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Comment Re:Even this is wrong (Score 1) 684

> it would make FAR more sense to colonize Antarctica,

We already have multiple research stations there. The difference is, they're not self-sufficient to my knowledge - they're dependent on supply runs from the rest of the world - nor do the people live there forever.

Comment Re:Doesn't Matter (Score 1) 216

Not ordinarily an Obama defender, but....

For every 100,000 people in the USA who sign a petition on this website, there are 318.76 Million people who did not sign it. Trying to come up with why they didn't - are they indifferent? Opposed? Ignorant? - is an exercise they need to go through for every petition with significant support. As a result, they will respond, but not necessarily take action, unless it makes sense to them, i.e. conforms to, or is at least compatible with, their agenda.

Comment Re:Buy an island (Score 1) 842

I've been around here for a while (check my UID). I remember back in the 90's when they explained this - and it never made sense to me then, nor does it make sense to me now.

Reddit proved that editing/deleting posts doesn't have those kinds of issues.

Even if you accept that argument, getting around it by instituting some sort of versioning for posts - ("This post was edited. Click here to see previous versions.") can eliminate that.

Comment Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 288

> 'a statistically significant' pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct.

The larger the precinct in geographical terms, the more spread out the population. The more spread out, the more rural, the more rural, the more Republicans per capita. Where's the problem here?

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.