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Comment Re:its difficult to dispute the position of Apple. (Score 2) 283

I can't answer the first two, but

3. what if any qualifications does a banking institution have that define it as a cogent source for software? Apple has been developing quality hardware and software for a generation now.

Banks have been developing banking software for a long time. Apple has not. That's not to say their software development skills couldn't be transferred successfully, but for the moment I'd place higher trust in banks who understand quite well what the financial implications of poor security are.

FWIW I think a handful of systems is better than 4000, and is also better than 1 or 2. I like for instance that the US has a few credit card processors; enough to gain the benefits of competition but not so many that it is impossible to support the vast majority of users.

Comment Re:What have they got to show for it? (Score 1) 401

And you are better off for it. Sure I'd love to slash the military budget to 1/10th its current size and bring all our armed forces home for pure defense purposes, but Europe has done a piss poor job of showing that it is willing to fund the military presence needed to ensure stability. So we do that. You're welcome, and STFU.

Comment Re:pixel (Score 1) 212

Ecosystem doesn't really seem to be that big of a deal anymore. With a few exceptions (admittedly some of them are deal-breakers), you can find the same apps on Android and iOS and you can do the same kind of stuff on both platforms.

I prefer Android so I can tweak it just right, but ease of sharing photos with my family (who all use iOS) is enough of a boon for me to use iPhone. If I switch I'll probably encourage everyone to use a cross-platform photo sharing service, but you know how that goes... I'll be on the hook for fixing everything then.

Comment Re: Real Problem (Score 1) 365

This is also evolution. But instead of using trial-and-error starting with a few chemicals which happened to be at the right place at the right time, it is intelligence-driven evolution starting with the knowledge gained through all that original evolution.

And the gazelle never drove a car. Driving is only a few generations old. That comparison is a huge stretch.

Comment Re:For them theoretically hacking a private org? (Score 1) 332

Even if they are proven..... really shitty behavior, some of it even criminal, was exposed that we as voters certainly have a right to know about. How dare they expose deep-rooted corruption!

But how do you even know that supposedly-criminal behavior actually happened?

Oh, maybe because our government is launching a cyber war against Russia. This action is pretty much admitting all of it is true.

Comment Re: "Proof" required for the full payment (Score 2) 85

It shouldn't matter anyway. If I buy a car with a DVD player that I had no intention to use, and then during routine maintenance at my dealership they remove the DVD player, that is wrong.

Perhaps I realized its usefulness after having kids. Or not. Doesn't matter, it was unmistakably part of the purchase.

Comment Re: flip flops (Score 1) 523

A design flaw of our election system is that two parties are inevitable and third party or independent candidates are likely to only serve as spoilers... at least until one or both of the major candidates is so unpopular as to incite political revolt.

We need a new voting system, such as ranked voting, which would eliminate the strategic advantage of voting against your conscience and for the lesser of two evils. Democrats and Republicans want to stay in power and will avoid even discussing improvements to the system that gave them that power. Third party candidates are likely to care about that issue, and Gary Johnson at least has explicitly stated support for ranked voting.

Comment Re: flip flops (Score 3, Insightful) 523

It is quite wrong to say that voting for third party is ineffective, even if the result is practically assured to favor a major party candidate.

If you reside in a non-swing state, like the vast majority of Americans, your vote doesn't count in any case. It doesn't matter if you vote for the inevitable winner of your state, or the major party loser, or a third party candidate. Your vote is just as statistically insignificant in any case.

But voting third party helps provide public campaign funding to that party in the next Presidential election. Third parties who actually make it, or come close enough to have a real platform, are more likely to lobby to reform the election systems which take choice away and always leave us with the so-called choice between the "better of two evils".

That is why it matters. If we want to get good candidates in the future, we must start voting against the duopoly now.

Comment Re: Many believe that we live in a computer simula (Score 1) 1042

Since duopoly is inherent in First Past The Post voting, why do you then also believe that voting third party will break the duopoly?

Because Gary Johnson supports ranked voting (instead of FPTP) and majority voting (instead of the electoral college).

At least he might have a platform to start the conversation. The major party candidates won't.

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