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Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers

glarbl_blarbl Re:A more appropriate quote seems to be... (775 comments)

erm. I liked that show when I was 14, too... When I tried to watch a rerun a while back, though, I realized that every single show has the same fucking plot.

To wit:

1. Tim [says,does] something stupid

2. Tim [tries to hide it,says more stupid stuff making it worse]

3. Jill [finds out,sulks]

4. Tim talks to Wilson, who gives good advice which Tim ineptly tries to follow and fails

5. Tim and Jill resolve whatever the issue was

more than 4 years ago
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Accidental Wii Suicide

glarbl_blarbl Re:Suicide? (1343 comments)

That was a troll? Really? I could see modding it redundant, but I don't understand how this could be considered a troll.

/me waits for this post to be modded OT.

more than 4 years ago
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Accidental Wii Suicide

glarbl_blarbl Re:Suicide? (1343 comments)

A better question is why it was loaded? Responsible gun owners always keep their guns locked in a safe, with the ammunition locked up separately. It is far more likely that a family member will accidentally find an unlocked, loaded weapon, and harm themselves or someone else than it is that one can successfully repel a home invader with it.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Gov Tracker Reveals Best US Open Government Ideas

glarbl_blarbl Re:drugs are bad, mmkay? (147 comments)

To me the most compelling argument is the moral one. There is a clear correlation between Prohibition and increased homicide rates. Of course we know that correlation is not causation, but the pattern repeats in the US in the 1920's, then again after RMN's declaration of war against drug users, and of course in Columbia in the 1990's and Mexico since the Merida Initiative.

The question becomes one of morbid calculation. We trade three murders (give or take) in the (false) hopes of avoiding one overdose death. The really disheartening aspect is the fact that we know that prohibition actually increases the harms to users as well!

At this point we usually hear "Think of the Children!!1!" As you so eloquently pointed out: when drugs are outlawed only outlaws will have drugs. So de facto criminals are in charge of deciding who gets to buy them. What possible incentive would they then have to avoid selling to minors? It seems obvious to me that people whose brains have not fully developed should not have access to mind-altering substances for recreational purposes. For that reason, it is in society's interest to keep minors from using drugs. Unfortunately, this goal is impossible to achieve under prohibition.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Gov Tracker Reveals Best US Open Government Ideas

glarbl_blarbl Re:Seeing the little picture (147 comments)

Great analogy! I'm having trouble understanding it though... Do you think you could compare it to a car instead?

more than 4 years ago
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Open Gov Tracker Reveals Best US Open Government Ideas

glarbl_blarbl Re:Legalizing Mary J is Bad? 4 Good Reasons for Go (147 comments)

You forget one thing: Small time marijuana dealers will become those regulated sources. Since they finally can make their business an official business. Or they can stay unofficial, and thereby be cheaper because of avoiding taxation.

But in any way, it will create more legal jobs. Also usage will go way up.

I don't think this is the best way to implement legalization. In Washington State liquor can only be sold from state-run stores, which decreases our alcohol consumption here and better avoids sales to minors -- this would be a far better way to tax and regulate cannabis.

As for usage going up, I'm not so sure. Maybe for a short period of time, but the Netherlands has the most liberal cannabis laws in Europe while enjoying the smallest percentage of users. Though, in my opinion, the world would be a better place if everybody smoked it ;) Certainly they would be healthier if they switched from alcohol to cannabis.

more than 4 years ago
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Open Gov Tracker Reveals Best US Open Government Ideas

glarbl_blarbl Re:drugs are bad, mmkay? (147 comments)

Very well put! I wish I had some mod points for you.

The part that I love about talking drug reform on the internet is the hugely disproportionate debating and writing abilities between the two camps. I have been following this issue for something like a decade, and I have yet to see any well-written or well-reasoned arguments from the prohibitionist side. It's really telling that they always have to resort to ad-hominem attacks or appeals to authority, and their grammar is much more likely to be atrocious. This is why we will win, eventually.

more than 4 years ago
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US Government Poisoned Alcohol During Prohibition

glarbl_blarbl Re:Gov't for the people, by the people (630 comments)

Uhm... they couldn't really be ancestors if they didn't survive... Redundant pedantry, I'm guilty too.

more than 4 years ago
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1Gbps Optical Wireless Network Might Replace Wi-Fi

glarbl_blarbl Re:Headaches... (200 comments)

...if this thing is made with APD receivers then it will not be cheap.

