WRT to the next major election where I live:
- * Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
- * Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
- * This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
I think that's a pretty accurate summary of the problems with elections.
France Bans Facebook and Twitter From Radio and TV
Ill-considered soundbites from haphazardly-picked and uninformed local citizens has been a staple of local TV news for decades.
Mozilla Posts File Containing Registered User Data
One technique is to use a password that is a function of the website domain name. For example, all of your passwords could be the number of characters in the second level of the domain, a random string, and the first letter of the domain. For slashdot, the password would be "8RANDOMs". This won't protect against a person who knows your password, but it will stop a script that knows 44,000 username/password pairs and blindly submits them to websites.
5th Underhanded C Contest Now Open
Isn't it obvious? It prints the string "unix\n".
Your browser's home page is...
I like listening to the BBC on my Sirius satellite radio. Also, in some towns you will find a station that re-broadcasts news at least part of the day. Look for non-profit stations that are not part of NPR.
Facebook User Arrested For a Poke
Facebook doesn't send a notification when you unfriend someone. Either one of them could have (and should have) unfriended the other one.
FCC Chairman Warns of Wireless Spectrum Gap
We could always kindly ask the military to use a little less of the spectrum. I'm sure they really don't need half of the spectrum.
What do you think are the chances of that happening?
Wii Update 4.2 Tries (and Fails) To Block Homebrew
There is a tariff on sugar:
How Much Money Do Free-To-Play MMOs Make?
Have you seen what has happened to the value of the US dollar over the past 10 years?
IBM Wants Patent For Regex SSN Validation
Did that say from the not worthy-inventions dept?
Shuttle and Hubble Passing In Front of the Sun
But NASA could avoid all those problems by using the Hubble Space Telescope!
Treating the Web As an Archive
Even if you don't have a program that can render html or css, researchers will always be able to read the plain text. In the year 12009, first year computer science students will still be able to write a program that turns html into plain text. As long as the tables and CSS are only used for formating, it doesn't really matter. Of course, occasionally there are times when tags actually matter:
Schrodinger's cat is <blink> not </blink> dead.
Oregon Governor Proposes Vehicle Mileage Tax
It is proportional to the forth power of the weight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road#Maintenance .
IP Rights For Games Made In School?
I don't think there are any schools that don't claim your IP.