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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

NormHome Bad Idea, End of Story (472 comments)

There is just way too much potential for legalized drugs to go sideways and in a serious way. Ferry operators, crane operators or any heavy equipment, train operators, pilots, your investment manager, or any person in a critical position where one wrong mistake could cause lots of deaths or financial loss i.e. crash the stock market. Would you really want someone who's high or jonesing for their next fix piloting the ferry you're on or operating the crane that's lifting an I-Beam at the construction site you happen to walk by on the way to work?

about a week ago
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John Hawley and His Dr. Who-Inspired Robot K-9 (Video)

NormHome Re:Dogs.... (23 comments)

I can't speak to all breeds but there have been many recorded cases of dogs guarding their owners dead body's without any signs that the animal ate any part of the owner and it took animal control to take the dog away because it wouldn't allow anyone to come close.

My dogs have always been incredibly sensitive to my feelings, if I'm down they'd come over and lay their head on my foot or lap or go get their ball and throw it at me as if to say "Come on buddy, lets have some fun". I've never heard of a dog eating their dead owner, so I doubt that very much.

about a month and a half ago
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John Hawley and His Dr. Who-Inspired Robot K-9 (Video)

NormHome Dogs.... (23 comments)

Dogs can be very sensitive to their owners feelings i.e. "You're feeling down friend, maybe a lick on the hand will make you feel better" and each one has it's own personality (anyone whose owned multiple dogs knows that) and while the idea of a robot dog modeled after K-9 is cool there's just no programming love. (at least right now)

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

NormHome It's all about the story.. (403 comments)

There were some pretty terrible story elements in both Abrams Star Trek movies that made stories in TOS and TOS movies (as well as some of the other Star Trek series) sure to not happen in the new Abrams reality and some of the characters were acting very out of character since Trek fans know them like they were members of the family.

The problem is that Star Wars fans have been feasting on material that is now going to be thrown out and we will now have a new Star Wars reality, if the story is good and the characters true to the originals it may stand a chance of being good but if the story changes the original characters in ways the fans disapprove of it's not going to be well received by the traditionally minded.

about 2 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

NormHome Re:No. Absolutely not. (113 comments)

Unless the unit was damaged, modified or some grey market edition I don't know that they have a legal leg to stand on, you can file a complaint with the state attorneys generals office allege fraud for failing to honor the warranty. It also depends on what state you're in i.e. "Void where prohibited" since some states have stronger consumer protection laws than others and some of the warranty terms may not apply to you.

Why did they deny your request for a warranty replacement?

about 2 months ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

NormHome Re:Why do people put up with this shit? (164 comments)

You've got me, I've been warning my customers that Cloud services could be prone to outages like anything else.

I really hope that someone comes along and offers them some old style competition but IMHO the likelihood of that happening is slim to none. Adobe just has too much of a head start and no startup could compete with them out of the gate.

about 2 months ago
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Physics Students Devise Concept For Star Wars-Style Deflector Shields

NormHome Sheldon and Leonard... (179 comments)

Have been talking about this for years, I understand they're working with Howard on a prototype but it's a secret so don't tell anyone.

about 3 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

NormHome As I see It..... (179 comments)

Support is not over, I believe I read that the UK government is paying in excess of 55million or more for XP support and then the Dutch government is doing the same. If Microsoft is being paid by multiple government entities to continue to provide patches and updates for XP why not give the general public the benefit of those patches as well? I realize that the most likely answer to that is why should they when what they want is everyone still using XP to go out and buy a shiny new Windows 8/8.1 PC. But at the very least, a case could be made that the citizens of those governments paying for extended support should be able to download and install those patches since their tax dollars are paying for them. I also doubt very much that the patch Microsoft is releasing was made solely for the benefit of all users, they probably already had it done for the UK and Dutch governments (who as I said paid for it) and just decided to release it to the general public.

