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Hackers Breach White House Network

Plugh Slashdot, what has become of you? (98 comments)

There was a time when I could expect to come to Slashdot and see either a description of the actual details of the attack mechanism, or at least a *really* insightful, plausible set of theories. Now... not so much

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Plugh Totally not sucking up, but... (294 comments)

you should start browsing dice.com now It's escape-hatch time

about 8 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

Plugh Re: Contact Alice Hill (180 comments)

Bingo. They could implement a Drupal site with the relevant module in a day or less.

about 10 months ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Plugh Re:Why would any healthy person do this? (644 comments)

You can get the health coverage *after* breaking the bones. You might have to pay for ambulance and the first day of treatment, but nothing after. Statistically, people who sign up before needing the insurance are ... innumerate.

1 year,17 days
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Plugh Why would any healthy person do this? (644 comments)

The poor slobs now have to sell you health care EVEN IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN EXPENSIVE CONDITION

Now why, why would any more or less healthy person who is not expecting a baby sign up for health care? Pay the small fine, it's cheaper. Pay out-of-pocket for the one or two times you need to see a doctor or get a flu shot this year. It's still cheaper.

And if you find out that you have cancer, a heart condition, or (like myself) a chronic condition like ulcerative colitis which is going to require tens of thousands of dollars' worth of health care every year to manage... well, THEN sign up, and get the Gold option, and laugh at the clueless corporate fucks in the insurance industry who thought that getting into bed with the government and forcing everyone to buy their product, would actually result in moar profit...

1 year,18 days
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Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

Plugh Re:Of course. (749 comments)

If it ever did come to a point where an overthrow of the government was brewing, I suspect that recruiting would not be via posts on Slashdot.

You say this,. but it was a post on Slashdot 10 years ago that led me to move to New Hampshire. Now I pay no income or sales tax, am not legally required to buckle myself up in the car, can own any knife I damn well please, don't need a "permit" for a gun, can marry another man if I wanted to, and soon will have access to medicinal marijuana.

Go down and click my sig. Real shit happens in the real world, and you bet your ass it sometimes happens as a result of a slashdot post.

about a year and a half ago
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Innocent Or Not, the NSA Is Watching You

Plugh Re:End the USA (410 comments)

There's no need to go this far off the deep end, just yet. Fortunately, thousands of people who are opposed to over-intrusive government are getting together and actually doing something about it ... and getting results!

more than 2 years ago
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Arizona Attempts To Make Trolling Illegal

Plugh I hope she signs... (474 comments)

There are a lot of Libertarians in Arizona. This can help motivate them to come HOME, to where they're actually wanted!

more than 2 years ago
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What The DHS Is Looking For In Your Posts

Plugh Re:Routine spying (278 comments)

Yes. It is unacceptable that "our" government now spies on us. Just one more reason so many of us has moved to New Hampshire.

more than 2 years ago
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New Hampshire Passes 'Open Source Bill'

Plugh Re:I'm the legislator and prime sponsor, and autho (260 comments)

FWIW, I was born in Wisconsin. I lived lots of places, including Indiana, Adelaide Australia, London England, and California. My job is such that I can work pretty much anywhere on Earth where there is an internet connection. New Hampshire is my chosen home.

more than 2 years ago
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New Hampshire Passes 'Open Source Bill'

Plugh Re:Ugh. PC Comes to the PC (260 comments)

1) Infrastructure
At my house in rural Hopkinton, NH, I reliably get 8MB down/4MB up. I telecommute to work most days; I live and die by my fast and reliable internet connection. I have had no particular issues. Note that I choose to live in the woods; there are in fact cities (not metropileses, but places with tall buildings and hundreds of thousands of people) in NH: Manchester, Nashua, etc

2) "recording cops"
Yes, FSPers have been pushing legislation to clarify that people have the right to record on-duty civil servants (especially police). Separately, a number of court cases have been won (by FSPer lawyers) that have adjudicated that on-duty police have no reasonable expectation of privacy. So, it's an issue that a number of FSPers are pushing on hard.

