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August 16th, 2018, 14:21
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outsourced to some schmuck IT company that put in the best bid
This. As it's all about national security, I honestly can't understand looking for the cheapest (and most horrible) solutions.
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August 16th, 2018, 14:44
I'm a big proponent of security through simplicity. They use large and unnecessary software stacks, because that's what they're used to doing. Most of the companies that provide "solutions" create raggedy bags of code, on top of a house of cards of other people's code, that just about work most of the time.

A voting machine and its software should be about as complex as a calculator, built up simply from basic principles, in as few lines of code as possible, and tested to destruction.
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August 16th, 2018, 17:01
The people who make the decisions are clueless technically and have too much dark matter stuffed up their asses to understand just how little they know.

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The sad thing is, so much of our IT infrastructure is still feeble in terms of security and quality. Things like voting machines, critical to the functioning of democracy itself, are outsourced to some schmuck IT company that put in the best bid, and delivers crap that no-one in the government understands well enough to analyze properly.

For now, stick to paper - it works well enough, and it's not that big a deal to organise properly monitored public counts.
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September 20th, 2018, 20:12
It was only a matter of time.

Health insurer making fitbit tracking mandatory.
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September 20th, 2018, 20:20
Orwell's 1984 was never closer.
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September 20th, 2018, 21:41
That is so wrong.

Yet another reason to hate insurance companies.
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September 20th, 2018, 21:54
Yeah, so when some poor bugger has finished working two jobs to keep food on the table, then he has to make sure he goes out and runs his laps so his insurance stays affordable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My10FLH5DT0&t=11
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September 21st, 2018, 14:15
Wonder if this is legal; after all the military had to ban fitbit due to tracking.
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September 21st, 2018, 14:18
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Wonder if this is legal; after all the military had to ban fitbit due to tracking.
If there's any question mark over the legality, I dare say the lobbyists will sort that out in due course.
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September 21st, 2018, 14:30
I get why you're saying @Ripper, but I don't find it weird that someone who's never used their car insurance pays a lower fee. Nor do I find it weird you pay less for you health insurance if you try to live a healthy life, the opposite is much stranger to me.
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September 21st, 2018, 14:36
No, and I have no problem with insurance companies assessing risk to determine a premium, within reason. Taking into account whether someone smokes, or their BMI, seems reasonable, to me. My objection is the requirement to wear a monitoring device, so that a company can monitor your personal activity, moment to moment. To me that's a completely unacceptable level of personal intrusion.
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