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Comment Re: And thus the Internet of Things collapses (Score 1) 211

I've purchased two devices (well, two each elf or the wife and my self). I 'justified' by saying I was going to look at the protocols they use. One of the devices uses cert pinning but I didn't get more time to look at it (switched jobs, so I've been busy). Both vendors are very,very upfront about how much data they collect. I just looked and I haven't put them on this phone yet. But they are most certainly not hiding that they collect data. That would be like thinking Chaterbate wasn't watching who you tip, how much you tip and what your kinks are.

Comment Re: Unfettered capitalism (Score 2) 639

Sure, you *could* start a tractor business but those tractors would be covered by the DMCA as well. So anyone buying your tractors wouldn't be able to fix them via 3rd party or themselves. Maybe you could make all the specs open and allow the use of diagnostic tools you, as the manufacturer, created but I would be willing to bet the established companies would get their favorite politicians to screw you in some fashion.

Comment Re: Cost of living (Score 1) 100

My starting salary when I worked at twitter (~mid 2010) was $120k p/year. That was with 15 years experience and 6 technical certs. That's exactly what my ending salary was from Verisign & Ning (both outside the city, Mountain View & Palo Alto) in 2009 and 2010. It is not a huge chunk of money but you can make it work out. The place we were renting in Fremont was about $2500. Atter that add in cars, utilities and the expense's associated with a relatively (at that time) small child; you can get by but you aren't exactly raking in the cash.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 566

I'm not sure that's the case though, there are several diseases (both physical and mental) that simply can't be healed or rehabilitated and they are most certainly patients if they are in a doctors care. Now doctors administering the lethal cocktail, I would argue, *should* consider them patients since they are under their direct care (if only for that brief, if it goes correctly, interaction). The random experimenting of 'new' and untested (for this purpose) on inmates is a bit troubling. In the case of Joseph Wood, they used a combination of midazolam & hydromorphone (injecting him at least 15 times). As someone who has been on opiates (that exact one even) for 10+ years (10 knee surgeries + spine/back issues), I can relate my experience on dosage. It can vary widely from person to person and that seems to be a bit genetic and then tolerance over time. My first experience involved me taking several times the lethal dosage (was trying to make the pain go away, not just tolerable). That translated to 7200mg of OxyContin (back when you could chew them), 1200mg of Percocet and about 39,000mg of acetaminophen; in about 25-28 hours. I didn't die, wasn't high and was still in pain (my liver is amazing).

My ramble is trying to make the point that just rolling the dice while trying to kill someone seems a little too much like torture and a hell of a lot like ignoring the oaths doctors take. The nitrogen options mentioned in these threads seems far more humane with a far less chance of it randomly fucking it up (except for that whole wrongful conviction, forced deals and the like).

Comment Re: two for T (Score 1) 766

Transgender != dude in a wig and a bra. There seems to be a handful of reported cases where someone is a sexual predator and claims to be transgender at a later date. None of this addresses the problem associated with same sex predators from attacking & molesting children in bathrooms and shelters. Since we are doing this for the children after all...oh wait, there are already laws against rape, secretly recording people, molesting children, etc.. As a victim of molestation myself, I can tell you that I don't think, nor treat, all woman as sex offenders. Just like I don't judge entire groups of people based on the actions of a few. So I can't see any reason I would treat transgendered men/woman any different.

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