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Comment: Re:Rather shaky "proof"... (Score 1) 3

by unwastaken (#41796571) Attached to: Ex-NSA Analyst says US Elections Rigged Electronically

So, Republicans have been getting 8-10% more votes in larger districts than in smaller ones in Arizona -- that's proof? Only in wishful thinking of "progressives".

Not only in Arizona, no. He started his research in Arizona, and eventually learned that this is happening across the country. Obviously you did not RTFA (Or not well). And there should be no correlation between district size and voting results. For example, large cities often have a mix of large and small voting districts that are right next to each other, with very similar demographics.

+ - Ex-NSA Analyst says US Elections Rigged Electronically-> 3

Submitted by unwastaken
unwastaken (1586569) writes "Retired NSA analyst Michael Duniho has worked for nearly seven years trying to understand voting anomalies in his home state of Arizona and Pima County. When Duniho applied a mathematical model to voting results, he saw that only the large precincts suddenly trended towards Mitt Romney in the Arizona primary – and indeed all Republicans in every election since 2008 – by a factor of 8%-10%. And mathematics showed changes in actual raw voting data that had no statistical correlation other than programmable computer fraud. But the analysis indicated that this only happens in larger precincts because anomalies in small precincts can be more easily detected."
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Comment: Re:How Difficult Is It Really? (Score 2) 198

by unwastaken (#40494145) Attached to: 7,000 Irish e-Voting Machines To Be Scrapped

Yes. What you're missing is that the people making them/buying them didn't want secure machines. They wanted something they could tamper with.

I still have enough faith in humanity left to blame it on stupidity, ignorance, carelessness and greed.

Read this and then tell me whether you still feel like that.

Comment: On the dangers of voting machines (Score 5, Informative) 245

Submitted this related article to Slashdot a few months ago. Bev Harris looked into this as well.

To sum up the above link: An interesting phenomenon has occurred in every state of this year's Republican primaries. Votes appear to be flipped away from other candidates in favor of Romney, with a 99% correlation to precinct size. Although votes are "canvassed" (checked) after each primary, the methods used are primarily designed to detect vote stuffing, rather than vote flipping.

This phenomenon has recently been shown to be absent if you can get your hands on poll tapes from individual machines, rather than from voting tabulators (machines that count the totals from the various voting machines).

Voting machines are just scary stuff. More so since poll tapes are not always made readily available. Thankfully, a bill was recently introduced that would require poll tapes from individual machines (not just tabulators) to be made available by the next day following an election.

+ - Evidence of Vote Flipping in GOP Primary-> 2

Submitted by unwastaken
unwastaken (1586569) writes "Algorithmic vote flipping can perhaps now be added to the list of troubles during the GOP primaries. Statistical analyses have appeared showing that vote manipulation may be occurring. The models used paint a rather compelling picture that the primaries are being manipulated for a predetermined outcome — Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate. The original analysis was based on South Carolina. Votes there were counted by Spain-based Scytl, who acquired technology from Diebold. There is even a source forge project that helps organize the data. Slashdot has talked about the possibility of this happening before."
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+ - US Mobile Carriers Won't Brick Stolen Phones->

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WheezyJoe writes "NBC News has some wicked disturbing security video of people getting beat up... over their smart phones. And it's on the rise. Police Chiefs like D.C.'s Cathy Lanier are asking US mobile carriers to brick phones that are reported stolen to dry up what must be a big underground market for your favorite Android or iPhone, but right now they won't do it. So I suppose we're best leaving our mobile phones at home?"
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Comment: Re:Dying from lack of surprise... (Score 1) 765

by unwastaken (#38901075) Attached to: White House Refuses To Comment On Petition To Investigate Chris Dodd
The first two issues here are clearly local government, while the third may be a state OR federal government issue. However, in my experience, when people talk about "the government" they are usually referring to the federal government. I would imagine that was the case here.

Furthermore, I suspect that he was being slightly hyperbolic when he said "always" making it worse. Few libertarians argue that all government is completely bad. The (federal!) government could get FAR smaller without cutting off basic services.

Comment: Re:8000 miles = Close shave (Score 5, Funny) 183

by unwastaken (#36574026) Attached to: Asteroid To Pass Near Earth On Monday

So the same as our tactical nukes ~ 750 KT, enough to wipe out Manhattan. Perhaps statistically the chance of hitting a major city is low, but if it does hit a city, it would be tragic and the stats would no longer matter. Even if it was a 1 in a billion chance, I'd be all for spending a trillion dollars trying to nuke it out of existence.

You work for the TSA, don't you?

Comment: Re:Nostalgia (Score 1) 98

by unwastaken (#35276178) Attached to: <em>The Legend of Zelda</em> Turns 25
The year we got our NES for Christmas, we ended up opening Zelda before the system. We were so upset that Santa didn't realize we had a 2600 and not an NES. Obviously it was a big deal when we did unwrap the actual system.

Then we played Zelda all night. My sister couldn't stay in the same room. The dungeon music made her so nervous she had to go to the bathroom!

When I got the GB version I was so excited I was shaking in the car outside the video game store. Definitely my favorite franchise ever.

Comment: Re:Training for the future (Score 1) 515

by unwastaken (#35243876) Attached to: Kids Who Skip School Get Tracked By GPS

This, like so many other school programs, is an egregious violation of the students' rights.

Not so. Most parents would happily sign a release if it meant not having to go through truancy charges.

You seem to be ignoring the fact that truancy charges themselves are a violation of an individual's right to raise his own children. Guess they already got to you!

Comment: Re:Is it me (Score 1) 479

by unwastaken (#35133650) Attached to: Wikileaks' Assange Begins Extradition Battle

Is it me or this guy gets all the attention that should instead be devoted to the leaks' content? I bet most people following assange' ascention to stardom don't even read wikileaks.

I don't think of that as being a bad thing. The leaks in general draw attention to the US's abuse of power, but so do the US's (open) actions and statements regarding Assange and Manning.

+ - Magnetic brain stimulation makes learning easier->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a technology that temporarily activates – or inactivates – parts of the brain using magnetic stimulation. Its ability to selectively turn areas of the brain on or off allows the functions and interconnections of the brain to by studied in a noninvasive and painless manner. Now researchers have shown that the technology can be used to enable rats to learn more easily. While smarter rats probably aren’t high on anyone’s wish list, the technology shows potential for allowing TMS to better treat a variety of brain disorders and diseases in humans, such as severe depression and schizophrenia."
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