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Comment Re:Government or hired? (Score 1, Interesting) 154

Geopolitically speaking, this election isn't about Trump vs. Hillary. It's about whether you want US foreign policy to be directed by Americans (however crooked one of them might be) or by the Russians (however strong they might make their voters feel). Given that choice, I'd suggest voting for the crook: it's important.

You're exactly right. But, I'm frankly tired of the proxy wars and the droning of brown people in sand for the control of oil and gas and, of course, pipelines. Not to mention the regime-change agenda over there that started during the W. Bush administration.

So I don't want Hillary in charge to further that agenda and escalate things over there. The only good it does for anybody is to line the pockets of multinational corporations (and, of course, the politicians that help them gain access to resource they can exploit). And those guys don't give two figs about America or Americans. They don't even bother paying US taxes on all those gains - most of it they stick in some foreign tax haven somewhere so they can get to it when they're ready to retire to one of their tropical villas where all the local officials are already owned (by them).

So, yea, if you're all concerned about continuing to squeeze the middle class of their ever-dwindling wages so you can spend it fighting foreign wars to prop up the globalists and the bankers, by all means support Hillary as your candidate. For me, I'd rather leave them to their own devices. We'd be better off working in the weapons factories and selling bombs and ammo to the ones left there fighting over some desert. We've got enough of our own gas and oil to do just fine until they're done bombing each other to oblivion and have established the caliphate in the EU.

Comment Re: Cue the idiots (Score 0) 154

Yeah, I have to figure that a lot of people are worried that Trump can't keep his mouth shut when it comes to classified information. Mind you, if he does deliberately spout classified information, it can only hurt his campaign in the long run, because it shows that he shouldn't have been allowed that information in the first place.

Well, he keeps his own secrets pretty well. You haven't seen anything from his tax returns, have you?

Comment Re: Cue the idiots (Score 0) 154

Don't forget her cattle futures, or the number of people dead surrounding her. From bodyguards to people directly involved with her, and dying from things like two bullets in the back of the skull after crawling 150ft uphill.

Oh my, citing that oft-discredited Clinton Death List?

Oh my, citing that oft-discredited agenda-driven Snopes website?

Comment Re:Amazon fire is more locked down (Score 1) 107

The latest revision of the launcher on the Fire TV stick finally integrated non-Appstore apps into the app menu, so you don't have to launch them from application settings.

I haven't come across that yet, it would be nice to get Kodi put on the menu. Any pointers to how it works or where to find it in the settings?

Comment Re:It's a feature (Score 2) 304

In fact, that will be your only option after the FDA is finished getting all the e-cigarettes and all their component parts off the market with their regulations.

How are they going to manage that? I can buy a device to unlock your car or rewrite its immo codes straight outta China, probably via Paypal, even though owning such a device is outright illegal if you're not a locksmith, dealer or otherwise providing service. I can buy any gun I want even though I live in California. How is the FDA successfully going to prevent me from buying a vape?

Black markets are difficult to control, you're right. But buying on the black market can be more expensive and more trouble than most people are willing to deal with, and that's what they are counting on. The FDA has certainly been very aggressive dealing with black market online pharmacies that ship to the US, they have seized shipments of contraband at the docks when they suspected someone was importing regulated goods, and they have been seizing shipments of e-cigarettes since 2009.

So, yea, if you're willing to pay the inflated black market prices for the devices and supplies, you'll probably be able to find a way to do so. But wouldn't it be better if they had some reasonable regulations that businesses can actually deal with, rather than send it all underground and encourage people to buy them (with who-knows-what kind of manufacturing and safety issues) from criminals?

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 1) 304

As I understood it, the juice will still be legal to sell so long as it goes through an FDA approval for each Nic level of the juice, supplied in glass bottles, and is sealed. Besides how much money it would cost for the testing, this is pretty much a non issue, and plenty in the industry say is a good way to knock out the shady suppliers and manufacturers.

Your understanding is either wrong, or informed by what the FDA is saying about it, which any quick analysis proves completely faulty. There is a good analysis of the deeming rule and the requirements that give lie to the idea that it's a "non issue", and instead will put most companies out of business. In fact, the FDA acknowledges that plenty of businesses will fold, but they minimize the numbers. There is a thorough analysis of the rule and its implications over at the Tobacco Analysis blog.

Where did it ever say that non-nicotine flavorings are being deemed a tobacco product?

