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Comment Re:And that's a bad thing (Score 1) 133

It's not just the modules themselves; npm is also horrible.

For starters, npm is non-deterministic. Yep, you've read it right: you can install the same packages on two different machines, but if you do it in different order, you can end up with different dependency trees. And yes, despite what the npm maintainers say, it can result in different versions of packages being installed for the same set of version constraints.

Then there are major bugs that have been open for over a year, and can be blocking (as in, no way to install a package) if you happen to be the unlucky one who is affected... but there's no fix. The bug still says "needs repro", despite 80+ comments and 24 upvotes on it, and one of npm developers saying that he "ran into this a few times".

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 732

Electors were pledged to specific candidates, and all voters understand that. In fact, in many states, the ballots don't even list the names of electors, they just list the names of the candidates they're pledged to. So as far as voters are concerned, they are voting for the candidates. And when assessing the relative popular support for either candidate, that is absolutely the right way to count such votes.

You can easily prove me wrong by showing a substantial number of voters who are willing to openly claim that they actually voted for electors, and that their vote should not be construed as indication of their support for the corresponding candidate. Go ahead.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 732

It's relevant if we're talking about what the people have preferred, because that's the only metric that we have. In case you haven't noticed, this isn't discussion of the results of the election, but of the popular sentiment towards the candidates.

What doesn't matter is all the could-have-beens, like "if the candidates were trying to win the popular vote then it would have ended up differently". The candidates presented themselves the way they did, and the public responded the way it did - by giving 2.8 million more votes to Clinton. That's the only piece of hard data available on the subject of whom US people "favored".

Comment Re:Why bother with the machines? (Score 1) 732

It varies a lot by regions. Some do pretty well; Izhevsk is another example. But the country overall is not doing great.

The biggest problem is that there's no clear path forward for the economy. It was clearly way too dependent on mineral exports, and all attempts to reform that so far have been smoke and mirrors mostly (Skolkovo etc); and it's not clear whether the ruling elites are even seriously trying, or are just making enough noise to look like they're doing something.

Comment Re:Why bother with the machines? (Score 1) 732

I have enough friends and acquaintances there, and trust me, it's felt quite a bit on the streets. Prices are higher than they used to be, salaries aren't catching up with inflation. People who are on welfare, especially pensions, are the worst off, because those haven't been indexed for inflation as they're supposed to for a while now (with official explanation of "we don't have the money").

There's no upward trajectory other than in the newspapers. Economically, Russia has plunged into the shitter in 2014, and any recovery since then has been very limited. Look at USD/RUB exchange rate as the prime indicator.

The only successes it can really boast of lately are military: Ukraine and Syria. The former seems to be coalescing into a frozen battlefield, and the latter had a strong show-off element (launching cruise missiles off the Caspian, or using Kuznetsov), and a lot fell flat - like Kuznetsov and its troubles, or the loss of Palmyra (after a pompous celebration of its liberation and "we're here to stay", no less).

Comment Re: Wow, it's effing nothing (Score 1) 732

The Congress does nominally hold a lot of power, but it remains to be seen if they actually have the balls to exercise it.

Their problem is that they know full well that America didn't elect them. It elected Trump, and they just rode his coattails. Every single Republican in Congress knows that a lot of his constituents pretty much worship Trump, and if they see their representative as an obstacle to the president, they'll vote accordingly. Furthermore, they also know that Trump is very vocal when someone gets into his way, and loves pointing fingers at specific people and loudly demanding their heads... which is exactly what will make voters notice. So, they're afraid.

So far we have seen a lot of talk from them, but on the action front, they are all cow-towing. Just look at how it already went on the budget deficit. Or the tweet that killed their "ethics reform". It may be that Russia will be that one thing on which it'll be different, but I don't see any strong evidence to that effect so far.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 732

The point is that the way election rules are, the resulting count does not represent the will of the people. It is by design, yes. But you can't look at it and say "counted that way, people favored Trump". The electors of the electoral college favored Trump.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 732

As a Californian, I say Californians should have no right to vote in national elections until they prove they are US citizens.

That's fine, but any associated expenses then have to be footed entirely by the government. In other words, if you demand voter ID, then the state should be responsible for issuing such IDs for free to all eligible citizens, and in a manner that minimally inconveniences said citizens (i.e. no 2-hour travel to some DMV with lines that are half mile long, because it's 3x over capacity it can actually serve).

And yes, before you ask, the same should apply to concealed carry licenses.

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