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Slashback is back after a long absence being devoured by gnomes. Read on below for updates on past Slashdot stories about the continuing Washington election brouhaha, the FBI's latest hunt for server logs, Photoshoppified GIMP, and more.

Let's get the politics out of the way.

The Washington state Republican Party has been working to prove that the election of November 2, between Democrat Christine Gregoire and Republican Dino Rossi, was too fraudulent to be trusted, given the small margin of victory by Gregoire (129 votes), and they want a new election. Hundreds of alleged fraudulent votes (mostly felons, but also out-of-state, duplicate, and deceased voters), uncounted ballots, unaccounted-for absentee ballots, and illegally counted provisional ballots comprise the bulk of the GOP's case. The trial begins May 23, and the judge expects it to last two weeks. The hearing to decide the burden of proof standard will be May 2.

Unctuous politicians relive their student-council glory days:

Jackson West writes "As it stands, two versions of the Electronic Engineering bill (discussed earlier on Slashdot) presented to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have passed their 'first reading.' This means both the first, unamended piece of legislation, and an amended version that will "specifically exclude web logs, forums, opt-in email lists and postings on general web pages." The Rules Committee will consider the amended bill on Monday, with a final vote on both bills on Tuesday."

How to get attention, part IIVVIVIVM.

SanLouBlues writes "On March 30th, Slashdot reported on the FBI request for the logs of several radical-leaning sites. The Washington Post has an article about the man who was responsible for the posts which resulted in the FBI request. He claimed to have killed a cop in several forum posts."

Now on to the fun stuff!

Matt Omori writes to say that GimpShop, the recently mentioned version of The GIMP hacked to feel more familiar to users of Photoshop, isn't just for Linux and Mac OS X. "Yes, it's finally been coded for Windows XP. After lots of hard work, some people devoted to a website, plasticbugs.com, have coded GimpShop for Windows."

To use it, you'll need Windows XP, GTK+, and a reboot. However, I'd also like to point out a BigSven's comment about the themeability of The GIMP; it would be great to see GIMPersonalities of all sorts -- and it sounds like this can be accomplished with some XML editing.

Still looks actionable to me.

MrToast writes "The iPodLounge is reporting that LuxPro's Super Shuffle is back, but this time with slight alterations. The Super Tangent, as it is being called, has a slightly different button area and also has new headphones. Otherwise it appears to be identical to the iPod shuffle."

(The SuperShuffle disappeared from the Web site, and was reported as a hoax, shortly after it was mentioned in mid-March.)

Let's close on some uplifting news. Vaeske writes with more on my favorite futuristic means of broadband delivery, region-covering airships. "GlobeTel Communications Corp announced that they will be showing their prototype of the Sanswire One on April 12th. This "Stratalite" as they call it, will float in the stratosphere at 65,000 feet and provide line of sight communications to approximately 300,000 square miles, providing two-way high-sped communication. This project has attracted many high-profile NASA engineers to leave their posts for a position with GlobeTel. The military has also shown interest and was present at the GlobeTel Summit."
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  • by Bongo Bill (853669) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:23PM (#12160799) Homepage
    Recounts: not just for Democrats anymore!
    • Hey... (Score:4, Funny)

      by ImaLamer (260199) <john.lamar@g[ ]l.com ['mai' in gap]> on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:31PM (#12160879) Homepage Journal

      Don't blame me, I accidentially voted for Pat Buchanan
    • by Carnildo (712617) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:35PM (#12160906) Homepage Journal
      And if you lived here, you'd be getting reports on the *exciting* hijinks:
      1) At least half of those "felon voters" who shouldn't have voted were juveniles when they were found guilty, and thus never had their voting rights stripped. Many of the others had their rights restored after serving their sentences.
      2) Someone is challenging the votes of around 15,000 voters on the grounds that they are illegal immigrants. The evidence? Their last names don't sound American enough.
      • At least half of those "felon voters" who shouldn't have voted were juveniles when they were found guilty, and thus never had their voting rights stripped. Many of the others had their rights restored after serving their sentences.

