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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

rock_climbing_guy Re:This is so stupid. (693 comments)

Where are my mod points when I need them?

about two weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

rock_climbing_guy Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

As the article you linked points out, the case is currently being appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court. It isn't a done deal, yet.

about two weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

rock_climbing_guy Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

If I were President and wanted to stop this, I think I could do it easily. I think it would make a lot of people mad, but I could do it, just like I could go start a big war in Syria if I wanted to.

If I were President and wanted to do this, I might do the following:

I could direct the DOJ to subpoena the records from every state of who is licensed to sell cannabis in that state. I might not have enough resources to prosecute them all at once, but I could direct the DOJ to raid and prosecute them one-by-one in no particular order. I could direct them to use late-night no-knock raids and (with plausible deniability) suggest that agents could shoot pets and cause extensive property damage with impunity. I could direct the DOJ to seize their assets under civil asset forfeiture, levy large fines, and imprison them for years, leaving their families destitute. I don't know if I would prosecute customers, but even if just a handful were prosecuted, it could have a huge chilling effect on legalization advocates. Finally, I could arrest and prosecute *all* state officials (whether elected or not) who had any part of administering the program.

By doing the above, I could intimidate both business and local government out of ever trying to legalize cannabis for decades to come.

I'm certain that the powers that be have thought about this, too.

about two weeks ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

rock_climbing_guy Re:Society requires it (553 comments)

As we travel up to modern times, we have gone from a society that has 1 working parent and 1 at home taking care of kids to both parents normally having to work just to make ends meet. This means that the majority of parents can't teach a whole lot to their kids and public schools can (there is some interesting investigation to be done on whether or not this was planned, I recommend doing some reading).

What do you know about this "investigation"? If you know something, I would like to know what you know because I have been wondering for years if this is part of some conspiracy.

Personally, I think it's inhumane that children have been deprived of their parents.

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

rock_climbing_guy Re:great news. (407 comments)

Care to tell us how you make a living then? I'm just curious. I do consulting, and I was surprised to find that corporate customers demand BG checks even for short-term consultants who aren't even on the payroll.

Did you eventually find a potential employer who didn't check? I know of at least one in my area. If not, how do you make a living then. Just curious.

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

rock_climbing_guy Re: Still pretty affordable (393 comments)

Our PPACA law is a sick joke.

We already have Medicare Part D, which while it is laudable that it helps retirees buy medicine, it stipulates that the US gov't pay FULL PRICE for these meds. Just to give you an example of what that's like, I was once asked to pay $80 to fill a prescription I normally pay $10 to have filled. I politely told them to shove it. Uncle Sam would have written a check for $80.

According to the official figures, the US gov't spends more money per capita on health insurance than countries that provide universal coverage. It is a sickening example of cronyism and thinly veiled bribery.

about 2 months ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

rock_climbing_guy Re: Still pretty affordable (393 comments)

Don't forget health insurance. The fed gov't predicts that insurance for a family of five will cost $20,000 in 2015, but don't worry, they'll subsidize it for you!

about 2 months ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

rock_climbing_guy Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

"Corporations don't have the means of coercing people to buy their services, don't even bring them up here."

You didn't hear about this obscure policy that is supposed to be effective this year known as the Obamacare individual mandate?

about 3 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

rock_climbing_guy Re:Time to arrest some doctors (511 comments)

This attitude is the reason why many doctors are afraid to write prescriptions for pain pills to the patients who truly need them!

about 4 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

rock_climbing_guy Re:'trying to fill' (401 comments)

Interesting. I get calls from India and it seems like the area code displayed on my caller ID is selected at random.

about 4 months ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

rock_climbing_guy Re: Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

I've been doing web application development as a consultant. If you need help with one of your projects, do let me know and I'll see how I can help you.

about 4 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

rock_climbing_guy Re:He picked the wrong moment to support amnesty (932 comments)

I imagine that you would agree with me when I say that these politicians who claim to want to help immigrants do not give two shits about them. They are only pawns in a game.

about 5 months ago
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Former NSA Director: 'We Kill People Based On Metadata'

rock_climbing_guy Re:Thanks for nothing. (155 comments)

Consider this also: You don't have to do drugs to be a victim of the "war on drugs". Here are several horror stories about people's rights being violated in the name of enforcing drugs laws.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/11/05/man-seeks-millions-after-nm-police-force-colonoscopy-in-drug-search
A man was forced to undergo a colonoscopy when police suspected he was transporting drugs. None were found.

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/zachary-bare/
After confusing a man with a drug suspect, a police officer handcuffed an innocent man and crushed his skull under his boot.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/28/suit-claims-idaho-state-trooper-assumed-driver-had-weed-because-of-colorado-license-plate/
A policeman in Idaho stopped a driver with Colorado license plates and detained him in handcuffs while searching his vehicle without consent, presumably because he had Colorado plates.

about 6 months ago
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Former NSA Director: 'We Kill People Based On Metadata'

rock_climbing_guy Re:Thanks for nothing. (155 comments)

I must disagree with you about the marijuana issue. I think that it is an important issue that is being ignored.

Here in the USA, we arrest 750,000 people each year for marijuana. Most people seem to know someone who smokes the stuff and would not want someone's life torn apart because someone in DC didn't what he was doing.

I have come to believe that in the future, the struggle to legalize marijuana will be seen as one of the defining civil rights issues of our time.

