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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

shaitand Add another 0. (318 comments)

Seriously, this will only help us maintain our current level of behind the rest of the world. 100mbps is a solid minimum link speed.

yesterday
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

shaitand Re:Lots of problems with it (190 comments)

"So, you want to install a "Wave harnessing device" on a boat who's primary mission is to stay moored in the same place without moving despite wind and waves? You don't see a problem with that?"

I certainly don't. If the boat has generators absorbing the wave motion energy that energy isn't there to move the boat.

2 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

shaitand Re:As long as there is not communication (113 comments)

With the way logitech has handled this sort of thing in their remote controls before the only communication is when you actually program the device and that is just to let you tie into their database of pre-built profiles.

2 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

shaitand Re:One ring to rule them all? (113 comments)

That's silly. Obviously the one ring to rule them all is the device that controls all of these devices.

2 days ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

shaitand Re:Hopefully not like their TV remotes... (113 comments)

That internet connection requirement gets you the largest database of remote control presets out there and more importantly everything added in the future. It also expands the database as YOU program custom buttons and functions.

If you can find another remote that you can buy today and know you'll be able to program it for your next set of not yet on the market devices, and the set after that, etc does IR and RF, and can mix and match device buttons and functions without switching button profiles, and still does let you program custom functions like a 3D button, subtitle button, VIA button, DVR button, TV Input, Setup, Menu, etc, etc, etc. And actually manages to provide a better interface at a reasonable price point. I'd love to know.

But thus far, the logitech harmony series is the only thing I've found that actually gets that job done at all and therefore is the best by default.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

shaitand Srsly, don't cross the streams. It's bad. (391 comments)

Would you want to watch a video of geek trying to play a harp he designed? Would you want to see the result of a liberal arts major trying to design a harp?

Unless they are the same guy. Both answers are no.

3 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

shaitand Re:You mean... (236 comments)

If you have a 12mbit connection vs a 20mbit connection how is it you think the traffic magically figures that out so it can send you traffic at the correct rate for your link?<br><br>I won't go into windowing and the technical details but suffice it to say that you can control the OTHER sender by limiting the speed of your responses and dropping packets until that transmission is the rate you want. You can combine that with buffering on the first device on your network so that when there are two packets to send, it sends the packets out in the order you'd specified. So that if you have 4 packets of ftp data and 4 packets of voip data in the buffer your device forwards say 2 voip, 1 data, 2 voip, etc So everything keeps moving but the voip moves a little faster. This might make the ftp connection transfer at a lower rate if there is enough voip data to cause it to miss acknowledgments but in most cases just results in the voip data being lower latency.<br><br>There is nothing your ISP can do to digitally shape traffic that you aren't perfectly capable of doing with that traffic once it's in your network.

3 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

shaitand AT&T..compromise? (236 comments)

It's just yet another way of spinning the same thing. For there to be faster queues of traffic there have to be slower queues of traffic. To be able to guarantee you can put a service in a faster queue, it has to have been in a slower queue in the first place.<br><br>As soon as there is ANY form of allowing ISPs to do anything but fling all traffic as fast as they can (within the bounds of the link speed being paid for) there is the groundwork for the ISP's to hold priority service for ransom, both charging to be put on a list for consumers to choose for a fast lane and to charge consumers again to make that selection. Even though consumers already pay to have all their traffic in the FASTEST LANE.

3 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

shaitand Fastlanes my backside (236 comments)

What this means is that an ISP such as AT&amp;T will build a list of services to throttle (most likely competitors in other areas like voice and video) aka the SLOW LANE. What probably happens next is that AT&amp;T offers pricing to become "FASTLANED" aka makes their ransom demands. If a throttled service pays this fee then they will go on a list for consumers. Consumers will then have the option to pay to enable the "fast lane" for that service.<br><br>This creates the illusion of making a service faster... but if they hadn't slowed it down in the first place they couldn't make it any faster. Their switches, their links, the speed of light, none of these things got any faster so by logically flipping a switch. The only way to make things faster by logically switching a switch (assuming no configuration incompetence) is if you weren't slinging packets as fast as you could in the first place.<br><br>
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3 days ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

shaitand Re:Good decision? (352 comments)

There are plenty of distributions sure but they are all built on the linux os. Code written on one runs on the others unless you build in high level dependencies. Being fluent in administrating one means you can administrate the others (unless you bought in to distro specific tool kool-aid).