        That's false. Some of them did turn out to be juveniles, yes, but it was not "at least half." Not even close.

        Someone is challenging the votes of around 15,000 voters on the grounds that they are illegal immigrants.

        I've never heard this, and if true, it has absolutely nothi
        • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:45PM (#12161492)
          Haha. Depends on what you're talking about. The totality of all the votes alledged to be improper, or the worst cases of certain small counties. In which case his allegation is close to what was recently printed in the Seattle Times.

          The fact is, the republicans list of improper voters isn't much, if any, more accurate than the various counties lists of proper voters. If they can't get it right at this late stage of the game, with all the heavy lifting done by the counties already, their expectation that the counties, which aren't as well funded as the Republican party, should have been able to do better is ludicrious on it's face. To say nothing of the relative sin of counting the vote that should be invalid versus the discounting of a valid vote.

          If Rossi by 49 is fit to be a duly elected governor, then that horrible bitch by 129 is at least as worthy. That said, they're both comtemptible douchebags. I can only assume both political parties are in silent agreement to make Washington so unlivable that all the transplants will be driven back home before they agree to resume sensible policies.
      • I am not a Rep. or Dem. so I am not showing bias here. However, do you have any valid links to _real_ evidence to your statments? No, Left leaning sites don't count.
        • > I am not showing bias here.
          > Left leaning sites don't count.

          I think you need to work on your bullshitting skills a bit more. There are only three sentences, but you still managed to contratict yourself completely.
      • The evidence? Their last names don't sound American enough.

        You forgot the punchline. Dude's last name is: Ringhofer.

        Man says votes from illegal immigrants
        He culled list of voters for names that 'appear' foreign
        Jim Camden
        Staff writer
        March 31, 2005

        A Soap Lake man is challenging the voting credentials of hundreds of Washington voters, saying he thinks they're illegal immigrants who registered and cast ballots illegally.

        But Martin Ringhofer may have a hard time proving the challenges he has filed in Spok

    • Lets not forget that Gregoire didn't win that slim margin until after the third recount.
    • Actually, it was a suspected fraudulent recount that gave the Democrat (Gregiore) the victory. An election official (you know, the ones who count the votes) was quoted as saying "third times the charm!" when his preferred candidate won after two other counts that had the Republican (Rossi) as winner.
    • by pudge (3605) * <slashdot@NOSpAM.pudge.net> on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:23PM (#12161301) Homepage Journal
      This has nothing to do with recounts. This is about challenging the result and having a new election, not recounting the past election.
  • Mostly fellons (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:24PM (#12160810)

    that would be 10% of the US population [nationmaster.com]

    • That graphic you linked is misleading. With the exception of Russia, the other countries listed are much smaller than the US and they all have a dissimaliar set of laws. What's no legal in the US may be legal in Europe and vice versa. Not to mention this may just show that the US is tougher on crime or that crime is more reported, as the page notes.
      • Like... (Score:3, Interesting)

        by ImaLamer (260199)
        Do you mean anything like in Pakistan where there is no age floor for sex acts? Where you can legally sleep with 3 year olds?

        Oh, sex outside of marriage is illegal, punishable by death though.
      • Re:Mostly fellons (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Kell_pt (789485)
        It's not really that misleading. According to this [census.gov], the US total population is close to 295.823.632 individuals. According to the above study, 23.677.800 crimes. That's roughly 8% crime/person rate.

        Take Portugal, with its population of nearly 12.000.000 inhabitants, and 363,294 felons, which amounts to about 3%.

        Now, that's a pretty big difference. You'll find similar figures on other countries.

