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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

sumdumass Re:So what? (283 comments)

You might actually want to look up that McCain claim as you are wrong on it.

Of course if you did that, you might appear as if you know what you are talking about. But then your racism argument falls apart until you invent something else.

Here is a hint, McCain's eligability was challenged at the same time Obama's was by a hillary supporter. McCain put it all on the table and it was dropped quickly. Obama resisted and created useful idiots. And yes, i'm lumping you into the same group of manipulated tools as the birthers

9 hours ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

sumdumass Re:Let's fix that sillyness (283 comments)

So science is Amway and not a religion for some?

I have never heard the denial argument that the earth has never changed. It seems the most popular one is that the earth is always changing so stop the fearmongering.

How about pointing us to some of those claims

9 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

sumdumass Re:Militia, then vs now (1573 comments)

I guess there are a few things that should be cleared up for you..first, the government land in question has always been used to grazr cattle. Thats how blm land works- its open range granted to the government by the state to ensure it can be used. Typically, several people graze their cattle on blm lands and they have two round ups a year to brand their calfs and take market cattle out. Litterally think old wild west eith modern tools.

Next, this guy and his family has used this specific land for this specific purpoee since before the state was a state. What changed was the feds demanded he cull his heard so water rights can benifit farmers in California. Some people claim there is a connection to a solar plant that just went up about 30 miles away. Next, a 1975 or 76 law waa supposed to deed the land back to the states but this plot had been skipped. He paid his fees for the use of the land except he paid it to the state instead because the feds wouldn't accept the amount over the set number of cattle they demanded he reduce the herd to.

The only unfair advantage this guy got was due to not letting the feds dictate the terms of his making a living. You can argue if that is or is not an advantage but the change of rules and quotas is a bit arbitrary and shouldn't be made by the government.

You did hit up a good point. Farmers in a libersl state do greese yhe pockets of ppliticians where ranchers likely do not. If the reason of the day is true, someone chose to send water to another state verses keeping it in state and being used how it traditionally has been.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

sumdumass Re:Militia, then vs now (1573 comments)

How many times did a law officer knock on the door and ask for those they had warrants for?

You see, even if you are not defending the dividians, the entire law enforcement part was still wrong. They tried to storm the house insead of the front door. Google man dead after cops goto the wrong house. Its unreal that shit goes on. The fbi used a combination of nerve gasses on the compound knowing what it would do. There were innocent people inside that they killed on purpose.

And that was from the politics of we don't need to invade iraq because saddam was contained. But they couldn't wait out the dividians. We just had snipers and paramilitary suround a ranch ready to kill with a council man warning people to have their funeral plans while we let russia didle around with other countries and syria is using chemical weapons again. You would think a show of force would be better served elsewhere.

2 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

sumdumass Re:Well, If the NSA Can't Crack It, Ya Right (170 comments)

IE, firefox, opera, chrome, all do it. Unless you have no script or something like it running. I suppose it can be turned off in the browser settings somewhere.

Not sure what the security issue would be. You still have to click the link. It would be no more insecure than having a link present.

2 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

sumdumass Re:NSA boogeyman (170 comments)

But they are mean too. Their idea of safe sex is making sure they are somewhere where nobody can hear the screams.

I'll stick with the crash helmet and condoms.

3 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

sumdumass Re:Well, If the NSA Can't Crack It, Ya Right (170 comments)

At least it wasn't goatz or tubgirl.

Seriously, post the raw link and most browsers will make it a hyperlink.

3 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

sumdumass Re:The NSA is becoming a new God for "True Believe (170 comments)

Lol.. not only that, man in the middle, and that point about the NSA complaining so it isn't them strikes me odd. A lot of gay bashers are closet homosexuals complaining about the gays in order to stop you from thinking they are gay. It's one of the oldest forms of deciet- fake outrage while being behind it.

3 days ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

sumdumass Re:Poor poor bigot (1111 comments)

I doubt it would get that far. Without anyone to objecct, they would win on summary which is before any of that is introduced

4 days ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

sumdumass Re:Poor poor bigot (1111 comments)

No one has to buy the judge off. The judge is only allowed to consider evidence presented so if no one said this is good law and defended it, the judge could only consider the evidence challenging it. Its a done deal.

