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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

shaitand Re:Hold on a minute (150 comments)

"Pedagogy is not a simple subject, and just because you know the material does not, in any way, mean that you can be an effective teacher"

The vast majority of teachers do nothing more than follow along with a textbook. Some paraphrase the material, some simply assign it as reading. Then they'll assign the questions at the end of the chapter as homework. Perhaps they'll have some handout assignments from the teacher version of the text. ANYONE can do that provided they themselves understand the material.

"To be a really good teacher you need to have mastery of the entire discipline so that you understand where every class fits into the overall tableau."

Who said anything about good teachers? But understanding where each class fits in is simply a matter of having worked through the material a few times. Teach the same text book two or three times and you'll have it all memorized and know where every class fits in. You might change it up a bit, skip things, alter things. At that point you are an expert. None of that has anything to do with advanced degrees. The fact that you are "qualified" to teach literally any course with any masters degree regardless of the relevance of your major is proof of that.

"Also, if you think passing the course, or even excelling at the course, gives you the necessary content knowledge to effectively teach it, you are terribly mistaken."

Who said anything about teaching effectively? That has little to do with most of the schools in the US. It means you had the ability to read and comprehend the material. Which means you could do so again and regurgitate that material for students.

"Not to mention the simple case of a student asking you a question that's not in the textbook (which is most of them)."

Read above where I indicated understanding the material, which an A student has done.

2 hours ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

shaitand Re:Hold on a minute (150 comments)

"If the highly paid programmers are skewed towards certain high cost of living markets, then it's fairer to compare salaries against other professions in those same markets, and not nationwide averages."

This is what everybody repeated when I lived in a more rural and lower paying market. It's not really as true as I was led to believe. It's even less true as time goes on. Things cost about the same in Home Depot, Walmart, and when buying from Amazon. Cars cost about the same, gas costs about the same, education costs the same, most everything costs about the same with the exception of housing and that isn't nearly so big a hit if you work in the city then live in suburbs like most people.

In rural Illinois you'd pay $500/month mortgage on a reasonable 3 bedroom home in a safe middle class neighborhood, in Dallas you'd pay maybe $700, in Albuquerque you'd pay $800, in Miami you'd pay $1200. So, the biggest gap there is $700/mo. That's $8,400 a year. You might pay up to $200/mo more on utilities (and that would be a massive and unlikely swing) so that is another $2400. $10,800 difference. If you are getting paid $50,000 a year in Omaha for a job I get $100,000 a year for in Dallas you most definitely are NOT making equivalent money after factoring cost of living. Not even close. You will have dramatically less disposable income.

On the flip side, you don't have to be nearly as good at what you do to stay employed in Omaha. There isn't nearly as much skilled competition.

3 hours ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

shaitand Re:Hold on a minute (150 comments)

"I didn't say that were that important, just that being a teacher requires an advanced degree and they are paid a lot less than programmers."

The type of degree required for the job really isn't relevant. It's true, IT generally doesn't actually require a degree. But there are plenty of people working in IT with degrees, bachelors and masters degrees abound. The people who have them aren't generally any better at the job. If anything they generally have however much time they wasted on slow university learning subtracted from their years of experience. Things that universities dedicate entire courses to are material IT professionals are expected to pick up during the process of using that material to single handedly deploy a project due in 4-6 weeks. Or even figure out on the fly to resolve a problem with a 30 minute SLA. Rinse, repeat, over and over again.

The amount of money you wasted to be taught largely irrelevant material really really slowly and usually in such a manner that you are unable to actually apply it in unique ways to solve real problems shouldn't be a factor in what you make. IT is the oil that keeps a profit making machine running, so they get a piece of the profit left after the leeches (aka sales, senior management, stockholders, etc) take off their chunk.

Teachers generate zero profits. Everything they make is a charitable donation except at for profit institutions. Below university level they serve two functions, one is to be a babysitter, the other is to teach more or less the exact same material from a textbook over and over again, year after year. In a grade school or high school those might be the same textbooks for 10 years. Yes what they do is important but to be a highschool teacher you need to be able to read and comprehend the material in one subject at the grade level of the class being taught. There is no reason they SHOULD need an advanced degree. Anyone who got an A in the course in question is qualified to teach it.

Even some university courses aren't much different. Learn the latest textbook, comprehend it, regurgitate. The books just tend to cycle out more often but they only have to learn the differences.

4 hours ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

shaitand Re:Hold on a minute (150 comments)

The H1-B Visa holders are the ones who are making those high wages now.