No technology is cheap when it's first mass produced. I came across a Computer Shopper from 1990 awhile back, 286 systems for $2000!

more than 4 years ago
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Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

glarbl_blarbl Re:I use it because... (467 comments)

Indeed, I knew when I was in third grade and being hounded about my penmanship to the point that I never wanted to write another word that content is the most important thing about communication. Form is constantly mutable while the thoughts themselves are constant. It's the same song whether it's sung by Soundgarden or Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder or The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Not to mention the fact that I can type at a much closer rate to my train of thought than I can and still maintain legible handwriting. Now the only time I need to write by hand is when I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, because if I'm the only one who needs to read it then it scrawls itself across the paper encrypted by the hand of glarbl_blarbl.

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

glarbl_blarbl Re:Oh, look! (888 comments)

How much did it cost to get lessons and a license? Was it comparable to the requirements for driving a car legally? Also, doesn't a private plane cost a lot more to buy than a car?

I'm genuinely curious, my dad flew big planes in the Navy before retiring to work for American Airlines and now a leasing company. I've been in the cockpit with him a couple of times, and it looks like a really exhilarating mode of travel if you're in charge of the ride.

more than 4 years ago
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House Outlaws Obama's NASA Intervention

glarbl_blarbl Re:Oink! Oink! (209 comments)

(the cost goes down, if energy gets cheaper).

I was thinking fat chance with Peak Oil in sight. Then I remembered we're talking about thermite and shit. Peak Oil only applies to those jetliners.

about 5 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

glarbl_blarbl Re:People... Austism does not equal Retarded! (419 comments)

just re-read your post. You didn't say I was attacking you X-P.

On that point, I don't think you were directly attacking me. In fact, I doubt it was an attack at all. I just think it was somewhat thoughtless, and I felt the need to correct it since it is in a public forum. I see a lot of misconceptions about people on the spectrum on the internet, when I'm involved in an online discussion about the subject I feel compelled to make sure the information is accurate.

about 5 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

glarbl_blarbl Re:People... Austism does not equal Retarded! (419 comments)

Well, how do you define retardation?

Thanks for the apology, it is appreciated. I don't have a problem with the word "impaired", in fact it seems apt. On the other hand, I find the word "retarded" to be hateful and pejorative. That's all I'm saying.

Words have specific meanings. When you call an entire class of people a word that has become a slur, you should expect that you're hurting someone's feelings. I don't think I'm asking too much here to keep that in mind. And I also think that we're having a relatively civilized discussion, how do you think I attacked you?

about 5 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

glarbl_blarbl Re:People... Austism does not equal Retarded! (419 comments)

That's funny! I have a distinct memory of being taught empathy, but I just took an online test a few days ago where you're supposed to tell what emotion a person is feeling with only a photograph of the eyes to go on. I think I got like 60% right. I'd post the link, but it's 3AM here and I'm going to bed.

about 5 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

glarbl_blarbl Re:And then... (419 comments)

Well, if my theory is correct that those of us on the Autistic Spectrum are the next step in human evolution... Then you won't have to worry about it!

about 5 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

glarbl_blarbl Re:I'd love this job! (419 comments)

Same here. Only thing is I don't want to move to Chicago!

about 5 years ago
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Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

glarbl_blarbl Re:People... Austism does not equal Retarded! (419 comments)

All I'm saying is that autistic people, while having a good mind for facts and that sorts of things, have a poor mind for social interaction, which is kind of important. So I would argue that is it a kind of impairment.