4 days ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

shaitand Re:Good decision? (352 comments)

Hardly, they are trying to catch up with Linux which is already literally one OS running and holding a strong footprint on all these things. Of course Linux runs on platforms both smaller and larger than any form of Windows.

about a week ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

shaitand Welcome to 2005! (85 comments)

Congratulations, Leichtman Research Group you have figured out something that has simply been common knowledge among everyone else since 2005.

I pay $150/mo for cable for one reason only, live streamed sports. For everything else, even if it's on cable, I have my system set up to download high quality encodings to my DVR automatically the moment they become available. Movies, everything coming up that I want gets put in the system and the moment a high quality release becomes available, automatically downloaded to Plex which turns my collection into a meta data filled netflix. The system even meshes high ratings on IMDB and rotten tomatoes with things I've liked in the past and makes suggestions or automatically downloads new movies for me. Music as well, I get suggestions based on my library and new albums from artists in my collection appear automatically generally in lossless FLAC.

Imagine a world where the sports networks, tv networks, mpaa, book publishers, and the riaa banded together to provide a single legal content source where you could get all content in multiple formats and the middle men are all cut out. Live events and movies are unchanged by this and remain the primary money makers. You pick which forms of content you want and maybe pay as much as $50/mo per content type. But at that price point you have unlimited access to all content from that source in a DRM free and metadata rich form that couples nicely with a personal multimedia system at the quality you like be that a lower quality yiffy type rip or full 4k or 1080p blu-ray quality encode. At lower price points maybe there is a cap based on data like 250GB/mo for $25. The distribution of that money and royalties would be determined based on what you actually downloaded. Someone who watches 30 movies a month on their unlimited hollywood package might contribute a smaller royalty to their 3D LOTR download than someone with the same package who watches 10. You could even use my user ratings to weight those royalties. Sort of like how a new deck hand might get a quarter or half share on a fishing boat while most crew members get a full share and someone really good might get a double share.

about a month ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

shaitand The midwest? (214 comments)

Since he was looking affordable to him and basing that on residents income small towns in the midwest aren't likely to hit the radar. Those places are cheap because the locals don't make much money and therefore can't afford to pay much.

As for walkability, traffic might be low in a place like that but things are actually more spread out. The denser the population the more walkable somewhere becomes. The reason is simple, in a dense city there are enough people to support a walgreens and mcdonalds every few blocks, there are automatic walk lights and bike lanes, etc.

In a small town there will be only one mcdonalds and one walgreens for the whole town and those might be on opposite ends of town and fry's is likely in a different larger town 30-40min away. There likely are no bike lanes because small towns don't have the budget to be trendy and most people don't ride a bike 3 miles to go to McDonalds.

Hell city suburbs are ridiculously dense and walkable compare with small towns and yet they aren't particularly walkable unless you live in the "downtown" of your burb.

about a month ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

shaitand Enough with the FAD crap (197 comments)

Most TV's out there are 3D now and most new content is 3D. 3D showings at the theater are generally packed.

I appreciate it, you fall into one of the three groups who don't like 3D. People with glasses, People who are super sensitive and get headaches even with the new great refresh rates, or People who formed an opinion without having seen modern 3D. For the rest of us, we are oddballs who fall into the "life is in 3D therefore a quality 3D picture is more realistic."

They did seriously overrate 3D in the pitch to sell it. Close one eye, open it back up, is there a difference in depth perception? Yes. But that difference is all 3D is and all it should be. Ideally they don't do anything different because they are filming 3D. No gimmicks or throwing things at you. You should forget you are watching 3D and just walk away feeling like the movie was especially exciting and immersive.

about a month ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

shaitand Re:biased algorith (177 comments)

People develop predictive algorithms for all sorts of the things. The most obvious are trading algorithms for financial markets. Such an algorithm can be very accurate... until trends change in what you are predicting. Because the algorithm is built based on an analysis of the historical data it is generally going to be very successful at "prediction" when then run against that data.

