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Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (204 comments)

They stood by and watched their CEO get ousted because of a donation to a cause that the majority supported.

It is weird how so many anti-freedom people like yourself are so quick to claim majority support for what Eich did. Sure, a slim majority were anti-gay marriage back when he tried to enshrine his religious dogma into law. But the overwhelming majority did not support "the cause" enough to spend money on it. By his own actions he revealed himself to be an extremist.

Furthermore, the whole idea that being part of a majority somehow excuses a person from judgment and consequences of their actions is itself morally bankrupt. The civil rights movement was a struggle against majority opinion too.

BTW, the freedom to restrict another person's freedom is freedom in name alone.

about two weeks ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:It's not a license to speed (325 comments)

> I'm not sure what the exact charges are.

Racketeering.

about two weeks ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Reflective cockpit windows (445 comments)

So, you don't want the pilots to see any green from their instrumentation?
Nice.

Think again.

What part of "reflective cockpit windows" do you fail to understand?

about 2 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Reflective cockpit windows (445 comments)

> For which wavelength?

~532nm.

99.9% of these cases involve the cheapo frequency doubled greenies. All the other colors are significantly more expensive for the power levels that are dangerous to pilots and are thus both exponentially more rare and much more likely to be owned by people who know better than to do stupid shit with them.

There is no theoretically perfect solution, but there is a practical solution.

about 2 months ago
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Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Better information wouldn't help (212 comments)

From what I remember, the Romney campaign ignored their own polls that said they were losing.

That's pretty much the last time that will ever happen again. Nate Silver's nearly perfect prediction of nearly all 50 states was a major wake-up call to the people who didn't believe in basic stats.

More than Obama, the nerds won last presidential election and its a permanent win.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Discontinues Home Automation Service After 2 Years

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:MBA "Leadership" (85 comments)

Mark my words, within the next 36 months there will be an explosion in that marketspace

Indeed. Both Lowe's and Staples have been farting around with standards-based (zigbee, z-wave and wi-fi) home automation equipment for about a year and it looks like they are ramping up for 2014.

about 2 months ago
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Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program

Jah-Wren Ryel American Teenager Droned (202 comments)

The story of al-Awalaki's 16 year old son doesn't get enough coverage. Presumably, he's one of the 4 americans that have been (officially) killed by drone strikes.

Obama's campaign staff said that the boy should've "had a more responsible father."

http://www.theatlantic.com/pol...

about 2 months ago
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Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Slashdot will hate me for saying this. (202 comments)

The world is much more terrifying than you realize.

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don't want the truth, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like "honor", "code", "loyalty". We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said "thank you", and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!

Asshole.

about 2 months ago
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Dyson Invests £5 Million To Create 'Intelligent Domestic Robots'

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:I'm not covinced by Dyson (125 comments)

There is also the problem with hand-driers in that they kick up any loose bacteria in the path of the air stream. So, kind of gross to use in a bathroom.

about 2 months ago
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Dyson Invests £5 Million To Create 'Intelligent Domestic Robots'

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:I'm not covinced by Dyson (125 comments)

And don't someone come up with the BS about everyone will sit around in blissful nirvana writing poetry or music or coding or go kayaking all day. It ain't going to happen.

And don't someone come up with the BS about it ain't going to happen without even bothering to state a reason.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:When you are a criminal (227 comments)

Also, I don't care what think your motive is, you don't turn over classified documents to the enemy.

And there it is ... the free press is nurb432's enemy.

about 2 months ago
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CmdrTaco: Anti-Beta Movement a "Vocal Minority"

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Everybody go to that Post article... (30 comments)

Because Ghostery reports 21 different trackers (and RequestPolicy sees 16 cross-site includes) it isn't obvious how to see the comments on that site without rolling over and exposing your belly. So I did it in a throw-away firefox profile and posted the comment here for everyone else who might be curious. It isn't anything new.

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Chad Wilson
3:44 PM EST
Correction: The "slashdot creator" is merely the owning company and hosting the site. The users of Slashdot CREATE the content. The creator of the web site itself is not the current owner. There is nothing at all that needs to be changed about the current UI. It delivers the USER-SUBMITTED articles in a clean and clear fashion. The USER-CREATED comments are the where the true gems lie, though. The articles are usually badly summarized, but in the USER-CREATED comments, that is where the truly important information can be found.

