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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

rmdingler Hydrocodone, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine (405 comments)

They're not an epidemic solely in Silicon Valley, and although I get

that location makes it a nerd story, you can tell this same sad tale in nearly any modestly sized City.

An interesting question is, "Are the abused prescription drugs more widely available to top earners?"

The oxys and hydrocodone are super-addictive, and may (to their detriment)

be more widely available by prescription to folks who seem to have their act together... physician's discretion, if you will.

10 hours ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

rmdingler Re:It begins to make sense (195 comments)

Harvester of the height-challenged produce has entered the thread.

2 days ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

rmdingler It begins to make sense (195 comments)

Market share is as important a part of the algorithym as bandwidth.

Don't discount the misplaced priorities of the masses.

Prhaps they don't affect change at the ballot box, but the thongs that really matter to them can drive them into a frenzy.

2 days ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

rmdingler Doomsday Chronicles (90 comments)

A scenario that is purported to lead to medieval living conditions virtually overnight.

At least it's not Zombies. In fact, if you can survive the initial purge while a great percentage of survivors fight (and die) over the food & water they can find on the ground, you will stand a pretty good chance of eventually returning to civilized living.

As sad an advantage as this may seem to be, the governors will be working overtime to get back in contact with surviving taxpayers.

2 days ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

rmdingler Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (136 comments)

Tractor trailers would seemingly benefit the most.

Given the trucking industry's current interest in aerodynamic additions that are not necessarily aesthetic,

I would say that's your target market.

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

rmdingler Re:What?!? (867 comments)

Uh-huh... it's almost as if he got cross with the TSA instead of the airline. Country's going to hell in a handbasket on buttered rails.

3 days ago
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

rmdingler Just wow.. (175 comments)

That is the lamest explanation for a deficiency in service I have ever heard from a fellow fluent in the language du jour.

4 days ago
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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

rmdingler So It's Come to This (75 comments)

It sounds like the Google business plan being explained to me like I was five-years-old.

4 days ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

rmdingler Re:Slashdot Users (242 comments)

Maybe you don't know who we think we are.

4 days ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

rmdingler Re:Slashdot Users (242 comments)

Big ol' check for one Penny.

Totally like to be the one to initiate.

I would add: high percentage of regulars who can spell TOR, sympathize with Snowden, and are familiar with the Bitcoin and Silk Road.

4 days ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

rmdingler The Power of a single Word (242 comments)

Terrorist: No right to a speedy trial, no right to habeus corpus, No constitutional rights at all. Actually it's the Cold War equivalent of hauling people from their homes in the middle of the night... except that once you affix that label to them, you can operate in broad daylight.

4 days ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

rmdingler Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (242 comments)

The East German parallel is intriguing I'll admit, but the former DDR was literally using an abacus for math compared to the power and omnipotence of current electronic data collection.

Question is, just how low will they set the bar?

Posted sarcastically on Slashdot = one demerit. Brother-in-law waited on a table of Americans of Arabian descent at the Steakhouse = one water-boarding.

4 days ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

rmdingler Quayle, Gore, Cheney, Biden (223 comments)

What in the hell is the deal with Vice Presidents since Dan Quayle?

The only logical explanation is the Presidents are assured a statistically more likely term of service without an assassination attempt.

Surely, McCain didn't pick Palin for the Alaskan electoral college.

4 days ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

rmdingler Re:Lies, lies, lies (223 comments)

You may indeed be lucky.

The brother-in-law waited tables for four years to get his two-year degree.

Now he's maybe the third best waiter at the local Steak House and they take most of his tax refund each year as his annual student loan payment.

4 days ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

rmdingler Re:Apprentices, sure (223 comments)

Sure.

But before you find yourself right in the middle of an empathy-fueled moment, remember how good four years at Microsoft looks on a resume in one's home country.

That's correct... right to the head of the line at the Call Center.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

rmdingler Re:Occams Scalpel (956 comments)

It's a parody of the article.

5 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

rmdingler Re:Occams Scalpel (956 comments)

We live in a society that's insensitive to trolls in ways it doesn't understand.

One of the consequences is that muggles are extremely sensitive when being criticized by trolls....

that is why trolls are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with muggles in an extremely gentle manner.

5 days ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

rmdingler Re:So the idea is that.... (143 comments)

Because your government overlords are willing to be mistaken, out of line, morally repugnant, and regularly wasteful.

What they are ultimately incapable of is remaining benign, since this "issue" is important to some voter or campaign contributor.

Something must be done.

about a week ago
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NASA Names Building For Neil Armstrong

rmdingler Re:Why not something important? (52 comments)

Are you kidding?

What on earth (intended) could be more suitable?

He was at the forefront of operations during his active career as an astronaut, and now he has checked out.

about a week ago
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The Loophole Obscuring Facebook and Google's Transparency Reports

rmdingler Insensitive Clod (18 comments)

Kind of arbitrarily deletes the middleman from the transaction, but hey, if you can sleep at night knowing that, no blood-no foul.

about a week ago

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US Urges Companies to Share Security Data

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 3 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "This CNN story states the US Justice Department is concerned fears of government surveillance are hampering the government's efforts to improve cyber security.

A "whitepaper" given to companies assures them they will face no violations of federal communication laws if they share aggregate data with each other and the government."
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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras Return to U.S. Soil

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 3 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "After remaining abroad since the Snowden revelations broke in June of last year, the two were in New York Friday to accept a Polk Award for national security reporting. Though they cleared customs without a hitch, they are traveling with an ACLU lawyer and a German journalist who are to "document any unpleasant surprises." According to Ms. Poitras, the risks of subpoena are very real.

What, if anything, do you expect the American government to do considering Snowden's case has been officially cited as violating the Espionage Act? nytimes"

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