Jolly good luck, indeed. I hope you don't need it, but watching from over the pond it looks like there are going to be some very short fingernails by tomorrow...
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A note to everyone on Daniweb who is eligible to vote this November, especially young voters who show up in notoriously low numbers. This is not like making a bad decision, knowing your parents are there to save you. There is no safety net. There is no do-over. If you, the voters, f\*\*k this up, there is nobody to bail you out. And if your country goes down the tubes you'll probably take the rest of down with you.
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The election is over and it looks like fear loses, at least for now. Our former Conservative government, led by Stephen Harper, went down in flames to the Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau. Thus ends a decade of Conservative rule that was slowly turning Canada into the US. One of Trudeau's campaign promises was to replace Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system with some sort of proportional voting. This would prevent what has so frequently happened - a splitting of the left/central vote between the Liberals and the NDP (social democrats) allowing the Conservatives to win (sometimes big) with less than 50% …
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News Story How to hack an election, Virginia style
In what has quite possibly been one of the longest periods between security problems being revealed and action being taken, the Virginia Board of Elections voted on Tuesday to remove the certification of more than 300 AVS WINVote touchscreen voting machines. The Virginia Information Technology Agency, and consultancy Pro V&V, uncovered multiple flaws in the voting technology which had also been used in other states including Mississippi and Pennsylvania. The scandal here is that there have been concerted efforts to remove these machines from the electoral system since 2008 when experts investigating irregularities first flagged their concerns. They have consistently …
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There's a really interesting [URL="http://www.blahblahtech.com/2008/10/but-video-games-are-bad-for-kids-right.html"]blahblahtech[/URL] posting that has popped up to address what it refers to as the "myth that video games harm children both socially and intellectually." It approaches the debate from parental questioning perspective, which seems as good as any to be fair. Some of the research it picks up upon includes that which suggests gamers process information more quickly and multi-task better than non-gamers. I rather liked the research quote which was based upon surgeons playing Super Monkey Ball: "Surgeons who play video games three hours a week have 37 percent fewer errors and accomplish tasks 27 …
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News Story UK: A social media election?
Many American readers won't have noticed - why should they? - that the UK is in the middle of the lead-up to a [URL="http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections.cfm"]General Election[/URL]. We don't do it like the Americans, we elect our Members of Parliament, the leader of the majority party becomes Prime Minister automatically and our second chamber, the House of Lords, is full of appointees and hereditary peers. We don't elect a President - technically the monarch is still Head of State. So much for background. What's really interesting is that for the first time social media is playing its part - and even more …
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News Story TwitterGate strikes Germany
[URL="http://twitter.com"]Twitter[/URL] has struck again according to reports. The German elections had their results leaked online, both on Twitter and over the open Internet. In the same week that the UK heard that it was going to have insufficient broadband bandwidth to meet the needs of the [URL="http://www.culture.gov.uk/what_we_do/broadcasting/5631.aspx/"]Digital Britain[/URL] initiative, critics in Germany are questioning whether going completely digital is such a good idea anyway, According to security expert [URL="http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2009/05/28/leaked-german-poll-results-lead-twittergate/"]Graham Cluley's blog[/URL], for example, Twitter is robbing the German Parliament of its dignity. This actually relates in a way to one of [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4381.html"]my blog entries yesterday[/URL], in which I say the …
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Sarah Palin is always keen to talk about open and transparent government, indeed it was one of the main focal points of her campaign when she ran for the office of Governor in Alaska. Of course, she continues to talk the transparency talk now that the campaign has ramped up a notch or three to Presidential level. But some are asking with increasing urgency if Palin can actually walk the walk. Especially considering the whole [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20713/53/"]hidden email debate[/URL] that has raged ever since the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20831/53/"]Palin Yahoo webmail account was hacked[/URL]. With emails coming from [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email] with subjects such as 'Court …
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News Story Watching the Election, Twitter-Style
The initial model for looking at Twitter was horizontal -- see everything that all the people you follow are thinking about. Now the model has been turned on its head 90 degrees -- see everything that anyone says, whether you follow them or not, that has to do with a particular topic: in this case, the U.S. presidential election. Twitter users have been able to do this themselves for some time using hashtags, or tagging a conversation using the # sign. However, that required everyone to agree upon and use the same hashtags. Now there's better ways that require less …
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