Mike Silva
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Feb 8 Mike Silva commented on Apple Corporation Breaking Phones That Receive Unauthorized Repairs.
Sigh. Clueless outrage is fun. But if you want to read and consider why this might be a good idea, feel free to read Apple's white paper on their security model for their iOS devices:

I'd explain why this is not as outrageous as it seems, but I already did my bit to educate on the Interweb comment threads elsewhere today, and I'm tired of dealing with the mounds of dumb and lickspittle outrage. Suffice it to say, the wonderful car part analogies here are oversimplified apples to oranges comparisons, and none of you who are outraged are really thinking through the security model and implementation details Apple is dealing with here.

Also, Charles, iFixit is sort of the Reason Magazine of the tech world, where child-like certainty in the ability and desire of everyone to do everything themselves, reality be damned, abounds. Of course they are going to see this as a 'major issue'. But has a bone fide security expert said so yet? Not that I know of.
Jan 4 Mike Silva commented on When It Comes to Housing, San Francisco Is Doing It Wrong, Seattle Is Doing It Right.
@5 Not to pile on, but as a former San Franciscan, I'd point out that while areas like the Sunset and Richmond district are relatively dense compared to Seattle, they have a lot of old construction that's not as dense as it could be. Particularly along transit corridors.

Yup, the 2 or 3 story multi unit buildings out there are great, but they probably should be replaced with taller structures.

I don't think NIMBY forces are any less strong here in Seattle. We just happened to have a bunch of underutilized land in South Lake Union that Paul Allen was able to consolidate and develop (worth noting he initially did so at least in part to help build a park that the 'Seattle Process' balked at finishing).

There's also a large swathe of land called SODO (equivalent to pre-redevelopment SOMA or China Basin in SF) that is near the port infrastructure and currently zoned nearly exclusively industrial, as part of an 80s or 90s plan to preserve blue collar jobs. Which is a worthy goal. However, one has to wonder what percentage of those jobs are held by Seattle residents or folks from more suburban areas driving in, and from some perspectives (transit, cost of living) it wouldn't be better for those jobs to move outside the city core. Not all. A diverse economy is good, but it's a huge swathe of land. Admittedly built on tons of landfill, which is probably not tall commercial building friendly, but could potentially suffice for multi-unit residential structures. And it is along our nascent rail transit right of way.
Oct 11, 2015 Mike Silva commented on Greatest Friday News Dump Ever: WSDOT Is Suing Seattle Tunnel Partners.
@21 Has it exactly right.

The sweet justice is that all the provincials here that were against the surface option, 'because San Francisco is stoooopid and we don't have to do what they do, we're special...neener neener' will now get a surface option that isn't as good, with a tunnel that sucks.

Yay PNW exceptionalism!
Aug 8, 2015 Mike Silva commented on Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bernie Sanders at Social Security Rally.
@9 Cute. But the only person making any contingencies is the fantasy straw man liberal in your head.

The fact that you can't grasp the subtle complexities of issues, or cause and effect doesn't make the rest of us dumb. But you might be.

But I'm sure you'll counter that the crowd of liberals there, who likely helped elect our first black president, have secretly been running our hands with glee as he and our first black attorney general haven't done so much about police violence. But that's probably more because you are addicted to feeling butthurt, than actual reality. I think you have a case of Not Too Bright Privilege.
Aug 8, 2015 Mike Silva commented on Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bernie Sanders at Social Security Rally.
Black lives matter. But poorly thought through protests by self-agrandizing assholes, who hurt candidates that actually support their cause, not so much.

But I guess some Black Lives Matters supporters are Ready For Hillary!!!

(And apparently politically and historically too clueless to know that it was a Clinton that signed and championed the law creating mandatory minimum sentencing for penny ante drug offenses. Or the Welfare 'Reform' law that eviscerated the social safety net. Or the law deregulating the banking industry, that suddenly made Predatory Lending to Blacks Matter.]
Aug 5, 2015 Mike Silva commented on What Happened After an Undercover Cop Elbowed Me at a Protest and Lied About It.
Yes, The Stranger is biased, and facts are too often cherry picked, or something. Blah blah. Even though time and again they break stories and are shown to be absolutely correct. I mean that's why The Stranger has Justice Department sanctions against them. Oh, wait.

Just like comments 1-4 aren't posted by SPOG member burner accounts. Or knuckledragging Limbaugh listener types who are intellectual honesty challenged, and love them some auth-or-it-tay, so long as its authority not applied to limit them, but brown people or others they don't like, or any other persons whose situation said conservatives are too empathy repaired to be able to understand.
Apr 7, 2015 Mike Silva commented on When Will Christine Gregoire, Rob McKenna, Pete Holmes, and the Shits on the City Council Apologize to Mike McGinn?.
Never. Because Seattle, like the rest of present day America is a hotbed of elite failure, where accountability is only for the poors, and you never have to say sorry, so long as you soldier on smugly spinningly wrong.
Jun 26, 2013 Mike Silva commented on Is It Really So Awful to Imagine the Death of Conservative Supreme Court Justices?.
Yah, sorry about Scalia. When I was at Berkeley working in the law library as an undergrad he came in to preside over moot. Boalt always seemed to get a Supreme.

Anyhow, enter me, late to a final lecture before the end of semester, clocking out, bursting through the library entrance, and about to bound down the multi-story not-so-grand spiral staircase. Then someone back at the main desk called after me. I looked back to yell I'd see them tomorrow, while still running forward toward the stairs, only to quickly turn around to see that I was about to barrel straight into a portly man, with a taller skinnier man behind him.

He'd apparently not been paying attention either, judging by his gaping eyes as he turned his head around and our eyes met…about 6 inches apart. We both grabbed on to each other, and launched down several stairs, with him underneath me.

I got up, utterly embarrassed and apologizing profusely.

Then I noticed the strangely official lapel pin on the skinny man, who was trying to help both of us up, but mostly the fat guy. Hmm… Only to start to realize, hey, there's something familiar about this fat guy.

Then it hit little liberal Berkeley me like a ton of bricks. Holy fuck. I'd just surfed Scalia. With a Democrat in the White House. (Cliinton. 1995ish.) And I hadn't killed him. What the fuck? What the fuck was wrong with me missing that kind of opportunity!

Dear America, Women and their Vaginas, Brown People, Al Gore, and all that is Right and True, I apologize for not realizing sooner who he was as we slide-bounced down the stairs, and maybe just pushing down on his head a little or something.

As for the fat fuck. He was pleasant enough to me. He also apologized profusely for not looking where he was going, asked if I was OK, and tried to reassure me that he was all right. But true to form, it didn't seem like he was so worried about my well being per se, more that he was worried that I would be mortified that I had careened into his oh so magisterial self. What Conservatives call empathy really does always come back to being about them.

I do think back from time to time on it and what-if. Scalia toast in 1995. How great would that have been?
Jan 1, 2013 Mike Silva commented on Congress Is Broken. So Let's Make it Bigger.
I've been arguing for this solution for about 20 years. Glad to see it catching on. The founders were sorta smart and thoughtful people. Not perfect, but pretty damn good. They had small House districts for a reason. And it wasn't just because the US population was less.
Jul 7, 2012 Mike Silva joined My Stranger Face