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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Vintermann Re:The world we live in. (586 comments)

One who is aware of this could check up to 10 drinks for their friends.

Yeah, if those ten friends don't mind you sticking your finger in their drinks. If you don't explain, you might get unpopular very quickly. If you do explain, why aren't you just using a paper strip or something?

That this silly invention is taken seriously at all is a testament to moral panic.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Vintermann Re:The world we live in. (586 comments)

Sorry for what you went through man, but this is a great example of a case where this would not have worked. Assuming this nail polish existed, and no one would think twice about a man wearing it, would you have dipped your finger in the kool-aid?

There's a very narrow use case for this nail polish, and that's when you expect there's a good chance someone will try to drug you, but you still aren't sensible enough to stay the hell away from that place.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Vintermann Re: The world we live in. (586 comments)

Any social structure that diminishes personal responsibility is suspect.

I agree. It follows from this that alcohol use in itself is suspect, though, even more so than frat boys. Temporarily and selectively evading personal responsibility for your actions is the reason people get drunk in the first place.

about a week ago
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Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

Vintermann lack of interest (134 comments)

There are a thousand laws where "lack of interest amongst the general population" was no obstacle to getting them passed.

about a month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Vintermann Re: You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

Many of us use it because it's simply more productive to do so.

You feel more productive, but the usability research showing mouse navigation is faster, and non-modal editing is faster, is older than vi. Xerox PARC found it in the seventies, Apple confirmed it in larger studies in the early eighties.

What happened to "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool"?

about 1 month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Vintermann Re: You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

Yeah, illustrates nicely why it's not a good solution.

Of course, how we do things is largely a matter of habit and standards. Not entirely - for instance, there was solid usability research coming out of Xerox PARC showing that mouse-based editors were better than keyboard-only ones, and nonmodal editors were better than modal ones. Emacs was made in part in response to that research. But for the most part, one way of doing it is as good as any other.

It's just that vi and emacs (and wordstar!) lost that battle ages ago. Your browser, your IDEs, your widget libraries, your anything-that-isn't-actually-vi-or-emacs, use a standard based on IBM's CUA standard + Microsoft's defaults for cut-copy-paste (inherited from Apple). Odds are this very web from supports the old IBM shortcuts for cutting and pasting, (ctrl-insert, shift-delete, and shift insert), even though no one ever uses them.

You can keep forcing them to conform to obsolete standards with plugins if you must, but that is IMHO creating more trouble for yourself than it's worth,

about 1 month ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Vintermann Re:Good Thing (195 comments)

The reason that power is cheap there in the first place, is that it isn't easy to transport elsewhere and they have more of it than they can use for other things.

about a month ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Vintermann Re:Good Thing (195 comments)

It was overturned with good help from Australia's coal lobby, not quite the same as "didn't work".

about a month ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Vintermann Re:20 megawatts (195 comments)

It looks like Georgia has a lot of hydro power. It's probably a good share of the power production too. Anywhere power is cheap (and they wouldn't be mining bitcoins there if it wasn't) they probably use renewables, because coal and natural gas have more or less the same price everywhere.

about a month ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Vintermann Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

Oh no, East Germany was less economically oppressive than the Soviet Union, but it still was a planned economy with a few market elements. The outputs of the economy as a whole was dictated by government plans and quotas. Even at its most socialistic, that was never the way it worked in the west.

about a month and a half ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Vintermann Re: let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

EU laws dictate that free market rules and no state interference is tolerated.

Mwhah ha.

about a month and a half ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Vintermann Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

There was little scarcity actually threatening day to day living in East Germany. They were the most productive eastern bloc economy by far, maybe because they experimented with some market pricing and even permitted some private enterprise.

What there was, was really invasive spying and political censorship, and bad coffee.

about a month and a half ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Vintermann Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

Fascism was the one from Italy, remember? It was the nazis with the gas chambers. The fascists were content with torture chambers, executions and shipping the "undesirables" to other countries to do the dirtiest work.

But don't worry, you're not in the torturable class, so it makes little difference for you.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

Vintermann Re:UK is not a free country (147 comments)

Like the ethnically homogenous Switzerland, I suppose?

A discussion on democracy is usually two idiots disagreeing on which sheep shit to eat for dinner.

about 2 months ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

Vintermann Re:UK is not a free country (147 comments)

> Right to self defense

There's a conflict here:

You want freedom of belief/conscience. You may believe some people are conspiring to institute a dictatorship, sometimes that's a right belief. You may believe Tony Blair is a lizard from space, and although that's almost certainly false, no belief about the world may be banned.

But if you have this freedom, you cannot have an unconditional right to self-defense. The reason is that self-defense is based on belief, some belief that you are under threat. That belief may always be wrong. If Tony Blair really was a space lizard about to zap your brain into dust, by the right to self-defense you certainly would be allowed to kill him first.

But that is plainly a delusional belief, you might say. The problem is, who should get to decide whether your fears are justified?

If you say the courts, fair enough, but then you also implicitly deny the right to revolution. You don't allow for the possibility that the government that the court represents may be wrong, or at any case, not that you are entitled to disagree violently with it.

about 2 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

Vintermann Re:Good? (273 comments)

I'd rather trust a website with a reputation based system, than a taxi driver.

Ah yes, a taxi service (in all but name), with all the reliability and safety of Ebay and PayPal.

Currently existing reputation systems are junk. Companies like Ebay find it more profitable to just sit on their network-effects based hegemony and smooth over the worst failures with PR, rather than making an actually useful reputation system. Reputation systems are much like airport security - to make you feel safe, not actually make you safe.

about 2 months ago
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Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

Vintermann Re:Good? (273 comments)

I shake my head at the ingress text: "the taxicab industry that currently enjoys regulatory capture"

Some things people should know about Uber: It's backed by Silicon Valley venture capital and Goldman Sachs, to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars.

Yet, it's the self-employed, unskilled labor in the cottage industry of driving taxis that "enjoys regulatory capture". Yeeeeah, right.

The taxi industry is regulated to protect consumers, not drivers. All Uber is, is some rich people who decided that they'd become powerful enough to simply ignore regulations on driving people for profit. When the reality of why that regulation exists comes crashing down. they count on their ideology/PR department to smooth over it, and write new regulation tailored to give them a monopoly.

about 2 months ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

Vintermann Re:1 in 10 adult deaths (454 comments)

Preventable deaths of adults is the kind of death we should care about because

* While we like kids, they're already pretty good at not dying.
* While we like old people, they've lived a long life and are going to die comparatively soon anyway.
* Non-preventable deaths are hardly productive to focus on.

about 2 months ago

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