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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

kogut Re:Cam-tastic (151 comments)

The waron drugs is a colossal failure,

Oh, I totally agree. Just pointing out that a little caution is in order. Doing the opposite of something that failed does not necessarily gaurantee success.

And Portugal isn't exactly a golden model.

http://www.spiegel.de/internat...

"We haven't found some miracle cure," Goulão says. Still, taking stock after nearly 12 years, his conclusion is, "Decriminalization hasn't made the problem worse."

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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

kogut Re:Cam-tastic (151 comments)

True. Legalizing takes drug gangs out of the equation, lowers crime rates, and makes addiction less of a stigma and more of a treatable health problem. Take all the unemployed police, prison guards and lawyers legalization would bring and train them to be drug counselors. Turn the empty jails into factories. Then celebrate freedom of choice.

I'd hope so. I'd sign up for that. But it approaches the unicorns and rainbows plan. Legalizing also tends to make things lower cost. And when something costs less is more easily available, there are upward pessures on demand and usage. Also drugs gangs don't magically disappear with legalization. They have a vested interest in preserving market share. I'm speaking using mostly anecdotal evidence, but the drug gangs have not at all disappeared from the states that have effectively legalized marijuana. They welcome the increased demand. It's not even clear if they're actually opposed to legalization.

yesterday
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

kogut Re:Cam-tastic (151 comments)

That's an issue with "how," not "what."

yesterday
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

kogut Re:Cam-tastic (151 comments)

The fact that drugs are illegal is the true problem.

It's a problem. But making them legal trades one set of problems in for another set of problems. Countries that have tried legalization in various ways aren't what I'd call "problem-free."

yesterday
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

kogut Re:I'm going to... (271 comments)

And you do know that in the Snowden docs, there are actual examples of agents misusing their powers to surveil personal acquaintances and read their secrets, right? Government abuse of surveillance power to harm people is not a hypothetical concern.

But any power, government or otherwise, will be abused to some degree. Just because the government was able to self-identify some abuse, is not, in itself, particularly interesting. Because the power is given to people. The question is how much surveillance power to allow, and what process governs it. Eliminating all surveillance is pretty draconian in flipping the balance of power perhaps too far in favor of actual criminals.

yesterday
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

kogut Re:Just reverse it (271 comments)

"Domestic enemies"

What's your definition of enemy? Anyone who disagrees with your interpretation of the Constitution?

     

yesterday
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

kogut Re: There are still contingency plans (299 comments)

The out-gunned side takes more casualties but always wins in the end..

I think there are plenty of historical examples of the out-gunned side losing a war....most of the time.

2 days ago
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

kogut Re:Oh, please... Re:What's the problem? (145 comments)

The TSA has sexual perverts and predators that enjoy molesting and seeing full-body scans of everyone from babies, to young boys and girls, to grannies and grandpas in wheelchairs.

I don't know. I've yet to see a TSA employee that looks like he's enjoying anything. Appears mostly to be a grim, thankless, medium-low wage job without much upside. Arguable efficacy on top of that.

2 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

kogut Re:No way! (512 comments)

It is very hard to judge the quality of human labor other than by results.?

Just because something is hard to measure doesn't mean a significant difference doesn't exist.

about a week ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

kogut Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

Enough with our rational response. This is the Slashdot comment section. Only shrill, hyperbolic, melodramatic exaggeration is acceptable.

about a week ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

kogut Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

Oh, they can trade, comrade - but they must only trade approved items!

You have it backwards. There is no whitelist - almost everything is legal to trade, so that'd be silly.

There's a blacklist for things that are illegal. Effectively.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

kogut Re:A Cyrano de Bergerac app (324 comments)

It should show us sentences to say to the girl in front of us and analyzing her response and microfacial expressions and adapt the responses accordingly.

Otherwise the nerds will never get laid.