4 hours ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

shaitand Re:Wrong (144 comments)

Fair point.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

shaitand Is that allowed? (144 comments)

"In 2012, the Taliban shot her in the head, but she survived and continued her struggle."

That ladies and gentlemen is what we call a zombie. Can a zombie win the nobel prize? Apparently so. I for one welcome our new teenage zombie overlords.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

shaitand Re: Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

You realize it takes 1-3 people and about $200 to have a corporation right? You don't need to be Bill Gates.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

shaitand Re:Just do it (279 comments)

You can ebay a used summit extreme 400-48t for about $100. It has 48 ports, all gigabit. It's a little more complex than a normal consumer switch but there is a gui and it is a layer 3 switch that supports all the routing a consumer needs.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

shaitand Re:more than I can technically achieve over wirele (279 comments)

But why bother with the CAT6? It adds to the price tag, is less flexible, and 10gbe doesn't look to be heading anywhere near consumer price range anytime soon.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

shaitand Not really worth it (279 comments)

For $200 you can get an electrician moonlighting from craigslist to run ethernet drops. One drop from that spot to a closet or convenient central place and drops to key locations around the house. I know, I did it myself not long ago. A decent wifi or powerline setup will cost just as much. And in the case of the wifi you are talking dramatically slower, the speeds you are looking at are ideal max speeds for one link. Wired provides full duplex speeds on a per connection basis. A 100mbps wifi link connecting 8 clients has a total combined bandwidth possibility of 100mbps. A 100mbps ethernet switch with 8 clients plugged in has a total combined bandwidth of 800mbps (it's 8up and 8down but since every 100 up is someone elses 100 down it's still just 800).

I mean sure, you only have one 1 gbps link to google, but you could be streaming a movie from your NAS to your plex client while downloading the latest american horror story without either slowing the other down if you are wired.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

shaitand Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

You don't sue people for crimes you imprison them. I can imprison a chimp, how exactly do you imprison a chimp?

Also, you are using misdirection. Corporate person hood refers to more than the ability to hold a corporation liable. It refers to giving the corporation rights and protections in addition to those already enjoyed by the individuals who make up the corporation. The concept taken to it's extreme would give my wife and I (who now hold control of a corporation) an extra vote in an election.

Most importantly, from the liability you aspect you mentioned, is that instead of my wife and I being responsible for the crimes we collectively commit under the umbrella of that piece of paper, the paper is liable. We can do all sorts of unethical and evil using it's name, then fold that paper up and put it away if it doesn't all work out.

about two weeks ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

shaitand Re:Oracle (146 comments)

"I think it was lauded as crushing anti-competitive behavior. How is Google shipping their own custom JRE on phones they control 70% of the market for that different?"

For one 70% is nowhere near the market dominance that 96% is. Android is hardly the only game in town on phones and android, unlike windows, is an open platform.

But that is hardly the important issue here. If API's become copyrightable that impacts almost every piece of software... on every platform. You don't have to file to have a copyright they are auto-magic whether registered or not. You scribble a poem on a napkin it is copyrighted.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

shaitand Re:The Conservative Option (480 comments)

Considering people can lie on entry paperwork and use multiple passports that seems rather challenging. How about nations with ebola outbreaks stop letting people leave. The problem isn't ebola spreading to the US. The problem is ebola spreading.

And since ebola has already spread to the US that list should include the US for the time being.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

shaitand Huh? (249 comments)

"Personal data harvesting for contextual ads and content should be a beautiful thing."

You must be insane. Nobody thinks contextual ads are a good thing or a benefit except advertisers and those who sell advertising. Advertising sucks, contextual advertising sucks even more because they are gathering and harvesting my data.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

shaitand Re: Rebels (460 comments)

"2)"believe in Angels". The stidues that I saw for for angel belief in the USA vary from 55 to 75%. So, from a half to a fourth don't have this belief."

55-75% of the population of the United States believes in imaginary and invisible fairies who serve an all-powerful invisible mega fairy. The mega fairy supposedly conveyed messages to illiterate ancient people's indicating that you will suffer for all eternity in the afterlife if you don't choose to believe in the mega fairy by proxy his normal human messengers without any evidence whatsoever but must have "faith." The lack of any evidence or sign is to assist you with believing without any basis for belief aka "faith." Oh, and those messengers want to dedicate their lives to spreading his message, so if you have faith you must give them a certain percentage of the annual income you work for so they can avoid doing any work. Oh and they shouldn't pay taxes because they are dedicated to the big fairy. Oh but you get something in exchange! If you confess all your blackmail material to them, they will forgive you for all your wrongdoings on the magical fairie's behalf so you don't have to feel bad about the horrible things you've done that have hurt others.

