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Comment Re:What a f@cking tool (Score 3, Funny) 484

Anyone been accusing Snowden of climate warming yet?

No, but a farmer here had a three-legged calf born on a blue moon. We can legitimately tie that to Snowden making a deal with the devil. We should burn him. If he doesn't burn, he's a witch. If he does burn, then we owe him an apology.

Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 1) 366

this data was not automatically uploaded and calculated.

I know, right? All the sophisticated sensors on an airliner and there isn't one to say your exact weight? The DMV can weigh trucks without stopping at scales now, how is it airlines are still using average passenger and bag weights? This is insane.


Affordable Care Act Exchanges Fail To Detect Counterfeit Documentation ( 246

Tulsa_Time writes with this excerpt of an account from the (unapologetically partisan) Americans for Tax Reform about a report released by the Government Accountability Office in which "application and enrollment controls on the federal exchange and two state exchanges (California and Kentucky)" were investigated by supplying false information; in each case, the investigators were able to obtain and activate health insurance through the exchanges. A slice: Ten fictitious applicants were created to test whether verification steps including validating an applicant's Social Security number, verifying citizenship, and verifying household income were completed properly. In order to test these controls, GAO's test applications provided fraudulent documentation: "For each of the 10 undercover applications where we obtained qualified health-plan coverage, the respective marketplace directed that our applicants submit supplementary documentation we provided counterfeit follow-up documentation, such as fictitious Social Security cards with impossible Social Security numbers, for all 10 undercover applications."

Comment Re:Choice paralysis (Score 1) 358

Also wanted to add that co-opting the fringe primarily seems to be happening with one party (i.e., the GOP), and that is reflected in the election results.

However, please bear in mind that in terms of political views, the US is also more conservative than the rest of western society.

What is considered left in the US would be considered pretty moderate or even center-right in many parts of the world.

In may ways, co-opting the extreme right (e.g., the tea party) and some of the libertarian values reflect this reality.

Comment Re:Choice paralysis (Score 1) 358

It may be what you prefer, but empirical studies of choice have shown that most people's choices fall along a median, and success is often the result of trying to accommodate one side of the median and most of the median.

It's the same with consumer products, and it's the same with elections.

All systems lean towards simplicity, and the more mature a system is (i.e., it's been around for longer), the more strong parties coalesce towards the median.

Comment Re:Without government... (Score 0) 471

You know the only thing worse than an Uber driver? A hippie bicyclist complaining about the Uber drivers.

Free market, bro. Surge pricing works because there is a limited availability, high demand, and the company is charging what they can get away with.

Scheduling pickups? As someone who travels every week, I can certainly relate to this. But then what's stopping you from canceling and just paying the $5 fine or whatever? Or what happens if Uber is unable to have a driver pick you up? Given the complexity involved in scheduling systems, they probably find it easier to do "point in time" scheduling, which works for their business model. 80/20, and the number of folks who want to schedule are much, much smaller and the effort required to arrange for it is probably significantly larger.

Seriously, though. I am glad that Uber is here to disrupt the cab industry, with their dirty cabs, rude drivers, and propensity to hate credit cards.

Comment I hope that ruling stands up (Score 2) 127

There are too many times rights holders throw out a complaint, even when it's a clear case of fair use. Then they put the burden of proof on the publisher to prove it's really fair use. It's abusive and unfair and about time RIAA and that ilk got their pee-pee whacked for papering the landscape with infringement threats.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 1) 696

If you live in Toronto then you know that the number of motorists who break the law is pretty is pretty much all of them. I cannot recall every seeing a motorist consistently drive 100 or under on the 400 series. Virtually everyone goes over 100 at some point. So virtually every motorist breaks the law.

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas