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Comment Re:Lack of anonymity (Score 1) 204

The issue of public counting is the same as "publicly available" information, which is that the information is only available to those who go to witness the counting, which means that the real world effectiveness of the audit method approaches zero. Auditing should be as conveniently available as possible to everyone who casts a vote, and an anonymous verification of each vote cast, plus being able to count all votes cast, would provide an incremental improvement in protecting against election fraud.

(It is also worth nothing that public viewing of the vote count is not possible by all voters, because the audit venue cannot support all voters being present, so in the case that there is concern over vote integrity, perps may intentionally fill the venue and prevent others from viewing the audit.)

Comment Re:Lack of anonymity (Score 2) 204

Your conclusion is wrong, due several factors:

There is no perfect system (nirvana fallacy) and your discussion does not compare the advantages and disadvantages of each system, and instead arrives at a conclusion based on listing disadvantages.

Voters can already be intimidated and provide proof of their vote with MMS, or any of the myriad photo-sharing apps, many of which are now providing end-to-end encryption.

The elimination of the voter being able to prove how they voted through official documentation removes the voter's ability to perform an audit of their own vote's tabulation. Voters uncovering elections fraud outweighs the very small (non-existent? - provide a link to cases of these claims, ever? Appeal to probability much?) vote-buying instances.

Comment Re:That's just great... (Score 1) 378

I'm in the same boat with my Dell, but it is 9 years old. I use it for business trips because all I ever have time for is responding to email, maybe open some spreadsheets. Everything else I need I can get from my phone. I like the old Dell because it has a ridiculous battery life since it is just a Core Duo 1.2 GHz with a battery nearly half the laptop's weight.

Submission + - High cholesterol 'does not cause heart disease' new research finds (

An anonymous reader writes: Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed.

A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease.

Published in the BMJ Open journal, the new study found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer.

So much for settled science.

Submission + - Peter Thiel's Lawyer Wants To Silence Reporting On Trump's Hair (

An anonymous reader writes: Follow the report that Gawker has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after facing multiple lawsuits funded by tech billionaire Peter Thiel, it's being reported that Thiel's lawyer, Charles J. Harder, is threatening to sue Gawker for reporting on the company that made Donald Trump's hair, claiming copyright prohibits Gawker from republishing his threat. He sent the company a letter on behalf of Edward Ivari, the owner of the company Gawker suggests may be behind Trump's hair. Gawker said it was sent a six-page letter that claims the story "was 'false and defamatory,' invaded Ivari's privacy, intentionally inflicted emotional distress, and committed 'tortious interference' with Ivari's business relations." Gawker reporter Ashley Feinberg suggested in a lengthy Gawker story that Trump secretly underwent Ivari International's $60,000 "microcylinder intervention" treatment, with the company's offices located on the 25th floor of Trump Tower. Gawker called Ivari's claims "ridiculous," and noted that the statements at issue were pulled from his own publicity materials and from public records of a 2001 lawsuit against the company.

Comment Re:Playing King of the Hill (Score 1) 153

This is completely correct, but the solution is not forking, as many will suggest. Recognizing that there are different views on everything should be accomplished not by just having different paragraphs in the same article, but entirely different articles with different maintainers under the same title, with presentation clearly calling out the different maintainers. Further, you could make the articles clearly part of someone or some group's approval.

This way people who want to understand the differing viewpoints on various topics can see how they are presented by the people who believe in that viewpoint. While this may muddy the water, I believe this would be superior to the current debacle because it would eliminate the bureaucrats and their fiefdoms from polluting the overall resource with their petty games, which is, by far, the very worst and most discouraging part of Wikipedia for both editors and readers.

Comment This is it! This is the time for Linux! (Score 1) 565

Well, if Linux on the desktop developers can get their act together before Windows 7 expires, they may well get all the computers that I personally administrate. I have decided Linux is going to be in competition even with Apple for my patronage, but I'm definitely not doing anything with Microsoft so long as the terms of their agreement dictate that they own everything done through their OS. I just won't have any part of it.

Submission + - Survey: Consumers Like ISPs To Play Favorites on Mobile Data Caps (

itwbennett writes: A new survey commissioned by mobile carrier trade group CTIA finds that 65% of adults were likely to sign up with a new mobile carrier that offers data cap exemptions and 85% percent of adults (94% of millennials) were likely to use more data if it was what CTIA calls 'free data.' CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell said this finding is not surprising and says it indicates that consumers want 'the freedom to choose what works for their mobile life.' The more than 50 advocacy groups that last month called on the FCC to rule against zero-rating plans likely see it differently. In a letter to the FCC the groups argued that zero-rating plans 'present a serious threat' to the open Internet.

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