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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.

3 days 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

shaitand Re:Yay big government! (310 comments)

" taxes are the only practical weapon the common voter has against government overreach, and the Constitution was written with this fundamental truth firmly in mind."

Hardly, the common man was given zero authority with regard to taxes in the constitution. The constitution gave that power to congress. The constitution wasn't written to empower the common man, the constitution derives it's power from the people. It's government that was empowered by the constitution.

The Constitution left almost all authority in the hands of the people. Ever since it was signed, the government it empowered has been working on changing that and it's been very very successful. The biggest example is the people's only explicitly stated and protected power in the form of a jury and jury nullification. The government could write laws all day long and if it couldn't convince 12 people in your community that what you did was actually wrong (regardless of any "law" it violated) that jury has the power to find you "not guilty."

How about we start focusing on taking away the governments ability to punish without a criminal convinction (no more government issued CIVIL punishments) and the courts decision that not only do they not need to tell a jury about their right to nullify unjust laws and their application on a case by case basis but that they can actually LIE to juries. Juries are the people's check on all three branches, including the judicial. It is not the place of the judicial to limit their authority!

about three weeks ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

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

"The only reason prosthetics cost a crapload (sometimes upwards of $100,000) is because each one has to be manufactured specifically to match its intended recipient."

That is a factor but not the biggest one. It's about demand. In the US we have a so called medical "free market" so the cost is as much as the market will allow. So, if you are missing a leg, how much is a prosthetic worth to you? You'll find that unlike with say, a stick of gum, the answer will vary dramatically with the key differentiators being how much the person has and whether they have loved ones they must care for who they value more than themselves. Now, abstract that cost from real people and put it on collectives with billions of dollars to spend (insurance companies) and why wouldn't you charge six figures for a prosthetic?

For $100,000 there are thousands of people who could engineer a prosthetic that can be customized with just a few hours labor. So the $100,000 cost is spread among all of them and the customization part amounts to a few bucks in plastic and under $1000 labor and that is at doctor labor prices and not lab tech prices.

But these products require FDA approval. So that is going to cost another $250k. Which is great for you if you have that money. It means that you get legal immunity at the end. It means little to no competition. It means you won't have to worry about actually improving your device anytime soon. It means you can charge ridiculous prices which are easy to justify, you can point to the need for FDA approval, you can point to the importance of making the device safe for medical use, etc. People will pay anything they can afford and since the bill goes to the insurance company, people will sign off on literally any figure. So it's really just a question of charging as much as the insurance company can afford.

The prosthetics end up costing the manufacturer maybe $2000 customized in the end with everything included and that figure goes down over time but they keep on charging $100,000 a pop because they can.

about three weeks ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

shaitand Re:apply this technology where it counts. (87 comments)

You make the fatal flaw of assuming that ethics and prudence are the result of higher cognitive ability. Have you considered the possibility that they understand exactly what they are doing and just don't care?

" This next-generation of politician could one day come to understand the moral and sociopolitical repercussions of things like intentionally shutting down the government."

You mean like having successfully pandered to your constitutes so that you'll be re-elected and can continue to profit from selling out to corporate interests, enjoy the social status of being a congressman, and blowjobs from interns?

Hell most of the the strongest opponents of issues like climate change and homosexual marriage ARE homosexuals. When THEY get busted getting a blowjob it's generally from a male intern or other staffer.

about three weeks ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

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

"Implantable memory even if VERY expensive would be very useful. Why go to college when you can pay $40k
and have a college degree without also having to give up 4 years of earning potential to get it."

I think you seriously underestimate what "VERY expensive" means. That is what such a technology might cost when at the dirt cheap and commonplace level. Anytime in the first 20 years I doubt you'd see a BLANK implant that wasn't priced in the millions.

about three weeks ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

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

It will happen that way first. They'll do implantable blank memory, then they'll have ridiculously overpriced modules that are able to communicate wirelessly so that you can copy and record. Then...

