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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

netsavior Re:On paper, sure. But in reality the DEA makes la (441 comments)

The DEA and FDA have unconstitutional power, thanks to a little bill Nixon pushed through so he could arrest hippies. Now it will take some serious congressional balls to "look soft" on the war on drugs, in order to reverse this unconstitutional affront to our system of checks and balances.

13 hours ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

netsavior Re:Home of the brave? (579 comments)

The reality is the contract the studio has with the film makers probably has a "if this isn't released for some reason" clause in the contract... it probably doesn't have an "If we want to give away free copies to everyone for a PR move" clause. Even if Sony wanted to it couldn't do that... because Sony itself created a world where it is stuck between a lawyer brigade and a hactivist group.

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

netsavior I recently moved into a community that solved this (593 comments)

It's an "established" neighborhood that is probably a bit above my social class. My cross-street had the "shortcut" problem so the voters pressured the city to do the ultimate "dick move" to the short-cutters. 4 lanes became 2 lanes + bike lane on each side, and they added stop signs at every other cross street.

It went from "oh lets avoid traffic" to "why bother?"

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

netsavior Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

Almost nobody lives in Florida and commutes to Manhattan. Why is that? The pay is better in Manhattan and housing is cheaper in Florida.

oh but it takes 13 hours to get from jacksonville to manhattan. If it took 13 hours to get from long beach to culver city, people wouldn't try to live in Long Beach and work in Culver City, simple as that.

I am not saying crowded roads are awesome, but people make the decision every day to not work 13 hours from their home even if it doesn't "feel" like it.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

netsavior Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

they could name it "Office 365"

Oh wait...

about two weeks ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

netsavior This makes me wonder how long it can last... (170 comments)

In an "interconnected" world there is no such thing as "secure" only "more secure" or "less secure"

How long can a private company be on "everyone's radar" before they can no longer do business? This may not be successful, but eventually there will be cases of large corporations basically unable to do business because a relative few can wield a lot of "digital power" over a company with a large presence.

I am not going to overstate the power of "hacktivists"/DDOS/Botnet but suppose these actions continue, how much will it cost Sony to combat this kind of thing? $1,000,000 for every dollar spent hacking them? It seems like there is a limit.

If enough people want a corporation wiped from the internet, there doesn't really seem like a practical way to survive. Not fearmongering, or cheering against Sony specifically... just wondering.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

netsavior Pen + Paper won't run facebook (312 comments)

Here is a revolutionary new way to sit in a lecture...

Sit in your seat, pull out a pen, pull out a pad of paper ("spiral notebook", "Legal Pad", whatever).

If the professor/lecturer says something important... write it down. If the professor is boring, doodle idly while you listen.


Leave the laptop, ipad, phone at home.

about two weeks ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

netsavior cromulent quote (335 comments)

John: Just put up your hand and say, 'I swear I won't kill anyone.'
Terminator: [Raises hand] I swear I will not kill anyone.
[stands up and shoots the guard on both knees]



He'll live.

about 1 month ago
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The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

netsavior I liked the original title better (66 comments)

"5 Meaningless buzzwords not worth your time"

Yeah yeah these things exist... and have existed for decades.

about a month ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

netsavior Grow food (307 comments)

I want small-scale farming bots... preferably solar powered. I want a magical garden that requires no effort, but which provides me with some fruits/veggies/grains.

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

netsavior Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (203 comments)

In a professional dangerous situation, companies tend to have an E&O policy (Errors and omissions). This is different from a typical liability scenario that you are describing. In an E&O policy, in order for your rate to return back to normal after a loss, you must mitigate the scenario that caused the loss, such as replacing riggings with safer models, increasing training, etc etc.

A loss is still expensive, and it does increase rates as I described.

Source: For the last decade I have coded and run automated professional risk assessment software for E&O at a Fortune top 10 company.

about a month ago
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Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

netsavior Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (203 comments)

It is cheaper to hire people to do it, even if occasionally you have to pay a higher spike in insurance rates when a person dies.

Until human life is A LOT more expensive, or robot solutions are a lot cheaper, it will be cost effective to skinsource menial but complex and dangerous jobs.

We like to pay lipservice to all kinds of factors, but it all comes down to money.

about a month ago
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Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

netsavior We won't... but if we do... (98 comments)

We won't betray you, but if we do, we will just hire a female CEO and blame it all on her.

about a month ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

netsavior Re:Ok, I am naive, but... (320 comments)

...as a student, and now as a teacher, I just don't get it. Why would you cheat?

because as a society we value credentials, we do not value education.

about a month ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

netsavior Charge more for the service nobody wants (158 comments)

nobody asked for 4k, so if you must check off the checkbox, make people who pretend they want it pay for it.

about 2 months ago
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US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

netsavior Re:And fyi, don't try for France (123 comments)

because other countries protect their citizens against such practices. They don't worry about it because they don't have to, the barrier for entry is much higher than just "Microsoft donated a lot of money to congress so they got 500,000 HIB visas pushed through"

about 2 months ago

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