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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

0111 1110 Re: US is... (538 comments)

How would more goods in the stores that no one (aside from drug dealers and jineteras) can afford to buy help anything? Or are we talking about giving the stuff away?

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

0111 1110 Re:Overall death toll under communism: 100 Million (538 comments)

The workers *are* the means of production and they own themselves.Hopefully all will be replaced by robots soon and then robots will be the means of production and can also own themselves.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

0111 1110 Re:Cuba could have lifted it ages ago (538 comments)

You think the Castro dynasty would give up their communist ideals just because the US lifts the embargo? Ridiculous. The truth is that the US has very little to do with Cuba's problems. All the embargo really does to Cuba is give its leaders someone to blame for everything that Cuba is not. A convenient scapegoat for the government. The US could lift the embargo tomorrow and all it would do is flood the island with American tourists making the Canadians very angry. The Cuban people would still be dirt poor because they are not allowed to make money. Their government won't let them.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

0111 1110 Re:Is the embargo really affecting them? (538 comments)

But in your country you probably get paid when you work. They don't. That's the difference. Also their ration cards don't buy them much at all. Considering the fact that they work for free I think they are earning their few rolls of toilet paper, rice and beans, and the occasional toothbrush. I am sure you country is doing a lot better. Nearly everyone in Cuba is so poor they are barely surviving at all.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

0111 1110 Re:Is the embargo really affecting them? (538 comments)

I was in Cuba earlier this year. They seem to be doing OK for themselves.

Sure, there are towns outside of Havana and Trinidad where there isn't a lot to do, but I didn't see any real evidence of extreme poverty.

Are you sure you were in Cuba?

Where there isn't a lot to do? Are you fucking insane? Did you ask any Cubans what their monthly salary was? Aside from the jineteras and jineteros I mean. The people with legal jobs. Go ask them next time you are there. I think you will be in for a surprise.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

0111 1110 Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (538 comments)

Just a wild guess but you have spent no more than a week or two in Cuba and do not have a single Cuban friend. The education and healthcare are both pretty bad. The 'healthcare' you get for free is not much better than none at all.

When I lived there high quality food did not seem particularly scarce either. The food was fine. The problem was that no one has much money to buy any.

Well having no money in Cuba is probably slightly better than having no money in El Salvador, but at least outside of Cuba you have some chance to make money. It's not actually against the law. And I cannot think of any Latin American country with such a high percentage of the population making so little.

What I found amusing was when a Cuban would meet a Mexican our Guatemalan say they would assume they must be rich. As if Guatemala were a rich country.

about two weeks ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

0111 1110 Re:Or, use a big hosts file (436 comments)

It is true that the default Windows/Linux hosts file cannot do wildcard matching. However there are some apps like Acrylic or angryhosts which may allow such wildcard functionality. These seem to be Windows only however. For Linux there may be other options like DNS Chef. I am not completely clear however whether DNS Chef would work for this.

Of course hosts file blocking lists like mvps and yoyo would have to be updated to support wildcards. I guess someone could write a simple program to wildcard every domain in those lists and then maybe the list maintainers could be convinced to maintain wildcard versions. I think this is the only way that this DNS based ad blocking can move forward.

about 2 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

0111 1110 Re:Thank You (436 comments)

Wladimir is taking his thank yous in cash from advertisers wanting in on his whitelist. His idea wasn't original. It just became the most popular version. He's a cunt who has betrayed his users.

about 2 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

0111 1110 Re:None of them. (436 comments)

Which is pretty retarded because you could have just unchecked the box instead.

Right. Until it autoupdates in a week and re-checks the box (for your convenience) and moves the option back to about:config or takes it away entirely. When a dev cannot be trusted he cannot be trusted. And Vlad definitely cannot be trusted.

about 2 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

0111 1110 Re:None of them. (436 comments)

The same thing except that it actually blocks ads by default. Even the ones from companies who have paid off the Vladimir The Whore to be whitelisted. How can he be trusted now? I wouldn't trust him.

With every release he will probably try to sneak something in that will allow certain ads to be displayed. Like uTorrent, I think Adblock Plus needs to be viewed as adware now. The developer is motivated by advertising money. He will find ways to sneak in the ads over time. It's always the same story in these cases.

about 2 months ago
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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

0111 1110 Re:Chrome? (436 comments)

I'm at least 95% google free. Firefox with adblock plus

Just a heads up in case you haven't heard adblock 'plus' is now essentially adware itself. Pretty pointless. What you want is adblock edge. It's just a fork that blocks all ads that it can, even from companies who have paid off the original dev who obviously cannot be trusted.

about 2 months ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

0111 1110 extremesystems test (164 comments)

There was also a very interesting endurance test done on extremesystems.org. Very impressive stuff. I don't yet own an SSD, but I'll continue to consider buying one! Maybe next Black Friday. Just waiting for the right deal.

about 3 months ago
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Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

0111 1110 Re:Cross-platform (146 comments)

If you are implying that LUKS + dm-crypt is more secure in practice I might mention that hidden containers have not been implemented AFAIK.

about 3 months ago
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Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

0111 1110 2013 releases make me nervous (146 comments)

To me the most likely and simplest explanation of the strange canary-like behavior is to assume a warrant canary is indeed what we are seeing. Which probably means that 7.1a has not been compromised, but that a compromised version of 7.1a will eventually be introduced into the wild. Hence the need for a trusted repo for windows.

