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  • Oct 19th, 2017 @ 12:23pm

    Re: How exactly do you see a monopoly due to physical locale could ever be "competitive"?

    Define "The Rich" and explain how you intend to guarantee that when that new money is no longer enough that the definition of "The Rich" doesn't suddenly creep to start including "The Not Quite So Rich, but Still More Money Than Me So It's OK".

  • Sep 27th, 2017 @ 7:36am

    Re: Re: The Great Compromise of 1787

    Rerunning it this way Trump still wins, 270-257-11 (Trump-Clinton-Johnson), but it's closer than the 304-227 result that actually happened. Seems like potentially the fairest way to give all voters an equal say within their state, rather than being overshadowed for not being a member of the same party as the majority.

  • Sep 27th, 2017 @ 5:23am

    Re: Re: Hate Trump = Change System

    The whole point though is that each electorate (state) is different and has their own rights and powers as part of the nation. One of those is choosing how it throws its electoral votes into the hat for selection of the President. Each is allowed to choose any method they like, and most have chosen winner-takes-all. If any particular state wants to change that, they are always welcome to. By no means should all states be required to follow any given system as that goes back to the original comment of electing a president of America, not the United States of America, which is a critical element.

  • Sep 27th, 2017 @ 5:19am

    Re: The Great Compromise of 1787

    Given that the original intent was for Senators to be selected by and represent the state and Representatives to be selected by and represent the people, and that each state's number of electoral votes is set by the number of Senators plus Representatives, how about this:

    • The number of electoral votes by Representatives are divided based on the popular vote
    • The number of electoral votes by Senators (2) are winner-take-all

    That way the states themselves are represented equally and the people are fairly represented by popular vote. A quick look through the 2016 results, it looks like Trump still would've won, 262-252, and Johnson gets 7. Obviously this method would require a change in the number of required electoral votes to win since none would have received 270. This may not actually be correct though since some electoral votes get dropped due to rounding (ie. each candidate has .3 electoral votes, none round up to 1, so no one gets it). This would require some further rules other than simple percentage based. Maybe after multiplication, whoever has the highest fraction of the last vote gets it? (3.3, 4.4, 0.3, becomes 3, 5, 0)

  • Aug 31st, 2017 @ 7:49am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I should add here that given that the FCC had already exposed the e-mail addresses of commenters, it's an even easier leap to make that more and more people would use disposable addresses for security reasons.

  • Aug 31st, 2017 @ 7:42am

    Re: Re:

    "We should ignore the vast majority of comments because the other side couldn't be bothered to say something?"

    Actually, in certain cases, yes. When comments heavily lean in one direction, if it can be shown that all or nearly all of those comments come from a group with a commonality, and few if any comments came from an opposing side, it doesn't necessarily mean that the comments represent the population, or even a majority.

    In other words, if 98% of comments came from 5% of a population, it doesn't mean that 98% of the population feels that way. To use the McSundae metaphor, if 98.5% of comments said "no peanuts", but those comments were all from people with a peanut allergy, representing (for example) 5% of the total population, that doesn't mean that the entire population is represented by those 5% necessarily (they may be, but not necessarily).

    There are plenty of other cases that this can happen as well. I'm not saying it is the case here with NN, just responding to your initial argument.

  • Aug 31st, 2017 @ 7:35am

    Re: Re:

    Because it's an incredibly easy logical jump to make. MANY people, especially technically oriented people, use disposable/temp-mail e-mail addresses for things like this because of the reasons Toom mentioned (ie. avoiding having their e-mails scraped and added to a spam list).

    Also note that Toom did not say "All of those temp-mail comments are real", but instead said "I don't think all of these can be dismissed outright" simply because they used temp-mail. Those two statements are not equal.

  • Aug 10th, 2017 @ 9:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Vagueness [was Re: Re: Re: ]

    The police using loudspeakers should not be considered a disturbance because they were performing their duties in the enforcement of regulations.

    Also, saying "There was noise, but most of it was produced by the police" is not necessarily clear. Were the protesters making a lot of noise, but the police were the only ones understandable because they were much louder with speakers, or were the protesters very quiet, and absent the police there would've been minimal noise. The former is them performing their job in an appropriate manner given the high level of noise by the protesters. The latter is potentially the same due to the size of the crowd, but also potentially overkill and unnecessary.

    Is my interpretation the only reasonable way to read it? Not likely, but that's why I said **I would interpret**, and not **it means**. Interpretation is a large portion of the job of the judicial branch. Should the policies and legislation be written more clearly? I would argue yes in almost all cases. However, it is difficult to do that most of the time because it requires being far more specific in what cases it applies to, which then removes the judicial latitude to consider all factors. Writing laws explicitly tends to catch more people in the webs, where being more loose potentially allows bad apples to fall through. I would prefer to err on the side of letting a few guilty people go than punishing a few innocent people, especially in cases like these where there is no physical harm done.

