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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Hope they win this case. (467 comments)

The kid in Ohio who was shot because he had a toy gun,

A toy gun that had been painted to look like a real gun. That he was pointing at a cop... a rookie cop. I don't think there's much dispute that a better trained cop (like his partner) would not have shot the kid, but of all the incidents, it seems the most reasonable.

The police in NY clearly should have gone to trial, and, based on what I saw, jail

I assume Michael Brown became the poster child because the local community organized, which gave news crews something to film, which lead to more people, etc. in the snowball effect. And the facts of the case seem to be disputable.

Why you choose to further the narrative that gun owners are somehow racists or bigots is beyond me. here is no basis in reality for it...

Okay, first, there seems to be a correlation, esp. among people who don't know many gun owners, between gun ownership and crazy racist. Look at Cliven Bundy, or Ted Nugent. Now, that's a skewed sample, but it's the sample most people have.

Second, the NRA itself promotes this. The most recent 35 ads I could find for the NRA feature white people. Same with the first few pages on their website.

I'm not saying they're correct, but it's easy to see how those views could form.

2 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Hope they win this case. (467 comments)

Here's my question: why doesn't the NAACP stand up for the right of black people to keep guns?

Because a more important goal of theirs is to stop the police from shooting/killing their constituents. And the message conflicts with "and also, they will be carrying one to three concealed weapons"

2 days ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Actually, I do RTFA Re:America! (228 comments)

I think everyone who believes in free speech ought to buy a ticket,

The movie is neither courageous nor a triumph of free speech. It would be both if North Koreans had made it. But it's not.

It didn't even look like a good movie

And giving money to corporation for a shitty in return may be an American way, but it's not one I want to encourage.

2 days ago
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Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Actually, I do RTFA Re:hooray for the government (68 comments)

Regulations aren't the best solution for every problem.

Never said they were. I do think they are (a part of) the best solution for these problems.

This action is going way too far though

The outright ban may be, but the ban on going to high, flying out of sight or flying at night?

Look, either the city needs to license drones and/or drone pilots, or they need to limit the damage that can be done.

3 days ago
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Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Should let them work inside parks. (68 comments)

No, like those concrete path thingies that people follow with their fantastical "horseless carriages"

3 days ago
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Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

Actually, I do RTFA Re:hooray for the government (68 comments)

Banning things like UAVs, guns, and large sodas is definitely the best way to keep citizens (who are all too stupid to make their own decisions) healthy.

UAVs and guns have pretty obvious externalities. Why wouldn't you want to regulate them?

3 days ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Calling it fraud could stop identity theft (110 comments)

You're both right, you're both wrong.

The burden is on the bank to force you, via the law, to repay them. The burden is on the person to clear their credit report of the issue.

Now, the desirability of having a large system that operates under "guilty until proven innocent" and, while not having the force of law, is still pretty vital to living in America.... well, that's a different story.

3 days ago
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Godot Engine Reaches 1.0, First Stable Release

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Torque MIT Licensed and More "advanced" (54 comments)

I once talked to the CTO of GarageGames (back when they were not open-sourced). He said "Torque was 400k lines of really good code, with another 100k thrown in for free". We ran.

5 days ago
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3D Printer?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Peachy Printer (173 comments)

While that does look nice, I'm really interested in what happens when the non-creator gets a hold of it and people start printing crazy stuff.

5 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Move to a gated community (594 comments)

Other less dysfunctional cities either have better mass transit

LA is supposed to actually have quite good mass transit. Just underrated.

I seem to recall there was some reason a lot of people were off the roads, leaving them clear. And there were some races between mass transit and driving. The results (again without traffic) were within the margin of error.

Not sure if the test was rigged, or what, but it was interesting.

5 days ago
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3D Printer?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Peachy Printer (173 comments)

I didn't get one (the office got a 3D printer the same time the kickstarter went up), but it sounds really interesting. I'm interested to see what the prints actually look like in the wild.

about a week ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Not impressed (159 comments)

Well, they claim 1 in 11000, as opposed to 1 in 20000. I question their math. (And yours). You don't get to multiple the liklihood of Chrome and Chrome 39 together, they are highly correlated. See also Windows and Windows 7.

about a week ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Actually, I do RTFA Re:It's called "evergreening" (264 comments)

Interesting. The only time I had heard 'evergreen" before was in reference to characters/worlds/other fictional material, and referred to ensuring continued cultural relevance (e.g. Mickey Mouse).

But it explicitly talked about the pragmatic issues... I suppose they already assumed perpetual ownership of the IP.

about a week ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Can you say... (264 comments)

did anyone consider the possibility of the government backstopping insurance companies for high-expense patients, by (for example) putting a cap on the amount of money an insurance company must pay out in the lifetime of an individual (call it $1 million)--then when you hit that cap, the money beyond that cap comes from the government,

The problem with this is similar to the problem with saying "The emergency room is a special case!". Different payers at different levels give rise to different, conflicting incetnives that raise the cost for the system as a whole.

