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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

cavebison Re:Finally! (472 comments)

Drugs are made more dangerous by being illegal

Not really, it depends what you mean by "illegal". Bear with me... Personally think illegality sends a good signal for kids - drugs are bad, m'key? - but the *punishment* is the question. Allowing police to arrest a user means these things:

1. For young people, parents get to know what their child is doing
2. Police can get the name of the *dealer* from the user
3. The user can be placed in mandatory rehab as "punishment".
4. If rehab isn't necessary, then the only punishment is a small fine.

User gets a slap on the wrist (or rehab) but police get the info they need. What's wrong with that?

If it's not illegal, it makes finding the dealers more difficult for police. PLUS - and I think this is the worst aspect of making them legal - drugs suddenly become a *legitimate business*. And we all know how ethically business behaves once they can deal in an addictive product.

4 days ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

cavebison Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

I find an easy solution is to make sure those sorts of emails all go to a single internal address which is then forwarded to *2 or 3 other people*. That way the IT manager gets it, the individual responsible for actually doing it gets it, and someone else as a backup.

This reminds everyone how important it is, and people communicate to make sure it happens. The manager or backup person gets it and goes "ah, that guy isn't here anymore, we'd better sort that out".

about a week ago
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Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

cavebison Re:Bloat !!!!! (132 comments)

Firefox *really* needs forking to follow the original vision.

Already attempted. Try PaleMoon. http://www.palemoon.org/

about a month ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

cavebison Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (387 comments)

Immunity is a collective endeavor. You're undermining it.

If you're responding to an American, it seems they're becoming less and less interested in "collective endeavours". I'm just waiting for someone to start calling mandatory immunisation "Socialism". The U.S. seems to have an enormous and growing number of people with an innate mistrust of science. Very different from the past, and very weird for a country who (briefly, it seems) became the technological powerhouse of the world.

about a month ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

cavebison Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (387 comments)

yet the Slashdot Sheep are still defending this snake oil... Unbelievable.

Maybe you're a troll, I don't know. Others here have pointed out your misunderstanding of everything to do with 'flu, viruses and vaccinations. I'd like to point out why you're a hypocrite.

You're telling us we're "sheep" - for what? Following mainstream science which has given you everything you enjoy in the world, like TV, mobile phones, computers, the clothes you wear and the food you eat. You're criticising us for that? You don't see anything wrong with that mindset at all?

And secondly, following on from that, you're accusing us of having our heads in the sand - not seeing "the truth" as you see it. The problem with that attitude, is that you get your information from where - web sites, anecdotal stories from other people, heresay... and you obviously don't bother to fact-check any of it, otherwise you would very soon see the flaws in their logic, and yours.

So face the truth - people like you say you know "the truth", but in reality you DON'T CARE about the truth. You only care about what you WANT to be true. Real science, real facts, don't have attitudes or preferred opinions. Before you can even begin to understand facts and "The Truth", you need to shed your opinions and preferences. You have to stop wanting this or that to be true. Look at what you are being told, from all sides, with ZERO bias, and *check things for yourself*. That is what science is all about. Sure sometimes it is wrong, but the point is it's *self-correcting* because anyone who respects the process only wants to know what *is* true, not what they want to be true.

For your own benefit, for the sake of simple common sense... take a breath, leave your opinions at the door, and start really listening, reading and trying to *understand* what the issues are and what the truth is. Mindlessly repeating other people's opinions is not even letting yourself have your own opinion. Don't you want your opinions to at least be guided by your own thought and reasoning?

It comes down to what you want for yourself. A life lived in the shadow of bias and misinformation, like back in the dark ages; or a life where you're not afraid to question what you *want* to be true, and see the difference between unproven claims and proven claims. Demand proof from *both* sides of any debate.

about a month ago
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Physical Media: Down, But Maybe Not Out

cavebison Re:Physical Media (116 comments)

Call me crazy but I prefer to have the physical copy. This way I can watch it anytime I want and I don't need to worry about the inevitable loss of Internet connectivity.

