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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

OFnow Re:electronic voting is easier to rig. (193 comments)

Any voting system can be subverted. The cool thing with electronic voting is that the subversion will of course make recounting meaningless.

about 2 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

OFnow Re:SSI and SSDI (338 comments)

"Social security and disability checks are why the USPS matters today. They have guaranteed delivery" Maybe they do, but nothing else has guaranteed delivery. Some 1st class mail never makes it here...every month.

about 3 months ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

OFnow Snowden effect (236 comments)

What Snowden was turn a suspicion into knowledge. That is a big deal. (Hal Berghel pointed this out first).

about 3 months ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

OFnow Infinite? (235 comments)

I too have worked on projects with seemingly infinite bugs. I concluded that feeling just meant a big (BIG) chunk of code (perhaps the entire project) should be discarded and rewritten from scratch. Not, of course, that the company would ever agree to that...

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

OFnow Re:Seriously (328 comments)

Sonic.net guesses 14000 feet (will be 18000 if it got measured rather than guessed) There is only one set of phone lines (installed in 1940's) and one physical base station. Long long ago Rhythms (a company) had better modems and we could get 356Kb/s for $55 a month, but company paid for that pitiful service. Satellite is of course pitiful compared to hard line Comcast speeds. At one time (for a few lucky people) there was a microwave link to San Bruno Mountain that gave a few Mb/s for $65 a month but the company lost rights to the spectrum, leaving that business, and anyway few homes really had good line of site (a single tree could block the signal). It is an effective monopoly now, just one service is any good at all.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

OFnow Re:Seriously (328 comments)

Comcast works here within 10 miles of San Francisco, but DSL maxes out at 128Kb/S because of old copper wires and 18000 feet to the TelCo office as-the-wire-exists. It's the norm unless you live in a narrow corridor near 101 and El Camino on the peninsula. Just one choice.

about 3 months ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

OFnow Re:Where are the farmers? (987 comments)

In 2013 (I think) a Fortune magazine article (I recollect) discussed the serious weather changes in the US midwest with farmers there. The farmers know the climate there is changing and are preparing for continuing changes, but the farmers deny it is "climate change."

about 4 months ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

OFnow Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

Particularly laughable. In the bible slavery, polygamy, genocide are all fine.

Ask True Believers about this, and they reply with variations on "Oh, that part of the bible does not count." Really.

about 4 months ago
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US Plunges To 46th In World Press Freedom Index

OFnow Re:How does press freedom drop because of leaks? (357 comments)

Senators and Congressmen have threatened to assassinate the people doing the reporting (such as J. Assange). We know about it, but that is not exactly what one thinks of as 'press freedom' when the leaders of a country say they will kill the reporter.

about 5 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

OFnow The Answer. (745 comments)

It's unclear why a simulation would be necessary since Douglas Adams already revealed the answer: 42.

about 5 months ago
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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

OFnow Re:Visitors not welcome (894 comments)

"cramp your style for fear of oblitering an instrument which costs as much as does an automobile." Some individual instruments in the violin family are worth $millions.

about 7 months ago
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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

OFnow Visitors not welcome (894 comments)

Many musical instruments are made of wood. So I guess they are all at risk if the owners come to the US.

about 7 months ago
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Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

OFnow Re:One sided analysis (579 comments)

In the last 5 years the estimated cost of a system dropped 50 percent. Will vary, there is no uniform amount of sun (around here lots of rather large trees). Have one of the major installers with local folks make you an estimate. There will be multiple choices of how to fund it, the folks making the estimate will explain. Six months ago we had one installed. Generating about 50% of use, enough to get us down to Tier 1 use level.

about 7 months ago
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Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

OFnow One sided analysis (579 comments)

The utilities appear to be doing a one-sided analysis from what I have noticed. They complain about their lines being loaded by customers generating power and don't count the reduction in line use from the local power a home solar instatllation is helping to power the local neighborhood. Yes, we have a rooftop solar installation. Currently around 90,000 of them in California. Increasing fast. Local solar company is hiring 10-15 new installers *every day* according to local paper.

about 7 months ago
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State Technology Taxes Face Stiff Resistance

OFnow Re:WHat has goverment ever done for us? (167 comments)

Goverment does a lot for us! 6. Best health care in the world... um... O'h that obamacare disaster brewing..

You have not been paying attention. In the 1950's US health care was the best. But since then it fell dramatically in the world list. A change that has been widely reported. We are now way down the list, and have been for 20 years and more. Not a recent fall at all.

about 9 months ago
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I wish my car could...

OFnow Re:they missed a big one... (443 comments)

Taxis do exist, one could wish they were cleaner than my own car, not dirtier than my own car.

about 9 months ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

OFnow 70 too high (732 comments)

Really, if they would just think of the children, they would set the speed limit and speed limiter devices at 15MPH everywhere. On bicycles too!

about a year ago
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Comcast Working On 'Helpful' Copyright Violation Pop-ups

OFnow as measured by... (284 comments)

As measured by a proprietary algorithm with no human review of its calculation or of fair use -- you will be judged.

about a year ago

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