3:12 PM yesterday
commented on Canada to Phase Out Door-to-Door Mail Delivery
Canada is a spread out country. That makes delivery service both harder and more vital than Europe or even the U.S.
That their post is often awful is sad.
@2: Personally I find the U.S. post amazing. Here's some spare change, get this letter to a specific house in Anchorage in a couple days would you? Up it to a package and it's still cheap.
Throw in something like the available computer-based or traditional postage meter and even a business shipping small items doesn't need to go to the post office much.
Between the web and UPS/ FedEx it isn't as vital for most people as it was when I was young but it's still a useful bargain and a positive for commerce that is paying for itself and employes people.
So what's so awful in keeping it around?
commented on Would You Switch to a Dvorak If You Were Me?
Get professional help now. TODAY! Pick up the phone.
I waited too long and while I have most of my strength and sense of touch back with that help the remaining damage seems like it will stay with me.
I too like the Kinesis and worth every penny but I mostly just use a variety of keyboards and pointing devices and the occasional massage to unknot (the first one led to a night of agony but the next day there were usable muscles where what had felt like golf balls under my skin were).
If money is tight: Microsoft makes a nice 2-piece adjustable I find helpful.
Some of the antinflamitories can also mess up ones liver over time.
commented on You Say You Want Some Privacy?
Most of the above are correct even if it seems somewhat contradictory.
TOR makes tracking and content snooping harder. Make those hard enough you are protected most of the time. Done right "most if the time" can be very close to 100% indeed.
If the snooper controls enough of the TOR network that percentage falls some. Concerning especially for those that send a lot of data through TOR.
If the snooper knows of an exploitable flaw that percentage can drop very close to 0%.
But either way: using TOR likely draws attention but makes it harder to figure out what the routing and content are.
Make your bets.
commented on The End of Gene Platonism
I've been around biology long enough to believe every trick, exception, twist people can think of (and more) are used by some organism somewhere and sometimes, right under our noses (or in our noses for that matter).
That does blow for the genes-as-platonic-ideal idea but I don't think I've heard anyone in the field express that idea (except as an often useful over-simplification) in my adult life.
It may be a little like how in chemistry students might be taught about the Bohr atom. It's wrong....way way wrong...but you can do a lot of useful chemical thinking with that simplification anyway.
commented on I ♥ E-Mails from the Tea Party Express
@2: They've already ignored it's national Romneycare from the Heritage Foundation, do you really think that will be a problem?
It will be completely different in their minds.
commented on The Saturday Morning News
@18: Cheap it wasn't. We eventually stopped the $200 hammers in hardware (mostly) but software government contracts can still be bloated and rushed and set up by the usual suspects.
Argueably bad contract procedures, rushed, tying into dozens of private companies all with their own systems and standards..many with multiple plans, many states actively resisting, huge demand, I dread to think how many subcontractors.....this is nearly perfect storm time.
Fixable but not easily.
commented on Fuck the SECB, I'm Voting Against District Elections
It's apropos of nothing really, historical. When the then-Yugoslav civil wars were going I had prof who said more than one Serb and Croat at a political conference he was at were really shocked the diversity of the then Seattle city council wasn't from districts.
There's that and Tacoma's experience of trying various tech fixes for city government. I believe they've gone full circle back to the system changed in the 50's for being a disaster to fix the problems of today.
There is no substitute for an interested, empowered and informed electorate. If district elections help with that (and it might) that would be great but seriously, it probably won't help much. Worth trying I think but I'm not betting the farm on it fixing much.
commented on Republicans Can't Govern
Is there a name for a kink where a group of mostly men get off on nearly (or actually) trashing a world economy and/or the country they love?
Not saying that's what's happening but at this point it sure would explain a lot.