top Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
This is absolutely untrue, just look at these maps.
Control over redistricting by party:
Gerrymanderization of districts: http://www.geoideas.net/wp-con...
WV, IL and MD are truly gerrymandered democratic controlled states. As opposed to the entirety of the southeastern US from Texas to Pennsylvania that are republican controlled and gerrymandered.
top Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph
Hokkaido is a bit of a bad example though since there's no Shinkansen service through the tunnel.
Going 1500km the other way to Kagoshima the train takes about 7 hours, and the airplane 5-6 (from city center to city center). That's with the 270km/h regular Shinkansen. If you increased the speed to maglev levels the train would outperform an airplane.
top Kepler Watches White Dwarf Warp Spacetime
By the way your analogy is very wrong. Because while there are indeed a lot of stars, they are also quite far away.
An average star (diameter 10^6 kilometers) at 1000 light years (10^17 kilometers) distance is merely 10^-9 degrees across. To fill the entire night sky with stars you'd need 10^22 stars at that distance which is about how many of them exist in the entire universe. In fact it's statistically quite impossible for stars to actually cover each other.
about a year and a half ago
top DNS Hijack Leads To Bitcoin Heist
One hour? If "ease of use" means to have to wait a full hour for confirmation whether the purchase of your coffee went through or not I think I'd rather use cash...
top Researchers Put Numbers On China's Microblog Censorship
How does this seem appropriate? Chinese oppression is pretty clearly aimed at perpetuating the party rule and guaranteeing their members cushy jobs and a steady income.
top Neil deGrasse Tyson On How To Stop a Meteor Hitting the Earth
There is literally nothing we could do about a Kansas-size (500km) asteroid but that scenario is highly unlikely, there isn't any evidence that such an impact happened anywhere in the solar system in the last 3.5b years.
A realistic scenario is an asteroid between 100m and 1km, and ion thrusters and nuclear propulsion have a high enough efficiency that they can influence that category.
top Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers
Not sure about Hitler or Mussolini - they mixed up ideologies of left and right.
Richard the lionheart was driven by religion
Hitler himself was solidly right. The NSDAP had a leftist wing led by
Gregor Strasser (the Strasserists) but Hitler showed him what he thought of that in 1934.
top Quadrocopters Throwing and Catching an Inverted Pendulum
With how smart these choppers are getting this shouldn't even be a problem. Just buy three of them for any two jobs and have them find their own schedule to "sleep" when they need to so that there's always at least the required number up in the air.
top Japanese Probe Finds Miswiring of Boeing 787 Battery
They originally planned to use 60 miles of wiring but then they only ordered 60 kilometers of wires so two thirds of the devices are not connected. It's not that big of a problem though since most things are covered by redundancy.
top Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network
"No" doesn't mean
"No" as the rather tired example of yelling fire in crowded theatres clearly establishes. There are also libel/slander laws passed by congress that limit free speech and nobody has a problem with those. I would hazard a guess that even a hard core libertarian like you wouldn't have a problem with restricting someone's speech if that person is passing out lies intended to damage your life.
Where exactly those borders to free speech are is of course open to debate, but an absolutely inviolable freedom cannot exist much as a true immovable object cannot exist.
top Egyptian Court Wants To Block YouTube For a Month
This stuff happens everywhere there is a strong state religion and the state relies on religious authorities to manage the population. You inevitably get a religious elite that meshes with the government and profits from the status quo. Those are then of course thoroughly unfriendly to anyone wanting to change the system.
Your "Islamic democracy" really isn't any different than the "Orthodox democracy" in Russia or "Buddhist democracy" in Thailand so there's absolutely no need to be especially islamophobic about it.
top Ask Slashdot: Name Conflicts In Automatically Generated Email Addresses?
Especially in AD you have to assume that everybody knows all user names. Every account has the rights to enumerate and read all nonsecret properties of every other account, and in most environments (especially university ones) getting access to one account is trivial.
