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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

Pharmboy Re:It's the conversation, (367 comments)

Actually, you are saying that PROFESSIONAL drivers have conversations and don't get into abnormal amounts of wrecks. Ok, I believe that. The bad part is that most drivers are amateurs.

I drive two hours a day on the interstate (not a "professional", just reasonably cautious with phone features built into car and never text and drive). You would be amazed at how many "professional" truck drivers I see crossing the line while fiddling with a phone. Whether they are texting or calling, I don't know. I don't see this daily, but I do see it about once a week. I85 in NC.

about three weeks ago
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Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming

Pharmboy Re:Terraforming 101: Chapter 1 - What not to do (378 comments)

You've already failed, they don't have magnetic fields. All the oxygen in the world is useless for real habitation without a magnetic field. Not a place I would want to live, with cosmic rays flying through my brain all the time.

about 2 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

Pharmboy Re: Hacker??!! (248 comments)

In American CIVIL courts, money is king, and often the side with the most money wins. In CRIMINAL court, it is a bit different. One side is always the government, the other is you. There are tons of protections in place.

Where it gets fucked up in the US is Federal criminal law. State criminal law is pretty straight forward, but your protections in Fed cases is greatly reduced. The vast majority of cases are State, not Fed.

Ask Ed Rosenthal, who was convicted of being this mass marijuana producer.....because he wasn't allowed to tell the jury that all the pot was grown only for medical dispensaries. After the case was over, the jury was PISSED OFF and said they would have acquitted. On appeal it was knocked down to "time served" but still. That is the Feds for you, they aren't interested in justice, just notches on their gun barrel.

about 2 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

Pharmboy Re:Hacker??!! (248 comments)

Guantanamo is a fucked up situation, and it is being used for the wrong reasons in many cases, however, it does prove the fact that if you are on US soil, the government can't do those things to you under the law. Otherwise, Guantanamo wouldn't be used to begin with.

about 2 months ago
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IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia

Pharmboy Re:Edit, but disclose (112 comments)

COI isn't against policy, it is simply discouraged. I've participated in a number of policy discussions (as an admin) and tried to initiate a number of policy initiatives on the subject matter, but there is no consensus. Disclosure is a good idea, but in no way, shape or form is it required by policy. Knowingly adding bad material or inaccurate material (regardless of COI) is still prohibited.

about 2 months ago
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Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

Pharmboy Re:how many products? (298 comments)

Plus the products we sell are the same price they were 10 years ago. We've offset cost increases by increases in productivity, and our margin has actually gone up. I have prime, I would drop it if it goes up. I also have Netflix, which kicks Amazon's ass when it comes to video interface. Amazon is constantly trying to up sell you, making it much harder to find and enjoy videos than Netflix. Right now, I have Prime only for the shipping savings.

about 3 months ago
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New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

Pharmboy Re:Jet Fuel? (230 comments)

I believe utilities have fixed rates, but also charge fuel surcharges, for times when fuel prices go up or down. Even carriers such as UPS, Fedex an long haul truckers do this. Right now, our trucking prices are based on a percentage discount against normal rates, PLUS fuel surcharge, around 22% right now. Power companies do the same. Of course, this varies from state to state.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

Pharmboy Yes (324 comments)

We got a petition, so they would know how much money they could earn, thus know the investment would pay off. Took a year, we got underground cable. Persistence and organization won the day. This was just over 10 years ago with Time Warner and we all lived on 4 acre lots. 40+ of us.

about 3 months ago
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Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

Pharmboy Re:Well yes! Of Course! (363 comments)

The NSA isn't spying on them to get that information. My point still stands, the NSA shouldn't be spying on anyone without a valid warrant signed by a judge, just as the constitution clearly states. That they are elected doesn't make them better than you or I, and their outrage should be the same regardless of who is being spied upon without a warrant.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Barnaby Jack Died of Drug Overdose

Pharmboy Re:Hackers are the new Rock Stars (195 comments)