        Crime stems from your problems with poverty and lack of socialist structures. It's a dog eat dog world.
        • Re:Mostly fellons (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Dyolf Knip (165446)
          It also stems from a willingness to declare trivial acts "crimes" and villify and prosecute them far beyond anything sanity would deem reasonable. What is it, half of the USA's prison population is now there on drug charges? And probably half of remainder is there indirectly because of Prohibition II. The report is misleading because it does not define 'crime'.
    • Re:Mostly fellons (Score:3, Insightful)

      by conway (536486)
      And 89.7% of all statistics are false

      The stats you link to show that 23 million crimes were commited, not that 23 million people were involved! Ever think about the fact that criminals tend to do a _few_ crimes before getting caught? It's only for "large" crimes (murder, rape, etc.) is it likely that the crime was commited only once. If a guy is caught stealing cars, he probably has done it quite a few times. Finally, criminals tend to get out of jail, and go back to doing more crime. Again, more than 1 pe

  • by Kris_J (10111) * on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:27PM (#12160844) Journal
    That 20-30% JPEG compression system mentioned on Slashdot a while back [slashdot.org] is out. I'm getting an average of about 21% on all my JPEGs, except CMYK ones -- they don't pack.

    Implementations are currently limited to a simple (Windows?) archive package (which doesn't appear to do any other file types any better than the previous version). I'm hoping for a Firefox image plugin and a Pocket PC port myself.

  • Airships... (Score:5, Funny)

    by ImaLamer (260199) <john.lamar@g[ ]l.com ['mai' in gap]> on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:28PM (#12160848) Homepage Journal
    On a completely un-related note; last night I had some kids convinced that the Statue of Liberty had those spikes on her head to protect NYC from Nazi airships during WWII!
  • So we're reading gnome-vomit? Or did it return via the other end?
  • Fun stuff was best (Score:4, Interesting)

    by QuantumG (50515) <qg@biodome.org> on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:30PM (#12160874) Homepage Journal
    GimpShop is cool. General themability of GIMP is even better. Of course, now that we've started down the path of making GimpShop people are going to whinge (don't they always) that GIMP doesn't have all the features of Photoshop. For those people I have two suggestions: code them, or pay someone to code them.

    Stratalites are damn cool. You can use them like train stations to space. Get in your ground blimp, fly up to station 1. Get in your high altitude blimp, fly up to station 2. Get in your supermassive low pressure blimp and fly up to station 3. Get in your rocket and launch your ass into space.
    • "For those people I have two suggestions: code them, or pay someone to code them."

      Or, if they need the features like I do, they can simply buy Photoshop. Somehow I doubt that $600 will hire enough programming time to address all of it. (Not to mention the time it'll take to code and test it.)
      • I know students who do tutoring for $20/hr cause it's the only work they can find. They'd much rather be doing programming. That's 30 hours of development. Now multiply that by all the people who would like to switch to GimpShop but want all the features of Photoshop. Get organised people!
    • Stratalites are damn cool. You can use them like train stations to space. Get in your ground blimp, fly up to station 1. Get in your high altitude blimp, fly up to station 2. Get in your supermassive low pressure blimp and fly up to station 3. Get in your rocket and launch your ass into space.

      Why bother with a separate rocket or station 3? if your superblimp can get to space, why not just keep going using whatever ion drive rocket engine got it to space and orbital velocity in the first place?

      • Well obviously because it can't. A blimp big enough to float in the upper atmosphere would be broken apart by the winds in the lower atmosphere. So you need to stop and change blimps.. and that means you need to have stations along the way to keep and maintain the blimps (not to mention the possibility of assembling or at least inflating them there in the first place). And yeah, an ion drive that is either powered by solar power or by beamed energy is definitely a good idea for getting a blimp up to orbi
  • by j14ast (258285) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:31PM (#12160881) Journal
    the return of our slashback overlords.