But it most certainly is not mental retardation. One little data point for you: I have Asperger Syndrome, and an IQ of 148. Also, just because non-verbal communication is not intuitive to people with ASD it does not necessarily follow that we are incapable of learning it. Please remember that you are talking about real people here with real feelings, and a lot of us read slashdot. Spreading your misconceptions to people who don't know any better can create real problems for us.

about 5 years ago

Submissions

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Former ONDCP Exec admits agency works w/o data

glarbl_blarbl glarbl_blarbl writes  |  more than 6 years ago

glarbl_blarbl writes "In an article on The Huffington Post, Former ONDCP Strategist John Carnevale states:

Though Congress created ONDCP to formulate research-driven and performance-based policy, assess and modify policy through performance measures, and give a precise accounting of the federal drug control budget, ONDCP fails at all of those tasks. In the 90's ONDCP created a performance measurement system for evaluating the effects of its policies on drug use, drug availability, and the negative consequences of drug use; however, this decade, no such performance measurement system has been utilized. As a consequence, policy is now flying blind resulting in lost opportunities for more success.

Carnevale, who is responsible for the creation of the above-mentioned 'performance measurement system', offers the following recipe to fix America's Drug Problem.

The central task of ONDCP — and what must now become the central political debate — is determining how best to combine and fund the five essential ingredients of drug control policy: prevention, treatment, domestic law enforcement, international or source country programs, and interdiction.

I understand why the people who actually work at the ONDCP don't consider tax and regulation (they are required by law to oppose any movement toward legalization anywhere in the country), but how can someone with a Ph.D. in Economics get away with advocating the continuation of such a huge and destructive black market?"
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glarbl_blarbl glarbl_blarbl writes  |  more than 8 years ago

glarbl_blarbl (810253) writes "The New York Times reports that researchers at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in Illkirch, France have isolated a new drug which doubles the endurance of mice by increasing the number of mitochondria in their cells. Perhaps George Lucas wasn't so far off when he came up with midichlorians as the scientific explanation for Jedi abilities?

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/16/science/17endura ncecnd.html"

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Posting as Anonymous Coward killed my moderation!

glarbl_blarbl glarbl_blarbl writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I've been hanging around /. for a couple of years now, and have built up positive karma - so I've been getting mod points fairly regularly for about a year now. I was well aware that posting in a discussion in which I had spent mod points would unmoderate those comments. I'm totally cool with that and understand the rationale behind that policy. But I know I've seen other people post comments as an AC and include their userid and a note saying "posting AC to preserve spent mod points". Granted, this issue is not covered in the FAQ - but I was slightly miffed that when I posted as AC my moderations were undone.

I don't understand why the system is set up this way. For one thing, I had spent all my points so there was no possibility of modding up my post. And for another I was AC, so even if I did mod up my own post I wouldn't gain any karma - right?

I like being a moderator, and I feel like I do it well. I have even modded up posts with which I disagreed but found that they were insightful or informative. So it annoys me that the points I carefully spent were wiped away for what seems like no reason.

Ok, I'm done ranting for now. I feel a little better now. And remember kids: even posting anonymously won't preserve those mod points you spent!

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Procrastination or Prioritization?

glarbl_blarbl glarbl_blarbl writes  |  about 10 years ago So it's after four in the morning here. I have nearly a quarter's worth of work in four classes which I should be working on... Distance Education. Basically a pile of IBM cdroms published with an old version of shockwave, only runs in IE, arrgh.

Instead of working at the pace specified on the course pages, I went and got my band (a meta-genre (alternative country/rock/funk/jazz/pop/reggae coming soon) band called Madrona) going on our debut album (untitled at this point). You can listen to some rough mixes here: http://209.166.73.160/~g/ .. I plan on selling the cd once it's all done, so don't hold it against me that the tags aren't set :P

We've been working on those songs and a few more for about a month now. Unfortunately, my mother has been suffering from some health problems over about the same time period. More important things than Assembler, Job Control Language, and intro to OS/390- I think.

The band I'm playing with now is the best group of guys I've played with yet. Jake Johnson and I have been jamming for a few years now (with Velveteen and Pervert Hero), and he still amazes me with his ear and memory for songs. Not to mention his killer pipes. Thats him on "Trippin" and "Prelude", I sing lead on "Psyche's Swing" and "Ice Ages. Conan Holroyd plays drums like a wildman, and is totally versitile- he used to play with a regionally poplular punk band called So Much Untold. Brandon Schmidt will be playing bass and guitar with us live, and he just wrote a killer Roy Orbison-style song which I can't wait to record.

