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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

cphilo Drugs were not always illegal in the US (474 comments)

Here is a recipe from my great-grandma's cookbook. Cough Syrup Syrup of squills four ounces, syrup of tolu four ounces, tincture of bloodroot one and one-half ounces, camphorated tincture of opium four ounces. Mix. Dose for an adult, one teaspoon repeated every two to four hours. She used to be able to go to the pharmacist and get tincture of opium.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

cphilo Re:Corporate culture (272 comments)

He had over a million in sales HIS FIRST Year in the company, You people are charming, is all I can say

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

cphilo Corporate culture (272 comments)

My son is certified as a Microsoft Architect and at one point in his career was a senior Microsoft executive. He described the upper levels as very political. There was little team spirit.There was a lot of jockeying for position, backstabbing and attempts to degrade people to to elevate yourself. He eventually left and started his own company (which is doing quite well. He just bought a 40' RV)

about 2 months ago
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Interview: Ask Ben Starr About the Future of Food

cphilo Kitchen Knives (137 comments)

What knives do you recommend? I use Chicago Cutlery, but I have been told that Wusthof is worth the money.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

cphilo What I used (370 comments)

I trained my 91 year old mother-in-law with a Motorola Xoom. I put I put the email app on the front. Of course, now she can't find the tablet, but that is irrelevant to the question of which tablet to use

about 9 months ago
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A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

cphilo Re:Why subsidize? (1030 comments)

If solar is doing so great then why does it need subsidies? Thats what the GOP doesn't like, not that such a thing exists, but that the government creates distortions in the economy by picking winners before the race starts. Old school republicans and libertarians both distaste government intervention. Solar will eventually become cost effective without subsidies, lets wait for that to happen.

If fossil fuels are doing so great then why do they need subsidies? Thats what the GOP doesn't like, not that such a thing exists, but that the government creates distortions in the economy by picking winners before the race starts. Old school republicans and libertarians both distaste government intervention. Fossil fuels eventually rise or fall without subsidies, lets wait for that to happen.

about 9 months ago
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Why Johnny Can't Speak: a Cost of Paywalled Research

cphilo Corporations (189 comments)

The United States has become a nation of public financing and private profits.

about a year ago
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GTA Online Runs Into an Online Roadblock

cphilo That explains it (102 comments)

No wonder I am having a hard time logging into healthcare.gov to look at my (probably) new insurance. All the bandwidth is being sucked up by GTA5, because they both launched the same day.

about a year ago
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GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

cphilo Cognitive Dissonance (621 comments)

I want restrictions on all those OTHER children. My child is special.

about a year ago
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New Snowden Revelation: Terrorists Attempting To Infiltrate CIA

cphilo Terrorists (250 comments)

I think the problem is EVERYTHING is labeled Top Secret and everything is a terrorist group. Is this going to embarrass Senator X? Label it top secret. Twenty years in the future, this fact MIGHT be pertinent. Label it Super Top Secret. Annoyed with someone? Label him a terrorist. Annoyed with a situation. Must be terrorists. In the rush to cover their governmental asses, everything must be labeled top secret and everyone must be spied on, because, ya know, they might become a terrorist someday. Land of the Free, as long as you do not upset anyone in power: corporate, military or government.

1 year,19 days
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Should Cops Wear Google Glass?

cphilo Privacy Issue (223 comments)

I see privacy issues both ways. If the cops is required to wear Google glasses all the time, we have an issue where the cops cannot use the restroom or eat in privacy. And if he takes them off, then some lawyer will be upset about the missing time. I also see a problem with overriding the individual judgement of the cop. What if he feels he HAS to write a ticket instead of just give a warning, because his every move is being monitored by someone. I think we should just stick with dashcams

about a year ago
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Robot Produces Paintings With That 'Imperfect' Human Look

cphilo I would put it on my wall (74 comments)

I actually went out and read/watched TFA (gasp!) What is created by this robot is aesthetically pleasing to me. My definition of art is: something that can invoke an emotional response. Some of the pictures invokes loneliness, or struggle. I would call it art.

about a year ago
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Every Public School Student In LA Will Get an iPad In 2014

cphilo What could go wrong? (393 comments)

Are these going to be kept at the school? Or home? Have they thought this out? What is to keep an addicted parent from selling the ipad? The curious toddler from taking it apart or dropping it in the bathtub? I don't think will end well.

about a year ago
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US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

cphilo Re:For crying out loud (650 comments)

Fairness has nothing to do with it. I am saying it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Illegal. Violation of oaths.

about a year ago
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US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

cphilo For crying out loud (650 comments)

All Snowden did was let the us, (ya know...We the People of these United States) know that the secret courts, and secret spying was running amuck. As we employ these people, we should have a say as to what is funded. How would an employer feel if he had a secret project in his company that had an unlimited budget. Ya think he might want to know details? You think the head of the project should tell him that he did not need to know, security and all that. And that he had no right to know what was going on? This is beyond bizarre

about a year ago
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NSA Still Funded To Spy On US Phone Records

cphilo Re:It's A Start (362 comments)

