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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

dpreformer Re:What do you vote for? (551 comments)

This is a troll, right?

There are legislative bodies at both a federal (House of Representatives and Senate), State (same except in Nebraska) and local levels, with varying terms of office (typically 2 years for house, longer 4-6 years for Senate). State and local executive bodies, sometimes local judges, various other executive branch positions at the state and local level. And ballot initiatives.

So I'm voting for congress (house), state assembly (lower branch of state legislature), County supervisor, Water district board and 6 state wide and a couple of county wide initiatives tomorrow.

I did phone banking to get out the vote for a few senate races that look to be key ones for the 2015-2016 US Congress.

about a month and a half ago
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My resting heart rate:

dpreformer Re:A bell curve! (169 comments)

I saw the normal (Gaussian) distribution right away too. Not surprising.

about 3 months ago
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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

dpreformer I'm a Nigerian Prince (62 comments)

And I can't access my government ID wallet. Please provide me with your banking information and I'll transfer $2,000,000 to you for your assistance!

about 4 months ago
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I say (N. Hemisphere) Fall starts ...

dpreformer I went with IAU, but here's my definition anyway (454 comments)

Seasons are defined by the length of diurnal periods and the direction of the change:
Winter - Daylight period is increasing, lower than night period (lowest amount of daylight)
Spring - equal diurnal periods, daylight increasing
Summer - Daylight period is decreasing (greatest amount of daylight)
Autumn - equal periods, daylight decreasing

more than 3 years ago
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I've had a personal email account for ...

dpreformer Re:I'm old. (336 comments)

Mine dates to the 80s as well. 61%...

more than 3 years ago
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Where Were You When PLATO Was Born?

dpreformer Re:Um... (162 comments)

PLATO was born in 1960. By 1973 it had grown to the point that it enabled social networking of sorts - online games as well as its ostensible purpose for computer aided instruction.

I remember PLATO terminals in the university library when I was first using computers - they were big amber plasma screens that did pretty good graphics for the time. Beat punched cards and green bar paper as far as user interface hands down. It was a lot nicer than the dumb terminals that were starting to be available for coding.

more than 4 years ago
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Of these options, I'd call the place I live ...

dpreformer Re:Cities aren't 'normal' (515 comments)

Some of us don't live in the UK.

Laws governing city charters vary according by state (both nation state - eg US, Lithuania, and subdivision state, eg Vermont, California, Jalisco, Aguascalientes).

In the US the name "city" also has a federal meaning - Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas as defined by the Census typically are called cities by their inhabitants regardless of their legal status.

more than 4 years ago
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I trust Web apps like Google Docs ...

dpreformer Why use off site resources? (194 comments)

I tend to do most of my document processing using local resources. This doesn't mean I don't trust third parties, I just don't need to go off my local resources to work, so why should I?

more than 4 years ago
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$25M for Rackable to buy SGI is mostly ...

dpreformer Re:This has happened before and it will happen aga (165 comments)

It actually has gone back in forth between specialized graphics systems and graphics done via special purpose hardware. Sutherland observed on this and called it the Cycle of Reincarnation"

Great "chip technology"? Um, cpus and gpus are both chips, ad general purpose computing does get done on gpus, see CUDA for example. Reminds me of the move to vector systems in the 90s although that used multiple cpu/fpu units on boards rather than single chips.

more than 5 years ago
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$25M for Rackable to buy SGI is mostly ...

dpreformer Re:How 'bout: sounds ok, not great (165 comments)

I'm not sure whether SGI's government support contracts are a positive or negative for Rackable. I'd think someone could find a way to make money keeping SGI supercomputers at Los Alamos, etc maintained.

more than 5 years ago
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In the next 12 months, the Middle East will be ...

dpreformer The Onion fake survey got it right (1067 comments)

It isn't the Middle East Conflict - it's the Middle East Culture.

more than 5 years ago

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