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Comment Re:Just what the nodejs (Score 2) 197

It depends on what you mean by "asp.net".

Over the last 3 years asp.net has evolved from "gui controls you compose on a page with TONS of overhead" to "a lightweight framework that looks a LOT like spring". What most people who have used asp.net in the last 10-12 years think of as asp.net is basically dead.

http://www.asp.net/web-api for example. Many people us this and knockoutjs for dotnet based web projects.

Comment Re:All minor parties are teaming together (Score 1) 162

Not all countries have hilariously huge beaurcracies of elected officials. In this case the article is about Australia.

Here we vote for senate and the house. The prime minister is chosen by the party which controlls the house. Cabinet positions such as treasurer and AG are chosen by the prime minister and confirmed by the governer general.

Local officials, controllers, and judges are apolitical positions and not voted on.

Propositions and measure are "yes/no", not a ranking of positions.

You can make your own (or print one from a party's website) "how to vote" card before you go to the poll, and then fill in your ballot to match. Or you can decide when you get there.

It takes under 5 minutes to vote for everything in total, not 5 minutes per vote.

Comment Below the line (Score 4, Informative) 162

Anyone who is actually voting for wikileaks will likely be well informed and voting below the line anyways.

For those not familiar with australian voting, we have preferential instant runoff first past the pole voting.

You can either vote "above the line," where you select ONE party, and that party decides how your preferences fall if they don't win a seat, or you can vote "below the line," where you number individual candidates "1, 2, 3.....".

Comment Re:Lighting on ships... (Score 3, Insightful) 240

http://www.globalenvision.org/2011/08/18/used-soda-bottles-light-world-free

So people in third world countries should just save up for 15 years to buy a commercial lighting system?

This isn't about commercial use in wealthy areas, it's about giving light to the various areas in the world with "shack cities", where a few thousand people just shove up tin roofs and live in close proximity.

It is both novel and beneficial to those people.

Please think before you spew.

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