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Comment: Re:Just another facet of post 'Citizens United' US (Score 1) 200

by tomhath (#46801399) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?
Citizens United wasn't about donating to campaigns; it was about spending money separate from the campaign organization (i.e. Freedom of Speech). Congress certainly could limit how much individuals, corporations, unions, etc. can spend on political messages. But neither side wants to kill that goose.

Comment: Re:Who watches the watchers (Score 1) 200

by tomhath (#46801303) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

The United States is not a Democracy, it's a Republic.

Those two are not mutually exclusive. A Republic is one form of Democracy. I suppose you could have a Democracy that isn't a Republic though (democratically elected Monarchy?).

Of course we've all heard the argument that "Democracy" means direct governing by the people without elected representatives. That's one form of Democracy, Republic is another. It's most accurate to say the United States is a federation of semi-autonomous states which are themselves Republics.

+ - Obama Delays Decision on Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that once again, the Obama administration has pushed back a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline possibly delaying the final determination until after the November midterm elections. In announcing the delay, the State Department cited a Nebraska Supreme Court case that could affect the route of the pipeline that may not be decided until next year, as well as additional time needed to review 2.5 million public comments on the project. Both supporters and opponents of the pipeline criticized the delay as a political ploy. Democratic incumbents from oil-rich states have urged President Obama to approve the pipeline but approving the pipeline before the election could staunch the flow of money from liberal donors and fund-raisers who oppose the project. The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell said in a statement that “at a time of high unemployment in the Obama economy, it’s a shame that the administration has delayed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for years.” Activists say its construction could devastate the environment, but several State Department reviews have concluded that the pipeline would be safe and was unlikely to significantly increase the rate of carbon pollution in the atmosphere. Even if the pipeline was canceled, it said, the oil sands crude was likely to be extracted and brought to market by other means, such as rail, and then processed and burned."

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Comment: Re:Call me a rock wielding barbarian (Score 1) 121

by tomhath (#46796311) Attached to: Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field
Depth of Field isn't an all or nothing thing. Thegoal is being able to control it so you can create the image you want. Love a picture that's sharp corner to corner? Great! Want a picture that emphasizes the subject and blurs the background or vignettes the corners? That's great too!

+ - Beer Price Crisis on the Horizon

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The aficionados of beer and distilled spirits could be in for a major price-shock, if proposals by the Food and Drug Administration come to pass. Currently, breweries are allowed to sell unprocessed brewing by-products to feed farm animals. Farmers prize the nutritious, low-cost feed. But, new rules proposed by the FDA could force brewers to implement costly processing facilities or dump the by-products as waste. As one brewer put it, "Beer prices would go up for everybody to cover the cost of the equipment and installation.”"

Comment: Re:tldr (Score 1) 234

by tomhath (#46788527) Attached to: Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

To paraphrase:

IF you can easily find a serious security hole AND IF there are a very large number of other serious security holes AND IF there are also a very large number of less serious security holes, THEN there's no point in offering a bounty because the number of less serious security holes plus the number of more serious security holes is so large you'll never fix them all.

Yes that's true. But it doesn't take a page long monolog to say it.

However, IF your bounty turns up a security hole like Heartbleed THEN the bounty was money well spent.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy