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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Friday May 24, 2002
09:48 AM

Using open source in government

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I've just come up with a wonderful idea to revolutionize the United States government with open source software. No, I'm not proposing a law like the guy from Peru (although that's a nice idea, too). My idea is that both houses of Congress set up a publicly accessible slash site. Imagine: new bill is introduced in the Senate, it's immediately posted on, the country gets to debate it, some Senators actually listen to our opinions.

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  • That's a good idea. Each critter could have his own section for his constituency.

    (I also like any idea that sells 535 more copies, oh yes.)

  • I have a horrid feeling that your idea would merely recapitulate the worse properties of Slashdot and talk radio. People do not want to debate ideas -- they want to shout their opinion and swat down other people's. Have a look at CNN's chatrooms some time; it's appalling.
    • Yes, but the nice thing is that the moderation system tends (only TENDS, mind you! I'm not saying it's perfect) to put forward the best arguments. In a country that's as split as the U.S. (judging by the past election), there should be a sufficient number of people on "both" sides that folks who, like me, browse at +4 would get to see the best arguments for their side as well as the other.

      Yeah, it's not the best idea in the world, but as I've said before, Slash fits very well with the way I think, and I

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers