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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

Livius Re:Not surprising (262 comments)

this website is some kind of horrible, complex, unknown beast that simply could not be tamed, a website so complex that few applications could approach it in terms of functional requirements.

It depends on what the purpose of the website was. If the purpose was to create employment for contractors, and make the health insurance programme look bad, then the requirements would need to be more complex.

10 hours ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

Livius Re:*waves hand* (116 comments)

Actually, these are the drones the producers are looking for. But the stormtroopers are incapable of hitting anything.

yesterday
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Livius Next: England (447 comments)

The underlying problem is that devolution in the United Kingdom was asymmetric. England does not have an assembly. Actually this means that the English as second-class citizens in the UK, but irrational resentments can be built out of any inequality, even one in your favour.

All they would have to do is decide to make every English MP a member of a "Convention of England" or some such, and give them £1 a year to underline that it's a separate job.

Anything done to make Scotland more unequal - in either direction - will only make things worse.

2 days ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Livius Re:Free Willy! (447 comments)

And even fewer of the super-powers people want to have.

2 days ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Livius Re:Study Questions (437 comments)

Said the wrong way and/or in the wrong context, yes.

2 days ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Livius Re:What's the background? (140 comments)

...and then they beg him to come back for vastly more money.

2 days ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Livius Re:Ignoring war (313 comments)

Not really. Wars have had surprisingly little impact on overall world population growth.

2 days ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Livius The terrorists learned (182 comments)

I'm guessing the NSA did learn something from the experience.

2 days ago
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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

Livius Re:The sad part is... (182 comments)

A war crime happened.

There is a right for someone to know about it - preferably someone with the willingness to act.

2 days ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

Livius Re:Cut The Cable (103 comments)

No, no, if it comes from somewhere with oil in need of liberating, then it's an act of war.

4 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Livius Misuse of 'My' (541 comments)

I expect Microsoft to continue to use 'My' when the correct word is 'Your'. The way people talk to two-year-olds.

Says a lot about how Microsoft views their customers.

4 days ago
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The Case For a Federal Robotics Commission

Livius Re:more buerocracy (70 comments)

I'm guessing it's about the robotics industry controlling a piece of government, not the other way around.

4 days ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Livius Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

In some places the government builds the liquor stores.

5 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Livius correction (905 comments)

Oops, should be:

In other words, religious people feel threatened by science, so they will adopt the fantasy that science is, or should be, more like just another religion, thereby putting science and their religion on an equal footing.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Livius Re:illogical captain (905 comments)

In other words, religious people feel threatened by religion, so they will adopt the fantasy that science is, or should be, more like just another religion, thereby putting science and their religion on an equal footing.

about a week ago
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NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

Livius Re:Why bother? (73 comments)

By changing the law, even only cosmetically, we now need *new* proof of the law being broken.

Without the proof, there's no actual uncertainty that the law is being broken, but a lack of evidence is one more obstacle to action.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Livius Re:atheism is bankrupt (905 comments)

Atheists have moral systems because all humans have moral systems. Atheism is not that moral system - atheism is the absence of belief in the supernatural.

about a week ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Livius I have a method (124 comments)

to eliminate patent examiner fraud. The method, of course, is patented.

about a week ago

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