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Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 2) 194

by TWX (#49167355) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
For a third-party to work it has to offer more benefits than drawbacks over existing parties. Most third-parties either are single-issue parties that couldn't effectively govern given their lack of stance on other issues, or have declared positions on too many issues that the majority of the voting public do not support.

The closest that an actual third-party has gotten to success since the modern two major parties took over was when a popular former-member of one of those parties created his own party, but even his ambitions were not enough to make that party a success.

Comment: Are we calling this one Gamma? (Score 5, Insightful) 93

by TWX (#49143099) Attached to: Xeroxed Gene May Have Paved the Way For Large Human Brain
I don't care for this new UI. What I really don't care for though, is the increase in cross-site javascript. I've been using Slashdot since it had no client-side scripting, and it worked just fine without any javascript at all.

I think that Slashdot/Dice is telling me that it's time to get off the computer and go out and live my life in the real world again. Perhaps I should listen.

Comment: Re:Wrong kind of drone? (Score 1) 280

by TWX (#49136513) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
That's what I was thinking. Equipping every border patrol unit with a commercial version of the ubiquitous quad-copter with preprogrammed flight rules (ie, can't cross the border itself) and with some sanity checking (all transmitted footage is logged elsewhere too, to reduce abuse) would probably be a hell of a lot cheaper and would give officers significantly more 'eyes' where they need them.

Human resources are human first, and resources second. -- J. Garbers