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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

merockstar Re:Cryptographic Voting (190 comments)

this needs to be upvoted.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

merockstar Cryptography (190 comments)

If they use http://followmyvote.com/, that's a BitShares DAC. It uses open source software with a blockchain, similar to bitcoin, and cryptography to publicly ensure that votes are legitimate.

It would make it an experiment worth pursuing.

about 5 months ago
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Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

merockstar William Randolph Hearst (1270 comments)

I may not kill him, I'd kick him in the balls as hard as I could, and threaten to kill him if he publishes anything about hemp or marijuana.

more than 4 years ago
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China Blanks Nobel Peace Prize Searches

merockstar Re:Well (326 comments)

Inefficiency is inherent in a representative form of government with voting. The only way our very government could possibly be more efficient is by sacrificing certain rights and liberties such as what we see in China.

We here in the U.S. choose to use an inefficient government because it allows for both sides of the issues at hand to be examined.

"Advocating increased inefficiency as the solution to bad government is like saying that you can't run very well in clown shoes so we can lower the crime rate by making everyone wear clown shoes so they can't get away from the cops"

The metaphor seems apt at the surface, but you can only do so much when you have to balance the desire of your constituency, the media (if it's free), at the same time the other politicians (who knows what interests they're trying to represent) have to vote in favor of your bill.

So no it's not, it's democracy inaction. The OP (BJ_Covert) was actually making a pretty astute political observation.

more than 4 years ago
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66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

merockstar Re:No good reason to upgrade (931 comments)

Try avast if you haven't already. It's not the prettiest/lightest weight creature but it sure picks up viruses.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Suspends Gamer For Being From Fort Gay

merockstar Re:The real question (490 comments)

If no one gets to see your town in your profile then why care what your display is?

The guy was temp banned for a few days, so he had a few days to sit around and be upset for being unjustly banned. I don't know if Xbox Live has a certain number of offenses until you're perma-banned but that may have been a factor too.

I got this from the AP article linked about the story.

more than 4 years ago
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I Wish My Car Had A...

merockstar Re:First things first... (789 comments)

I wish they would have added "self-driving capabilities" instead of some of the dumb things like "rocket launcher" or "Web Browser Windshield Overlay". Or even "Comfy Recliner For a Driver's Seat", how does that fit with the rest of the answers? My driver's seat is a comfy recliner.

I picked "Shield To Protect Me From People Who Picked Any of the Above", and I'm happy to see that almost half of the people answering the poll so far are reasonably intelligent as well. It's a bit worrysome that 10% of slashdotters are stupid enough to choose "invisibility cloak", because the way people drive it seems my car already has one; I wish I knew how to shut the damned thing off! If your car's invisible and I pull out in front of you, well, if you're dumb enough to turn your car's invisibility cloak on and drive it you're dumb enough to bitch about someone pulling out in front of your invisible car. If you're dumb enough to turn it on when you're parked you're dumb enough to bitch about someone hitting it trying to get the obviously open parking space.

WTF, people? Where did you 10%ers come from, dunce.com?

I want to be able to park and go invisible to smoke weed, or do some private investigation.

There are still places on this earth you can park and reasonably not expect to get hit by a car.

Not to mention cops. If you're doing something illegal and a cop chases you then that invisibility shield could be an option, unless cop has the shield to protect you from it.

"Well you shouldn't be doing something illegal," bullshit as long as weed is illegal.

The shield was my second choice.

more than 4 years ago
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Porn Sites Still Exposed In China

merockstar makes sense (132 comments)

"Maybe they are thinking that if Internet users have some porn to look at, then they won't pay so much attention to political matters."

If marijuana weren't unjustly scheduled as it is today I probably wouldn't have started thinking about politics at a young age. In fact, I may not even smoke because I wouldn't have had easy access.

Based on what I know about our own invasive government, my money goes towards the sites being a trap so they can bait more "perverts" to incarcerate.

more than 4 years ago
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Industrial Marijuana Farming Approved In Oakland

merockstar Re:Oblig Blind Faith (690 comments)

I meant 21st century, that always gets me.

But the reasoning still stands...

more than 4 years ago
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Industrial Marijuana Farming Approved In Oakland

merockstar Re:Oblig Blind Faith (690 comments)

To hell with medical pot, when is it going to be legal for all adults?

In fact, California is scheduled to vote this November on all out legalization. It's a public vote, not one of those representatives vote it down because they're scared to look soft on drugs type thing, and enough Californians support the idea that it could feasibly become a reality.

If this vote succeeds, it may just change the status quo and make it ok for other states to completely legalize, the way other states have done with medical marijuana. Especially if other states become jealous of the extra tax dollars and population this will bring Cali. Enough states do that and eventually the constituency will demand that the federal government bring their outdated laws into the 20th century.

