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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

Logic Bomb A chance to work for doing it right (190 comments)

You have an opportunity to help make your town a case study for doing it rightâ"which might result in a decision to avoid online voting. You can advocate on security/vote integrity issues by raising awareness of the complexities. Make a strong push for requiring vendors that don't hide their products' inner workings from their customers. Talk about the importance of being able to audit the vote.

The big questions everyone should answer before making a decision are "what do we gain?" and "what do we lose?" I think people often forget the latter.

about a month and a half ago
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Cox Promises National Gigabit Rollout; Starting With Phoenix, Las Vegas, Omaha

Logic Bomb Re:In addition to rolling out... (129 comments)

I've had Cox, probably in the same city as you (given your reference to CenturyLink), for over a decade. Performance has always been as advertised, often better. Service interruptions have been rareâ"less than one per year. I've never heard different from anyone else.

They recently replaced my modem with one meeting a newer DOCSIS standard, presumably anticipating the upcoming service upgrades.

about 4 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Logic Bomb Re:Not necessarily hate (1482 comments)

Based on that set of axioms, it can be completely loving to encourage someone to repent of his sins and choose to follow Jesus. Practicing homosexuality is a sign that someone isn't doing that. It would therefore be unloving or even hateful to affirm homosexual relations.

He didn't "encourage someone to repent". He contributed money to an effort to institutionalize oppression in the law. His actions affected others, so those who disagree are entitled to do the same.

about 6 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Logic Bomb Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

But in no way do I support the demonization or boycott of people just because they have a different opinion of something than I do.

This isn't about someone's opinion of wheat bread. This is about oppression based on a common genetic characteristic, and one that isn't anyone else's problem (as opposed to something like psychopathy). The struggle for gay rights absolutely, unquestionably, is analogous to the struggle for civil rights for african americans. You would have been against the Montgomery bus boycott?

about 6 months ago
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Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

Logic Bomb Re:Is this the 90s!? She's been trolling for years (376 comments)

The brilliant and hilarious political writer Molly Ivins wrote the ultimate takedown of Camille Paglia's absurd intellectual methods (20 years ago!). Archive.org has a PDF of the original article from Mother Jones magazine.

If you plan to read it, ignore the rest of this comment, but if you're not going to follow the link, here's the final paragraph of the article:

There is one area in which I think Paglia and I would agree that politically correct feminism has produced a noticeable inequity. Nowadays, when a woman behaves in hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, "Poor dear, it's probably PMS." Whereas, if a man behaves in a hysterical and disagreeable fashion, we say, "What an asshole." Let me leap to correct this unfairness by saying of Paglia, Sheesh, what an asshole.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?

Logic Bomb Whatever Apple uses with iPhoto (350 comments)

Every time I've done prints at local store, the color has been awful. Sometimes the image itself turns grainy. The prints I order through iPhoto are wonderful, though I haven't ordered in a few months. I believe they were using Kodak's service, which is getting handed over to Shutterfly?

more than 2 years ago
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Will Apple Let Siri and Apps Connect?

Logic Bomb Of course it'll happen (185 comments)

Apple is pretty predictable -- once they've started showing their hand. They consistently take successful ideas used in one place and expand them as far as possible. Successful user interface paradigms developed for one application later appear in others. The iOS App Store begat the Mac App Store. So it seems pretty obvious that Apple, having introduced Siri, will expand it.

Except for major OS releases to paid developer program members, Apple almost never releases anything with a "beta" label. Siri is labeled a beta, which surely is meant to indicate that more functionality is planned.

about 2 years ago
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Was the iPod Accessory Port Inspired By a 40-Year-Old Camera?

Logic Bomb Oh, please. It's an obvious shape. (263 comments)

Let's say you have to design a connector for a device which is relatively thin, and is expected to get thinner in the future. Existing common connection standards like USB don't provide the functionality you want. What's the most obvious shape? How about a flat line?

Wow, amazing work. I don't think there's much inspiration required.

more than 2 years ago
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Wall Street: Software More Valuable Than Oil

Logic Bomb Apple isn't a software company (223 comments)

Apple's products are hardware-software bundles. Apple sometimes sells updated software to use on hardware you already bought from them. They also are a vendor of content -- none of which they create -- with the goal of making their hardware-software bundles even more appealing.

Stupid exceptions that don't change my argument:
  FileMaker (a mostly-ignored Apple subsidiary)
  You can use iTunes on Windows to purchase music & video and never put them on an Apple device. This wasn't the goal of the iTunes Music Store, and doesn't make much money for Apple.
  The legions of 3rd-party products Apple sells online and at their stores have nothing to do with this.

more than 3 years ago
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NYTimes.com Reports 100k Subscribers

Logic Bomb Are they counting free subscriptions? (117 comments)

I've had a nytimes.com login pretty much since they started requiring registration to view stories -- late 90s some time? Right after the paywall was announced, I got an email thanking me for being a long-time account holder and offering me a free year's subscription. I took their offer, of course. How many of those 100,000 subscribers are actually paying?

more than 3 years ago
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Hackers Steal Kroger's Customer List

Logic Bomb This is affecting lots of companies (185 comments)

My wife got an email from TiVo, and I got an email from some branch of Disney vacation sales (no surprise -- we took a trip to DisneyWorld like 5 years ago and they still have my email address).

This is affecting a lot of companies.

more than 3 years ago
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iBook Store Features Leave Indie Publishers Behind

Logic Bomb Re:They aren't doing this to snub the little guys. (146 comments)

That works if and only if Apple tells everyone that's what they're doing. While it may be likely based on past experience, you cannot safely assume a company will do anything in particular.

