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Comment: Re:Anyone noticed (Score 1) 348

by IanCal (#45119429) Attached to: The W3C Sells Out Users Without Seeming To Get Anything In Return
Someone only needs to write a drm plugin for linux, which could quite easily be reused by different streaming partners. Currently they'd be writing an entire video player for each platform, or writing one player that works on a whole different VM on each platform (thus requiring porting the whole vm, not just the decryption bit). The goal would be to have a common drm plugin between apps (but distinct for each OS) and a common video player.

Comment: Re:This is what Ronald Regan protected us from (Score 5, Informative) 220

by IanCal (#44885203) Attached to: Abandoned UK National Health Service IT System Has Cost $16bn... So Far
The US has a higher per capita cost than any other country in the world, is that because you have the best healthcare in the world?

The United States life expectancy of 78.4 years at birth, up from 75.2 years in 1990, ranks it 50th among 221 nations, and 27th out of the 34 industrialized OECD countries, down from 20th in 1990.[2][3] Of 17 high-income countries studied by the National Institutes of Health in 2013, the United States had the highest or near-highest prevalence of infant mortality, heart and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, adolescent pregnancies, injuries, homicides, and disability. Together, such issues place the U.S. at the bottom of the list for life expectancy. On average, a U.S. male can be expected to live almost four fewer years than those in the top-ranked country.[4] According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spent more on health care per capita ($8,608), and more on health care as percentage of its GDP (17.9%), than any other nation in 2011. The Commonwealth Fund ranked the United States last in the quality of health care among similar countries, and notes U.S. care costs the most. In a 2013 Bloomberg ranking of nations with the most efficient health care systems, the United States ranks 46th among the 48 countries included in the study.[5]
And finally, you can get private healthcare in the UK too.

Comment: Re:This is what Ronald Regan protected us from (Score 1) 220

by IanCal (#44884697) Attached to: Abandoned UK National Health Service IT System Has Cost $16bn... So Far

The problem outlined by this news is that, when the insurer has no competition, they can continue raising their premiums to no end and survive any sort of idiotic inefficiencies and waste.

Yep, which is why the US has such a low per capita cost for healthcare and the UK has such a high per capita cost.

Comment: Re:How much? (Score 2) 416

by IanCal (#44524095) Attached to: How Much Should You Worry About an Arctic Methane Bomb?

. The assumption that the greenhouse effect will "run away" and kill all life is preposterous. If it were going to do so, it would have happened billions of years ago, and we wouldn't be here having this discussion.

It can kill all of *us* though. I don't see it as OK if we all die but some bacteria survive.

Or even, you know, *lots of people*. The Earth has been incredibly inhospitable for long periods of time

So at some point, things will get bad enough that people will decide to commit resources to it. At that point, we'll pull ourselves up out of the hole.

Awesome, so the plan is to wait until lots of people are dying and everythings pretty fucked up, *then* start solving the problems. Sounds perfect, can't see a flaw there.

Comment: Re:Oxymoron? (Score 1) 177

by IanCal (#43893853) Attached to: In France, a Showcase of What Can Go Wrong With Online Voting

I didn't say it'd scramble the fighter jets, but if someone enters a "I"M BEING COERCED INTO VOTING FOR SOMEONE" signal, that's pretty serious. If I entered it, I'd expect someone to follow up on it (not send around a S.W.A.T team, but have someone follow up over the next week).

This is a side issue though, as there's already the problem of how someone actually enters this duress signal. How is this done without anyone but the person entering it knowing it's the duress signal?

but otherwise sounds to me you're trying to come up with some absurd argument against online voting because you've run out of proper arguments.

I'm describing just one problem in a theoretically perfectly secure online voting system. In fact, the problem with the duress signal is the delivery of it to a person without anyone else knowing. I was describing a problem even if *that* system was also perfect. Overall, I don't see the point in online voting. Going to a nearby school/church/town hall and ticking a box on a bit of paper behind a curtain is simple, cheap and pretty hard to fuck up. It solves many of the problems with coercion (the wonderful technology of an opaque curtain), fraud is harder because there are physical items to fake/destroy with people around.

Comment: Re:Oxymoron? (Score 2) 177

by IanCal (#43891813) Attached to: In France, a Showcase of What Can Go Wrong With Online Voting

Frankly, I see no difference between Internet voting and voting by mail when it comes to security.

Scale. Voting by mail is done in fairly small numbers and importantly is not the standard. You have to go through extra hoops to do it. As it's implemented, it certainly has the problems of coercion, but is probably better than stopping those people voting at all.

Internet voting, however, would be something I'd see as standard. Not a special case for those who can't make it to the polls, but for everyone. And that's where it starts to worry me.

Comment: Re:Oxymoron? (Score 1) 177

by IanCal (#43891681) Attached to: In France, a Showcase of What Can Go Wrong With Online Voting
Sounds quite complicated.
It'd need to be unique to each person, and have been delivered to them without anyone else seeing (you don't want the person you're afraid of knowing you're signalling duress). Then, given that someone is likely to turn up at the house (voter fraud is very serious, I'd expect the police to be involved) you could be found out.
If it's a workplace thing, do you want to risk getting fired?
The problem is you need to this to be indistinguishable from a normal vote to any observer, and however you do this cannot be intercepted or detected.

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva