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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

DarthVain Canada (463 comments)

OK. Maybe Canada should sue the USA for all the gun crimes that occur in Canada because the US gun laws suck.

2 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

DarthVain Just doing their Job. (463 comments)

Seems normal to me. Police enforce laws not make them.

There was a number of police that came out in Canada that said basically that busting pot was a huge waste of time and drain of resources, however they are still tasked to do it. Their complaint wasn't so much about the morality of doing pot, but that of a staffing and resources issue, where they thought it was a waste of time and resources that could be better spent, you know solving real crimes, or targeting more harmful drugs.

The only horse that law makers keep beating about pot is that it is a "gateway" drug that leads users to do harder drugs. Which is complete BS, but even if it were, the only reason it might be is you have you drug dealers that sell both, "oh we're all out of pot, here try some Meth!". By legalizing it, and selling it, regulating it, and taxing it, you can still enforce the sale (just like cigarettes), but you would basically be putting the pot black market out of business, essentially eliminating the "gateway" to begin with.

How will this change? Eventually the old farts that made the laws will die, and newer more progressive law makers will change them. Slow change, but it is going to happen.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

DarthVain OMG Piracy! (573 comments)

I can't wait to see how Sony and the MPAA somehow spin this whole mess into how movie piracy is somehow secretly funding North Korea, Terrorists, and all of 'Merica's enemies...

2 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

DarthVain Re:Dubious because facts (182 comments)

Sony, doesn't exactly have a stellar network security record either. This very well could be any hacker group looking for LULZ. I mean all this about the movie and North Korea, particularly if it eventually comes out to BS is pretty funny (and sounds like a movie itself). As to the threats, that well could be copycats etc... and people overreacting to some 12 year old's idle threats...

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

DarthVain What they should have done: (580 comments)

Rather than run it normally, show it for free, or at least at a huge discount.

Get as many people to see it as possible. That would send the message that you are going to achieve the exact opposite should you try this garbage again.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

DarthVain Hypocrisy (424 comments)

I always thought the US embargo of Cuba was a bit of hypocrisy at least in modern times, particularly after the fall of the USSR.

I mean as you say it isn't like the US is making a big deal about other nations that aren't democratic, and by any measure much much worse than Cuba, as far as human rights violations etc... China being the big one.

I guess it is more close to home physically, which probably played into it. However unfortunately I suspect it had more to do with internal domestic politics in Florida than anything else which is a bit sad. Lets punish a whole people forever to possibly win a few extra seats in a particular state. I doubt it is any coincidence that Bush killed the idea, when his brother was the governor of Florida.

2 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

DarthVain Cloud City (198 comments)

Whatever you do, don't let the guy who administers the floating city wear a cape, it will go right to his head...

3 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

DarthVain Tethered Balloon (176 comments)

What I would like to know is how a "Tethered Balloon" costs multi-billion dollars?

Perhaps it *is* a technological marvel, as how else can they conceivably get a balloon made out of pure gold to float?

It sounds more like a line item on a ledger to hide money.

3 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

DarthVain War, what is it good for? (658 comments)

Paying off debt apparently...

We should have the war to end all wars coming then by that assumption!

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

DarthVain A dose of Realism. (188 comments)

Canadian here. Much of the "ownership" of the north is symbolic. The ownership is in most ways determined by use (of the lack thereof). This is why there are stupid islands that Canadian and Danish forces regularly visit, even if in dispute, as they can claim they still "use" it. Even if like the moon, it is only to set foot on the barren rock and plant a flag for symbolism. The folks sent there I think have about the right attitude about the whole practice as I recall, Canadian forces leaving booze for the Danes to find, and likewise they would leave booze for the Canadians.

This is why I thought Stephen Harper was such an idiot on this topic. When talking about the ownership of the North, he decided that he should do a pork project to build "Ice Hardened" warships in the idea of protecting our claim to the North (As if they are going to fire on anything but perhaps some arctic seals). They are however of a Finnish design, and are basically armored corvettes. Unless however the polar ice gets very very thin and all but vanishes however, they are not going to be very capable. What we should have done was expanded and improved our fleet of real ice breakers.

As I hate to say it, but all the UN and other countries can say what you will, but only one country currently really has claim, the same one with the largest fleet of icebreakers in the world, the only one to actually build nuclear ice breakers, and has a fleet of 12 or so of them. As when it comes down to having the capability of actually using the north for anything, they are the only ones that really can effectively. Even if you say with the weakening of polar ice, that will take time, and the only country that will be able to take advantage of it first (and make a claim) will be Russia.