They don't really give a yes or no answer to this, but most people interpret the rule to say it DOES include those things. For instance, from the FDA:

Establishments, such as vape shops, that mix and/or prepare combinations of liquid nicotine, flavors, and/or other liquids, or an establishment that creates or modifies an aerosolizing apparatus for sale to consumers would be considered a tobacco product manufacturer.

As it relates to e-liquids that contain zero nicotine, generally, if your zero-nicotine product is not made or derived from tobacco, it may still be a tobacco product subject to FDA regulation if it is intended or reasonably expected to be used with or for the human consumption of a tobacco product; or intended or reasonably expected to alter the performance, composition, constituents, or characteristics of a tobacco product (with certain exceptions relating to controlling moisture or temperature for storage and initiating external heat source), your product is subject to FDA regulation.

Emphasis mine. Also note that if it's "vape juice", since all vaporizer devices and components have also been deemed "tobacco products", anything sold to be vapped WILL be deemed a "tobacco product."

Its just a flavor extract in PG or VG... If its true, this is also the exact reason why most people are fighting against the regulations. While some would be good, coming down with an iron fist like this and crippling an industry is just terrible.

Right. I agree.

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 1) 304

Back to buying shit from the Philippines like I had to back in the day when I wanted a new mod or atty. I just hope they don't regulate the purchase of pure nicotine powder or diluted nicotine liquid so I can at least home brew my juice.

The FDA has a reputation for raiding shipments from foreign countries that they think might contain regulated products, so you may have difficulty there, unless you have your own channel.

According to the new rule, all adjuncts are being declared "tobacco products". So, while it's likely the nicotine powder will still be available (suppliers are exempt), if you're mixing you become a "manufacturer" of a "tobacco product" and are subject to the regulations (obviously that only for resellers), but since the non-nicotine flavorings are being deemed "tobacco product" because they can "reasonably be expected to be used with tobacco-derived products", those will be regulated. Not sure if even nicotine-free vape juice will be available, but it sounds like probably not.

Some detail on the Tobacco Analysis Blog.

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 1) 304

The federal government has both the power and duty regulate such devices. If people choose to ignore the evidence that is their right as well. This has nothing to do with free market and everything to do with getting facts out to the people.

Reasonable regulation is one thing, but the FDA's deeming rule nothing of the sort. It's intended to get rid of the e-cig market entirely, with the possible exception of a few static, awful devices sold by the largest big tobacco companies.

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 2) 304

The body is really good and getting rid of excess water. Aspartame and its constituents, not so much.

Aspartame is broken down into three components in the blood stream: Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, and methanol. Phenylalanine enters the brain, and it can build up there. Some people have a reduced capacity for metabolizing Phenylalanine and are at increased risk of harmful side effects (headaches, depression, and schizophrenia). Aspartic Acid is similar to MSG, and also builds up in the blood stream over time. It's considered an excitotoxin and can cause problems in the high amounts than can result from common consumption of soda with aspertame.

Inside the body, methanol breaks into formic acid and formaldehyde. Both of these products are toxic and symptoms of poisoning include headaches and nausea. Methanol poisoning can also result in retinal damage leading to vision problems including blurring and blindness. In addition, formaldehyde is both a neurotoxin and a carcinogen. These severe effects of methanol poisoning were seen in a study of the effects of aspartame on humans.

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 3, Insightful) 304

So you're disparaging an organisation that wants to restrict something for both 1) wanting to restrict freedom 2) for not having restricted the same freedoms for two different things in the past?

Well, he's right. The commonality here being what the pharmaceutical companies want. If big pharma wants to sell something, the FDA says it's safe. If big pharma wants something off the market, the FDA says it's dangerous and needs regulations so strict it's effectively a ban.

Comment Re:It's a feature (Score 0) 304

If you want to vaporize it, just throw the leaves into hot water.

In fact, that will be your only option after the FDA is finished getting all the e-cigarettes and all their component parts off the market with their regulations. And the consequence of course will be more people going back to smoking and dying at a higher rate. I'd say "unintended" but I'm not convinced that's true, considering how the pharmaceutical companies control the FDA so fully. They are also the ones funding these hit piece "studies" of e-cigs - they want them gone so they get people back to Chantix and patches, even if they are failing to help people quit.

Comment Re: Not tech crisis - it's a general crisis (Score 1) 118

If critical thinking is the problem, every H1B I've had the displeasure of working with is no answer.

The vast majority I've met are no better than a just-out-of school coder with an associates degree. I've found code they've written that was obviously directly copy-and-pasted from something they found on a Google search, without even understanding how it worked. Same thing with "documentation" they've written.

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