    Anyone find it funny how the r's are trying this now? After all the hay they mad from the d's attempt?
  • That's funny (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fm6 (162816) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:35PM (#12160909) Homepage Journal
    When they thought they had won the Washington Governor's election, and the Demos complained about votes that should have been counted but weren't, the Repubs sneered at them as poor losers.
    • Re:That's funny (Score:5, Insightful)

      by a whoabot (706122) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:21PM (#12161280)
      The new(?) Republican thing is double standards. They get away with it because the left(not saying the Dems are the left) is toothless and because they themselves don't see it as double standards but just one standard: whatever helps "the right" is good, whatever helps "the left" is bad. Everything's a war for them nowadays and everything's fair in war.
      • Re:That's funny (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Mr. Slippery (47854) <tms.infamous@net> on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @09:08PM (#12161668) Homepage
        The new(?) Republican thing is double standards.

        Not that I want to defend the Republican party (not while it's being controlled by theocrats and neoimperialists, anyway), but double standards are politically universal.

    • Re:That's funny (Score:3, Insightful)

      by pudge (3605) *
      Well, no, they didn't. They said the law should be followed. Which is exactly what they are saying now.

      It's the Democrats who have changed their tune, previously saying the law should be bent to count every vote, and then once they took the lead, said the law should be followed strictly.
      • Maybe that's the Repub line now. Definitely wasn't back when they'd thought they'd won the initial vote. I remember official releases that said things like, "The Democrats never consider an election final until they've won."
        • I think we're talking about two different things. The Republicans certainly did complain about the Democrats and their fishy behavior: continually finding new votes, trying to bend the rules (such as getting a list of provisional voters, which federal law prohibits), and such.

          And certainly, the rhetoric was heated on both sides: the Republicans called on Gregoire to concede, and the Democrats responded in kind. Then when the results flipped, so did their rhetoric.

          I was unhappy with the GOP rhetoric (and
      • Re:That's funny (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward
        No, Rossi very openly called for Gregoire to concede the race, for the good of the office, or whatever it was, when Gregoire was still behind and asking for a recount and all that.

        Funny, also, in that Gregoire *DID* follow the legal steps...

        I want to know the party breakdown on ALL contested ballots and voters.

        Looks to me like the law *was* followed. It's sour grapes by Rossi and the Washington Republicans.

        Get over it.

        Move on.

        Oh, I live in Oregon.
  • A Word of Warning (Score:5, Informative)

    by ewhac (5844) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:39PM (#12160931) Homepage Journal
    Adobe likes to think it has software patents on certain user interface elements of Photoshop. Macromedia was sued not long ago for emulating some of these elements in their Flash authoring tool (no idea how that suit resolved). Adobe are also litigious so-and-sos who are all too willing to harass people in defense of their intellectual "property".

    So if Adobe feels even the slightest bit threatened by it, expect the project to receive a nastygram.

    Schwab

    • " Macromedia was sued not long ago for emulating some of these elements in their Flash authoring tool (no idea how that suit resolved)."

      Macromedia counter-sued under the claim that Adobe violated some of their patents. They traded licences or something or other and it was dropped. (Macromedia may have had to make changes, but my memory is fuzzy.)

      "Adobe are also litigious so-and-sos who are all too willing to harass people in defense of their intellectual "property"."

      So long as Adobe is within their
  • by MarcoAtWork (28889) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:41PM (#12160952)
    the gimpshop guy by the gimp developers: they chose a license for Gimp that allows this kind of modification, the guy was definitely within his rights to go ahead with it whether or not Sven (or others) would've preferred him to 'work with them and not fork things'.

    Rather than focusing about his 'rude' modus operandi Gimp developers should notice the HUGE positive reaction to his modification by 'normal users': if instead of sitting in their ivory tower and going on about 'Gimp is not PS, we won't change how the UI operates' the Gimp devs listened to users who have been begging for a PS-like UI for YEARS there wouldn't have been any need for a fork (they've also been beggin for adjustment layers as well, but who knows when that will happen).

    I thought that this is what Open Source is all about: if you don't like it, fix it and release it (like this guy did).

