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Comment I have voted in every election possible... (Score 1) 401

...since I was eligible to vote. I was discussing the current state of political affairs with my mother this weekend and told her that I would be voting on Tuesday, but for the first time in my life I felt as though my vote wont make a difference at all. In my state (Maryland), if I vote for the Democratic candidates it's the status quo. If i vote for the Republican candidates it's the equivalent of thumbing my nose at the Democrats. If I vote for the third party (Libertarian) candidate it's just pulling votes away from one of the two candidates who will end up winning. If I write in a candidate, I'm throwing my vote away.

I feel very sad about this. It really is a shame.

Comment Consider binoculars? (Score 2) 187

I wanted to get something that my daughter and I could use to view the moon with but didn't want to spend a large amount of money in the event that she was not interested. I also wanted something that was easy to set up and portable (we live in the suburbs between two major cities, so to get a decent dark sky we need to drive a couple of hours). After doing some research I decided to go with the Celestron SkyMaster 15x70.

These have several advantages:
- They're very portable and compact
- They can be mounted on a tripod
- They can be used for non-astronomical viewing
- It's only a $60 investment

Ultimately for us, it was the best of both worlds.

Comment How does this compare to Switzerland? (Score 1) 1040

Interestingly enough, the Swiss voted against creating a ~$25 (Ã18) minimum wage. Their reasoning? It's not enough. From the article:

While there is no formal minimum wage, median income in Switzerland is $37 an hour and 90 percent of Swiss make more than the proposed minimum wage. Switzerland has a 3.2 percent unemployment rate, the second lowest in Europe behind Liechtenstein.

Seems like we could learn something.

Comment Re:Can someone explain (Score 1) 418

Is a green Private an official representative of the US Army? Is the guy working the cash register an official representative of McDonalds? Just because someone is a representative of an organization does not mean that individual is in a position to make policy decisions for said organization. The customer service rep in this case was wrong and should be corrected and (if required) disciplined, but to report it as news/fact without first seeking official comment from the appropriate individuals is irresponsible.

Submission + - Contacting Slashdot with a Question

IsoQuantic writes: The daily email summary from Slashdot comes with short blurbs of the entries. The entries themselves are hyperlinked. That said, the hyperlinks take me directly to the web site. Why not have these hyperlinks directed to the short blurbs in the email content itself so I do not have to leave my email just to see the context of the story?

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