No, hackers are just like anyone else and this proves it. People overdose all the time, they just don't make the front page of Slashdot.

about 3 months ago
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Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

Pharmboy Re:Well yes! Of Course! (363 comments)

More importantly, why is a member of Congress more important that I am? So it is bad to spy on me but REALLY BAD to spy on someone just because they are elected? Fucking elitism at its finest.

about 3 months ago
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Google Sues Consortium Backed By Apple and Microsoft to Protect Android

Pharmboy Re:Is this really patent trolling? (150 comments)

It doesn't promote the progress of science and the useful arts. It just stops other companies from promoting the progress of science and the useful arts. So everyone has to buy your "art" instead of the other guys. In other words:

4. Profit.

about 4 months ago
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Under the Hood of SteamOS

Pharmboy Re:Call it flame bait if you must (201 comments)

Xbox requires Xbox games, BFD. If you don't like it, don't get an account, don't use it.

I've been on Steam since, well, before Steam existed. Back when TFC was distributed by Sierra. They have the least amount of DRM, often none, and the least restrictive policies of anyone. They have successfully bridged the needs of the user and the wants of the publisher. It isn't perfect, but it is less offensive than any other DRM method, and they have a lot of free stuff. And frankly, I don't mind a company making money for selling software anyway, it's a free fucking country, and part of freedom is being able to sell your wares. Don't like it? Don't buy it.

Unlike any other publisher, I don't feel like Steam is trying to constantly screw me out of more money all the time, and is instead trying to keep me as a customer by giving good service and fair prices. I hope they continue to be successful.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

Pharmboy Re:My dad told me he wanted a ciomputer as well (370 comments)

Yeah, I was kind of thinking the same thing.

When my mom and dad were 65/69, I bought them a Winbox simply because that is what everyone else has, so getting software and help would be trivial. That was 15 years ago and they are on their 3rd. Mom isn't here anymore but dad uses Skype, plays poker games (I send them game CDs) and such and he is in his 80s. We Facebook daily.

Sometimes "best" simply means what is most common, or maybe what you, the one who is going to be helping him, is familiar with. For him, the Winbox was handy because he could use it sitting down and the screen is big.

about 4 months ago
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Online Shopping: Hazardous To Junk Food's Health

Pharmboy Re:will it help against impluse eating? (151 comments)

That kind of discipline is great, but our brains are hardwired to seek high calorie foods, to which snacks fit right in. Most people just aren't going to overcome the urge to eat too much at least some of the time.

Case in point, the country with the most fat people is the one with the most "all you can eat buffet"s. For most people, it is easier and better to simply limit the amount of temptation than it is to deal with that temptation when it is 10 feet away...and salty, and rich, and sweet, and chocolaty and....

Excuse me, need to grab a snack....

about 5 months ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

Pharmboy Re:Giving up the essential for the trivial (195 comments)

They didn't put a gun to her head, she made a choice. If you want the big bucks, you sell out, and she did.

about 5 months ago
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Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half

Pharmboy Re:Orders of magnitude errors dont inspire confide (534 comments)

No, Karmshock is spot on. It would likely be easier to just put a tariff on polluter countries like China and India, unless those good can be shown to be at least "average" in CO2 output. Same with the US. There are plenty of green companies here, or relatively, the main polluters are the employees, not the employers. Driving cars.

And before people scream "tariffs are bad for developing countries", I would remind them that every imported item created lots of CO2 to cross the ocean to get here. Maybe all countries should charge an extra 4-8% tariff to encourage domestic production. Not enough to choke imports off, just just enough to encourage local production.

about 5 months ago
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How PR Subverts Wikipedia

Pharmboy Bad, bad stuff (219 comments)

What these companies do is serially violate Wikipedia policies while padding with fluff or outright lies. I'm not against paid editing itself, and a few people do it without problems, but the more known companies have methods they use are purely deceptive and they cause a great deal of expense and problems because of the thousands of sockpuppets they create, and the hit and run methods. They are not doing this in an open and honest way, whatsoever.

