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Comment Re: Police state San Jose (Score 1) 258

I don't completely disagree, however it has to be noted that if deep knowledge of all pubic actions were ubiquitously knowable and uniformly available such misunderstandings should ideally be brief and their resolution should be as widely disseminated as any information prior to their resolution.

I know this is idealistic and probably unworkable, but all the other solutions are not absolutely possible either. As a sort of thought experiment I'm not sure such a world would be bad. Knowing what everyone is up to would seem to be likely to encourage us (as we ask for tolerance of our own quirks) to tolerate the less destructive quirks in others.

The biggest issue with the current state of things seems to me to be the massive imbalance of data collected and data available. As someone else pointed out, sit in front of any influential persons house and take copious notes 24/7 and see what happens. They are unlikely to bring you cookies.

Comment Re: Police state San Jose (Score 2) 258

I've considered the concept of expected anonymity a bit, not a lot, but I have realized the first, the anonymity people in large population centers expect is sort of an illusion, or perhaps we could say it's a sort of 'statistical anonymity', as in what are the odds of someone recognizing you or noting you. There is always a chance of this happening, always has been. Second, this is pretty recent in terms of humanity. For most of human history we lived in population groups where everyone we knew was pretty much aware of most of the things we did, excluding some minor details.

So is the issue that anonymity in certain circumstances is going away, or that the removal is asymmetrical, or is it just that our expectations should be adjusted?

If it were really symmetrical, and everyone was pretty much equally informed in the huge village, would that really be a horrible thing?

Comment Re: Police state San Jose (Score 4, Insightful) 258

People should stop calling it privacy and call it what it is - a reasonable expectation of anonymity. There is a difference but until we could store things accurately and forever in a searchable form a degree of anonymity was never a concern, it just happened as a matter of course.

Of course in smaller communities there is very little anonymity, and I suppose that's the next discussion. What is reasonable to demand as far as a sense of being anonymous?

Comment Re:it makes a rational assumption. (Score 1) 748

in the USSR the answer was that everyone according to their means contributed at very least some working effort. artists would do art, the sick would work to get healthy, and others would contribute to foster the wealth of the society as they could, be it intellectual or monetarily.

That sounds awesome, how is it working out for you?

Comment Re:Sounds more like... (Score 1) 904

Pretty much. I was amused that the reduced profitability of gas stations due to marginally reduced demand would create a massive gas station die off rather than just cause the existing stations to minimally all adjust their pricing to stay in business. If the price of gas was that brittle I would have thought the Prius would have put stations out of business already.

Comment Re:Continuous Deployment! (Score 1) 62

Ageing security professional, but close enough. CD is OK *IF* all the other stuff is in place but it seldom is all in place, often unit testing and CD and "ship it". For a graphic example of why unit testing isn't enough, spend 90 seconds watching the initial launch of Ariane 5 pass it's unit tests all over the place.

Statistics means never having to say you're certain.