Wyden's plan eliminates secret ballot so that people who vote the wrong way can be properly retaliated against.
Actually here in Oregon, the mail in ballot is still secret. You mark your optically scanable ballot (fill in the bubbles), and you put it in a provided secrecy envelope. Neither the ballot or secrecy envelope have any identifying marks on it. The secrecy envelope is put inside a mailing envelope that you sign and mail or hand deliver to a nearby drop box. When the ballots get to the elections office, your signature is checked by one elections official who marks you as voted. They then take the still sealed secrecy envelope and but it into a prefix specific box which another elections employee opens and counts (feeds into the machine) later. No one person gets to see your name and your marked ballot at the same time. Representatives of major parties and general members of the public are invited to watch the process. I have personally gone down to my local elections office and watched the process. It works as described.
well if the data backs up the claims, its not sexist, or racist
I am not sure I agree. If the data says that $minority group is more violent then $non-minority, it may be statically true for a given set of statistics but we all (should) know that correlation is not causation and it may be that $minority group on average lives in a more dangerous place. Higher insurance rates for $minority group members would be racist, but charging higher rates for people (with out regard to race) living in a dangerous place would not be racist.
The trick of course is to be careful about allowing a company to use location as a proxy for race or other minority status.
...and it has been pared back so that it runs nippily over slower than average network speeds. It is the companion app to Facebook Lite, a stripped-down version of the social network...
You would think they would have a backup for the backup power. But like someone earlier said, this outage sounds suspicious.
Or if you are down for 2 days ($200 million), and the cost of having a fully redundant system is more than $200 million (equipment, people, process,
What is the potential of AR?
I agree that the cases you listed are not too exciting. The one case that I have seen that is pretty exciting and useful is text translation. Nokia has (had?) a pretty slick translation application where you could point your phone at some text and it would translate it on the fly, in place. Works great when pointing it at a menu or something where you want to see the translation alongside pictures and other positionally useful information. It would translate and overlay the translations it could do, and left the rest of the image as is.
Cripes, it's an open carry state, with an open carry believers, for a candidate that encouraged his followers to beat up protestors.
If some one doesn't take a shot at them, then they will take a shot at the protestors.
I would offer odds, 2:1 that someone attending the convention or a protesting against the convention will end up trying to shoot someone
I would be more worried about those unlawfully carrying than those who are legally open carrying or those who are legally carrying concealed (with a permit). My guess is that most folks who are open carrying are doing so to promote / exercise their rights and are being responsible about it. The last thing folks emphasizing their rights want to do is perform an action (shoot someone in this case) that has the effect of generating negative public opinion.
All cars should have black boxes.
I think that all if not most new cars do have data recorders (black boxes), the question is: What should these data recorders record, and who should have access to the recordings? There is a wide possible spectrum. I would tend to agree with you if we required storage of the last few minutes of mechanical parameters likely to indicate the cause of a crash and make this data only accessible via a court order. I would tend not to agree with you if the data recorders stored months of mechanical data, computer logs, GPS history of where the car has been, video and audio of the drivers actions and or if this data was routinely uploaded to the cloud with no restrictions on access or monetization.
And since so many people didn't seem to get this, after you test the parachute, you can't use it until you've repacked it, at which point it needs to be tested again.
The parachute description is all true, you can't truly test a packed parachute without using it, repacking it, and then not knowing for sure that the last pack job was good. However you can test the process. If you pack it yourself or pay a professional to do it for you, and it passes a test, you can have reasonable assurance that if you follow the exact same *process* again (pack it again yourself, or have the same professional do it for you again), you will have a usable parachute.
In the backup case, while arguably in this example is not as life critical, the guy should have validated the *process*. He should have either had the skills to make and restore a backup, or he should have tested the process by having the vendor demonstrate that they could restore a backup on his behalf. If he had done this at least once, he has a legitimate complaint that his data is gone. If he had never attempted a restore (on his own, or by asking Google to do it for him), I wouldn't consider his complaint legitimate.
"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."