Justice Department Censors Supreme Court Quote

From The Memory Hole:

Ostensibly, [the Justice Department] would use their powers of censorship only to remove material that truly could jeopardize US operations. But in reality, what did they do? They blacked out a quotation from a Supreme Court decision:

“The danger to political dissent is acute where the Government attempts to act under so vague a concept as the power to protect ‘domestic security.’ Given the difficulty of defining the domestic security interest, the danger of abuse in acting to protect that interest becomes apparent.”

The mind reels at such a blatant abuse of power (and at the sheer chutzpah of using national security as an excuse to censor a quotation about using national security as an excuse to stifle dissent).

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A joke that combined computer science, mathematics, and politics!

From page 14 of Leslie Lamport‘s paper “The Part-Time Parliament“:

In most forms of government, choosing a president can be a difficult problem. However, the difficulty arises only because most governments require that there be exactly one president at any time. In the United States, for example, chaos would result if some people thought Bush had been elected president while others thought that Dukakis had, since one of them might decide to sign a bill into law while the other decided to veto it.

This is valid, of course, for values of “Dukakis” sufficiently close to “Gore.”

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Rhythmbox Applet 0.1.3 Released

Changes in Rhythmbox Applet 0.1.3:

  • Install the applet to $PREFIX/lib/gnome-applets/rhythmbox-applet, instead of $PREFIX/bin/rb-applet.
  • Don’t show empty or meaningless fields in song tooltip when playing an Internet Radio stream.
  • Disable the Previous and Next buttons if Rhythmbox isn’t running.
  • Fixed GTK warnings when About dialog was shown.
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Abusing your right to freedom of assembly

For the first time ever, I wrote part of a program in Intel x86 assembly. I even wrote my first line of inline assembly code in a C program. (Literally, a line of assembly, but still.) Yippee.

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Diebold: Why even pretend to tabulate election results correctly?

From BlackBoxVoting.org:

Issue: Manipulation technique found in the Diebold central tabulator — 1,000 of these systems are in place, and they count up to two million votes at a time.

By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks.

This program is not “stupidity” or sloppiness. It was designed and tested over a series of a dozen version adjustments.

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