Nevertheless are the changes between 7.0 and 7.1 so significant that it is worth the additional risk of a more recent release? I'm thinking of using my 7.0 download from 2011 instead. A 2 year delay and then suddenly an update might in itself seem suspicious to a sufficiently paranoid individual given what we now know about the aggressive behavior of the NSA. The drawback is that the code verification process is based on 7.1a. Until the verification/cryptanalysis process is complete downgrading to 7.0 temporarily might be worthwhile.

FWIW here are some md5sums for my Windows copies.
5.0a: 4ec2b386f5d786b3017727aaecf28aa8
6.0: ec0827315825a035ff9a4203ddddfef7
6.1a: c413ecd820d2f912996ae86327b0d622
7.0: eadd4ae48541b830638f279d83938497
7.0a: 354e280c4bb56704e3925770f282588f
7.1a: 7a23ac83a0856c352025a6f7c9cc1526

about 3 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

0111 1110 Re:This again... (168 comments)

If you're worried about memory loss, stay away from all alcohol use.

Thanks for the advice. I do. I keep well away.

Placebo? LOL! There is no such placebo. However, millions of people have used it long-term with no ill effects so no such study is needed.

Really. Have a cite for that?

Studies have shown, however, that smoking pot before adulthood can indeed have a negative affect on the brain, so young folks ought to stay away from it.

Define 'adulthood'. And if it can damage a younger brain that makes damage to adult brains a hell of a lot more plausible. Excellent reason for anyone who values whatever intelligence they have to stay far away until or unless long term use has been proven to be safe.

about 4 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

0111 1110 Re:This again... (168 comments)

>LOL...we're talking about a much much safer alternative to alcohol, not something that needs placebo controlled studies.

What does alcohol have to do with anything? That's just a question of legality. I support the legalization of all drugs including heroin. So that's irrelevant to me. What I care about is whether Cannabis/THC has been proven to be safe. I don't care if it's safer than driving your car into a bridge support at 50 mph or downing huge quantities of Everclear every waking moment or sniffing acetone all day long or whatever. The question is whether or not regular use of the drug has any negative effects on memory or cognition. AFAIK long term effects have not been studied properly. Based on what I have seen personally in my own life I remain concerned.

think that's a myth, and again, these would be people who are the equivalent of alcoholics.

I don't think it is easy to draw a particular line between a frequency of use that is harmful and one that is not. If it is harmful at all and obviously such harm has not been demonstrated scientifically (which again does not prove that it is not harmful) then it may be that the harm is proportional to the frequency of use. The relationship may be linear or nonlinear or there may be no harm at any frequency of use. It's impossible to say at this point because I don't think you can legally do such studies outside of Uruguay or Colorado and in any case none have been done AFAIK. I have personally seen anecdotal evidence of such memory decline that seems to follow taking up pot smoking. While that doesn't prove anything. It may just be coincidence, but I'm not rushing out to start smoking myself. I'm not willing to take the risk of my memory getting even worse than it is now.

I think that's a myth, and again, these would be people who are the equivalent of alcoholics.

It's also almost certainly safer than putting a sawn off shotgun against your head and pulling the trigger or dowsing yourself in salt water and then sticking your fingers in a light socket. The amount of harm that alcohol may or may not cause is not relevant except for legalization arguments. Not to belabor the obvious but just because something is legal does not mean it is an intelligent thing to do.

about 3 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

0111 1110 Re:This again... (168 comments)

I guess it's a damn good thing you're a smart person who doesn't smoke weed!

Please cite the part where I claimed to be intelligent. I made no such claim. But I value whatever intelligence I do have. Which is why I give drugs with any evidence, anecdotal or otherwise, of mental decline a very wide berth.

Enjoy your beer, coffee and/or cigarettes, at least the government and their hand-picked research buddies have determined those to be far safer than weed

They have? You have a cite for that? Are you seriously claiming the government has done placebo controlled studies comparing marijuana or THC and alcohol, cigarettes and coffee/caffiene?

