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Comment Re: um... (Score 1) 234

Yeah, the states not actually being required to cast their electoral votes for the winner of the popular vote is a little unsettling. It's crazy how much how the government works now vs. how it was originally intended to work has diverged over time.

I would kind of like to see a slapfight break out over the NPVIC. I imagine if they get close to the necessary threshold things will get interesting.

Comment Re: um... (Score 1) 234

Clinton winning huge margins in a few large states isn't enough to win the presidency and that has NEVER been the case in American history.

One only needs to carry 11 states and 27% of the popular vote to win the presidency (you could also do it with 23% but more states). So yeah, it kind of has been the case.

California 55
Texas 38
New York 29
Florida 29
Pennsylvania 20
Illinois 20
Ohio 18
Michigan 16
Georgia 16
North Carolina 15
New Jersey 14

Of course, you don't need huge margins in this scenario, but 11 isn't too far away from "a few" in this context, I would say.

Comment Re: This is bait. (Score 1) 685

Scientists, for at least half a century, were really big on social darwinism. That meant the scientific community would just assume black people were dumber, or Poles were naturally servile or whatever based on speculation. If there were any doubts, you could always cite some social scientist who did a study to 'prove' it

Well then that shows that the scientists in question were incompetent. It doesn't show that science itself supports bigotry.

Comment Re:Counterpoint (Score 1) 685

It's almost as if there were a problem, like cancer or rapid computation, and the government saw some benefit in a solution and was willing to shoulder decades of failure because it was the only way to kickstart the few avenues of success that even private industry might take a decade to succeed at. Which, of course, does lead to a lot of graft, corruption, and wasted spending. So does capitalism. Really, so does just about any system*.

Put simply, you're a narrow minded, ungrateful moron who can't see the nuance of history nor do you have any consideration for even yourself for the unexpected events that will personally effect you. Thankfully, there are people who don't have their head so far up their ass to recognize that public (ie government) spending is necessary to fund big ideas (or subsidize less common ones), public (ie charity) is needed when government refuses to cover certain avenues, and private (ie commercial) is needed to handle the more routine stuff and better optimize actual delivery of goods/services. They're all necessary in the big picture.

Dude. He didn't say government funding was completely without merit. Leaky pipes will still supply some water to the destination.

Take a chill pill.

Comment Re:Bingo! (Score 1) 685

Is your sample pool limited to Slashdot? Because if we do that it's easy to draw the conclusion that every single scientific study is bought by some corporation and full of shit.

Sometimes I'm not sure if I'm paranoid, or Slashdot is, or the whole world just blows.

Comment Re: Responsive Web as the Desktop UI (Score 1) 95

Relatedly, the number of times I've been trying to resize a window and accidentally went two pixels too far to the southwest and closed the program (since it didn't have an exit sanity check) over the last couple years is a bit embarrassing. Mostly VLC and Chromium.

Comment Re: Responsive Web as the Desktop UI (Score 1) 95

To be fair, Linux DEs had snap-to-edge for several years before Windows 7 came out. But yeah.

This situation requires both that A) DE developers limit drag sensitivity to pixel-perfect for some reason, and B) theme designers wanting the smallest possible border on all their windows (well, technically you can run entirely without a border but whatever). Back before Unity I knew how to tweak the Ubuntu/Compiz/whatever themes to fatten up the borders, but after GNOME got flushed, doing that in XFCE would've required digging into text files IIRC.

Windows 7 was the platonic ideal of Windows. After that it's just been an accelerating downhill slope.

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