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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Firethorn Re:Colorado could require state ID (437 comments)

By now, every NE or OK, cop has some nice, labeled Colorado bud to plant on anyone who gives them trouble.

If they're doing it regularly it's just asking for an eventual FBI sting and ensuing shitstorm.

7 hours ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Firethorn Re:Yeah, about that Constitution Thing (437 comments)

Also, Colorado should (if they don't already) have laws preventing the export of marijuana to other states where it is illegal. Want to grow for distribution in Colorado? Fine. Want to grow in the safety of Colorado to go profiteer in Nebraska? Jail.

I'm not a lawyer, but I think that would actually be illegal under the constitution. The states aren't allowed to get into trade wars with each other with prohibitions, taxes, duties, and such.

Yes, I know in this case that Nebraska doesn't want the stuff, but it's free to pass a general prohibition, it's not allowed to ban only weed from Colorado. Colorado isn't allowed to ban weed to Nebraska.

7 hours ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Firethorn Re:Dry Counties? (437 comments)

I think the difference here is that marijuana is illegal under federal law. It is not a law the states created, and so they are complaining about the disproportionate burden placed on them.

There's a really simple solution here: Do basically what Colorado did, and tell the feds that if they want to prohibit weed they can do it themselves.

7 hours ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Firethorn Re:Dry Counties? (437 comments)

but in Washington the legal weed costs about twice as much as what you'd find from a traditional dealer,

Yeah, when I saw the measures I said they were setting the tax too high. Part of the problem is higher expenses due to the Fed's threatening the banks and such.

7 hours ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Firethorn Re:Dry Counties? (437 comments)

but in practice, prohibitions against alcohol work just as well as prohibitions against pot - ie, not at all.

You want 'effective' dry counties, look towards Alaska. There are places that are pretty much only accessible by plane, and they have officers there that are almost like customs. They still get alcohol in there, but it's at a lot lower rate.

Down south, the only reason most counties are still 'dry' is a combination of:
1. Cronyism - the politicians are relatives/part owners of the alcohol stores located just outside of their jurisdiction
2. Temperance types - MAD types that are against any alcohol
3. NIMBY types - they're convinced that any change would be bad and that a liquor store would set up right next to them and draw drunks from counties over to their door step(despite the fact that the only reason they see lots of drunks at the store the next county over is all the people migrating from their county PLUS the drunks in the county the store is located in).

7 hours ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Firethorn Re:Dry Counties? (437 comments)

They bring so much that it's obvious that it's for sale.

And how much would that be? I know that federal statutes have rules in them where if you have more then X amount it's 'obvious' you intended to sell them, then lowered said amounts because the dealers simply started carrying less, stashing their stuff in small amounts. The only ones with large amounts were the mules. There are recorded cases of tolerant people where a week's worth of their habit busted those limits easily.

If you're an individual user driving the 200 miles from Denver to Scottsbluff, or the roughly 500 miles from Denver to Lincoln or Omaha, how much are you going to buy? Enough for a weekend, week, or are you going to consider buy months worth?

That being said, I'd rather see small scale dealers buying from Colorado than large scale drug gangs bringing it up from Mexico.

7 hours ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Firethorn Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (437 comments)

but it will be less if Nebraska and Oklahoma also legalise it.

I think of it like red light cameras, the 2nd invasion of Iraq, and most political campaigns - the justification they will give for the action isn't necessarily their justification, but the justification they think YOU will care most about.

IE for red light cameras they'll advertise on safety, but to most planning boards they're trying to sell them to they'll talk revenue. Bush wanted to finish daddy's war, but talked chemical weapons to the world for allied assistance.

7 hours ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Firethorn Let's actually look at studies... (187 comments)

scholar.google.com if anybody's interested.

Effects of scheduled overtime on labor productivity - Abstract says 'no significant effect on productivity'
Productivity in manufacturing...: As hours/day dropped, they worked more days(of the year), so productivity remained about the same.
Scheduled Overtime and Labor Productivity: Quantitative Analysis: Productivity drops 10-15% for 50/60 hour work weeks.
Effect of Reducing Interns' Work Hours: Surprise, Surprise, NOT working medical interns for 24+ hours straight reduces serious medical errors by more than 50%.

yesterday
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Firethorn Re:Are account regions locked? (154 comments)

I can't check until tonight when I get home from work but are account regions locked? I know mine currently shows the US but when I travel to Japan next month, will it update?

Disclaimer: AC mentioned it's against the TOS, but I've done it in the past - Military deployed to the middle east, various countries. I've had issues where I 'had' to use my VPN* in order to purchase games on steam due to mismatches between my local IP and my CC(payment method). Even picked up some cheaper games in a couple spots.

