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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

MachineShedFred Re:Don't hear that it's just the Republicans at th (314 comments)

Well, the only thing that can gerrymander a United States Senator is the borders of a state, and those don't change much, and certainly not because of the census.

Gerrymandering at the federal level is strictly a phenomenon of the U.S. House of Representatives, as the 435 seats of that body are reapportioned based on the United States Census every 10 years, per the constitution.

4 hours ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

MachineShedFred Re:Subdistrict data available? (314 comments)

Each district has precincts, but that's likely the lowest the data goes.

4 hours ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

MachineShedFred Re:Stop this stupid First past the Post system (314 comments)

But it would require voting for a party, rather than a person. I'm not represented by a political party - I'm represented by Steve.

It would also require a constitutional amendment, passed by whom? Good luck with that.

6 hours ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

MachineShedFred Re:What Does This Mean (314 comments)

And they tied individual votes to a geographical address, how? If they couldn't do that (and they couldn't) then they would have had to tie it to precinct results, which is going to decrease 'resolution' so to speak.

Yes, there is gerrymandering. And it's effective, which is why it's been used since the early 19th century. But there's more going on in the balloting booth than two checkboxes for D or R. Maybe some democrats voted for a republican candidate because the democrat was a shrew with no good ideas? Or vice-versa?

This is why we vote for candidates, and not parties.

6 hours ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

MachineShedFred Re:How is that startling? (314 comments)

So we'd be voting for a party rather than an individual with his or her own ideas? That's a step backwards.

7 hours ago
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Volcanic Eruption In Japan Disrupts Flights

MachineShedFred Re:Wake-up call (21 comments)

I really hope you are trying to be funny.

7 hours ago
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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

MachineShedFred Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (196 comments)

Yeah, because there is absolutely no use for having large storage capacities with even bigger video formats on the way. Or with people wanting to not deal with optical media anymore. And there is absolutely no use in business of keeping large amounts of data online.

Have you even seen the camera density in a large retail store these days? Do you think that video might get stored somewhere for legal purposes if there's an issue, or do you think they have 50 VHS recorders in the back?

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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

MachineShedFred Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (418 comments)

God I wish I had mod points for this. Everyone seems to forget about the 10th, and it's just as important as the first.

Plus, what politician would want to sign their name to laying off millions of people in the health insurance sector?

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

MachineShedFred Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (418 comments)

You can bet that someone from Ohio will be in - either Gov. John Kasich who just soundly won reelection, or Senator Rob Portman. Both of which would be better than most of the other names being bandied about, and could deliver the Midwest.

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

MachineShedFred Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (418 comments)

So two people that couldn't even win a senate seat during favorable election conditions, a retread candidate, a guy with a toxic last name, a complete idiot who is known for being a punch line to everyone except the extreme right wing, a governor who barely dodges scandals erupting from typical New Jersey politics, and Bobby Jindal.

Anyone else want in, because I'm not seeing a lot to get fired up about here...

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

MachineShedFred Re:Waiting for the wear-out fix (430 comments)

what's funny, is that SSD and tape could completely replace spinning magnetic.

Tape, specifically LTO, is still the long-term backup medium of choice for price, density, and reliability of restore. It's just shit for latency and throughput.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

MachineShedFred Re:Empty article.. (430 comments)

especially as that 600GB 15K drive doesn't have anywhere close to the performance of the SSD.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

MachineShedFred Re:LOL (430 comments)

Tape drives still serve a purpose. Show me any other removable storage mechanism that can store 2.5TB before compression for $40 and have them still readable after 10 years in a safe.

Spinning rust STILL can't do that.

No, you don't get very good performance from tape, and tape is a general pain in the ass; but if you need to keep something for a long time, and you need it to be reliable, tape is how that's done.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

MachineShedFred Re:Ever notice (430 comments)

Except that when you write to an SSD, the controller puts the data where it thinks it should go, rather than a specific block. You can't do what you're suggesting without writing your own firmware for the drive.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

MachineShedFred Re:What about long-term data integrity? (430 comments)

Yes and no - they simply don't QA every drive that ever existed or will exist, because they didn't ship them and it would be ridiculous to do that anyway. Where the change was, is that they implemented code signing on kernel extensions in order to beef up security a bit, and the side effect is that the ugly binary patch people were applying to the AHCI kext is quite broken. If anyone out there was patching any of the other 200+ kexts that ship with OS X, they have a similar problem; unless they turn off kext signing. Which you are free to do with a simple nvram flag.

