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Comment The litmus test (Score 1) 201

My worst Uber ride was about as good as my best taxi ride, all things considered.

The taxi/medallion system should wrinkle up and die, plain and simple. There are a few factors yet to consider, but the bottom line cannot be far from that if the interests of the passengers and the largest population of would-be drivers are fairly valued.

Comment Re:USA in good company... (Score 1) 649

Time to ask why this is so?

Is they sent for extra sandwiches, an all-nighter could suffice to handle any rational appeal process in this case. Why must it take years in a case where the facts of guilt are uncontested and the arguments for whether extenuating circumstances are based solely on rulings made in the past few weeks?

Comment Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 430

I think the counterargument to be made is that the Koch brothers are denying us our free speech rights. If THEIR argument is that money IS speech, our argument should be that we be given the same money so that we can all actually converse. If their argument is then that this is not so, we have to say that they've effectively muted us.

Comment double encryption methods (Score 1) 560

There are ways of encrypting data so that the ciphertext contains more than one message. One password might reveal a given plaintext, while a second one produces another, entirely more innocent and unrelated.

Obviously, such a ciphertext is larger than one would expect for any resultant plain text, but you could popularize use of encryption that mandates such a larger footprint so that any given user could shrug and say (after giving the password that produces nothing but cookie recipes), "sorry it isn't what you expected, officer!"

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten