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Comment: Re:Online voting is easy (Score 1) 258

by graphius (#49698399) Attached to: Online Voting Should Be Verifiable -- But It's a Hard Problem

The problem is that the stakes are so high. Basically one election every 4 years puts too much value on each election.
If we could make voting convenient (and anonymous yet secure, etc) a democracy could vote directly on each bill brought forth. Unfortunately some bills would have greater voter turnout than others, and this turnout may not be proportional to the "importance" of the bill.

Our system of government is flawed and broken. A replacement system is very elusive...

Comment: Re:There are limits to everything. (Score 1) 292

by graphius (#49401867) Attached to: EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car

This is what people don't seem to get. There are already laws describing what is legal on public roads. I see no reason these could not be expanded to cover software. If you want to go off road, or on a track, you should be able to do what you want.

Personally I would also feel more comfortable if the code in cars was open to public analysis. I am not a programmer, but I trust many independent eyes over one biased set with ulterior motives....

Comment: Re: That car behind you... (Score 1) 292

by graphius (#49401465) Attached to: EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car

You have never worked on a car then? Getting a modified car approved for insurance can be difficult. (A friend had to jury rig adjustable sun visors on his convertible for the test, for example) No insurance and you cannot drive your car on the road (at least in most sane parts of the world)

The police will most definitely pull you over, confiscate your vehicle and issue a fine.

I have worked on a number of custom cars, and have friends who have worked on many more. No you cannot just do whatever you want to Mad Max your car...

Comment: Re:If i can't work on my car (Score 2) 292

by graphius (#49401379) Attached to: EFF Fighting Automakers Over Whether You Own Your Car

By and large, cars are way more reliable than they were 30 years ago. Yes they were simpler to work on, but you had to work on them more. For example, it was easy to change and adjust points, now it is near impossible to adjust electronic ignition, but it lasts for the life of the car (usually)
Getting 100,000 miles on an older car was an accomplishment, now it is routine.

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.