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Comment Great if it's non-binding (Score 1) 490

I think this is a great idea as a non-binding way to let our representatives know how those of their constituents who care, and thus are most likely to vote in a real election, feel about various issues. Representatives should be able to voice their opinions about such issues too, in the same forum, and should be able to vote however they want regardless of the online polling results.

The only other thing that I would want in an ideal online representative democratic system would be a place to post ideas for bills that I think should be taken up. These could then be voted on by constituents too and maybe taken up by our representatives. As someone with no political connections, I otherwise have no idea where to start presenting such ideas.

Comment Re:Thanks, Scott! (Score 5, Interesting) 398

From what I can tell, most website operators are at the mercy of advertising agencies. Basically it's a case of let the advertising agency have their way with the site, or don't get any ad revenue. Or get another advertising agency, but there don't seem to be many of those that pay well.

Comment Get Wikipedia (Score 2) 218

This appears to be the Odia language Wikipedia. But I know you said there's limited Internet. So I suggest you get Kiwix with the entire Odia Wikipedia (.torrent link to a complete package for Windows), and burn it to CD-ROM. (Odia isn't a popular language, so it all fits easily.) You can also look at other language Wikipedias, both because they are more comprehensive, and because they could help the children learn those languages.

Comment Re:Is there a site maintaining a list of "bad" SSD (Score 5, Informative) 182

It takes a couple of links and searching through source code to get there. So here's the list of problematic drives, better formatted but still in regular expression format:

/* devices that don't properly handle queued TRIM commands */
Micron_M500*
Crucial_CT*M500*
Micron_M5[15]0*
Crucial_CT*M550*
Crucial_CT*MX100*
Samsung SSD 8*

So, basically, all the ones I thought were the best. The list of whitelisted drives after it only includes those brands, Intel, and ST-something. So other brand may be unknowns.

Comment Can't be fuel-free forever (Score 3, Interesting) 265

Instead, they think the graphene absorbs laser energy and builds up a charge of electrons. Eventually it can't hold any more, and extra electrons are released, pushing the sponge in the opposite direction. Although it's not clear why the electrons don't fly off randomly, the team was able to confirm a current flowing away from the graphene as it was exposed to a laser, suggesting this hypothesis is correct (arxiv.org/abs/1505.04254).

He thinks a graphene-powered spacecraft is an interesting idea, but losing electrons would mean the craft builds up a positive charge that would need to be neutralised, or it could cause damage.

So they'd need to carry hydrogen and split off its electrons or something to neutralize the charge.

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