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Comment: Re:Yes. Next question? (Score 1) 127

by devnulljapan (#48470927) Attached to: Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

Seriously, the rush to electronic voting after the 2000 Presidential election was just a bad idea all the way around -- and, frankly, most IT people with any experience were saying so. It is vastly, vastly harder to change physical media than to change electronics.

Which of course nicely, nicely explains the rush to electronic voting after the 2000 Presidential election.

Comment: Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (Score 1) 276

by devnulljapan (#48105171) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

That award has pretty much 0 to do with real achievement. It is a political power play. Up until Obama got the peace prize I though otherwise. How can you get the prize for having not DONE anything... At least at this point they could point at something and give him one...

You're confusing the Nobel Peace prize, which is as you say political in nature (interesting you picked on the Obama prize, stupid as it was, but missed Henry Kissinger's peace prize, is certainly ridiculous) with the Nobel prizes for scientific merit.

Comment: Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (seriously) (Score 2, Insightful) 741

by devnulljapan (#34287756) Attached to: Bruce Schneier vs. the TSA

These silly "solutions" the TSA keeps rolling out don't seem to be accomplishing anything other than annoying air travelers. If any of these measures had actually demonstrably stopped even one attempted attack, don't you think the TSA would be crowing it from the rooftops?

I think you miss the point ... they are accomplishing what they're designed to do: make someone a whole lot of money.

Comment: Re:oblig. Tanenbaum (Score 1) 298

by devnulljapan (#33600968) Attached to: Race Pits Pigeons Against Poor UK Rural Broadband
I just read the stuff at the link in your sig. Interesting though it is, the guy fumbles the ball at this bit, which then undermines everything else he's saying:

To understand it you must understand the difference. Hundreds of years ago a guy named Galileo said, "the universe is really not FLAT, the way the Vatican says it is". You saw what happened to Galileo. The government, for saying such things, based on SCIENCE, executed him.

Galileo said the universe is not flat? They executed him? Huh? Kinda odd coming from someone so obsessed with truth to just make stuff up for effect.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.