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Comment Apples and Oranges (Score 1) 415

I'm no Trump fan, but there are many reasons why him running insecure servers for his current business isn't even close to Clinton running insecure servers when she was Secretary of State.

  • When Secretary of State, Clinton was theoretically subject to Freedom of Information Act requests on all her communications. By using a private server, she deliberately sidestepped this pesky requirement to enable the commoners to learn what the elite ruling class were discussing.
  • She repeatedly sent classified e-mails over these servers. She shouldn't get arrested for this, that's just crazy talk, but this would get an ordinary bloke like me fired, and it'd get a military person court-martialed.
  • She repeatedly lied about the whole situation, again and again changing her story as the FBI uncovered more information. We have zero reason to believe the final version she settled on is accurate.
  • She didn't just deliberately delete e-mail messages to cover the whole thing up, she also had phones and tables physically destroyed to remove evidence.
  • She sloppily tried to blame Colin Powell for it all, even though the dates don't seem to line up.

Someone who's running for president should be adhering to higher standards than regular people, not lower ones. Trump can have crap security right now; he's a private citizen, and there's no law against it (whether or not there should be is another question). Clinton can even have crap security on her personal servers. She just needs to know when to use which one. Really it was the greatest stroke of brilliance of the entire Clinton campaign to get the media to label the whole server / classified document situation as the "e-mail scandal" because it trivializes it and hides away what actually makes it significant.

For the record I'm not voting for either one.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 1) 867

I kind of see the Hillary vs. Trump question a bit like "Do you prefer your police state Orwellian or traditional fascist?" The only correct answer is "neither". I'm voting third-party. It's the only way to win in this game. If enough people vote third-party it'll communicate the message back to the Republicans and Democrats that this sort of situation won't be tolerated. If we go along with this and continue to "choose the lesser of evils" then the two evils we'll be dealing with next time will be even more so.

Comment Glasses-Free 3D (Score 1) 100

Glasses-free 3D has potential in a number of applications and it's surprising to me how little penetration it has in the market at large. Just as adding color to a display is a means of providing more information, adding depth to a display adds information. Just as we don't typically grade a movie or an application on how effectively its color has been used, once the novelty of 3D has worn off and it's become just another tool in the box we'll start to see what sort of impact it really has. Now we seem to be limited to the 3DS, expensive Ultra-D displays, and soon glasses-free cinemas. What about the 3D phones and tablets? (Yes, I know about add-ons like EyeFly3D, but they're still pretty niche at the moment.)

Comment Why Such Limited Coverage for Other Parties? (Score 2) 177

Liking her or hating her is fine, but people should at least know about her and the other "third-party" candidate on the ballot in all 50 states, Gary Johnson. In an election where there are a record majority number of people dissatisfied with the candidates being offered up by both the big parties, the media ought to be doing a better job of covering the alternatives.

Comment Pole Ownership (Score 4, Interesting) 117

In most districts I've seen the utility companies don't pay any kind of excise tax or ownership tax on "their" poles. Since they're already getting special treatment as these poles are seen as supporting a public utility, they shouldn't be too surprised to see some strings getting attached to this special treatment.

Comment It's Better than a Fitbit (Score 2) 359

It's much better for health apps than a Fitbit. Its running / walking exercise app in particular is really well thought out. Its map app is great for walking, too. Little details like the four steady beats for turning right and the four beats in a heartbeat pattern for turning left really make it stand out. The calendar interface is also decent. Some of the other apps still need more work; I'd like more mail options, for one.

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