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Comment Re:I guess I haven't understood this (Score 1) 18

That is arguably not even the most egregious offenses they have committed in recent memory. A more blatant execution of voter suppression happened back in 2004 in Ohio. Compare the wait times and voting machine distribution (voters per machine) between the wealthy republican-dominated districts and the economically depressed democrat-dominated districts. Few voters with minimum wage jobs can afford to wait 3+ hours to vote.

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 1) 218

The "once someone is paid, they stay paid" is a feature of BTC. It would be nice if there were an escrow mechanism with a time limit so if Alice sells a vend a goat machine to Bob, Bob puts the BTC in escrow, until Charlie vets that the vend a goat machine made it to Bob's place and is usable, then allows the transaction to proceed, or before a time limit, interrupts the transaction and has the money sent back to Bob if instead of a vend a goat machine, it were just a box of cinderblocks. This will help against one of the more common auction frauds, and it protects the seller (the currency goes into escrow before the product is shipped), and the buyer (the escrow agent validates that they actually got what was in the package.)

Of course, this isn't perfect... the Bob the Buyer can pull the vending machine out, place some stones, then allege fraud to Charlie so Charlie nixes the transaction... but that goes from common auction fraud which is an everday happening, to actual felony larceny. Escrow does raise the bar though, and given a high enough value transaction, it might be Charlie has his people waiting with Bob for the package to actively validate that all shipped as it should have.

There is another downside... Charlie's reputation. This was discussed back in the 90s on the cypherpunks list, that if the value of Charlie's reputation was less than what the transaction was, he could collude with either Alice or Bob to fuck over the other party. It might sully Charlie's doings in the future, but if the transaction was valuable enough, hosing one party might just be worth it to the escrow agent, as they could go find another biz after that.

Comment Re:I guess I haven't understood this (Score 1) 18

The courts have already ruled that a couple of districts were illegally gerrymandered to rig the vote in favor fo Republicans. A previous ruling has allowed states to act against gerrymandering . Republicans opposed this too ...

pre and more, they're the usual culprits. Same as the "Carson has returned to Florida" crap.

Comment Re:Monero (Score 1) 218

I view bitcoin as a superiour source of liquidity and that's more important to me than day-to-day pricing accuracy.

Cash is still King. Very liquid, accepted almost anywhere around the world, doesn't come with the infrastructure overhead for each transaction that bitcoins have ... you can even exchange it for goods and services out at a wilderness campsite with no internet, no electricity, and no computer.

Comment Re: No transit costs. (Score 1) 104

Actually we used to have a curious form of economy for the longest time in many parts of Europe where key infrastructure was in the hands of the state while the rest of the economy worked out in a market economy. The net result was that there was a lot more competition for the consumer market because the playing field for the competitors was a lot more level.

In this example it would mean that the cables would be owned by a state controlled monopoly while the ISPs compete on equal footing by renting cable from the state monopoly and providing the ISP service to the customers. Much lower entrance cost into the market meant that a lot of small ISPs competed, allowing the price to drop. Then in their unending wisdom our regulators decided to "liberate" the market because that bad, bad state government made everything so terribly expensive due to all the red tape and bureaucracy that state monopolies entail.

Now, about 15 years after the monopoly fell, we have two major ISPs left, zero competition between the two (who curiously seem to divine whenever the competitor raises the price and matches it immediately), prices are up at the ceiling, bandwidths have been stagnant for a few years now, cables are congested because nobody invests in new infrastructure and the whole shit is going down the drain.

Thanks, free market!

Comment Re:Can we just make it legal to shoot executives? (Score 1) 104

I really say one should test that literally. How well does a golden parachute really work if you toss said manager out of the 50th floor? Inquisitive minds want to know! And let's be honest here, it sure ain't no loss if a CEO or two die in the process, we have far more than we need anyway.

Comment Probably not that useful in the end (Score 1) 33

Multiple monitors pretty much give you the same thing. VR is useful when you're working on something you can walk around, but since there's really no such thing as a natural walking controller that truly naturally emulates a space larger than your available playroom, it's not really sensible here. We already have tools for moving around 3d spaces that we're not actually in, and they work pretty well.

A creature modeling tool that lets you work in a VR space is useful. A level modeling tool that does the same is a lot less so.

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