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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

qwijibo Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (469 comments)

From my point of view any compromise in the belief that it is morally wrong to ....

This is why the states rights model makes more sense than overbearing federal laws.

Reading your position, I think you and the people of the bible belt would get along just fine. Nothing negative against you or them is meant or implied in any way. While I may not agree on this specific point, you're promoting personal responsibility, which I support completely.

However, I'm also positive that the people of California and the people of Tennessee have some pretty significant differences of opinion on several legislative topics. There's nothing wrong with either side, the people just need to respect that others may believe differently and not try to force it down each others throats.

If more laws were handled at city and state levels and fewer at federal levels, the discussion could be a lot more rational. i.e., there are people who use marijuana recreationally and there are people who carry loaded guns in public. Both of these groups are generally not going around hurting anyone, so I don't have a problem with either of them. However, those should remain two separate groups and it seems reasonable for people to choose one or the other, not both, just like we do with alcohol today.

The people who are bringing pot from Colorado into the neighboring states are committing a handful of crimes. Those states could pass laws requiring high restitution fees for those crimes to support the increased enforcement costs. Or they could decriminalize or legalize it. Each state should make their own choices and deal with enforcement accordingly. If it's not cost effective to prosecute people who have small amounts of pot and those people are generally not hurting anyone, a good business decision is to look the other way, just like with the other hundreds of thousands of laws on the books that are selectively enforced today.

2 days ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

qwijibo Can't be done. (584 comments)

You're not going to change her interests. The best you can do is give her more diverse options, but she's going to have to choose her own path.

How do you know she's got the right personality/character type to be a scientist or engineer? She might grow up to be a legendary military sniper. That's a field that requires a lot of technical ability, understanding, and calculation, but isn't considered a scientific or engineering career.

Observe her preferences and talk to her. If you're trying to project what you want on her, that's not going to stick. If you can find a common interest and share it, that will be easy to develop.

about three weeks ago
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The Moment of Truth For BICEP2

qwijibo Re:God! (52 comments)

No one said anything about god dying. The universe could simply be an excretion. The multiverse proponents might argue that each *verse is the god equivalent of taking a dump every day. That's why physics immediately after the big bang is so weird - after being bottled up for billions of years at a time, the release is simply amazing.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

qwijibo Re:How foolish.. (523 comments)

They're no longer allowed to be read. Haven't you heard, people who read documents like the constitution or declaration of independence are terrorists. People with rights and governments with restrictions on their power are horrible concepts to teach the hoi polloi.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

qwijibo Re:Finland will save money on napkins (523 comments)

To be clear - they're only dropping the part of long division that is currently performed in cursive.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

qwijibo Re:Try deepfried at least once (189 comments)

How would you get that much bacon grease? I suppose if you can find someone who makes large batches of chitlins, you may be in luck.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

qwijibo Re: What's with turkey anyway (189 comments)

I grew up with turkey being dry and flavorless. My dad always overcooked the turkey and it went straight from the oven to the table. Those two things destroy any potential for decent turkey.

To add flavor, inject with liquid infused with garlic salt, cayenne, anything else that you enjoy.

To keep it from drying out, when you take it out of the oven, wrap it in foil and let it sit for an hour. Out on the counter is fine, a turkey will not cool down a lot in that hour, but just enough to let the moisture settle in the meat.

Deep frying also helps lock the moisture in the meat, but it's still a good idea to wrap in foil and let it rest for an hour before serving. Deep frying is also much faster cooking, so it's important to get the timing right to avoid overcooking. And peanut oil is the best for deep frying a turkey.

about three weeks ago
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In UK Study, Girls Best Boys At Making Computer Games

qwijibo Re:Just a thought... (312 comments)

Strict requirements? That's a silly thing to throw into some feel-good study.

