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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

bware Re:Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

They can ask once. After that, I'll set my phone in my pocket to record before going in to a private meeting.

In many states, you will have committed a felony by doing so. It is, in many jurisdictions, illegal to record a conversation without informing the other party. If you think that, because the other party is asking you to do something illegal, that you are off the hook, you are incorrect.

I knew someone who did as you suggest you will do. The supervisor that was asking the person doing the recording to do something wrong got a reprimand but is still employed. The person doing the recording lost their job and pension in return for their mutual employer asking the DA not to press charges.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

bware Re:Host your email somewhere else (405 comments)

Me too, except Charter and not free.

I miss the good old days of hosting my domain, but I don't miss configuring sendmail.

about 2 months ago

Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

bware Re:Republican opposition to monopolies (485 comments)

George W. Bush, 2001
United States v. Microsoft Corp.

Your own link hardly supports this. This action was initiated under the Clinton DOJ. On June 7, 2000, the court ordered a breakup of Microsoft as its remedy.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Microsoft_Corp.#Judgment

In November 2001, the Bush DOJ settled with Microsoft in what was widely considered to be a slap on the wrist, and opposed by nine states and the District of Columbia as inadequate.

So given that at least one of the examples is hardly a shining example of recent Republican opposition to monopolies, forgive me if I don't spend a lot of time looking up the others.

about 3 months ago

Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

bware Re:History is written by the victors (495 comments)

And climate change doesn't destroy climate globally anyway, it just changes it around. We'll likely end up with more arable land overall long term under the most severe climate change scenarios, even if the transition is more disruptive.

Aside from any consideration of the geological time scales it takes to turn tundra into topsoil, climate change is not going to change the length of growing seasons or daily sunlight. Stupid plants, insisting on not growing in the dark.

about 3 months ago

Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

bware Re:This is silly (720 comments)

Why should a company ignore self-serve kiosks - which get cheaper with time - when confronted with employees who demand to get more expensive with time?

Because someone has to buy your product.

about 3 months ago

The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

bware Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (205 comments)

Of course, then you have their "1 size fit all, basically random depending on who does the interview" interview process to go through, so it may not be worth the trouble, unless you're feeling lucky.

I see what you did there. Well played, sir.

about 3 months ago

Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

bware Re:Timeframe? (135 comments)

No wonder they have such a small sample. After the informed consent form I'm sure lots of people told the researchers to gtfo.

If you had C. diff, you'd be doing everything including licking doorknobs at a urgent care clinic to try to get some healthy gut bacteria back.

I'm guessing they had people lined up and turned away for the study. Except they'd have to have their friends line up, because if you have C. diff, you can't wait in a line. For anything. Including the toilet.

Also, could an MD please provide the usual time frame in which diarrhea runs its course? 8 weeks being an improvement sounds just weird.

C. diff doesn't go away by itself. Antibiotics, if they work, work by killing everything off in your gut (again - because lots of times, you're going to have to do multiple rounds of ABs), then just hoping that other bacteria get back in there before the C. diff re-establishes itself. Else repeat, until the subject dies.

IAAD, BNTKOD*, but for some reason I know way more about this than I ever wanted to.

*I am a doctor, but not that kind of doctor

about 3 months ago

Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

bware Re:poor training for industry jobs (283 comments)

Most science professors don't know what is involved in commercial work, don't know the relevant skills for commercial work, and don't have a network for landing jobs for students in industry. There are far too many professors who don't know how to train their students for anything other than academic work, and some who are adamantly against training their students for jobs outside of academia.

And they shouldn't. I'm a scientist too. When I came out of school, into industry (not that long ago! I worked in industry before going back to get my graduate degrees, and after), there was an expectation that industry was going to spend a couple of years training one how to work in industry. Industry doesn't do that anymore. Expecting professors to both train people to work in industry, and do cutting-edge research is unrealistic. Especially since they likely haven't themselves - you don't get tenure by going off and working in industry.

