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Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 1) 179

by magarity (#48821233) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

How uneducated do you have to be on the topic to believe this? Me? I'm betting some corporate lawyer said they could probably get away with it.

You're assuming waaaaay too much knowledge on the part of the perps here. It's almost certainly a case of a hotel manager thinking this is just the same as not allowing patrons to bring their own beer to a conference but requiring them to buy from the hotel bar. There's no active malice, just ignorance. Good that they got slapped down and straightened out but assigning active evil intent isn't warranted.

Comment: Re:Uninterested people aren't worth it (Score 1) 480

by magarity (#48794987) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Politicians of a given party vote with that party VERY high percentages of the time. It really doesn't matter what politican A says about some issue, it matters what the party's stance is. Voting your preference on party stance and ignoring the candidate's position of the moment makes more sense because you're much more likely to get what you voted for.

Comment: Not a problem (Score 1) 480

by magarity (#48794877) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Low voter turnout is NOT in and of itself a problem. Only people who care enough to inform themselves and are concerned should vote.
Low voter turnout means people who don't give a hoot and have no idea have not participated. This is a good thing. The real problem is: How to turn them into people who give a hoot and have informed ideas of the issues.
Furthermore, whether they've informed themselves they way the way you do or are concerned about what you're concerned about is a feature of democracy, not a problem.

Comment: Re:And who will watch it? (Score 5, Interesting) 146

by magarity (#48707691) Attached to: South Korean Activist To Drop "The Interview" In North Korea Using Balloons

And you can bet they watch the propaganda, because in North Korea, TV watches YOU!.

Worse, in North Korea your neighbor watches you. People can get executed, or worse, for possessing one of these DVDs or even finding one laying on the ground and picking it up when the wrong person is passing by at the same time. I wonder if this "activist" cares about that at all.

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