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Comment DEA already has rescheduled and overruled itself (Score 5, Interesting) 150

Here's the ruling

Based upon this record it is the recommended decision of the administrative law judge that the substance 3, 4-
methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as MDMA, should be placed in Schedule III.
Dated: MAY 22 1986
Francis L Young, Administrative Law Judge

here is the story

I don't know the process here between FDA and DEA, which has which ultimate powers regarding final say on drug scheduling, but I have a feeling the drug is going to be rescheduled by the FDA (it is a "good," drug, a miracle drug, and the benefits to patients far outweighs the damage to those who abuse drugs), and then something fishy will happen at the DEA, and someone will overstep their authority, just like last time, and it will again be decided in court who gets their way, the nanny-staters and asshole control freaks or the doctors, scientists, and patients that need the drug.

Comment Re:And Obama once again is a blatant liar (Score 1) 534

Contrary to your small beliefs, President Obama has a valid point, whcih is that Edward Snowden hasn't been formally charged with any crime. Short of President Ford pardoning President Nixon prior to any formal charges being made (President Ford's attempt to get the country to move on), I know of no other similar pardon. The vast majority of pardons require a conviction, and time served, and five years of waiting after the time served before a pardon is considered.

There is a rather glaring contradictory issue with pardoning Snowden. A pardon is a forgiveness . While I personally admire him immensely for his sacrifice for the greater good, Mr. Snowden brazenly believes he has done nothing wrong, and believes he has the moral high ground. Yet he is asking for a pardon, he is asking for forgiveness. To paraphrase this contradiction, "I have done nothing wrong, so you should forgive me!"

IMO, Mr. Snowden never should have tried shopping for a pardon. He never should have commented on it. He never should have commented on anything he did. I hope he has better luck and makes wiser choices under the next administration.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 182

What I think he's really talking about, when you read between the lines, is cross-marketing.

What he's talking about, when you read between the lines, is a dystopian surveillance state.

Even if it's all opt-in, the mere infrastructure to so intimately intertwine the online with the offline is inherently dangerous.

Not just because there is a risk of official abuse, but also because it'd be a big shiny target for hackers.

Even the companies who should be taking the most precautions still end up making thoughtless choices like tying in-air entertainment networks into avionics systems or in-car entertainment systems directly connected to the CANBUS.

It's not that this can't be done securely, it's just that it's nearly impossible that it would be.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 259

The "nuclear is expensive" claim is only true because the anti-nuclear lobby has made it that way.

This is unequivocally false. Nuclear power has been the most expensive way to generate energy since its inception. The only possibilty and the only way nuclear power in practice has been economically feasable is more or less due to the quote in the summary:

"does better in a socialist economy than in a capitalist one, because nuclear energy prefers to have the public do the cleanup, do the insurance, cover all of the losses and it only wants the profits."

Breeder reactors are a great idea, but do nothing to mitigate the insane and massive cost already incurred, and will continue to cost, indefinitely. Clean up nuclear power's current problems first, pay off the massive subsidy-debt to governments (to the people that payed for it), solve the waste problem (the current one, as it is, without invoking the largely non-existent messiah breeder reactors), and then you can once again receive massive government subsidies for energy companies to build their breeder reactors, take all the profits, with none of the respinsibility.

Or, you know, spend that money on alternative energies and actaully get what you pay for without incurring insane massive debt and the possibility of any sort of nasty waste that lingers as a dnager for a millenia.

Comment Re:Arguing over the subjective (Score 1) 523

With that kind of attitude, you'll never pass any software engineering practical exam, and thus never become legally licensed to practice software engineering in the civil, academic, corporate or industrial world. On the other hand, programmers never needed such things, will need no stinking license to practice ever, won't need tuition debt, and certainly don't need a stinking framed degree with a fake and insulting euphamism for "programmer" printed in fake caligraphy. Real software engineers are actually spoiled rich and bored programmers trying to prove something. Programmers simply program, otherwise they are not programmers, but hacks (not to be confused with 'hackers').