The utility of the algorithm doesn't become evident until it is tested against data which wasn't available when designing it and maintains it's accuracy without additional adjustment. Even then, any change in variables or trends not accounted for in the algorithm can cause it to have dramatically reduced effectiveness when that change occurs which could be before the next case or in 5 or 10 years of the algorithm seeming to be perfect.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

shaitand Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

I haven't generally found that to be the case at all. At least not with enterprise stuff. Generally the company wants you to buy support contracts and training from them so they make operation as obscure as possible. One almost universal technique used to build an internal vernacular for the proprietary product, naming elements and configuration blocks using invented product specific labels instead of using standard industry terms. This is great because someone who is perfectly competent can't make heads or tails of your documentation until they've learned the vernacular you use.

Good documentation in my experience is documentation that any competent programmer/engineer/user can pick up and immediately use without ever having seen your stuff before.

about a month and a half ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

shaitand Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

Pathfinder is a lot more D&D than anything else on the market right now. That other crap just got the trademark.

about 2 months ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

shaitand Re:Forget reading, GET AN IMPLANT! (87 comments)

Agreed it is better than nothing being available at all. But a concept car is dramatically different because it's outside the FDA regulated medical market.

The healthcare market in the United States is an especially horrible expensive nightmare. The tax dollars spent (inclusive of tax breaks) providing no healthcare are more per capita than most nations with nationalized healthcare spend providing total coverage per capita. While the care provided generally isn't sub-par and excels in some areas it really is only comparable overall and not superior to the healthcare they are providing.

The FDA has become a mass pharma/medical commercial sector protection racket that keeps a small number of near monopolies from competition and legal consequence. It's actually even worse than the FCC with the protecting telco/cable racket profits from consumers.

about 2 months ago
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India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

shaitand Re:Repercussions? (107 comments)

Seriously? How hard is it to put the actual root certificate on an offline internal network? You have to actually have a human being move a thumb drive between two machines to generate a cert. OMG, the horror! It's india for god sake, don't tell me they can't afford all that manual labor.

about 2 months ago
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India's National Informatics Centre Forged Google SSL Certificates

shaitand Re:Repercussions? (107 comments)

What makes you think it's any different with internal customer service at any sizable company?

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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How to promote stage comedy in a geeky way?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about a year ago

shaitand (626655) writes "I recently went to a renaissance festival where a man (Arthur Greenleaf Holmes) performed some of the most obscene NSFW and hilarious comedy I've seen in a long while. The show was free and he had CD's and DVD's in his bag and accepted donations. I certainly gave one. But why is this guy doing niche fairs and not HBO specials? I contacted him and he said that he would love to break out and because of his costume he has trouble and the nature of his act he has trouble getting on to traditional stages. How would you promote such an act?

On further conversation he said he is an avid supporter of free flow of information and strongly encourages pirating his work far and wide. Since he is primarily interested in making money with live performance and not media sales I thought if he took this to the next level and released a DVD under a creative commons license the exposure and interest generated might help him break into new forums with his act?"

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Ozzy Osbourne passed today at concert. Triggers new discussion about vampires.

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about a year and a half ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Ozzy Osbourne died today at his revival concert. Osbourne, known for theatrics stunned a crowd by transforming into a bad and then biting his own head off. The audience thought this was all part of the show until his headless body was revealed. Biologists are both mystified and excited over the incident. "This could go a long way toward explaining some of the old legends concerning vampires," one expert said."
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Why is ham radio so pricey?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about 2 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "I just got my amateur radio license and while I can afford the gear I can't help but wonder why the gear is so crazy expensive. Point this out to hams and they will say it doesn't have to be expensive and point to "cheap" radios and kits that are $150+ and offer limited technology.

I know ham radio gear isn't a large market but the same designs that were good 20 years are being sold for the same prices today. It would seem like you could probably implement an HF radio transceiver using a pic microcontroller that costs less than $20. So why are 20 year old designs of this gear selling for $1000?

