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Comment: Re:Politics (Score 1) 157

Believe it or not, it use to be even more political, and even more radical.

Sorry no. The big political controversies did not appear on the front page as often, but more importantly the herd of really hate-filled left wing million+ UID types didn't exist here "back in the day."

The sea change probably started in 2000; Bush v Gore. You can see the history. In 2000, the "U.S. Supreme Court Issues Election Ruling" got just 438 comments despite the huge political significance and near-constitutional crisis that event represented. None of the Bush v. Gore stories got more than 1500, and the most popular was a story on statistics and ballot design.

Yet only a few years later in 2004 "Kerry Concedes Election To Bush," we find the most active story ever; 5000+ comments.

The herd had arrived!

As the site attracted more and more "SJW" types and political stories became more frequent Taco created politics.slashdot.org in 2004 — a full seven years after he created the site — in a deliberate attempt to segregate it. It's worth thinking about the subject he wrote: Slashdot Goes Political: Announcing politics.slashdot.org

And here we are today; political controversies are the most popular stories and people with 7 digit UIDs claim to be "originals".....

Comment: Re: (Score 4, Informative) 35

by davide marney (#49332327) Attached to: MuseScore 2.0 Released

A very hearty second. MuseScore has always been a very capable, easy-to-learn score editor. Looking over the new features, it looks like the developers are keeping that focus on functionality and usability, and aren't just larding on more stuff -- or even worse, ruining the app by changing the entire look and feel "just because". (Oh, how I hate the flat icon look. It actively makes it harder to see what you're doing. They have essentially made it impossible to classify things by sight, because you can't individuate anymore. Bah.)

I made the switch to MuseScore several years ago, and everything I've written down was done with this fine tool. Looking forward to 2.0.

Comment: Re:Baking political correctness in society (Score 2, Insightful) 367

by davide marney (#49214049) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

Wow, who is making the argument that we should "sacrifice free speech for a better society"? That sounds positively Orwellian. Or something from China, where the government runs a massive censorship operation.

Liberal folks, this is your issue. The conservatives and libertarians are all over preserving the right to speech. Where is your support for the same? Speech is not action, it's just someone's opinion. Speech cannot hurt you, but the lack of freedom to speak most definitely can. You cannot "speak truth to power" if you cannot speak. What, no one remembers the Matrix?

+ - Why Clinton's Private Email Server Has Legs->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "While the most obvious reason Hillary Clinton would run her own email would be to gain control over archiving and public disclosure requests such as FOIAs and subpoenas, another possibility is that she wished to avoid snooping by right wing conservative activists within the NSA, such as a right wing Edward Snowden type. Since there was nothing very secret about her use of the domain name clintonemail.com, why not just use a discrete gmail account as others have done? It's very possible Clinton's team knew of NSA's ability to snoop gmail. If true, it would mean that Clinton wanted to opt out of the domestic spying for which the Obama administration has continued to subject all of us to. The Clinton team thought they had the technical capacity to easily secure her server better than the U. S. government, which apparently they clearly didn't. Political leaders like Clinton remain weak at grappling with the challenges and intricacy of technology – and it weakens their leadership and hurts all of us."
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Comment: Re:First grab (Score 1) 157

by davide marney (#48978647) Attached to: Major Record Labels Keep 73% of Spotify Payouts

I don't understand this analysis. Why are you showing "profit" as being equal to gross for some stakeholders (Composers, writers, performers), but as only 5% of gross for others (labels and platforms)? And, furthermore, what's up with "estimating" the profit margin at a single number, and then applying that same number to two very different operations (labels vs. platforms)? That looks quite strange.

Comment: Now, every problem must have a federal response (Score 1, Insightful) 417

by davide marney (#48810471) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

The President has sent his people out over the land, finding things that don't work very well. He will now spend the rest of his tenure urging various federal agencies and Congress to "stop doin' stupid stuff", accompanied, if possible, by some form of federal largess. Rinse. Relather. Repeat.

Comment: Re:Low turnout is not caused by the voting process (Score 1) 480

by davide marney (#48794749) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

No, the scores of organizations are there because it is to their benefit to get out the vote, not because the process is hard.

When I say the process isn't hard, I mean it literally isn't hard because I have watched tens of thousands of ordinary people go through it with no problems. Shoot, even people with physical disabilities somehow manage to cast a vote.

Comment: Low turnout is not caused by the voting process (Score 1) 480

by davide marney (#48794391) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

The causes of low voter turnout are many, and difficulty with the voting process itself is not one of them, except for one factor: waiting time in the big, popular elections. Waiting time is not a factor in most elections. I am an officer of election, and have worked the polls for nearly a decade.

Despite all the hullabaloo, it is not, in fact, difficult to register to vote. It is not, in fact, difficult to show up at a polling station, check in, and cast your vote. There are scores of organizations that exist merely to help people with the process.

So, the whole rationale behind this BitCoin idea falls on its face.

Comment: Misunderstood (Score 3, Interesting) 255

by TopSpin (#48717851) Attached to: 2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are
ESR's claim has nothing to do with the frequency or discovery of bugs. All he says is that given enough observers, bugs are quickly characterized. It is implied that any given bug has already been discovered. There is no benevolent cohort of experts continuously auditing code bases and his statement doesn't claim there is.

Comment: Because TEH ENTERPRISE (Score 5, Interesting) 293

by davide marney (#48660961) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

"The hotel group found support from Cisco Systems. 'Unlicensed spectrum generally should be open and available to all who wish to make use of it, but access to unlicensed spectrum resources can and should be balanced against the need to protect networks, data and devices from security threats and potentially other limited network management concerns,' Mary Brown, Cisco’s director of government affairs, wrote.

While personal hotspots should be allowed in public places, the 'balance shifts in enterprise locations, where many entities use their Wi-Fi networks to convey company confidential information [and] trade secrets,' she added."

Why yes, the balance shifts in places like hotel conference centers, where many people use their own, personal hotspots precisely so they can better lock down confidential information. Please. This is a naked money grab. No more charging $thousands just for an Internet connection at a trade show.

Comment: This is not about cryptography (Score 3, Insightful) 103

by davide marney (#48541953) Attached to: Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

The author says that "cryptography is underhanded", but you will look in vain to find any technical meaning of that phrase anywhere in the article. What he really means is that the major corporations (Google, Apple, et al.) are underhanded because they are working with state spies to cripple algorithms and put in back doors, etc.

But trying to cripple cryptography this is something we already are aware of, and there are ways to shore up the technology to make it much, much harder for government to spy on us in bulk. Even using weak, crippled cryptography forces the spies to expend computing resources. Cryptography is all about raising the cost of spying, when dealing with government, not with preventing spying.

Comment: Re:Vapor voting on its way out (Score 1) 401

by davide marney (#48300227) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

You do know that ballots "filled in by hand" are actually counted by machines, yes? No one literally counts ballots by hand, the error rate is over the top. Imagine 100 people counting 10,000 ballots: how many of them would you expect will come up with the exact same answer? And, if they don't agree, how will you tell which ones were counted correctly? The answer is, you'd look for a way to remove humans from the equation, because humans are notoriously bad at repetitive tasks. You will use a machine to do the counting. Every time.

The question you really should be asking yourself is, which is more error-prone? Optically scanning a hand-written ballot and counting the votes, or reading a touchscreen. Occam's Razor alone should convince you that the system with the fewer number of moving parts and chances for errors is the more reliable.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"