Innovation often doesn't come from the big guys. Experience so far with the App Store has certainly shown that. There's no good reason for Apple to only look at large publishing operations for input.

more than 3 years ago
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Mixed Reception To AT&T's New Data Pricing Scheme

Logic Bomb Charge for tethering is a complete rip-off now (514 comments)

The ridiculous part is that they're still charging a fee to enable tethering. That sort of makes sense with an "unlimited" plan. Presumably, the plan price was based on an estimate of how much data you'd use. Since tethering will obviously drive up usage, that assumption is no longer valid. (This highlights the absurdity of so-called "unlimited" plans that aren't really.)

But now that you are paying for actual use, there's no excuse to charge anything for tethering. You've paid for 2 GB (or whatever), and it shouldn't matter how it gets used. If you use more, you pay more.

I'd really like to see a regulatory authority question that charge.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan

Logic Bomb Changes affect all AT&T customers (670 comments)

If you actually read the AT&T press release you'll find that this applies to all smartphone data plans. It's not just about iPhones. They're basically changing the iPad plans to match.

As of right now, Apple's iPad product page still refers to unlimited data plans. It's hard to imagine AT&T didn't notify Apple that this is coming, but it almost looks like they don't know.

more than 4 years ago
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Emmerich Plans Foundation As a 3D Epic

Logic Bomb Asimov himself said nothing happens in Foundation (283 comments)

These are absolutely some of my very favorite books. But as I recall, Asimov's own foreword to the original trilogy makes the idea of a movie series seem pretty stupid. He started Foundation as a series of short stories. Years later, when a publisher was trying to persuade him to make a longer Foundation work, Asimov had to go back and re-read the material. He reports that, as he sat there reading, he kept waiting for something to happen in the story. He was right (of course): Foundation is mostly people have discussions. What kind of movie can you make out of that?

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Changes Its Rules, ACLU Lawsuit Dropped

Logic Bomb Re:Maybe it's just me (285 comments)

My understanding is that one of the primary issues in a civil case is whether there's even an issue that the court can decide. I believe one can ask a court to make a preemptive ruling. However, most of the time if there isn't actually a dispute the court won't hear the case. And since the TSA changed its policies, there's no longer a dispute.

Now, if the detained individual wants to file his own lawsuits for damages and that sort of thing, that's a different issue.

more than 4 years ago
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Large-Scale Mac Deployment?

Logic Bomb Re:Large scale Apple managed LAN? (460 comments)

There are many huge Mac deployments: universities, school districts with 1-to-1 laptop programs where every student gets a laptop, Google (thousands of Macs), the Fountainbleau hotel in Miami, and more. Apple gear isn't always used to manage everything: most of these sites are probably using Active Directory or some UNIX-based LDAP service for account management. But there are plenty of large Mac deployments out there.

more than 4 years ago
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Large-Scale Mac Deployment?

Logic Bomb Why ask on /.? Plenty of info elsewhere... (460 comments)

Why on earth is this being asked on Slashdot? Head to afp548.com and macenterprise.org (particularly its mailing list). You'll find info on InstaDMG, DeployStudio, even Radmind.

more than 4 years ago
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How Microsoft Degrades Their Users (In a Good Cause)

Logic Bomb Re:Punch your customers in the face, selectively (174 comments)

Just last night I got a phone survey that was obviously commissioned by my cable TV/Internet company. Among the questions asked was, "if your monthly bill went up by $3, how likely would you be to cancel your service?" They asked a variation of that question about a competitor's telephone service.

Your example is funny, but don't you think McDonald's has done research on how long they can let a drive-through line get before customers go elsewhere?

more than 5 years ago

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How can a business end wrongful ASCAP shakedown?

Logic Bomb Logic Bomb writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Logic Bomb (122875) writes "A local coffee shop was recently forced to stop performances by unsigned musicians because ASCAP and other licensing groups insist the shop owes thousands of dollars in fees. The fees are a preemptive shakedown, supposedly owed because performers at the shop might play someone's copyrighted work. Despite the shop owner's efforts to clarify or negotiate, the licensing groups aren't budging. Who can a small business owner turn to for help in this situation? It doesn't really seem like an issue for the EFF. The ACLU seems like a possibility, but this problem isn't on their list of key issues. Anyone dealt with this before?"
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Logic Bomb Logic Bomb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Logic Bomb (122875) writes "The New York Times reports that the US government is investigating ownership of Sequoia Voting Systems, one of the biggest providers of electronic voting machines. The Venezuelan government was an investor in a company called Smartmatic, which purchased Sequoia in 2005. Smartmatic was chosen to supply Venezuela with voting machines in 2004 under suspicious circumstances — it had no experience, and its effort was heavily financed by the government. Also, Smartmatic's legal paper trail has apparently been obscured by a growing "elaborate web of offshore companies and foreign trusts," making it difficult to determine if the Venezuelan government still has any official influence over it."
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Logic Bomb Logic Bomb writes  |  about 8 years ago

Logic Bomb (122875) writes "The purified silicon used to make computer chips and solar cells is in increasingly short supply. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, massive increases in demand have more than doubled the price of polysilicon in three years. While the solar cell market has taken the brunt of the increase so far, chip manufacturers are concerned about the long term. Because polysilicon suppliers have been burned in the past when they rushed to increase capacity, they are not all eager to meet the latest increase in demand. The semiconductor industry could be in for a rough ride in the next few years."

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