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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

dcollins117 Re:Wow! That's a huge breakthrough! (121 comments)

Listen, we all know what the pro-pot movement is about. It's not medical. Medical usage is being used like a crowbar to pry open the gate on the path to legalization, but we all know the real reason people are behind it.

Yes, we all know what's going on. "Medical usage is being used like a crowbar" because that's the only thing that has worked so far. It also has the added benefit of being a factual and legitimate use that people can understand. No one who has experienced pain (everyone has at some point) will question why someone else does not want to be in pain.

I don't happen to have a problem with being a bit disingenuous if that's what it takes. I personally want to see recreational marijuana use legalized in every state.

6 hours ago

States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

dcollins117 Re:Neuropathic pain (121 comments)

So for a lot of cases it can actually replace opiates, and smoking is a faster way for it to get into your bloodstream than everything except IV injections.

Clearly we need to fast-track the development of IV marijuana. I'll volunteer for any clinical trials.

On a more serious note, I was treated for a while by a rheumatologist that had done a lot of research on pain-killers derived from marijuana. To my knowledge, there aren't any on the market currently, but the research is being done. Finally.

6 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

dcollins117 Re:slashdot (573 comments)

That's not insanity. It's persistence.

I don't go for ancient wisdom
I don't believe just 'cause ideas are tenacious
It means that they're worthy

- Tim Minchin, "White Wine in the Sun"


The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

dcollins117 Re:Haply so, but exec orders and agencies (180 comments)

The cops can go ask your neighbors about you. The neighbor can choose whether or not to talk to them.

Yet my email can't choose whether or not to be read by them. That's one reason why I encrypt everything whether it's needed or not.

The other reason I encrypt emails is the assinine spam filter a certain ISP uses that many times falsely detects my emails as spam and does not deliver them. I'm too much of a gentleman to mention the company by name, but it rhymes with Horizon and it starts with the letter V.

2 days ago

No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

dcollins117 Re:Rule of thumb (121 comments)

As the OP of the original post, I would like to point out that I listed 3 possibilities and the first was that the story was wrong, maybe even intentionally wrong.

This is Slashdot. We don't let facts get in the way of a good story.

2 days ago

FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

dcollins117 Re:Which begs the question... (97 comments)

In the US it should read: "I am 280kg and have severely clogged arteries, which begs the question: why have I not bought a mobility scooter ?"

We haven't quite caught up with the rest of the world and switched to metric units. So instead of 280kg, it's 617 lbs.</pedant>

2 days ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

dcollins117 Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (601 comments)

IIRC, Texas has similar middle-fingers pointed at the feds.

Texas has drive through liquor stores/beer barns so you can literally replenish your alcohol inventory without ever leaving the vehicle. Which really comes in handy when you're just too drunk to walk.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

dcollins117 Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (349 comments)

So, the answer is, contact a lawyer for a possible class action law suit against Comcast for deceptive billing. I'd bet this is just about the OP's only option, since most people would assume network overhead isn't counted. If it is, litigation is likely the only recourse.

Hopefully his lawyer will say "Yes, by all means let's sue Comcast because AT&T is overbilling."

3 days ago

UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

dcollins117 Re:haven't watched it... (391 comments)

have a more important question: Why should it be illegal that I do?

It isn't. It's news, i.e., an accurate depiction of reality that cannot and definitely should not be censored. Some authoritative law enforcement douchebags are making the claim that it could lead to prosecution, but that doesn't magically change the reality of what is actually legal or not.

I liken the situation to the American cops who arrested people that videotaped them beating black folks. They also made certain claims that have no basis in fact.

about a week ago

How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dcollins117 Re:None (259 comments)

Yeah, I would have selected zero if it was an option. But alas.

about two weeks ago

Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

dcollins117 Re:Well I for one (111 comments)

* As an aside, that mother's maiden name "security" question on the forms? Let's just say that the TSA provides more security than this does.

Mother's maiden name is a terrible security question anyway. It's often quite easy to find that data by checking geneology sites like, or by the judicious use of Google. Marriage and funeral notices often include members of the entire family, and their relationships.

Not to mention the many "people finder" type sites that will sell you all the personal information you could hope for on a person for a nominal fee.

about two weeks ago

Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

dcollins117 Re:My only question: does it work at Google-scale? (91 comments)

The problem with the current CAPTCHAs is that they are prone to a Mechanical Turk attack.

That's a problem with CAPCTHAs, not the only one. I've encountered several that I couldn't solve, even after trying several times, eventually leaving me no choice but to give up and go elsewhere.

It's a problem when your human detector fails to detect humans.

about two weeks ago

Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

dcollins117 Re:Well I for one (111 comments)

I guess this needs to be reported, but, is it news anymore?

Yes. It is huge news for anyone who seeks medical care in the US. Your supposedly confidential records are not confidential. It's criminal and I hope to see everyone responsible for mismanaging medical records prosecuted.

about two weeks ago

Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

dcollins117 Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

These people have experienced enough to doubt anything they've been told by the authorities, and rightfully so.

Not sure whether you are talking about Africa or America...

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

dcollins117 Re:All white meat (426 comments)

Wait ... what the fuck was in it before?

Only the finest, !00% natural, meat-bearing animals.

about two weeks ago

Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

dcollins117 Re:She's selling a book (457 comments)

The scope of the problem isn't clear, the goal is ill-defined. What, exactly, are trolls winning?

I think the entire premise that trolling is a problem is wrong, and to find out that "researchers" are studying ways to combat it is highly amusing, if also a little disturbing.

Even to suggest that one side is "winning" implies that another side is losing. This is a false dichotomy, fabricated for no apparent reason, and it makes me wonder about the motives behind it.

about two weeks ago

EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

dcollins117 One way mirror (78 comments)

The end game of NSA is a perfect one-way mirror: They have all information about your activities, and you have zero information about their activities.

Note that this is the opposite of what the American public needs to make an informed decision during elections.

about three weeks ago

Comparison: Linux Text Editors

dcollins117 Re: You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

Or Kate, if it's a girl. And Emacs if you're not quite sure what the hell it is.

about a month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

dcollins117 Re:Pure FUD (409 comments)

The fact that some people stupidly left some pathogens lying around a long time ago has pretty much nothing to do with this case.

Only if you believe there are no stupid people now, which I frankly am having trouble believing.

about a month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

dcollins117 Re:Thanks for the pointless scaremongering (409 comments)

Unless I'm mistaken, one of the few remaining samples of smallpox is located in Atlanta.

There's some in the storage closet in Maryland. Might be some in Atlanta, too. Who knows. The reason they call it smallpox is because it's so hard to see. Makes it difficult to keep track of.

about a month ago


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