And oh yes, legalizing marijuana will leave the powers that be with one less excuse to otherwise violate our civil rights.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

rock_climbing_guy Re:As a 40 something programmer recently interview (379 comments)

I recently took a multiple-choice C# quiz for a hiring interview. I didn't like it at all. I think that a test or quiz should give you the opportunity to demonstrate skill and knowledge. The test I took seemed to be designed to trick me with corner cases.

For example, there was a question that demanded that I know what happens if a variable in a using clause is set to null inside the using block. Why on Earth would I ever want to set the variable in a using clause to null!!! That makes no sense.

about 8 months ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

rock_climbing_guy Re:Why dealerships get a free ride (342 comments)

Gouged in ways you can't imagine?

Try this one on for size. I drive a 2003 Acura TL. Several years ago, one of the headlights failed. I took it to a shop where I was told that it needed $700 worth of electrical parts from the factory. Not knowing better, I paid the bill.

Last year, I had the exact same problem with the other headlight, only now, I'm being told that it will cost over $1000. I finally did the right thing and asked for help online. I was directed to a company that had after-market parts drop-shipped to me directly from China for about $50., less than 1/20 of what the stealership wanted. The parts from that company seem just as good as the parts from the dealer, so there's one way I got gouged.

about 8 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

rock_climbing_guy Re:Management's Idea (717 comments)

FYI, I worked for a Papa John's in Honolulu, and the manager there said the same thing; that she is expected to be on the schedule 50 hours per week, but is usually there longer than that.

about 9 months ago
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Great Firewall of UK Blocks Game Patch Because of Substring Matches

rock_climbing_guy Reminds me of... (270 comments)

This reminds me of the story I read in a /. comment about an overzealous filter that wouldn't let people at his office visit any URL with "sex" in it. There was a problem because they were using expertsexchange.com

about 10 months ago
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Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

rock_climbing_guy Re:Not a surprise, but still... (464 comments)

Oh yes!

I pledge allegience,

to the flag

of the United States of America

and to the republic

for which it stands:

one nation

under God,

indivisible,

with liberty and justice for all.

Are you sure to really object to teaching children to say those words? Our country's founders were certainly not perfect, but they set out on a radical experiment in *limited* government where people would be free to pursue their dreams, instead of being more or less the property of the state. Today, those ideals are easy to take for granted because they have become so ingrained in western society.

I happily pledge my allegience to the US flag and for all that it stands for to me, but I fear that the powers that be want to take that away from us and make us live in a world where we take fear and servitude for granted instead; a world where we just shut up and take what they give us.

Instead of objecting to the pledging the flag, why don't you object to the mockery the powers that be have made of what it stands for?

about a year ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

rock_climbing_guy Re:GOOD. (841 comments)

Hara-kiri and seppuku are synonymous. They are two different ways to say the same thing, but seppuku tends to be used in more formal speech.

about a year ago

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Bob Barr Announces Run for President

rock_climbing_guy rock_climbing_guy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rock_climbing_guy (630276) writes "Bob Barr has announced his bid to succeed President George W Bush as President of the United States of America. This is most definitely News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters because Bob Barr has been very clear about his intention to limit the power of the federal government. As the former Congressman responsible for getting the sunset clause into the USA PATRIOT Act and a harsh critic warrantless wiretaps, Bob Barr has demonstrated his commitment to the principles of personal liberty that many Slashdotters have watched slip away in recent years. Barr stands to bring to the forefront the issues that have languished in the darkness of obscurity.

Bob Barr has brought on board his campaign the former manager of the Ross Perot for President campaign. Barr's first goal is going to be gaining the necessary base of support to be included at the prominent Presidential debates.

With recent appearances on Fox News, CNN, and even Comedy Central, Barr is determined to get out his message in spite of his campaigns late start."

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rock_climbing_guy rock_climbing_guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rock_climbing_guy writes "Recently, the state of Texas became the first state to require vaccination against HPV, a set of strains of viruses that cause warts and cancer, for all girls entering the sixth grade, beginning in September 2006. Texas Governor Rick Perry, as reported by Fox News, is being pressured by the state senate to rescind the order. Many critics of the order say that requiring such a vaccination will encourage premarital sex. Under Texas law, some parents may opt-out of the requirement for their children for religious or philosophical reasons.

How do we balance the need to provide citizens with protection against dangerous diseases with individual autonomy and freedom? Do such mandatory vaccinations violate our civil rights?"

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Computer Games and Hardware

rock_climbing_guy rock_climbing_guy writes  |  more than 11 years ago Alright everyone, this is my very first /. journal entry. I don't imagine many people are going to read this, but oh, well; here goes.

I am sick and tired of the continuous upgrade, obsolescence of PC gaming hardware. Don't get me wrong; I understand that hardware is improving with time, but I have become totally removed from modern computer games because they run like slideshows on my machine.

Damn, I got Unreal Tournament 2003 for Christmas last year, I bought a new PC this year, and it still runs like crap. I got a new GeForce FX 5200 whatchawannacallitthingamajig and got a new motherboard, new DDR RAM, and an AMD 2600+ CPU. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET GAMES TO RUN ON A PC THESE DAYS? How much money do I have to spend? I spent over $500 upgrading my machine and it still sucks. Even the demos that came with the GeForce card run choppy. I've been through everything with technical support. I just don't care any more. I regret wasting my money on this project. I'll stick to Half-Life and Quake 3; they're just as much fun to play now as they were when they came out.

While I'm ranting, let me ask one more thing: What ever happened to Quake Spy? At first, it was this nifty little utility that you could use to look up the status of Quake servers on the internet. Now, it's turned into a gigantic piece of adware!

Arrrrrggghhh! What is the world coming to?

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