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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Carewolf Re:Stop this stupid First past the Post system (361 comments)

first past the post isn't what's doing that, not having instant runoff style ballots is.

Yes it is. With proportional voting a minor party with 15% in every district would get one candidate in a state of 11 districts like this case. In a two party system, aka first past the post, they would get none.

yesterday
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

Carewolf Re:If your product is any good... (119 comments)

Then you don't need to hand people hundreds of dollars to take it off your hands.

-jcr

Yeah, but considering the product has been constantlly sold out and impossible to even get hands on, this really doesn't make any sense. Maybe they have ramped up production and the initial buyers are all done?

2 days ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Carewolf Re:Um, what? (418 comments)

Leaderships skills are, apparently, no longer a qualification for President... Charisma and good talking points suffice.

But Fiorina has the charisma and easy charm of Mitt Romney with the competency and self awareness of Sarah Palin. An obvious Republican candidate but not really an obvious nomination.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Carewolf Re:That's unchecked capitalism for you (509 comments)

Then the answer is having a couple of military in full battle dress holding guns to the heads of the CEO.

Yes I said heads. One gun pressed into the forehead, the other a shotgun jammed into his junk. The marines must YELL at full volume all the time at him.

I hate to say ths, but that is no way to treat a private business. If you want to command them around, maybe you should buy/nationalize them instead of threating them.

2 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Carewolf Re:Let's do the math (306 comments)

I'm also talking from a position that can be backed up by a large amount of both theory and data. The data cannot show that the universe is infinitely extended, but it very definitely does not say that it *isn't* infinitely extended,

You are talking religion, I am talking science. The scientific universe, the universe we can observe and interact with is finite, anything beyond what can ever theorically be observed might be infinite, but it is also not scientific and pointless to discuss.

3 days ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Carewolf Re:D is not bad (127 comments)

If only it were free.

Unfortunately while it isn't bad, it doesn't have any real killer features that would make you bother with it compared to C++. I like to play with it, but I wouldn't risk using it for anything serious.

3 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Carewolf Re:Let's do the math (306 comments)

No, it's definitely false. Current data strong favours a universe that is flat (ie infinite), while it only narrowly supports a universe that is open (ie infinite and shaped like a foliation of saddles), and only slightly better favours a universe that is closed (ie finite and shaped like a foliation of spheres.)

You are talking about the potential size of the universe, a flat universe would continue to expand into infinitity, but like any number on the line of numbers going to infinite, and the current universe is finite.

3 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Carewolf Re:Caring about news and politics instead of trivi (373 comments)

i thought buzzfeed was a non-straight dating website

I always thought it was a scam website. The story headlines are always so baited they have to be 'click to be infected' scams. I never dared click one.

5 days ago
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Spaceport America Loses $1.7 Million Due To Virgin Galactic Delays

Carewolf Re:Why? (46 comments)

At least regular airports serve an economic function. This is just a hobby for rich people.

True, but making space tech more widely used would push technology and make space research cheaper.

5 days ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

Carewolf Re: UPS (233 comments)

Nope nope.
Not how it works, unlikely to happen anyway but don't spread your BS around that a 1000V or more surge would only take out the power supply.

Yes it is, with modern PSU. I have seen old systems that fried everything when they failed (1990), but one of the roles of modern power supplies is surge protection. Besides these days they can take anywhere from 100W to 300W as part of their standard operation because they make them identical for all markets, and if you have over a 1000W surge, you are having a lightning strike, no electronic on the path of the lightning will survive a strike, the only way to avoid that is lightning rods that takes the path away from the power net.

Surge protectors for computers are snake oil, or maybe rather monster cables at this point.

5 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Carewolf Re:Here we go again (495 comments)

It's more subtle than that. Better paying jobs are more likely to go to men, so a women with similar qualifications and experience is likely, on average, to earn less than a man. It's easy to fix too, just make the jobs more accessible to female candidates. Obviously you still hire the best candidate, it's not about favouritism.

For example, a lot of well paying jobs are found through networking. If most of your current employees are male and network with other males, you are less likely to get female candidates applying or head hunted. All you need to do to correct that is to make an effort to network with women, and maybe ask some of the women in your company to put the word out. It benefits you because you have a wider pool of talent to pick from. It's actually dumb not to do it.

There is also bias at the hiring stage that can be eliminated. Some managers don't want to hire women because they worry that they will go on maternity leave or quit completely if they get pregnant. That one is harder to deal with, but does again exclude good candidates and diversity from the company.

How would that help tech companies to hire female tech talent that does not exist?

How do you suggest we get around the problem of companies trying to hire equally in a field that women dispite heavy positive discrimination on their behalf choose not to enter?

about a week ago
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Leaked Documents Show EU Council Presidency Wants To Impair Net Neutrality

Carewolf Re:In Order To Meet Contract Obligations (76 comments)

in order to meet "obligations under a contract"

Coming soon from ISPs: Legalese buried deep in your contract with them that essentially states "We [the ISP] have the contractual obligation to muck with any website as we see fit whenever we want to do so."

They're contractually obligated to slow down your Netflix speeds because they really wanted to and the contract means they are now obligated to slow down Netflix.