Adding a bit of security-through-obscurity to the usernames is akin of putting a bike lock on a bank safe.
top Swiss Historical Maps Allow Journey Through Time In Your Browser
It's 1938 so far, they have much older maps that they're still working on. 1838 was the year the first full-country map of Switzerland was published.
top Earth's Core Made In Miniature
A team of physicists has worked 10 years on this, writing hundreds of pages of papers to coerce funding out of federal institutes but you can spot the flaw in their plans after 30 seconds of thinking and writing an Internet comment?
top Microsoft's SkyDrive Drops Silverlight
When Silverlight 1 came out in 2007, there were three competitors for it:
- ActiveX which was a horrible 90s idea and is unable to function in a world where you can't trust people not to try to build exploits - Java which was so bad at doing what it was supposed to do that it went from almost 100% market share to almost 0% with the rise of Flash. - Flash which did the job it was supposed to do but had horrible development tools and literally hundreds of security problems since then due to shoddy product quality
Microsoft created Silverlight to solve these shortcomings and they did a pretty good job at it. Programming web code in Visual Studio is a leaps better than Flash and the Netflix probably saved millions by not wasting their developers' time with the horrible Flash UI and code oddities.
Only now, four years later, is HTML5 beginning to come to a point where it can be a proper tool to do what you used to use one of the above plugins for.
And by the way, IT changes fast in general, no developer can honestly expect to code in the same language from college to retirement. HTML5 - and the languages that you actually write code in like JQuery - are in an extreme prototype state right now, going to change radically several times in the next years before people figure out that they completely screwed up some important paradigms and start parts of the standard from scratch for HTML6. Everyone will have to keep relearning their languages if they want to stay current.
top Spammers Discover Kindle Self-Publishing
People don't write 20 books a day about how to fix your roof (and if someone did write a book on how to fix a roof, he wouldn't sell it for a dollar).
What they do is run a web spider, aggregate random blog text found on Google by whatever search term is popular that week, apply some automated formatting then sell the results. Then spam their own ratings with bots.
top Jack Kevorkian Dead at 83
In the cases serviced by assisted suicide, "not suffering" is not an option. Even if given painkillers barely below the lethal dose, terminal stage cancer is still painful. This is a medical issue that is currently not solvable. Maybe we'll find a treatment for cancer in a few decades, but until then the only available choice is:
- suffering, then death - death
top Apple Acknowledges MacDefender
What's the best practice when reinstalling Windows from disc so that the computer doesn't get owned before it finishes downloading the updates over a slow Internet connection?
Use Windows XP SP2 or later (the integrated firewall started then) and don't browse the Internet until the updates are done.
Does Microsoft pull crap like considering my copy of Windows 7 no longer validly licensed if I travel to another country? I seem to remember that Microsoft region-codes Windows. For example, it has reserved some versions of Windows, such as Windows Vista Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic, exclusively for developing countries.
You can only buy the region restricted versions in shops in developing countries, but you can install them anywhere and take the PC they are installed on anywhere.
top UN Intervention Begins In Libya
You got your history turned upside down. The UN agreed with the Afghanistan war in 2001 mission as there was a proper reason for it. Only when Bush extended it to Iraq in 2003 for no reason at all against the will of every country other than the UK (prime minister only, the population was against the war too) and a few paid off votes did the global opinion turn around.
And opening a second front in Iraq and splitting the forces is one of the main reason why Afghanistan turned into the quagmire it is now, so there's no surprise in countries like Spain and Germany wanting to pull out from there after the US fucked that one up.
top Attacked By Anonymous, HBGary Pulls Out of RSA
It's probably true that 90+% of the people that were in Al-Qaeda on 11/9/2001 are now either dead, in prison or have stopped working for the them.
But underground groups such as that are defined by their ideology and not membership cards, and as long as the ideology behind them has a compelling influence on people they will never die.
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