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Comment: PR works well? Where? (Score 3, Interesting) 87

by Bruce66423 (#48478583) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
Whilst it is possible to see Germany as having had a stable governmental system despite PR, in most other countries it has caused substantial instability, to the extent that in many countries PR is tweeked to reduce its impact, e.g. Greece where the party with the most votes gets an extra tranche of MPs. By contrast Belgium's record of 18 months without a government as a result of PR should be a warning to us all.

The great virtue of 'first past the post' is that it forces parties to appeal to a wider group than their obvious supporters; know nothing tea partiers mashed up with business advocates are lined up against a mixture of union placemen and minority activists. The process of coalesce has got to occur somewhere; the belief that it is best done in the spotlight of publicity of the floor of the legislature is somewhat unproven, at best. Certainly the collapse of both the Weimar Republic and the French 4th Republic are usually blamed on their use of PR; I remain to be convinced its the optimal solution.

Comment: Don't hear that it's just the Republicans at this (Score 3, Insightful) 87

by Bruce66423 (#48478537) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
Whilst the Republicans have played this game well in recent years, it's not that long ago that the Democrats were at it equally successfully, and in many states they still do it. Which is not to suggest that it's a good thing - but let's not get partisan about it.

+ - Facebook used by high school students to organise prostitutions by their peers

Submitted by Bruce66423
Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.independent.co.uk/n...
A 17 year old girl and 15yo boy have been charged in connection with this enterprise that raises complex issues about age of consent, free assembly and legitimate prostitution, although it is the alleged rape of one of the workers by a client that brought it into the open."

Comment: Auditors, auditors (Score 4, Interesting) 208

by Bruce66423 (#48324825) Attached to: PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud
The occurence of this sort of fraud in the 19th century led to the emergence of the role of auditors, whose responsibility is to ensure that the accounts are telling the truth; as a result this sort of fraud is rare in Western countries. The question now becomes one of who the auditors were - were they ones who should have done the job, or were the banks fooled into accepting a poor audit. In either case however the auditors will be on the hook unless they can prove that the CEO was doing a VERY good job of hiding the facts.

+ - Camera wearing police being charged with an unlawful arrest in London riot

Submitted by Bruce66423
Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.independent.co.uk/n...
reports that an officer wearing a camera that recorded his actions has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice in part as a result of his wearing a camera at a riot. The case is a reminder that sometimes such cameras can help demonstrate police misbehaviour — though we await the outcome of the case to see whether the charge actually sticks."

Comment: Make the cost explicit in the bills (Score 1) 43

by Bruce66423 (#48277149) Attached to: Swedish Regulator Orders Last "Hold-Out" ISP To Retain Customer Data
The ISPs should charge an extra amount explicitly on their bills to account for the cost of storage and administering all data requests under it. The data should of course be stored off line - a write only tape store would appear to be the obvious solution. Locating the store in another country with strict regulations about privacy would force any requests for information to go to the courts of THAT country... Here's hoping!

Comment: So the UK can charge him? (Score 3, Insightful) 38

by Bruce66423 (#48157605) Attached to: How an FBI Informant Led the Hack of British Tabloid "The Sun"
Given that the US has sought the extradition of UK based offenders who hacked US sites, there seems no reason for him not to be surrendered to Her Majesty's hospitality, even if he was given 'immunity' by the US.

Or will the UK once again prove to be a lapdog of the US government.

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