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Comment The Blockchain is too slow (Score 1) 480

I've contributed to the secure voting platform Agora Voting and from what I know they have already thought about using the blockchain, in part because bitcoin is sexy these days (as you can see from this article being in the frontpage of /.), but the problem is the blockchain can only process a limited number of transactions per second, it's messy. It's still a good idea, but it's not the end-all solution: for example a big problem is the census, you need a reliable list of secured voters.

Comment There are secure voting systems (Score 1) 190

Let me introduce you to Agora Voting [0], an open source internet voting system that is cryptographically secure, supports vote delegation, and scales well to massive elections, you can see the security scheme here [1]. It has been used for votings in the Spanish Congress and for big parties in Spain like Podemos (more than 80,000 votes).

There's no 100% secure system, but this is almost there. Also, votes buying is minimized because you can vote as many times as you want and only the last vote counts. I would suggest you contact the team, maybe you *can* get secure online voting in your municipality.


Comment Those Luddites were kind of wrong (Score 1) 870

See, the thing is that this is NOT a bad thing. 10,000 years ago, we could only travel at about 15km per hour. Now there are astronauts that go around earth and they travel that distance in less than 2 seconds. Technology allows us to either travel 7800 km in an hour, or 16 km in 2 seconds. In that sense when automation replaces jobs, it allows us to get the same work done in less time, or more work done during the same time. So in 50 years, lets say, we could do the same work that we do per person working just 1 hour per day, or do 8 times more work in 8 hours per day.

In that sense, technology and automation do not destroy jobs at all. The problem is how we organize society, not technology, we could still all be employed for 40h/week with 2% unemployment rate in 2100 if we, as society, choose to do more work during the same workshift. Or we could just work for half an hour per day and get the same level of comfort and work done than today. Of course in either case all jobs would shift towards higher level tasks, towards tasks that cannot be automated yet.

If productivity increases but average work per person does not, and at the same time we maintain a standard of 40 working hours per week, that is when unemployment rises. But as I have explained, those are a lot of ifs and it is just one possible path for society. Technology is not and will not rise unemployment, society's political decisions will.

Comment Re:getting pretty close to Tree-of-Liberty time (Score 3, Interesting) 107

In my opinion, not everything is your fault. 70% of the votes are casted on voting machines, which are again and again proved prone to be manipulated. Yes, I'm saying that it's very possible elections are rigged. The first thing you should do is going back to counting votes with your hands.

Comment Re:Is the End of Internet Liberty Coming Soon? (Score 2, Informative) 107

Is this a Socialist move? Yes, I believe it is because I believe that the current Administration has an undeniable Socialist bend, and an aspect of Socialist regimes is the clamping down on liberties.

I can't understand why so many americans are so fracking frenzy about socialism. No country is absolutely capitalist or socialist, and as long as the government has public bodies like the police, judges, teachers, firemen, soldiers etc, your country is at the same time capitalist AND socialist up to some degree.

ACTA has nothing to do with socialism, because not everything that is done in the name of a greater good is actually a good thing for the mayority. This is not socialism because it makes a few a lot richer. It looks like Fox News convinced you that socialism is the same as communism and all that is the demon you have to fight. Fight merciless corporations instead, man!

Comment Re:But how to do that? (Score 1) 360

It's common to see musicians playing with plugs stuck in their ears so they don't drive themselves stone deaf, while they obviously consider it perfectly OK for them to obliterate the hearing of customers frequenting the place.

I realise I'm probably a tedious old fart, but I've long been forced to recognise that my hearing is far from what it was when I was a teenager or even in my twenties, and I hold many of these crappy bands to blame.

I'm sorry to tell you, but rock's always meant to be loud. If it's not LOUD, it's not rock n roll. Jimi Hendrix, for example, said once that he wasn't the best, he just played louder.

Comment Re:Google still the best option for Chinese people (Score 1) 214

"In China you can easily switch to and get the same results as the rest if the world."

Yes, you can. But after searching 2 or 3 times about tiananmen, you won't be able to load again (until 2 hours later): The firewall will detect that you are searching for information that threatens the dictatorship and therefore will (without showing you any warning) block you from loading for 1 hour or two. Then you'll realize you shouldn't have searched for that information, because if you repeat that behaviour N times the thought police will actually go to your house for you and you'll end in jail or dead.

There was an article on wired about how China's firewall makes people censor themselves this way.

Comment Re:Piracy IS LEGAL here in Spain(for video and aud (Score 1) 296

"Jajajaja... sorry... Hahahaha... where do you work? At the BSA?"

I'm pro-piracy, so no, I don't work for the BSA. I just look around and see that normally, businesses don't normally use pirated software. I haven't finnished my studies so I have no proffesional experience yet, but I look around and this is what I see: the faculty buys original software, the administration uses original software, my mum's company uses original software etc... The price for not doing so is too high (â). On the other hand, at home, everyone uses pirated software, fortunately.

Comment Piracy IS LEGAL here in Spain(for video and audio) (Score 2, Informative) 296

Yeah, that's right. Here in Spain, it's simply legal to download, upload and/or share music and films, if it's non-profit. Also, it's been ruled that pages that encourage sharing films and music and have revenues from ads are also legal, in part because otherwise google would be illegal, as google also has links to torrent files (try searching for "filetype:torrent" in google).

Unfortunately, Spanish Law makes an exception with copyrighted software. So it's legal to share music and films but not software. Anyway, I'm PROUD to say that software piracy is also widespread here in Spain (the exception is that businesses don't use pirated software).

Comment Re:Don't take freedom for granted (Score 1) 521

You are wrong. It is the people who vote, not lobbies, not companies. And your argument is ridiculous: Summarising, what you people are saying is that "he must vote whatever lobbies want him to until he becomes president, and it is then and not before that he will stand againt lobbies and for the good of the people".

And, excuse me, but that's fuckin' ridiculous. Only a doublethinker would "think" that.

Comment Re:Don't take freedom for granted (Score 2, Insightful) 521

So he compromised the privacy of his fellow citizens to get his hands on power. What a great leader. His actions are an example to follow. We surely must trust him, because things like this show that he will do whatever in order to protect the rights of the people. Because destrying people's right to privacy is an outstanding example of defending people's rights. Because he did it for our own good. /sarcasm

Fuckin' Doublethinkers!

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