So we may be closer than you think sir...

more than 4 years ago
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Spectral Imaging Reveals Jefferson Nixed 'Subjects' for 'Citizens'

merockstar Re:Considering the mindset of the era (360 comments)

Lets see, Ben Franklin estimated taxes in the colonies at around 12.5%... Today we have a 15% income tax at the realistic minimum (unless you are like a kid at a summer job or something then its only 10%) and up to 35% if you are successful at what you do! Plus, the income tax is actually unconstitutional! (Thats why they needed to pass a constitutional amendment for it to be in effect today)
 

Sure the poor may pay that, but if the rich actually payed that much, and we invested it back into society as we should, nobody would be complaining about being poor.

more than 4 years ago
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With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair

merockstar Re:Wikileaks.... (258 comments)

Could it be that some people have disproportionately large amounts of money to blow on things like server, bandwidth, lawyers? The guy working for humanity's best interest is the broke guy. How could such a situation ever come to be? impossible.

Could it also be that people are more willing to support TPB through donations than they are wikileaks, for whatever reasons?

more than 4 years ago
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UK Police Threaten Teenage Photojournalist

merockstar Re:it's not a bad idea, and it's not costly (344 comments)

As much as I'm all for civil rights and all that, being polite does a lot more to stop police harassment than being That Guy who watched an ACLU video one time on Youtube and decided he'd give the police what-for. In some states here in the US, you actually do have to answer reasonable questions from a police officer, which has caused all sorts of grief to the annoying twits that make up all sorts of rights that don't exist.

It may be truthful enough, but the above paragraph is bullshit. People aren't twits because they don't want to talk to the cops, not wanting to talk to cops is the smartest thing you could want to do criminal or not. If the laws are lax enough that they actually allow police some kind of recourse from not being talked to then a problem exists.

The rights we have are more important than ever considering how many liberties don't technically exist, but should. Why are you a police apologist?

more than 4 years ago
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Need a Friend? Rent One Online

merockstar Re:People laugh at stuff like this (134 comments)

You touch upon an important point.

Our cities need more venues for socialization other than praise jesus, how about them brownies/cavs/indians, and "how many people can we cram into a small space! WOOH!" don't they?

I for one would love for there to be something like a bar, except for potheads.

more than 4 years ago
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New Messenger Has Same Old, Gaping Privacy Holes

merockstar Re:Open communication? (287 comments)

So what you're saying is that women prefer to date either men who lie to themselves about their own emotions, or men who aren't really sincerely interested in them?

That doesn't make any sense, but I know from casual observation that you're extremely right. It's disgusting, but truth.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Publish an "Indie" Research Paper?

merockstar Re:If you can't beat em... (279 comments)

I always figured freely available software came from either a) teenagers, b) people who are already privileged, or c) people who've written software that clones an idea someone else has already profited from.

Because if you came up with that unique of an idea, and your choice is between financial security and altruism to the rest of mankind I don't care who you are your own ass, and those of your wife and children if you're that lucky, are going to rank above humanity's progress.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Hints At Scrapping Unlimited Data Plans

merockstar no regrets (319 comments)

I had my Verizon service turned off completely earlier this year.

I do not miss having a cell phone, and now my decision feels super justified because I would have been interested in a data plan if I were going to continue having a cellular connection, but now that would be laughable decision.

I'm actually proud of myself for predicting the impending price gauging.

Is there any unlimited data plans left?

more than 4 years ago
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Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

merockstar be content (495 comments)

Your life has afforded you the intelligence and resources to get a college education, and a job that pays more than ten grand a year.

What I'm about to say is harder in practice than in theory, but it's the truth.

Don't take your situation for granted. You have to step outside your self and look at the situation objectively. Your life kicks ass, sir.

It's not going to hurt to print out a few resumes and float them around, since you're obviously being taken advantage of, but from where I'm sitting, I want taken advantage of... badly.

more than 4 years ago
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Ozzy Osbourne To Be Genetically Decoded

merockstar Re:Wow. Like that's costing them $10K retail. (256 comments)

"I'm sure they'll find the drug abuse resistance gene in no time."

Why would they want to find that?

To genetically alter babies to not have drug addictions? So those who have it could know?

I would be deeply amused if this had the opposite intended effect, and caused people who know they have the drug abuse resistance gene to feel empowered in their ability to try drugs and make it out unscathed.

If this gene were discovered and put to use it would lessen the argument for drugs being illegal, as patients who aren't as susceptible to addiction would be better able to handle them for recreation. We couldn't have that could we?

more than 4 years ago

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Cali Marijuana Legalization Bill Passes Assembly

merockstar merockstar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

merockstar (1718498) writes "Yesterday California's Assembly Public Safety Committee passed A.B. 390, a bill to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana. With a Friday deadline to pass the health committee the bill most likely won't survive because the committee isn't scheduled to meet today, but the bill's author said he would re-introduce it into legislation. There is also a voter initiative on the ballot scheduled for November. This is just downright awesome because it is the first time in history state sponsored legislators have approved a bill to legalize and tax marijuana, making the subject more likely to receive honest debate in an open forum in that state and across the country."
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