Imagine Patient A is ensured by Company B. Any costs beyond X are picked up by the government. Now, A gets sick, and has two treatments available. The first (costs X/2) has a 50% chance of working off the bat, and a 50% chance of costing 10X if complications occur. The second costs X (or any number higher than X) and pretty much is assured of working. Maximizing societies total pool of resources devoted to insurance says the second option. Maximing Company B's profits says take the first.

about a week ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Why can't they use eminent domain? (264 comments)

Why don't the instead deny the patent for the new drug? That way, there's no incentive fort hem to act like this.

about a week ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Actually, I do RTFA Re:Explanation? (264 comments)

It doesn't affect the patent. It affects the prescribability.

First, there is a break, when X cannot be prescribed (not made by the company, patent prevents generics), So the only option is X+1, which then becomes the entrenched standard.

Also, some jurisdictions don't allow generics for X to be prescribed. X is prescribed, and the generic can be substituted. So, by stopping the sale, they prevent the generic.

The latter can be fixed by changing the law... the former is a far more pernicious issue.

about a week ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Actually, I do RTFA Re:It's about who's doing the coercion (264 comments)

Libertarian philosophy as I understand it is about coercion.

No, libertarian philosophy talks a lot about coercion. The problem is that the word requires so much interpertation that it is meaningless..

Heck, let's use your example. First, your example presupposed that there is an objective, knowable standard for what a doctor should proscribe. And that somehow we can determine if something is "recklessly prescribing" or "prescribing ... after weighing the risks and benefits."

But secondly, a doctor prescribing something is seen as coercion, if and only if it was the wrong choice. If it was the right choice, no coercion. And it's only coercion if a judge tries to stop him from making a bad choice, not a good choice.

While I think "the decision most likely to be correct should be applied, regardless of source" is reasonable, I don't think it's what you intended.

I do agree with GP. These points are tired, and dragged out constantly. So I worry I'm wasting time shouting into the wind. But, I'll take that chance.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Actually, I do RTFA Re:No (1050 comments)

If your decision only affected you, run wild. That's your choice and your right.

It never affects only you. In fact, it doesn't affect you. It affects your kids.

Children are not chattel. They are not capable of making informed decisions, but they have to be protected from abuse. And, fucking a, antivaxers are child abusers.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Actually, I do RTFA Brilliant (235 comments)

Now that Usmanov has set the precedent, he can expect a lot of other Nobel Prize winners coming forth to cash in. And when Feynman's heirs put forth his, Usmanov can buy it and keep it.

about two weeks ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Actually, I do RTFA Re:The Click is Dead Anyway (285 comments)

I highly suggest you entirely disable cookies entirely (yes, I realize this is not worth it at all)

Why on earth would it not be worth it? Especially with whitelisting. Unless I have an account with a company there is no reason to have them save data on my machine.

about two weeks ago

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Why would you teach your kid to brush his teeth - there's an app for that.

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about 7 months ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "

Have you ever tried to teach your kid the "Bass-Stillman" brushing technique — the technique that dental professionals would try to teach your child if they thought he could handle it?

That's the question asked by Brush Up, a new mobile game with a bluetooth-enabled toothbrush. They purport to be able to train your child to brush his own teeth. They seem to back it up, as they used NIH (National Institute of Health) money to run a year long study.

Interestingly, they hired a developmental psychologist, because apparently you brain handles brushing your teeth differently when you are younger.

Their website has some information, but they seem to have put a lot more effort into their Kickstarter page.

Would you trust your child to bring a tablet/phone into the bathroom as they brush? Do you think you can teach better than a game? Or will parents not ask themselves any of those questions, and just buy it to get their kid to brush his teeth without a fight?"

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Fluke Donates Real Multimeters to SparkFun as goodwill gesture

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  about 9 months ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "We recently heard about the confiscation of a delivery of multimeters to SparkFun for infringing on Fluke's trademark. One common thread in the discussions was the theme that Fluke should have let that shipment through ("lawyers" argued about the legal ramifications of it) as a goodwill gesture to SparkFun and the Maker community. Well, Fluke did one better. They announced they were sending more than $30k worth of official multimeters to SparkFun for them to do whatever they want with.

SparkFun is most likely going to give them away.

A great example of win-win-win?"

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Microsoft loses final appeal in EU Antitrust case.

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "Being a convicted monopolist in Europe may be not as sweet a deal as in the United States. Microsoft has been forced to allow blanket licences to its server protocols[Free registration required]. Although they will still be raking in the money (at 10,000 euro upfront and 0.4% in royalties), it seems paltry compared to the almost 6% royalty rate they used to insist upon. And Microsoft has already paid 1 billion euros ( $1.43 billion US ) for the privledge of appealing to this stage, with a possibility that they will owe another 1.6 billion euros more.

Since they are having such a bad day, I thought I might as well advertise where you can purchase access to their proprietary code to make up for it. Curiously enough though, that site is down."
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Our ATM is broken, so you go to jail?

Actually, I do RTFA Actually, I do RTFA writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) writes "A short while ago, slashdot featured an article about possible criminal prosecution for people who took advantage of faulty slot machine software. At the time, many people drew an analogy to an ATM that dispensed too much money. Well, apparently, that too may result in criminal charges. Interestingly, although they suspect that someone may have tampered with the ATM, they are considering charging anyone who withdrew money from the ATM.

This also provides an interesting rejoinder to 'if they can build a secure ATM, why cannot Diebold build a secure electronic voting machine.'"

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