Not at all. I have physical copies of all my music and movies, although the physical media - my hard drive - is far more space-efficient than an optical disk. In fact, even 2 hard drives (one as a backup) is still far more space-efficient and, protected as they are in the computer case, I never have to worry about scratches.

Physical media is definitely not going away, even if those shiny coaster things do.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

cavebison Re:We have already contacted alien civiliations. (686 comments)

Even if someone had 100% proof of alien encounters, the signal to noise ratio is assumed to be no signal and all noise.

That's a complete contradiction. If someone had "100% proof", it would be seen as such, by definition. That's what "proof" is - the ability to prove something, beyond any reasonable person's doubt. To say anything important, which can be completely, irrevocably proven will be ignored, is simply ridiculous in modern times.

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

cavebison Re:We have already contacted alien civiliations. (686 comments)

You don't really hear about this, but it's part of what started Fermi along the way towards his paradox.

Strange you should say that, as I just heard about it.

I always smile when people say, "no-one ever talks about this, but..."

Thanks for including me in the incredibly small cabal of individuals this has been mentioned to. I feel so special. :)

about a month and a half ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

cavebison Re:Brought to you by the campaign to re-elect.... (288 comments)

> It proves that if you can give a corporation tax breaks and throw off the shackles of regulation, they will do better and want to hire more people. Oh...wait.

I was actually doing an Excel thingy the other day, simply looking at how company profits actually relate to employment. This information is freely available from companies' annual reports. For example:

Woolworths Limited (annual reports) graph: http://i.imgur.com/iNagiLN.gif

For companies like Woolworths, whose operations are fairly labour-intensive, profits do relate to employment though, as you can see, profits rise far more quickly than employment does.

Then take Comm Bank (I'm Australian): (annual Reports) graph: http://i.imgur.com/w6orwfi.gif

For Comm Bank, profits rise confidently, however the effect on employment is comparatively modest. Employment even drops for a period. Over the long term, the relationship between profit and employment is minor.

From the few I looked at, profits of major companies rise far more sharply than does employment, and sometimes there is little relation at all. I imagine there is a closer relationship between profit and employment in small to medium businesses. IMO, large companies should be more highly regulated (also so they can't off-shore their tax) while small-medium businesses are the ones who should be encouraged more.

about a month ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

cavebison Re:It's sad what has happened to HP (288 comments)

They used to make really cool, quality stuff

True. I bought a HP 8510p, 5 years ago, and it's still my main work laptop. As a web developer, I use Visual Studio, Photoshop, etc. and have SQL Server, IIS and a bunch of dev tools running continually. It also plays Dishonored and Metro Last Light reasonably well. Amazing little machine, easy to open up and maintain. Not a single dead pixel, not single failed part. The only down-side is a limit of 4GB RAM, but even that's not too much of an issue.. on XP. :)

It was probably one of the first "good enough" laptops that didn't need to be discarded for something faster, but it also happened to never break down (crazily easy to open up and de-dust). My deep satisfaction, however, doesn't make a computer manufacturer any money. Which is another reason for pushing tablets and "laptop-replacements" like the Surface Pro - they're an emerging tech, which means the good-old, lucrative "upgrade cycle" starts all over again for these companies.

about a month ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

cavebison Re:MY EYES!! Want skuemorphism back! (218 comments)

Then they change perfectly Gnome 2 with a half cell phone gnome 3/shell! Now office 365/office 2013 is all FREAKING WHITE IN ALL CAPS where I get a migraine looking at it. Then they change Hotmail.com to all blinding with blue. ,.. now gmail is changing too.

