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Comment Re:In other words. (Score 1) 284

> If the machines are faulty you will need to prove that. Go... do so. However the records are probably off limits. Which is going to make your job extremely hard to do. But if someone can write an emulator I think someone can reverse engineer one of these boxes easily enough.

That assumes the fraud is happening at the level of the voting machines, when it could easily be at a level higher than that.

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 574

I don't disagree with you about the external costs, but I've never been able to work out why the approximate external costs of an industry isn't directly charged to that industry as a licensing fee or additional tax charge.

Because there's never enough political capital to make that happen. The industry would succeed in fighting it by spouting scary words like, "big government."

Comment Re:Calories in, calories out... (Score 1) 252

> Now of course what you eat still matters a lot, but mainly because it affects your psychology differently

And that's exactly the point. Carbs tend to cause blood sugar spikes, and the body then overproduces insulin, causing a sugar/carb crash, and thus demotivating people from physical activity, but those carbs still end up being converted to fat.

Comment Re:Turing test is fine (Score 1) 68

No, the Turing test is shit. Any AI that passes it would actually be far smarter than us humans since it would have to take into account the experience of all the things that itself wouldn't actually have to deal with--such as eating, pissing, and shitting. Why should an AI have to think about all the things us meatbags have to think about that aren't relevant to it? AIs don't have parents (well, not in the traditional sense anyway) and so won't have a human-like childhood experience to reflect upon, nor should they have to worry about whether that lump is cancerous, or whether they have to go into work tomorrow, or if that dish had too much salt in it.

Comment Re: Agile / Waterfall mix? (Score 1) 186

Maybe it's just me, but Agile and waterfall development seem like orthogonal concepts that don't exclude one or the other. Waterfall probably needs to be tweaked a bit to work for a team using Agile, but other than that, I don't see any reason why it still couldn't be used as model for project management even if Agile is used.

Submission + - Munich Council say talk of LiMux demise is greatly exaggerated->

ndogg writes: The rumors of Munich city going back to Microsoft seem to have been greatly exaggerated. There was a review of the city's IT systems that was called for by the mayor, but it wasn't solely just to decide on whether to move back to Microsoft. And while there have been complaints about LiMux, they mostly seem to concern compatibility with OpenOffice.org, which may well be resolved by switching to LibreOffice.
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