Additionally, it is said comments that are what the non-posters are reading. It is that content that makes Slashdot valuable. To blithely dismiss this, and so arrogantly, shows how little Dice understands the problem

about 3 months ago
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CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:The Slashcott (238 comments)

After getting a couple of thousand karma points at HN over the course of a year (manly due to a couple of very popular story submissions) I quit going there because their administration is even more opaque than slashdot.

They have this policy of "hell-banning" posters so that they think their posts are going through, but they are the only people who can actually see their own posts. If you set an obscure flag in your preferences you can see their story submissions (and comments), they are marked "[dead]" immediately upon posting rather than by any human process of moderation. I got curious when I noticed five or six people who had been making high quality story submissions for months that were basically invisible to everyone else.

The admins at HN don't notify people when they get hell-banned, they don't tell them what they did wrong so they can avoid it in the future. No warning, nothing. The admins don't even give the people who have been hell-banned a chance to make amends. If they do happen to figure out that they've been hell-banned on their own, there is no process for appeals, nor any other form of remediation.

It's completely arbitrary, capricious and well, Kafkaesque. Kind of like getting on the TSA's no fly list. Nobody will tell you anything and if you figure it out there is nothing you can do about it. I guess the TSA is worse because you can't really change your identity, but you can create a new account at HN. But you still won't know what you did to get hell-banned, you may well do it again. That shit's going to get old after a while.

Once I realized just how cruelly (presumably unintentionally) HN was run, I didn't feel like I could continue to contribute to their success so I took my toys and went home. I really wasn't up to a campaign of trying to fix things, just wasn't worth the effort.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

I totally understand how jarring it is to see such a huge amount of change all at once, but we also have to look at what the website will look like a few years down the road.

A lot of us here are software developers. How about opening up your development process and sharing your requirements and design specifications with us so we will know where you are going and what your goals are?

As it is now I don't have a clue what problems you are trying to fix. All we have seen so far are the negatives. But if we knew what problems you were working to fix then you might get a better reaction.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Why? (2219 comments)

> NO JAVASCRIPT!!!

You don't have to be running old systems to want to avoid javascript. I block javascript because of the threat of malware -- nearly every web browser exploit in the last decade has had javascript as a necessary component.

This is a site for technical users, we know the dangers of javascript. We know that no one can guarantee that a website will never be compromised and turned into serving up malware. It isn't reasonable to expect Dice to fix our systems if they are ever compromised through slashdot. But it is reasonable to expect Dice to enable people to use slashdot without forcing them to expose themselves to unnecessary risk.

about 3 months ago
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The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Begun they have... (234 comments)

Beta does look like ass -- but corporations chasing profits only care about the profits.

You presume that the people making the decisions know what the fuck they are doing. I don't think they do.

Becoming yet another website of pablum without a niche isn't going to bring in any profits, the competition for the most mediocre site on the net is just too fierce.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Slashdot Classic and Slashdot Beta Continue to Co-Exist?

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Insight into Dice's Thought Process (9 comments)

Those users are leaving, sir!

Indeed. The problem that I have with slashdot beta is that there is nothing in it for me. I don't see anything that is an improvement for me as a technical user. And if I missed something, there hasn't been much of an effort to inform me.

Here's what I want:

(0) Minimal frills - function over form
    this implies:
      dense information presentation - don't waste screen space
      zero javascript puffery - only use javascript if it is absolutely necessary
      don't try to get clever with the UI - KISS

(1) Easy to browse new stories
(2) Fast and easy to read comments
(3) Easy to comment
(4) Easy to search old stories and comments

I don't care about mobile - who reads slashdot on their phone? We read it at the office to kill time during things like a build.

about 3 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Illegal HOW EXACTLY (298 comments)

You seem to be laboring on the misconception that being classified as a "telecommunications service" does not actually spell out the specifics. I'm confident you are wrong. You are welcome to prove me wrong instead.

about 3 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Illegal HOW EXACTLY (298 comments)

Classification as common carrier, and true net neutrality rules (the level of net neutrality most people actually want) based on that are two different things.