  • Aug 10th, 2017 @ 7:56am

    Re: Vagueness [was Re: Re: Re: ]

    From that, I would interpret

    substantially interferes with the protected free expression rights of others, including protests and demonstrations that infringe upon the rights of others to engage in and listen to...

    to mean that if you are shouting down a speaker, that is infringing on someone else's right to listen to. Is it not? I would still see it as permitting peaceful protests outside the venue, again, as long as it does not impede or prevent attendees from reaching the venue (ie. blocking the entrances or walkways).

    In my eyes, the key for First Amendment is that it doesn't prevent anyone from speaking their mind or protesting, but it also can't allow those people to prevent others from listening to others. A protester shouting down a speaker to the point that the speaker cannot be heard by the audience is violating that rule. Just like all other rights, you are only entitled to those rights to the extent that you are not infringing on the rights of another.

  • Aug 10th, 2017 @ 6:18am

    Re: Re:

    I guess I'm not clear on which this bill is trying to cover then. If it's to stop "shout downs" or protests outside the venue, then it's wrong. If it's to stop them inside, then I have no problem with it.

    In general, from several comments above, it seems like some people have no problem with protesters being overly disruptive at an event as long as they agree with the protesters. I disagree with that and think that inside an event, whether public or private, you should have to be non-disruptive and respectful of the rights of others who may hold different opinions than yours and are interested in listening to the speaker.

    Outside the event is a different story and you should be allowed to protest the event on public property. That said, I personally draw the line at preventing people from being able to get to the event (like happened at some campaign events last year where protesters blocked off roads and sidewalks preventing people from getting to an entrance for the event).

  • Aug 10th, 2017 @ 5:29am

    (untitled comment)

    At what point does a "shout down" go from free speech to disruptive? Consider a case where a government representative (legislator, president/governor/mayor, etc.) is speaking to a crowd. It could be an executive signed a bill, legislators debating, holding a town hall, whatever. These are public events by current government officials (as opposed to something like campaigns or election debates, which are usually private and not subject to 1A coverage). Given that these are public and involve the government, does anyone believe that people in the crowd would be allowed to protest by shouting down the speakers without being removed and reprimanded? If not, then why is this any different than doing it at a public school gathering/event? If it's a private school, then all bets are off in my opinion since they are in control of who is allowed or not allowed to attend, both on stage and in the crowd, similar to a concert or sporting event. But public schools are government entities and public places and therefore subject to government powers/restrictions.

  • May 3rd, 2017 @ 10:11am

    Re: Re: Re: Zillow = bad

    Can't you claim the house as the owner and fix the information?

  • Apr 27th, 2017 @ 5:22am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Mass storage can be a security risk if you're bringing personal files in that have viruses and then opening them on government machines.

  • Apr 25th, 2017 @ 10:08am


    My guess would be industrial espionage. They're less concerned about employees stealing anything than someone walking in off the street and stealing data/designs/process/etc.

  • Apr 25th, 2017 @ 10:05am


    Is USB still a weak point if you disable USB Mass Storage? I know that non-storage USB devices can still work even if you disable the ability to use thumbdrives and the like.

  • Apr 25th, 2017 @ 10:04am

    Re: I'm calling bullshit...

    For contactless cards, sure, but many are still contact-based chip cards. The DoD uses contact-based SmartCards. Also, aren't contactless cards inherently less secure due to the fact that you don't actually need to make physical contact with the card?

  • Apr 21st, 2017 @ 7:52am

    Re: Re:

    That sounds like a citation is needed. According to the article "citing evidence in Chelsea Manning's trial, where Assange assisted Manning with password cracking to sweep up digital breadcrumbs". Further, from the linked WaPo article, "Manning chatted with Assange about a technique to crack a password so Manning could log on to a computer anonymously, and that conversation, which came up during Manning’s court-martial, could be used as evidence that WikiLeaks went beyond the role of publisher or journalist."

    Now I don't know if explaining a password cracking technique to someone makes you guilty of assisting them when that person then uses the technique, but I also don't know the details of this particular conversation or how involved Assange was.

  • Apr 21st, 2017 @ 4:11am

    (untitled comment)

    If you assist someone in hacking a government computer, shouldn't you be liable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act? I'm following the part about journalists helping someone cover their tracks, but this goes beyond that by doing something that is itself illegal, ie. password cracking a government computer, doesn't it? Or am I missing something?

  • Apr 13th, 2017 @ 5:17am


    I haven't taken the "But they weren't in effect yet" argument to mean we're better off without them. I've seen it more as an argument against why things will suddenly be allowed to get so horribly bad. The rules weren't in effect yet and things weren't bad, therefore without the rules it won't all of a sudden become a post-apocalyptic world. Yes we'd be better off with the rules than without, but the mentality of "OMG, they killed the rules, the internet is over" is way overblown because the rules weren't even in effect yet anyway so cancelling them doesn't change anything but allow them to continue doing what they were already doing.

  • Mar 29th, 2017 @ 8:49am


    He actually didn't vote at all. Isakson (R-GA) is the other who also didn't vote. Had both voted No it would've been a split 50-50, gone to the VP for a tie-break, and the result would've likely been the same anyway. Not a single republican actually voted no.

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