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Corporate Espionage Involving a Patent At Microsoft

Stephen Re:The Prince And The Pauper (241 comments)

Personally, no, I don't see that a patent is so important that I should break not only the law, but also the trust and confidence other people have in me, simply to defend my rights to some obvious "invention". I may be a little behind the times here, but I can't say I would be overly tempted, no.

Not to mention that when it comes to a fight between you and Microsoft, you're going to lose. Not smart. (If the allegations are true, that is).

more than 5 years ago
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Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

Stephen Conservative columnists were lukewarm (1601 comments)

I think one very telling sentence in the report is this one:

The Post has several conservative columnists, but not all were gung-ho about McCain.

Although there may have been other sources of bias too, if the Democratic columnists love Obama but the Republican ones are cool on McCain, that's bound to introduce a bias in editorial comment on its own.

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia's New Definition of Truth

Stephen Verifiability, not truth (428 comments)

Wikipedia hasn't redefined truth. It is very explicit that doesn't claim to report truth, only verifiability. Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Verifiability :

The threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability, not truth.

If readers sometimes look to it for truth, well, they're misusing it.

about 6 years ago

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Electronic voting condemned by British group

Stephen Stephen writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Stephen writes "A group called the Open Rights Group has condemned recent experiments in Britain with electronic voting. They conclude "E-voting is a 'black box system', where the mechanisms for recording and tabulating the vote are hidden from the voter. This makes public scrutiny impossible, and leaves statutory elections open to error and fraud. The Government has prioritised the introduction of e-voting because of the perceived convenience of new technologies, ignoring other vital considerations such as confidence and trust in the electoral system." The BBC also has the story."

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