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Comment: Re:Chrome Dumbed Down (Score 1) 68

by jader3rd (#48147207) Attached to: Google Finds Vulnerability In SSL 3.0 Web Encryption

When practically every user fails to connect to your server, including your own people, you know you have a problem to fix. Creating some work for web site owners in the interest of their own security.

In the real world, when a user updates his browser, and then can't access websites that he could access yesterday, he doesn't plow on a head, knowing that he's forcing some admin to make updates to their webserver, he rolls back the update, and then probably picks a new browser.

Comment: Re:Prove him right some more (Score 1) 263

by jader3rd (#48107131) Attached to: Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

And what sort of perception is not "a chemical illusion"? Is the feeling you get when you comprehend Cantor's diagonalization proof an illusion? The feeling you get from listening to the music of Bach? The feeling you get when you look up and see a meteor streak by? Everything you experience supervenes on neurochemistry, and a cannabis experience is no less valid on that basis than any other.

I believe that there are new kinds of perceptions which come from data as reflected in nature. The cannabis experience would be less valid because what your conscious is sensing is different than the data that's being sent to your body.

Comment: Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (Score 1) 335

by jader3rd (#48014561) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

It represents the people, but in a horrible proportion unlike the house. In what world does that make sense?

The Senate makes sense in this http://www.thisamericanlife.or... world (summary: a city where the majority of the people want to send their children to private school, so they actively sabotage the public school system).

For a law to get passed the majority of people have to agree upon it (the House), and the majority of different kinds of people have to agree upon it (the Senate). So what the Senate does is protect the minority. Ideally there might be some way to repurpose the Senate to be based on race or socio-economic situation, but I don't now how realistic that would be to implement. So the Senate is based on geographic location. Texans are different than Californians which are different than New Jersians, etc. I realize it's not ideal for every possible representation for every "kind" of person, but it is something.

In the first few decades after the American Revolution, there were some bad examples of a 51% majority abusing the 49% minority. So the idea of a bicameral legislation was created to be a forcing function to prevent the current 51% majority from creating abusive laws.

Comment: Re:Fuck Canadian content welfare system (Score 1) 324

by jader3rd (#47949965) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

It is not a government's job to educate its citizens about values that it wants to promote.

I can see that being a good thing. Citizens with experience have a better chance at knowing which values are sustainable and those which are self destructive feel that it's worthwhile to find multiple ways to inform the populace of that experience. So if they want to government to do that they can. But if the idea is to create entertainment to educate the citizens, that entertainment needs to compete with existing entertainment.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 324

by jader3rd (#47949943) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

One of the CRTC jobs is to ensure Canadian TV content gets created and we are not stuck with 100% American programming and Canadian culture disappears entirely. If everyone starts watching all their TV on Netflex and similar services, Canadian TV could all but disappear.

So if Canada got rid of the CRTC they could pay less in taxes, and get to watch what they want to watch? Dear me, whatever shall we do?

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 324

by jader3rd (#47949913) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Then why did they appear before the Commission at all? If they truly do not operate in Canada, then nothing the CRTC does affects them and they could blow off the whole thing with impunity.

Because they have Canadian customers (both subscribers and producers of shows), and if a deal could be worked out by talking, they might as well try to talk.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 324

by jader3rd (#47949895) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

It's not about favouring Canadian production companies so much as encouraging Canadian content for cultural reasons. Being so close to the USA leaves us vulnerable to sort of being swamped, culturally.

Given that the only show I'm watching right now is Continuum (and via Netflix) should I be feeling culturally swamped by Canada right now?

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