3) Downside
Yes, it gets cold in winter. And butt-hot in the summer. And the closest Really Big City is Boston, which is about an hour away from the NH state capitol in Concord. Oh, and there's no income or sales tax, so if you really want to pay those, NH will suck for you.

more than 2 years ago
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New Hampshire Passes 'Open Source Bill'

Plugh Re:Free State Project (260 comments)

As the submitter of the story, I just want to make 3 points:

1. Seth Cohn is a prime sponsor of the bill, and a fairly hardcore slashdotter. J'raxis is, like myself, an emeritus Director of Research for the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance... and a fairly hardcore slashdotter.
Q: What happens when the geeks rule? A: New Hampshire, baby!

2. I learned about the Free State Project right here on slashdot, back in 2003. How cool is that?

3. This is for real. This is not just web slacktivism. This is people taking back control of the government. AND IT'S HAPPENING. If you have a vaguely libertarian bone in your body, you really do owe it to yourself to see what's going on in New Hampshire.
I'd strongly recommend coming to the NH Liberty Forum. People come every year, and after the experience, go back to their home states. Just long enough... to pack!

more than 2 years ago
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Proteins Build "Cages" Around Bacteria

Plugh Re:Septins are to Antibiotics as IPv6 is to IPv4 (73 comments)

Quoth AC:
Government is bad, blah blah blah. Nevermind that governments are responsible for much of this fundamental research. Through public schools, public institutions and grants. Blah blah blah, shut up

For everyone who fundamentally disagrees with this person, don't bother debating him on the internet.
Join the rest of us in Real Life.
We're here, waiting to welcome you HOME

about 3 years ago
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The CIA's Social Mining Department

Plugh Re:The CIA's astroturfing department (110 comments)

Getting myself elected seems contradictory to trying to "overthrow" it, don't you think? Long-term, I'd like it to whither on the vine and die. Nullification, followed by secession, OTOH, I'm pushing for rather strongly. Are either of those "overthrow"? 'cause we're making a lot of progress with the former, so how far off can the latter be...?

more than 3 years ago

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FBI shuts down Silk Road 2.0

Plugh Plugh writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Plugh (27537) writes "On Thursday international law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and Europol took down the Silk Road 2 and arrested its alleged operator 26-year-old Blake Benthall in San Francisco.
Come on, Slashdotters, help me understand how they managed to do this? Another careless operator? Another JavaScript injection? What?!?"

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New Hampshire passes "Open Source bill"

Plugh Plugh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Plugh writes "In a victory for transparency & openness in government, and saving tax dollars, New Hampshire has passed HB418. State agencies are now required by law to consider open source software when acquiring software, and to promote the use of open data formats."
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Obama's PDF: Tech Breakdown

Plugh Plugh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Plugh (27537) writes "Disclosure: I think "birthers" are kooks.
But then I saw this video, and now I'm a tad alarmed. What's up with the layers? Is this reproducible with an Adobe OCR scan of other similar documents?
I trust the slashdot community to analyze what's up with the PDF to a level of detail other news sources won't cover. Please, slashdotters, your insight and tech analysis here is much appreciated!"

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New Hampshire begins open-data efforts

Plugh Plugh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Plugh (27537) writes "The Free State Project was created to move 20,000 small-government activists to New Hampshire (here's the Slashdot story from 2002).

IT people, with our ability to work anywhere, were some of the first to move. Now, with over a dozen Free Staters elected to the NH legislature, these geeks are starting to affect government data-sharing policy."

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Free State Project reaches 10,000 pledges

Plugh Plugh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Plugh (27537) writes "I found the Free State Project on a Slashdot story back in 2003. Now, seven years later, I've pulled up stakes and moved to New Hampshire, along with nearly 800 other libertarian types. We've had "our people" elected to the state legislature, killed bad bills, passed good bills, told the Federal government to go blow itself, done civil disobedience, and generally had a great old time. As of today, the Project crossed the 10,000 mark. My prediction? This is gonna get interesting.... Thank you Slashdot for the story that radically changed my life!"
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Ron Paul endorses the Free State Project

Plugh Plugh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Plugh writes "I first heard about the Free State Project from a Shasldot story back in 2002. About a year later I drank the kool-aid and moved to New Hampshire, where a lot of us Free-Staters spend a lot of money, time, and effort campaigning for Ron Paul here in the state with that critical first-in-the-nation primary. As such, it was extremely fulfilling to see Dr. Paul give a hearty endorsement to the project! Thanks, Ron!"
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