If elections are publicly financed, then how does a candidate without name recognition bootstrap?
And if the answer is "everyone gets equal financial support," then what prevents 1000 candidates from running?
Teppy (105859) writes "Since founding eGenesis in 1998 I've been the lead designer of A Tale in the Desert. Though ATITD never attracted a huge playerbase, it still has fiercely loyal fans, and proved that MMORPGs could be about things other than combat. About 3 years ago I decided to create another MMORPG, again without combat, and this time focusing on real-money gambling. In Dragon's Tale you level your character by completing gambling quests; as your level increases, new areas of the game can be explored, and new types of wagers become possible.
As you gain levels you can mentor new players, capturing a percentage of their gambling. You can create gambling events for others to play, putting up prizes and even charging entrance fees. You can gamble your way to political office, becoming governor of an island, and exercising the powers that go with the office.
I've made every game in Dragon's Tale unique: There is not a single slot machine or blackjack table to be found. But you can tip cows for money, run monkeys through mazes, feed ducks, go fishing, drink, smoke, 60+ different games in all, and new ones are being added all the time. Sort of a Disneyland for gamblers.
We're going to Beta on Friday, 12:00 Noon EDT with native clients for Linux, Windows and OSX." Link to Original Source
Yeah, how much? I'd bet my time is worth far more than the ad revenue they get from me. For instance, Super Bowl ads this year averaged $4M/minute to reach an audience of 111M viewers. So that's $4.34/hour/viewer. For the Super Bowl.
So let's assume the cat-video-watching audience is worth more than the Super Bowl watching audience. For my $2/month subscription I'd be able to skip 25 minutes of solid ads. Again, no-brainer, at least for me.
Sabbetus (2457652) writes "Namecheap announced that they are now accepting Bitcoin. Namecheap is the largest domain registrar to accept bitcoins to this date. They have been fighting tirelessly for Internet freedom for years and their support for Bitcoin makes sense in that context. They even went as far as to put Bitcoin as the #1 payment method. Bitcoin is getting a lot of buzz right now, Kim Dotcom said yesterday that he would like to create a Bitcoin credit card called Megacard. Bitcoin market price broke through $40 after these announcements."
An anonymous reader writes "A novel graphene-based electrode, produced with a standard LightScribe DVD optical drive, ends the search for an optimal electrochemical capacitor. The discovery could pave the way for a new class of flexible energy-storage devices. “We have tested the device for over 10,000 charge/discharge cycles, and the device maintains about 97 percent of its performance,” El-Kady said. “This contrasts with a lifetime of less than 1000 cycles for conventional rechargeable batteries.” The team also tested the device’s shelf life over four months and discovered that there was no sign of decrease in performance." Link to Original Source
I just got a Solo Wheel - it's harder to learn than you'd expect by looking at the videos (way, WAY harder than learning to ride a Segway, which was pretty much instantaneous for me.) But it's an absolute blast once you do learn, and the one nice day that I've ridden around in public, I had dozens of strangers coming up to me and asking all sorts of questions.
I really want one of the RYNO Motors gadgets next - planning to ride one of those all over Burning Man.
And this thing looks like a blast as well, but those treads look dangerous as hell!
I would like any food prepared in a plant that is reputed to be haunted (built on a burial ground, or had any particularly gristly deaths on premises,) to be labeled as such. There's no harm in doing so, and that way I can at least make an informed decision whether to put that into my body.
http://betsofbitco.in/ has no restrictions on location. They're probably totally legal here as well, because except for sports gambling, and futures markets specifically, there are no US federal laws prohibiting gambling. Several laws (The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, The Federal Wire Wager Act, 18 U.S.C. 1084) prohibit the transfer of funds by wire for purposes of gambling, but gambling itself is only regulated at the state level (with the two specific exemptions above.)