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UPS Package Tracking With RSS
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:51 am EST, Dec 28, 2004

Thanks, I can use this. :)

] I always hated the fact that there was no good "push"
] mechanism for getting UPS shipment updates. I don't want
] to go to their website every hour to see where my package
] is. I want to be notified when it moves. Of course I
] immediately thought of RSS, but I couldn't find anyone
] who had turned the UPS data into a feed. I then decided
] to make it myself in ASP.NET!

[ Nice. -k]

UPS Package Tracking With RSS

Refining gold - acid method
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:42 am EST, Nov  8, 2004

Have any old moterboards laying around? How about a lot of them? Get to grinding!

Also see:

(Information on refining gold, silver, and platnium.)

Refining gold - acid method

Breakdown of GA Gay Marriage Ban
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:58 am EST, Nov  3, 2004

Putting this crap on the ballot drove a lot of people to the polls. I would like to know why it is OK for preachers to tell people how to vote and still be nonprofit, yet one person from the NAACP says something anti-bush and the IRS is all over them. BLEH.


I'm surprised by the way different age groups voted. The Religious attendance breakdown is amusing.

Breakdown of GA Gay Marriage Ban

Daily Kos :: Mosh is #1
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:44 am EDT, Oct 29, 2004

] Eminem's "Mosh" is the number one video on MTV.

[ From internet phenomenon to the top spot in about 48 hours. Damn right. -k]

Daily Kos :: Mosh is #1

RE: Will Hack For Food! - Temporary Email Accounts
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:44 pm EDT, Oct 26, 2004

Acidus wrote:
] ] *** free disposable email accounts
] ] ***
] ] "Avoid SPAM *and* protect your privacy at the same time
] Stankdawg created this project. Others exists, (like
] But they have no has no password protection and
] allowed people to reuse email address. If I know you used
] dodgeit to register for an account somewhere, I can simply
] reuse the email account name and ask the website to reset your
] password. Then I go claim it.
] This is a cool idea.

Another site in a similar vein:

As a side note, the security hole of non-password protected temporary email accounts is interesting, and honestly is not something I had thought of.

Just a note...If you have a hushmail account that is a paid account, you can set up aliases left and right for using when signing up for this or that.

Poor email password protection is a gaping hole in the security side of sites like eBay and PayPal.

RE: Will Hack For Food! - Temporary Email Accounts

Good Bad Attitude
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:04 am EDT, Oct 20, 2004

] Why should hackers care especially about civil liberties? Why
] programmers, more than dentists or salesmen or
] landscapers?
] Let me put the case in terms a government official would
] appreciate. Civil liberties are not just an ornament, or
] a quaint American tradition. Civil liberties make
] countries rich. If you made a graph of GNP per capita vs.
] civil liberties, you'd notice a definite trend. Could
] civil liberties really be a cause, rather than just an
] effect? I think so. I think a society in which people can
] do and say what they want will also tend to be one in
] which the most efficient solutions win, rather than those
] sponsored by the most influential people. Authoritarian
] countries become corrupt; corrupt countries become poor;
] and poor countries are weak.
It seems to me there is a
] Laffer curve for government power, just as for tax
] revenues. At least, it seems likely enough that it would
] be stupid to try the experiment and find out. Unlike high
] tax rates, you can't repeal totalitarianism if it turns
] out to be a mistake.
] This is why hackers worry. The government spying on
] people doesn't literally make programmers write worse
] code. It just leads eventually to a world in which bad
] ideas will win. And because this is so important to
] hackers, they're especially sensitive to it. They can
] sense totalitarianism approaching from a distance, as
] animals can sense an approaching thunderstorm.

Good Bad Attitude

Daily Kos :: RNC funds voter supression efforts
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:21 pm EDT, Oct 16, 2004

] Found the following links which all seem to point to the
] same company that is suspected of tearing up Democratic
] voter registration forms in Las Vegas. It has set up
] registration drives in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan,
] Ohio, West Virginia, Florida and Nevada and is accused of
] the same things in most if not all of these states.
] Sproul & Associates is a Republican consulting firm run
] by Nathan Sproul, former head of the Arizona Republican
] party and Arizona Christian Coalition.

The mainstream press seems to be picking this up. Lawsuits where filed today...

Daily Kos :: RNC funds voter supression efforts

Rock the Vote : Republican Party Chairman Tells Us To Stop Talking About The Draft
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:20 pm EDT, Oct 16, 2004

] Yesterday, Rock the Vote received a very startling letter
] from Ed Gillespie, Chairman of the Republican National
] Committee. He demanded that we stop talking about the
] issue of the military draft.
] The letter leaked out on the Internet and a lot of people
] wondered whether it was even real. Yes, it is real.
] The letter from Chairman Gillespie is here. Our response
] is here and below.

[ Pretty unbelievable. Gillespe acts like the draft issue is some kind of demeaning whisper campaign without a shred of merit. Thanks, Ed, but really, that's a Rove tactic, not Rock the Vote's. Really, it's not so much that Gillespe is dismissive of the draft issue, but the way in which he does so.... From the RTV response :

"I am stunned that you would say that the issue of the military draft is an "urban myth"that has been "thoroughly debunked by no less than the President of the United States."

I have some news for you. Just because President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary Rumsfeld, and for that matter Senator Kerry, say that there is not going to be a draft does not make it so. Just because Congress holds a transparently phony vote against the draft does not mean there isn't going to be one. Anyone who thinks that the youth of America are going to take a politician's word on this topic is living on another planet.

By your logic, there should be no debate about anything that you disagree with. There's a place for that kind of sentiment (and your threats), but its not here in our country. "

Hear fucking hear. The rest of the letter is equally cogent. Few would argue that RTV is likely to benefit Bush over Kerry, but truly, getting people to the polls is fundamental, and the fear of a draft is unquestionably a motivating factor for young people. I remember distinctly the day I signed my Selective Service registration card, and thinking about what I would do if it ever came to be used, and how I better start paying attention to the world and voting if I wanted to prevent it. It's no urban myth. -k]

Rock the Vote : Republican Party Chairman Tells Us To Stop Talking About The Draft

The Washington Note Archives
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:19 pm EDT, Oct 16, 2004

] A nasty flyer has turned up in Tennesse politics which
] depicts a handicapped athlete running on a track with
] George Bush's face pasted on.
] The text reads:
] Voting for Bush is Like Running in the Special Olympics
] -- Even if You Win, You're Still Retarded.
] The Traditional Values Coalition and other right wing
] operations in the South jumped on this fast alleging that
] Tennessee Democrat Craig Fitzhugh's office, which shares
] space with the Kerry/Edwards Campaign, was distributing
] this flyer.

[ And for those of you who think it's untenable to accuse the GOP of acting in this way, I urge you to look back in my memestream to yesterday. Read Green's piece in the Atlantic Monthly, re: Karl Rove, who utilized this exact tactic in an Alabama Supreme Court race.

It's entirely possible that some silly kid is behind it... This one seems a little amateurish for a Rove maneuver, but it's not out of the question that this activity is more than a prank. -k]

The Washington Note Archives

Happy Birthday Acidus!
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:20 pm EDT, Oct 14, 2004

Happy Birthday!
(OMG you are so young when compared to my old ass!)

Acidus turns 24 on Friday. Party time!

Happy Birthday Acidus!

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