Google: Probability: 0.0%

Nerd: Sumbitch! Not again.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

kogut Re:Don't boil the ocean, target specific markets (324 comments)

Tablets and paper already do this.

Yes, but I can see plenty of scenarios where, say, you're on a ladder with a two-handed tool inside an airplane wing, and you want to double check a diagram. Instead of climbing back down the ladder, finding the right page, etc, you could just look at the diagram of a part while you're simultaneously looking at the actual part. With the tool still in your hand. Increases efficiency. Possibly reduces errors. (less need for memory to store information as you switch from a paper manual back to the task, since you can look at the task and the manual at almost the same time (just switching focus).

That could be useful.

about a week ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

kogut Re: Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

I don't see why a government should be in business of helping media companies sell their wares.

The U.S. government has a pretty good history of implementing massive infrastructure that's the envy of the modern world and creates a very fertile ground for innovation by U.S. industry.

The railways, back in the day.

Then the U.S. interstate freeway system. (with all its negative characteristics, but it's undeniably great for business).

The U.S. energy infrastructure (getting a bit outdated, but for the most part is cheap and reliable).

The original Al Gore Internet. Google et al, could rapidly deploy innovative stuff to most of the U.S. (and world) population without worrying much about infrastructure (until recently, as demand for throughput has started to outstrip supply in many ways).

Not all of those are pure Government products, obviously, but the the Government was deeply involved in the rollout and regulation of all of them. And it's certainly not clear that any of them could have been produced as quickly of efficiently without Government involvement.

I get the libertarian arguments, which are all-too-often valid. But dogmatically applying libertarian theory to every act of Government, is, in my opinion myopic and irrational.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

kogut Re:Press is good (227 comments)

Imagine all the athletes disappeared...not really a problem.

Don't discount the value of sports on a culture. Athletic achievement has been celebrated for pretty much the history of humanity, and has been the focus of much economic investment. Eliminate that at your own peril. There may actually be something important going on .

But to your point, I think the issue is that the benefits to an end-consumer of a football game are direct, timely, and transparent. The benefits to an end-consumer from scientific achivement are generally highly indirect, often delayed by years or generations from the initial discovery, and opaque. It's generally the engineers/businessmen who ultimately make the direct connection to the consumer. Just the way it is.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

kogut Re:Key problem:people are looking for a yes/no ans (227 comments)

If the results of celebrity scientists are making cool posters for dorm rooms and/or being eye candy, then yeah, they probably aren't doing much for it.

Don't discount the indirect effects of culture. Cool posters that place cultural value upon educational or scientific achivement may have value in guiding the pursuits of younger generations.

I remember a section from one of Feynman's books where he visited the home of someone, and a woman in the household exlaimed she was thrilled to have been visited by a general *and* a professor both in one day. I'd argue that that's a household that places a premium on education relative to other cultural influences. (maybe also a premium on the military, but that's another thread).

about two weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

kogut Re:Crapper? (219 comments)

No, this is James Comey.

about three weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

kogut Re:James Comey is fucking painful to listen to. (219 comments)

James hasnt pulled his star wars head out of his NCIS ass and given any pertanent information like how hackers breeched sony, what attack vectors were used, what exploits were performed (if any) and what if any IDS or firewall technology was complicit in the breech.

The FBI is under no obligation to release any information whatsoever about this.

, happens to care enough to make a retaliatory strike against what for all intents and purposes is a nonthreat. What IS however quite possible is a disgruntled employee simply decided to dump the mail server to the pirate bay, and because you can as a business affect an insurance claim against hackers, its convenient to do so in the face of a movie that will in all likelyhood barely break even.

Nice speculation. But that has even less technical backing then what you just reemed "James" over.

about three weeks ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

kogut Re:A senior administration official LIED?!?!?! (266 comments)

"NOTHING has happened to Clapper for committing PERJURY."

You mean he hasn't been charged with suspected perjury yet. He hasn't officially committed perjury until due process has taken place.

about 6 months ago

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