I can buy an entire modern equiv to a laptop that would have cost $2000 20 years ago for $300 today. Why can't I buy the actual radio being sold 20 years ago at $1000 for $100 today?"
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Encrypted P2P Voip

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "I've been combing the web and have yet to find what I think is pretty much a basic operation for secure digital voice. Communication must be encrypted from end to end not decrypted and recrypted at the server. This also should be supported by major phone platforms such as android, blackberry, and iphone. Or at least android. Does anyone know of such a beast? A search for android security apps gives no gpg, no secure im, no secure voip, no tor, no truecrypt like plausible deniability whole os encryption, no stenography, just lists of anti-virus and password vaults. Where is the real mobile security?"
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Whitehouse.gov petition to reduce copyright to ten

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "More might be needed for copyright reform but in response to a petition to reduce the term to fifty-six years another petition with a far more practical term of ten years has been submitted arguing that with a faster paced society a shorter term than the original twenty years is needed, not longer."
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SOPA/PIPA and now ACTA

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Unlike the rest of the world Slashdotters are probably aware of the ACTA. Now there is growing internet momentum to spread the word on this bill and a whitehouse.gov petition that is only a few votes away from forcing a response. Granted the White House hasn't altered even a single policy position in response to whitehouse.gov petitions but its worth a shot."
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No Tab Relocation Coming for Chrome

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 2 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "This issue has had overwhelming feedback from users with no notable dissent. But Google reveals their view on community saying they that community feedback and comments aren't considered and today moved to silence dissent and lock comments on the issue. pkasting@chromium.org says "Commenting on this bug has absolutely no effect at all on the likelihood that we are going to reconsider. So that people don't get their hopes up falsely, I'm locking this bug to additional comments.""
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Wikileaks Founder Accused of Molestation

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about 4 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "News agencies are reporting that Julian Assange, the founder of wikileaks, is wanted by swedish authorities on charges of rape and molestation. He remains at large. CNN reports that he released a twitter stating that they were expecting dirty tricks and to expect more in time."
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Amazon collecting bogus sales tax?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 4 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Amazon states on their website: "Kindle content, MP3s, and digital videos are only taxable in KY and WA." So imagine my surprise when I saw a bogus sales tax line on my New Mexico (both in physical and billing terms) Kindle order.

This wasn't my first order. I've ordered from Amazon a number of times and never been charged sales tax before. But here it was staring me in the face. Especially disturbing is that this an automated digital order. That means there is little doubt that others are being overcharged with fraudulent sales tax collection.

Order #: D01-3302149-9401130
Subtotal of items: $7.99
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Total before tax: $7.99
Sales Tax: $0.41
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Total for this Order: $8.40
The following item is auto-delivered to your Kindle or other device. You can view more information about this order by clicking on the title on the Manage Your Kindle page at Amazon.com. The Serpent Bride [Kindle Edition] $7.99 Sold By: HarperCollins Publishers

I almost waited to give them a chance to respond. Then I realized that even if Amazon does the right thing on my order, there are still others who may not even realize they have been overcharged."

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Has The Pirate Bay been shut down?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "As of Monday 8/10/2009 4:46PM The Pirate Bay, a search engine site that is well known as a champion of free speech and copyright reform advocacy, appears to be inaccessible from the treasure coast Florida via AT&T. The Studios recently submitted a request to take down the site. Did the judge grant the request or is this outage due to another problem?"
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Are compressed air cars the future?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Watching the discovery channel I was amazed to see a special on compressed air cars. Cars that are not only viable in theory but are developed, in mass production, and being sold to Mexico. Cars that could be filled from the 'free air' hose at the gas station or an air compressor at home. I read Slashdot with thousands of environmentally concerned geeks and have never seen a single story on this technology. Why are we still hearing about biodiesel, hydrogen fuel cell, or electric car vaporware that require expensive batteries that must be replaced when there is a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative fuel vehicle on the market that could be thrown onto the market without the need for fueling stations at all? Here is a video Here is wikipedia Here is a model slated for release in the US in 2010. This is a hybrid."
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John McCain sending spam?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about 6 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "A few days ago I received an unsolicited mail in my inbox that claimed to be from McCain's campaign and looks legitimate. There was an unsubscribe link at the bottom and I used it. This morning I received another unsolicited mail from the campaign, ignoring my previous request that they stop mailing me. If McCain is doing his dirty work with spam, at least this crowd is likely to want to know.

Here is the first mail (minus images)

My Friends,

In my life, no success has come without a good fight and this election is no exception. I am joined in this fight by Governor Sarah Palin and other reformers on our Party's ticket. We are fighting for your well-being, for our men and women in uniform, for better jobs, for energy independence and for government reform.

