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Comment It is the economy (Score 2) 250 250

I do not know you financial situation at all. But my wife and I were in a similar situation a couple of years ago. And it basically boils down to two things:

1) You are parents. That means sometimes doing things you do not particularly like to make sure that your kids will have a reasonably stable upbringing - aka you can pay for stuff.

2) Regardless of what you do, it is easier to get the next job if you are employed.

No matter how you end up dealing with your situation, remember your wife. Help her, listen to her and be there. In a year or two you will have moved on, and this will just be another story to annoy your kids with.

Best of luck!

Comment Re:Paper trail (Score 1) 193 193

I do not know:) Perhaps, if you somehow could create a trusted and platform to run it on, educate the voters enough to both verify their vote and the election process itself (the blockchain and the platform). None of which is trivial, but I guess it is not impossible

The point remains however: What have you gained apart introducing a lot of complexity?

Comment Re:Paper trail (Score 3, Insightful) 193 193

No good reason. Except perhaps that a perfectly implemented system (if such a thing is possible, so far none has been devised) would be faster.

Apart from that, the paper version is:

Cheap,
Reliable,
Repeatable
Extremely hard to rig on a large scale,
Well tested
Durable,

And most important of all: Easy to understand and audit by a layperson.

Many slashdot readers are well versed in CS and we do not trust these systems. How then can we expect the public to have any faith in these systems?

If the many CS guys out there really want to help, they should think out algorithms for sorting that are efficient, precise and can be done by humans - preferably with some error correction built in. It will not make anyone rich, but it may just keep a bit of faith in elections

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jamie writes "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent 'Restoring Honor' event. The would-be rally has been dubbed 'Restoring Truthiness' and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"

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