* Posts by DougS

12862 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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NYC medallions

Weren't those issued in fixed numbers by the city decades ago, so the city didn't make anything off the price increases?

I don't know if Istanbul's situation is similar, but even if anyone could be a taxi driver if there are rules they have to obey that Uber skirts around like they do elsewhere, one can see why the drivers are upset.

In a lot of places AFAIK they basically work for themselves, and thus keep all their profit. If Uber comes along and undercuts them (because the billions of dollars Uber loses subsidizes lower prices to try to drive out taxis) then they have to make less, and if people prefer Uber for the convenience of using an app they have to drive for Uber and make even less. Again, one could see why the taxi drivers were upset.

Erdogan is acting kind of Trump-like (or rather Trump acts very much like a strongman dictator) in that he's basically 'protectionist' to prevent people from having their jobs displaced as things change in the world around them. Not that I respect Uber at all as a company, but traditional taxi drivers are ALL going to lose their jobs someday - if not to Uber, eventually to self driving cars that will be taxis without drivers.

Boffins quietly cheering possible discovery of new fundamental particle: Sterile neutrino

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Re: This is not making physics any easier

Can we just admit that quantum physics is batshit crazy now ?

Or that Douglas Adams was right.

Stingray phone stalker tech used near White House, SS7 abused to steal US citizens' data – just Friday things

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Re: Boss said leave it alone.

Wouldn't they be able to get them from a legit cell tower? I would be surprised - genuinely shocked to the point of fainting, actually - if those are even minimally secure against in-person attack. I'll bet it is 100000x harder to get the device key out of an iPhone than it is to get the network key out of a cell tower, because the rest of the telco network has such poor security I can't imagine anyone has paid attention to the physical security of the towers.

So the spy dresses like a tech, 'services' a tower, and then has what he needs to plop a fake tower near the White House that's able to snoop on Trump's calls. Maybe he uses the secure phone to call North Korea or China, but I'll bet he is using his insecure cell phone to call Hannity to read him a bedtime story, or his other hangers-on, and that's probably where the real juicy details are anyway since he's calling those guys for 'advice' i.e. to tell him what he should do.

If someone recorded his calls and then released them to embarrass him he'd probably blame it on the FBI like he does everything else.

Facebook's Trending news box follows fired freelancers out the door

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Re: See what's trending

So I guess you don't visit any news sites, whether HuffPo or Drudge or anything between, because their news is 'curated' with 'other agendas' also. So where do you get your news from, praytell?

For that matter, what the hell are you doing at the Register? Why'd they choose to write/display this article, and not one about hundreds of other possible subjects? Damn agendas...

Un-bee-lievable: Two million Swedish bugs stolen in huge sting

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GPS

I was just thinking the same thing. Put a small GPS receiver / cellular transmitter in the box before the bees are introduced to make their hive. The bee rustlers aren't going to tear apart the hives looking for that, and it would only need to activate once per day so a tiny battery would last pretty much forever.

Then you just pull up the Find My Bees app on your phone and tell the cops where to go!

Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

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Re: Someone at work ...

Also a tempting target for employees to steal since they wouldn't be on any inventory list and would most likely never be used so there wouldn't be any reason for anyone to verify they were still there...

It would be like keeping gold coins in the unlocked supply closet accessible to any admin, but no one ever checking to see that they weren't replaced with gold plated equivalents.

You should find out what's going on in that neural network. Y'know they're cheating now?

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Re: Lost in the mists of time

How can the 'non tank' sample be smaller than they would like, given that 99.9999% of photos ever taken do not include a tank?

Dawn spacecraft to get up-close and personal with dwarf planet Ceres

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Infect it with terrestrial trash?

Why do they care, given that we know it wouldn't support life? We didn't have any problems with trashing up the Moon, Mars, Venus and Titan, why is Ceres getting the Greenpeace treatment?

Hello, this is the FTC. You have been selected for a free lawsuit... Robocall pair sued

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They're going after the wrong criminals

Don't go after the robocall kings, that's mostly a waste of time since anyone with half a brain will be operating in countries with lax laws and/or easily bribed officials. Take one down there will always be another popping up to take his place. It is like trying to take down spam kings.