I'm fortunate to have a partner in reform, Governor Palin. Our ticket is ready to shake up Washington, ready to bring real change and stand up to the status quo. But we won't be elected without your support.

The polls all show this election is extremely close and we expect it to remain close until Election Day. The best way to help our ticket secure a win in November is to make a generous donation right away to McCain-Palin Victory 2008.

There are big differences between the Obama-Biden Democrats and us. We have different visions for the country. Our ticket has a record of bringing reform to government so that government fights for the people. Instead of talking about change, we use our careers to bring change. And that has the Obama-Biden Democrats running scared.

Election Day is less than 50 days away and the Obama-Biden Democrats have launched vicious and offensive attacks. The Obama-Biden Democrats will no doubt turn these attacks on other reformers on our ticket. They can attack if they want; all the insults in the world aren't going to bring change to Washington.

Our ticket has a record of putting our country first and with your help we'll bring other reformers to Washington with us. We put our beloved country above all else and it is my great hope that you will join us today. Please join us by making a contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more to McCain-Palin Victory 2008. With your support, we're going to win this election.

Sincerely,

John McCain

P.S. As the polls begin to turn in our favor, the Obama-Biden Democrats have launched vicious attacks against me and will no doubt launch them against other reformers on our ticket. And what you can do to help today is make an immediate donation of $50 or more to McCain-Palin Victory 2008. The Obama-Biden Democrats are desperate and scared, and they should be because with your unwavering support, we are going to win. Thank you.

Because the McCain-Palin Campaign is participating in the presidential public funding system, it may not receive contributions for any candidate's election. However, federal law allows the McCain-Palin Campaign's Compliance Fund to defray legal and accounting compliance costs and preserve the Campaign's public grant for media, mail, phones, and get-out-the-vote programs. Contributions to McCain-Palin Victory 2008 will go to the Compliance Fund, and to participating party committees for Victory 2008 programs.

Please visit this page if you want to remove yourself from the email list.

Paid for by McCain-Palin Victory 2008
A joint fundraising committee by and composed of the Republican National Committee, the Michigan Republican Party, the Missouri Republican State Committee, the Ohio Republican Party State Central & Executive Committee, the Republican Federal Committee of Pennsylvania, and McCain-Palin Compliance Fund.

And here is the second mail.

Your vote in this election is more critical than ever as the polls show John McCain and Governor Palin in a virtual tie. Voting early by absentee ballot or in person is the best way to get your vote counted now and avoid the long lines on Election Day.

Follow this link to get your Florida Application

Florida Voting Information

Voting Early by Mail
To vote by mail you must request an absentee ballot from your local supervisor of elections. A voter may apply for an absentee ballot at any time during the election year, but in order for the ballot to be mailed to you, the Supervisor of Elections must receive your request no later than six days before the election.

Your absentee ballot request must be received by October 29, 2008. We recommend that you apply for your ballot by October 17, 2008 or earlier to allow enough time to process your application. A voter may request an absentee ballot from the supervisor of elections in person, by mail or by telephone. One request can cover all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. A copy of the application form follows these instructions. The voter requesting an absentee ballot must disclose: their name, the address at which they are registered, and their date of birth.

Who can vote absentee

All registered voters are permitted to vote absentee under Florida law. You do not need to give any reason to ask for an absentee ballot.

Questions

If you have any questions about absentee voting you should check the Secretary of State web site.

Please Note

Note: if you registered to vote by mail and have not yet voted in person, contact your county auditor to determine if you can vote absentee by mail or if there are special identification requirements with your application.

Voter Responsibility

The voter is solely responsible for complying with any and all election laws and voting requirements.

P.S. If you are not yet registered to vote, please register right away by following this link.

Join Our Team Send to Friends

Please visit this page if you want to remove yourself from the email list.

McCain — Palin 2008
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Paid for by McCain-Palin 2008"
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Don't trust your government? Amend.

