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Comment Vote-by-mail is better system. (Score 1) 258

All the cleaner election benefits of paper ballots, plus you could do anything governments do right now to paper currency to prevent fake ballots from being stuffed into election counts

Best system for dealing with different disabled voter challenges easily bar none.

We are always getting 70-80% voter turnout in where vote-by-mail is being used now for a decade.

Comment ZMapp experiments done on tobacco plants. (Score 0) 91

If they have practice gengengeering on some thing, do it on something that can be safely erased if we fuck it all up.

They got all kinds of varieties of tobacco plants they can experiment on, we won't miss one of them

We can erase the entire tobacco supply and never cry one tear if there is a monstrous fuck-up.

Comment orly? Portland ahead of curve, big open source hub (Score 3, Interesting) 83

When Oregon’s new Chief Information Officer, Alex Pettit,was on our show recently, we asked him what stood out from his move from Oklahoma to the northwest. He said there were some expected cultural differences, but that in terms of IT he was caught by surprise:

        I was surprised that things like open source wasn’t as bigin government as it is in the East Coast, or in Oklahoma, where I was. I was surprised that transparency wasn’t a bigger issue. It’s certainly a big issue in Oklahoma, and it’s less so here.

This was striking because Oregon is known for its open source community — at Oregon State’s Open Source Lab, at the annual OSCON Conference, and among many programmers. And his comments came right before an Oregonian op-ed argued that open source software could have prevented the Cover Oregon fiasco.

The only mistake that may have been made by Oregon State gov. tech people was letting Federal officials talk into going outside Oregon for the website project.

Whoever dies with the most toys wins.