Why don't we just skip the bullshit and put something with both mesh and infrastructure wireless technology in so that it automatically links both to other modules and to a tunneled network in the internet automatically integrating everyones brains into a massive network of shared memory and artificial memory. We can have datacenters where massive external forms of this are connected to the network as well.

Or hey, why not let go of the conscious reigns, put the implantable chip that interacts with brain electrical and chemical signals both capable of generating detectable responses and receiving them. Still put the mesh and infrastructure wireless technology in, still build the tunneled network, but just put enough designed elements in place to facilitate the massively parallel communication high way and let the brains figure out their own higher level protocols.

Worried about security? Don't be that worried. You are neurally linked to everyone you see with an optical connection already. This just steps it up to having a slower link to lots of people all the time.

about three weeks ago
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FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps

shaitand Thank god (123 comments)

This is an area that needs to be free from the constraints of the FDA for awhile.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

shaitand Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

Let me start by saying I yield the point.

Anyone who has had quality training (formal or informal) is going to have an edge over someone who just bought a gun one day. Of course, as you said, everything is subject to time and luck.

" firepower, terrain, time, strengths, weaknesses, and leverage "

What sort of self defense situations do you think the average joe civilian is likely to find himself in? Unless we are talking about swat (and they are overdramatizing the scenario the majority of the time), military, or a zombie apocalypse in the real world you've got someone trying to murder you (or family), rape, mugging where the crook isn't willing to settle for just the cash, kidnapping, and home invasion. As far as guns are concerned Joe needs to know how to hold the weapon correctly in a tight grip with a solid stance, aim for center mass, and to only shoot if he or someone else is going to die otherwise.

If Joe civilian has the time to sit and formally categorize and assess the tactical position he's got to be the bad guy, in some less likely than a lightning strike situation (terrorists, mass shooting), or he's lost it and is going vigilante. It's not a movie, Joe shouldn't be running around taking out the armed gang that's robbing the bank.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

shaitand Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

I see I replied in a thread specifically about shooting and your comments were targeted there. I'd missed that in my quick scan down the board. I was really talking about segregated competitions across the board and the wasting lives remarks geared toward sports people are trying to make a living at.

With regard to shooting, being accurate doesn't hurt but it isn't like you are going to be doing more than a quick panicked point and shoot in a gun fight anyway. Precision shooting is great but lets not pretend it is about being deadly rather than a fun sport built around a tool that happens to be deadly.

There is a reason an AK variant remains the most effective combat small arm for anyone but a sniper... and I'd like to think anyone farther away than the kill accurate range of an AK would run away from a dangerous situation rather than shooting.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

shaitand Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

I can't think of any reason to segregate by gender. If the males can't compete they SHOULD be discouraged by the lack of male champions and if the girls can't compete they should have said discouragement. We shouldn't artificially be generating encouragement for people to waste their lives trying to be something they have a snowballs chance in hell of being.

If gender isn't a factor that will come through in time. If it is, that will come through. More males will flock toward things where males are better equipped and females flock toward things where they are better equipped and the only people who will be upset about it are those who are trying to assert that such differences don't exist. And since they'd be wrong in that case, they too should be discouraged.

Basically, everyone should have to take a dose of reality and be encouraged or discouraged in proportion to how things actually are.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

shaitand Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

"of course there will be a few exceptionally talented black swans that show up from time to time. these are exceptions to the rule."

AKA Champions. If you aren't an exceptionally talented black swan you aren't a champion and shouldn't be called one. First, if you can't win the game on a level playing field with all genders and weight classes, you aren't really a champion. Second, assuming girls could never do this is highly sexist. Third, if you genuinely believe girls can't do this, then propping them up artificially to have a higher number encouraged to compete seems counterproductive. If they can't win, they shouldn't be wasting their lives trying to perform tasks they aren't very well equipped to do but instead shown champions in areas where males tend to fall down in a fair, even, and not segregated competition.

about a month ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

shaitand ummm (221 comments)

How is it any less sexist if they retain "all-women" competitions?

about a month ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

shaitand Re:Everybody is wrong... (270 comments)

"Rationally, I have to think that when one service provider represents 10% or more of the traffic on a given network they should be doing something to address it, and the responsibility really falls on their shoulders and not the ISP."

