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Comment: Re:More liberal than libertarian (Score 2) 580

by Weirsbaski (#49044907) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

libertarians have a big problem with vaccines

Watch it with the broad brush there, sparky. In the words of Frederic Bastiat:

"every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. ...

Touche, broad brush indeed.

Comment: Re:Unions, a case study. (Score 2) 323

by Weirsbaski (#48494223) Attached to: DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

Result after unions:
... where the petty minded rulers feel like you slighted them means you will never work as a coder again because other union shops are told not to work with you

What's this have to do with unions? Do non-union industries have some mystical property that makes hiring-managers inherently non-petty?

Comment: obtain a warrant? (Score 2) 354

by Weirsbaski (#47999525) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

"I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the contents," FBI Director James Comey told reporters.

Had "obtain a warrant" been their approach leading up to now, maybe encryption-everywhere wouldn't be gaining traction.

Comment: Re:PCs are the problem (Score 1) 111

by Weirsbaski (#47859883) Attached to: Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

That and credit card companies are too fucking cheap to switch to chip and pin. The only reason the rest of world switched was because the companies were forced to. Not in the good old USA.

I think that's changing, maybe the mess is finally more expensive than a preemptive fix.

My bank cancelled+replaced my credit card last week (without warning: they said it was because the # was recently reported stolen, I'm guessing it was the local supermarket chain but they won't say), and the replacement has chip and pin. I didn't ask for it, they didn't ask me, they just did it. Of course, it's a no-brainer for them if the cost of a safer card is footed by a compromised retailer.

Comment: Re:why wait? (Score 5, Insightful) 273

I think he might have had a few more people on his side if he would have said this from day one.

Maybe he anticipated how they would try to play the game?

Snowden: I have docs showing ...
NSA: no you don't
Snowden: here they are
NSA: ok, but you should've worked within the system
Snowden: I told 10 people in the system
<--- where we are today
NSA: no you didn't
Snowden: here's who I told and when ...
NSA: ok, but <another attempt to change the focus to Snowden...>

Comment: Re:Kill the Electoral College please... (Score 1) 1576

by Weirsbaski (#41905141) Attached to: Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

The fact is that the vote of a person living in Wisconsin counts for 3.8 times as many Electoral Votes as my vote as a Californian.

I don't have to point out that the "people/electoral vote" ratio from WI to CA is only about 1.1 (others beat me to that), but even that's misleading: the all-or-nothing nature of (almost) every state's EC voting gives large states a extra-large influence on the election outcome. In a race that's tight in the state, a change of only 1% of votes can cause lots of EC votes to swing from one side to the other. Read recent history for OH and FL to see that play out.

Comment: Re:Christ, (Score 4, Insightful) 652

by Weirsbaski (#39193267) Attached to: Rearview Car Cameras Likely Mandated By 2014
Why could these only save 200 people, max? Will they be uninstalled from the car after the first year?

Beyond lives, I see potential in preventing "oopsie, I backed into a parked car"-type accidents, avoid just one of those over the life of the vehicle and the camera more than paid for itself.

Comment: Re:New anti-privacy trends? (Score 1) 204

by Weirsbaski (#37736632) Attached to: Verizon Wireless Changes Privacy Policy

What I don't get is why this data is so useful to advertisers. I've almost never bought anything based solely on an ad.

Everybody says that, and yet companies spend untold $billions on marketing and marketing-effectiveness research. Which means either (A) this pervasive marketing is a huge waste-o-cash, or (B) we ("consumers" as a whole) are mostly unaware of the heavy influence that marketing has on us.

Knowing how much those companies would love to keep the dollars headed toward executives instead of blowing it on expenses, my money's on (B).

There are no data that cannot be plotted on a straight line if the axis are chosen correctly.