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Comment alternative approach (Score 3, Insightful) 1081

The Electoral College is due to the fact we live in a republic- the number of electoral votes is equal to the sum of the house and senate.

A better approach would be to divide the Electoral College votes proportionally to the vote cast in the sate. This would then still give candidates incentive to campaign in smaller or less populated states.

If we where to go to a straight out popular vote only then people will complain that it is always the big states like California and New York that decide every election and as such Presidential candidates will likely only stop in those larger cities along the costs and be damned to fly over country as they call it.

Submission + - Microsoft Moving To 'Rollup' Update Model For Older Windows Systems (microsoft.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A posting on the Microsoft TechNet blog announces Microsoft moving to a montly rollup-style update model for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems. In this new model users will no longer be able to pick individual updates for installation. This will, according to Microsoft, improve the end-user experience by reducing system fragmentation. Microsoft will also provide enterprise users with a monthly minimal package only containing the latest security updates.

Submission + - Windows 10's "all or nothing" cumulative update scheme coming 7, 8.1 (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The shotgun "cumulative" update scheme used in Windows 10 is coming to 7 and 8.1. No longer will updates be offered through Windows Update individually. Instead, you'll grab the latest "cumulative" update for your version of Windows, and take whatever Microsoft gives you.

Of course, Microsoft says it will improve performance of Windows updates on the older versions (and that may very well be true, but so would an actual updated 'security fix only' service pack for them); but you know they will not be able to help themselves with their new method of obfuscating "other" non security updates. We all know that Microsoft does not document their updates well in Windows update (everything simply "resolves issues in Windows"? really? Windows 10 offer updates said that too, what exactly did that resolve?), rarely fully itemizes "cumulative updates, often improperly labels updates as "security update" and "important" when they are, in fact, neither.

This will include things people have begin to take notice of and avoid (such as non-security "important" updates, telemetry and spying updates, etc).

If you use Windows Update to update your systems, you will start to lose control over what updates get installed and what ones you can defer or avoid.

If you're a knowledgeable home or small business user, you may want to look into alternative means of obtaining the actual important security related updates (and only those) from utilities like WSUS Offline Update, as WSUS method will remain unchanged (at least for now, right?).

Submission + - SpaceX sticks the landing! (spacex.com)

bryanandaimee writes: SpaceX has successfully landed their first stage on an autonomous platform in the ocean for the first time. Congratulations to the team over at SpaceX!

Submission + - Slashdot Poll: Year of Linux on the Desktop? 2

An anonymous reader writes: Year of Linux on the Desktop?

Sometime in the 1990s
2000-2005
2006-2009
2010-2012
2013-2015
Sometime in the future
Never

Submission + - Speaker of the House Boehner announces resignation (washingtonpost.com)

halfEvilTech writes: House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), faced with a constant conservative rebellion, told Republicans Friday morning that he will resign at the end of October, according to aides and lawmakers in a closed-door meeting.

The resignation will end a nearly five-year reign as speaker, allowing House Republicans to approve a short-term government funding bill that will avert a shutdown of federal agencies. Boehner’s hold on the speaker’s gavel had grown increasingly unsteady amid threats from more than 30 Republicans that they would force a no-confidence vote in his speaker’s position, which would have forced him to rely on Democratic votes in order to remain in charge. Several GOP members told The Washington Post that Boehner would step down from Congress Oct. 31.

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