    If he had 'followed due process' he'd just have been ignored because 'Gimp is not Photoshop'. This seems like a case of damned if you do (you shouldn't fork the gimp) and damned if you don't (you're not a coder, so you have no right to complain).
    • This is what open source is about. Please don't let people's egos get in the way of making great software.
    • by k98sven (324383) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:04PM (#12161131) Journal
      they chose a license for Gimp that allows this kind of modification, the guy was definitely within his rights to go ahead with it whether or not Sven (or others) would've preferred him to 'work with them and not fork things'.

      Noone implied he didn't have the legal right to do so. He's not violating the law, just unwritten rules of etiquette; It's polite to try to cooperate before forking.

      The real issue here, which the poster mentioned, isn't that he forked Gimp, it's that it seems he may have changed parts which didn't have to be changed in order to achive what he did. That's doing a disservice both to both parties, since it'll make it more difficult to merge in his changes into the Gimp, and newer changes to the Gimp into GimpShop.

      If he had 'followed due process' he'd just have been ignored because 'Gimp is not Photoshop'.

      What exactly do you base this on? The Gimp developer who posted seemed quite open to the idea. There's a big difference between developers not considering requests from users and developers not considering an implementation of said request.
    • by Speare (84249) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:07PM (#12161152) Homepage Journal
      Okay, I'm not a fan nor a foe of the GIMP dev team, but I have to ask the same thing Sven said: how long do you think GimpShop guy is going to keep up a modern version of the modifications? Will there be a GimpShop 2.6? 2.8? 2.10? 3.0? If he has the personal dedication to rewrite GimpShop mods into each "end user" release of the GIMP for just a year, I'll be impressed. Itches fade and some itches aren't worth scratching for long, no matter how many other non-technical users are clamoring for the implementation.

      Sven had some good points: if the GimpShop were done "right" with the architectural aids that the GIMP already offers, then the work would be a lot more manageable, and would end up being a long-life supported option, even after the GimpShop guy was no longer itching to keep it up. However, in the one little posting linked, Sven said he got no reply-- it's hard to tell if the GimpShop guy was ignoring Sven for past sleights and attitude, or just didn't get the messages, but either one is pretty believable.

      I do think the GIMP development team needs to realize that as the premiere image editing package for the OSS world, that they have a certain obligation that comes with it. Whether you like it or not, you're a role model, so you should act like one. Listen to users who don't code. Do some of the heavy lifting for those users. Incorporate features which interested Photoshop users want. Spend time on doing a few more things in a slightly more leader-compatible way, and drive adoption forward. You can't expect outsiders to become developers in the huge GIMP codebase to scratch their itch, because the key people who have the key feedback are not coders. Approach your userbase with magnanimity and humility instead of arrogance and disapproval.

    • by mr_burns (13129) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:14PM (#12161220)
      Yeah, even given the argument that they didn't want to have the gimp look like pshop, they should have at least fixed the interface they DO have.

      It's BAD. I've been trying out GIMP on and off for many years and I always left with a very bad "if I have to work this way every day for the next X years until they fix it, I'll go totally mad" feeling.

      The job of running this project is not to hold it back, it's to maintain and improve it. If you say no to things out of stubborn personal preference you're not doing your job: You're getting in the way of people who want to do the work.

      I feel the same way about this fork as I do about x11.org. It was a long time coming.
      • The problem is this feature of open source projects that everything has to go through some dictator before it goes to the users. The users should be decided which features and good and which features are bad. By that I mean that forks like this should be encouraged and users should actually support the software they choose so the best software has more resources.
    • by SiliconEntity (448450) * on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:15PM (#12161222)
      ...because 'Gimp is not Photoshop'.

