We Don’t Know How to Handle Terrorism

Found this very insightful quote over on Slashdot, and I couldn’t agree more: “Countries like the UK and Israel have experience with terrorism, and they’ve developed reasonably sane ways of handling it. Just to be clear, I’m not praising the fact that they stole land from the Irish and the Palestinians — but at least… Continue reading We Don’t Know How to Handle Terrorism

The Problems

Found this over on a Slashdot story about how attacks on voting machines are practical (despite arguments to the contrary): The problem is our elections are supposed to be transparent by law. The problem is our elections are supposed to have public oversight. The problem is a private company can not provide public oversight. The… Continue reading The Problems

Using Tax Money

“Using tax money to provide goods and services does two things: it hides the true cost by shifting the burden of payment onto other people and it eliminates choice. Those are both bad, but for different reasons.”

You Are Not A Lawyer

Difference between them and us?

  • Techie: If you don’t know how to do what I do, then learn.
  • Lawyer: If you don’t know how to do what I do, pay me $500 an hour or your children

CAN-SPAM Act is 5 Years Old

So it’s been 5 years since the CAN-SPAM act was introduced. Yet my inbox is still flooded with spam (I have to use 2 different spam-filtering services to keep it from being overwhelming – and even then stuff still gets through). An article on Slashdot asks the obvious question: what went wrong? “Five years ago,… Continue reading CAN-SPAM Act is 5 Years Old