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Comment: Re:open-source voting machines. (Score 2) 49

by lgw (#48471285) Attached to: Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

Paper ballots are pretty damn open-source.

Just because a voting machine is supposedly running open-source software doesn't preclude tampering - hardware or software.

Feels like I've said this 100 times now:

Electronic voting: bad.
Computer-assisted voting: good.

Sure, fine, have a touch-screen and pretty pictures and good usability in general, all of that is great. Then have the voting machine print a paper ballot, which is then cast normally. You can check the paper, or just use the paper yourself, if you don't trust the computer, or if it breaks, or has been hacked. And since almost all ballots will be printed cleanly, there will be little room for 2000-style "dimpled chad" and "interpreting the voter's intentions".

Comment: Re:Well of course (Score 1) 320

by lgw (#48471247) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

While I appreciate your greed and approve, if you're a software developer, or have some other highly skilled job as most /.ers do, it's not like you're at risk here. The jobs that have been scarce here because of outsourcing are in general low-skill jobs, from manufacturing to call centers, that are swiftly being replaced by robots anyhow.

Comment: Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (Score 1) 363

by lgw (#48469895) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

While I agree with you about " a GOP w/o the religion", do you have the first clue what the Citizen's United case was actually about? It was about a group of people who pooled their money to show a film critical of Hillary. The ruling was that you do not lose your freedom of political speech simply because you form a partnership or corporation to manage the funds needed for that speech. There have since been many similar ruling that a closely held corporation is no different from a partnership in not restricting the protected rights of the owners.

Political speech in America has always involved money (and always involved anonymous speech). From the time when people in the British colonies were angry at King George to today, you can't spread your political message beyond the reach of your voice without money. Anonymous pamphleteering was a big deal early on, and you needed to buy a printing press to make that work. Buying a newspaper company in order to ensure your spin was heard was all the rage in the heyday of newspapers, much like starting your own cable news network was in the late 20th century.

Assuming you want someone other than the very rich to have a political voice, you can't restrict buying ads. Most of us can't afford to buy an entire newspaper company or cable network, even if we pool our resources, but we might be able to buy a political ad. And if that's not freedom of political speech, I don't know what is.


Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case 124

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Bennett Haselton writes A judge rules that a county has to turn over the IP addresses that were used to access a county mayor's Dropbox account, stating that there is no valid security-related reason why the IP addresses should be exempt from a public records request. I think the judge's conclusion about IP addresses was right, but the reasoning was flawed; here is a technically more correct argument that would have led to the same answer. Keep Reading to see what Bennett has to say about the case.

Comment: Re:How about over 10 years? (Score 1) 230

by lgw (#48468467) Attached to: Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

With factors like that going on all around your number, I'm not quite sure what value you can expect out of your salary stats

Software developers who don't work on web UI frontend stuff: infrastructure and systems programmers, kernel developers, and so on, were barely affected by all that. 2007-08 was rough for everyone, but even then it wasn't that bad for us backend devs.

Now, if your expertise was DB internals, hard cluster internals, or user-mode storage software, those fields have gradually faded over the past decade, but many of us just moved on to the new hotness: the backend for the cloud, and massively parallel systems that can run in the cloud (external or internal).

Comment: Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (Score 1) 363

by DigiShaman (#48467577) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

In fact it did, Tea Party sits between Libertarian and Republican. But it won't officially split into two seperate parties as that would "split the vote". In fact, that's how the Republicans lost a few elections because votes splintered off to Libertarian or Independent. That gave the Democrats the majority vote. So when push comes to shove, the Tea Party voters will still vote Republican. Blame the process.

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