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Comment: Non-profits contributing to political campaigns (Score 1) 1109

by sphealey (#46700447) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Under both federal and California law it is illegal for non-profits to contribute to political campaigns. For example, religious organizations organized as non-profits contributing to California proposition campaigns. Do you _really_ want to follow up on violations of California law?


Comment: Re:Really? (Score 3, Informative) 169

by sphealey (#46512503) Attached to: Kaspersky: Mt. Gox Data Archive Contains Bitcoin-Stealing Malware

- - - - - - NOPE! And I assure you, this mode of payment is not thousands of years old. - - - - - -

Another crytocoin fanatic who hasn't bothered to read a detailed history of money, much less a standard theory of money textbook. Hint: more than one ancient language has been deciphered by translating magic documents known as "letters of credit".


Comment: Re:That's capitalism. (Score 0) 710

= = = Alcoholic beverages allowed and provided. Unlimited fastfood allowances. An in-house Bunny Ranch (legal for a Nevada campus). No bullshit anti-discrimination training and assorted brainwashing. Crash couches where you can chill or sleepover if you don't feel like going home. Generous basements for those of us who can't stand direct sunlight anymore. = = =

I can't tell if this is Swiftian satire or not - which I guess makes it a brilliant piece of writing either way.

For the record a very large percentage of men would find a work environment such as the parodist describes disgusting and depart within a few days as well. Leaving the rest to surf "game" web sites until the organization collapsed and the bankruptcy trustee started filing clawback lawsuits.


Comment: Re:Don't they have to fly that thing around? (Score 0) 330

by sphealey (#46479169) Attached to: What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

= = = I strongly suspect it's the most-widely-travelled wheeled vehicle on earth actually :) = = =

I believe Rolls Royce has some demo vehicles that have been on the road since the aughts (the 19-aughts that is, not the 20-aughts) and have visited more countries than all US Presidents combined ;-)


Comment: Re:Learning from history (Score 1) 191

by sphealey (#46435959) Attached to: The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

= = = Bitcoin is regulated. It is regulated by the users and the protocol rather than a central authority than can be corrupted or one in which sociopaths naturally gravitate to. = = =

Yeah, as I noted that system ("regulated by the users") was tried from 1500-1880. It didn't work so well, for exactly the reasons now afflicting Bitcoin.


Comment: Universities (Score 1) 235

by sphealey (#46434333) Attached to: Facebook To Pay City $200K-a-Year For a Neighborhood Cop

Interesting that this is drawing so much scrutiny because it is a business. Universities - including private universities - in large cities do this all the time. I can think of three large private schools in urban areas where the "campus police" are actually PD deputies and patrol the area around the campus as city police officers as well as patrolling the campus itself. No one complains because it is a traditional "school" doing this, even though some of the large private universities are pretty big money machines.


Comment: Learning from history (Score 2) 191

by sphealey (#46434321) Attached to: The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

I believe it was the Medici family which first documented the need for bank regulation in the 1500s, although it is possible that other civilizations with extensive merchant activity may have realized that earlier but not left records. Bank and banking system failures in the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, and early 1900s led all nations with large merchant, industrial, and financial economies to pass and implement banking regulation, oversight, and auditing requirements.

Bitcoin? "Freedom!"


Comment: Brain Change (Score 4, Informative) 545

by sphealey (#46157047) Attached to: Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

So... how was it that women's brains were "wired" for programming from 1940 to 1985 [1], but suddenly around 1990 they stopped being interested in "coding" and "IT"?


[1] From 1940-1950 approximately 100% of programmers were women; from 1950-1980 the percentage was still very high and probably a majority. 1984 was the peak year for women graduating with engineering degrees since WWII and a large percentage of those women took CS degrees.

Comment: Re:Bipartisanship (Score 1) 494

by sphealey (#45522501) Attached to: and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

= = = I am getting pretty tired of reading asserions like "we can't even launch a damn website". What they were trying to launch was not a Website but a very complex, probably too complex, brokerage-type system to mate people with myriad insurance options. -= = =

Megadittos, as a certain demographic likes to say. was in essence one of the largest EDI projects of all time, with all the transactions going live on the same day rather than phased in. And we all know how much the current generation of Web n.x people loves to work on EDI code. They just run to sign on for EDI projects the way lemmings run to embrace Disney film crews.

Very, very complex project. Certainly some senior management failures all the way to the Oval Office, and probably (as is often the case) a portion of those failures due to arrogance and failure to listen. But at the same time, not working too badly given the size, scope, and hard deadlines, and apparently getting better day-by-day as anyone with megaproject experience would expect.


Comment: Re:President surrendered leadership at the start . (Score 1) 494

by sphealey (#45521375) Attached to: and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

= = = On the contrary, they know exactly how an amoral, win-at-any-cost, use-any-means-necessary-to-attain-absolute-political-power cunt like Pelosi works. = = =

Just thought we should memorialize that as the deep, thoughtful, centrist political analysis of the Anonymous Coward at 45521181.


Comment: Re:Six months from now (Score 1) 494

by sphealey (#45521341) Attached to: and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

There is a also a myth that hospitals and hospital emergency rooms are required to provide care for medical conditions. They aren't - they are only required to stabilize and provide palliative care to any patient who arrives at their doors. Colon cancer and no insurance? The ER will give you a diagnosis and some painkillers, then on your way.


The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. -- Confucius