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Comment Re:The Ghost of 2000 echoes --20 mins into the fut (Score 1) 258

Make ballot-by-mail and online voting special-case-only (eg, registered expats; those on deployment; etc.) and such a small scope that it's not worth the coordinated, targeted investment in massive hack schemes, then secure using the best, reasonable internet-encrypting technology.

Both ballot-by-mail and online voting are meant to increase the convenience of voting, which should be as easy as possible to do.

If you want to keep those limited to specific groups and scenarios, fine. But let's expand the voting period beyond just a single workday --- ideally over the span of Friday--Sunday.

Comment But that is not what he said... (Score 1) 1089

In fact, he said almost the opposite. From the transcript:

I think that -- now, I don't think I've ever said this publicly, but I'm going to go ahead and say it now. We shouldn't be making it harder to vote. We should be making it easier to vote. (Applause.)

And what I haven't said -- I've said that publicly before. (Laughter.) So my Justice Department is going to be vigorous in terms of trying to enforce voting rights. I gave a speech down in Selma at the 50th anniversary that was incredibly moving for me and my daughters, and the notion that this day and age we would be deliberately trying to restrict the franchise makes no sense. And at the state and local levels, that's -- you can push back against that, and make sure that we're expanding the franchise, not restricting it.

In Australia, and some other countries, there's mandatory voting. It would be transformative if everybody voted. That would counteract money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country, because the people who tend not to vote are young; they're lower income; they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups; and they're often the folks who are -- they're scratching and climbing to get into the middle class. And they're working hard, and there's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls. We should want to get them into the polls. So that may end up being a better strategy in the short term.

Long term, I think it would be fun to have a constitutional amendment process about how our financial system works. (Applause.) But, realistically, given the requirements of that process that would be a long-term proposition.

So what he was really discussing was "How do we make it easier to vote?" And that if everyone voted, things would really change â" that everyone voting would "counteract money more than anything."

He did say that mandatory voting, like some countries have, might be good in the short term simply to get people to the polls -- but that a better plan, albeit one that is long-term, is meaningful reform of campaign finance.

Comment Re: IANAL, but my answer would be no (Score 1) 340

The iPhone has a setting that automatically wipes the phone after 10 failed passcode attempts. By default it's 10 and you can toggle it on or off, not adjust the number. You can adjust it through the Configurator utility, all the way down to 1 wrong attempt. I'm sure Android has a way to do this. Probably other phones.

Comment Never been better (Score 2, Insightful) 598

I've been a Mac user for 20+ years now and an iPhone user since 2007. Quite frankly, the hardware and software has never been better from my own experience. Go do a Google search and you'll quickly find that every new software release Apple has put out is "the worst ever." Same goes for hardware. Every time Apple has had a keynote, there have been torrents of negative reactions about how they're losing their way and going downhill. "No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame." Remember that?

Those are just a few. The point is, over all Apple's QA is improved dramatically. The problem is that the iPhone is far more popular than anything else Apple has ever made. It's not that the software has gone downhill; it's that there is far more scrutiny on it -- particularly in the media. "It just works" is truer today than it ever has been.

Comment Not just a watch (Score 1) 415

If you just think of "smart watches" as watches, then of course it seems absurd to have to charge them regularly. Traditional watches don't need to be charged for years at a time because pretty much all they do is tell time. But smart watches aren't really comparable to traditional watches. The only similarity they have is that they are worn on your wrist (and can tell time). Once you stop thinking "watch" and start thinking "tiny wearable computer", the charging isn't really an issue.

Comment Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (Score 1) 139

There is no way to tell these sort of apps apart from some scummy Skinner box which hits you up for cash after you're sufficiently hooked.

Sure there is. On top of "Offers in-app purchases" being displayed right next to the Download button, all of the available in-app purchases are listed on the app's page along with their prices. The App Store rules also require that IAP purchase descriptions must "accurately describe what each item and how the item is used within your app".

Comment First time? (Score 1) 288

Apple had live streams for events over 10 years ago. They streamed the Macworld keynotes at least four times and also had a live stream of their event in September 2010.

Macworld 2000 live stream announcement
Macworld 2001 live stream announcement
Macworld 2002 live stream announcement
Macworld 2003 live stream announcement

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