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Jeremy Pepper
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High-Tech Caveman and Toenail Evangelist (see: https://github.com/LnxPrgr3/libsexp)
High-Tech Caveman and Toenail Evangelist (see: https://github.com/LnxPrgr3/libsexp)

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Alternative title: Not Steamrolling People 101. This advice makes sense even beyond sex: people "agree" to things when they don't think they have a choice.

I've made two personal decisions: (1) I will call others on it when they try this type of coersion on me or on anyone else when I witness it, no matter what they're after; and (2) I will check my own actions to make sure I'm not doing this to anyone, unless I'm forced to do so to enforce legal rights.

Here's hoping I'll live up to those decisions!
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In case anyone thought media companies didn't have a long history of screwing others for the sake of their own profits, here's something I just learned about!
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Medicine's come a long way, but there's still a lot it can't tell us with any real certainty. Letting abusers get away with abuse is horrible, but so is sending innocent, grieving parents to jail.

There's a reason "beyond reasonable doubt" is our threshold for conviction—you can't build a reasonable justice system out of lynch mobs, even if the mob sometimes seems like the more efficient answer.
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I think I just made clang lose its mind:

  %3 = call %"class.std::__1::basic_ostream"*@_ZNSt3__113basic_ostreamIcNS_11char_traitsIcEEElsEf(%"class.std::__1::basic_ostream"* @_ZNSt3__14coutE, float bitcast (i32 trunc (i64 bitcast (double bitcast (<2 x float> <float 6.000000e+00, float 6.000000e+00> to double) to i64) to i32) to float))

To be fair, that came from compiling this, where all calls except I/O are constexprs:

const auto v = vect_shuffle<1, 1, 2, 2>(vect<float, 4>{1, 2, 3, 4} * vect<float, 4>{4, 3, 2, 1});
cout << v[0] << ',' << v[1] << ',' << v[2] << ',' << v[3] << endl;
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Today I learned methamphetamine is a schedule II substance with recognized medical uses, in spite of its well-known toxic effects and extreme addictiveness.

Yet I can't buy pseudoephedrine without showing ID and signing a log, to make sure I take it for my cold and don't turn it into prescription medication.

Wat.
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Being a conniving asshat takes brain power. If you're sober enough to pull it off, you're sober enough to be held responsible for your actions.

I still think there's an interesting policy question here—how do we define "too drunk to consent"? But I don't think knowingly making yourself drunk is a pass for anything you do afterwards, and to suggest that men shouldn't be held responsible for rape because they were drinking too is insane.

The real shame is I think the justice system is between a rock and a hard place—as rare as false accusations might be, we can't build a justice system on accusation = proof. It's reasonable to demand the government proves its case before putting someone behind bars, and that means rapists (and murders, and a number of other criminals) will go free annoyingly often.

The change we need is cultural. I don't think it's something our legal system alone can fix. But accepting rape as just drunken fratboy behavior is a giant step in the wrong direction.
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I don't think anyone should live their lives high, but my opinion is meaningless—I'm happy to live my life and let everyone else live theirs, so long as they don't actually trample on my rights.

Even if I did want to tell other people what to ingest, it's clear this current strategy is useless. I can't see why anyone thinks criminalizing drug use in the absense of any other offense is a good idea.

Besides, alcohol remains a perfectly legal and popular way to ruin your own life… or not, since not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. We're not exactly saving addicts by tossing them into prison either—we're just condemning them to live in an underclass of people with a criminal record, all for the heinous crime of smoking a joint.

That's what I call bullshit.
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I don't get this "death to local storage" meme.

You can have your cake and eat it too. Throw anything into the cloud you want. Sign up for whatever streaming services you want. That doesn't mean you can't also own local copies of things.

I want the cloud to enhance my life. I don't want everything I do to become completely dependent on it. Does anyone really want that?

Signed,

The Weirdo Who Makes Physical OS X Installation Media Because Screw Cloud Dependence
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