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Comment: Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (Score 1) 316

That treads the iffy line between money and speech, and between corporations and people. While what the IRS did was highly questionable, it had to do with the tax status of money given to 501(c)(4) corporations, not the speech of private citizens.

Comment: Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (Score 1) 388

by TheGavster (#48317097) Attached to: Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

I attended schools with both the line and bubble scan systems. At the time,I assumed it was just a brand differentiation thing. Since using a bubble system with rather large bubbles,I think I would prefer the line since it leaves less ambiguity as to where the mark will actually be scanned.

Comment: Re:TL;DR (Score 1) 350

by TheGavster (#48173739) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

He actually doesn't even get to the part about WHY cold fusion is bollocks. He explains the criteria for a reproducible experiment, states that no cold fusion experiment to date has succeeded in meeting these criteria, and then launches into a couple of ideas about how cold fusion might work before the article just kind of ... stops.

Comment: Re:Let me FTFY (Score 1) 294

by TheGavster (#48164319) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Um, well, this isn't the free market at work. Regulation like this, where powerful officials make laws that clearly select winners and losers are exactly the kind of evil that small government libertarians fear from communism. In a free market, the government wouldn't have some weird power to dictate that a particular consumer good be sold in a special way ...

Comment: Re: If I were president... (Score 1) 111

by TheGavster (#48160043) Attached to: Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Could you enlighten the idealists among us as to the "real world" circumstances which necessitate an administration modifying press reports? While there certainly are times when temporary secrecy is needed, the current practice of no disclosure, no explanation, never, steps over the line.

Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score 1) 224

by TheGavster (#48155317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

On the other hand, I want to avoid a situation where for-profit companies co-opt the idea and charge people for it.

If the idea requires a level of effort to implement that only those large companies can provide, then it's probably something deserving of getting paid for. That implementation is protected by copyright. If, on the other hand, it's simple enough that other people can implement it without a great deal of work, then eventually a free (gratis) implementation will rise up. Software patents are what allow ideas to be co-opted by for-profit companies.

Comment: Re:Bad news for ESPN (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by TheGavster (#48155117) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

HBO's a-little-after-second-run movie lineup isn't why most people have it; it's the original programming. I think there's a big market for companies like HBO, AMC, etc to develop reputations based on a small number of high-quality shows. Online distribution makes it so they don't need to license a ton of filler, like AMC, or fill out a lineup with low-quality shows, like the big networks do.

Comment: Re: For those who said "No need to panic" (Score 4, Insightful) 421

by TheGavster (#48123727) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

I'm sure that there's a protocol you could follow to prevent catching the flu from flu patients, too, but I doubt it would be practical to practice medicine at the same time. I think that as Western medical personnel are beginning to be infected, it becomes less easy to just say "the training/equipment/conditions were the problem". At some point, we need to look at how the containment protocol interacts with the treatment protocol, and see if it actually works.

Remember, correctly executed withdrawl is just as effective a form of birth control as a correctly applied condom, but a greater share of condom users use them correctly than those who attempt pulling out.

Mediocrity finds safety in standardization. -- Frederick Crane