And what, exactly, is the difference?

about 3 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Jah-Wren Ryel Re:Illegal HOW EXACTLY (298 comments)

Until ISPs are classified as common carriers, the FCC will not have the authority to enforce any level of net neutrality - which a former FCC chairman has recently stated. I have not said, and do not believe, that we have ever had any level of net neutrality.

We had exactly that until 2005 when the FCC reclassified DSL and CATV ISPs as "information services" (not common carrier) from their previous classification of "telecommunications service" (common carrier) which they had held since the inception of the internet.

about 3 months ago

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NSA Intercepted Children's Letters to Santa

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 3 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "FORT MEADE, MD – The National Security Agency routinely intercepts children’s letters to Santa, internal agency documents have revealed.

The documents describe an operation known as MILK COOKIES, based out of Fort Meade and run in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service. COOKIES is the interception of the letters while MILK feeds them through a complex series of algorithms to spot any hidden messages.

Agency director Gen. Keith Alexander had previously testified to Congress in 2011 that the NSA would occasionally collect letters addressed to Santa, but insisted that it was totally accidental and that no one was actually reading or storing them."

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Dept of Defense's public domain archive to be privatized, locked up for 10 years

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 4 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "Looks like the copyright cartel have raided the public domain yet again — the US DoD has signed an exclusive contract with T3 Media to digitize their media archive in exchange for T3 having complete licensing control for 10 years. Considering that all output from the US government is, by law, ineligible for copyright, this deal seems borderline illegal at best. To make matters worse, it appears that there is no provision to make the digitized content freely accessible after the 10 years are up — which means we risk having all that content disappear into T3."
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Facebook tracks the Status Updates and Messages You Don't Write too.

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 4 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "Do you think that facebook tracks the stuff that people type and then erase before hitting (or the “post” button)? Turns out the answer is yes. If you start writing a message, and then think better of it and decide not to post it, Facebook still adds it to the dossier they keep on you."
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Investor Lawsuit Claims IBM Lost $12B in Market Cap Because of NSA

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 4 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "IBM Corp has been sued by the Louisiana Sheriffs' Pension & Relief Fund which accused it of concealing how its ties to what became a major U.S. spying scandal reduced business in China and ultimately caused its market value to plunge more than $12 billion."
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Killing cancer like the common cold

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "We've cured cancer a million different ways in mice, but human cancers have been a lot harder to cure. This new procedure has been tested with success on humans, both children and adults.

In the therapy, doctors first remove the patient's T-cells, which play a crucial role in the immune system. They then reprogram the cells by transferring in new genes. Once infused back into the body, each modified cell multiplies to 10,000 cells. These "hunter" cells then track down and kill the cancer in a patient's body."

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King James Programming

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "What do you get when you train a Markov chain on the King James Bible and a copy of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs? King James Programming — a tumblr of auto-generated pseudo-scripture (or pseudo-compsci lessons).

Some examples:
"The LORD is the beginning (or prefix) of the code for the body of the procedure"

"More precisely, if P and Q are polynomials, let O1 be the order of blessed"

"In APL all data are represented as arrays, and there shall they see the Son of man, in whose sight I brought them out""

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How to Burst the "Filter Bubble" that Protects Us from Opposing Views

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "Computer scientists have discovered a way to number-crunch an individual’s own preferences to recommend content from others with opposing views. The goal? To burst the “filter bubble” that surrounds us with people we like and content that we agree with.

A recent example of the filter bubble at work: Two people who googled the term “BP.” One received links to investment news about BP while the other received links to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, presumably as a result of some recommendation algorithm."

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DHS Now Censoring Imported Videos

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor, He-Man) reports that US Customs now requires a Video Declaration Form be completed for any imported DVDs. The form requires that you "declare the the films/videos contain no obscene or immoral matter, nor any matter advocating or urging treason or insurrection against the United States, nor any threat to take the life of or inflict bodily harm upon any person in the United States.""
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance to USA Due to Private Medical Records

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "The latest from the front lines in the War on Dignity:

In 2012, Canadian Ellen Richardson was hospitalized for clinical depression. This past Monday she tried to board a plane to New York for a $6,000 Caribbean cruise. DHS denied her entry, citing supposedly private medical records listing her hospitalization."

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NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit 'Radicalizers'

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the agency believes are radicalizing others through incendiary speeches, according to a top-secret NSA document.

