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Comment: Re:Stop this stupid First past the Post system (Score 1) 140

by Carewolf (#48478775) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

first past the post isn't what's doing that, not having instant runoff style ballots is.

Yes it is. With proportional voting a minor party with 15% in every district would get one candidate in a state of 11 districts like this case. In a two party system, aka first past the post, they would get none.

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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed 99

Posted by samzenpus
from the mea-culpa dept.
BarbaraHudson writes in with the latest in the Assassin's Creed Unity debacle. This time it's good news. "As an acknowledgment of the botched launch of Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft has offered free additional content to everyone who purchased the title, cancelled the game's season pass and offered a free game to users who purchased the pass. The anticipation for Assassin's Creed Unity was such that the myriad of bugs and technical issues experienced at launch felt like an even greater slap in the face for gamers. In a blog posted yesterday, Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto said: 'Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential.'"

Comment: Re:If your product is any good... (Score 0) 118

by Carewolf (#48472905) Attached to: BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

Then you don't need to hand people hundreds of dollars to take it off your hands.

-jcr

Yeah, but considering the product has been constantlly sold out and impossible to even get hands on, this really doesn't make any sense. Maybe they have ramped up production and the initial buyers are all done?

Comment: Re:Um, what? (Score 0) 417

by Carewolf (#48468731) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Leaderships skills are, apparently, no longer a qualification for President... Charisma and good talking points suffice.

But Fiorina has the charisma and easy charm of Mitt Romney with the competency and self awareness of Sarah Palin. An obvious Republican candidate but not really an obvious nomination.

Comment: Re:ENIAC wasn't the first (Score 1) 124

by serviscope_minor (#48467547) Attached to: How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Except for those pesky,slow mechanical relays... and total lack of conditional branches.

Firstly, the thermionic valves of ENIAC are about as far from transistors as electromechanical realays (bar speed and vacuum channel transistors). Second, the Z4 had conditional branches.

The Z4 is far more like a modern computer architecturally than ENIAC, and given that one can make the logic elements out of whatever is to hand. Zuse AG later sold transistorised versions of the Z4.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 1087

by roman_mir (#48467383) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Machismo has nothing to do with it, a person has the right to protect himself with deadly force when attacked and should not hesitate once it's a full frontal attack, do not leave the attacker capable of returning, coming from behind, coming after you later, take care of it once and for all right there and then and be done with it. Yes, taking another man's life is better than losing your own.

Comment: Re:ENIAC wasn't the first (Score 1) 124

by serviscope_minor (#48466637) Attached to: How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Yes, but he didn't fail, because that's not what he said. He said first electronic programmable computer. The Z1 (and successors) were electromechanical. Still impressive in their own right, true, but nothing like the electronic computers that were invented later.

Indeed, the Z1--Z4 were not much like the electronic computers built shortly later. They were in fact much more like the electronic computers built *decades* later.

Bear in mind that Eniac was a decimal machine, whereas the Z? machines were binary. ENIAC was an integer based machine, whereas the Z? machines had hardware floating point and for all except the Z1, this included denormals and exceptions. ENIAC was programmed using plugs and switches where as the Z? machines had machine code stored on tape with overlapped pipelined instruction decoding.

In almost every way, the Z? machines were much more like modern computers than ENIAC ever was.

Comment: Re:That's unchecked capitalism for you (Score 0) 501

by Carewolf (#48466153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Then the answer is having a couple of military in full battle dress holding guns to the heads of the CEO.

Yes I said heads. One gun pressed into the forehead, the other a shotgun jammed into his junk. The marines must YELL at full volume all the time at him.

I hate to say ths, but that is no way to treat a private business. If you want to command them around, maybe you should buy/nationalize them instead of threating them.

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