bureaucratic structures and processes, the President of the United States is very unlikely to ever be identified as one of the principal actors responsible for governmental overreach in terms of surveillance.

You can hate liberals, conservatives, what have you, but if you're really interested in protecting our privacy, you would be better off

  1. Advancing case law and judicial interpretations of what is and is not acceptable for the US government to collect.
  2. Supporting legislators and political representatives who are committed to protecting the privacy of citizens from governmental overreach
  3. Building technologies that secure involuntary disclosure of private information

Or you can carry on playing political name-calling.

In my opinion, privacy would be much worse off had McCain or Romney been elected President. Which is not to say privacy is not a shithole under the current administration. It's only to say this is not a matter of red or blue but of state but a matter of citizen, and our efforts and analyses should always take this into consideration.

Comment Re:What about me? (Score 5, Informative) 268

So, how about people who like other movies and don't like getting spoilers? Or is this a Star Wars Master Race thing where everyone else are second class citizens that doesn't deserve protection?

Encountering new narratives is one of narrative's fundamental pleasures. Novelty is so important to narratives that in many cases entire classes of aesthetic effects and domains of hermeneutic structures depend on an audience's relative ignorance about what happens next.

So, it's not just courtesy to label narrative "secrets" spoilers if they are unexpected; doing so protects the value of narratives for future audiences, and the act of people coming to their own understandings about a narrative is worth protecting because, in many ways, our very identities are constructed from the kinds of narratives we encounter and the lessons we learn as we experience (and later reflect on) the things we experience as we discover a narrative that is new to us.

I take a pragmatic approach. If I'm on the web and writing about a recently-produced (within a year) narrative, I label my reveals with clear ***SPOILER ALERT***s. On the other opposite hand, if I'm writing for (say) a literary journal about Thomas Pynchon's _The Crying of Lot 49_, I don't bother with them because the target audience understands they are expected to have already read the narrative I'm discussing.

But most discussions which contain narrative "secrets" fall somewhere in the middle, like a 400-year old story called _Romeo and Juliet_ which is one of the cornerstones of Modern aesthetic culture. Or maybe you're discussing a 2500-year old story about a king searching for the cause of the plague across his kingdom called _Oedipus Rex_ (well, the spoiler comes up front in that play, but you get the idea). My habit is to label those middle-ground reveals as spoilers, too, something I think everyone should do to protect the value of those narratives for future generations.

In other words, be a good human being and care for those who come after you by labelling your spoilers and being sensitive to the audience who will encounter what you write perhaps in an entirely different context.

I applaud Reddit's decision to block (banning may be a little extreme) users who want to destroy the aesthetic and epistemological value of a long-awaited narrative. I wish Slashdot and all my other Internet favorites would do something similar not only for Abrams' _The Force Awakens_ but for ALL narratives.

For my part, I knowingly took a risk even coming here to post, given that Slashdot is (rightly) renown for allowing all speech to flourish (to various degrees subject to the moderation system). But that uncritical acceptance of all speech also means that I will not come back to this thread until AFTER I've seen Abrams' contribution to the Star Wars franchise.

See you at the movies!

Comment Re:Private sector will always do it better. (Score 4, Informative) 352

Socialize? I guess we should get rid of roads, police, military then... because by your definition, anything that the public requests of their government, and then pays for... is "socialist".

We need to be stopping the relentless growth of big corporations and monopolies, not giving them more power & money to control politics.

That's the whole point. Publicly funded "roads, police, military" are socialist and, even so, are perceived by many upstanding Americans to be good things.

In other words, using "socialism" and "socialist" as labels to demonize something or someone is mere rhetoric. A socialist approach to a problem should be evaluated on its merits against and in combination with other approaches.

The use of the word "socialism" as a label often stops thoughtful deliberation, and those who use such labels usually have something to lose if their listeners really think about the issues at hand. Better to stop further thinking by riling their emotions.

Comment Re:first (Score 5, Insightful) 508

The GP is definitely an example of a shibboleth.

Given the summary, however, it appears that Charllie Stross doesn't know how to use the word "shibboleth" correctly.

In particular, a shibboleth is simply an expression or signal used by someone that helps other members of the in group recognize the signaler's (shibboleth user) membership in that in group. It's not used as a pejorative.

While certainly people (in or out) can react negatively to a shibboleth (like judging people who, for example, "high five" each other), shibboleths are not negative in and of themselves. Designating improbable science fictional mechanisms "shibboleths" really doesn't make sense.

At all.

Comment I'm a little confused (Score 2) 12

I'm a little sheepish about having to ask a question to understand the nature of this bug. Hopefully someone is willing to provide an explanation.

So, I understand the content/markup could be loaded via JSON (I'm presuming an AJAX call) and that the vulnerability was a CSS class that allowed a link inside the JSON to be styled to cover the entire page, thus maximizing the likelihood of an unsuspecting user clicking on the target link (malicious or not).

My question is "Did this technique merely maximize the likelihood of clicking on a link already on the page?" From what I can understand the possibly malicious link has to already reside in the JSON, the CSS vulnerability simply took that link and expanded it to cover the entire page.

Am I missing something here? Thanks, in advance, for any clarification.

Comment Re:funny. (Score 2) 246

Having worked in several university settings, I know how small and undisciplined dev teams in academia can be.

Having moved to commercial web development, I also know how easy it is to set up a VCS for a small team.

Once any repo is managed in a VCS (like git and GitHub), it's fairly straightforward to check a project's history and discover when and where the project stopped working as expected.

If you're not using a VCS, you should seriously consider doing so given the small overhead of setting it up and the considerable security of deploying code so maintained.

Comment Re:Have an awareness raising conversation (Score 5, Informative) 278

Another problem is that driving in SF can can very confusing, draining driver attention. Try to make a left turn onto Market Street on a busy day.

A few months ago, SF made private vehicles turning onto Market Street illegal. Today, biking home, I saw half a dozen cars flout those new laws.

As part of Vision Zero SF, the SFPD have pledged to Focus on the Five (PDF, sorry) "violations that are most frequently cited in collisions with people walking. These violations are"

  • Driving at unsafe speed given conditions of roadway
  • Red light signal violations
  • Failure of driver to yield to pedestrian at a crosswalk
  • Failure of driver to yield while making a left or U-turn
  • Failure to stop at a STOP sign limit line

I cannot tell you (yeah, yeah, anecdote) how many times I've encountered while riding my bike motorists speeding through the streets of SF as if they were Karl Malden in a 1970s era TV cop show.

So, I'm in perfect agreement with you, ShanghaiBill, that a number of downtown SF city blocks should be turned into pedestrian malls strictly controlled for public transportation only.

As a side note, the first week or so Market Street had SFMTA employees keeping private vehicles from turning onto Market Street was the day public transit drivers and cabbies started racing down Market at over 35 miles per hour and jockeying to beat every. Single. Light. and running them if they couldn't.

Comment Re:Ironically this was caused by slow XCode downlo (Score 2) 246

Some Chinese developers downloaded this tainted XCode because of slow download times of XCode from the Mac App Store.

Downloading XCode from the Mac App Store takes nearly a full day! I think this delivery mechanism of XCode is developers is very crummy and quite a nuisance.

Maybe it's an effect of the Great Firewall? My understanding is that Internet throughput in China (especially for inbound traffic) is very unpredictable with speed varying not only across time but also on physical location.

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