This plan is remarkably similar to the way the FBI tried to blackmail Martin Luther King, aka "the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation," with an audiotape they got by bugging his bedroom."

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Jury: Newegg infringes Spangenberg patent, must pay $2.3 million

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself fighting the non-practicing patent holders sometimes called "patent trolls," sits on the losing end of a lawsuit tonight. An eight-person jury came back shortly after 7:00pm and found that the company infringed all four asserted claims of a patent owned by TQP Development"
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WikiLeaks: Walmart bid Stratfor to investigate rival CEO's alleged affair

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "In the wake of the trial of Jeremy Hammond, an Anonymous activist who received a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to hacking the company, WikiLeaks released its final batch of Stratfor files—and it’s potentially scandalous.

According to leaked files, Walmart tasked Stratfor with investigating the alleged extramarital affairs of a CEO who worked for one of the corporation’s global competitors. It’s presented in the context of job recruitment, but, given the competitive nature of the businesses involved, the effort could be construed as an attempt at corporate espionage."

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Your Phone Number Is Going To Get A Reputation Score

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "Yes, there’s yet another company out there with an inscrutable system making decisions about you that will effect the kinds of services you’re offered.

Based out of L.A.’s “Silicon Beach,” Telesign helps companies verify that a mobile number belongs to a user (sending those oh-so-familiar “verify that you received this code” texts) and takes care of the mobile part of two-factor authenticating or password changes. Among their over 300 clients are nine of the ten largest websites. Now Telesign wants to leverage the data — and billions of phone numbers — it deals with daily to provide a new service: a PhoneID Score, a reputation-based score for every number in the world that looks at the metadata Telesign has on those numbers to weed out the burner phones from the high-quality ones."

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Weapons You Can Build from Items Sold in Airport Stores After the TSA Checkpoint

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "In early-2013, independent security researcher, Evan “treefort” Booth, began working to answer one simple question: Can common items sold in airports after the security screening be used to build lethal weapons? As it turns out, even a marginally “MacGyver-esque” attacker can breeze through terminal gift shops, restaurants, magazine stands and duty-free shops to find everything needed to wage war on an airplane."
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The second operating system hiding in every mobile phone

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 5 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "Every smartphone or other device with mobile communications capability (e.g. 3G or LTE) actually runs not one, but two operating systems. Aside from the operating system that we as end-users see (Android, iOS, PalmOS), it also runs a small operating system that manages everything related to radio. So, we have a complete operating system, running on an ARM processor, without any exploit mitigation (or only very little of it), which automatically trusts every instruction, piece of code, or data it receives from the base station you're connected to. What could possibly go wrong?"
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New York Times Endorses Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Treaty

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 6 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "The New York Times' editorial board has made a disappointing endorsement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even as the actual text of the agreement remains secret. That raises two distressing possibilities: either in an act of extraordinary subservience, the Times has endorsed an agreement that neither the public nor its editors have the ability to read. Or, in an act of extraordinary cowardice, it has obtained a copy of the secret text and hasn't yet fulfilled its duty to the public interest to publish it."
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If you piss off the TSA, they will give your personal info to debt collectors

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 6 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "Not one single person detained by the TSA has ever been convicted on terrorism charges. So, in what appears to be a twisted attempt to stay relevant, they are getting into the debt collection business. According to this article at the NY Times, if you are even "accused of violating security regulations" they will hand over your personal information to debt collection agencies."
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Ed Felten: Why Email Services Should be Court-Order Resistant

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 6 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "Commentators on the Lavabit case, including the judge himself, have criticized Lavabit for designing its system in a way that resisted court-ordered access to user data. They ask: If court orders are legitimate, why should we allow engineers to design services that protect users against court-ordered access?

The answer is simple but subtle: There are good reasons to protect against insider attacks, and a court order is an insider attack."

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Azerbaijan election results released before voting had even started

Jah-Wren Ryel Jah-Wren Ryel writes  |  about 6 months ago

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) writes "Florida's hanging chads ain't going nothing on Azerbaijan. Fully a day before the polls were to open, election results were accidentally released via an official smartphone app, confirming what everybody already knew — the election was rigged from the beginning. The official story is that the app's developer had mistakenly sent out the 2008 election results as part of a test. But that's a bit flimsy, given that the released totals show the candidates from this week, not from 2008."
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