I didn't receive any bans, but given that I was actually *in* the foreign country, but VPN's back to the USA in order to use my US credit card to buy a game for my US steam account, I figure I'm not the target audience. Probably hard to tell I'm VPNing as well given that I used a VPS that I'm the only one VPNing from. The pingponging might be a clue, but I wasn't using it to buy lots of 'gifts'(IE act as a retailer). Even then, they might figure out that I'm likely a US military person from the location and not want to deal with the butthurt and negative publicity when I'm not actually getting a price cut.

*From a VPS that I control, not a public VPN service

yesterday
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Firethorn Re:German dubbing (154 comments)

I *think* Germany is one of the countries with a game rating mafia that insists on changes to their version of the game in order to authorize it's sale in country. Wikipedia agrees at first glance with "Censorship of motion pictures, video games and Internet sites hosted in Germany are considered to be the strictest in the European Union."

Ergo more programming expense as they have to make the blood cool-aid colored, make it seem like all the bad guys are actually robots, etc...

The voice acting may be part of it, but usually quite small.

yesterday
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Firethorn Re:Georgia (154 comments)

I was in grade school during that period and I don't remember them covering the former USSR states much. It might have been a regional thing.

yesterday
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Firethorn Re:Why Steam? Why? (154 comments)

Usual reasons:
1. The cost of the raw oil is actually a small component of the cost of getting refined fuel into your tank. There's shipping, refining, distributer, retail, and tax expenses to consider.
2. There's a lag period.
3. Despite this gasoline prices have dropped enough that it's been on the national news multiple times.

yesterday
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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Firethorn Re:Assuming they escaped, the penal system worked! (87 comments)

It wouldn't be the first time either... I recall a few instances in the '80s and even the '90s where some schlub or other escaped prison in that era (or before), got himself a new identity, and decades later did something stupid (IIRC, in one case the dumbass ran for a local public office, and a local reporter researching his background found the inconsistencies).

Nazi war criminals are another example of them fading into society. Quite a few have died or even slid into dementia before being found.

I remember reading about the dementia case - they're holding this murder trial (in Germany) and the accused can't even remember that he's in a courthouse half the time. But they're so balls up on prosecuting him that they're doing daily competency tests - if he passed the test the trial went forward that day. Otherwise it didn't. They spend years trying to prosecute him(with delays getting longer and longer due to him sliding further into dementia), he's obviously reached the point that even if convicted all that's going to happen is that they'll assign a prison guard to his room in the care facility at some massive expense(other medical issues besides slowly losing his mind ensured that, their prison system didn't have that level of care available), etc...

And he was only supposed to have been a common camp guard at the time, which was deliberately ignored back during the Nuremberg trials.

yesterday
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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Firethorn Re:Assuming they escaped, the penal system worked! (87 comments)

As a group they're pretty good, still have their bad apples. There's quite a few sitting in prison for various offenses.

I think that if you're an illegal immigrant and predisposed to criminal activity there's always the drug gangs willing to hire. As which point your a drug gang member and not an illegal immigrant, even if you're in the USA illegally.

Deportation after 1 offense probably helps.

But I actually sort of agree with mmell, assuming they didn't simply shift towards committing crimes against others*, system worked.

*I'm taking 'giving a fake name' as a given.

yesterday
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Firethorn Re:Not a cargo ship (113 comments)

Personally, I think we are at the very end of low interest rates right now. Russia's latest rate hike is going to bite. Low energy prices will spur economic activity in pretty short order. All this will conspire so the Fed will be tightening the money supply.

Oh, I agree. The way I look at it - you look at any project, figure out the payoff, how long the payoff will take, the risk, etc... This results in an expected return percentage - it'll return the equivalent as though the money had been invested in a savings account of return X%.

The money flows to the highest returns first. Stuff that returns 100%. Today we're investing in things with 4% expected returns, because money is flowing so easily. It won't last, but it's happening.

2 days ago
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

Firethorn Re:Not a cargo ship (113 comments)

If you don't make your money back in 5 years, there are better investments out there.

Low interest rates have been pushing timelines out. At 10%, 5 years makes sense. At under 5%, 10 years makes more sense.

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Amazon UK Glitch Sells Thousands of Products For a Penny

Firethorn Re:Sigh. (138 comments)

News at 11: Repricing tools are used to match prices as well as undercut them.

Still leaves the important bit of setting a price floor you can live with.

4 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

Firethorn Re:A step too far? (191 comments)

The Spanish lawmakers wanted to prevent that.

By what realistic measure did AEDE expect Google to pay, when it outright stated that it'd shut down in Germany before paying? Did they expect Spain to be different?

Like has been said, news aggregation is a loss leader for google - they don't even get advertising money on those pages.

