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Comment: Re:This seems foolproof! (Score 2) 94

by aaron4801 (#49778023) Attached to: Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced
And where will all the employees for this "new" corporation come from? Perhaps Russia has a bigger space exploration industry than I'm giving it credit for, but my guess is Roscosmos.
So to sum up, this reorganization will keep the same name, operate out of the same facilities, and (likely) keep a substantial amount of the same employees. The only difference(?) is that instead of a state-run agency, it will be a state-run corporation. Oh and magically all the corruption will stop.

Comment: Re:This Plus (Score 1) 258

by aaron4801 (#49691101) Attached to: Online Voting Should Be Verifiable -- But It's a Hard Problem
I remember the CA recall election in 2003. This was in the early days of electronic voting machines and with the 2000 Presidential election still in the minds of many voters. There were lawsuits to delay the recall in order to roll out more electronic machines at the expense of paper ballots. In subsequent years, many of those same groups sued to go back to paper after electronic voting had its own issues.
It doesn't matter how you vote, some folks will just be reflexively against it.

Comment: Re:Whatever... (Score 4, Interesting) 142

by aaron4801 (#49687051) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data
In fact, it may be too much.
The EFF just withdrew support of the Freedom Act after the 2nd Circuit decision that said Section 215 of the Patriot Act doesn't authorize ANY data collection of Americans. The Freedom Act is a step back from current collection efforts, but actually codifies some that could possibly be overturned without it!

Comment: Re:It's about content in EUROPE.. Not whole world (Score 1) 114

by aaron4801 (#49630867) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking
Except in reality, this likely means that you will only get access to the subset of content that has been negotiated in ALL EU member countries individually.
Example, French Movie Studio has released their film in France, the theater run is up, and revenues are dropping off, so they license it to Netflix France to get more eyeballs/money. They were planning on releasing it in Italy once it built up some more word-of-mouth, so it's not licensed to Netflix Italy. Now, with no geo-blocking, is it more likely that Netflix gets to show it in Italy, or that it DOESN'T get to show it in France?

Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 1) 417

by aaron4801 (#49540857) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says
The core functionality of a tablet is currently only held back by its physical size. I expect that as components continue to get smaller, lighter, and battery tech gets better, the days of an iPad putting out 5K-8K will be sooner than you think.
Already, tablets and 2-in-1s are progressing much faster than the desktop, which hasn't seen any truly revolutionary leaps in ages (tech-wise, anyway).
I was always a big nay-sayer on tablets taking off, and I still think the classic version of the iPad-style tablet has limited long-term appeal. But as a core device that can be docked and used like a traditional desktop or removed and used like a tablet, there's really no downside. It's all about the battery life and processing power, and those only get better.

Comment: Re:Not just about terrorism (Score 1) 209

by aaron4801 (#49532431) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance
"Parallel Construction." The accused don't even know questionable surveillance techniques are being used against them to challenge it, and even if the they throw an accusation back at the prosecution, judges also have a habit of throwing that out due to lack of standing, for being unable to prove it was used! Besides, this solution depends on the idea that a trial takes place.

Comment: Re:Not just about terrorism (Score 2) 209

by aaron4801 (#49530513) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance
The bigger issue isn't just that it's (supposedly) legal, but that it's even POSSIBLE. You could outlaw all this surveillance, but given how deeply it's entrenched now, does anybody honestly think it would just stop? Secret laws with secret interpretations don't even have to be on the books to be used to threaten already-willing communications companies. The technology is available, and even if illegal, who would prosecute the government?
Take away the authorization, pass a strict ban on the practice...doesn't matter. You can't unbreak the egg.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622

by aaron4801 (#49528999) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
"Eliminate the SUV loophole and the big bloated turds would be gone quickly. Soccer moms ignoring the road because they're texting need to drive minivans with little engines, not pigiron."
Just bought a 4-cyl mid-size SUV that gets twice the mileage as the 6-cyl minivan it replaces. That may be the exception rather than the rule, but I live in Utah, and there are a lot of fucking minivans here, and they all have big engines. Not every SUV is an Escalade or an H3.

Comment: Re:Instead... (Score 3, Interesting) 356

Mobile sites too often disallow zooming, fill half the small screen with oversized nav buttons, and just generally suck. What this is probably really about, given the example in TFS, is sites that discourage mobile browser access in favor of offering their own app that has a better experience. Can't get to google using the Wikipedia or BBC apps!

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed." -- Albert Einstein