You forgot to mention the ever so popular UI changes to Visual Studio 2012/13. An utter UI train-wreck from MS, far worse in implication than Metro, as it is serious productivity s/ware used by Windows developers. And they haven't even backed down from using all-CAPS in the menus.

about 2 months ago
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Anti-Surveillance Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

cavebison Re:Sure, give that a try (196 comments)

you're in *public*: everyone can see you, and what you are doing

But none of the people who see you in the pub are the same who see you in a shop and the same who see you walking down any other street every day. There's a BIG difference between being "in public" - where nobody knows you beyond the immediate space - and your life "being public knowledge", which is what it would be if everyone knew all your movements throughout the city.

Comparing public surveillance to "being in public" is a false equivalence. They're nothing like each other.

about 2 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

cavebison Re: Motivated rejection of science (661 comments)

You're comparing scientists and engineers who publish in the open literature with spooks and security guards who keep secrets.

I thought his/her point was valid - they are all government. If someone says "I mistrust government", do you expect them to make an exception for certain departments? If so, then they wouldn't just say "I don't trust government". His/her point was that many people in the US distrust government. So whether it's NASA or the IRS, *they don't trust government*.

It's a fair enough statement, because, you know, it's true. There are lots of people out there like that.

about 2 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

cavebison Re:Programming is the easy part (278 comments)

I soon learned that it is a good idea to write the specs together with them if you want a project to succeed.

I turned into a freelance developer, as I really enjoy this part. Communicating ideas - the exchange between a client's broad scope ideas and my down-on-the-ground detail never fails to: a) enlighten us both about the other's domain of thought, b) give rise to new ideas - things they hadn't considered, and things I hadn't considered.

The I go away and code, but what keeps the satisfaction up on both sides is a constant level of communication. The more you update the client, even if it's little things, the more they appreciate the work you're doing. I feel that something is lost when the client and the developer are two separate silos, neither really understanding the other. In my experience, the client always gets something out of my technical approach, as I do from seeing my stuff help them do what they want to do.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

cavebison Re:StatCounter number is ALL devices, not tablets (179 comments)

and live in a $400k house

Greetings friend, I'm from Australia. Please, tell me more about this distant land where people can buy a house - an actual house, you say? - for just $400k, and where electronic devices, digital media and movie tickets are available at reasonable prices. :(

about 3 months ago
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Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution

cavebison Re:There is this button. (184 comments)

If I ride my bike without a helmet I am the one who is at risk.

Looking at a slightly larger picture - if your head injury treatment and rehabilitation is covered by public health care, you also have a social responsibility to minimise the chance of being an unnecessary burden on the public system. Which means, among other things, wearing a helmet while cycling.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

cavebison Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

However strange it may feel to refer to Tolkien on this issue, this particular quote has something unusually profound and humane to it.

Agreed, however he didn't mean don't kill - he just suggested taking a moment first. Maybe a cup of tea and a quiet sit down somewhere nice, and smile when someone walks by, it's good for the soul.

"Crucifixion? Very good; one cross each, line on the left."

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

cavebison Re:This is terrible. (688 comments)

I'm sick of fighting to keep Firefox looking and working like Firefox if all they're going to do is take away the things that I actually use it for. It's just too much effort.

You're not alone. I'd recommend PaleMoon, it's based on Firefox but the devs seem more sane. It even has a 64-bit version. Better than SeaMonkey IMO. I've used FF since v1, this is the first time I'm seriously moving to something else, in this case PaleMoon, because they seem to be focussed on what users originally came to Firefox for in the first place.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

cavebison Re:No, just NO. (688 comments)

I am seriously fed up with this shit.

As are many others, you're not alone. I'd recommend PaleMoon then, it's based on Firefox but the devs seem more sane. It even has a 64-bit version. Better than SeaMonkey IMO.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

cavebison Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

I think there is a real need for a fork of firefox and a sane team to maintain it

Give PaleMoon a try, it's based on Firefox but the devs seem more sane. It even has a 64-bit version. Better than SeaMonkey IMO.

about 3 months ago

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