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Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

k_187 Re:Forget ratings, measure ROI. (302 comments)

They shouldn't but student loans are with you forever. The hurdle to get them discharged in bankruptcy is incredibly high and most people will never reach it. So you will pay them back. It might take forever, but it will get paid back.

about a year ago
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Study Finds iOS Apps Just As Intrusive As Android Apps

k_187 Re:Android permissions (107 comments)

I think its just a feature of 4.1+ but it does tell you what the new/changed permissions are when you install.

about a year ago
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Hacker Skips SimCity Full-Time Network Requirement

k_187 Re:THEY LOSE: Just don't care any more (303 comments)

True, but what's max traffic going to be 2 weeks after launch? A month? They can't build for the max usage scenario, because that's just not going to last. Don't get me wrong, they still screwed up, but this problem occurs on just about every MMO's launch too.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?

k_187 Re:My Verizon phone (246 comments)

Not necessarily, Verizon also uses a SIM for its LTE network.

about 2 years ago
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Nvidia Display Driver Service Attack Escalates Privileges On Windows Machines

k_187 Re:Easy solution (129 comments)

You mean the nVidia Omega drivers based on a version from 2007? Or the ones that the creator said a year ago he'd no longer be able to support?

about 2 years ago
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Class-Action Lawsuit Goes After Instagram Terms of Service Changes

k_187 Re:Pathetic back-pedaling... (59 comments)

Exactly, doesn't matter who owns them when you're granting them a license to do what they want.

about 2 years ago
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Ban On Loud TV Commercials Takes Effect Today

k_187 Re:sometime it's just stupidity (383 comments)

Like you've never needed to heat up a bagel on the toilet.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

k_187 Re:GOOD!!!! :) (663 comments)

True, but if you've used it; then realized how bad it is. Why continue using it?

about 2 years ago
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Are SSD Accelerators Any Good?

k_187 Re:No. (331 comments)

SRT will cache windows files. The best use of it is to just buy a 64gb drive and use the whole thing for caching. I'm currently doing just that and for things on the drive, it runs just like having an SSD. I can tell when I go back to a game I've not played in a while and it has to pull the data off the HD, but after that first load, all the same. Stuff like windows and chrome don't get pushed off because I'm always using them.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Expanding Delivery Locker Service

k_187 Re:The P.O. Box reinvented? (92 comments)

The problem is when the nearest FedEx-Kinko's is an hour away.

more than 2 years ago
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Sale of Galaxy Nexus Banned in the US

k_187 Re:Well they are both rectangular (696 comments)

Yes, but patents don't protect idea. They protect implementations. You can make a widget that does X, and I can make another widget that also does X. If they do them in sufficiently different ways; we can both patent our widgets. The problem is that overly broad patents are being issued.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q 'Social Streaming Device'

k_187 Re:Hello Osborne Effect! (261 comments)

Because they won't have Jelly Bean ported to them yet!

more than 2 years ago
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Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q 'Social Streaming Device'

k_187 Re:Jellybean looks very nice (261 comments)

Yeah, that didn't happen on the shift from 2.0 to 2.1 to 2.2 to 2.3. There's not a lot of technical reasons that most android devices don't get updated, but most don't.

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Rules API's Can Not Be Copyrighted

k_187 Re:Good to Know (365 comments)

Correct, the real trick is to write your patent to be specific enough to be granted, but broad enough to cover more than your specific implementation of your idea. Meaning a good patent attorney could craft an anti-graviton hoverboard patent to also cover an orphan heart one.

more than 2 years ago
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Ivy Bridge Running Hotter Than Intel's Last-gen CPU

k_187 Re:I really wish they would release... (182 comments)

Plus, you can disable it completely in the BIOS and it will act like an extra heat sink for one core.

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

k_187 Re:News for Nerds? (577 comments)

I demand a Cowboy Neal option!

more than 2 years ago
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T-Mobile Announces LTE Network

k_187 Re:The US market is really confusion (75 comments)

Yes, but he could get a verizon burner for what the SIM would cost on AT&T. not a perfect solution, but better than no signal.

more than 2 years ago
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Holo Theme Is Now Mandatory For Android Devices

k_187 Re:Err (206 comments)

The problem is that having the Holo theme installed is no guarantee that it will be used on the phone.

more than 2 years ago
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NVIDIA Releases Source To CUDA Compiler

k_187 Re:GPU drivers (89 comments)

Yup, any patent that has a software step should be required to disclose the source code at least as the best mode of the patent, if not part of the claims (depending on how strict you should be. When I'm elected Leader of the world, this will be like the 11th or 12th thing I'll do in office.

more than 2 years ago
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NYPD Dismantling Occupy Wall Street Encampment

k_187 Re:4th amendment issue? (933 comments)

See, protesting does work!

about 3 years ago

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I'm going to write this once, since I'm tired of explaining

k_187 k_187 writes  |  more than 10 years ago it in comments on every damn story that has anything (however tangentially) to American Politics and our system of election:

Well, first I'm going to link wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duverger's_law

Which amazingly enough has a rather good explanation of Duverger's Law and why the system in America has ended up like it has. Of course, to make it explicitly clear, I'm going into Intro to Political Science 101 Mode and explain it again.

In any system that uses a "first past the post" system of election, in other words, single member plurality districts. Where one winner is chosen by gaining a plurality of votes (i.e. more than the others) in any given district will inevitably coalesce into two major political parties. Lets look at an example.

Suppose, for the sake of argument that in some random district in a newly created representative democracy, there are three candidates from three also newly formed political parties running for office. Lets call these three parties, A, B, and C. NOw also suppose, for simplicity's sake, that the final vote ends up with party A getting 40% of the vote, party B getting 25% and party C getting 35%. in an SMPD, candidate A would then be elected. 4 years later, the next election rolls around. Because B and C's total votes would be larger than A's alone, logically it would make sense for the two of them to form a coalition to run against A. As only one candidate would be elected, they form a new party D which wins with 60% against A's 40%.

THe fluidity of the coalitions that exist in American Politics dictates that in any case where a plurality of votes selects the final candidate, those opposing that candidate will be able to organize against that candidate and then win. Labels are mostly irrelevant, as we can witness in the current make up of both the Democrat and Republican parties (although it is possible that in 10 years this point may be moot, as Congress has been becoming more extreme, in that there are fewer liberal republicans and conservative democrats in Congress than there were 10 or 15 years ago. Granted this means that new members are centering around the medians of the parties, not that Congress is becoming more extreme, simply that there are fewer in the middle ((i.e. the party platforms have changed little, there is simply more party cohesion)) what this means for party cohesion remains to be seen).

Finally, the only way to change the two-party system that exists in America is to change the method by which our politicians are elected. Given the functions of Parties in American politics, one cannot simply eliminate the two current major parties and expect to not end up with a similar situation at some point in the future. How exactly to change the election system I leave as an exercise to the reader.

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