They should go after the companies whose products/services are being advertised via robocalls and spam, and don't let them get away with "we hired a third party to promote us, we didn't realize they were using illegal methods"

Arm emits Cortex-A76 – its first 64-bit-only CPU core (in kernel mode)

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Re: Other processors

MIPS didn't have anyone designing 'higher end' embedded CPUs like ARM had with XScale, and ARM's own later efforts targeting a bit higher than traditional embedded devices like the A11 and A8 cores. As a result early smartphones like Windows Mobile ended having no option but ARM (at least later in its lifecycle) Which is kind of ironic, given that MIPS began as a CPU for high performance RISC workstations and servers...

Probably Apple didn't have much choice when choosing a CPU for the first iPhone either - though their early association with ARM probably made that a more likely choice than MIPS even if MIPS had been comparable at the time. Even then those first couple iPhones were pretty sluggish, which is probably why Apple started acquiring CPU design firms way back in 2008 to begin building a team capable of designing custom cores.

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Re: Apple is already 64 bit only on iOS

Fine, the CPU cores in the SoCs they use won't be ARM standard cores, they'll be Apple designed cores.

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Re: Shame there is still a spectre in the background

The design of this chip was already underway before those were known about - and new varieties of these attacks and similar ones are still being found so it is a moving target. There probably won't be any 'fixed' CPUs released this year, it isn't enough time to make hardware changes to an in-progress design.

Apple's A12 is unlikely to include such fixes in hardware, either since it is already being mass produced by TSMC so there wouldn't have been enough time for Apple to fix theirs, either. Possibly Samsung's next Exynos will have fixes since it won't be mass produced until the end of the year, but since it is a moving target it is very unlikely it would fix everything known at the time - let alone what might be discovered after it is shipping in phones.

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Apple is already 64 bit only on iOS

Apple doesn't use ARM's designs, and already went 64 bit only with the A11 - and iOS 11 is 64 bit only and support for 32 bit apps was dropped as well (all app updates were required to include a 64 bit build the previous two years so any apps dropped hadn't been updated for at least two years)

If they go ARM on Macs, it will be with their own SoCs, not ARM's which are inferior in performance.

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster

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Re: In the early days...

I thought the reason receipts are always printed with thermal printers is because they're cheaper and there's no ribbon/toner/ink to replace, just paper.

Law forcing Feds to get warrants for email slurping is sneaked into US military budget

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@AC

At that stage the USA is less democratic than you might imagine. Its a political elite that manoeuvre for their own ends

It is worse than that, since their "end" is simply to be re-elected, or better yet move up to an even higher office like Senate or President. Since things have become so polarized they are required to vote in lockstep with their party, due to worries about challenges from the fringes during primary season should a republican dare to vote against the things republicans are supposed to vote for, or (to a lesser extent, so far, though some democrats seem to be pushing the party towards similar uniformity of position) a democrat vote against the things democrats are supposed to be for.

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Re: Much as I approve ...

I agree, and while we may applaud this particular result, the other nine times out of ten these riders are used to take away privacy rights / freedoms not grant them.

Next time I'm wishing for unicorns and rainbows, I'll wish for a constitutional amendment that bans bills from containing unrelated riders. i.e. a defense bill could contain a rider stopping a military base from closing, but not stuff to do with email privacy or immigration, or trade. Though I'm sure there would be a lot of tortured logic applied ("email searches prevent terrorist attacks", "immigration is national defense", "trade is war") so it might not do much good in the end.

Amazon can't or won't collect sales tax in Australia

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@100111.1537

Curious how your state was able to figure out you were buying stuff from out of state to try to collect such use taxes? All taxes that have sales taxes technically require such payments, but I've never heard of anyone actually paying them because there was no way for your state government to find out you bought a TV (for example) from a NYC company without paying sales tax and had it shipped to your house.