It IS a start. I live in Kansas, a deeply red state. I called my representative on this, and he actually voted "Aye" to reduce the funding. I was shocked, but pleased. He is what you can do, as a lowly, unimportant citizen. Look at the list. http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/house/1/412 . If your representative voted "NO" then he voted that the NSA should continue to spy on everyone. Vote him out. He is probably deep in the pocket of the Corporations/Military or deeply believes that the NSA accumulation of all phone, postal mail, email, for-all-I-know bedroom data is a wonderful thing. Vote him/her out. Your vote is one thing they have not managed to neuter yet.

about a year ago
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Congress Voting On Amendment to Defund NSA Domestic Spying Tomorrow

cphilo Re:I would, but... (276 comments)

All right, gang. I called Kevin Yoder, for what it is worth. FOR the Amash, Coyers amendment. AGAINST the Nugent amendment The intern taking the call said that he personally agreed with my stance, so maybe there is a .0001% chance of it making a difference. Then again, he may have been told to say that to everyone. Off to a Google Glass meeting.

about a year ago
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Congress Voting On Amendment to Defund NSA Domestic Spying Tomorrow

cphilo I would, but... (276 comments)

I live in Kansas, so if I called my Congressman, it would be totally ineffective. I have tried before and gotten the form letter which says, basically, "If you have an opinion that disagrees with mine, Suck It." Sincerely Your Congressman

about a year ago
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Revealed: How the UK Spied On Its G20 Allies At London Summits

cphilo Sauce for the gander (262 comments)

If the delegates have nothing to hide, then there should be no problem with the public having access.

about a year ago

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Hacker Barnaby Jack dead at 35

cphilo cphilo writes  |  about a year ago

cphilo (768807) writes "Hacker Barnaby Jack, perhaps best known for discovering insecurities in pacemakers that could be exploited with fatal results, has died in San Francisco, Reuters reports. He was 35. His death comes just a week before he was scheduled to present more information on his pacemaker hack at an information security conference. Reuters did not have any details about the cause of death."
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Printing Flexible Electronic Circuits On Paper

cphilo cphilo writes  |  about a year ago

cphilo (768807) writes "Scientists in China have developed a method to print flexible electronic circuits on paper using liquid metal ink, which paves the way for a simple, low-cost method for printing paper electronics."
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Homes for Hackers

cphilo cphilo writes  |  about 2 years ago

cphilo writes "Google fiber is starting up in my neighborhood, and folks are coming here from all over the country. A local man is setting up a Craig's list type matching service to match available homes and basements to entrepreneurial hackers who want to develop apps and/or can see advantages to to lightning fast fiber cable.
I have a basement bedroom. Is it a good idea to sponsor/rent this out to someone unknown or should I give it a pass?"

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Image site hits back at spammers

cphilo cphilo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cphilo (768807) writes "Spammers are being thwarted by finding that their junk messages unexpectedly contain warnings urging recipients to delete the e-mail.

It is replacing pictures, known to have appeared in spam, with warnings such as "Do not buy"."

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WikiLeaks founder charged with rape

cphilo cphilo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cphilo (768807) writes "The founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been charged in Sweden with rape and molestation, a spokeswoman for the Swedish prosecutor's office told CNN Saturday.
Anyone else question the timing of this charge?"

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The 2008 InfoWorld Geek IQ Test

cphilo cphilo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cphilo writes "So you aced last year's Geek IQ Test and partied hearty with the Mensa Mommas. Big deal. Bona fide geek-ery requires persistent know-it-all-ism of Oort proportions. So put down your stuffed penguin, answer these 20 new questions, and prove how smart you still are where it counts. — Oliver Rist 1. When was the Internet born and what was its original name? a. 1967, DARPANET b. 1976, NUDIENET c. 1969, ARPANET d. 1991, World Wide Web"
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Fox Refuses To Pay FCC Indecency Fine

cphilo cphilo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cphilo writes "http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/24/AR2008032402969.html In an unusually aggressive step, Fox Broadcasting yesterday refused to pay a $91,000 indecency fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission for an episode of a long-canceled reality television show, even as the network fights two other indecency fines in the Supreme Court. Have we become a nation where lawlessness is the norm? Where, to misquote Leona Helmsley "Only the little people pay taxes or obey laws?""
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Led Zeppelin to Make Its Songs Available Digitally

cphilo cphilo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cphilo writes "It's been a long time, but Led Zeppelin, one of the last superstar acts to refrain from selling its music online, is finally offering its catalog to digital-music fans. Their hits include "Stairway to Heaven" and "Rock and Roll." The agreement to publish digitally includes increased royalties for the band members. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/15/arts/music/15musi.html?th&emc=th"

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