Canada should be building ice breakers not warships if they really wish to protect their claim on the north.

4 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

DarthVain Oh Cloud! (515 comments)

Making police look like stupid thugs... is there anything you can't do!

That is one thing the Cloud is very good at in modern times, offsite backup, which so many struggled with years ago.

I know I was looking at getting security cameras for my house, and the only ones I looked at were the ones with Cloud capability... A thief might steal your cameras, or computer, or recording device, or destroy them, however if it has already uploaded to the Cloud.... :)

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

DarthVain Summary Poorly worded! GASP! (416 comments)

It likely had more to do with MIT revoking his professor title, rather than the other way around. It makes more sense to say that MIT revoked his professor title, and then took down his lectures. You know, because he is no longer a professor at MIT anymore...

about a week ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

DarthVain Land Mines (225 comments)

Another example are Land Mines, they are banned by much of the world, however the US never agreed to any ban/treaty.

about a week ago
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China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability

DarthVain Counter Culture (86 comments)

While an interesting comment, it is sort of counter to your argument. A space program isn't something that normal enterprising people can do, it is something that only their governments can do. While you might argue that due to educational culture, the Chinese might be more inclined to produce more engineers than say financial advisers, however I don't think that there is a lack of those people in the other space fairing nations.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

DarthVain Re:ITIL (317 comments)

I would agree with this one, as I have seen it around on job competitions a lot. Many of the other ones like Oracle are specific to a particular job, just like some of the code heavy ones.

That said, I think this is more endemic of the whole issue of HR departments and Management that make the decisions not having a clue and need some sort of thing to base a decision on. I've seen many just list a great many certs and other qualifications, where if I had everything they were asking for, I certainly wouldn't be applying for their crappy job because I would be some sort of computer god. Not to mention silly things like years of experience that do not match up with the length of time a certain piece of technology has even existed for.

I find that so much crap is listed as qualifications that you don't really know what the actual job is because it is basically *everything*. I have done a number of interviews that were pretty much a waste of my time, because you try and guess from the Job title (which can be ambiguous) and the qualifications (which can be a bunch of BS and include everything including the kitchen sink), then when you actually get the interview and see what kinds of specific questions they are asking you see the actual focus of the job (which has little to do with 90% of the qualifications listed) and find you are either ill suited, or not interested, you just did a lot of work for nothing. It is frustrating to say the least.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

DarthVain Power Conservation (197 comments)

Many people mention things like them being hardened and dependable, but another thing older technology has is that it can run on a lot less power. Which is pretty important when you are pretty much limited to solar power and whatever you have for batteries on hand which need to do a number of other things as well. Likely any savings on power conservation is more desirable than additional unneeded CPU cycles.

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

DarthVain Coder Lockin (161 comments)

Not only that, but I think it is more relevant to developer lock in to a particular platform. Just like C# and Apple, and say porting video games from Xbox to Playstation. They want exclusivity on applications developed for their particular platform. This is nothing new. It is just a way to exclude competition to their particular market, and to prevent or at least make it more difficult to get the same functionality from a competing service.

As probably many people mentioned, any coder worth their salt can use or learn any new language without too much effort. Coders with multiple experience would of course have an edge.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

DarthVain Capitol Costs. (461 comments)

Nope. I doubt this worries any power utility or industry.

The biggest obstacle to home rooftop solar power is the capitol costs VS electrical prices.

1) Capitol costs are high, and electrical prices are low, so to break even on a large investment is like 20 years, which is too long.
2) Capitol costs are in solar panels and installation, very few have battery systems, most either do nothing or sell back to grid (hence part of the issue with electrical prices)
3) Batteries would help in remote location installs, but in that case the effect on electrical providers would be nil as they won't be providing service anyway.

About the only situation where this might come into play would be if electrical prices go up, and consumers lack the ability (for whatever reason, hostile regulation for example) to sell back to the grid. In such a case then it might make battery storage feasible. However again it would depend on the cost of the batteries, how long they last, and a host of other factors.

Anyway in the near term, this has little significance on anything really.

about two weeks ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

DarthVain #4 (171 comments)

#4: I have also been involved with the board game scene. I have a bunch, and have attended BGGCON in TX several years in the past (from Canada), and well as more local events.

