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Comment Re:"Gay Culture" is blind devotion then? (Score 1) 636

That's a great example of taking a completely innocuous thing and making it a major race issue. The guy was reading a book about defeating the Klan and was charged with racial harassment for reading it.

But that's a completely different thing than painting all illegal Mexican immigrants as rapists, murderers, and thieves. That's not actually a stretch to interpret as racist. At all.

Comment Re:Is it such a bad thing? (Score 1) 219

Yes, given the attitudes thrown around about it.
There is a serious coercive element to the structure holding up the two party system.
It's something called intimidation: the action of intimidating someone, or the state of being intimidated.
frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants.

Yup. We're being coerced.

Comment Re:Is it such a bad thing? (Score 1) 219

But everybody has to take faith that the observers are fair and not tampered with. I can use my county government website to verify whether my ballot has been received and counted, but that is the extent of information that it will return to me. I cannot verify that my counted vote was counted properly, that my vote went toward my chosen candidate or my votes on measures were appropriately recorded.
I would support removing the blinders entirely, creating an open record of the vote, allowing anyone to verify the counts.
Granted, this is easier said than done. There are privacy implications, as scrubbing the data of personal information would inhibit independent verification. There are people who would refuse to vote if their vote was on public record. John Q Public might not want his family to know that he votes differently than the household slant, but perhaps openly recording who we vote for would allow us to move beyond some of the reasons why that might be.

Comment Is it such a bad thing? (Score 1) 219

It says that blind ballots guard against voter coercion, but that's not true in the least. What's the one going around these days, vote for Clinton so we don't get Trump, if you vote for Stein or Johnson you're voting for Trump? That's blatant, widespread, constant voter coercion.

At this point I feel like we would be better off making the vote completely transparent. The blind vote isn't helping anyone but the people who would want to rig elections, since there is no way to publicly vet the voting process with it in place.

Comment Re: Not even upset (Score 2) 197

It's pretty ridiculous to me that Linux developers ever accepted the Bitkeeper terms. I honestly can't see a reasonable justification for it. Why the hell would anyone building an open source operating system rely on a closed source revision control system whose license could be - AND WAS - revoked because someone tried to write a tool to interoperate with it?

The resounding boom and development of git was a godsend.

Comment Re:for $9k the specs are horrible (Score 1) 109

I base that in part on one of the intended uses as method of displaying and interacting with scientific visualizations. Some of the software that would really shine on this device benefits greatly from having an actual GPU rather than an integrated Intel graphics chip, but you're spending over 20 grand to get that with the Surface Hub.

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