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Comment Re:In other words. (Score 5, Interesting) 270

"Each person’s vote in the 2013 election takes up about 27½ inches of the electronic machine’s paper trail. Each roll from the 2014 election is 385 feet long, and stored in 42 boxes that are not segregated by precinct or voting district."

Definitely not as easy as making a photo copy. Maybe they could let her pay to hire someone to sort through, find the right roll (without damaging anything), then carefully unroll and photograph it for later study before re-rolling it?

One issue of course would be that the voting registry (which is public already and contains who voted and is time stamped, so also in what order) could very easily be used to guesstimate matching up specific people with specific votes, as the roll is going to be in chronological order as well. I'm not totally familiar with Kansas law, but there's a good chance they're legally supposed to have a secret ballot.

Comment Re:SJW prove the SP's point (Score 2) 1030

And yet... David Weber has been publishing for 25 years and never even been nominated for a Hugo in all that time, but he's just one of those Baen authors, right?

The Sad Puppies point isn't that it's not ok to nominate left-wing authors, or women, or minorities, etc... they nominated some themselves, but that your publishing house or your SJW credentials shouldn't be the most important thing for the results of the vote, the story you wrote should be.

Comment SJW prove the SP's point (Score 1, Insightful) 1030

From the wired story linked above:

But in recent years, as sci-fi has expanded to include storytellers who are women, gays and lesbians, and people of color, the Hugos have changed, too. At the presentation each August, the Gods with the rockets in their hands have been joined by Goddesses and those of other ethnicities and genders and sexual orientations, many of whom want to tell stories about more than just spaceships.

While on the other hand, most SF fans like stories about spaceships as part of their science fiction, hence the rocket shape of the award.

But no, mustn't have anyone who isn't on-board with the latest politically correct dinosaur win!

I'm sure the fans can't wait until next year, when a concentrated campaign will emerge to vote one particular non-SJW in each category as the winner, turning their own tactics (block voting on one option and refusing to even consider the quality of others and vote for the "best") on their head.

Comment Re:But but but.. (Score 1) 278

Governments, at least if they deserve the name, first and foremost have the goal of keeping a country running. There you actually have the chance that the service provided IS the primary goal.

There's a whole branch of economics which completely contradicts that, so let's start with some examples... can you name a few governments among the 196 or so in the world today which "deserve the name" under your definition and we can see how the people in those governments actually behave?

After all, how many lives has the FDA cost? What medical devices are we missing because the FDA delays them?

What you seem to see as a feature (long delays and hoops to jump through for government approvals), others have identified as a bug in the system.

Comment Re:The Solution is Subsidiarity (Score 1) 165

When was the last time you saw a poll where 95% of the country agreed on anything?

Most polls only ask about controversial things. I bet you could easily get 95% agreement on:
Murder, theft, fraud, etc... should be illegal. (Basic criminal law)
We shouldn't allow Syria/Iran to conquer us (military defense)
and I'm sure you'd see a few other essential items getting broad agreement.

For the rest... well, that's a feature of the system, not a bug.

Comment Expert Blogs (Score 5, Interesting) 203

Comment TNSTAAFL (Score 4, Insightful) 272

There's no such thing as a free lunch. - Various Economists and Heinlein

Same types of things happened after the regulations around credit and debit card fees. The money comes from somewhere and ultimately you aren't punishing the big players in the industry with the regulations, but their customers and their smaller competitors.

Another case of people who don't understand regulatory history being doomed to repeat it.


SF86 Data Captured In OPM Hack 173

Etherwalk writes: The security clearance process in the United States includes filling out the 127-page SF86 form, which includes things like the citizenships of all your relatives and housemates, foreign contacts and financial interests, foreign travel, psychological and emotional health, illegal drug use, and many other matters. The recent breach by the Chinese Government apparently included that information for all executive employees up to cabinet level. It's pretty much a gold mine for intelligence work and social engineering of any kind.

Comment Re:A group of Google investors (Score 4, Funny) 81

Yeah, everyone knows Google is a bastion of right-wing lobbying and giving. Why, you can just look at all their strictly traditional holiday search page images and their complete lack of focus on left-wing causes in their news releases, promotional materials and spending.

Good thing we have groups like these "investors" who are concerned not that they're making money, but that Google isn't contributing anything to any group which may in some way not agree with progressives to keep Google "correct" politically.

Comment Re:What is poverty (Score 1) 422

The original comparison (lost in the threading somewhere above) was about poverty rate comparisons between countries, not the US census definition (which is more based on an absolute), nor the World Bank international absolute definition (which is more like $1.25/day, which no on in the US really fits without really trying hard) so I was using the definition used in the original comparison. See Poverty in France: "were below the poverty line (which, according to INSEE's criteria, is half of the median income)." INSEE is the French equivalent of the US Census for economic statistics. INSEE has recently moved to a 60% of median income measurement.

The original stats I was responding to also don't take into account in-kind benefits (not income), which makes them even worse.

My post in response to the stats previously cited was that "It's really a dumb way to compare poverty across countries.", so don't expect me to be defending the measurements used. They certainly aren't the ones I'd pick to do an actual comparison.

Prototype designs always work. -- Don Vonada