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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

sound+vision Re:But the inevitable (165 comments)

IE 5 was actually my browser of choice in the Mac OS 9 era. Completely different than the Windows version.

5 days ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

sound+vision Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

It's really shocking how much money these pain clinics are making now - they are making more money than the dope dealers. People will literally start lining up at 4 am waiting for the clinic to open to make sure they get a spot. No appointments, they just process as many customers a day as they can. The customers pay in cash, something like $250 per visit. Due to the laws, lots of "mainstream" pharmacies won't process prescriptions from pain clinics, so the clinics often partner up with a specific pharmacy, where you pay another $100 for the pills themselves. Again cash, of course.

In this area, I've never seen heroin but I've certainly seen boatloads of pills. The program to push opiate users off heroin and on to pharmaceuticals was a success.

5 days ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

sound+vision Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (126 comments)

Hello, former opiate addict here. I wasn't using heroin in particular, but the year or so that I used opiates daily was the most economically productive period of my life. Every day I would be high by the time I came in to work, which involved maintaining Linux servers. I would get my job done without issue. Unless you get to near-overdose levels, opiates don't effect your coordination or higher level thinking to the degree of alcohol or even cannabis. Indeed the biggest negative effects were prohibition-related. The price was heavily increased price due to enforcement measures (3x to 4x increase over as many years) and I had to associate with certain shady people to get it.

It's worth noting that the medically accepted treatments for opiate addiction, like methadone maintenance treatment, simply substitute illegal opiates for legal ones. You're still under the influence of opiates daily, but instead of going by the dope house every morning and shelling out $100 for the illegal pills, you go by the clinic and pay maybe $10 and get legal ones. And that's an improvement. These programs have been in place for decades and their positive effects are well studied.

5 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

sound+vision Re:Not good enough (224 comments)

ElfBlowing.jpg.exe? I have that archived somewhere, you want a copy?

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

sound+vision Re:Not good enough (224 comments)

And who is going to check these reputable links? Who is going to check the sources these "reputable links" cite?

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

sound+vision Re:Not "like Slashdot" (224 comments)

If the post is at +1 or 0 and it deserves a -1 due to being false, it is "overrated".

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

sound+vision Re:Paradox (200 comments)

Damn brah, step up your game, I'd tap that

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

sound+vision Re:Tires are nowhere near silent (809 comments)

There aren't typically pedestrians crossing 50 mph roads, and even if there are, those roads are usually straight enough so that they have a good line-of-sight. 20 or 30 mph is where you have cars, peds, and bikes intermingling.

about a week ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

sound+vision Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

So, are the regulators that monitor emissions going to fly in random drones unannounced? Presumably they would at least let the plant operators know they're coming...

about a week ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

sound+vision Re:Shadow? (197 comments)

People using "shadow" for a password have never heard of /etc/shadow.

about a week ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

sound+vision Re:We can only hope... (227 comments)

The weird thing is, Beyond Earth runs much more smoothly for me than plain Civ 5. Civ 5 is choppy as hell, and it's not due to the graphics. Specs:
AMD Phenom X4 9850 (ca. 2008)
nForce 4 based motherboard (ca. 2007)
GeForce 275 GTX (ca. a while back)
4 GB ddr2-800 main memory

Starting to get dated now, but Beyond Earth runs very smoothly on it.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack

sound+vision Re:Confusing (35 comments)

Hell, there's more iterations of Outlook than 2. Last year I was working in front line tech support, I was forced to acquaint myself with their existence.

about two weeks ago
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The Next Decade In Storage

sound+vision Re:Technologically maybe... (93 comments)

Remember when burning a CD took more time than playing it (and maybe took more than 1 disc)?

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

sound+vision Re:So they are doing what? (509 comments)

Quite a few US states have outlawed the death penalty. Of those that do allow it, most execute single-digit numbers of prisoners annually. Some don't even tally 1 execution per year. TBH, if the choice is between life in the prison system (30 years? 50, 60?) or a painless death, I'd take door #2. Unfortunately anti-death-penalty advocates have been taking away the "painless" part. It's similar to how the "war on drugs" has actually exacerbated drug-related problems.
Recently, states have had to experiment with untested, and not wholly effective, lethal injection drugs due to the suppliers worrying about death penalty-related PR. That's caused several needlessly painful executions. Perhaps the most completely painless option is nitrogen asphyxiation under heavy sedation - but whenever that gets suggested people come out with "OMG they want to gas prisoners like Nazis!" Never mind the fact Nazis used a completely different gas (Zyklon B) that kills by a very painful mode of action...

about three weeks ago
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Closure On the Linux Lockup Bug

sound+vision Re:"friend" and "foe", but no "neckbeard" (115 comments)

No, I think he's implying that coding has gone out of fashion (or at least no longer guarantees a high-paying job.)

about three weeks ago
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Lizard Stresser DDoS-for-Hire Service Built On Hacked Home Routers

sound+vision Re:Why a default? (65 comments)

There's cocksuckers around? I'm in a dry spell, someone hook me up...

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

sound+vision Re:Egyptian President (1350 comments)

See also the recent massive protests in Germany over the "Islamization of Europe", by a group called Pegida. Turnouts way higher than any of the US police protests recently. If you're not familiar, most European countries are seeing a huge influx of Muslim immigrants, legal and illegal (understandably, I'd want to leave too.)

Of course the anti-Pegida protests had just as big a turnout, but I see that as caused by German guilt about Nazism, wanting to distance themselves from anything that might be construed as intolerant. As the percentage of Muslims in Europe grows, they may feel more emboldened in their attempts to bring Europe under Sharia law. Notice how this latest attack was not a suicide attack, the gunman fled and were loose for a day or so. Perhaps they feel safer when the majority of people in their neighborhood are Muslim.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Alexander Stepanov and Daniel E. Rose a Question

sound+vision Re:Search seemingly getting worse over time (80 comments)

That's one of the major things I had in mind when thinking about "crap" - also auto-generated pages with zero content but lots of search keywords. Try to find lyrics or tabs of some obscure song on the internet, and you'll get a million pages titled "Rainbow Ffolly - Labour Exchange lyrics", all of them saying something like "We don't have lyrics for this song yet..."

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

sound+vision Re:As A Corporation, An H.O.A. Is A Defective Prod (320 comments)

The HOA in my neighborhood hasn't socialized shit. They haven't even built the park that was supposed to be built 10 years ago. The closest thing we have to a park is the drainage ditch behind the neighborhood, which if you bicycle down, you can access both the garbage dump and a state prison. They definitely made sure to clear out all of the trees from the supposed park site to build more houses on, though.

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

sound+vision Re:It kinda looks just dumped there (320 comments)

I'm willing to bet an ugly Nativity scene with plywood cut-outs would be there 365 days a year without a peep.

about three weeks ago

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novocain stain

sound+vision sound+vision writes  |  more than 9 years ago

"With fear and fascination
On what was here
And what's replacing them now
Interchange plazas a mall
And crowded chain restaurants
More housing developments go up
Named after the things they replace
So welcome to Minnow Brook
And welcome to Shady Space
And it all seems a little abrupt
No I don't like this change of pace"

-Modest Mouse

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