Trust me. If I know anything, this I know, and I know it first hand from actually working the SPI cases.

about 5 months ago
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How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

Pharmboy Old news (211 comments)

This is old news. These methods have been around at least as long as C has. It only works in isolated situations and doesn't make you a good programmer. Or person.

about 6 months ago

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Sony Hacked Yet Again

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, So-net Entertainment Corp., a Japanese ISP owned by the technology giant, said that hackers accessed its customer rewards site earlier this week and stole customers' redeemable gift points worth about $1,225. The company said there is no evidence that any personal data such as names, addresses, birth dates or phone numbers were viewed."
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Greenpeace says Internet emits too much CO2.

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "In an article entitled "Cloud computing and Internet use suck energy, emit CO2, says Greenpeace", the argument is put forth that the Internet is equal to the 5th largest "country" in emitting green house gases. It doesn't mention how much CO2 is saved by telecommuting and higher corporate efficiency, however. So exactly how "green" or "polluting" is the internet, really?"
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Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, others

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes ""The complaint, filed Friday morning in a Seattle federal court, named AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and Google's YouTube.' The suit does not name Microsoft , which Allen co-founded with Bill Gates in 1975 but left in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. Microsoft did not reply to a request asking whether it had licensed some or all of the applicable patents from Allen's firm."
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FTC floats "Drudge" tax

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism. According to a May 24 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. In short, the FTC wants to create a new tax for websites like Slashdot, The Drudge Report, Fark and others, and redistribute the funds to "mainstream" news agencies, partially to create an incentive "to encourage people to keep reading the dead-tree version of the news". This would be done with "copyright licenses". Rather than having faith in the capitalistic system, it would appear the FTC bureaucracy wants to declare freedom of the press as irrevocably broken, and insert their own controls, thus empowering Congress to decide who gets what funds. While some news agencies would welcome this new source of income, can we actually afford to have a press that is partially funded by the government?"
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Man travels back in time and is arrested at LHC

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  about 4 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes ""A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world." He warns that "Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I'm here to stop it ever happening." He was taken to a mental health facility "but later disappeared from his cell." Perhaps it was using his time machine, which resembles a common kitchen blender."
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Liberalism, atheism linked to IQ

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "CNN is reporting that "Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.""
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Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pharmboy writes "Seems a 13 year old was trying to pose as a Steam employee to gain access to someone elses Steam account, but had the tables turned on him and ended up giving out his OWN Steam account information. In a battle of wits, it helps to be smarter than the next guy. Reported here at The Register, based on the forum exchange found here. I won't spoil the ending for you, it is something you just have to read for yourself."
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Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "Just a simple poll to generate some real conversation. And yes, CO2 can be a liquid, at sufficient pressures.


Poll: Which liquid is the most deadly?

1. Dihydrogen monoxide
2. Hydroxyethane
3. Carbon dioxide
4. Partially hydrogenated palm oil
5. Whatever CowboyNeal is having"
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Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "The Register reports that the main chemical in marijuana (THC) may help stave off Alzheimer's. This was also reported on CNN, based on data published in Molecular Pharmaceutics. Add this to the recent reports that the fastest growing age group for smoking marijuana are 50 to 59 year olds, you have to ask yourself: Is it is finally time to reclassify the evil weed? Perhaps ironic that a drug know for temporary short-term memory loss could treat a disease known for its permanant long term memory loss. Technically, it is illegal for anyone in the US to use marijuana for treatment of any disease, no matter how effective, which would make this finding moot if the laws were not changed."

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Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

This is the message I got from the system the other day. Now, I had spend that last two days off, and really bored, so I guess I posted a lot of messages. My karma has long since capped off, so it doesn't make a difference in rating, and several are negative, but the sheer quantity of moderation just took me back, so I thought I would journal it. Keep in mind, this is a single days worth of moderation. I have no idea what the two 0's are. They are not from moderators who posted afterward, since those are shown lower.

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