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Comment: Re:diagreeing with same sex marriage != hate (Score 1) 1746

by DarksideDaveOR (#46662691) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Marriage is not a "minor disagreement." Those who oppose same sex marriage do so on some variation of the theme that marriage is a cornerstone of our society that will be substantially damaged if people with the same naughty parts are allowed to participate in it. You can't argue that and then turn around and criticize the people they're trying to exclude for getting too worked up about it.

Comment: Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (Score 1) 158

No, it's a means to reduce theft of service by uppity customers who think that just because they pay for a phone, they actually own it.

I'm less worried about the government (at least in the US) than I am about service providers deciding to brick my phone for non-payment, or simply to force me to upgrade.

Comment: Technical Issues (Score 1) 365

by DarksideDaveOR (#43688283) Attached to: Biometric Database Plans Hidden In Immigration Bill

Given the technical prowess generally demonstrated by the government (especially the legislators), and the level of complexity of maintaining a database of this kind, I'm really more bothered by the massive potential for FUBARs. This kind of database is probably inevitable, but I just don't trust a government-led effort to get it right. Or even in the general vicinity of right.

Comment: Re:Common Sense, anyone? (Score 1) 788

by DarksideDaveOR (#36948112) Attached to: Re: the debt deal reached Sunday night ...

Individual doctors (or at least the ones I know) are all about simplifying the system and making it easier for people to get basic health care.

Health "Care" corporations (the ones who buy the lobbyists and pundits that we hear about on the news) are against simplifying the system, because if it were more profitable to provide decent health care to everyone, they'd already be doing it.

This isn't a moral judgement, it's just the way large corporations work, and it's why they shouldn't be in charge of providing essential services, at least not without significant safeguards.

Comment: Re:Yes, even if it kills me (Score 1) 561

by DarksideDaveOR (#34284268) Attached to: Would You Take a One-Way Ticket To Mars?

I don't think this is actually a change for human society. (There were always far more peasants than aristocrats.) The difference is treating these individuals as equal, causing them to have far more impact on on how things are run. And many people would argue that isn't happening anyway.

Comment: New Keyboard (Score 1) 214

by DarksideDaveOR (#34089834) Attached to: 8pen Reinvents the Keyboard For Mobile Devices

I predict a level of success similar to that achieved by previous attempts to replace the qwerty scheme, even ones that were arguably better. At best, it will gain a small, rabid following, that will eventually end up putting off additional converts. Of course, it's far more likely it will simply slide into obscurity.

Comment: Nothing new under the sun (Score 1) 303

by DarksideDaveOR (#34063306) Attached to: Aussie Kids Foil Finger Scanner With Gummi Bears

When my dad was in High School, he (mostly for fun) helped the school implement an attendance system where each homeroom class sent in the punch cards for the students who were present at the start of the day. Someone fed each card to the computer, and the attendance was tallied. (This was the same year he was guaranteed an "A" in his computer class on condition he stop showing up - gotta love the irony there.)

Of course, students carried the punch cards to the office, so it was easy enough to slip in a card for someone who hadn't attended.

It's actually somewhat comforting to think that, more than thirty years later, nothing has changed.

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