Also, people with injured kids would not have standing. They can petition a new law but the challenge would be done and over with. You cannot challenge a court ruling on just any grounds. Once the ruling is made, there has to be some sort of error or prescribed circumstance to challenge the ruling. They may however be able to sue the state if it doesn't claim soverein immunity.

4 days ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

sumdumass Re:Fuck the FAA (217 comments)

And as long as you let them, the best you can hope for is a reach around.

Sometimes government tries to overstep its bounds, its not easy but standing up to them when it happens needs to be a priority.

4 days ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

sumdumass Re:A few ideas on detecting drivers vs passengers. (184 comments)

A better way would be to just use the phone's blue tooth and pair it to the car. Allow the driver to enter a code and use the phone for keyless entry and such as an incentive. But just have the car tell the phone when to go into a relaxed mode or whatever when the vehicle is in gear and going over a certain speed.

There can be an override on the phone so if your a passenger, it doesn't matter and of course you can cancel the pairing. Most people will forget about the phone's features unless they want to make a call or text or whatever. But they won't feel the need to answer texts or phone calls so it will largely be transparent to them and avoid the most usages.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

sumdumass Re:Depends on the apocalypse (731 comments)

There is quite a bit of those canned goods so maybe quickly means something like a year or so then.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

sumdumass Re:Depends on the apocalypse (731 comments)

if a large portion of the population is killed, food won't be an immediate concern as the canned goods on the shelf of homes and super markets will last for years while production gets sorted out.

But as others have pointed out, if the clothing isn't stored properly, it won't last as long. Before air conditioning and modern insulation, cedar chests were the bees knees in providing protection for clothing and papers. so all is not lost and it won't be all that bad.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

sumdumass Re:magical scenario where (731 comments)

Lol.. No, I am around a lot of different people. They are generally lazy or think manual labor is beneath them. That may change with starvation, but I think it is much more likely that they will just take your food while you do all the work.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

sumdumass Re:magical scenario where (731 comments)

Well, you also have to remember that the 20th century was a time when many people knew a shovel was used for more then cleaning crap up from your dog and wasn't afraid to use it for those other purposes. That is widely missing in today's society I think.

Sure, there are some who can and will pick up a shovel, but I think they will be in short supply.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

sumdumass Re:Medical doctor (731 comments)

In sorts, yes.

Not that they are useless, but they are useless to a struggling and handicapped society. Otherwise, they would be able to employ their own doctors. Doctors without borders gets their funding and resources outside the society they are servicing which is what makes them useful. They provide services which the local society cannot muster on their own. Take away that outside funding, and it's a cold hard truth that those communities will soon revert back to no or very limited doctors.

about a week ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

sumdumass Re:No (76 comments)

You cannot recall citizens united. What you have to do is amend the constitution to exclude the free speech you do not agree with and allow the government to regulate it. It is the entire reason why the amendment process was put into the constitution- so you didn't have to go around violating it and people's rights when you all the sudden think someone is outdated.

The same thing can be said about lobbyist and term limits. The constitution doesn't allow the government to put limits outside what is already spelled out in it on those who serve in the government. This is done for good reason too. Lobbyist are in the same lines of speech as citizens united.

about a week ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

sumdumass Re:Microsoft wants more money again (322 comments)

If your funny bone is that screwed up, sure. But this story is about using an old outdated operating system still being used and having to pay extra for support because it is so old. So please relax before your panties get knotted so tight you have to buy new ones. It's just a joke- a joke about windows the good versions.

about a week ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

sumdumass Re:Stupid to use Windows in the first place (322 comments)

I have not heard of any that have completely moved off though. I know a couple are trying and failing at the moment.

about a week ago

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Computer glitch halts air travel

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sumdumass (711423) writes ""A computer failure in the system that processes flight plans has delayed flights nationwide"

— There is no word if the cause is hardware, networking, software, or if it is related to the older (National Airspace Data Interchange Network) NADIN 1 systems or the newer ftServer 6600 4-way symmetric multi-processing servers with triple CPU redundancy which was supposed to of been phased in starting in mid 2005 and final by the end of 2008. While the later systems sounds like a turbo charged powerhouse that could survive an alien attack, keep in mind, it runs windows 2003 server as an operating system.

My guess is that it is the windows systems because reports I have been hearing is that the initial fix was to reboot it several times before they realized something serious was wrong."

