rock_climbing_guy (630276) writes "Bob Barr has announced his bid to succeed President George W Bush as President of the United States of America. This is most definitely News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters because Bob Barr has been very clear about his intention to limit the power of the federal government. As the former Congressman responsible for getting the sunset clause into the USA PATRIOT Act and a harsh critic warrantless wiretaps, Bob Barr has demonstrated his commitment to the principles of personal liberty that many Slashdotters have watched slip away in recent years. Barr stands to bring to the forefront the issues that have languished in the darkness of obscurity.
Bob Barr has brought on board his campaign the former manager of the Ross Perot for President campaign. Barr's first goal is going to be gaining the necessary base of support to be included at the prominent Presidential debates.
With recent appearances on Fox News, CNN, and even Comedy Central, Barr is determined to get out his message in spite of his campaigns late start." Link to Original Source top
rock_climbing_guy writes "Recently, the state of Texas became the first state to require vaccination against HPV, a set of strains of viruses that cause warts and cancer, for all girls entering the sixth grade, beginning in September 2006. Texas Governor Rick Perry, as reported by Fox News, is being pressured by the state senate to rescind the order. Many critics of the order say that requiring such a vaccination will encourage premarital sex. Under Texas law, some parents may opt-out of the requirement for their children for religious or philosophical reasons.
How do we balance the need to provide citizens with protection against dangerous diseases with individual autonomy and freedom? Do such mandatory vaccinations violate our civil rights?"
rock_climbing_guy writes | more than 10 years ago
Alright everyone, this is my very first/. journal entry. I don't imagine many people are going to read this, but oh, well; here goes.
I am sick and tired of the continuous upgrade, obsolescence of PC gaming hardware. Don't get me wrong; I understand that hardware is improving with time, but I have become totally removed from modern computer games because they run like slideshows on my machine.
Damn, I got Unreal Tournament 2003 for Christmas last year, I bought a new PC this year, and it still runs like crap. I got a new GeForce FX 5200 whatchawannacallitthingamajig and got a new motherboard, new DDR RAM, and an AMD 2600+ CPU. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET GAMES TO RUN ON A PC THESE DAYS? How much money do I have to spend? I spent over $500 upgrading my machine and it still sucks. Even the demos that came with the GeForce card run choppy. I've been through everything with technical support. I just don't care any more. I regret wasting my money on this project. I'll stick to Half-Life and Quake 3; they're just as much fun to play now as they were when they came out.
While I'm ranting, let me ask one more thing: What ever happened to Quake Spy? At first, it was this nifty little utility that you could use to look up the status of Quake servers on the internet. Now, it's turned into a gigantic piece of adware!