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Comment: Canadian ballots vs US (Score 1) 405

by plawsy (#37133702) Attached to: Canada To Adopt On-Line Voting?
For US people: Canadian ballots are not at all like those that we see here. Because we have regular elections (notwithstanding special elections to fill unexpected vacancies and local-gov't elections in many states) we tend to have many, many items on the ballot including people in all three branches of state and local gov'ts in addition to federal (one or two every two years, one to three every four) not to mention ballot initiatives and tax increases. In Canada, there is usually a single race on a ballot. IOW, the problem spec is very different from that of the US.
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Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the here's-to-you-mrs-robinson dept.
teh31337one writes "Google is refusing to advertise CougarLife, a dating site for mature women looking for younger men. However, they continue to accept sites for mature men seeking young women. According to the New York Times, CougarLife.com had been paying Google $100,000 a month since October. The Mountain View company has now cancelled the contract, saying that the dating site is 'nonfamily safe.'"

Comment: Um, yeah. (Score 1) 809

by plawsy (#29737383) Attached to: Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek

From TFA:

You could strip out the 25th century tech in Star Trek and replace it with 18th century tech -- make the Enterprise a man o'war (with a particularly eccentric crew) at large upon the seven seas during the age of sail -- without changing the scripts significantly.

Um, yeah ... there's a reason why Roddenberry pitched it as "Wagon Train to the Stars".

Comment: Re:Obligitory (Score 2, Insightful) 620

by plawsy (#27687951) Attached to: Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Don't forget Kubuntu [kubuntu.org]! It's got KDE 4.2 now!

Really? I was all excited when 8.10 came out, installed it ... then had to go back to 8.04 after a few days. Why? Simple. My existing desktop environment was unavailable in the "new" KDE (Keramic? Crystal? Which actually tells you the name?)

Sure, KDE 4 is all new, super-duper coding, but if I can't get my desktop to behave the way it has for years it's useless to me. I can't afford to spend a day or three learning a totally new desktop environment and customizing it to my needs. And when I say years, I mean back to the first release SuSE under the then-not-evil Novell bought it.

I don't care what the devs do behind the scenes as long as I can work.

/bleah

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