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theodp writes: "We are excited to announce that and Hackers/Founders are joining forces to host the 'DEBUG DC' Growthathon on June 21st & June 22nd," reads the blog over at, the PAC whose Founders and Major Contributors include current and former CEOs from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn. "This is a unique opportunity to push the envelope in online advocacy for immigration reform." The blog entry explains, "The machine of government is wedged, and is in desperate need of debugging. How do we DEBUG DC? Step One: Target critical legislative districts. Step Two: Data mine these districts to find registered voters who are registered Republicans who we think are likely to support immigration reform. Step Three: Growth hack ways to motivate these people to effectively engage their legislators to tell them they want them to call for a vote on immigration reform. Step Four: Measure results. Step Five: Iterate." The Eventbrite invitation for the event includes a call for Data Scientists who are "pissed off about immigration and want to fix it," are "well versed in statistics and data analysis," and can "infer voter sentiment from sparse data." So, how does this jibe with the outrage expressed by the supporters' companies over unauthorized government surveillance?
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  • by iggymanz ( 596061 ) on Friday June 13, 2014 @02:21PM (#47231643)

    but the Republican did just that, but the Democrats killed the US particle accelerator program. I was one (of hundreds) working on the SSC design at the time by the way. Of course, the SSC was located in Texas.....

  • by LordLimecat ( 1103839 ) on Friday June 13, 2014 @03:18PM (#47232193)

    These are generally the same people who are A-OK with NSA surveillance because it's about catchin' terrrist evil-doers and if you ain't got nuthin' to hide you ain't got nuthin' ta fear.

    Thats actually not true at all [] (democrats actually approve of the NSA spying more than republicans), but at least you were able to continue the fine slashdot tradition of baseless, unsubstantiated strawmen.

  • by LordLimecat ( 1103839 ) on Friday June 13, 2014 @03:25PM (#47232241)

    Is your experienced backed by a Gallup poll []?

    To pull some statistics out of it....

    Approve.... Disapprove:
    R- 32% .... 63%
    D- 49% .... 40%
    Avg- 37%...53%

    It gets better; when they asked whether people approved of Snowden's leak, 49% of Republicans thought it was right, vs 39% of Democrats. And really, this fits in line with the traditional Republican fear of large, expansive government

    Seriously, are all you blind GOP supporters that blind to what the rest of the party believes and is in fact their official party stance?

    Seriously, are you that blind that you form your opinions based on internet echo chambers rather actual fact?

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