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

NormHome Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

Yeah, you really have to watch out for those radical groups since you never know what they're capable of! (you made my day with that ha ha!)

about 3 months ago
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Monty Python To Bid Farewell In a Simulcast Show

NormHome The Spanish Inquisition.. (86 comments)

Nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition, so does that mean we can expect them to put in an appearance?

about 3 months ago
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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

NormHome Just so much wrong here.... (170 comments)

Like the other article yesterday about net neutrality, this just goes to show people that in the end big company's like Verizon can just buy anything they want and make the regulators and politicians dance to their tune and it's the general public that gets the short end at every turn and the regulators who are supposed to protect the interests of the people are not doing their jobs.

about 3 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

NormHome Re:Same old, same old. (798 comments)

It seems to me that you haven't been the skinny weaker non-fit kid being bullied and harassed by a bigger strapping star football team member. Sometimes all it's about is a bigger stronger kid harassing and beating on a smaller kid for no other reason than that he can and your remark about "it takes two to tango" is asinine.

about 3 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

NormHome Re:Same old, same old. (798 comments)

Having been on the receiving end of a lot of that myself, I can tell you that back then teachers always considered both kids at fault. To this day I'll never understand why teachers were so blind to the fact that the bigger stronger "athletic" kids constantly harassed the weaker kids.

about 3 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

NormHome So many things wrong with this.... (798 comments)

There are so many things wrong with this situation it's unreal. Not living in Pennsylvania I don't know what the laws there are i.e. what kind of anti-bullying laws they have and what kind of conversation recording laws they have but the school was wrong, the police were wrong, the judge was wrong and the parents of the kid were stupid for not saying "this conversation stops NOW until our lawyer gets here" when they saw where it was going. And the bully gets off Scott free and the kid who was probably already a nervous wreak now had psychological problems.

about 3 months ago
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Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Win Truth-Telling Award

NormHome Who knows if it is or isn't... (123 comments)

Since the Supreme Court refused to rule on the latest challenge http://jurist.org/paperchase/2... we don't know if it is or isn't. In my opinion the original judge who said "that the program is likely unconstitutional" was correct, so the program continues to operate and probably faces years more worth of legal challenges.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

NormHome Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Exactly and in the end the consumer is going to end up paying more as the various services have to raise their rates to offset the additional costs.

about 4 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

NormHome Re:Not as much trouble as it used to be.... (310 comments)

I'm really not sure what you mean by that? But I usually just sleep an extra hour and no problem. Is losing an hour such a big deal for most people?

about 4 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

NormHome Re:Not as much trouble as it used to be.... (310 comments)

Your phone is probably too old, but most smartphones sync their time to some time server. I'm not really sure if it's NTP or some other protocol or if Verizon has it's own time servers that in turn sync to one of the national atomic clocks or what but I imagine it's something like that.

  All I know about the radio time signal is that when I went to buy a new alarm clock a couple years ago there were a slew of reasonably priced ones that said "radio controlled" and according to the booklet when I got it there's a time signal (at least here in the US) being broadcast in most areas that the clocks can sync to so they're always on time. So when the time change comes the clocks automatically adjust to the correct time. Just go on Amazon and search for "radio controlled clock" and I'm sure you'll find a good selection.

about 4 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

NormHome Re:Not as much trouble as it used to be.... (310 comments)

I'm just speaking for myself, but I've never had any problems adjusting even to losing an hour. I just set the alarm for 7.5 hours (my usual amount of sleep time) from whenever I end up going to sleep. No big deal for me, I don't know about small children by why not make them go to sleep an hour early on Saturday night or let them sleep an hour later on Sunday.

about 5 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

NormHome Not as much trouble as it used to be.... (310 comments)

The change of time used to be a twice a year annoyance but since computers started to adjust themselves; cell phones sync time to whatever time server the carrier used and the wall and alarm clocks I have wirelessly sync to the radio time signal the only clocks I have to adjust manually are the microwave and the car. So not so annoying as it used to be.

about 5 months ago

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