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Comment Re:The Third World was first (Score 1) 184

So the US has become a Third World nation.

and

Ridesharing is a well established mode of transport for the middleclass in Africa and Southeast Asia who can't afford to ride single passenger taxis but want something more comfortable than the local equivalent of a bus.

don't correlate.

Comment Re:Human missions are better for long term health (Score 2) 308

Because putting ourselves in those scenarios can change the observable reactions our body has to situations. I am of the "create manned missions" because as so many people have said, it DOES inspire people (if we could believe in the US government not to cancel the program 25% of the way through every time), and because it IS a vital step in humanity's survival in the long term.

Comment Tired of this hyperbolic rhetoric (Score 1) 1448

>His concern, ostensibly, is that someone might be petty enough not to see his movie simply because he spent years lobbying for laws that treated certain people as less than human.

Really? Less than human? Because you get taxed differently and don't have visitation rights at a hospital? It's an insult to victims of real humanitarian crises like genocide and slavery to talk about this relative first world problem in such terms.

Comment Re:And that's the way it should be done (Score 1) 126

Why is "man" in quotes?

I'd be interested in hearing more about how you and your like-minded friends think the world would work without borders defining the legal codes to which a person is expected to adhere at any time.

If anything, I've pondered that internet routing should be changed to strongly prefer staying within a particular country's borders if the source and destination are in the same jurisdiction. Of course, if one wants to route through the world, tor/proxys are easy as pie, but the bulk of normal, direct traffic could be routed this way.

Comment Re:packet radio? (Score 1) 371

>Why worry about what, when you can easily control how often. Limit each participant to some amount.

How do you regulate that? By making a closed hardware platform?

I bet you'd find most amateur radio ops are content with the current ruleset.

Let me also say that when the power goes out for a few weeks, HAM is the only comms still operating. It's a great skill for learning RF and electronics basics while doing something useful.

Comment Re:The guy is a hero (Score 1) 583

This strawman brought to you by Anonymous Coward.

He didn't say the government has no right to privacy or no need for secrecy. It's the LEVEL of secrecy combined with unconstitutional actions that has Americans rightfully enraged at their leadership.

Call data records are not public record. It is revealing, private data held by a private company, and the US government is blanket requesting it from carriers to do analysis and to have it "just in case". It's unlawful and it's occurring without any oversight, contrary to what Obama and his cronies are saying.

Comment Re:Oxymoron? (Score 1) 177

You and Coeurderoy both have narrow views of voting. Yours is that voting would/should only be done once a year or once every two years. Imagine the hypothetical secure, open "perfect" voting system that has all the authentication/authorization requirements, yadda yadda. We could have referendums once a week! Gallup and the others would be out of a job, because people could officially state their opinion in a way that could sway public policy. The White House petitions that are such a joke could have millions of votes a week on hot-topics, putting more pressure on the administration to enact the will of the people (so long as that will doesn't disobey Constitution or law).

  Coeurderoy, on the other hand, assumes that the perfect system would have to be used at home. Perhaps we would have permanent "reserve" voting areas specifically set up to provide access when residential areas have power/Internet issues. Or we could have multi-day voting, or postpone votes when too many peoples' ability is blocked. It's just like thunderstorms/flooding is nowadays... there are contingencies.

In summary, I agree that a secure online perfect voting system is a long way away, if it's ever going to exist. Where we disagree: I believe that if it DID exist, it would be immensely beneficial.

Comment Didn't read article, summary is ridiculous (Score 1) 377

Of COURSE the problem is ownership! That's the first question every worker in my IT department asked when we got offered BYOD!

"So, if I can have company data on my phone (email), what are y'all doing to my phone? Oh, you're putting it in an encrypted sandbox? Oh, you're reserving the right to wipe that sandbox remotely (and possibly my entire phone)? Oh, you're not taking any liability for accidental wipes? Oh, you're not issuing a phone number that hides my personal cell (ala Google Voice/giving me a SIP address)?"

Ya, fuck that noise. Give me my crappy work-iPhone 5 that, rather than using native apps like the Blackberry I had, gets to use "GOOD for Enterprise" apps that don't integrate with the rest of the phone.

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