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Comment: Jury of your peers (Score 3, Insightful) 302

by mbone (#48819589) Attached to: There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Maybe, in cases like this, the notion of a "jury of your peers" should be extended to include technical competence. In other words, instead of asking the prospective jurors about their views on the death penalty, they could ask about their knowledge of DNS or BGP.

Comment: Value Subtracting (Score 1) 122

by mbone (#48815111) Attached to: Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

Unless and until Google starts to hire actual translators and pay them actual money, this is value subtracting and will suck income out of the very translators it depends on. If we are really unlucky, it will be an unsustainable parasitism, driving translators out of work and actually reducing the ability of the world to deal with multiple languages.

Comment: Re:Uninterested people aren't worth it (Score 3, Interesting) 480

by mbone (#48794461) Attached to: How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting


The assumption that low voter turnout is a bad thing always puzzles me, as it seems to suggest that it is better to have a larger number of uninformed people voting... rather than a smaller # of people who can at least be bothered to get up off their arse and do something.

The actual experience shows that the lower the turnout, the more likely the electorate is to do something stupid.

Save a little money each month and at the end of the year you'll be surprised at how little you have. -- Ernest Haskins