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Comment: Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (Score 1) 392

Direct democracy or GTFO. For anyone who wants to cry "mob rule", quick quiz before anyone should give a shit what you think: 1) how many times in history has the electoral college disagreed with the popular vote?

The federal government of the United States of America is a federation of (supposedly independent) states. The electoral college and Congress are set up in ways that make the states more important than their constituent citizens. This is by design because of the nature of the union. Marriage between X and Y is a union between X and Y. Their children, A, B, C, and D have no say in the continuance or divorce of said union.

Also, direct democracy is rule by people who have enough time on their hands to vote on everything. That's retirees and internet trolls.

Comment: Re:Hello insurance fraud (Score 1) 199

by Culture20 (#48849527) Attached to: Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking
The problem with such a program is that the insurance company has the data from other dongles on the same roads. Presuming there are timestamps on the accelerations, they can model traffic flows. If everyone is stopped at a stoplight in the reconstructed model but your fake data shows you driving through the light at speed limit minus one, their analysis program will know something is wrong with your data. Investigation ensues.

Comment: Re:Is it really a surprise? (Score 1) 199

by Culture20 (#48847335) Attached to: Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking
Some companies will happily spend money and people on the security problem, but individual people within the company refuse the spend the time, using workarounds to skip having to deal with security. Sometimes this means using the computing resources nonsecurely, but other times it means avoiding using the computing resources.

Comment: Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (Score 5, Insightful) 894

by Culture20 (#48819947) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression
The job description of Pope includes believing at heart "if a man strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other cheek [to strike]." This does not preclude defense of others, but it also doesn't suggest an allowance of escalation in defense of others. If a man strikes my mother's cheek, I can strike his cheek to defend her, but if the same man merely calls her an ugly name, from where does the call to violent reaction spring? Righteousness or wrath? Hopefully Francis will think about that some more.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"

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