If you're talking something really expensive, like a piece of farm equipment costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe they do have a way of tracking that (or rely on the local dealer to report "hey John down old mill road has himself a shiny new combine he didn't buy from me, maybe you should check and see if he paid taxes on it")

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47 different state sales taxes

It is actually way more complicated than that. Where I live the counties were given the authority to add an extra penny to go to local schools, and my county let the cities vote on it and the unincorporated areas of the county, so some places in the county have the extra penny and some don't. I know this is far from the only example.

That's one of the reasons Amazon fought so long against collecting state sales taxes - it is a big pain in the ass. If Australia is just a single rate everywhere then it is at least 1000x simpler than in the US...

'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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@elgarak1

Or should I call you "Tesla apologist"?

Please tell me which cars have "driver assistance systems" that allow drivers to keep their hands off the wheel and treat it as a self-driving car, with minimal warning (and apparently you can buy third party devices intended to fool the steering wheel into thinking you are touching it so you can drive without the annoying warnings)

No one else is stupid enough to call their system "autopilot", knowing full well that in most people's minds the word autopilot means it can drive itself. And it actually does try, it just does a really shitty job at it and will continue getting in accidents until it kills an innocent bystander and Tesla is sued for $50 million.

They knew exactly what calling it autopilot would connote in people's minds, and lied to owners that the cars would be upgradeable to level 5 automation when they aren't shipping with the hardware necessary to implement that. Heck, it may be short of the hardware required to even detect a vehicle right in front of it, given that it keeps ramming into stopped vehicles in its path without even slowing.

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Not fit for purpose

This is at least the third time a Tesla on "autopilot" hit something in its path without even slowing. Even the lesser "super cruise" modes available on many luxury cars that provide emergency stop do better.

I wonder how many cases of this have to happen before the government requires Tesla to disable the autopilot feature in the US? Obviously the warnings they claim they are putting out to let people know it isn't what most people think of when they hear "autopilot" and the warnings they claim they are doing to try to get people to stay in control of the car when using it aren't working.

Will a Tesla on autopilot have to kill someone in another car or a pedestrian before they take action? It is ridiculous that Tesla is allowed to beta test an alpha quality product on public roads.

Lessons learned from Microsoft's ghosts of antitrust past: Step up, Facebook

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Re: They can't blame any of this on the antitrust

Chrome's dominance mostly has to do with Google's pocketbook. When it first came out there tons of software that automatically installed Chrome unless you unchecked it, and then it would ask to become your default browser (which was one of the few victories for the FTC in their antitrust case against Microsoft) and it was off to the races. They relied on people being lazy and accepting the defaults.

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They can't blame any of this on the antitrust

Their failure in search was not to have recognized it was important back when they were launching Windows 95, years before the antitrust case. The first time I visited altavista.com in 1995 (before the official launch since a friend worked there) it was obvious this is how people would find stuff on the internet in the future. The Yahoo "index" and "site of the day" model was already way past its prime as fast the internet was growing.

Their failure in mobile was Ballmer laughing at the iPhone instead of realizing it was a paradigm shift like Andy Rubin of Android/Google did, and thus taking so long to come out with a viable product that both Apple and Android were already entrenched and the only way Windows Phone could have possibly succeeded would have been to leverage their monopoly. Had they acted immediately like Rubin did, there probably would be three mobile operating systems today.

Their failure in app stores is the same as their failure in mobile. People haven't shown a desire for an app store model with PCs, and trying to foist it on them was going to be hard - Windows 8's shitty interface only made it harder. The antitrust stuff had no bearing on this either, unless they would have wanted to ban on unmanaged code on Windows 8 and make it MS signed apps only with a 30% cut.

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Bing started years later

Had Microsoft figured out how to monetize search back in 1995 when Altavista was king, they could have owned the space and Google would have never received any VC funding. Back then no VC would fund someone trying to compete in a space where Microsoft was already entrenched. Blaming it on the antitrust case is kind of laughable, since in 1995 they weren't facing that yet - instead Bill Gates had just learned the internet existed and wrote a memo to everyone at Microsoft because he was so excited about his discovery!

Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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At the rate IPv6 is progressing, I think we could have some people start a clean sheet design for IPv7 tomorrow and it would have equally good prospects of taking over for IPv4 as IPv6 does.

