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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Razed By TV Re:Easy, India or China (275 comments)

Re-read your post. I'll help you out, even.

So why has every environmental initiative in the past 40 years been pushed by the Democrats and resisted by the Republicans?

Why did "mega-corporate bitch" Obama introduce new carbon emissions rules in June that will cost energy producers a fortune?

What happened to your brain in the 60 minutes between your posts? At first you extoll the virtues of the Democrats, and now you claim your original post is about Democrats and Rebulicans being the same. Do you see the discontinuity?

GP has it right. The US was built disregarding the damage we were doing to the environment. Now that we're on top, its easy for us to tell people not to do things. But if anyone else wants to get ahead, they're going to do it the cheap and easy way. Without some sort of alternative financial incentive, greed will drive countries to disregard the environment to ensure their industry evolves. While you can point at Democrats and Republicans and call them angels or devils, the rest of the world is going to do what they want with regards to the environment (and there are a lot more of them than there are of us).


Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Razed By TV Re:Flaws? (189 comments)

Min/maxing is half the fun of the game, unless it leaves the PCs woefully unbalanced between one another.

I'm not sure how you can have min/maxing without it unbalancing the PC's. It becomes an arms race between players to find the most powerful, game breaking combos. Spreadsheets, forums, and research on things that can be abused. It leaves the non min/maxers in the dust, and the GM has to find some way to tone up encounters without destroying everyone else.

Not the idea that if I'm going to be a wizard, I'm going to be the smartest guy around, or if I'm going to hit people in the face with my axe, then I'm going to be the biggest, toughest guy around. Those are totally viable character ideas, especially your first time playing before you've grown bored of the shallow archetypes. And yet, that's min-maxing.

You can roleplay the smartest/strongest guy around, or you can abuse the rule system to become the strongest/smartest guy around. When your level 5 character has godly powers to influence the game through some clever min/maxing, it really ruins the experience for others.

It's a broken system where in order to be an non-cliche character you have to be disadvantaged mechanically, because the game is build on archetype enforcement, that's the problem.

I'll give you this one. The upside, you can use min/maxing to offset your mechanical flaws. So my martial adept, Gravedigger, used a shovel as a weapon. He had a penalty to fight with it, but I was still able to game the system to still be overpowered.

On a side note, there were enough base classes in 3.5 that you could almost make whatever character you wanted by dipping into them a la carte. See my rogue/scout/ranger/fighter.


DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

Razed By TV Re:Circomventing controlls (127 comments)

That was my first thought before reading the article. Pay the employee, no hassle and red rape to worry about getting caught up in. However, FTFA:

Under a joint drug enforcement task force that includes the DEA and Amtrakâ(TM)s own police agency, the task force can obtain Amtrak confidential passenger reservation information at no cost, the inspector generalâ(TM)s report said. Under an agreement, Amtrak police would receive a share of any money seized as a result of such drug task force investigations, and Amtrakâ(TM)s inspector general concluded that DEAâ(TM)s purchase of the passenger information deprived the Amtrak Police Department of money it would have received from resulting drug arrests.

So it may simply be that there was a lot of money to be made by screwing Amtrak out of it.

about two weeks ago

Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

Razed By TV I wonder... (99 comments)

I wonder if this is related to the Metro version of Skype being difficult to perform surveillance on.

about two weeks ago

San Jose Police Apologize For Hiding Drone Program, Halts Until Further Review

Razed By TV Re:Yep (59 comments)

So if a police department "doesnt have a drone" and someone finds a way to interrupt the signal of said nonexistent drone, leading to it's destruction, there wouldnt be any repercussions, right?

Not officially, no.

about two weeks ago

Recipe For Building a Cheap Raspberry Pi Honeypot Network

Razed By TV Re:Entrapment is so much fun is it? (68 comments)

Who said anything about putting it out as bait?
The article specifically talks about using it on an internal network.

about three weeks ago

In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Razed By TV Re:maybe (512 comments)

Okay, just close your eyes and it will all go away.

about three weeks ago

In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

Razed By TV Re:maybe (512 comments)

genital mutilation is not an islamic thing but an africans natural religions/tribal thing.

I mean, maybe you could say that it's African in that it is most prevalent in countries in Africa. But it is significant in Iran and Iraq, as well. You can check out this link I painstakingly researched:

about three weeks ago

Two South African Cancer Patients Receive 3D Printed Titanium Jaw Implants

Razed By TV Re:Mill? (71 comments)

I would assume it means you need to have less stock on hand to do any particular job. Less money tied up in material, less money wasted because you aren't selling off the scrap for less than you paid for it.

about three weeks ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Razed By TV Re:Safe injection sites (474 comments)

Legalization means you can walk into a hospital/pharmacy/police station and ask where a good place for addiction assistance is without worrying that they'll call the cops or arrest you on the spot.

That's what decriminalization means, and it only deals with half of the problem. 2 possible outcomes:

1) Drop in addicts is such that selling drugs is no longer profitable. Drug cartels go home, take up another profession.