We plan on finishing the album before the end of the year. We have only to mix and make some transitions before it's done. We're going to put up an ad at AIS for a music business student looking to learn how to set up a tour, or at the very least some shows in Seattle. It's been a few years since I played the Ballard Firehouse (though I think they closed down, unfortunately).

I have a friend who promised to help us make a webpage, he's currently doing the Computer Animation program at the Art Institute of Seattle (the same place I went to get my AAA in Audio Production), which seems to keep him too busy to reply to my emails... :/ So if there's anyone out there who digs our tunes and wants to design a website- please please please send me an email or an IM!!

I have a slackware10 box where my webserver lives, but without anything good to put up it still has the Apache start page. I'm waiting till Maret uploads what he's done before I go and get a domain name... It bums me out that he hasn't written me back, cause he's one of my favorite artists.

I did get a kickass open-source forum/weblog program called WordPress. It took me a little while to uncomment the right lines in the apache config files to make php go (damn, how I love slackware!), and to make MySQL secure and ready to go (the MySQL online manual could use some proofreading, but I don't have time)- but it wasn't all that hard. Wordpress has a fucking huge list of plugins, most of which I probably won't use.

So I have the apache default page up at the top-level, and then an empty blog/forum under a directory... I feel like I should wait before I start putting stuff in the forums until I get a css for the rest of the site. Maybe I'll just let my subconsious work on it until I get an actual webpage up.

I'm planning on setting up a couple of databases for my dad sometime early next year. I'm going to take over my sister's old computer (PIII 800MHz) when she goes to Australia for a year. I plan on making it into a server, most likely to replace the webserver. That will leave me with a couple of K6-III 500MHz boxes doing nothing- so I'm going to put one in the garage as a wireless AP/MySQL server for my dad to keep track of his farm equipment and vehicle maintenance. I've also found some linux software which will interface with his Davis Weather Monitor and will be able to do backups much more easily than the M$ software which came from Davis. Should make it easy enough to make a web-based interface for looking at the data and working with his fleet information.

The hard part here will be deciding how to distribute the disk space. I tried to get NFS to work a few times - back when I was running RedHat (Tried it on 6, 9 and FC1- gave up on RH when FC2 came out and I realized that they had totally revamped the /etc layout and renamed all the curses-based config apps which I had gotten used to) and never got it to go. I also tried it on Debian Woody, but I probably could have picked a better time to try it again- I was on vacation, trying to do it remotely via SSH heheh..

When I ran apt-get update and it wouldn't reboot I learned my lesson. When I got home, I found that it had upgraded the kernel - leaving the old one in LILO as the default, and of course it wouldn't boot. Luckily, I had two servers running so as soon as I could get in to change the firewall I was able to upload enough stuff so I didn't have to bum any DVD-Rs from my friends.

So after that I moved to Slack10 and never looked back. Now I have those 2 500MHz boxes and a nearly-antique Comcraq laptop (188MHz Cyrix/48MB) running slack10.

I don't know if I would have liked slack as much as I do if I hadn't been playing with RH for five years and debian for six months prior. Once I started reading all the files in the /etc/rc.d directory, though, and I was in love. When my pcmcia ethernet card pooped out (the dongle died, actually) and I decided to try doing a serial connection I wasn't sure how hard it would be. So I pulled up tldp.org and looked for a HOWTO. Found it, and without any specific slack instructions I was a little worried at first... but then I read it and did a grep in the /etc for the proper instructions, uncommented two lines on each computer (one line in rc.M and one in inittab) and added a reminder to their rc.local files to run the ppp proxyarp setup scripts. The hardest part for me was remembering how grep likes its command line, so the whole thing took me less than a day.

The only problem is that I haven't set up any routing, so I can only access the computer directly attached to the serial cable. But once I ssh in, I can access the rest of the LAN and the internet. This is a temporary solution, so I probably won't bother with routing- I'll just save up for a wireless card.

Now that I think about it, I can probably do a little cutting-and-pasting from this journal entry for my first blog post.. heh.

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