      Shouldn't that be 'GIMP Is Mot Photoshop'?
  • by Motherfucking Shit (636021) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:42PM (#12160962) Journal
    two-way
    high-sped communication
    Is that where one of the parties is on Ritalin and the other one is on Adderall? I'd hate to have to keep up with that conversation.
  • by Future Man 3000 (706329) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:44PM (#12160978) Homepage
    Most of these problems are old ones, and the people you (may have) voted in last time have had ample time to make sure enough voting machines were out and triple check the felon lists.

    The fact of the matter is that neither side really seems to care about fixing the system when they are in power. Perhaps they feel they have more important things to do than perserve voting integrity, but each side seems to gloat when it looks like the other is getting the short end of the stick.

    It does not serve democracy to prop up this failed process; it doesn't even really serve the candidates. All it does is turn something that should represent the will of the electorate into an elaborate game of legal manipulation and shenanagans, and the only way to stop it is to have overwhelming and incontestible voting returns in 2006 for the Rastafarian candidates. Thank you.

  • Sloppy reporting (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @07:46PM (#12160983)

    I started reading the Washington Post story about the cop killer, and everything seemed fine until one paragraph stuck out like a sore thumb:

    His eyes are not a madman's eyes, but they look dilated, nothing but pupils, and when he turns to face you, he stares. In the antebellum courthouse, surrounded by sheriff's deputies, the stare is merely awkward. Imagine, though, those black eyes at night, with him holding a gun.

    What the fuck is that doing in a newspaper? It's the newspaper's job to report the facts, not demonise him. Is this what passes for journalism in the USA these days?

    • No, I'm Sloppy reporting. You must be new here.

      Seriously, though, it's pretty weird that some editor didn't notice that paragraph. Imagine those black eyes at night, looking at a computer screen.

    • Re:Sloppy reporting (Score:5, Informative)

      by murphj (321112) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:33PM (#12161393) Homepage
      By William Booth
      Washington Post Staff Writer
      Monday, April 4, 2005; Page C01

      Section C in the Post is the Style section. This is a feature story, not a news story. Feature stories frequently contain prose like that. It would not have appeared in a story in the A section.
    • His eyes are not a madman's eyes, but they look dilated, nothing but pupils, and when he turns to face you, he stares. In the antebellum courthouse, surrounded by sheriff's deputies, the stare is merely awkward. Imagine, though, those black eyes at night, with him holding a gun.

      I dunno, it gets even scarier without the eyes...

      His eyes are not a madman's eyes, for you see, they have been plucked out, and when he turns to face you, he can not stare. In the antebellum courthouse, surrounded by sheriff's dep
  • by marcushnk (90744) <senectus@noSpaM.gmail.com> on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:05PM (#12161141) Journal
    Slashback is back after a long absence being devoured by gnomes.
    Lucky you don't use KDE.. Otherwise it'd be Dragons... 0.o
  • What the.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by StikyPad (445176) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:07PM (#12161160) Homepage
    5 minutes ago:
    Slashback: Electioneering, Blimps, Shuffling
    Posted by pudge on Thursday April 07, @10:20AM
    from the like-a-rolling-stone dept.

    Now:
    Slashback: Electioneering, Blimps, Shuffling
    Posted by timothy [monkey.org] on Thursday April 07, @10:20AM
    from the like-a-rolling-stone dept.

    Who is this mysterious pudge? And why was he quickly and quietly removed as the author?
  • Pudge, Get Over It (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Doc Ruby (173196) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:08PM (#12161167) Homepage Journal
    When Pudge returns for a SlashBack, only the "Republicans wronged" phase of the contested WA governor election gets press. When their candidate was ahead by a statistically identical margin, after the first count, Pudge didn't seem to care how small it was. Even though the Republican margin, 46 votes out of 2.9 million, 3x smaler than this Democrat's final "small margin". And all the Republican rhetoric was "it's over, we won", and "Democrat crybabies just get over it". Especially poignant was the Republican candidate's public speeches demanding the Democrat stop the challenge, for "the good of the state". Now that it's months later, the good of the state demands a Republican challenge. Apparently, the good of the state of Washington originally demanded that hundreds of Seattle (Democratic) absentee ballots be rejected, including that of Seattle Councilman Larry Phillips [nwsource.com]. Isn't Pudge just a Republican partisan hack, sliding promotion of his side's weaselly campaign into the first story of a SlashBack peppered with other news of broad appeal?
  • by ptbarnett (159784) * on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @08:22PM (#12161293)
    "On March 30th, Slashdot reported on the FBI request for the logs of several radical-leaning sites. The Washington Post has an article about the man who was responsible for the posts which resulted in the FBI request. He claimed to have killed a cop in several forum posts."

