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+ - Amateur Mayday.US dev is crowdfunding code school & paying it forward.

Funksaw writes: Last year I was an amateur programmer who put together the first version of Lawrence Lessig’s Mayday PAC website. Now, I’m planning on attending a coding “boot-camp” to jump-start my programming career.

I’m using crowdfunding to raise the money for tuition at SendThisGuyToCodeCamp.com. I know I’m asking for a big favor from complete strangers, but I’ve also pledged to pay forward any funds I receive out of my first year’s salary as a programmer to a scholarship fund to send someone else to code camp. Furthermore, I plan to give 100 hours of pro-bono professional development work to groups fighting to reform our broken political system. And (recursively) the scholarship recipients must pledge to do the same, meaning that your donation will go on to help dozens or hundreds. Check out the video for more details.

+ - Lessig will be at June 4th Seattle Premiere of "Killswitch"

Funksaw writes: Lawrence Lessig will be speaking alongside Marianne Williamson at the Seattle premiere of "Killswitch: The Battle to Control the Internet" and the following reception.

Tickets are $15 for the movie and reception, and every dollar of those funds will be used to support the work of the New Hampshire Rebellion (which Lessig founded) to reduce the corrupting influence of money in American politics.

+ - Lessig's MAYDAY PAC launches online call tool in time for NH Sen. Primary->

Funksaw writes: Lawrence Lessig's anti-corruption Mayday PAC has just launched a online tool where supporters of campaign finance reform across the nation can call voters on the phone and urge them to come to the polls and vote for reform. It's first test is this Tuesday, September 9th.

Mayday PAC is entering it's toughest race of this election cycle — supporting pro-campaign finance reform Senatorial candidate Jim Rubens in the Republican Primary against former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown.

It's an important race because Rubens is the only Republican senatorial candidate in the nation to make campaign finance reform an issue front and center in his campaign (a position that 70% of Republicans support). Mayday PAC wants to send a message that this issue can mobilize not just Democratic voters, but Republican and Republican-Libertarian voters as well.

Anyone can head to http://call.mayday.us, and the online tool will allow them to use their own phone to connect to critical New Hampshire voters.

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+ - "The Internet Has A SuperPAC," says Steve Wozniak, about Lessig's Mayday.US->

Funksaw writes: Steve Wozniak, co-found of Apple computer, has come out to endorse Lawrence Lessig's MAYDAY PAC in an animated audio recording.

Mayday.US, formerly "MayOne.US," is Lessig's crowd-funded (citizen-funded!), kick-started Super PAC to end all Super PACs.

In the video, Wozniak points out that we're never going to get anywhere on issues important to the Internet community and technology advocates if we don't fix the root cause of corruption. The video can be found at the Mayday PAC's new landing page, "theInternetHasASuperPAC.com"

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+ - Why tech activists must become campaign finance reform activists->

Funksaw writes: In a blog post called: 'Why we in tech must support Lawrence Lessig', former Twitter engineer Nathan Marz makes the argument that technological issues, such as net neutrality, broadband monopolies, and extended copyrights, can't be addressed until campaign finance reforms are enacted, and that initiatives such as Lawrence Lessig's Mayday PAC need to be supported. FTA:

This issue is so important and touches so many aspects of our society that I believe it's our duty as citizens to fight for change any way we can. We have to support people who are working day and night on this, who have excellent ideas on how to achieve reform.

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+ - Lessig's will speak in Manchester, NH tomorrow on Rootstriker issues.->

Funksaw writes: Prof. Lawrence Lessig, co-founder of Creative Commons, continues his 185 mile walk across the state of New Hampshire. The walk, called the "New Hampshire Rebellion" is intended to make reforming systemic corruption in the way elections are funded the First Issue of the 2016 elections. In the penultimate event of the trip, Lessig will be speaking with a Q&A panel in Manchester, NH at The New Hampshire Institute of Politics Auditorium on Wednesday, at 6:00 PM. The public is invited.
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+ - Animated Infographic about Lessig's New Hampshire Rebellion & Corruption->

Funksaw writes: Lawrence Lessig, former EFF board member, chair of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, founder of the Center for Internet and Society, founding board member of Creative Commons, and former board member of the Free Software Foundation is taking on a new project — walking across New Hampshire.

The idea is to raise awareness of the massive amount of political corruption in the American democratic system, and make it the #1 issue in New Hampshire in time for the 2016 Presidential Primaries. This three-minute video (from the guy who did the Windows 8 and Data Caps animations) explains the project, called the New Hampshire Rebellion, in cartoon form.

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+ - Why We Need Election Reform->

Funksaw writes: "Geek for State Rep," Slashdotter Brian Boyko writes an op-ed about a topic that most don't consider: Election Reform. Most people in the U.S. literally do not know that election reform options exist — certainly not most politicians. Currently, all voting in the U.S. on the State and Federal level is "winner-take-all," a system that wastes more than half — a majority — of all the votes wasted. This has enabled gerrymandering of such a degree that in some states, it takes three times as many votes to elect a Democrat as a Republican (and in other states, vice versa.)