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Tired of tampered elections, wars of aggression, and domestic spying? The guys over at Popular Amendment claim to offer a way to bypass the conflicting agendas of the politicians. From their site "The citizens of this nation empower the Constitution, the congress, the President, and the judicial system. A popular amendment is a change of one of those things by the people. The idea is taken from the framework of the Constitution itself and one of the original framers, James Wilson stated that no positive government would attempt to deny the people this right.""
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Popular Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "From the Popular Amendment Website "The citizens of this nation empower the Constitution, the congress, the President, and the judicial system. A popular amendment is a change of one of those things by the people. The idea is taken from the framework of the Constitution itself and one of the original framers, James Wilson stated that no positive government would attempt to deny the people this right."

Go there if you want to take real action to reform the U.S. Government but don't want to see bloodshed either."

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Truely Secure and Private Voice System

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "With the situation in the world today, particularly in the U.S. I increasingly feel the need to keep my communications from prying eyes. I also have a number of clients who need something similar. I am looking for the one great solution that will work across the board. A few basic requirements are Voice chat and voice conference (of a quality on par with ventrillo and voip solutions out there over broadband or better connections), IM, strong encryption of all of the above, either completely decentralized or with a private server, free as in beer (for the version of the solution that does all of the above), windows support. Some bonus features would be free as in speech, video chat, pretty text and emoticons, alternate platform support.

The closest I have found is Brosix. It meets all of my requirements but uses a server controlled by the company. The whole point is privacy, the last thing I want is to expose my communications or even the existence of communications to a third party.

So how about it Slashdot. When you have conversations about your wild flings with congress critters what software do you use?"
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Showmypc.com, an open source pretender?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about 7 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "When looking for a remote support application that penetrated firewalls and could be initiated by my clients with a couple clicks I came across http://www.showmypc.com/ . It was a standalone executable but looked like it would work and best of all it was open source. The only thing I didn't like was the interface, so I went to check out the Sourceforge page https://sourceforge.net/projects/showmypcssh/ . I noticed a substantial problem, CVS is empty and the source on the download page is for the 2.6 version. The version of the executable is 3.53. After mailing them that they needed to distribute their modified SSH client and VNC source to be in compliance with the GPL license they said they didn't modify those programs and ignored my request for the current source code. So I ask again, if this is a GPL'd application; where is the source?"
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shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "Previously my wife had a small spot of skin cancer removed. About a year later the spot returned. Rather than taking her back to the kooks in white coats I put her on a protein diet. I had previously read that females who engaged in oral sex and swallowed had greater disease and cancer resistance. So I began administering salted protein doses orally twice daily. Within three months the spot was completely gone and it has never returned. Could this really have been the cure?

Should we all make this sacrifice for the benefit of our significant others?"
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shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "A couple of Amateurs have put together a 10 minute light saber duel that puts anything found in the movies to shame. When I heard this I didn't believe it but seeing is believing."
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shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shaitand (626655) writes "About three years ago my wife developed a spot on her nose. A biopsy revealed that the spot was skin cancer. The spot was removed. Unfortunately it grew back and a year later she had an identical spot. Instead of taking her for rinse and repeat procedures I advised her that protein deficiency could be the root cause and administered oral doses of sperm every other day. Now the spot has completely disappeared. Could this treatment have cured her? Is oral sex the cure for cancer?"

Journals

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Grammar Troll Catch and Release

shaitand shaitand writes  |  more than 8 years ago

**** EDIT *****
Game over. This is becoming boring and the trolls have all taken to posting AC to avoid getting flagged. So much for the idea that they were really honest slashdotters working toward the common good.
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Today I decided to conduct an experiment. I noticed a user with this sig

"'Effect' is used as a noun. 'Affect' is used as a verb."

Kept getting posts from grammar trolls correcting him. This gave me an idea. So, I have set my sig to this line as bait. Using this bait I can capture grammar trolls and add them to my foes list so that I do not have to worry about seeing their posts. I reply to each troll with the following message "Congratulations. You have been caught in a troll trap. You are the latest in my campaign to capture and tag all the grammar trolls on Slashdot. Please refer to my journal for more information."

In addition I will occasionally change my sig to similar statements or put intentional spelling/grammar mistakes into subjects (in a way that does not hurt the legibility of my writing).

After catching each troll, I will add them to my foes list and mention them in my journal in case anyone else wants to add the trolls to their foes list.

Captured trolls are as follows:

dhowells
poopdeville
ralphclark
swillden
mtdnelson
ReverendLoki
arodland

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