I think someone could make a large sum of money and/or increase the level of democracy by creating an online game to simulate the 2008 US Election.
You'd create an online gaming environment that might be similar to the World of Warcraft.
Basic game play would have users acting as regular Americans, however their goal would be to support the political party and actors of their choice. Thus for instance, you might have people trying to persuade swing voters, raise money, engage in dirty tricks, form an interest group, work within a party, or other activities.
I think a lot of value would come from following the actual electoral calendar, but preceding major events by a couple days. For instance, you would hold an online version of every primary a couple days before they happenned in real life. You could have real debates with user-submitted questions broadcasted in real-time audio (and even video). After all the real goal of this software is that you'd be influencing the real political process, by engaging people in the political process online - it would influence their off-line actions.
Written 41 years ago, this song is all-too-relevant to the War on Iraq and Bush's foreign policy.
We Seek No Wider War
By Phil Ochs
Over the ashes of blood marched the civilized soldiers,
over the ruins of the French fortress of a failure
over the silent screams of the dead and the dying
saying please be reassured, we seek no wider war.
The treaties were signed, the country was split into sections
but growing numbers of prisons were built for protection
rapidly filling with people who called for elections
But please be reassured, we seek no wider war.
Ngo Dinh Diem was the puppet who danced for the power
I have a problem with my computer where when I try to load Internet Explorer about half the time it will just sit around and do nothing for 10-20 minutes (while the CPU load on my computer is around 0-1%), before loading it.
I have DSL connected, no problems with the connection, and am using Windows XP Service Pack II. Other browsers work fine.
I'm not so much annoyed about losing Internet Explorer as the fact that this problem affects other programs too. For instance, I cannot use add/remove programs from control panel, services.msc, or paradoxically Civilization 4.
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I upgraded the blog to drupal 4.6.5. Kind of bumpy, but after giving me a bad scare, it looks ok and only took 1 hour or so.
Apparently the red X is the leading choice for the delete button. On a Google small image search for "delete" it is two to three times more popular. X's that aren't red are also popular, as is writing out the word "delete".
So I'll be switching from a trash can to a red x on this site. I'm a sucker for trends.
One difficult issue is whether to have a red x on a white background, or a white x on a red background.
CampusActivism.org is narrowcasting. We're targetting activists and potential activists with a reasonably simple interface. No fluff. Or at least that's the goal. You can judge for yourself whether the upcoming addition of Google Maps is fluff or a serious function.
By contrast, sites like MySpace/Friendster/TagWorld/etc are trying to not just fill your needs, but to create totally new needs that are generally viewed by both observers and participants as a "Big Waste of Time".
These commercial sites overload you with their music, videos, large images, slow load times, chaotic layout, advertizing - and people love it. Addmittedly the people who love it are young (there is a massive drop-off in users that starts around age 21-23) and have less responsibility and more free time on their hands than older people.
Canadian election is today. You cannot get the results on the internet until everyone has finished voting (7pm EST), however people in Newfoundland finish voting 3 hours before.
6160 khz, shortwave, relays Newfoundland news and is covering the election. Unfortunately they have serious interference from 6165khz, so you need a good radio and to listen to it in LSB mode (ECSS - enhanced carrier selective sideband) or perhaps in AM with a really selective bandwidth with tight curves.
So far I've heard the Liberals are ahead in 4 seats, Conservatives in 2, and 1 didn't have results. But that's about all I can make out on my Sangean 909a due to 6165's interference.
CampusActivism.org has content that we want distributed. We have several humble RSS feeds. Our upcoming events and new resources are the most popular, however neither is widely used.
So I was wondering how to publicize our feeds using the power of social networking tools like MySpace/Friendster. My belief is that it might be easier to piggy-back on top of social networks, instead of trying to create our own. Creating a network of 10-100 million users would take a lot of CPU power, outreach, and time. At the most basic level, we could encourage people to link from their campusactivism.org user profile to their friendster/myspace one.
I am the volunteer tech support person for the Student Environmental Action Coalition. I try to run the tech aspect of the organization for as close to zero cost as possible. Thus we have a network cobbled together with people's hotshot personal computers (1.7 Ghz and better, running XP, 265-1028mb RAM) and older donated computers (windows 98 and 64-256mb ram).
As the old windows 98 computers start making too many funny noises, and drag, it eventually becomes worthwhile to replace them.
Thus I did some research on how to buy a cheap computer.
My findings: if you want a legitimate version of XP, I suspect the cheapest legal way to get it and a decent computer is to buy a used computer -- probably EBAY is your best best. Windows XP costs $100 and is often "worth" significantly more than the computers being sold. You can probably get a decent used computer on Ebay for $150 with XP. Speed doesn't seem to be as important as having enough ram (256mb is good, 512mb is great).