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Comment Re:Electoral college does reflect the popular vote (Score 4, Insightful) 1425

There's no reason that amount of total area won should mean anything at all. Moreover, there's no reason you can reasonably object to cities dominating simply because they happen to be dense areas. Disagreeing with a group doesn't mean you get to use essentially arbitrary criteria to decide you'd like to ignore their wishes.

Social and political interests tend to have a heavy coincidence with geography. If you are on the coasts you care way more about the fishing industry than people in the heartland. If you are in a desert you care more about water conservation. If you are near oil and natural gas your livelihood or the livelihood of your neighbors probably depends on the energy industry. By virtue of being in a population dense area, you automatically have a powerful voting block on various area specific issues. What's more, the people in other areas are not your neighbors, you have much less incentive to protect their interests, and are much less likely to hear their anger and complaints when you don't. By and large people from Wisconsin are not going to be able to come and protest march down the streets of LA if California -- 8 x the population of Wisconsin -- decides corn should be taxed to subsidize making action movies.

The electoral college helps protect various minority populations from being exploited by a tyrannous majority. And that is the main point of our republic, why it is based on constitutional rights, competing branches of government (one of which is not voted on), an electoral college, etc., and super majorities are required to enact any substantial changes. Our government is not a mechanism for enacting the will of the 51% (or even the 60%) on every issue, it is built as a balance of interests which makes the government accountable to the people while also making it fairly difficult for any one group of people to use the government as a cudgel against another group.

Comment Re:Just delete Trump's account (Score 1) 427

He didn't mean that "some" rapists are crossing the border. He meant that generically the Mexicans crossing the border are rapists, but "some" are good people. This is textbook hate speech

"Some" is a very fuzzy quantity--more than "several", less than "most." Some + some = all.

Or for example, "Some U.S. citizens are murderers." Completely true. But pointing that out isn't hate speech because they're in the majority, apparently.

Comment Re:It's the transition team, people. (Score 5, Informative) 820

mandate that families hold funerals for miscarried or aborted fetuses

This was so crazy that I had to look it up. Turns out "hold a funeral" is "dispose of remains properly" -- the bill required that fetal remains be either interred or incinerated. Generally speaking that would be the responsibility of the healthcare facility in custody of the remains.

Tell me straight, is "require families to hold a funeral" truly the most accurate and reasonable way you could come up with to indicate the nature of the bill, or is it a purposeful deception?

Comment Re:Typical of today's programmer (Score 1) 196

I have 16GB and when clamscan automatically kicked on (Linux anti-virus scan)

Why are you running a virus scanner on Linux?

it ran out of memory and was logging out of memory errors as fast as the hard drive could take it. The same message over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Took me four hours to track it down because all your programs start crashing when they can't write their little temp files and it wasn't using a lot of CPU. I didn't want to restart because I had something open I needed to save.

Ran out of memory, or ran out of storage?

Running out of actual memory is fun, too--the handful of times it's happened to me on Linux, nothing actually crashes; it just stops. I could still switch between different open windows, although the screen started painting. Could still run terminal commands but trying to tab-complete would just spit out a bash error :) Trying to recall from memory how to call up a list of processes and kill them via the terminal (because no memory to open task manager) without autocomplete was fun the first time.

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