Actually I have personally read studies that show caffeine and other stimulants like amphetamines to improve the outcome following brain damage. I have also seen plenty of anecdotal evidence that stimulants in general can increase mental performance. So that much is plausible.

Incidentally I don't drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes and I drink coffee only rarely.

Now that my sarcasm reserves have been fully depleted, can you please tell me how I'm capable of remembering my humongous password, which is ~128 bits of entropy large and ten words long, despite my handicap of having been a daily cannabis user for over 10 years?

If you are referring to a diceware password then 10 words is not particularly impressive. I have a truly awful memory and I also have a ten word diceware password memorized. In any case how good your memory may or may not be at the moment isn't the point. The question is how does it compare to before you started smoking regularly.

How am I even capable of using Linux, which demands a large portion of the brain's memory be dedicated to a plethora of commands, syntax and philosophies?

It demands no such thing. I run Arch Linux and again I have a terrible memory. I just look up commands when (not if) I forget them. Also this does not speak at all to the question of whether smoking marijuana affects memory. All it proves is it doesn't cause actual brain death or mental retardation. But it still could drop your functional IQ by 10 points for every 3 years of 'wake and bake' or something similar. Since peoples' IQs tend to drop every year after their 18th birthdays in any case this would not be simple to demonstrate.

about 3 months ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

0111 1110 Re:This again... (168 comments)

The combination is very common in my experience.

I assume you meant to use the past tense since he was talking about the late 70s to early 80s and my experience was quite different.

Smart people experiment, and quickly realize that marijuana is the safest recreational drug we've ever found.

Smart people don't use themselves as guinea pigs on an unstudied drug which may or may not have long term negative affects on memory. Anecdotal experience seems to support some memory decline with long term marijuana use. I wouldn't go near the stuff for that reason alone. Until it has been proven to be safe through long term placebo controlled studies I would hope that most intelligent people would give it a wide berth.

As far as the late 70s to early 80s I have to agree with the observation of potheads and geeks not mixing and that geeks who spent most of their time either playing computer games or Dungeons and Dragons or writing computer games generally did not smoke pot.

about 3 months ago
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Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

0111 1110 Re:Be GONE, thou art a DEVIL! (157 comments)

This is Slashdot where all corporations are evil and should be denied corporate personhood

Not every corporation is evil, but most of them are. As individuals they would be sociopaths. I don't consider the encouragement of sociopathic behavior to be a particularly good idea. Corporate personhood should be abolished. Oh and I'm a Libertarian.

about 4 months ago

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Snowden renews Russian asylum request

0111 1110 0111 1110 writes  |  about a year ago

0111 1110 (518466) writes "In a statement to representatives of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, a human rights representative for Russian parliament, and others Snowden has announced that he intends to reapply for asylum in Russia until or unless he can secure promises of safe passage from the European countries who effectively grounded Bolivian President Morale's plane last week due to rumors that Snowden was on board."
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Venezuela and Nicaragua offer Snowden asylum

0111 1110 0111 1110 writes  |  about a year ago

0111 1110 (518466) writes "Following an UNASUR bloc meeting of South American leaders in Bolivia on Thursday and as Spain corroborates Bolivian President Morales' account of the effective grounding and search of his aircraft in Austria by France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy, President Maduro of Venezuela has made NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden an offer of unconditional "humanitarian asylum" in his country. Following this announcement President Ortega of Nicaragua also offered asylum "if circumstances permit it". Snowden had previously applied for asylum in both countries."
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Interplay's ex-CEO Brian Fargo kickstarts Wasteland II

0111 1110 0111 1110 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

0111 1110 (518466) writes "Attempting to emulate Double Fine's success to fund another currently dead genre of computer game, Brian Fargo of Interplay fame has started a kickstarter project for a sequel to his 1988 Wasteland, a post-apocalyptic RPG which inspired Fallout. It will be turn based and party based with a top down perspective and 2D graphics. Fargo has managed to attract many of the original developers such as Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole as well as Jason Anderson who was a designer for Fallout and Mark Morgan, who did the music for Planescape: Torment and both of the original Fallout games. Fargo's goal has been set at $900,000. Anything above that will be used for additional game content. At 1.5 million he will offer an OS X version. See interviews here and here for some additional insight into what he and his group are planning."
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0111 1110 0111 1110 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

0111 1110 (518466) writes "The Inquirer is reporting that Billy Hoffman of Spy Dynamics has released some code "to illustrate how insecure Javascript is within all web browsers". "The only way to avoid the glitch, should it potentially become widely used, is to turn off Javascript within the browser by default, and enable it only for sites that you trust." Even better than the Security Zones of Internet Explorer, however, is Firefox with the NoScript extension. But what does Opera have? When are web site developers going to stop using active scripting where HTML could be used just as easily? People have ignored the dangers of Javascript for too long."

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