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Bye-bye Salon [30 Sep 2004|02:31pm]
I'm frustrated enough to drop Salon.com from my daily RSS feeds.

Their click-ad-for-free-day-pass thing requires flash and god knows
what else in order to work. I'm sure I could make it happen with
Firefox, but with my hiptop and also with the text browser that I often
use to read news stories, it's not happening.

Too bad. It's disappointing when people allow technology to become an
obstacle to reaching their audience.

Nice of them to make an attempt to offer a "free" way to access their
content I guess.
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Play by the rules [30 Sep 2004|03:01pm]
Slashdot readers have already seen this, but make sure you check out
the rules
for the upcoming "debates" (that's a PDF).

I wanted to post some excerpts, but there are just too many. Just
read it.

Some quick interesting things in case you don't have time:

  • The candidates can't ask questions of each other.

  • In the debates with audience participation, there will be an
    exactly equal number of "soft" Bush and "soft" Kerry supporters in the
    audience, as determined by Gallup. 2-party system, 2-party

  • The candidate's asses cannot be shown.

  • In all the non-town-hall debates, each party gets 1/3rd of the
    tickets to give out. So, only 1/3rd of the people in the audience
    will not have been directly hand-selected in a partisan manner.

  • Each candidate gets about 30 press passes to hand out. I did not
    realize that access to a pool of press passes was actually controlled
    by the campaigns. Free press?

I'm not sure I'll be able to watch, but I'll probably try.
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