US judge won't budge over Facebook's last-minute bid to 'derail' facial biometrics trial

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If they just went opt in

They could avoid all this. I remember years ago hearing about Facebook automatically tagging people - or maybe I got automatically tagged - and going right to the privacy settings to turn this (default on, of course) setting off.

Of course for all I know Facebook still recognizes me in others' photos, but it keeps that information to itself instead of offering to tag me.

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Re: Ironic

That's how it is with individuals, so why not with corporations? Or do you think the conviction rate of poor people accused of murder is the same as the conviction rate of millionaires accused of murder?

Certainly not saying it is a good thing, but it isn't something anyone should be surprised by. With deep pockets comes the ability to afford the best defense money can buy. Those with threadbare pockets have to take the guy who was almost disbarred or the guy freshly graduated at the bottom of his class.

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Re: A$$holes

Isn't that pretty typical? If you follow any high profile trial with a deep pocketed defendant they will try to "wear out" the other side by making as many motions and appeals on small points of law as possible. If they get lucky they can reduce the scope of what they have to defend, get evidence tossed, or if they're really lucky get the whole thing tossed on a technicality.

Maybe this is only a US thing, but I doubt it.

A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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This is a failure of management to understand the business

Whoever was reading these reports and seeing the risk exposure change regularly by large amounts (depending on what was the last position evaluated) should have known something was up.

They should have also known something was up the first time they used this tool, based on "wow we have all this risk but our total exposure is that low?"

The worst thing is if management used it as a guide of "we have room for more risk" they would have just kept piling on risk after risk, and never come close to their threshold. They surely should have known something was up then!

'Incomprehensible failure' – Canada's $1bn Phoenix payroll IT fiasco torched by auditors

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Re: Ouch

The problem with these sort of "replace something we've been using for decades" projects is that no one really knows what the current system does. It has been tweaked and tweaked over the years as issues were found and worked around, but they weren't properly documented as to why they were done.

When you have people spec'ing the new system, they what it does on a day to day basis and the requirements capture that, but the thousand exceptions that have been built up over the years aren't and that's where they always fall down.

I have no idea how to solve that problem, and I don't see how it can be solved to be honest. All you can do is develop the new system and live with the pain while you build up the same capabilities to handle all those corner cases - and make damn sure you document them well so the next time you rip and replace your requirements capture 99.98% of what needs to be done instead of only 98%.

Leaked pics: Motorola to add 'unpatriotic' 5G to 4G phones with magnets

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@toejam13

You really won't see much in the way of 'shorter transmission times'. You are being fooled by the talk of higher speed transmissions and thinking 5G is making major boosts in efficiency. It is not. There isn't much more in the way of bits that can be squeezed from a given Hz of spectrum, 5G's fast speeds rely on it being able to use a lot more spectrum at once (like all the recent LTE 'upgrades' beyond 150 Mbps didn't increase efficiency only the amount of MHz a single device could consume at once)

So radios won't really be going back to sleep any sooner. The only real efficiency gain with 5G will be a reduction in latency. But sending data at 5 Gbps versus 500 Mbps, for instance, won't save power because it'll use 10x the spectrum and thus 10x the power to accomplish that feat.

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Re: 5G is more about vast swathes of new spectrum

Power isn't a problem since poles already have power run to / along them - all except recently installed streetlights that were designed from day one for LEDs running off a solar charged battery. Those will only be found in newly developed areas that will also have underground utility conduits so bringing power/connectivity to the street light poles that need it should be relatively easy.

Connectivity shouldn't pose a huge obstacle either since you'd only add antennas to a small fraction of the poles, which can be carefully chosen to minimize cost based on having fiber available nearby or where it can be more easily run. Mesh networking between antenna sites could be used as a short range backhaul for problem sites that are harder to reach.

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5G is more about vast swathes of new spectrum

As you say, no one needs a gigabit to their phone and there's no foreseeable future use for case for such a thing, but short range high bandwidth channels are useful in dense urban areas to insure everyone gets bits as fast as they can use them. It will also add new options for fixed internet to homes/businesses, especially in places like the US where internet competition is too often limited.

