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Comment: Bioregionalism (Score 1) 52

by drinkypoo (#48478705) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Personally, I find it all to be a bunch of bullcrap. Have you seen those voting districts that are along, squiggly lines that wander all over the place? Give me big squares, randomly generated with approval from a set of judges or something like that, and get the god damned legislators out of the district drawing business.

That's not the answer either. The answer is to tie them to geographical features which define "bioregions", sadly itself not a highly defined term. We can usually recognize 'em when we se 'em. All the people in a given bioregion have a natural confluence of interests, and arbitrary districting works against that.

Comment: Re:Cut and paste. (Score 1) 41

by drinkypoo (#48478571) Attached to: Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

So you do not care if people are unable to read the message that you are trying to communicate.

If you are too stupid to parse out some bad characters which obviously all replace the same character, you are not my target audience. You are probably unable to comprehend simple concepts anyway, let alone anything worth discussing on slashdot.

Comment: Re:Problems with renewable sources (Score 1) 104

by drinkypoo (#48478457) Attached to: Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

Here in Spain, wind turbines have destroyed many beautiful natural landscapes

Oh yeah? Did it build whole cities in them that the country doesn't need? That worked out really well for China, so you decided to take on the approach at home. But I'm pretty sure the wind turbines haven't leaned over and scraped away any massive patches of natural habitat.

Comment: Re:Nuclear is Clean (Score 1) 104

by drinkypoo (#48478437) Attached to: Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

I know you're making that out like it's a bad thing, but I actually think it's a good strategy to hold out as long as you can, because the more time passes, the more likely technology will catch up and make clean up slightly less difficult.

If we leave the mess lying around for a long time where it can be distributed into the atmosphere like at Fukushima if something goes wrong, you mean. What a great idea! Let's create lots of those messes and see if any of them blow up! Whoops, in fact, something like half our messes are exactly like that. Same reactor design, usually sited someplace ignorant where it will flood, with a bunch of spent fuel sitting around on top of it... sometimes more than they had at Fukushima Daiichi.

Comment: Re:Could be a good idea.. (Score 1) 106

Your first sentience in your original post is fine. The rest of them make it very clear that you're not a programmer.

That was my whole fucking point. Congratulations on your reading comprehension skills, today. You get a gold star! I imagine you don't have too many gold star days. A programmer should be able to answer such a question immediately, even if the answer is "I don't have a favorite because..." and not just pulling something out of their ass.

+ - Global service providers hit five year high->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Restructuring initiatives such as those recently undertaken by HP, IBM and Dell have contributed to the highest growth of operating margins for global service providers in five years; this trend will likely continue as other global service providers follow suit, striving for more focused and profitable service portfolios.

Among other trends expected to shape the market outlook for the remainder of this year and into the next are the following:

Sluggish demand for outsourcing from traditional source markets and industry verticals;
Increased activity in set-ups and expansions of Global In-house Centers (GICs), led by well-known companies such as AstraZeneca, Cisco and Bacardi; and Reduced location activity in tier-2 cities in Latin America due in part to risk perceptions."

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+ - Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering on 2012 Election 1

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HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Gerrymandering is the practice of establishing a political advantage for a political party by manipulating district boundaries to concentrate all your opponents votes in a few districts while keeping your party's supporters as a majority in the remaining districts. For example, in North Carolina in 2012 Republicans ended up winning nine out of 13 congressional seats even though more North Carolinians voted for Democrats than Republicans statewide. Now Jessica Jones reports that researchers at Duke are studying the mathematical explanation for the discrepancy. Mathematicians Jonathan Mattingly and Christy Vaughn created a series of district maps using the same vote totals from 2012, but with different borders. Their work was governed by two principles of redistricting: a federal rule requires each district have roughly the same population and a state rule requires congressional districts to be compact. Using those principles as a guide, they created a mathematical algorithm to randomly redraw the boundaries of the state’s 13 congressional districts. "We just used the actual vote counts from 2012 and just retabulated them under the different districtings," says Vaughn. "”If someone voted for a particular candidate in the 2012 election and one of our redrawn maps assigned where they live to a new congressional district, we assumed that they would still vote for the same political party."

The results were startling. After re-running the election 100 times with a randomly drawn nonpartisan map each time, the average simulated election result was 7 or 8 U.S. House seats for the Democrats and 5 or 6 for Republicans. The maximum number of Republican seats that emerged from any of the simulations was eight. The actual outcome of the election — four Democratic representatives and nine Republicans – did not occur in any of the simulations. "If we really want our elections to reflect the will of the people, then I think we have to put in safeguards to protect our democracy so redistrictings don't end up so biased that they essentially fix the elections before they get started," says Mattingly. But North Carolina State Senator Bob Rucho is unimpressed. "I'm saying these maps aren't gerrymandered," says Rucho. "It was a matter of what the candidates actually was able to tell the voters and if the voters agreed with them. Why would you call that uncompetitive?""

+ - Censoring Internet under the "anti-terror" banner->

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An anonymous reader writes "The "anti-terrorism" meme is being used by more and more countries all over the world as an excuse to censor the Internet

Malaysia, a country in which racist-policies have been institutionalized, wants Facebook and Google to help it to censor the Internet

Malaysia's approach goes way beyond EU's "Right to Forget" directive at Google. For example, Malaysia wants Facebook to close accounts it (Malaysia) deemed "bad", and the definition of "bad" according to the Malaysian ruling regime includes "those offending racial and religious sensitivities "

At face value, "offending racial and religious sensitivities " in itself may not be controversial, but in the Malaysian context (Please keep in mind that Malaysia is the only country in the world where the minority races have being legally oppressed for the past 57 years) the word " sensitivities " include those who dare to criticize the ruling regime's racist practices

In other words, the "anti-terrorism" banner has been hijacked by more and more countries and banana republics such as Malaysia are using it to further their control over the people via despicable means

Some backgrounds: Malaysia has so far either shut down or blocked over 1,400 websites deemed "inappropriate" ( http://www.themalaysianinsider... ) and the regime which is ruling Malaysia has asked Facebook about the identity of people behind 197 accounts ( http://weehingthong.wordpress.... )"

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