5 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

Firethorn A step too far? (191 comments)

One has to love the unforeseen consequences. By the way, this is the first time I saw that the Spanish legislation went further than the German ones - The German court decision merely gave the right to charge, but per the article the Spanish one mandated charging.

I can't help but picture that AEDE is going 'NOT AS PLANNED NOT AS PLANNED!!!'. Though how they could expect Google's actions to be any different in this case than it was in Germany, I don't know.

Spend many millions in lobbying efforts to force Google to pay for doing X, only to have Google go 'Fine, we won't do X', costing them potentially millions more in advertising.

Now, one should remember that consumer protection and business regulation is much stronger over in Europe, but deciding that a business has to continue to run at a loss is pushing it. It's more likely that they'll get a emergency overruling of the 'must pay' system.

Because let's face it: NOBODY is going to want to run a news aggregator where they have to pay to list the news. It's more likely that the news sites would have to pay to be listed.

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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Firethorn Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1042 comments)

The possible problem though is that Pediatricians frequently can't count on seeing a child and administering vaccines on a regular basis, so they usually do a bunch of vaccines all in the same visit, which possibly exposes the child to much more aluminum in their system all at once than is healthy.

They usually administer a 'bunch at a time' because seeing the doctor is fairly expensive in both time and money. As for the amount of aluminum, do you have any figures on how much is too much, and how vaccines 'can' exceed that, especially since most such vaccines are combined today?

Our reasoning is that the vacine is highly likely to actually cause a case of Chicken Pox, while it does not provide an actual immunity worth the term.

Really? What sort of percentage do you consider 'highly'? Because the CDC says that's 'highly unlikely', which given CDC stuff is probably less than 0.1%. Before the vaccine infection rate rounded to something near 100% of people getting it, normally in childhood.
Term of protection is: >90% after 20 years (immune systems vary). For example, I have an aunt who's had chicken pox over a dozen times. Her immune system just keeps 'forgetting'.

It doesn't actually do anything to prevent Shingles, which is the real long term threat of Chicken Pox.

Per both CDC and wikipedia, the protective action against shingles is getting what amounts to a larger dose of the very same vaccine. When I'm older, I'm going to need that booster since I've had the disease.

which doesn't actually work out because with the vaccine and boosters you will probably have more outbreaks and so more sick time taken.

Any citation/evidence on the vaccine causing outbreaks of the disease? I mean, something that would see the CDC getting it's ass reamed in congressional hearings and the maker sued for release of a vaccine that's worse than ineffective?

And finally the big kicker is that because the immunity is much weaker from the vaccine than the regular Chicken Pox and requires booster shots as time goes on, we are likely to soon see a generation of young adults who don't actually have an immunity to Chicken Pox, that'll be lots of fun.

Again, CDC says >90% after 20 years remain immune. Worst case, recommend a booster at 25, 45 & switch to shingles at 65. in the adult vaccination schedule. Much like the Tetanus vaccine(every 10 years in adults).

about a week ago

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Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Firethorn (177587) writes "From Decatur Daily
Shut down 22 years ago in 1985, the Tennessee Valley Authority has reactivated Unit 1 at Browns Ferry Nuclear plant in response to rising demand for electricity in North Alabama. It's the first reactor activated since 1996.

It's expected to produce 1,155 megawatts, power 650,000 homes, and employ an extra 100 workers at the plant.

Renovations cost $1.8 Billion, but they expect the payback to be done within 4-5 years, down from the 7-8 years estimated in 2002, mostly because of increased fuel costs for the alternatives."

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Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  about 6 years ago

You know, I found a story on fark leading to a postive spin on Walmart. Of course, the thread had all sorts of entries on how bad/evil Walmart is. While I certainly don't agree with everything in the article, neither do I believe that Walmart is worse than the devil. It's of only average evilness for a large corporation.

One points brought up was the 'liveable wage'. While Walmart does indeed have one of the lower wage medians, it's a retail store. It's wages are in line with the other 'mart' stores, grocery stores, and their ilk. If anything, a lower median wage indicates that they aren't top heavy with too many managers. 90% of their workers are covered by health insurance - and not government plans.

Here in the USA we have a messed up view of what a 'liveable wage' is. It's part of why we've lost so much of our manufacturing - cheaper laber outside the USA.

I'd rather have them have a job that might not pay enough for them to get that 60" Plasma, own two cars, not to mention such 'essentials' as cable, high speed internet, a thousand+ computer, etc, than NO JOB.

Essentially, I feel that it'd be a better situation to have welfare set up so that people are always better off working than not working. They're also always better off working the better paid job than the lesser**. As part of that, I'd get rid of the minimum wage.