    The Washington Post article was about a murder committed in November, 2002. The subsequent postings were six days later. The FBI is likely to have been disappointed if they just now made requests for server logs, after two years have elapsed.

    I remember this particular incident, because I got a call from the FBI about it. The perpetrator sent his "manifesto" to an email address associated with a website I no longer maintain, apparently from an outdated list. The address got so much spam that I was simply using incoming messages to train SpamAssassin's Bayesian filter, then dumped them into the bit-bucket.

    But, someone else forwarded it to the FBI (as I would have done, if I actually received it). Since my contact info was available for my domain name, I got a call from an agent who was trying to find any link between the recipients and the sender.

  • The slashdot blurb is quite misleading. If you RTFA, you notice that not only did he "claim to kill a cop", but made a specific reference to a specific murder of a specific cop. (Who actually was killed).
    Now, whoever posts info in internet forums admitting he committed a specific murder, with details, is so stupid that he probably deserves what he'll get.
    • Mickel is someone that believes that only through blood can Freedom be obtained. He believes that there is serious problems with the government and Corporations. Something that a lot of slashdotters rant about.

      While I don't think killing a cop was the right thing to do, nor should Mickel be demonized for waging a revolution.
  • ... but I didn't shoot no deputy.
    Oh no, oh
    I shot the sheriff, but I didn't post anonymously
    Ooh, ooh, ooh Yeah

    All around in my BBS
    They're tryin' to track me down, yeah
    They say they want to bring me in guilty
    For the killing of a deputy, for the life of a deputy
    But I say, oh, now, now...

    - Bob Marley

    Oh no, the FBI will be after Slashdot now!
  • by Zangief (461457) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @09:23PM (#12161776) Homepage Journal
    I thought slashback was absorbed into the whole dupe system...
  • by Antony-Kyre (807195) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @09:31PM (#12161874)
    If we don't fix the problems and have a fresh race among all the candidates eligible, then this will drag on and on for the four year duration.

    At the very least, we should have another election this November, but it shouldn't be a run-off. It should be among all the candidates eligible last time, otherwise it's unfair cause it's changing the rules. If we want a run-off between the top two, then we'd have to hold a primary and have those two go on, or in other words, two more elections. I stick by what I say. I hope someone can back me up.
  • by SeaFox (739806) on Wednesday April 06, 2005 @09:58PM (#12162118)
    Slashback is back after a long absence being devoured by gnomes.

    So will there be a Kslashback to fill in?
  • by mrosgood (105043) on Thursday April 07, 2005 @07:05AM (#12164135) Homepage
    Washington State Republicans, passing over dollars to pick up pennies.

    Evidence Of Election Irregularities In Snohomish County, Washington, General Election, 200 [votersunite.org]

    This is only about winning, at any cost. If the GOP was actually concerned about fraud, they'd insist that electronic voting machine vendors like Sequoia open up their boxes for independent inspection. As it is today, the contracts stipulate that vote counting is a trade secret.

    That's just lovely.

  • iCopulate (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Lord Byron II (671689) on Thursday April 07, 2005 @09:40AM (#12165272)
    The iCopulate really exists!!

    http://www.luxpro-corp.com/e_sc01.htm [luxpro-corp.com]

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