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Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 2) 69

Agreed, I almost always have my GPS muted, just using it as a moving map with live traffic information (Google Maps FTW) and ETA. And I look at the ETA and journey time before I start to see if it looks reasonable.

That said, the Belgian woman was lying and using "GPS made me do it" as cover. No one is that stupid, for one thing you can't drive for two days straight without breaks and rest, which would be a dead give-away to anyone with enough cognitive function to actually be able to drive. Not to mention signposts in several different languages along the way


Comment Re:Plurality (Score 1) 171

I wish they would work together; maybe in some countries they do ... where I live the lesser coalition partners horse-trade for their particular special interest. Anyway, I agree strongly with term limits, they should be mandatory for any politiician in any democracy (not just the President or whatever). Of course it's the politiicians who would have to pass the law to do that ... good luck.

Comment Re:I'd love to see "None of the Above" (Score 1) 171

Minor parties and independent candidates would have less chance of being elected and no option for subsequent rounds - by definition an independent candidate would not ave a replacement, and minor parties would run out of money sooner than the larger ones. End result it becomes a race to see who has enough money and candidates to keep fielding them until they are the last party standing. Big parties win.

Comment Re:Plurality (Score 1) 171

Plenty of European countries do this and it results in a different set of problems. First, to vote for a party which matches your views such a party has to exist, what happens in practice is that parties which aim at large sections of the population form, because they have the greatest chance of election. Second having a parliament full of multiple parties means none of them usually has a clear majority and so you frequently get weak coalition governments. Third it's almost impossible to get rid of politicians because the established ones make sure they are high on the party lists, so they will get in no matter what. This takes away their connection to their constituency and their sense of responsibiity to their electorate.

Comment Re:Are there any non-English languages? (Score 1) 304

I didn't say "keyboards" I said character encoding. The IBM 704 (on which Fortran was developed) had a 6-bit character set which did not include > or <, for the same reason Fortran did not use square brackets [ ]. Similarly, the 704's word size limit accounts for (original) Fortran's 6-character identifiers.

IBM 704 assembly language didn't have GT, LT or EQ. It had things like CAS (Compare Accumulator with Storage) which worked in one direction only.

Comment Re:WWII was in the 1990s??? (Score 1) 320

Obviously it is not a supersonic interceptor, though neither is the F-35. How 'modern' the Super Tucano is depends on your definition of modern. Is it stealthy? no. Is it build from composites with fly-by-light or whatever? no. Does (or rather, can) it have modern glass cockpits, comms, datalink, precision munitions, engine and so on? yes. As I said, design on it started at about the same time (mid 1990s) as on the F-35. What they are though is designed for different roles. It's not out of date, it's in a different category. You wouldn't send your racing driver out in an out of date car, but you would send him out in a current model rally car without all the carbon fibre and aero of an F1 car if he was racing in a rally. Sending a pilot out in a Super Tucano makes perfect sense in the right mission.

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