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'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

vonWoland Re:This is not a telephone conversation. (164 comments)

It is not difficult to see how posting in a Sasha Shulgin thread might have repercussions for American citizens. For instance, Mr. Opportunist, since both you and I posted in the same comment thread, even though I have no idea who you are and never will, our names are linked in some NSA database. How this can bite you in the ass (albeit, currently at a low probability level) is already public knowledge:

about 4 months ago

'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

vonWoland Re:It's just sad... (164 comments)

Maybe it is the "stupid and reckless" get caught, but those who, for whatever reason, are inducted into the underground economy that supplies the "contributing members of society," that do the time.

about 4 months ago

'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

vonWoland This is not a telephone conversation. (164 comments)

I'd post a comment in this thread, but my NSA file is getting heavy enough as it is. How sad that Sasha did not live to see a bit more sanity in this world.

about 4 months ago

The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

vonWoland Impulse Control? (397 comments)

Must not get sucked into comments. Must stop wasting time on Slashdot. OK, this comment does not count, and maybe I could read just one more story---it may expand my mind in unexpected ways, after all. But I will get to work! I will close this tab and not post this comment. Damn. Hey, I'm kind of hungry. Anyone up for going out to lunch?

about 8 months ago

FTC Approves Microsoft's Takeover of Skype

vonWoland Re:Oh, the irony (153 comments)

I wish I had your problems, then, because mine not only never got solved quickly, but never got solved. As for my attitude being "dated," well, it's dated exactly two weeks ago, which was the last time I was foolish enough to try to get support from Microsoft.

more than 3 years ago

FTC Approves Microsoft's Takeover of Skype

vonWoland Oh, the irony (153 comments)

"users shall soon be able to turn to Microsoft when asking questions of Skype's sometimes-spotty service.""

Because if there is one company that knows all about crappy service, it's Microsoft.

So long, Skype. You were good while you lasted.

more than 3 years ago

Science Historian Deciphers Plato's Code

vonWoland Re:Riiiiight (402 comments)

Luckily, we have numerous texts and hundreds of years of scholarship. There is good consensus on what is and what is not authentic. This is not some sort of code like in an Enigma machine; you don't need a decoder ring. RTFA.

more than 4 years ago

Science Historian Deciphers Plato's Code

vonWoland Wow! Historical, transformative (402 comments)

I would like to say that I was one of those who said that there must be something more there when reading Plato, but this news has me stunned. If this holds true, it will be an epochal discovery. Me, I can't remember the last time we had one of those in philosophy. Just hope it won't turn out to be cold fusion.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Removes Search Choices For BlackBerrys

vonWoland Re:Do you hear me now?? (510 comments)

Sprint uses the very same CDMA towers as Verizon. Even if Verizon has more coverage, with Sprint's free roaming, I still have the exact same coverage as before I switched. Sprint, however, is cheaper, though arguably just as evil.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Unveils "Elevate America"

vonWoland Your tax dollars at work (325 comments)

The really brilliant part:

Elevate America has two main offerings, one available immediately and one that will be provided in partnership with state governments

Translation: MS will get money earmarked for retraining programs in order to flood the market with MS trained workers, depressing the wages of the latter and making their "TCO" so much more attractive.

You have to admire a company that is able to screw us coming and going.

more than 4 years ago

McCain Campaign Offers Rewards For Turn-Key Comments

vonWoland The big question (375 comments)

is if I should write the auto-blog-comment script in Ruby or in Perl. I need a tire gauge, and that seems to be one of the prizes.

more than 6 years ago



Sprint Delays Android Update; Customers Revolt.

vonWoland vonWoland writes  |  more than 4 years ago

vonWoland writes "Instead of receiving the long waited-for update to their HTC Hero and Samsung Moment tomorrow, Sprint customers were told to shut up and wait in the company's forums today.
Irate Moment and Hero users did the only thing they could: found a Facebook group in protest.

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