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Comment Psychoactive users are not junkies (Score 5, Insightful) 250

It's a common perception ... and totally wrong ... that psychoactive users are junkies. Far from it. I have participated in multiple voluntary studies with the Australian National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, where they study recreational drugs ( E, LSD, etc ) ... and have asked them each time what they thought of my habits, and that of my peers. Each time they said the same thing ... that it was a pleasure to work with people who actually had their life together ... that the real 'junkies' use heroin, alcohol, cocain, etc ... and the recreational drug users, in contrast, are well in control of their activities, and leading productive lives. In fact I would go a step further and say that psychoactive drug users have their life together far more than the average person.

Comment Intel Graphics? (Score 1) 358

The story doesn't mention the GPU in use, but it does mention it's an i7 processor. So I assume it's using an i965-class GPU. These aren't exactly known for speed or stability on linux. I believe FF4 uses Cairo, which in turn uses XRender, and my experience with integrated Intel GPUs and XRender is that pure software ( ie X on FBDev ) is faster. I would have liked to have seen a system used which could actually accelerate the drawing operations.

Comment Re:The whole universe is alive (Score 1) 145

Wooot! Another insightful post on Slashdot. Maybe I should spend more time here? Yeah I agree completely ... the way we call organisms individuals, separate from their surroundings, is completely arbitrary. If you haven't already read them, you may be interested in 'Autopoiesis and Cognition' by HR Maturana, FJ Varela and 'Web of Life' by Fritjof Capra.

Comment Re:The electro-dynamic field came first, of course (Score 1) 145

I agree with your attack on materialism, and also that Darwinists have an agenda as do Creationists. But instead of focusing on electromagnetic fields, which is itself inside the domain of the material, I think the source of life lies in a domain of organisation and thought ... one which 4-dimensional physics is enfolded in.

Comment Re:That's how the market is supposed to work. (Score 1) 762

We bought a Civic hybrid with 30,000kms on it. We paid exactly the same as we would have for other Civic models. We got the battery checked out - was in 'perfect' order. It uses about 5.5 l/100km in the city, which is considerably better than the other Civic models, which I expect would be getting around 7 or 8 l/100km. So for us it's making very good economic sense. I don't expect to be changing the battery any time soon - they're supposed to go 10 years in this model. Maybe you should check out 2nd-hand models in your analysis.

Other people have already commented on the hand-outs to big oil fouling up your whinging about subsidies to hybrid tech.

Comment Re:It's actually 84 (Score 1) 158

One is reminded of that Churchill quote about democracy being the worst form of government ...

The problem is that Churchill was a racist, biggoted prick. If he lived in our times, he could have been charged with war crimes ( though of course like current politicians who commit war crimes, there is little chance that this would actually happen ).


Submission + - Qualcomm Makes Open-Source 3D Snapdragon Driver (

An anonymous reader writes: Qualcomm today has posted the source code to a Linux kernel driver for 2D/3D support on their OpenGL ES Core found on Snapdragon-based phones like the Nexus One. They are trying to get this driver into the mainline Linux kernel, but it turns out that their user-space driver is still not open source and thus has resulted in some problems already. The ongoing discussion can be found on
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Submission + - RIAA Outraged by YouTube-Viacom Decision 1

adeelarshad82 writes: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) voiced its opposition to the recent decision in the YouTube-Viacom copyright infringement case, stating that "the district court's dangerously expansive reading of the liability immunity provisions of the [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] DMCA upsets the careful balance struck within the law and is bad public policy." Cary Sherman, RIAA president, also wrote in a blog post, "It will actually discourage service providers from taking steps to minimize the illegal exchange of copyrighted works on their sites."

Submission + - Android 3.0 Rumored for Q4 2010 - Linux Magazine O ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: It hasn't even been a week since Android 2.2 (AKA Froyo) was released to the public and OEMs and here come rumors that its successor Android 3.0 (codename Gingerbread) is slated for an October release. And if further rumors are to be believed, Gingerbread is a behemoth. It requires a minimum processor speed of 1 GHz and at least 512MB of RAM, making it a natural fit for high-end smart phones and (drum roll) tablet PCs.

Comment Re:Facebook? Bueller? (Score 2, Interesting) 114

Precisely. Let's remember that it was Google who told the US government to take them to court before they'd hand over search query data. I'm not saying Google is perfect. But as the post above notes, Google collect data for the sole purpose of providing targeting data to their customers - advertisers. Worst-case scenario is that some advertisers have slightly more information on your browsing habits. This is far from the end of the world.

But you are spot on when you worry about the government getting their hands on this information. I can see problems for people discussing:
  - euthanasia
  - recreational drugs, including medical use, drug law reform, harm minimisation programs, etc
  - political activism
  - criticism of government
  - criticism of big business
  - workers' rights ... which are all quite valid topics, which ever side of the so-called 'great divide' you come down on.

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