I'll take Interstellar over any one of the normal Hollywood we get fed to us.. (ie.. XMen, Random war movies, save-the-world CIA shit). So please tell me you think this movie was at least better than the typical Hollywood movie.
If engineers and scientists tended to be optimistic rather than pessimistic, engineers and scientists would be running the world. Obama didn't get elected by telling us what mankind cannot do.
Paper can be thrown away.. Hidden.. burned.. counted wrong.. etc.. Not everybody can verify the paper. No matter what, with paper, you are trusting it in the hands of a few. You cannot cheat the blockchain. Further, you can make a paper printout with the blockchain that has a web address where any average Joe can in fact verify that he voted for Turd Sandwich.. with a date and everything.
https://blockchain.info/tx-ind... Here is an example of one of my Bitcoin wallet transactions. Notes can be entered for each Wallet location that show what candidate they are (or business.. or whatever). For the life of Bitcoin, that transaction cannot be changed or recorded differently.
For the average Joe to verify, it's as simple as him going to a website he feels he can trust, clicking the 'verify my vote' button.. and typing in his unique voting hash from his printout. The average Joe does not need the same experience it takes to program fucking Bitcoin just as the average Joe right now does not need the experience of counting the whole US set of votes to feel good about his paper ballot.
Like I said, there's probably 1000 different ways voting can be done using the blockchain.. while still making it simple for the average Joe.
I have to agree with this.. To apply Sarbanes-Oxley to a bunch of Florida fishermen catching fish off the coast of Florida is basically ignoring the US Constitution (the foundation of law in the US) in order to go after a harsher punishment by an overzealous prosecutor. There no interstate commerce here.. Pulling fish out of the water and putting them in a cooler is not commerce. They should've been slapped with the normal fine and some sort of fine/court case for destruction of evidence.. But this seems like an example of the system going after the little guy in a strange manner in order to change overall opinion on regulation.
Every ballot creates a new Bitcoin address (polling locations keep track of the generated ballot addresses) with a negligible fraction of bitcoins.. Every vote sends a tiny fraction of bitcoin to whatever addresses are represented by candidates. Only transactions from ballot-list addresses are counted. Candidates with the highest amount of bitcoins in their voting addresses from verified ballots win. Any screwups or attempts at fucking with the votes could be seen on the blockchain.
There's probably 1000 different ways voting can be done anonymously while still being verifiable using the blockchain. Don't ask me to solve all the problems - but they are solvable.
I believe the whole point of the 'closed source' ballot bullshit we have now is the same reason we have a ridiculously bloated war on terror. The real purpose is to concentrate power in the hands of the few. They make us believe our votes are counted.. but they haven't been counted right in years.
One day, scientists are going to play the wrong frequency and it is going to re-arrange all our brains.. then.. zombie apocalypse..
However, that can be circumvented if the scientists at one of those large colliders create the wrong matter that turns us all into zombies and starts a different zombie apocalypse..
I had a better story.. but it's Halloween.. go out of your house and look at the women that dress sexy. Happy Halloween!
That kind of argument can go both ways. When one single power line goes out, whole neighborhoods go without power. If the average household had a solar array with a Tesla (or other battery powered car plugged in), it could keep on running whether or not there were major interruptions in the power grid.
Your analogy of lighting a stadium with a bunch of shitty Christmas Tree bulbs makes no sense here.. especially if the stadium was covered in solar panels with a battery storage unit.
You're basically trying to argue that a centralized power grid is better than a decentralized power grid.. It certainly isn't going that direction in computing (depending on how you view the cloud).
Both IBM and Oracle are introducing the latest and greatest in truly non-migratable legacy software. IBM and Oracle are both neck and neck in developing the largest locked-in IT budget footprint and most proprietary upgrade path. We'll see who wins this eventually - but right now, it's nice to see that the cost per user has never been higher. It's an exciting time to be in the last best thing!
I agree with that sentiment. As far as business laptops go, Thinkpad went from the best laptop you could possibly buy (especially their 'p' models) to a sub-average brand that gets beat by both Dell and HP. Of course, Lenovo, Dell, and HP all make shitty consumer versions in their race to the bottom. Now, Mac has the clear premium laptop crown and it does not look like anyone is close to catching up.
It sucks to see a company buy a brand and to know their full intention is to ride that brand into a lower quality venue. There is no fucking way Lenovo plans on buying the IBM server brand and increasing the quality.