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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Kobun Re:Just Require an IQ Test (635 comments)

It's not just sick or die. There is a whole range of horrible lifelong consequences - blindness, deafness, impaired motor function, damaged kidneys, brain damage, heart damage, etc.

2 days ago
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Jim Blasko Explains 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 2 of 2)

Kobun Re:My take is different (39 comments)

I haven't looked in-depth, but I'm guessing that the companies that are accepting bitcoin payments are behaving more like a foreign currency exchange transaction. The thing being purchased is priced only in the local currency, and they will happily take something else in payment for a small fee for what it will cost them to convert that payment into local currency. All of the chocolate that I bought in Germany at the airport with dollars, for example.

4 days ago
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Jim Blasko Explains 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 2 of 2)

Kobun My take is different (39 comments)

(On the other hand, if large companies will accept it in payment, they've probably got an idea that a given currency will be around next month or next year.)

I don't think this is the most likely answer. Most likely is that the big companies have an instant exchange set up where a purchase made in bitcoins is immediately converted to dollars, and they charge their customers a small transaction fee in the form of an exchange rate difference.

4 days ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Kobun Re:Anonymity (480 comments)

There's not a single thing in what you've written that requires you to vote from home, instead of at a polling place with election observers.

I will also tell you that from 3 decades of watching this stuff I believe that you've put yourself at the mercy of the propaganda people. They are the ones who retain, manipulate, and present the information that you are election-night-cramming on. Off the top of my head I can think of a dozen examples of candidate-selection-altering events that, when I go back later to see what history has had to say, are entirely missed, glossed over, or are otherwise mischaracterized.

In summation (not to the parent at this point) - get yourself to a town hall meeting or two sometime, and get off your lazy butt and walk to the post office or a polling place.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Kobun Re:Such nonsense! (480 comments)

Where's the money to be made in that? Furthermore, how can I pump some hype up about bitcoins with pedestrian paper?

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Kobun Re:Conflating Issues (480 comments)

But this isn't about "no votes". Low turnout needs to be addressed while repeating the mantra "correlation is not causation". Until the true root cause(s) is/are understood, just doing something isn't a good approach (and will likely be a "something" that slimeball politicians will use to abuse voters futher).

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Kobun Re:Anonymity (480 comments)

You're going to do your vote research AT THE TIME OF VOTING? Are you nuts? Politicians lie pretty much ... constantly. Are you really going to trust the single site presented to you by whoever runs the voting system as an unbiased source of information?

Your argument that "it simply takes too much time to do the research" reads to me as an admission of being uninformed. Your statements preceding that set off every alarm in my system for propaganda abuse.

Do your own research. If you care about an issue watch your local, state, and national politicians over time and keep track of what they DO, not just what they SAY.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Kobun Re:Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

The counter-argument goes that if the voter can pull out their generated ID tag to verify their vote after the fact, a standard-issue "thug" (representing any malicious party) can also use that ID to verify that the votes went to their preferred candidates. So it's not really anonymous at all.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Kobun Re:Uninterested people aren't worth it (480 comments)

Way to cherry pick your statements while ignoring context. Would you like to debate my use of the word "is" next?

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Kobun Re:Conflating Issues (480 comments)

It's not a given that low voter turnout is a problem. We don't need more low-information voters (89% agree that DHMO should be banned) and we don't need to coerce those who do not vote to signal their non-consent to the system.

Amen.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Kobun Uninterested people aren't worth it (480 comments)

It's not worth going out of our way to make voting MORE accessible than it already is. There are multiple polling places in every city of any size across the nation. People who are so uninterested in the process that they can't either go to their local poll or drop an absentee ballot in the mail are VERY likely to have a misinformed, useless opinion.

There are any number of areas regarding voting that I'd rather see time spent on instead of being able to claim "There's an app for that".

about two weeks ago
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Early Bitcoin Adopters Facing Extortion Threats

Kobun Still can't believe (106 comments)

That swatting is a thing. How can it be that a single, anonymous phone call is all it takes to deploy a militarized police team to your front door? It blows my mind. That it keeps happening over and over ... ugh.

about a month ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

Kobun Re:Anti-worker would mean against, not for... (323 comments)

In my opinion, it really isn't at all positive or a success. I commented earlier about the vast cultural differences between German (& Danish & Scandinavian) unions and American unions; the Hostess story is a good example. Compare what happened with Hostess to this explanation (that does a much better job than I would do): http://www.remappingdebate.org... Given the political situation in the US, I think that to see the American system shift the US unions need to buy the companies that they staff.

about 2 months ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

Kobun Re:Cars got made (323 comments)

Ford, Chrysler and GM's management obviously thought (and by most indications, still think) that they've got the US Government wrapped around their little finger. Why improve quality or reduce unneeded costs when you don't believe that lack of competitive offerings will ever truly be the end of you? Their testimony in Congress at the time of this article was ... impressive. http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/11/...

about 2 months ago
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DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

Kobun Re:Cars got made (323 comments)

To play Devil's Advocate (just a little bit) - there are cultural differences (sometimes huge) between the USA and Germany, and a HUGE cultural difference between their respective labor unions. There may be more to a German car being built well than whether or not a Union was involved.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Kobun Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

Surprisingly enough, I've got those failure calculations (estimated using prior internal failures rates) included in my own measurements. The SLA thing is where things really turned south - for the expense cloud providers who would guarantee uptime the way you describe AND reimburse for outages outside of the SLA, I could have doubled my staff size.

about 2 months ago

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