Comment Re:We don't know how to be nice. (Score 1) 379

In the last 15 years, we have seen the death of habeas corpus, the death of the Fourth Amendment, and the death of the Sixth Amendment (and of course the bastardization of the 2nd Amendment). Recently, there have been assaults to the 1st Amendment... and your post appears to be on the wrong side of that battle.

Comment Re:Wow, they really are stuck in the past (Score 1) 486

I don't think for long, now they have named Mr. Gates as a target, the world's richest man's (more or less) decadently well-funded security team is very likely now targeting them. I wonder how many ex-special forces work for him, and how many more will now be hired.

Comment Re:What about non-"tobacco product" vapes? (Score 1) 342

The FDA is making a mistake only in this regard. FDA seems to only care about nicotine regulation. Nicotine is pretty dangerous stuff, but the fact of the matter is it is simply not the most dangerous element of vaping. How many nicotine poisonings or deaths have there been since the industry's birth? Probably none. Yet FDA absolutely should be stepping in to hold manufacturers in line, but FDA need to see where the very real danger lies: lithium batteries. Lithium cells need understanding and care to be used safely. The one line warning that lithium cells may have, without any benefit of instruction or best practices, is clearly insufficient. It is kind of nuts what modders think they are clever doing with sub-ohm coils and 100W vapes... rest assured more children will be maimed, and apparently FDA is currently blinded to this fact because nicotine is a drug and all drugs are bad. For all the good intentions of the nanny state, it rolls right over the actual real dangers from which they should be protecting consumers.

Comment Re:Facebook kills clickbait with one simple tweak. (Score 1) 50

Clickbait headlines are so formulaic... it almost seems like the first step in the clickbait war would be to nuke anything with one of those formulaic headlines.

I'm not sure that clickbait is inherently bad, so perhaps evolutionary pressure to create a better headline would not be bad either.

Comment Re:Missing the joke option, oh wait... (Score 2) 166

m.slashdot.org
It looks like your browser doesn't support JavaScript or it is disabled. Please use the desktop site instead.

It looks like the mobile website is already more responsive than I want or need.

Please continue allowing /. to work without javascript.
The world is moving fast enough as it is, I don't need /. page elements to be moving around too.

Comment Re:Markdown please (Score 1) 546

1. Faster/easier to type than verbose and pedantic HTML. (no more typing
  after and between lines!)

Uh.... To the left of the Preview button is a drop down menu.

If you dig around in your user preferences, you can set Plain Old Text as the default.
It automatically recognizes line breaks and will put html tags around any raw link you post (see below).

Speaking of preferences
I think I'm going to hang onto the [Fuck Beta] sig until the "classic" SlashCode is unfucked.
With javascript disabled, all these links show the exact same Slashboxes pref page

https://slashdot.org/prefs/
https://slashdot.org/prefs/d1
https://slashdot.org/prefs/d2_...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/thr...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/tim...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/use...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/pas...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/mes...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/123...

And if our overlords are taking requests, please unfutz whatever it was that the previous slave masters did to the links.
Whoever thought that links posted under Plain Old Text should be truncated... they were out of their minds
It only serves to dirty up the conversation. I chose POT so I wouldn't have to type out any markup in my posts.

/Heck, consider defaulting everyone to Plain Old Text
//It's like half of /. forgot it exists as an option

Comment Re:Easy Hack (Score 3, Interesting) 81

If you gather together enough unclassified information, you can frequently distill from it facts that are considered classified.

Like tracking the tail numbers of international flights to uncover the CIA's rendition program.

Not to mention that a staff directory is exactly what you want for spearfishing campaigns.

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 1) 271

associated by who?

Pretty much everyone, including law enforcement.
The media loves to link Bitcoin to "the dark web" and terrorism.

invested hundreds of millions of dollars into blockchain technology.

Blockchain technology is not virtual currency, it's merely a distributed/verified ledger of transactions.

Lots of companies want to get involved with using the blockchain concept, not all of them want to get involved with using Bitcoin.

Even SWIFT, the 800 lb gorilla of financial transactions, is trying to figure out how to revamp their business to use blockchain technology as the foundation. Likely a private blockchain which they can control.

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