While I'm sure there will be a lot of hype around 5G when it starts appearing in phones, unless you live in an area where LTE is overburdened and you know for sure that 5G is available it won't make a whit of difference for your phone other than make it run hotter and need charging more often.

The nice thing about the really high frequency 5G bands (29-40 GHz area) is that the antennas for them can be extremely tiny. You could put a nearly invisible "base station" on top of a street light or telephone pole, and (local laws permitting) bypass all the NIMBYs who don't like the look of a cell tower. That will solve the issue with those frequencies being short range because you'll be able to have many more towers - and assuage some of the NIMBYs still against them based on "radiation" fears, since density means they can run at lower power.

Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

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Re: Apple and Google opened the Pandora's Box

Pretty sure Russia would be able to block the App Store while still providing the chosen few government officials and oligarchs a way around it. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others was true in the communist days, but is doubly true in Putin's Russia.

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What about iMessage?

It is encrypted end to end with keys Apple does not possess, so it would seem it is just as bad Telegram for countries that don't like their citizens talking without spies listening.

The world's authoritarian governments are fighting a losing battle, if they block VPNs, Telegram, even iMessage there will always be another app or another web service that allows secure communication. Maybe some of them will be backdoored, or poorly designed, but that won't be true of all of them and the terrorists citizens will still be able to say bad things about Putin or Xi without being overheard.

Of course, as a US citizen I can't be too smug, given that the FBI pretty much wants the same thing, they are just couching it in "friendly" terms that require inventing new technology to provide a government only backdoor. Well, friendly so far. If there's another 9/11 scale attack and the FBI claims a terrorist's locked iPhone held the key to stopping it but stymied investigators, I fear too many citizens will be willing to trade privacy thinking it will mean greater security.

Facebook caught up in court battle with Amazon and pals over 'ageist job ads' that targeted young

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Shouldn't it depend on why they specified age limits?

If they sent out some ads targeting 22-35 and talking about how they have flex work and locations near hip downtown locations, and another ads targeting 36-50 talking about how they have on-site child care and 12 weeks paternity leave, and ads targeting 51+ talking about how they have great health care plans and allow people to transition to part time work as they approach retirement...

Yeah, I'm sure that's not why they were doing it either, but it would be nice if they could find one company that actually took the high road instead of looking for a way to advertise only at those who will ask for less money!

US-China trade war is back on: White House repeats threat to tax Middle Kingdom imports

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Trump is a lunatic

I think he deliberately tries to take both sides to every issue so he can claim he was right all along no matter what happens, and point fingers at the mainstream media for 'fake news' for the half of the things he said/did and they reported on that weren't how things ultimately ended up.

I'm sure some of his defenders will now step in and claim this is why he's such a genius negotiator...

Cyber-stability wonks add election-ware to ‘civilised nations won’t hack this’ standard

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Re: Optional

If you assume everything coming out of the US is propaganda then I guess you'll ignore this, but the FBI said they found clear evidence of successful penetration of election computers by Russians in a number of states. All was pre-election, and none affected the actual voting machines (which probably says more about the fact that since they're only used once a year, aren't going to be left plugged in and networked 24x7x365 than it does the security of those machines)

Probably the only thing they got from this was the voter registration rolls in some states, which would include name, address, birthdate, last four of SSN or driver's license number, and political affiliation (or 'independent') If they managed to get themselves a copy of the information from the Equifax breach they have all that and more, except for the political affiliation which is probably not hard to guess based on one's address and the other information in the Equifax breach that would determine income, occupation, type of car driven and so forth.

Just because the breach didn't allow them to change results, doesn't mean we shouldn't be doing a hell of a lot more to prevent another breach, and other countries shouldn't be wary.

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Re: The self-created problem, easily solved

Sure, but they didn't have ballots nearly as long in the horse & buggy days, nor were people so concerned about finding out who won quite so immediately.