Boyko is pushing for "Single Transferable Vote," a type of choice-voting system. The ballot is similar to Instant Runoff Voting but the similarities end there, with "STV" producing a far more proportional result. It makes every vote count, makes states gerrymander-proof, and provides better representation for women and minorities. Why isn't anyone talking about it?

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+ - Why Are Some Hell-Bent on Intelligent Design?->

Funksaw writes: An Op-Ed by first-time politician, long-time Slashdotter Brian Boyko, where he talks about his experiences testifying at the Texas Board of Education in favor of actually having real science in science textbooks. But beyond that, he also tries to examine, philosophically, why there is such hardened resistance to the idea of evolution in Texas.

From the article:

[W]hat is true is that evolution tests faith. The fact of evolution is incontrovertible and supported by mounds of empirical evidence. Faith, on the other hand, is fragile. It is supported only by the strength of human will. And this is where it gets tricky. Because to many believers, faith, not works, is the only guarantee that one can pass God’s litmus test and gain access to His divine kingdom. To lose one’s faith is to literally damn oneself. So tests to that faith must be avoided at all costs. Better to be a philosophical coward than a theological failure.

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+ - Why you can't play Texas Holdem in Texas->

Funksaw writes: The follow up to "How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas," Brian Boyko (candidate for State Rep in Texas) continues with another Op-Ed, this time, "Why you can’t play Texas Holdem in Texas." From the article:

...The tenth highest contributor to political campaigns in Texas was the Chickasaw Nation, which gave $830,000 to Texas state-level candidates and elected officials... [and the] Chickasaw Nation is also the #1 contributor to campaigns in state races in Oklahoma. But the Chickasaw nation gave only $398,100 to candidates and elected officials in Oklahoma, where they’re based. They gave more than twice as much money to Texas candidates and elected officials, even though they don’t operate a business there.

The Chickasaw Nation has a vested interest in keeping poker illegal in Texas. The Chickasaw nation gave $830,000 to Texas politicians. Poker is currently illegal in Texas.

My “common sense” is tingling.

It would be easy for me to insinuate that this is a problem of ... the Texas Republicans. But I can’t. First, the Chickasaw nation gives money to almost every state-level official in Texas, including moderate Republicans and Democrats I know to be great, upstanding people.

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+ - How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors from Texas->

Funksaw writes: In a political op-ed on his blog, long time Slashdot reader and contributor Brian Boyko (the guy who did that animated Windows 8 video) — now a candidate for state representative — explains how lobbyists from car dealerships successfully banned Tesla Motors from selling cars in Texas. From the Article:

Tesla Motors doesn't just present a case study of why a lack of campaign finance reform blocks meaningful reform on the issues that Democrats care about, like climate change and health care. A lack of campaign finance reform blocks reforms on both the Left and the Right. Here’s the big elephant in the room I'd like to point out to all the “elephants” in the room: With a Republican-controlled legislature, a Republican executive, and many conservatives in our judiciary, why the hell don’t we have free markets in Texas? Isn't it the very core of economic-conservative theory that the invisible hand of the free market determines who gets what resources? Doesn't the free market have the ability to direct resources to where they can most efficiently be used? I’m not saying the conservatives are right in these assumptions; but I am saying that our broken campaign finance system makes a mockery of them.

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+ - The 1040 as Web Application, Examined.->

Funksaw writes: It's Tax Day in America, and procrastinators are ruing the fact that lobbying by Intuit and H&R Block, among others, have prevented the U.S. from providing a pre-compiled tax return for them via the Web. Oh, if it wasn't for those meddling lobbyists! But what exactly would such a build entail? 124,892,051 taxpayers multiplied by 1165 different forms is one hell of a massive database. Maybe it's not a matter of political will,but of hard technical problems in big data.
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+ - An animated examination on Why Data Caps Suck->

Funksaw writes: "Brian Boyko at Blogphilo.com (the guy who made that animated Windows 8 review) has put out an animation of why, exactly, mobile and broadband data caps suck. Not only going into why data caps stifle innovation and communication, but also looking into the reasons that broadband providers say they institute caps, and the reason that broadband providers actually institute caps. Some of the technical material has been oversimplified to appeal to a broader audience and to keep the running time under 12 minutes, but hopefully you'll find it entertaining. Or at the very least, you'll have fun debating in the comments about how badly Boyko screws up the technical details."
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Comment: Re:Not again... (Score 1) 1110 1110

As it turns out, this account was my personal account made back in the 1990s. But in 2006, I took a job with NetQoS, and created a new account, boyko.at.netqos - to submit stories to slashdot (Basically, I wanted to make sure that Slashdot's editors knew my affiliations). When NetQoS was bought out by CA, I left the company, and left the account. So that's why you don't see a lot of activity on this account.

You're using a keyboard! How quaint!