I disagree. The reason being that the 10% has been paid for by the people watching those streams. What difference should it make to my ISP how I use my bandwidth. I paid for it.

about a month ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

shaitand Re:Everybody is wrong... (270 comments)

"Second, how does that support your restaurant analogy? Bandwidth is finite. How do you define "artificially slow down delivery" in a world of finite bandwidth and complex and continually changing network topologies? So Hulu and Netflix have to have the same performance to every customer? No matter what the physical network layout is between server and user?"

That isn't what is going on here though. There is a big difference between the connection coincidently only be so fast between point A and B and an ISP saying, oh a competing video service is at A, so no, don't follow our normal procedure and upgrade the infrastructure at that point. Or even worse, a competitor is at A, so reduce memory or misconfigure the router leading to them. Or still worse, lets install something to actively detect traffic going to our competitor and slow it down.

Netflix pays for it's bandwidth. I pay for my bandwidth. My common carrier better be prioritizing everything I want to access via MY connection equally. Threatening to invisibly slow down Netflix to first create the illusion that Netflix isn't paying for their bandwidth and second raise the costs of a competitors service is unethical and should be illegal and in a REAL free market we would have 20 places to take our business to go around it.

At the very least if companies aren't required to obey net neutrality regulations they should lose all common carrier protections since they aren't offering a content neutral pipe anymore.

about a month ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

shaitand Re:Moving money (164 comments)

It's not actually the government asshatry that concerns me. I mean it's not cool but it isn't going away... ever. But a government needs a healthy fear of it's citizens and a government that isn't afraid of the rabble is a terrible and frightening thing indeed. So yes, I for one do welcome a return to the government hiding in shadows doing illicit things when opposed to one that feels its citizens are powerless and it can openly do illicit things.

It's people who don't understand that government must fear the common man who support measures to disarm the people.

about a month and a half ago
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Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

shaitand Re:We're not there yet (87 comments)

P.S. The whole hoarding bitcoins thing is a myth. Deflationary economies work the same way inflationary economies work the pressure is just in another place. Deflation is a built in wage increase for workers. Everyone's money being worth more is more temptation to spend it because prices get lower and lower. But while prices get lower and lower companies have to continue to pay workers the same amount.

This is partially offset by their cost for materials going down but bottom line is that companies will need to increase sales to keep up. Luckily for companies, everyone makes more than before because their salary of 1 BTC/week is worth more so they can afford more, so consumption goes up.

The confusion comes from people who have bought into the idea that the economy is driven by investors. Never believe this, it's nonsense used to justify people who do nothing but add interest, increase prices, and/or reduce the quality (aka cost of production) of goods and services to "realize value" and thus make money without contributing to the economy but rather by detracting to it. Often these try to take credit for and/or mask their efforts by blending in with actual technology improvements.

The economy is driven by workers (Production) and consumers (Consumption). All value in the economy comes from workers, technology improvements for instance are the work output of engineers and researchers. Consumers purchase goods and services, goods remain part of the economy and have innate value and service availability has an innate value and the output of the service may have a value as well. Consumers generally spend pretty much everything they make.

If you must obsess over middle men (investors, lenders, salesmen, etc) then you should realize that these people want other people's money. Banks don't lend to beat inflation, banks lend to charge an interest rate that is their profit+inflation. With a deflationary system lenders can simply exclude the inflation number since the payback will be in deflated dollars and the interest deflates too. How much interest can they charge? Dunno, but it will be as much as the market will allow and so it should amount to at least the same amount of increased buying power as loans now.

about a month and a half ago

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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 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  |  more than 3 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 3 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 4 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  |  more than 5 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

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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  |  more than 6 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?"

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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.
***************

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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