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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

praxis Re:Simple answer... (463 comments)

Because there are obvious safety issues with crossing a road outside a crosswalk, whereas you'd be hard-pressed to come up with a similar rationale for carrying ±2 grams of pot.

It, again comes does to removing judgment and making clear lines. First, the premises of both laws: crossing the street can be done safely or unsafely; smoking pot by yourself is not harming anyone but providing pot for others could be a harm to others. Now, how to enforce them without making vague rules: lines painted where it's permitted; a mass measure to determine how much is more than for oneself.

Of course, there are times when one can cross safely outside the lines and there are times when one wants to smoke a lot more, but if we make laws to encourage one type of behavior it's better for those laws to be clear. Lines and numbers do that; that's why there's a number.

One can disagree with the number, but that's how limits work. Same goes for BAC or number of times you enter the country on a visa or amount of money you can carry across a border without declaring it or value of a gift you can give without it being taxable income or so many other things.

2 days ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

praxis Re:Resolution is whacked (567 comments)

Out of curiosity, why have you stopped using the ViewSonic p225f?

about two weeks ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

praxis Re:Have Both (567 comments)

Why would you want to limit yourself to only one screen? It has been repeatedly shown that the single biggest and most consistent productivity enhancing upgrade you can give to almost anyone working on a computer is a second monitor.

Do you have a citation for a few of these studies?

about two weeks ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

praxis Re:Board games are forever... (171 comments)

Both video games and board games can be very good. I've noticed years ago that there are so many games out there of all formats, that I will never have time to play them all so I've cut my budget in all gaming categories. I used to have boxes of rarely played board games (hello Die Macher) and gigabytes of rarely played video games (hello Theater of War). Now when I want to game I look through my library and play one of those. Most of the time I find something enjoyable to play (hello Baldur's Gate 2 I didn't finish back in the day and hello Amun Ra that's still amazing fun). I still acquire new games, but much more slowly.

Board games address your six points, but so can video games. The only ones that they can't address are #2 as they do require battery power.

about two weeks ago
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Civil Case Uses Fitbit Data To Disprove Insurance Fraud

praxis Re:Privacy means local storage (99 comments)

The major difference is that a company given a letter (not a subpoena) has no incentive to not hand over the data. It's not like consumers have ever shown they care (enough, via the bottom line). Companies know this. That's why Amazon shut down WikiLeaks with only a phone call (no subpoena) and no one cared that the government could just silence a website they disagreed with without even making a legal argument. That's why scuba shops handed over their customer lists to the FBI when asked, without a subpoena. There are so many other cases of companies thinking "well, it's not like the customer cares, we can be nice to the government and not even piss anyone off".

In the case of the subpoena, yes you gain nothing by storing the data yourself. In the case of a letter or phone call asking nicely, you have far more control. You can ignore it. A company may or may not.

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

praxis Meditation (312 comments)

1. Meditate every day, even if only for five minutes.
2. Mindfully approach everything you do.
3. Profit.

about two weeks ago
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Android Policy For Nexus and Google Play Devices Updated To Excuse Carrier Delay

praxis Re: Doesn't apply to Google (73 comments)

That other eco system doesn't deliver updates to every single device on the same day.

Well, I don't know what you mean by "every single device", since not all updates are for every device. But, they do *offer* the update to every *eligible* device starting on one single day. If a customer wants the update, they touch a button. If a customer has automatic updates, they'll get it sometime "soon", where "soon" is indeed staggered and might be a day or so later. For people that want it, they get it day 1. For people that don't care or pay attention, they get it anytime from day 1 to day N (where N in my experience has been single digits. For people that don't want it, they never get it.

about two weeks ago
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Android Policy For Nexus and Google Play Devices Updated To Excuse Carrier Delay

praxis Re: Doesn't apply to Google (73 comments)

I don't use an Android device, so I have nothing to complain about. I was under the impression that Nexus devices did not have carrier-specific-bits, which is why I was trying to understand the reason for a delay. Network saturation makes no sense, since it's clear that other eco system can handle a release day over the same networks. Testing makes no sense, since Google tests their bits before giving it to carriers. If the carriers want to integrate other bits for other devices, fine, but why delay Nexus updates for that reason?

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

praxis Re:MOD PARENT UP (114 comments)

To be fair, his problem with DSL was caused by physics, not the government.

about two weeks ago
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Android Policy For Nexus and Google Play Devices Updated To Excuse Carrier Delay

praxis Re: Update Throttling.. the next big deal (73 comments)

Which makes the Nexus experience no longer free from Carrier Crap, which is a shame.

about two weeks ago
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Android Policy For Nexus and Google Play Devices Updated To Excuse Carrier Delay

praxis Re:ISP (73 comments)

And that's why you should be using HTTPS everywhere you browse.

about two weeks ago
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Android Policy For Nexus and Google Play Devices Updated To Excuse Carrier Delay

praxis Re: Doesn't apply to Google (73 comments)

From what I understand, Google hands over bits to the carriers, and the carriers then choose a timetable for automatic updates. The argument that saturating (really, how big are these updates and how many devices that this is a major concern?) networks makes sense here, but the number of models does not. The issues stemming from number of models will be caught by Google's testing before the release bits get sent to the carriers.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

praxis Re:They would lose me (114 comments)

In my area, my options are Comcast and DSL. I opted DSL because I didn't want to directly fund Comcast's vision for our future. DSL is not as fast as Comcast, but it's fast enough to stream video, play games and download large files overnight. We get by.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

praxis Re:only an idiot would buy services from comcast / (114 comments)

I am not aware (though undoubltly there are some places) where there is cable yet no POTS. My POTS carries a 20Mbps downstream connection, which while not as fast as Comcast, means I don't have to deal with them.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

praxis Re:Great (602 comments)

I agree with you that writing fair and sensible tax regulation is difficult, but I feel like your example, being specifically contrived to make your point, weakens your argument. Your purchase of coffee from is one transaction. Starbucks UK buying beans from Starbucks Luxembourg is a different transaction. Starbucks Luxembourg buying beans from Jamaica is a different transaction. Starbucks Ireland providing HR services to Starbucks UK is a different transaction. One could write regulation on a per-transaction basis. By pointing out that a simple cup of coffee purchase can be broken down to a lot of supporting transactions, while true, you are adding complexity which hides the really insidious complexity of webs of corporate entity ownership.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

praxis Re:Good riddance (110 comments)

> you're better off googling for it (not binging).

Why, other than anti-Microsoft bias? If Google doesn't also have this creative commons filter, Bing has become the superior product for clip art searches.

Why? Because I've found Google to provide better search results than Bing. That's why. Do you believe that the only reason people use Google instead of Bing is that they have an anti-Microsoft bias?

about three weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

praxis Re:Shyeah, right. (284 comments)

Indeed. People cringe when you archive data on consumer DVD-Rs, for example.

about three weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

praxis Re:Shyeah, right. (284 comments)

Most people seem to have a definition of archival that's different than yours?

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

praxis Re:Did at least one black vote not to indict? (1128 comments)

If I'd been in that jury room, I wouldn't have let that cop get away with it, if I had probable cause.

I am plenty white, and the assertion that I am unable to listen to evidence and come to an impartial decision is ridiculous.

I do not know who made this assertion but it does not seem ridiculous since just a few sentences above you seem to have already have a partial opinion before having heard all of the evidence presented to the jury.

about three weeks ago

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