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Selling your vote could be a felony,

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sumdumass (711423) writes "Offering your vote for sale is a felony in Minnesota as one 19 year old University of Minnesota student recently found out after pulling a prank. He listed an offer on Ebay to sell his vote for the upcoming presidential election on Ebay with a minimum of $10. He now faces up to 5 years in prison and a possible $10,000 maximum fine. I wonder if the ACLU will take this on like they did the vote swapping in 2000. It would be interesting if their win for the vote swapping sites play any role in this or if this law can be used against anyone participating in the vote swapping sites. Outside of direct payment of money being asked for, I'm not sure there would be much difference when the payment is a vote for a specific candidate in a specific area. Maybe everyone should check out their state laws before thinking about participating in something like this."
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Supreme court rules against DC gun ban

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sumdumass (711423) writes ""The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense in their homes, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S." This is interesting not only because of the second amendment debate but we seem to be in times where rights are being taken away and now, one of those attempts have been halted. In the opinion an ruling, clear and intentional statements like

The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
And possible my favorite

But the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policychoices off the table. These include the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home. Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what isnot debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct
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Obama breaks campain promise on public funding.

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sumdumass (711423) writes "Obama decided to forgo the federal matching money that would limit campaign contributions and campaign spending for an exchange of around 85 million dollars in public money after already promising a commitment to it in the primaries. He claims it is because of unregulated republican sources and special interest groups like the swift boat campaign against John Kerry. I hope he isn't going to start claiming service in Vietnam or something to attract their attention. Is this the change we are looking at? Breaking a campaign promise, one that was once at the heart of campaign finance reform and once a big democrat charge?"

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overrated again.

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  about a year ago

Wow.. took a break from slashdot for a while and already the mass down mods are happening again. Its no wonder why almost every story has posts with people crying about how slashdot has turned to shit. I guess it is a sign of how desperate someone's position is when they have to downmod with overrated just to stop an opinion they disagree with from being seen.

What's that saying about reality is everything that remains when you close you eyes and stop choosing to believe in something? I guess the same is true with the downmods. Just because they attempt to hide the comment doesn't mean the statement stops being true, it only means it stops being seen as easily. I can imagine a group of idiots sitting around plotting and planning thier down mod adventures in a comic book esq setting with them laughing about how they will win the war of whatever they deemed important at the minute, by not letting others speak or letting their speech be seen/heard. Then they stop to pop their zits and return to the plotting while declaring that if they are the only ones heard, they would always win,.

Of course the reality is probably much simpler and less sinister. It is more likely someone got but hurt by a comment made and while sitting in their mom's basement reassessing the pathetic life they live, decide to take their anger and frustrations out by mass downmodding someone they disagree with. They might pause for a minute to wipe the tears from their eyes, but are set to teach someone a lesson about having opinions contrary to their own.

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once again

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 4 years ago

It happened once again. After this round of mass downmodding, I haven't been able to post from this account for about 2 weeks. The email complaint that the posting denial page gives is useless. Well, that is unless an editor is behind the mass down modding. That wouldn't surprise me because much seeing how the down mods are coming in at something like 10 and 15 at a time. I know some mod points are awarded at 10 instead of five and editors have unlimited points. I guess it's either a pissed off editor abusing their power because he or she cannot win an argument on the facts or a tightly knitted group of idiots who think quieting anything apposing their viewpoints is somehow winning an argument.

Oh well, it's ok, I can still post from my other accounts and have done so since the down modding. It's sort of interesting that almost identical posts under other accounts are either modded up or untouched by moderation. This and the fact that the downmods all come within a day or so each time locks the entire mass modding just to quiet an apposing viewpoint theory. I remember when slashdot was about conversations not who can yell the loudest or stop someone else from being heard. And my points weren't all that controversial either, things like there is no reason why someone cannot separate science from religion and practice both within their respective natures without being stupid or ignorant, that evolution as in speciation is still just a theory and not an observed fact even though the evidence points to it being likely, and the last one was that just because it's written in the bible doesn't mean it's mandated to certain religions to do. Oh, and I forgot about the conversation with the guy who wasn't aware that Microsoft was a separate incorporated company from Microsoft's licensing division which is incorporated and operated in an entirely different state altogether. Of course with that last one, once the guy discovered that they were two separate companies being run as separate companies, he agreed with my original assertions that it would be difficult if not impossible for Washington to apply a tax on the MS licensing operations.

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Trolls with mod points.

