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US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal

Patrick May The ends do not justify the means (511 comments)

It doesn't matter whether or not it works, it's unconstitutional. That's what the judge should be ruling on.

about a year ago
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DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

Patrick May Hmm, what's the appropriate response? (597 comments)

Oh yeah, I know: Fuck you DHS. "Terrorism" is not the root password to the constitution.

about 2 years ago
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Will Online Learning Disrupt Programming Language Adoption?

Patrick May The Resurgence of Lisp Is At Hand (193 comments)

We already have Lisp. All other languages are unnecessary.

more than 2 years ago
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ACLU Questions Privacy of License Plate Scanners

Patrick May Re:Free the data (246 comments)

Rudely replying to my own post.

We don't even need to rely on the government database. Web cams in private cars feeding data to REST service at an aggregating website, maybe with a Raspberry Pi onboard to do some preprocessing....

Excuse me, I have some hacking to do.

more than 2 years ago
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ACLU Questions Privacy of License Plate Scanners

Patrick May Free the data (246 comments)

If the government is using our money to build these systems, they should make the data available publicly, in real time. While I'd much rather they didn't collect it at all, knowing where the police cruisers are at all times would be some small compensation.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Priorities Inflation In IT Projects?

Patrick May There is only one top priority (304 comments)

Keep your list of projects and tasks within projects in priority order. If management wants to increase the priority of something, they need to see that means lowering the priority of something else.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Begins Country-Specific Blog Censorship

Patrick May Don't be evil (250 comments)

Looks like Google needs a new slogan.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

Patrick May Re:Hunchentoot (519 comments)

Same thing for me, except with CLozure CL instead of SBCL. Works beautifully and the expressiveness of Lisp means that you get more functionality with less code.

more than 2 years ago
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New Group Paves Way For 2012 Online Primary

Patrick May Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice (249 comments)

"Centrist" isn't automatically correct. This country was founded by extremists who created a constitution based on individual liberty and very limited government. That's what we need, not more mealy mouthed compromise.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Tool Lets Anyone Redistrict New York

Patrick May Re:Eliminate districts (102 comments)

Perhaps you should spend some time looking into alternative voting systems before flaming on Slashdot. In an at large system with N representatives for M people, any candidate getting M/N votes will get a seat. That increases the chances of a minority view being heard. In a gerrymandered system, the incumbent parties can ensure that the minority view is spread out over every district, diluting it to insignificance.

about 3 years ago
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Open Source Tool Lets Anyone Redistrict New York

Patrick May Eliminate districts (102 comments)

Districting only serves to virtually guarantee safe seats for the incumbent parties. We need at large elections to increase the representation of minority views and weaken the established players.

about 3 years ago
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Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

Patrick May How about a nice game of chess? (730 comments)

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play."

more than 3 years ago
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Sergey Brin: Windows Is "Torturing Users"

Patrick May Re:Okay, maybe I'm getting old here. (645 comments)

This is a re-run of the old "you don't need a full-blown PC on your desk, you can make do with a dumb terminal" meme that was going around when I was at University. (Scary bit is that's ten years ago now).

Shut up and listen, kid. You might learn something. ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Sergey Brin: Windows Is "Torturing Users"

Patrick May Re:Echo of Marc Andreesen. (645 comments)

I wish I had mod points for you. This is the most insightful comment I've read so far. Horses for courses.

more than 3 years ago
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Sergey Brin: Windows Is "Torturing Users"

Patrick May Re:laptop desktop for business? (645 comments)

I'm responding from an airport lounge after two weeks in a different country with no permanent office. I do this every three to four weeks. Any more questions?

more than 3 years ago
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When it comes to jury service, I ...

Patrick May Re:Both Petit and Grand Jury (528 comments)

My wife's grandmother got excused because they asked her if she could be impartial and she replied "They arrested him for something." She was serious.

more than 3 years ago

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