The model is broken, but it's broken on both sides. Too many people get accepted into grad school, and industry is no longer willing to train people to be useful. Which is not the job of university either. It can't be all on one side.

about 4 months ago

Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

bware Re:The simple fact that we can't talk about this.. (207 comments)

ONE scientist can be right and every single other one on earth can be wrong. Science is not a popularity contest and it is not a democracy.

But that's not the way to bet.

Especially if you're not an expert in the field.

about 4 months ago

Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

bware This isn't about theft, it's about anonymity. (299 comments)

Or rather lack thereof.

It's law enforcement that's pushing so hard for these kill switches.

Right now I can walk into a T-Mobile store, buy an iPhone with cash, pay the first month with cash, and get a burner smartphone with a data plan. No ID, no name, no address, no credit check.

If this law is implemented, the ability to buy a smartphone anonymously goes away. You'll have to show an ID. For this law. How else will they know whether you're the person who can request that that phone be bricked?

This isn't about theft, the police don't give a shit about theft. If you don't believe that, try reporting one. This is about removing the anonymity of burner phones.

about 5 months ago

No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

bware Re:Actually... (123 comments)

If a doctor recommended surgery, and the mortality rate was 1 in 4000, I'd make damn sure the benefits outweighed the risk. And I'd update my will.

That's right in the ballpark for general anesthesia by itself. When I signed the release form, it said 1 in 2000, but then they knocked me out (yay, propofol), so my memory might be faulty :)

Relative risks of common events is something people are just not good at estimating.

about 5 months ago

Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

bware Re:The utility/need/desire exists (107 comments)

But outside the big cities, which comprise less than 2% of the land area of the US, there are lots of use cases for a flying car.

Unfortunately for flying car manufacturers, big cities are where most of the population lives, and where most of the wealth is concentrated. If most people in the US can't use them, and the rest can't afford them, market forces work against a flying car being affordable.

about 5 months ago

The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

bware Re:Crazy Parakeet Man (259 comments)

When the "get random nonsense published" prank war hit physics, it's no surprise it was a string theory journal that fell for it.

Are you referring to Sokal? http://www.physics.nyu.edu/sokal/transgress_v2/transgress_v2_singlefile.html/

That wasn't published in a string theory journal.

While I'm not the biggest fan of ST, I'm not aware of any prank publications in a refereed physics journal, and neither are the first three pages of a search.

about 6 months ago

"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

bware Re:How is this viable as an attack medium? (205 comments)

I have heard of this first hand. Plug in a USB device to see who to return it to, and not long after, security (computer and otherwise) pay you a visit to personally demonstrate the computer security policies you were supposed to learn from the online video training.

about 6 months ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

bware Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

It took some time to the techs to realize that physics would severely constrain us[...]

The physicists knew that from the beginning.

about 6 months ago

Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

bware Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

Thing is, no one minds someone discrtely checking there phone for a few seconds with the light dimmed to the lowest setting

I mind.

about 7 months ago

NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

bware Re:Ethical is irrelevant. (402 comments)

Not detracting from what the colonists did, but they knew that they only needed to pack enough food and water for the voyage and the settlement time, plus the knowledge they could breath was an additional bonus.

And they also didn't require many billions of dollars of taxpayer funding to support their one-way trip - they paid their own way.

If someone wants to build a rocket to Mars in their backyard using their own funding, then go ahead, and any ethical considerations are your own, with the caveat that local and federal prosecutors might have different opinions than yours.

That said, another analogy is that we don't allow institutions to perform medical experiments on people that will cause harm to them, even if they volunteer with full knowledge of the consequences. We, as a society, consider this to be immoral.

While I know that society often puts people in positions where harm might very well occur (test pilots, astronauts, medical procedures), the usual assumption is that every effort will be made to prevent harm. I'm struggling to discern how this is different.

It may be - it's just with two minutes thought, I'm not able to articulate why it's ok to kill an astronaut on a one-way mission and it isn't to kill a person in a medical experiment that might well save lives. Because in the latter case, it's definitely something society has decided not to allow.

about 10 months ago


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