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I find it funny that I'm constantly being group modded by trolls who seem to think that ruining someone's karma is a legitimate way to counter an argument they do not agree with. This is probably the tenth time since late '09 that I have received an attack on messages I have posted. This time, in less then 24 hours, I went from having no comments moderated at all on my comment page to comments posted over a week ago with no mods at all and comments posted a few days ago being modded down for reasons obviously counter to the mod claim.

As for being obviously counter to the modded claim, Here is a post modded redundant when it is explicitly addressing the person I replied to about his misunderstanding of the post I mentioned. Could someone please explain how replying to someone about their inaccurate understanding of a post is redundant? And it isn't like I fifteen other people corrected him either, it was a dialog specifically between me and another person who admitted to mistaking my post for saying something else.

Anyways, this has typically happened only after I comment to someone who is commenting on some sort of religion or evolution post who has it wrong in some way. Is it really that important to people who do not like religion or people who have placed evolution as their religion the they need to take steps like this in order to suppress opposition to their wrongful opinions? I mean it's not like I'm saying Creation is correct or anything, I'm generally pointing out that they are doing the same things they blame the religions of doing when they make absolute statements about Evolution being an undisputed fact instead of composed scientific theory or when they have some sort of incorrect interpretation of the bible or whatever. I find it's typically easy to trip them up when I ask if anything could come along and make evolution different as in for our understanding of speciation or common descendant thoughts. When they say no, then it's obvious they are not following science because science allows for that regardless of how improbable it might be. For instance, the posts I believe that started this round of mass down-modding stems from some idiot who reposted a bunch of nonsense from a few websites about a few bibles verses they found and then took everything out of context in order to create some demonesque image of God. There are plenty of verses in the bible which one can legitimately question the compassion or loving nature of a god, but to take something completely out of context in order to make your point is a little intellectually lazy as well as dishonest.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised about the down-modding. When dealing with idiots who want to cite a few verses and ignore the context before and after it (whether they are for or against the bible) and draw completely one sided conclusions that do not remotely fit the story context, we aren't really dealing with articulate or intelligent people. It really does seem that the less intelligent the person is, the more dirty and underhanded shenanigans you should expect from them and like minded people. Maybe slashdot should have a system for their mods where someone could complain about the mass modding or a script that checks mods made to a single account within a certain time frame and then flag the comments for further review. It wouldn't need to be anyone special reviewing it either, just make sure they come up for metta moderation.

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When all else fails

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 5 years ago

There is a time when everything you prepare for comes true and you find it still lacking. Recently with the ice and Snow storms, A remote site I do IT work with suffered some power outages. The battery backups held, the Generator kicked over and the only problem was that we needed to change to hold time before the generator shuts off after power was restored to around 10 minutes instead of 5 because of failed attempts from the power company lasting only 6 or 7 minutes.

Anyways, things went down hill from there, the phones went out but we still had internet. A T1 line that somehow is routed from another direction then the regular phone lines. Verizon isn't able to set up VoIP or run the phones through the T1 in the area so the 6 lines were completely dead even though we still had the T1 working. I had a backup plan though, we have the 800 number forwarded to the home office of the owner and used VoIP that I connected with a Asterix to forward some calls and a VPN to run programs and all. This worked well the first two days but now the T1 is out and Verizon is telling me that it won't be until Monday (I talked to them last on friday morning) before they can do anything about it. We do have a business contract with them that states something about 24 hour turn around for techs but it appears the problem is something like a Tree fell through the CO and they have some major repairs they need to do before anything between me and them will make a difference.

So off to plan C, we hacked together a cell phone amplifier using a combination of a mobile amp I use in my truck and a internal building amplifier kit that was used at another site I administrate until they relocated and I scavenged the equipment and got cell phone service in pretty good shape at the facility. It normally has spotty reception but between the two kits, we got all the major services covered and started using employee phones as "extensions" by answering the 800 number being forwarded to the owners cell phone and then doing a call back from an employees phone at our expense. This went swimmingly for about 3 hours until the cell towers took a total dump in the area. Apparently, it has been going on and off and with our spotty reception, we didn't notice it.

For now, we have "voice mail" at Verizon's facility giving a message describing the problems and people two towns away checking the voice mail and doing call backs but they are severely limited because the computers and data can't be transferred without disrupting what little in house work that can be done and without internet access, we can't even sync the data. Last I heard, someone was going to run price sheets and availability requests ever couple of hours until something comes back on line.