IE we declare the minimum living income to be X. Really bad standard of living, barely covers the basics. Everybody gets X.
Joe gets a job making Y. His welfare payments are adjusted such that he gets Y + (X-Y/3). I use a divisor of 3 because there are costs associated with working, and a /2 is a bit too quick. Let's say X is the Poverty line. We'll go with a family of 4. $21,200. Ouch. Still, let's say they get job/s earning $30k. They'd 'lose' 10k in benefits, still obtaining $11.2k in benies. They now have an effective income of $41.2k, which while not great, is better than sitting completely on welfare. Meanwhile the single guy would be looking at $10.4k, and that $30k job would leave him with $400 in benefits. He's still better off getting that pay raise, though. I'm firmly of the belief that somebody working and contributing is better than not working.

That would help with our outsourcing problem, while wages would drop, it would help make us competitive on the global workforce market again.

On another topic - U.S. homes lose $2 trillion in value in '08

Is this necessarily a bad thing? For a while there people were treating their homes as investments - well, a home IS an investment, but they were treating theirs like something they could buy then sell when their retired for enough money to retire on. Easy credit allowed people and speculators to buy far more home than they needed, or even could afford, putting a crunch on housing and raising prices to the point of unaffordability. Personally, I'd like to remain able to afford a decent home with a 30 year fixed, on no more than 30% of my income, not some fancy loan that I ultimately can't afford.

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Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  more than 9 years ago

What with the flooding, I feel that New Orleans should be renamed to 'New Venice'. I have many thoughts on this.

For one, it's just stupid to build a standard city below sea level, on the coast, especially in an area subject to hurricanes.

My idea, since the area's natural tendency is to be flooded anyways, we go along with it and build like in venice. It'd remain a tourist attraction, and would be far more resistant to hurricanes with proper construction. My idea is floating homes. Tie them in location with rails so they stay level. Give then around 3-4 meters of travel. You could reduce this by actually artificially raising the level of water, then when a hurricane comes, pump the water out to keep it level. It's hard to flood an artificially raised lake. You break a levy, the water level drops.

Then instead of levees, you build tide breakers, to moderate the tide and any breakers. Build 'sacrifice buildings' closest to the gulf, that can be used to break the tide even further. Then large buildings that won't float, but sit on a solid foundation, will use their first floors for nothing critical, and reinforce the ocean side to withstand the hurricanes, at least better. They're also to protect the homes behind.

Great tourist attraction, unique, pretty much floodproof.

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Why do people keep calling me a republican?

Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Disclaimer: This is intented to be a summery. There are all sorts of jinks and kinks in my beliefs. This is mearly a summery.

People keep calling me a republican on this board. If I am one, I must be an awfully strange one, seeing as how I'm pro choice, pro drug legalization, at least somewhat pro gay rights, and am an agnostic with atheist tendencies.

I believe in seperation of church and state, but I don't think that means that the state can supress people's freedom of religion. As in if a kid wants to read the bible or pray in school, they can (as long as it's not disruptive to class).

I think that school vouchers are a good idea. Private schools and parents have been doing more education with less than public schools for years.

I think that the government should run a balanced budget. I also think that the fairtax guys have a good idea, but that there are a number of kinks to work out.

The war on terror, war in Iraq? I think that we're taking the wrong direction at the airports. I think that all the violations of our rights are wrong. As for the war in Iraq, well, we're committed. We have to finish it, lest it turn into another Afghanistan. I can only hope the upcoming elections go reasonably well.

I am a strong supporter of the first amendment. I feel that if I'm not uncomfortable with at least some of what is being said, speech isn't free enough.

I am also a strong supporter of the second amendment. And yes, I believe that that covers machine guns. NBC weapons are a bit much even for me however. If it's not something that a single soldier can be expected to haul and use somewhat discriminatorily, it's not a personal arm.

I think that it's a major crime that the government can confiscate property without trial.

I think that our government spends too much money on various welfare and pork barrel projects. If we must have welfare, I think that people should have to work for it.

I'm a libertarion, not a republican.

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First Entry...

Firethorn Firethorn writes  |  about 10 years ago

Well, I usually mess something up in my posts, so if something seems odd, it might just be.

I'm certainly not average.
I'm pro-choice... And Pro-Death penalty
I'm for a strong military...but I'd let gays join
I'm for closing the border...but I'd let legal immigration be easy.
I'm for legalizing drugs...And serious prison time for DUI's.
I consider myself for a clean enviroment...but I'd do this closing all hydrocarbon powerplants and replacing them with nuclear.
I'm a strict constitutionalist.
I believe that if we must engage in war, we should wage it offensivly. Under modern technology, offense is what wins battles.
I'd eliminate welfare and the minimum wage, replacing it with a 'work-fare' program, where you have to work at something for forty hours a week (even if only picking trash up from the side of the road). Benefits would be mostly concrete, not cash. You'd eat at a dining facility, live in a provided apartment, etc...

I certainly have other views, but this should cover most of the issues.

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