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Comment Re:IT? Hello? Anyone know anything about IT? (Score 1) 578

Thanks. That's sounds about right. It does seem odd, however, that with almost unlimited campaign funds Romney could not have automated the "perfect list" strategy that Lincoln described in 1840:

Make a perfect list of the voters and ascertain with certainty for
whom they will vote... Keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters and have
them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence... On Election
Day see that every Whig is brought to the polls.

Comment IT? Hello? Anyone know anything about IT? (Score 1) 578

In my first campaign, we selected voter households for GOTV by hand-sorting punch-cards and then having the computer guy make a tape and run out labels and precinct lists with shared (actually bootleg) time on a bank mainframe and a line printer.

So, all due respect, I know more about campaigns and elections after 38 of them than most slashdot posters. I also know that some of you hate the GOP and some of you return the sentiment with interest.

But I know next to nothing about network computing except as a consumer. Any chance of redirecting this conversation from what I know about to what you know about?

What was the deal with Romney's data processing? Were those management problems created by marketing/management guys like me, or were they technical fuckups by the IT guys? And what lessons can future campaign managers learn?

Comment Hobbies (Score 1) 331

The Apple I and II were designed strictly on a hobby, for-fun basis, not to be a product for a company. They were meant to bring down to the club and put on the table during the random access period and demonstrate: Look at this, it uses very few chips. It's got a video screen. You can type stuff on it.

Stephen Wozniak on the Homebrew Computer Club

Comment Bertrand Russell did it (Score 1) 99

"Having, by a time of very intense concentration, planted the problem in my sub-consciousness, it would germinate underground until, suddenly, the solution emerged with blinding clarity, so that it only remained to write down what had appeared as if in a revelation."

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