I've done everything I can think of outside of using the CB radio which would limit what we could do anyways because I couldn't legally put enough power across them to connect the sites as well as transmitting personal information. I need to know, is there something like that in which I can use a radio or something for relatively cheap when all else fails like this? We can't even get emergency services in the area without driving 6-8 miles away on a still snow covered and icy road that twists and turns quite a bit so I hope no one has a heart attack and nothing catches on fire.

I'm thinking there has to be something that could be done using radios of some sort. Another Client uses parts of the 800mhz spectum for county services and they have the ability to send data as well as patch calls from the office to the radio in the vehicles. But, they are a government office and their equipment costs quite a bit. What I would need is something that I can either send data over in a protected way to give network access like a VPN or to carry "phone lines" from about 20 miles away where the phones actually work to the office. They will probably lose about 250-300 grand in sales if the phones or something close to it goes back up by Monday morning. Cost is an issue but there is no need not to expect to spend money- especially when public safety is involved. However, we can't be doing a million dollar investment or anything like that for a worsts case scenario situations. This is the first time I have had it get this bad. I have a truck that I can mount an antenna mast on for the remote location, fixing an antenna at the site won't be a problem, I can be hidden in the trees on the back side of a hill.

Any thoughts on what else could be done? It doesn't have to be something to cover this situation but I feel lost when I can't pull a rabbit out of my hat and make everyone smile. I'm not against looking into different radio tech myself but I think for what we need, I would have to get licensed at both places which makes a mobile state sort of hard to accomplish, I'm pretty sure I would have to purchase a channel or channels to operate on, and I'm not even close to knowing what would be needed as far as equipment goes or what the terminology to use when asking. I'm not even sure if I can get the speeds needed to accomplish what I want from radio either.

Another thought I had was using dry wire or the lines used to remote alarm system monitoring and patching voice over it with an Asterix box or something. It doesn't depend on power from the CO and is supplied by the customer much like an ISDN line. I think it can be connected point to point similarly to a T1 but without the need for the equiptment on the telco side of life. I'm still not positive on that though. However, I'm afraid it might have been effected by the same issues that the CO has with the tree and all knocking everything out. I'm not sure there is equipment was damages or if it was just power issues though.

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port scans WTF?

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I was looking over my firewall logs and I have noticed that Slashdot is doing port scan on my ip adress. Or at least that's what my firewall thinks. I'm thinking what the fuck is this. It is coming from 66.35.250.150 .

I wonder if they let the site get infected with something or I pissed one of the ops off. It would be severely foolish if it was something intentional. Who or whatever it is, it seems to happen shortly after I cease activity on the site.

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political bias

sumdumass sumdumass writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wow, I have been making some observations that the stories on slashdot have been comming in politicly slanted leading into the fall elections. I made some of these observations known in several posts.

Now recently, I have been locked out of commenting on several threads. Not by being modded down, Not by being labeled as a troll and getting those too many comments from you subnet ordeal. But by something on the systems stoping me from seeing a reply button in those threads. I have as few pages in a tab that let me post to the stories by when going into the user's post section of the profile or checking email notifications I cannot reply.

Now I though maybe the the story has been locked or something even though it has only be one day. So i checked it from another computer not logged in. It let me post anonymously. So I called a friend and asked him to post something to one of my posts, Sure enough it posted. So I went to his house, Logged in as my user name and poof- no reply button.

I'm sure my comments that the democrats have been already making statments that they won't be able to do much of what they claimed when running for office. Things like the war in Iraq, different survailence programs and such. My position is they are doing this now because they are either going to wait until 2008 and claim we need the presidency to maek a difference or they actualy cannot do much of what they campaigned on. Of course in the later, It means they told the voters "i will do this" when they knew they couldn't and are probably afraid pointing it out now won't look too good in 2008. The previous means they aren't going to try anything major so they can keep it as an issue in 2008. Either way, My comments of things won't be too different because they won't change to much is true.

So, I am writing this because some one in a position of power at slashdot has back doored my comments that are critical of the democrats expected performance after winning the elections. I am wondering how long this will last. My karma is rated as "excellent". Non of the usual too many complain messages have appeared- nothing except not being able to find a reply button on any of the messages associated with the threads I posted in concerning the democrats. And they apear if i'm not logged on or logged on as a different use.

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