Or, it's postulated that you could create your own signing cert, import it into system.keychain, and then re-sign the patched kext; but I'm not aware of anyone doing that. The third option is for some nice SSD manufacturer to make a proper signed driver, but they don't want to spend the time or resources.

Either way, it's a tempest in a teapot. Software vendor is blamed when unsupported hack applied without their knowledge is broken in a major upgrade. In other news, fire is still hot.

2 days ago
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

MachineShedFred Re:Dear Sony, I am delighted! (154 comments)

let me get this straight: you are saying he is wrong because:
- Sony abuses a rights-stripping piece of shit on everything they produce
- Sony mandated it into the technology license for the disc format to 3rd party player manufacturers
- the GP postulates that once you format-shift the content away from the licensed Blu-Ray spec, third party players no longer adhere to enforcement of the rights-stripping piece of shit
- you post the Slashdot equivalent of "NUH UHH!" because the company that abuses the rights-stripping piece of shit still enforces when it's found in other formats on their hardware, which is a surprise to NOBODY.

If you didn't know, the PS3 is made by SONY, and is going to play the game that SONY wants played. Why would you expect different?

3 days ago
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Samsung Seeking To Block Nvidia Chips From US Market

MachineShedFred Re:I mean this respectfully (93 comments)

Good thing there are more than two phone manufacturers, eh?

Why does this have to be Samsung OR Apple?

5 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

MachineShedFred Re:really? (171 comments)

... Mac OS X 10.9.5 -> Mac OS X 10.10.0?

about a week ago

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Microsoft launches FUD campaign against iPad

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "ZDnet has posted an article containing a PowerPoint slide deck that Microsoft is shopping around to Windows-based tablet manufacturers showing how the iPad is horrible for the enterprise. Never mind that half of the things on the slides are incorrect, or are solved using Microsoft's own Exchange / ActiveSync technologies. The more things change, the more they stay the same."
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NTP Sues World + Dog Over Wireless Email Patents

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other tech companies have been named in a lawsuit being brought forth by NTP, the company that settled a lawsuit against Blackberry-maker Research in Motion for over $600M. I would imagine that this is going to be vigorously defended, as the entire tech industry stands to lose on this one. Also, it's fairly obvious what NTP is about when even CNN calls them a 'Patent Troll.'"
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Oregon speech law challenged in court

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "A lawsuit has been filed against all the county District Attorneys, as well as the Attorney General of Oregon to block enforcement of a new law that restricts the sale of "sexually explicit" material to people under the age of 18. Powell's Books (who claims to be the largest independant new and used bookstore in the world) as well as Dark Horse Comics (publisher of Frank Miller graphic novels) as well as many other bookstores claim that the new law would be impossible for these businesses to comply with. In an affidavit, Michael Powell had to say "Powell's has in stock over 2 million volumes constituting over 1 million titles," Powell said in his affidavit. "We receive on an average over 5,000 new titles per week. Obviously we cannot read each new title to determine whether there are any sexual explicit portions and if so whether such portions 'serve some purpose other than titillation' (even if I knew what that meant).""
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Supreme Court to hear FCC indecency case

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "The Supreme Court of the United States has announced that it will be hearing the FCC's appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that the FCC has changed it's policy on fleeting expletives without adequate explanation. It's now on the FCC to explain to the Supreme Court why it's policy has changed.

This is also the first time the Supreme Court has heard a major "broadcast indecency" case in 30 years."
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MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "El Reg is reporting that MIT scientists have found a way to reduce the heat load on your standard Nuclear Pressurized Water Reactor from ~1800 C to ~700 C. They found that reshaping the fuel pellets as tubes rather than cylinders that are manufactured for the reactors can greatly increase the amount of heat transfer from the fuel pile to the coolant. This would make for a safer reactor system because you much farther below the melting point of Uranium (2840 C)."

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Clackamas Sucks!!!

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Arrgh.

Stuck out in CLK in the broken ring closet.

PowerBook... barely... has... connection... !

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