Yeah. The idea is not bad, but that is how it would end unless they demand it to be very explicit. Basically this is how everybody already sells fixed phone lines. The phone lines have a reserved bandwidth that can't be used by the internet though it uses the same line of copper or fiber, but that bandwidth is not advertised as part of the internet connection. I think if it is fine that they can do all kinds of crazy things, they just can't call it internet or broadband and can't advertise bandwidth not treated neutrally as part of their broadband offering.

about a week ago
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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

Carewolf Re:Also in iBooks (103 comments)

But there can still be in-book purchases.

Pay $1.99 at the end of chapter 10 or the author kills off your favourite character.

Which is why the extra label below warning about in-app purchaces is a good idea. Still haven't seen that with books though, but if they keep getting away with it elsewhere it is just a matter of time.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Carewolf Re:Go back in time 5 years (575 comments)

Can you boot with init=/systemd/init/from/6/months/ago ?

Yeah, that's how modular it is. People don't care if things are in separate processes; we care whether it's highly coupled. ... Please don't overwrite /sbin/init with an older version, you want to be able to get back to a working system :)

Yes. I am running Debian. At the moment I can even install sysv-init or openrc init and replace systemd with it. In the future that might make some other unrelated packages uninstall, but currently it still works just fine.

about a week ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Carewolf What? (227 comments)

The Xbox One and PS4 are largely matched... Overall, the PC and PS4 are closest in general detail

Okay...

about two weeks ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Carewolf Re:Go back in time 5 years (575 comments)

All so completely co-dependent that they are an all or nothing proposition. Thus, one massive program.

No it isn't. It is completely modular. In only have the init part installed, I can choose to opt in to other modules as I wish. It is all one project, but it is a MODULAR project.

about two weeks ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

Carewolf Re:How much longer will Foxconn need Apple? (109 comments)

Even basic stuff like copying memory from one location in the CPU to another location is drastically faster on an iOS processor.

That would not mean anything about the CPU. Copying memory is limited by memory speed. Nice that they have fast memory though. Maybe the other tablets need to use faster memory chips too.

about two weeks ago
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Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

Carewolf Re:"...moving east." (69 comments)

What if it is spinning on more than one axis, ie tumbling? The direction where the sun rises for a given point on the comet will change all the time.

I have no idea if the comet is actually doing this, but I imagine that being a scenario where computing "east" being rather difficult.

A ball at least can only rotate around one axis (any superposition of two rotations can be described as a single combined rotation), but the poster above me had the better answer. East is the direction of the rotation, it just happens to also be where everything stationary or far away that is not constantly visible would rise.

about two weeks ago
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Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

Carewolf Re:"...moving east." (69 comments)

East. Now in space.

It has always been in space, it is the rotational direction where the sun rises.

about two weeks ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

Carewolf Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (105 comments)

This reminds me of the cases where they used Curare for anesthesia. Turns out all it was doing was paralyzing the motor systems so the still fully conscious patients couldn't scream or otherwise react as the surgeons operated.

Might be a good idea to ask the octopuses afterwards if they remember from during the anesthetized time period. This can be done and would find out if they're really out cold or if they're just locked in.

Actually that would require two of the three drugs to fail. They give or gave one to paralyze you, one to kill pain and one to shut off short term memory. The scary part was that sometimes the painkiller failed, so the patiant would be awake fealing pain, but they would not remember it afterwards unless the memory drug also failed.

about two weeks ago

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The Wayland Situation: Facts About X vs. Wayland

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "With the continued speculation and FUD about the future of Wayland at a time when Canonical is investing heavily into their own Mir Display Server alternative, Eric Griffith with input from Daniel Stone have written an article for Phoronix where they lay out all the facts. The "Wayland Situation" is explained with first going over the failings of X, the fixings of Wayland, common misconceptions about X and Wayland, and then a few other advantages to Wayland. For anyone interested in X/Wayland or the Linux desktop at a technical level, it's an article certainly worth reading!"
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Too Perfect a Mirror

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Jeff Mitchell writes on his blog about what almost became "The Great KDE Disaster Of 2013". It all started as simple update of the root git server and ended up with a corrupt git repository automatically mirrored to every mirror and deleting every copy of most KDE repositories. It ends by discussing what the problem is with git --mirror and how you can avoid similar problems in the future."
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Vulcanic Ash Grounds North Europe

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "In an interesting story of weather and techonology. After a vulcanic eruption in Iceland. All flights in and out the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have been suspended. Finland and Belgian is also shutting down airtravel, and the ash cloud is expected to affect airtravel in all of North Europe during the day. The reason the vulcanic ash grounds the planes is due to leasons learned from KLM Flight 867 in 1989, and British Airway Flight 9 in 1982, where vulcanic ash in both cases sandblasted front windscreen and shut down all four engines."
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KDE Announces Customized Sottware Compilations

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Following the succesful example of the world's leading operating systems. KDE announces that future KDE Software Compilations will now also be offered in multiple customized version to cater different needs. There is the Ultimate Freedom Edition geared towards users who prefer the ultimate in customization. There is the Dwarfed Freedom Edition, inspired by other desktops designed for midgets, aimed at users who prefers a more limited set of options, Finally there is the Basic Freedom Edition for users from outside the world of open source, this version will for instance fully enforce security through obscurity,"
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