It's not like anyone who grows up to work with computers will ever get more than "this is broke, fix it" or "just make it happen" as their direction or "requirements".

about three weeks ago
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Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

qwijibo Re:Naive optimism in headline (91 comments)

An intelligent, but insane friend used to rot13 the name of the information requestor, add vowels as needed and use that as the name provided. That made the source readily apparent. However, this was back in the 90's. I'm not sure if the post office would deliver mail to hundreds of different names now that the mail traffic is captured, or just flag you for reeducation.

about a month and a half ago
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Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

qwijibo Re:Naive optimism in headline (91 comments)

We don't get to decide. There are no serious privacy oriented options left in the marketplace. Privacy is about as hopeless as buying stuff not-made-in-China.

However, if you find that to be offensive, feel free to create misleading information to poison the various databases about you. The nice thing about companies collecting and reselling information about everyone is that they're so gullible. Just be reasonable enough that the new data doesn't get flagged and omitted. If you're a "Fry Technician" at a Fortune 500 company's franchisee, you may want more than one hop between now and your aspiring Bruce Wayne persona.

Depending on how much free time you have, or how much you just like to game the system, you can do things from provide grossly inaccurate income information to those that ask, to having one or more businesses (or hobbies looking like businesses), or creating new people. The easiest, legal way to create fictitious people is "authorized users" on a corporate credit card account. Anyone willing to pay a yearly fee can open a corporate account, then add anyone they want with little more than a name. As long as you use your fake people for legitimate transactions and pay your bills, there's nothing illegal about it.

Back on topic, hopefully developments like this can later be turned into more secure communication technologies that can be used after the advertising&data-merchant economy collapses.

about a month and a half ago
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Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

qwijibo Re:Porn ... (75 comments)

Understandable - the concept of immersive is really hard to explain to accountants. It's probably similar to the arousal you would feel from balancing your checkbook.

about 3 months ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

qwijibo Re:"into harmony" (356 comments)

Do you realize how far the nearest black hole is and how long it would take to get there? What do you think the scientists are going to eat on the trip? Politicians and lawyers seems like a good compromise. Those atoms will never return to earth and I think we can live with that.

about 3 months ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

qwijibo Re:F-22's don't drop bombs. (478 comments)

Now I want to see wood veneer completely covering every outer surface of a fully functional F-22. That combined with a low capacity fuel tank would make it a sporting aircraft. Maybe paint the nose orange so people know it's a hobby plane, not a fighter when it's invading your airspace.

about 3 months ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

qwijibo Re:F-22's don't drop bombs. (478 comments)

The locking clamps disengage from the ordinance hugging configuration. Gravity is at fault for everything that happens from that point forward.

about 3 months ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

qwijibo Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

Privacy isn't the only reason to not provide a copy of ID. Consider how often we hear of payment data being stolen. When the legitimate company asks for a copy of your ID, they are trying to protect themselves, not you. If someone stole your payment card info and copy of your ID, they have everything needed to "prove" to someone else that they're you. It's not like the old days where you could fax in a low resolution copy of your ID and rest assured that the piece of paper lives in a file that will never see the light of day.

about 2 months ago
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Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

qwijibo Re:Distance discrepency (101 comments)

Being within a factor of 10 is still a good approximation. Considering volume as the most likely interpretation of size, the smallest house is unlikely to be on the order of 10 cars.

When describing objects in space, the general sizes we tend to see recurring in popular news stories are:
Car
House
Texas
Moon
Earth
Sun

While inexact and grossly approximated, this helps generally with the "how does this affect me" question that some readers may have.

about 4 months ago
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The Hacking of NASDAQ

qwijibo Re:Recording all data to and from a machine (76 comments)

That would require basically infinite storage and run very, very slowly. In effect, the disk (which is the slowest of CPU/memory/network/disk) becomes the bottleneck preventing any of the others from being well utilized.

There are much better ways to track what happens on critical systems, but they introduce costs that most organizations consider excessive or unnecessary, right until after a breech where they realize how the alternative can be orders of magnitude more expensive.

about 5 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

qwijibo Re:Yes! No more mandates! (584 comments)

Great idea, we should all do our part to collect old guns. There's no reason to let guns sit in warehouses or gun stores for longer than the lifespan of a cell phone.

I was looking at some that were on sale yesterday and was thinking I can probably take 3, maybe 4 of them off the streets myself.

about 7 months ago

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