2) The number of addicts drops by some percentage, leaving the other percentage of the addicts still buying from and still ultimately empowering some very undesirable people. In this case, you get to endlessly continue the war on drugs.

Or you could legalize, as in, make drugs actually legal, to buy, sell, use, make - and affordable to the point at which cartels can't make the kind of money they do now. If we're lucky, number 1 above takes care of this for us; if we're not lucky, the drugs remain a profit maker for cartels and the like.

about a month ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Razed By TV Re:I doubt most people care (354 comments)

Sure, it's only $8. But by that logic, everybody should just have Netflix whether they use it or not. GP likely has other things competing for his attention, probably including cable tv, at which point its a reasonable question of how much is too much.
There is a point at which media competing for your attention reaches saturation. After that, you can keep buying into services, but the time you spend on any one goes down and the overall value is diluted (unless you have some specific need from each service).

about a month ago

Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

Razed By TV Re:Biggest problem in IT security: ID-10-T errors (129 comments)

I would say the bigger problem right now is that people don't care enough, period. Your average person is going to want to use whatever is cheaper, or whatever they have now, and isn't aware enough to demand something better and isn't going to want to pay for it. Existing products and services don't have a lot of incentive to improve because the customers don't care enough. As long as competition keeps the playing field level, as long as noone tightens up their security, nobody has to spend money on something that doesn't directly generate revenue.

Consumers aren't going to drive companies to improve. It's going to take competitors trying to one up each other, to offer better service at the same price, to make people want to use their product. Until then, it doesn't matter that the consumers are infecting their computers and giving scammers their login information; the NSA is just going to be using their dirty backdoor tricks to get what they want (plus whatever exploits they copy from the scammers).

Once you have the scammers and the NSA back on a level playing field, then you can get back to status quo where the user is the biggest unseen threat.

about 1 month ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Razed By TV Re:Safe injection sites (474 comments)

I've been thinking along these lines for a few years now. Make the drugs legal, regulate them, and possibly even have the government sell them. Use taxes on drugs to fund rehab programs. Give sex workers a way to get out from drug induced slavery. Cut the head off the cocaine cartel by growing it here or importing it from someone else. Take a blow to the coffers of street gangs as well as more organized criminals.

The obvious number one downside is the potential for an increase in number of addicts. I never really had the answer for how to counter that. Social stigma? Government monitoring program on those who buy from the "drug store" that encourages rehabilitation? But maybe if you make the harder drugs extra affordable in an outpatient setting like you describe, it offers a way out for the addicts, while making it inconvenient for dabblers and college kids to get into the really nasty stuff. You could still sell (and tax, of course) the less addictive/destructive drugs, as you would alcohol and tobacco.

And bonus points if this reduces violent crime rates by people trying to get money to fuel their need.

about a month ago

FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Razed By TV Re:Ah, how adorable... (125 comments)

I'm going to go with sad.

To this day I still do not understand what makes this such a difficult and complex issue to tackle.

I don't see why it can't be as simple as:
Spam call comes in, I dial a report number, telecom system flags the call and the origin. After 10 reports, 100 reports, that number is blocked. Further outgoing calls from the number are directed to a message to contact a fraud line to get the number reinstated. The longer a number has belonged to a legitimate company, the more immunity it is granted by the system to prevent abuses from angry consumers. The shorter the number has been in service, the more scrunity it is under.

Are the robocallers really able to shield their call origins from the telecoms? That just seems like such a ridiculous concept.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

Razed By TV Singularity (71 comments)

We had two articles touching on this in recent months, so: Singularity or no singularity? Will AI achieve consciousness/sentience in our lifetime/ever, why or why not, and what is your take on the implications of such a thing if you do think it is reasonably possible?

about a month ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Razed By TV Re:Misuse of FOIA (231 comments)

Cowardly little shit and major balls don't often go together.

Also, rouge agent steals your makeup, rogue agent steals your data.

about a month ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Razed By TV Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

A data recovery expert would be eager to tell you that a proper data shred is not done with zeroes alone...

about a month and a half ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Razed By TV Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

I think you're looking at it from the wrong angle. For general purpose phone use, encryption is reasonable. But for the purposes of permanent deletion, why rely on encryption when you could just shred the data and be done with it once and for all?

about a month and a half ago

Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Razed By TV Re:Never meant to upset? (160 comments)

The thing that gets me is that they concluded that a person with more positive items in their feed is more likely to post positive things.
This does nothing to evaluate the actual mood of the person - they might be posting positive things only to compete, or to give the appearance of being positive.

about a month and a half ago

Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

Razed By TV Re:WTF? (365 comments)

So have the plant operators put the extra energy in some batteries and stop crying about it already. In a 100% renewable system, you're going to need battery/fuel capacity for when the sun is down and when the wind doesn't blow. Store the energy when it's cheap and plentiful, don't run your plant full throttle, and move staff over to monitor energy storage. If there is really such a surplus, make hydrogen, get in bed with VW for a fuel cell vehicle, do something. I really can't believe that the best they can come up with is to pay someone to take it from them.

about 2 months ago


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