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Comment Re:NoScript? (Score 1) 206

The NoScript author makes this objection to privoxy:

there are so many ways to obfuscate active content while it goes through the pipes (i.e. before it gets parsed by the browser) that trying to block it through a proxy (even though it's been attempted by proxomitron and similar projects) is futile.

I don't know enough about this to be able to evaluate his statement.

Comment Free Market Taxis (Score 1) 302

Here's a radical idea: Establish a free market in public transportation. Consider the results in Indianapolis:

The impact of the new Indianapolis ground transportation ordinance, which also abolished the official minimum fare, allowing taxis to charge as little as they like for a ride, even surpassed our own expectations. In the first month, the number of licensed taxi operators rose an amazing 60 percent, from twenty-eight licensed companies to forty-five. In addition, the new competition dropped fares among the new licensees almost 7 percent. But perhaps even more impressive than reduced fares and increased competition is the effect that the new market system has had upon the drivers themselves.

Nearly overnight, the dress code for taxi drivers went from ripped T-shirts to collars and ties. Cabs are noticeably cleaner, cabbies are friendlier and their vehicles are more visible on our streets.

Comment Re:Use case: Legal forms from the government (Score 1) 238

That's fine, but the source is typically a Microsoft Office document, which has the problem of being proprietary and requiring an expensive piece of commercial software to handle.

We need to get all the legal entities (of which government is just one) to agree on an open standard document format like that of Open Office, so the public can easily process those documents.

Comment Use case: Legal forms from the government (Score 1) 238

I need to fill out a form from a local government office to get some information from them. They email me a PDF of the official form.

The form is a pure document, so I have to print it out, scribble answers on it (or feed it into a typewriter; remember those?), then either scan and email it back to them or jam it in a paper envelope, stick a stamp on it, and drop it in the snail mail.

How much nicer it would be if I could fill in what I needed using my computer keyboard and email it back.

I don't want to do this with Word, as that's a proprietary format, and the resulting document may not image in a way that makes it legally valid. (This is where we start pushing the Open Office formats.)

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