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Comment: Re: Prime Scalia - "Words no longer having meaning (Score 3, Informative) 591 591

The writers of the law clearly wanted to establish state exchanges for any state that wanted them, and a federal exchange for any state that didn't want to roll its own, and that all of these exchanges do the same thing.

Johnathan Gruber didn't seem to think so. He bragged that the idea was to intimidate conservative states into exchanges by withholding subsidies from citizens of states which declined to create them.

Comment: Re:Bernie Sanders (Score 1) 233 233

I'm sure MayDay does support Bernie Sanders. Sanders is a self described socialist. May Day is a socialist holiday.

Lessig is pushing for funding restrictions because he wants the media (who wouldn't be subject to MayDay's restrictions) to be deciding what information about candidates the voters get to find out about. Look at the AP's picture of Ted Cruz today.Look at Rubio's wife's driving record. Clearly, we can trust the media to do a good job of deciding what the voters need to know.

Comment: Re:Other views: (Score 0) 277 277

1) Backwards compatibility on Xbox One. That is better described as a "business practice" that reverses the extremely destructive previous intentions. Anything else would have killed the Xbox.

The PS4 didn't have backwards compatibility at launch either. They don't have it planned yet, either, do they?

Comment: Re:*All* of them?!?? (Score 2) 193 193

So pretty much like the 360s 'backwards compatibility' which they quickly dropped about a year in.

MS didn't drop the 360's backwards compatibility with the original Xbox. They put out one backwards compatibility list at launch. Then, about a year later, they put out an expanded backwards compatibility list that added additional games... The expanded backwards compatibility list is still supported on the Xbox 360. They just haven't added anything new, but the games on that list still work.

Compare that with Sony, which actually removed the backwards compatibility feature through software updates.

Comment: Re: And I wish... (Score 1) 95 95

Which Open Source projects use any old web forum for bug tracking?

Discourse is open source fourm software that self-hosts its bug tracker. And by "self-hosts," I mean they literally use a Discourse fourm to track bugs and cudgel fourm features into bugtracking features. For example, each bug is supposed to be the OP of a topic, and they prioritize bugs by counting the number of users that "like" the post describing the bug.

It works about as well as you'd expect.

Comment: Re: Blogger getting subpoena? (Score 1) 183 183

Ken White didn't request that the subpoena be issued. Someone leaked the subpoena to him because 1. He runs a popular blog. 2. He has criticized overly broad subpoenas in the past, and could be counted on to criticize this one. 3. He's well known to dislike the people who are being subpoenaed. "I don't like those guys, but they're getting screwed here" is a more credible story than "My buddy is getting screwed here."

Comment: Re:Because no one else can make it happen (Score 1) 830 830

Because if the government doesn't do it then it will never happen.

This is exactly what I'm talking about. If you're willing to demand metric measurements from your suppliers (and pay for them), you can have pretty much anything you want made to a metric specification. It's YOUR job, not the government's to demand that, however. (And it's probably your job to pay the extra cost, but you can work that out with your supplier.

Also, on the schoolkids point, USING the metric system is just multiplying and dividing by 10. Everyone does variants on that, every day. Everyone UNDERSTANDS it. By this point, anyone with a commercial need to measure things was taught the metric system in school. Anyone who doesn't use the metric system chooses not to. And it's not your job, nor the government's, to set them straight.

Comment: Re: Need to prove intent (Score 1) 308 308

We do, but your "papers" can be seized as the result of a due process proceeding. Prosecutors can ask a court to demand that you turn over a physical object (in this case, a hard drive that the prosecution has probable cause to believe contains the relevant files) relevant to a criminal proceeding. This order is called a subpoena, and it's a crime to destroy objects that are the subject of a subpoena.

Comment: Why is this the government's job? (Score 1) 830 830

Why is mandating metrification the government's job? Schoolchildren are ALREADY universally taught the metric system and anything the government BUYS is specified in metric. If I want to make or buy products using Imperial measurements, shouldn't that be my own business?

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