Given the lack of trust in the election process by some, both deliberately sown by Trump as well as residual cynicism from the 2000 debacle, a result that took several days to report would probably be seen as signs of "the fix is in" by a not insignificant portion of voters (at least by those whose candidate lost) That can't be good for a democracy. Not saying "fast is better than accurate" but taking measures to insure accuracy while still being fast is better than either fast or accurate alone.

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Re: The self-created problem, easily solved

I think a lot of people outside the US don't understand how our elections are conducted, and why we can't use paper ballots and manually count them that evening. Elections are conducted by the states, and assigned to the counties, which divides them into precincts. You don't get a ballot for president with a few choices, you get a ballot for president, a congressman and then a whole host of state, county and city positions ranging from governor (though most states do those in years like 2018 where there aren't presidential elections) to state water commissioner, election/approval of judges in some states, county board of supervisors, auditor, treasurer and so forth, city council, probably even animal control officers in some places. Then you might have a number of measures on the state and local levels to approve or disapprove.

Another problem is the size of precincts, which tend to be pretty large in the cities. To no one's surprise, the largest ones are in predominantly black areas in big cities (especially in swing states like Florida) because it acts as another way to suppress their vote by making them wait in long lines to vote. Where I live I have never had to wait in line for more than two minutes, and haven't ever seen or heard of lines that extend outside the polling place where bad weather will also help suppress the vote in overly large precincts.

The ballot where I am is typically a 10x17" sheet of paper, with two columns of items on both sides. You really think people can accurately count all that stuff by hand at night after they've been volunteering at the precinct since probably 7am or so, especially in the really large precincts? This is the "paper ballot" I get, which as far as I know is pretty standard for the US, which I feed into one of those bubble scanner machines to electronically score. Now sure, some of would suggest the US could have a different election day for president/congress and make hand counting easier, but I don't think that's necessary.

Even if you want to use fully automated touch screen machines to vote, so long as it produces a paper trail and the voter is encouraged to check it before putting it into the ballot box then you have no problem. Electronic distribution and counting of votes so you can quickly announce the results as demanded by the media is fine, provided you later verify that electronic tally by inviting representatives of political parties to participate in a mandatory recount the next day.

They count things up, and send their totals in to be posted on a website with all the other totals nationally, and automatically added up and shown alongside the electronic tallies. As with Stork's Denmark example, those present at the precinct could check the web site to make sure the recount tallies reported are what they recounted.

If there's a discrepancy of a few votes here and there that don't change the result, no worries, but obviously you'd have processes to deal with close results where maybe the discrepancy matters as well as precincts where the discrepancy is large and something obviously went wrong somewhere.

Personally I would only require manual recount of a few percent of randomly selected precincts (the sample size and procedure for randomly selecting precincts determined by a panel of statisticians) and so long as they are all within a reasonable statistical margin, you consider it good (unless there's a challenge that requires a full recount, but the party asking for the recount should pay for it unless the result is within some small margin statisticians will also determine) If the few percent count isn't within a reasonable margin then you conduct a full recount automatically paid for by the state, and any statistically significant deviations are thoroughly investigated and remedied.

Businesses brace themselves for a kicking as GDPR blows in

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Re: Apropos of GDPR...

Whose idea of 3G speed? I was getting nearly 5 MB/sec off AT&T's HSPA 3G network when it was underutilized late at night, before they finally brought LTE to town a few years ago.

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Re: Apropos of GDPR...

Is he loading it over a 56K modem or something? I'm in the US and I just tried loading usatoday.com and it took about two seconds...

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Re: Hopefully they will start at the top

Investigating and building a case against large companies will take a lot longer than against small companies, and the stakes are higher for getting it right when there's a billion euro fine to be levied instead of a thousand euro fine.

Even if they start actions against the bigger companies first, they won't be first to completion.

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Re: They want GDPR in the US?

There are some pro-privacy congressmen in the US who aren't owned by corporations. But they are few in number, so it would take a lot to see anything similar emerge here.

I suspect we're more likely to see some of the corporately-owned politicians whining and screaming when the EU starts levying fines against US companies for violating the GDPR, because their corporate masters will be demanding it and because many of them have an aversion to anyone in the US being subject to the laws of others (but not so much the other way around)

BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts

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Its 2018

Shouldn't all email clients ask you for confirmation if you CC more than 20 addresses, and suggest using BCC to prevent reply all storms?

