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Comment Re:It's just a power grab (Score 2) 126

And if that one employee were carrying one fifth of the entire company's workload, and he made the right decision 99.84% of the time, you'd be a moron for firing him. That's especially true when your least overruled employee is wrong 44.7% of the time and the average overrule rate is 74.3%.

In other words, you're full of shit and ignorant on this subject. Read up before getting involved in adult conversations.

Comment Re:Always wait for the S version (Score 1) 112

We switched away from buying our phones through Verizon, to the Apple Upgrade Program. It's a zero-interest loan over 24 months, but you can upgrade every 12 months by extending the loan so that you have another 24 months remaining.

On this plan, the most logical behaviors are to 1) pay off your phone and hold onto it as long as possible, or 2) upgrade the moment you can so that you're not continuing to make payments on last year's model. The worst option is to upgrade every two years, because your monthly payment is exactly the same as if you upgrade every year but you have an old phone half the time.

Comment And it'll be a shitshow because of course it is (Score 4, Funny) 204

Sneak preview of the API:

crypto_really_encode(plaintext, algorithm); // Simplest
crypto_really_encode(plaintext, mode, algorithm); // Next arg goes in the middle
crypto_really_encode(block_size, plaintext, algorithm, mode); // Switch it up yo lol

...where AES will somehow be a valid value for both mode and algorithm (which will silently override to "NULL" if plaintext starts with a zero or the letter "p").

Comment Do NOT delete your account! It's a security risk! (Score 4, Informative) 101

Yahoo re-issues email addresses after they've been deleted. Are you absolutely 100% certain you haven't used that account as the password reset address for anything else? If so, go ahead (so long as you don't mind someone else having your username). If there's any chance at all that your old Yahoo address's new owner could reset your Facebook password, for instance, then purge your Yahoo account instead.

Yes, everything to do with Yahoo is a travesty. Why do you ask?

Comment Re:They'll Go Underground (Score 1) 899

On voting: here's my proposal. Vote with touchscreens. When you're finished, it prints a scantron-style page, perfectly marked. No hanging chads, no pencil marks, no erasures, nothing: just "[X] My Candidate" filled in. That's what you drop into the ballot box after looking to make sure it's correct. Go ahead and use those for instant results so you can know a minute after election who (provisionally) won. But if there's suspicion - or who knows, maybe always? - the marked ballot count wins. This is a hybrid of the current system with its protections, but with the advantages of easy UI and instant results that people want.

I think free-as-in-BSD market is mistake to Libertarians (of which I'm registered as). I think the rule of government in the economy is to protect the freedom of the market, not necessarily all of its participants. For example, look back to Standard Oil. I think it was completely appropriate for the government to break it up to preserve the open flow of the economy and to prevent a single company from completely dictating how a major economy segment operated. When Standard Oil had complete freedom, the result was little to no freedom for all the other actors. I view it as analogous to banning slavery. Sure, that placed new restrictions on some, but that cost pales in comparison to the value of freedom it granted to others. That was a good trade.

Now, I want those government actions to be rare and as gentle as possible, but I still think they're necessary. I don't want a completely unfettered economy where any large player is free to bent whole markets to serve solely themselves. That's been tried many places and times, and it never works out well (either for the other actors in the short term, or for the monopolists in the long term when enough people get pissed off that they revolt).

Comment Re:They'll Go Underground (Score 1) 899

Re: traditional gender roles. I disagree with Social Conservatives but their position /= fascism.

Traditional gender roles, assumed voluntarily, are 100% fine. Passing laws to punish those who don't conform to them is absolutely not OK.

Re: voting: I'm 100% in favor of showing ID to vote.

I used to be, except that there have been statistically almost zero cases of confirmed voter fraud. IDs don't prevent documented fraud like Gregg Phillips being registered simultaneously in three different states.

You would have a receipt with your hash.

No, no, no, no, no. This is how you get massive voter fraud. Imagine if you got a receipt that could reveal your voting. Now imagine:

  • A union steward forcing employees to prove they voted correctly
  • A factory owner having a mandatory "let's compare our votes" party
  • An abusive husband making his wife demonstrate that she chose his favorite candidates

That would end anonymous voting, which is a cornerstone of democracy: you can't have democracy without it.

I have not seen that yet. I have seen people who are known defenders of free-market.

There are known defenders laissez-faire market, but that's not at all the same thing as a free market. I prefer my economies free as in GPL, not as in BSD.

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