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Comment Re:Canada (Score 1) 278

Basically if you have 1/3rd of the popular vote, country wide, ideally you would use this to get barely top of the vote in as many ridings as possible, and win them. (34% - 33% - 33% would be ideal for 3 ways, or 51% in a two way race).

In quebec last election, many ridings won landslide, 80% or whatever. so half the vote is 'wasted', in that they'd have won regardless. If the 30% was distributed to some other riding, it could mean more seats.

If that makes sense.

The same works in reverse though. When cons win in rural alberta with 80% vote, most of that is wasted too. they only needed 1/4 of those people to vote to win. but those votes still apply to _national_ average of 30% or whatever everyone is polling at right now. So if all three have 1/3rd support, the party that wins the most ridings by small margin will likely have more seats, as the vote is distributed well.

Comment Re:3L per square meter per hour @ 75 percent humid (Score 3, Informative) 173

Your math is off. I don't have a 710ml bottle handy, so I did a 12oz can.

Assuming 6.5cm * 12cm, ignoring the bottom and top surfaces, just the sides of the cylinder, I get 490 cm2, which is .049 m2.

3l * .049 = 0.147; 147ml/h. The can will be a 40% full in an hour, in 75% RH.

I assume the performance in drier conditions is much worse, though.

Although, once the liquid is in the container, it loses surface area? I didnt bother reading to find out whether the inside or outside or both count. math was assuming one side.. If it is the inside surface that does the work, the increasingly covered surface will give reduced efficiency as it approaches full...

Comment Re:Shocking. (Score 1) 363

Not sure what you're on about. Maybe you should look it up in oxford first.

Definition of electrocute
        injure or kill someone by electric shock: a man was electrocuted when he switched on the Christmas tree lights
        execute (a convicted criminal) by means of the electric chair.


late 19th century: from electro-, on the pattern of execute

Comment Re:828 flashing Dekatron valves (Score 1) 65

Tube logic was inefficient, and had reliability issues due to short life, but they were capable of high (MHz) switching speeds. Of course the size of things raises problems, and you have to run it a lot slower than any given gate could run, I suppose. Line driving issues, stray capacitance in the miles of wiring and whatnot, will kill your sharp edges and miss pulses.

Cold cathode, however, was slow as fuck. A couple kHz, maybe, for neon; somewhat faster for argon. Hydrogen was the fastest IIRC ( the small size must (de)ionize faster - must why they used it in high speed thyratrons for pulsed radar and whatnot also?), but still in the kHz range.

Comment Re:Not a digital computer (Score 2) 65

However the Dekatron valves could be made in effective binary mode (9 anodes to 1 pin) so it could still be a binary computer.

That wasn't for binary, it was for allowing less complicated tubes if they were only going to be used as divide-by-10. Instead of drawing out all 10 cathodes, cathode 0 has it's own pin, and 1-9 are on a common pin... as you only need to measure / know when cathode 0 goes high again (signifying 10 pulses have occurred).

If they only needed binary it would be a flip flop instead (either tube, for 'high' speed, sometimes glow lamps in slower things)

but yeah, absolutely digital.

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