Smut site offers VPN so you don't bare all online

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Facepalm

What kind of idiot would pay for porn?

There's more free stuff created every day than one could "use" in a lifetime!

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public 'perv' list

I suspect that if any major ISP's list was ever made public, it would be so long you wouldn't have to worry about any "moral" person (church leader, head of PTA, etc.) seeing you on it. They'd be busy worrying about you seeing them on it!

If any ISP was collecting such a list, and then accidentally made it public, it would probably also be the straw that breaks the camel's back for getting proper privacy/tracking legislation in the US...

Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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Trump pulling the US from the Paris accord or Iran deal only stops them if the EU and the rest of the world decide to go along with the US. I'm hoping they give a big F.U. to Trump and work with Iran on the deal without the participation of the US, and do their utmost to block or work around any attempts by the US to place new sanctions on Iran.

Then Trump's legacy will be the end of the US as the leader of the free world, which seems fitting for a guy who admires dictators and obviously wishes he was one instead of a president with checks on his authority from the other branches and the watchful eye of the press.

What's really funny is if he makes a deal with North Korea he will claim it is great but it'll undoubtedly end up much worse than the flawed but workable Iran deal because North Korea won't give up its nukes and its stockpiles of highly refined uranium that can be used to make more nukes. There's no way it could be verified even if they agree to inspections - it is such a closed off country no one knows all the places we'd need to look. He's had years to plan ahead with secure hiding places for when his nuclear program was complete and he'd be willing to negotiate from a position of strength.

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Trump's legacy

I think he is going to be an ineffectual president, with little real impact to the government of the US as a whole.

What he chiefly does is try to undo everything Obama did. For those who didn't like Obama, this makes him a great president. The thing is, any republican could have done the same, along with his only two real accomplishments of getting a conservative Supreme Court justice and the tax bill. That republican also could have got a lot of other things done with the republican congress. I'll bet a new health care bill would have been one - the main reason that flopped was an utter lack of leadership from the president.

His legacy will at best be his buffonery and general cluelessness, at worst impeachment followed by criminal indictments and bankruptcy. Most likely somewhere in between those two extremes. Whatever the outcome, history will not look kindly upon him. When they publish rankings of presidents in the future, it will be between him and Hoover (who was mainly a victim of circumstance) as the worst president since the Civil War.

GDPRmageddon: They think it's all over! Protip, it has only just begun

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I think I understand why some US news sites blocked the EU

There seems to be so much confusion about what is required, that waiting a while and seeing what gets a pass by the courts and what gets a company in hot water is probably the safest strategy for now.

I doubt the Chicago Tribune, for example, has a lot of readership in the EU, and expats who really want to see it will just use a VPN to get around it and therefore absolve the Tribune of their GDPR burden. I mean, if they don't know you are in the EU, and take active measures to block use in the EU, they can hardly be held to account for violating the GDPR!

The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered

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Re: The main reason for wearing a watch

I disagree, almost no one wears a watch because they want to tell time. Everyone carries a device that tells the time quite well on a large 4" to 6" screen already, and you can look around you in your home and every other environment you are in and see the time all over the place.

Watching TV - your cable box might tell the time but certainly the program guide does. Your computer has it in a corner of the screen all the time. Your microwave tells the time (unless you've had a power outage recently) as well as your range, and possibly even your fridge if you spent too much money on it. Even if you now use your phone as an alarm clock you probably still have a clock in your bedroom. On your drive to work you probably pass several signs telling the current time, and of course your car tells the time as well. At work you are bombarded with clocks on the wall, computers and various devices telling you the time, etc. About the only place you might need a watch to tell time is the toilet, if you are one of the minority who doesn't bring their phone in there, and aren't Japanese (I suspect those fancy toilets tell you the time, but I can't prove it)

For the past 20 years or so the main reason people wear watches is fashion. Now fitness/health data is the secondary reason many people wear watches. Whether telling time or running apps is #3 is open to question, I guess.

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