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Comment: Lazy politicians... (Score 2) 177

Why is Comcast cast as the villan? This is SOP for any major letter writing campaign I've ever heard of - outside group offers supporters 'sample' letters to send to those making the decision, supporters simply copy-and-paste the 'sample' letter, and everyone pretends it means something.

The anger should directed at the compliant and lazy politicians that never learned how to copy someone else's work and avoid detection.

Comment: Re:Making a profit off publicly-funded infrastruct (Score 1) 204

by kenh (#48900425) Attached to: Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Because it "stifles innovation" - you certainly can't expect start-ups to play by the same rules as the companies they are competing with, can you?

Reminds me of one version of the "pro net neutrality" argument - if you allow existing companies (with their massive resources) to pay for improved bandwidth to customers, then how will the under-funded start-up ever compete? You must tie the hands of the entrenched companies to give their competitors a chance...

Comment: What's the big deal? (Score 2) 204

by kenh (#48900399) Attached to: Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

It's not like they are running a business out of their car... Oh wait.

We have restrictions on running businesses out of the house, there should be similar restrictions for running a business in your auto.

The real issue will be when a "personal use" driver damages his car (and potentially a paying passenger) when involved in a traffic accident AND the driver's private insurance refuses to cover the damage and any ensuing lawsuits.

Comment: Re: Nostalgic for Windows 7? (Score 1) 640

by kenh (#48807329) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Good luck with pushing [Windows] 8 to the corporate world... it's about as adoptable as an angry badger with syphilis.

Why would a corporate customer choose to install Windows 8 when Windows 10 is just around the corner? MS will still be pumping out FREE security updates for Windows 7 for 4-5 more years, certainly long enough to wait for Windows 10 SP 1...


PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share 245

Posted by Soulskill
from the my-script-is-scriptier-than-your-script dept.
snydeq writes: Simplicity vs. closures, speed of coding vs. raw speed — InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at how PHP and Node.js stack up against each other. "It's a classic Hollywood plot: the battle between two old friends who went separate ways. Often the friction begins when one pal sparks an interest in what had always been the other pal's unspoken domain. In the programming language version of this movie, it's the introduction of Node.js that turns the buddy flick into a grudge match: PHP and JavaScript, two partners who once ruled the Internet together but now duke it out for the mind share of developers."

Comment: Discriminatory (Score 1) 480

by kenh (#48796397) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

We are constantly told that millions of poor, minority, and women voters are incapable of securing and retaining photo ID to allow them to vote in an election that requires state-issued ID, how in the world will these same voters wrestle up the where-with-all to set up a secure Bitcoin identity, and be able to successfully vote by holding on to said Bitcoin identity?

Will setting up your required Bitcoin identity require voters to prove their identity? That's RACIST!

Comment: Re: That's nice.. (Score 1) 480

by kenh (#48796333) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

How can your politics be so screwed up that both houses are run by the opposite party to the president in power.

Because every candidate in the House is up for re-election every two years, accounting for 435 discrete elections, the Senate has 1/3rd of it's members up for re-election every two years, resulting in 33 discrete elections, and the Presidency is up for re-election every four years.

Why would you imagine such a process would result in all three having their majority be the same party?

Comment: Re: Anonymity (Score 1) 480

by kenh (#48796259) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

No, what he said he was (and this is staggering) it takes to long/it's too hard to do the research, WRITE DOWN his choices, then head to the polls and vote!

Apparently, the ability to do his research with his ABSENTEE BALLOT in front of him, marked as he decides is also too hard - maybe his mom refuses to take his mail tithe mailboxes?

Comment: Re: Secret Ballot? (Score 1) 480

by kenh (#48796211) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Question: Let's say the tabulated election results and a paper trail/audit trail are different, which will be used for the "official results"?

If we always trust the audit trail, then why even tabulate the results?

If we always trust the tabulated results, why have the audit trail?

If 'it depends' then on what does it depend? Which party stands to gain from a particular version of the results!

The only response that makes sense with inconsistent election results is to hold a new election... Are you prepared to hold a second election, considering the time it would take to (for example) print new absentee ballots, mail them out, then wait SEVERAL WEEKs for those absentee ballots to return?

Comment: Re: Secret Ballot? (Score 1) 480

by kenh (#48796109) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

U.S. election laws forbid the creation of a 'receipt' that lists who an individual votes for, because to generate one would allow voters to (provably) 'sell' their vote.

Voting needs to be easier? How is it in any way hard now?

You can register to vote during many ordinary interactions with government (motor voter laws).

People can solicit your registration and deliver it to the government.

The polls in some localities are open for WEEKS because some people's schedules are so onerous they can't find the time in a given 24 hour election to vote.

You can vote by mail via absentee ballot, in most cases the only reason needed is a desire to not go to the polling station.

You can request absentee ballots be sent to you in perpetuity, never requiring you to ask for an absentee ballot again.

Campaigns will drive to your house, pick you up, and deliver you to your polling station if you ask them to.

Campaigns go out and canvass hospitals, mental institutions, and even prisons to 'dig up' voters that can't make it to the polls.

You can register to vote on Election Day in many localities... No waiting period.

And you don't even need to remember to bring ID to the polls, unless you live in one of the two dozen or so states that require state-issued ID to vote.

Where is the onerous burden that Bitcoin-based online voting addresses that is not equally-well addressed by the current absentee ballot programs across the country?

Comment: Re: For that matter... phones. (Score 1) 790

by kenh (#48790749) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Where? There's a good chance the company that provides your local phone service isn't the same one that serves my house...

I find it hard to believe your local switch doesn't support pulse dialing - did they just upgrade the local switch (doubtful) or stop offering it as a 'service' (more likely).

If I were a grave-digger or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment. -- Douglas Jerrold