While I have been introduced and own a bunch of games, I had a friend go full on. Over the years he has probably amassed 4-500 games. Some games depreciate, others keep their value, and some actually increase, where they have gone out of print, or what have you. In all, with a growing number of fans, he could sell his games for quite a LOT of money (if would probably take him a few years due to volume), as in many thousands of dollars...

How many of us can say that about our video games... they are worthless.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

DarthVain Re:USA is slow (528 comments)

Never really thought about the effects of infant mortality, interesting if truly how they calculate that statistic.

As to your analogy and saying I am wrong, I am not sure how you have proved either. That is fine if you and your buddy have 100MB and 1GB connections, however if most of the connections in your country are SIGNIFICANTLY less that than by a very large margin, I am not sure what you are talking about. I understand that in many large metropolitan cities, a good connection can be found for many areas, however outside that it is not good.

If you are suggesting that MOST of the US has extremely good connections, and that there is a small but very poor portion (your dead baby analogy) bringing down the statistics, I think you are incorrect.

about two weeks ago

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Man 'Controlled By Satellites' Makes 100 Calls To 911 In A Month, Vows To Contin

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DarthVain (724186) writes "A man who called 911 more than 100 times in one month says he’s not going to stop until his concerns are heard by the federal government.
Jimmy Shao keeps a log book of every 911 call he’s made. So many that he boasts he’s probably set a world record.
He doesn’t believe he’s wasting the time of emergency responders because he has an emergency of his own: Shao believes he’s being watched by shadowy government authorities.
He claims to believe his body is controlled by satellites.

If ever there was a story for slashdot..."

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Limewire being sued for 75 Trillion.

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DarthVain writes "Apparently 13 record companies are trying to sue Limewire for 75 Trillion. The NYC judge thinks it is "absurd". Its almost like these media companies are their worst enemy trying to make themselves look ridiculous."
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George Lucas loses court appeal over Star Wars

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  about 5 years ago

DarthVain (724186) writes "I remember it was reported by Slashdot sometime ago that Lucas sued his old Prop guy (Andrew Ainsworth) for trying to sell Replica Star Wars costumes. The Prop guy lost that battle it seems in the US back in 2006, but they haven't been able to get the British courts to enforce it. It seems now the British court has ruled to "Sod Off", and "that the helmet and armor of the Stormtrooper costumes had a "utilitarian," rather than an artistic, purpose" and as such is apparently exempt.

I am not sure if anyone in the court room actually saw Star Wars, but I think I know some Ewoks that might argue how "Utilitarian" those suits of armor actual were..."

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Waterboarding and Comic books.

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DarthVain (724186) writes "I noticed something last night when I was re-reading Superman: Red Son. http://www.amazon.com/Superman-Red-Elseworlds-Mark-Millar/dp/1401201911/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1244041637&sr=8-1 There appears to be water boarding in it. It is clearly described as torture. It appears in a scene in which Hal Jordan (The Green Lantern) is captured by the enemy and held as a POW and tortured, Vietnam style, or so it looks. It was not too long ago that I didn't even know what water boarding looked like, however I saw this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUkj9pjx3H0 of a republican radio personality that didn't think it was a big deal and submitted himself to water boarding with horrific results. Comparing those two images, the one from the video, and the one from Superman: Red Son, they are clearly the exact same event. Even the posturing of the persons performing the water boarding is the same, it is pretty surreal. So what does this really mean? Well for starters I think it is a pretty good indication of what is considered torture and what is not. The comic was written in 2002 (before all the hullabaloo), and this was the worst torture image they could print to illustrate Hal Jordan's discomfort. So folks that do not get it or fail to understand that it is torture, you can point them to this comic book with its pretty pictures. I also think it is a bit iconic that the image in the book is portrayed as a sort of Vietnamesque torture scene, one that I think most US citizens would identify with "worst torture ever". Anyway just something interesting I noticed while reading last night."
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Rogers - "We're A Dumb Pipe"

DarthVain DarthVain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DarthVain writes "Rogers Communications the second half of the telecommunications duopoly with Bell in Canada had some interesting things to say to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission).

Apparently when asked about Canadian content, they are a "Dumb Pipe" however later when asked about Bittorrent they are suddenly able to be a smart pipe and monitor every single packet.

It will be an interesting saga to see if the CRTC actually has some teeth and does something about the questionable practices of Bell Canada and Rogers Communications."

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