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Comment Re:In other words. (Score 1) 136

The law should NEVER, EVER, EVER, provide protection over any data available behind public sector activity.

The public sector frequently claims the release of information will be burdensome; however, the public sector actors are not always forced, by statute (as they are in Minnesota) to ensure records should be held in a way which the sector cannot claim burden in failure to comply.

This needs to change.

Comment Re:I don't do "social events" (Score 1) 131

I remember an occasion back when phones were first becoming popular, when I was at a hamburger stand and there were five girls in a nearby booth. Four of them were talking on the phone, and the other was sitting looking incredibly bored. It really struck me at the time - why go out with friends and spend the time yakking on the phone?

Comment don't bother (Score 4, Insightful) 86

developers aren't interested in advisers or clients telling them how to code. they're interested in learning the requirements and domain-specific knowledge that those people have that helps them design the best product to fill their needs. the best language with which to convey these requirements isn't code. it's not photoshop (UX designers: listen) it's english. preferably spoken, maybe loudly, in a room with coffee and whiteboards, lots of both.

Comment And yet, even at 24, it's not the year of Linux (Score 0, Flamebait) 150

I've been using Linux, in varying capacities in both my personal and work life, since that fateful day in fall of 1996 when I popped a Slackware CD into my Dell Latitude P-133 laptop. Yet, I still don't love it as much as I should.

Why? Because, as I found out this week when I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a VM to power a SAS installation at work, it still sucks in so many ways. Is it better than it was 19 years ago? Not really. I still had to think; still had to work to get the damn thing to run; and grub still gave me a rash and a shit to get up and running.

Yeah, the Debian install I originally made back in November of 2002 is still running, after many a dist-upgrade, and it's going strong; however, I still have my love/hate w/Linux after nearly 20 years living with it daily.

I've always been excited for the next big thing. The next moment when it would be that system I could easily use on my desktop or laptop and interoperate w/the rest of the world; yet, here I am, typing this on a machine, provided to me by my company, I never thought I'd use (a MBPr), ever.

Yeah, Linux runs the Internet and many of our phones, yet, I still hate it as much as I did when I was 17 years old, for many of the same reasons.

I'll be happily waiting for another 24 while it continues to grow and do its thing but, unlike the visions many of us saw for Linux back in the day, it has not shaped up like we thought it would. Successful? ABSOLUTELY. But as successful and brilliant as it should be 24 years later, ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 676

Depends on how you define 'easier'

Up front it is as you don't need a permit... you do however risk calls to the police, reporting an armed man walking down the street and/or stops by police who will ask for some ID to make sure you are legally able to carry it (the legality of doing depends on your local), brandishing charges are also a risk as well.

You also open yourself up to harassment and/or assault from someone who doesn't like guns and may just try to take yours.

In some states (Washington) open carrying in a vehicle requires a CPL, so you best lock it away before hopping in the car.

No one knows if/when I am carrying concealed and I prefer it that way and by doing so never have to deal with any of the above... so I jump through the hoops to renew mine every 5 years and that's that.

Comment Re:Ouch? (Score 4, Informative) 301

I hope none. The database can't be trusted,

Agreed, when you see addresses like the following in the DB it becomes clear how easy it was to insert records that are not indicative of actual use:

  • billgates@microsoft.com
  • stevejobs@apple.com
  • Tim_cook@apple.com
  • barack.obama@whitehouse.gov
  • cllinton@whitehouse.gov
  • billybob@whitehouse.gov
  • barackhusseinobama@whitehouse.gov

Doubly so when some addresses show up more than once:

  • president@whitehouse.gov x13
  • gwb@whitehouse.gov x5
  • georgebush@whitehouse.gov x3

... as just a few examples.

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

There are plenty of them all over the country. It's the requirement to pay a punitive amount in order to get an ID to be allowed to vote.

Ok... name such a place.

Though they better not have any options for free or reduced price photo IDs which can be used for more than just voting.

I don't know any state that allows a minority to get an ID without paying a huge fee.

Wait... so 'minority' is actually part of the fee schedule and so charges what? 2x? 10x? 100? what a non-minority would pay?

Again, where is this place?

The Republicans hate us and want us to die. That is why they won't allow us to vote.

I think you've got your filters adjusted wrong... it was the Democrats who was the party of segregation, slavery, jim crow and domestic concentration camps... I really don't recall it being a Republican president being quoted as saying "Iâ(TM)ll have those n*****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years".

Comment Re: Meet the new guy (Score 1) 393

I think you need to look up the laws that recognize that effect can be proven even when intent cannot.

Not to mention disparate impact.

Disparate impact *MAY* have racial, even racist intents... but it by no means automatically means a case of disparate impact is racist... or do we need to go through set theory?

But hey, make it a state mandate to produce this ID even if the governor had to come to my home and paint my picture.

Hello reductio ad absurdum.

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