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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

fightermagethief Re:not worth it (437 comments)

Long story, I guess. Working class parents, but a plethora of just-below-the-surface mental illness (ordinary madness) in my family. It kind of gives you a misanthropic view of humanity in general and I really lived like I was trying to die for most of my childhood. Tried to run away first when I was in third grade, but didn't get far. I am working on trying to put down into words the sort of motivations for my own and my family's lifestyle, but it is complex. One can never truly know oneself and all that. Self-mutilation, drug abuse, suicide attempts, sexual abuse, not necessarily in that order. At some point I became a kind of masochist and felt like all this shit was just making me stronger. Eventually, while living in an artist refuge/warehouse, I discovered that there were cool things online and learned to pirate photoshop which led me to programming (python) and slashdot about 4 years ago. Now I know that not everyone is a piece of shit. It is just hard to find good people when you are in low places, high places too, as bukowski remarked. I still have a few vices, like near daily weed smoking, coffee, and sometimes cigarettes. But I managed to drop most of the self abuse. Still working on it though. It is really hard (impossible) to even get a job at burger king when you don't have a place of residence. But I found mech turk and now I am saving cash to pay rent, then a job, then be happy. That's about as succinct as I could put it, I guess.

13 hours ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

fightermagethief not worth it (437 comments)

To anyone considering the use of meth or adderall or whatever, the quality of any creative project will suffer for it. I find it easy to not get addicted, but there is no upside whatsoever to speed use. You will feel like you are reaching new levels of productivity or alertness, but all carefully measured reason goes out the window. You will wake up after regaining sobriety, perhaps years later, and be severely disappointed with any work that you did under the influence. If you have to absolutely stay awake, like maybe a nightmare on elm street scenario, if you can do ONE single key bump of coke it may be okay. DO NOT try and continue the 'high'. Source: I did meth once for like 5 years.

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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

fightermagethief Re:No public drug use (474 comments)

There is a huge problem with banning the use of drugs under certain circumstances. People argue that it will make you a more dangerous driver, or whatever, but compared to what? It is also a huge risk to drive while elderly and impaired or while tired, but you can't enforce that easily. Some people operate every single day while 'under the influence', whether it be coffee or weed. I could argue that it is dangerous to drive while on caffeine, and it could be for an inexperienced user. I have done carpentry, accounting-like tasks, heavy machinery, box-truck driving, all while 'on weed' without ever having accident or major injury. This has been for about 15 years of everyday use. I can smoke a huge bag and walk a straight line on my hands, blindfolded. Drugs affect people differently. They don't just generally impair you.

        The point of my rant, is that once you start to judge people's habits and how they use their drugs, you might as well just make drugs illegal anyway. It would be nice to have a set of habits to look for to tell if a crime was about to occur, but I think, in reality, you have to wait until the crime is committed. If someone has an auto accident, you determine fault based on some murky details, where intoxication may come into play, and that is the best we can do. The next logical step to criminalizing what can be in your bloodstream while you operate machinery, will be criminalizing those with naturally slow reaction times. Would you rather have a hyper-vigilant acrobat with a negligible amount of weed in their system operating a vehicle, or a sober moron who is thinking about the cake they had for breakfast? Criminalizing what you put in your body is a huge issue concerning human rights, IMO. Sadly, I think the world is not even ready to accept drug use as a concern for health reasons.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

fightermagethief Re:What I want from movies is value for money (214 comments)

I think some theaters are feeling the same way you are and go out of the way to enhance the movie experience. A big theater up the street has a VIP area for 3D movies. You walk in a bar/restaurant setting that is in a separate section of the theater, can order food and drinks, and the seats are very large and comfy. It's 17$ for a movie, but well worth it, IMO. I will download a crappy version to see if I like it, and then go enjoy the atmosphere and have a glass of wine before going to my assigned seat where I don't have to share the armrest with some fidgeting child. 3D movies, if you can stand the headgear, are a trip.

about two weeks ago
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How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

fightermagethief Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (128 comments)

If you are into that sure, any sort of 'sport' has some value. I think you have to discard sports or games at some point for more fruitful goals, but it is valuable for kids who don't necessarily care about the long-term goals and just want to interact in a competitive environment. Getting good at specifically chess though, teaches you how to study on your own. You can't get past a certain level without analyzing a lot of past games from very tedious books. It's all about creating good habits at a young age. Maybe this isn't a 'crisis', but chess appeals to bourgeois, middle class families that may not want their kids in sports or DnD. Rare is the child who will pick up a math textbook on their own, but the carrot of 'winning' is a good motivator.

