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Comment Re:They are smart in the Netherlands (Score 1) 117

Make a machine that will take a stack of ballots and split them into separate piles based on which box is ticked. Then run each of those piles through a separate tallying machine. The sorting machine doesn't count, and the counting machine doesn't sort. We've had this tech for nearly a century.

Comment Re:Won't Be Star Trek (Score 4, Insightful) 146

There was one where the Enterprise was parked underwater just to hide from a pre-industrial civilization - can you believe that? Another where a belt buckle made all of Star Fleet obsolete.

I even saw one where the Enterprise was being built in the middle of a field on Earth's surface, and a single drop of red paint was enough to implode Vulcan.

Comment Why? (Score 1) 399

Okay, I understand that folks are uncomfortable with the 3D glasses, and the 3D effect is frequently a distraction to the story, and all that, but isn't it just some software on the TV that is producing the image? Is there really much in the line of special hardware on the TV itself needed to produce the 3D effect? Lots of TVs have headphone jacks, but only a vanishingly small number of people use the jack. So, if 3D doesn't involve an excessive amount of special hardware on the TV, why not leave it in as an available, but unmarketed feature.

Alternatively, can a third party settop box do the 3D processing?

Comment "As a cost-cutting measure..." (Score 4, Insightful) 32

This is the problem with subscription services; the provider can change their mind at a whim as to what they provide, leaving subscribers in the lurch. We saw it with the disappearing e-books a while back. Cell phone providers are changing plans all the time, as are TV providers. The situation will only get worse with Software-As-A-Service providers. What are you going to do when your budget software service goes under, or is acquired by a bigger provider and is shut down? Or when your backup provider stops supporting your OS?

... and this is on top of all the third party data sharing, affiliate advertising, and security bypass "features" that modern services employ.

I heartily recommend avoiding subscription services like the plague.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 857

Nah, I think you have it backwards. The 2-party-system is a natural result of FPTP.

If that were the case, then Canada, UK, India, Australia, and a host of others should have devolved to two party systems long ago. However, all of them have vibrant, multi-party systems. Why? Because it is traditional for them to do so. As a Canadian, it seems really weird to me that Americans only have two candidates to vote for.

Actually, considering the general level of dislike for both the Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls, it seems like this would have been a ripe time for a third party to step up to the plate.

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