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Comment: Re:"Not Reproduclibe" (Score 4, Insightful) 618

Why only the EPA?

Why not all the other stuff the government does?

You have to start somewhere, and if it's successful in this case, then the rest can follow. What surprises me about this story is that I thought all that data had to be disclosed already. How stupid is it that we have regulations based on data that's isn't made available for independent verification?

Comment: Recipe for havoc (Score 1) 390

by John Jorsett (#46153147) Attached to: Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

This sounds like a potential disaster in the making. What's to prevent someone intent on mischief from creating spoof messages and causing hideous problems because your car thinks cars around it are involved in accidents, stopped, approaching at high speed, etc.? Even better, faking emergency vehicle messages that cause you to pull over and let the spoofer sail on through. A lot of people would be tempted to employ one of those.

Comment: The REAL answer (Score 1) 399

by John Jorsett (#46076613) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

Vouchers that go with the kid. If the local government schools are doing a lousy job, let the parents take their kid and the money and go elsewhere. Competition to satisfy those customers and keep the money coming is the shortest and most effective path to reforming the system and keeping it reformed.

Comment: Re:Dangerous... (Score 1) 399

by John Jorsett (#46076563) Attached to: California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

Also, teachers are, in most places, unionized (the article doesn't seem to mention if California teachers are or not). Go against the union in such a drastic manner and you may find yourself with a widespread strike on your hands.

FTFA: Teachers unions have vigorously defended tenure, seniority and dismissal rules, calling them crucial safeguards and essential to recruiting and retaining quality instructors.

California teachers are indeed unionized, and are one of the most powerful political forces in the state, which is one reason there's so little change.

To your latter point: if the lawsuit succeeds, existing work rules would be negated by a court. A strike would be pointless, since the teachers' employers would be powerless to reinstate them.

Comment: Re:even a broken clock... (Score 1) 523

by John Jorsett (#46069675) Attached to: RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

Before they die off, the baby boomers want their social security.

Basically our only hope is that all the drugs in the 60s and 70s, leaves them short lived now. Otherwise we're printing money.

I'd have been happy to have received and invested all of the money that I and my employers paid into the SS system over the years in return for not receiving SS, but that wasn't an option, so yeah, I'm going to want mine. Can I assume that you'll be pushing your elected officials to give you the deal that was never available to me so that you're not in the same place I am later in life, or are you going to bitch at my generation but leave the system you're criticizing in place?

Comment: Re: even a broken clock... (Score 2, Insightful) 523

by John Jorsett (#46069623) Attached to: RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

They believe in gay rights and legalizing pot and lower taxes and small govt and no surveillance or drone attacks. What's not to love?

If they would stop there, it would be great. It's when they get into the libertarian utopia stuff where there are no regulations and corporations can do no wrong is that things go off the rails rather quickly.

I don't know where you're getting your ideas of what libertarians think, but believing corporations can do no wrong and that there should be no regulation isn't in the mainstream of libertarian thought. Maybe it seems that way to you because libertarians push back against the more insane and intrusive stuff that government does in those areas, so it appears that we hate it all in toto, but that's not the case. We just want to limit government to a sensible role, not the all-encompassing, all-seeing no-sparrow-falls behemoth that it's become.

Comment: Why does it need to BE uncensorable? (Score 1) 47

by John Jorsett (#46014545) Attached to: Building An Uncensorable Course Guide At Yale

However, it should be breakable: if Yale changes their website so that the extension no longer matches it and thus cannot scrape it, it should break.

Then it just turns into a pissing contest over who's willing to update their site/extension for longer.
Or maybe the extension is updated to cache the data on your computer and manipulate it there.

Cat and Mouse games will not suffice. Yale is going to have to face this head on.

Somebody explain to me just WHY Yale would have a problem with the same data presented differently. If they're going to this kind of trouble to stamp it out, it must pose a threat of some sort, so what is it?

Comment: Re:Security? (Score 1) 84

by John Jorsett (#45861375) Attached to: The First Prescription-Only App

I just love this meme on Slashdot. Instant Worse Case Scenario. In fact, instant OMG! Meteor-Strike-Worst-Case-Ever scenario. First off, it's not a ventilator - nobody dies instantly if the app doesn't work.

If I were this company I'd be more concerned with people claiming to have followed the app's advice and become worse because of it. Our litigation-crazed society makes it inevitable.

Comment: Should we trust the newer crypto currencies? (Score 1) 237

by John Jorsett (#45859709) Attached to: There's Kanye West-Themed Crypto-Currency On the Way

I was thinking the other day that if I were a technically-adept, enterprising dirtbag, I'd invent a crypto currency with hidden security defects that only I knew how to exploit (at least in the short term), let a bunch of it get created and then use the defects to swipe a ton of it and cash it in.

Comment: Don't check important items (Score 1) 894

Don't put important stuff in your checked luggage such as flutes that you earn your livelihood with. At least if you have them in your hand luggage you can put up an argument. Maybe you'd have to go so far as returning to your country of origin rather than submit to having them confiscated, but at least you'd still have them. Not to mention the possibility of having stuff stolen by the baggage inspectors; there have been plenty of those sorts of stories.

"If value corrupts then absolute value corrupts absolutely."