about two weeks ago
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How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

fightermagethief Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (128 comments)

Surely you can't be serious? Learning how to operate under pressure, becoming comfortable with a crowd scrutinizing your play AND behavior, meeting people whose brains enjoy similar mental games/puzzles, how to lose gracefully; these are all very valuable skills. I was never a tournament chess player, so I am drawing parallels from a competitive card game (mtg), but I played enough to know my rough IDE. Growing up as an introverted type, high-level competitive tournament play taught me more about behaving effectively in the real world than many hard skills that might be subject to nervous bumbling had I not learned how to control my emotions under great pressure. Also, if you ever happen to get locked up for some BS (read: weed), the only enjoyable thing to do is play chess.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

fightermagethief Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

Mod parent as insightful, please. I immediately thought of all the situations where people are probably selling their children for drugs/vice in the USA, and TFA makes it sound like this is only a problem in 'furriner' nations. Atlanta is a recognized hub for sex/child trafficking, but you have to look for yourself. It doesn't make the headlines, usually.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm-Generated Articles Won't Kill the Journalism Star

fightermagethief TfA is kind of a non-story (29 comments)

A computer generating an 'earnings report' seems like a far leap from journalism. A metaphor would be a computer printing a histogram replacing someone who organizes power-point presentations. Maybe completely objective journalists could be replaced by an emotionless computer, but there is a lot of reporting that needs an emotional edge.

about three weeks ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

fightermagethief Solitary Confinement (333 comments)

If it is this hard for people not to shock themselves after "six to fifteen" minutes, what would 22 hours a day for months, or even only days, do to people?

about three weeks ago
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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

fightermagethief Re:Longtime resident (203 comments)

A man can't even walk down the same street everyday wearing a wedding dress, blowing a referee whistle, and spinning a baton without breeding contempt. What is this world coming to?

about a month ago
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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

fightermagethief Longtime resident (203 comments)

This guy actually doesn't stand out that much in public. There is most likely a hobo relieving himself or having a loud (read: unnerving) argument with the ether within cat-swinging distance. The few times I have seen this guy was around midtown, a magnet gay area, and people didn't even bat an eye. His costumes are maybe 10% more outrageous than what people wear on the weekend.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

fightermagethief Re:The central tenet of atheism (1330 comments)

So any sort of concept you could come up with must be accepted on faith that it isn't real? Considering there is an infinite amount of vague explanations I could pull out of my ass to explain the cause of anything, despite contrary observations and logical inconsistencies, you must give them all equal credence?

about a month ago
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Cracking Atlanta Subway's Poorly-Encrypted RFID Smart Cards Is a Breeze, Part II

fightermagethief Re:Low-hanging fruit (170 comments)

The main transit station is right at Underground Atlanta (underground strip mall), a seedy hub of recently released ex-cons and an open-air drug market.

about 1 month ago
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Big Bang Breakthrough Team Back-Pedals On Major Result

fightermagethief KangAndKodos... (127 comments)

Sorry there was some space dust on the lens...

about a month ago
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Almost 100 Arrested In Worldwide Swoop On Blackshades Malware

fightermagethief Re:it is actually illegal (87 comments)

What happened with the whole 'possession of hacking tools' being a crime? I could only find the proposed stuff in the EU, but I swear I had heard of people charge with this before. I know, I know...citation needed.
You can be arrested for 'possession of burglary tools', but this seems convoluted in the same way. You can buy an electric lock-pick off the shelf at Northern-Tool-and-Equipment without any kind of license or even showing ID. You can be arrested for having it on your person right outside the door.
This is in the USA, so it is probably just up to the discretion of someone who understands neither trade.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

fightermagethief Depends (408 comments)

When man creates a better mousetrap, nature creates a better mouse. Thieves today steal copper out of cell-towers, so someone's house or car might as well have a big target painted on it. How much crime happens where you live or park or use your laptop while sipping coffee? Do something appropriate to that level or you will just drive yourself crazy trying to cover every remote situation.

about 2 months ago
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H.R. Giger, Alien Artist and Designer, Dead at Age 74

fightermagethief Re:People are forgetting about ... (92 comments)

He was chosen by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who came up with the first "Dune" screenplay. If it wasn't for Jodorowsky, we might not have seen the same "Alien". These guys brought surrealism to the mainstream.

about 2 months ago

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