Archives for: August 2004

Florida primary tomorrow

elections, news
Tomorrow is the primary election in Florida... it's gonna be crrrrraaaaaaazy! Verified Voting will be testing it's Election Incident Reporting System that will be used in November. This will give you a good feeling of why tomorrow is interesting in e… more »

Eyewitness to Death

wtf?
It's probably not much of a stretch to say that death can put a damper on one's day... I suppose for a period of time, really. This morning, during a morning run, I saw a deer killed in traffic in downtown Oakland. I was getting to the end of my r… more »

Pic of Joe from 1970-something

wtf?
This is a picture of me in the very late 1970s drinking water from a beer can (Miller). I found this while going through some old stuff of mine at my mom's house that I hadn't looked at in 10 to 15 years. It's amazing how many memories, feelings and s… more »

SB 1438 Passes California Legislature, Now onto Ahnold!

elections, certification/testing, accessibility, reform, vendors, standards
SB 1438, if signed by the terminator, will set into stone regulations that the California Secretary of State, Kevin Shelley, has promulgated in the last year. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Article 4 (com… more »

Planet Hunting Gets Rocky

space, astronomy, astrophysics
(You or your institution will have to have a subscription to Science to click through the link above.) When it comes to extrasolar planets, smaller is better--at least for astronomers, who long to find worlds like Earth. A European team now has taken… more »

Joe no longer an FSF Licensing Volunteer

blogging, open source
Well, folks... I feel the need to use this blog more like a diary at the moment. What a treat. Be prepared. I've been dismissed from the FSF Licensing queue. (What's that? If you send email to licensing@fsf.org, it used to go to me and Dave Turner.… more »

Keep your eyes on the EFF's E-voting Archive

elections, certification/testing, reform, vendors, standards, copyright, news
Keep your eyes on the EFF's E-voting Archive. Among some of the recent additions are Electronic Voting Machine Information Sheets (authored by yours truly). We'll be adding an information sheet for each DRE on the market and in use this November. E… more »

Ernie Miller's 100th INDUCE Post

blogging
A true milestone worthy of much credit. more »

Aaronsw makes Wired...

blogging, feeds
You know the youth is on track when we've got peeps like Aaron in the mix. UPDATE: Holy shit! Cal turned Aaron Swartz down? What the hell does it take? Maybe we only let stupid people in... I feel ashamed. WHO: Aaron Swartz, an 18-year-old compute… more »

AKMA's Random Thoughts: So Weirdly Wrong

system, blogging, wtf?, secrecy, chilling effects
A must-read post from an opressed wifi user... the officer's rationale makes no sense whatsoever. "It's a law, sir; if someone comes along and downloads child photography (that wasn't the exact word the officer used) and it goes through their [sc., t… more »

RNC Activists: Know Your Rights!

chilling effects
Cryptome has just posted a PDF entitled, "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Legal Information for Activists at the Republican National Convention" from the Center for Constitutional Rights. http://cryptome.org/rnc-rights.zip It's a great illustration of just how… more »

Electionline.org (Electionline Today) RSS feed

elections, reform, feeds, news
Electionline.org's "Electionline Today" news page is indispensible if you're as crazy as I am about keeping tabs on the preparations for this November's vote and the prevalence of electronic voting machines. I had my man Carlo to scrape the page to R… more »

Dugger: How They Could Steal the Election This Time

elections, reform, news
This is a must-read article: "How They Could Steal the Election This Time" by Ronnie Dugger in the 16 Aug. issue of The Nation. It might seem a little depressing, but wait until you get to the end and see what exactly all the voter protection groups… more »

Police to Use Military Crowd-Control Equipment for GOP Convention

elections, accessibility, news, wtf?, chilling effects
NEW YORK - Forget the megaphones. Police will have a much more high-tech -- and louder -- option to make themselves heard over the din of Manhattan traffic and noisy protesters outside the Republican National Convention. It's called the Long Range Ac… more »

SB 1376 passes CA legislature

elections, reform, news
SB 1376 has now passed both the CA senate and assembly This allows: the SoS, AG and any local election official to bring civil action against any legal entity for a variety of things: tampering, comprimising secrecy, planting code, installing… more »

Secondary Chilling Effects: Cryptome Chilled by the FBI

secrecy, chilling effects
The Associated Press report yesterday by Tom Hays quoted Cryptome on the "chilling" effect of the FBI visit in November 2003. What we should have made clear was not that Cryptome was chilled but that telling about the visit chilled others from having de… more »

The Alberto no. 1

wine, recipe
This drink is much, much more than a mojito... it's an Alberto no. 1. Invented by Adalberto Alonso, the Cuban bartender at New York's La Caravelle, this is the type of drink of which you should only have one. ALBERTO NO. 1 (adapted from Rick Mari… more »

PJ Harvey is coming... and we're going... nyah nyah

music
21.07.04 :: News of a whirlwind tour of the West Coast of America has just been confirmed. Harvey, who's close to completing a three month Festival tour of Europe, Australia & Japan will hit the West Coast for a quick run of intimate dates. The s… more »

The Olympics totally suck

system
In addition to Cory noting the unprecedented brand whoring of the Olympics this year... Arthur pointed out that there is extensive media whoring as well. And no one's immune! Not even my local NPR station (KALW) which put this notice up: PLEASE NOTE:… more »

Xinhuanet: Russian claim discovery of ET spaceship wreck

blogging, wtf?
BEIJING, Aug.12 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian scientists said they have discovered the wreck of an alien device at the site of an unexplained explosion in Siberia almost a hundred years ago, China Daily reported today, citing the Interfax news agency as the so… more »

Bill Gates mugshot

open source
"And so people should understand the GPL." --Bill Gates Saw this in a presentation by the FSF's GPL Compliance guru, Dave Turner... hats off for the best chuckle I've had in a while. more »
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