Seriously? You don't see ANYTHING wrong with that? There is more evidence for alien abduction and crop circles than any organized religion. That isn't a prejudice it's sanity. And while money grabbing is inflammatory phrasing it is an accurate assessment of what is happening. Even if the person asking for the money is legitimately one of the 55-75% who have somehow gotten this odd idea any of that could be rational or sane that only relegates him to the same rank as the crazy bum begging in the subway.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

shaitand Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

I don't know, there seems to be a pack of corrupt scientists behind every company with a powerful lobby. Lead was believed to be harmless for years because oil companies paid for biased results from scientists to keep lead gasoline flowing. We've seen the same kind of profit related corruption with tobacco, religion, pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, anti-drug (pharmaceuticals), addiction (in this industry is the doctors who profit from the rehab pushing it, along with DEA sludge funds AND pharmaceuticals). Not to mention smaller one offs like product safety, studies to support a product's efficacy, etc.

Generally speaking, it isn't the actual data being published that is compromised directly, but the spin on the data being published. A study on e-cig vapor paid for by an anti-smoking lobby (or the tobacco lobby) will highlight everything found in the vapor, will point out how potentially dangerous some of the chemicals can be. The same study paid for by supporters of e-cigs will point out that the chemicals found in e-cig vapors generally aren't undergoing a chemical change, are present in such low levels that there might be more of them in the air you are breathing anyway, and that you are probably breathing and ingesting more of these substances in a trip to starbucks than being immersed in "secondhand" vape for years. Both will have the same data but the money is definitely influencing the message.

Additionally, reports are coming out all the thing about scientists fabricating findings altogether and how it is becoming a large issue where scientists go down an avenue of research based on published papers that are dead ends.

I know you are really talking about climate change and I'm talking about science across the board. I also know that all scientists have ideas of what constitutes a "real" scientist. If they employee the scientific method and publish in journals I'm calling them scientists. We can't get so focused on defending climatologists that we turn a blind eye to real corruption and problems. To suggest that scientists are immune to corruption is both naive and ridiculous. A scientist is exactly 0% less likely to sell out or lie for profit when (s)he feels (s)he can get away with it than any other person.

about three weeks ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

shaitand Re:Alibaba's AliExpress store is ripe with fakes (191 comments)

"On the other hand who owns Alibaba's 120 billion? Americans now. If the congress sicks their dogs on ALibaba it's the same as pilfering 120 billion from investors."

Sorry, no pity toward those investors. They knowingly invested in a criminal venture. They deserve not only to lose their money but to be in prison.

about a month ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

shaitand Re: Hopefully not like their TV remotes... (115 comments)

I don't know about universal remote brand but I've heard RTI have a dramatically inferior database and require you to "learn" most functions on remotes. For example, the harmony remote I use in the living room controls an xbox 360, fios cable box with dvr, an onkyo receiver, a samsung blu-ray player, a wd live, and a viewsonic projector. All of this purchased as near gear in the last year with the exception of the xbox. I had to "learn" one button (the DVR button to access the DVR portion of the cable box). Everything else worked with the profiles provided. After searching for each device, running a wizard for each activity (watch tv, watch a movie, play music, play a game) where I set the viewing device and which device to switch inputs on, and a quick once over of a picture of the remote to make sure all the critical buttons were assigned correctly I was good to go.

That is actually pretty simple. My only issue is that it's too simple. For instance, the first time I programmed the remote with this projector it didn't shut the projector off correctly because the projector needs power pressed twice. The old interface let me specify the power off sequence with presses and delays. The "simplified" new interface does not. When I programmed the remote again a month or two ago due to a new blu-ray player suddenly the remote handled the projector correctly.

Also the RTI are missing critical buttons like the back button. Exit and back are two different buttons.

Otherwise it looks like a solid contender.

about a month ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

shaitand Re:Hopefully not like their TV remotes... (115 comments)

The only remotes I'm finding searching for "big button remote" are the normal crappy "universal" remotes that support no custom buttons and couldn't even change inputs on a TV, let alone control the DVR functions of a cable box or be smart enough for volume up to be the volume control on your SRS receiver when watching a blu-ray or playing a video game without making you switch between button sets with a device button.

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

shaitand Add another 0. (353 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.

about a month ago

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How to promote stage comedy in a geeky way?

shaitand shaitand writes  |  about a year and a half 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  |  about 3 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 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  |  more than 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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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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