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Comment: Re:Transparency in Government is good! (Score 1) 334

For instance, if you live in Arizona or Alabama or Oklahoma and you think Dems are the lesser evil, you're really wasting your vote on a Democrat presidential candidate because there's zero chance those states will turn blue. If half the Dem voters in those states voted for, say, the Green Party, we'd really start seeing some interesting politics.

You should read up on what Lincoln thought about "splitters". He strongly disagreed with exactly what you suggest, based on his political experiences. One party splitting tends to severely punish the point of view of all those in the split group -- not always, but usually. The problem is that the non-split party has a cakewalk to victory.

BTW, I do sympathize with your point of view, and I often vote for third parties, as well as the major parties.

Comment: Re:Transparency in Government is good! (Score 1) 334

I really don't believe Romney would have been worse. I really don't see how he could be.

Obama has done everything that people hated Bush for and more.

You have a lack of imagination, my friend. Dear old Mitt as much as admitted that he knew squat about foreign policy. His solution? Call Bibi. Bibi is a man who will stalwartly defend Israel from Iran down to the last drop of American blood.

"I really don't see how he could be." just does not make any sense. Maybe you doubt Mitt would be worse. I can respect that. But not imagining how he could be worse is really not thinking through how much fun we had in Iraq.

However bad you might think Obama has been, we could very easily do much much worst. Enough of the voters saw Obama as a known quantity, and Romney failed to make the case he knew any better.

Comment: Re:Wait ... (Score 2) 196

by Comrade Ogilvy (#49096331) Attached to: A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees
It is quite common to find a good hire, and then be very interested in who they would recommend. Or the people left behind ask about this new opportunity the hire left for, become interested, and ask to have their resumes forwards. I have seen a number of hires that come in such clusters of 3 or 4 in Valley, and I am not a well connect or a highly knowledgeable person on this topic. Even the "cluster" is spread out over a few months, it can feel like "unfair" poaching if a certain key group is denuded.

Comment: Re:More than a little retarded (Score 4, Insightful) 129

by Comrade Ogilvy (#49021895) Attached to: The Technologies That Betrayed Silk Road's Anonymity
Yup. The real secret to not being caught by Columbo is not, as would be geniuses tend to think, by having a "full proof" scheme by which Columbo will never be able to prove you did it. It is by never showing up on Columbo's suspect list in the first place. Ulbricht's post that reveals his email was probably his doom, putting him on a select list of mere hundreds of people who knew about Silk Road early in the game. Then it becomes a numbers game, and the list shortens and shortens until the Dread Pirate has made one too many small errors.

Comment: Re:Don't give your bitcoins to someone else!! (Score 1) 148

by Comrade Ogilvy (#49021817) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing
Without bank-like entities with a hoard of bitcoins, there cannot be effective cross currency exchanges. Without exchanges there is very limited liquidity. Without liquidity, bitcoin will always vacillate wildly. A currency that vacillates wildly is a toy currency for the very wealthy to use for a bit of "pin money", something the 99% should avoid like the plague.

Comment: Re:BitCoin's isn't a mature cryptocurrancy (Score 1) 148

by Comrade Ogilvy (#49021785) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing
The reason is it easy to pay a small fee for this escrow handling for things like houses is because we have reliable banks for the USD currency. Such a service would be a natural business for an bitcoin bank/exchange to be involved in. Unfortunately bitcoin exchanges seem to vaporize due to inside jobs. I am 99.99999999% certain that a title company that happens to be handling the escrow account working with the loan agent from my personal bank is not going to walk away with my money or will be able to stand behind statements about funds being on hand, because there are layers of law and protections. How assured to the customers of MtGox feel about this kind of thing?

Comment: Re:That would be a Directed EMP (Score 1) 208

by Comrade Ogilvy (#48866833) Attached to: US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

Mortars are not going to disappear because they are useful, but there are many known practical countermeasures to mortars, including mortar counter fire.

Drones offer a special new kind of threat because it is easy to imagine them having the intelligence to home in from many locales miles away and create an overwhelming & lethal swarm in a particular area. The ability to mass firepower is a basic combat strategy. Drones offer new ways to mass firepower quicker than ever from disparate military units spread over 100 square miles or 1000 square miles or 10000 square miles.

Comment: Re:For the sake of discussion... (Score 3, Insightful) 316

by Comrade Ogilvy (#48835605) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture
I do not think anybody particularly cares about cash found next to the evidence of an overtly prosecutable crime. The problem is when the cash itself seems to be the target, in the absence of any apparent crime. The examples the made the news were things like driving 64 mph in a 55 mph zone with $5000 cash on hand -- here is your speeding ticket and the police keep the $5000 cash.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin still seems sleazy to me (Score 1) 161

Personally, I think bitcoin will always be pointless to the average consumer, because hyperinflation AND hyperdeflation are the kinds of things that normal people would be wise to avoid. But I can imagine that someone might use bitcoin or similar technology as their secret sauce to back a new kind of normal-ish credit card. If the merchants had to pay, say, 1% off the top instead of 3%, they might be open minded to new technology and new risks...

Comment: Re:Bitcoin still seems sleazy to me (Score 1) 161

An exchange (or some kind of moral equivalent) is a logical necessity to have sufficient liquidity for bitcoin to be a currency for normal grownups. Mind you, failing to accomplish such does not necessarily mean that bitcoin is not a "success" by some rational definition, only that it is not really "money".

(FYI: I would bet a large amount of money that MtGox will eventually prove to be an inside job.)

Comment: Is she a good manager or a PHB? (Score 5, Insightful) 222

by Comrade Ogilvy (#48630237) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles
It some ways, I think Mayer's is a great fit for the job. But in others, well, the NYTImes article painted a very unfavorable picture of her ability to hire or manage compensation policy. The other problem is that, as TFA article points out, the core Yahoo business has shrunk to a 5-10 billion dollar company in a mature industry and zero prospects for rapid growth. Yet she was hired wave a magic "reinvent" wand and return the company to 100 billion dollar glory -- that is not a problem with Mayer, but the Board.

Comment: Re:Bewitched? (Score 2) 222

by Comrade Ogilvy (#48630159) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles
According to the NYTimes article, she has had two years and the prospects for the stock look flat. Two years is a long honeymoon for a CEO. Is it long enough? Probably not. But if she cannot point to a reason for gross revenues to do better than flat in the near term, then two years or four years, it hardly matters.

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll