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Comment Re: Crybaby (Score 1) 156

Actually you can argue that it's worse in Canada. You only get to vote for a local riding candidate, and the Prime Minister is essentially/usually the leader of the party who wins the most ridings.

you can still have lots of rounding error like the USA, and you can't even directly vote for the leader, even though most treat their local vote as such.

Ironically, Russia does this part right. While their elections may be invalid for other reasons, their voting system makes more sense. You get a country wide horse race for the President, no rounding, and a separate riding system to ensure local ministers represent you.

Comment Re: Cry me a river (Score 1) 56

Meh, that's one of my favourite xkcds, but it rarely happens. Amp is horrible as stated. I go out of my way to find plain links instead of the higher up amp link, and in general I'm a fan of most things Google.

Yet another example of marketing / business interests ruining a perfectly good engineering technology accomplishment.

Comment Intelligence Busting (Score 2) 119

If you hate unions so much, why didn't YOU sue to prevent drivers from unionizing? I assume that you don't employ drivers, therefore you've got exactly as much standing as a company like Uber that doesn't employ drivers.

Uber's response is pants-on-head retarded for a company that is trying to insist it has no employees. Their correct course of action would be to absolutely ignore everything this "union" does, and continue with whatever click-through agreement that drivers agree to in order to drive for Uber, because without employees, there is literally nothing the "union" can do other than whine and beg their members to quit driving for Uber.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 1) 200

Since 99% of the cost of providing service is the trenching, this will make the market far more competitive.

Citation, please...

Just so you can get the correct citation, do you want the costs of wiring with the government seizing a right of way for you, or costs of wiring if you have to individually negotiate with every property owner whose land you are going to dig up?

Here's a fancy little equation from 2011 that doesn't include buying the property, and is just the cost of installation, not maintance or upgrades: cost per house = 3072 + 13365*(houses/mile) - 0.8867*houses + 25.04*frost_index + 17700*wetlands_pct + $1376*soil_texture + 165.40*road_intersection_frequency That equation is "rural" installation, costs are probably way higher in an urban environment where you have your choice of installing everything under the sidewalk the entire way or everything under the street the entire way. Suburbia is going to be a mix of the two.

As for IP transit? as low as $0.45/mbps and falling

Comment Re:What's the connection with geek culture and ani (Score 1) 114

What's the connection with anything? A bunch of people like it, a bunch of people don't. You could say the same for all the other geek stuff like D&D, techno music, comic books and so on. Anyone who claims people have to be crammed into a specific mold is an asshole.

Comment Re:Stiff competition. (Score 1) 114

Not really, it's a "buy the $60 dvd/bluray with less steam and fewer lightbeams" tactic for the broadcast episodes to be censored then in a few months the disc release will be uncensored. Some shows broadcast an uncensored version in the first place (on premium cable) but it's pretty rare. Crunchyroll streams the broadcast version for their simulcasts.

Comment Will it ACTUALLY work now? (Score 2) 172

My office computer is set to lock on wake and lock on screensaver, and some days I'll forget to win+L and come in to work the next morning, wiggle the mouse to wake the monitor, and the computer will not be locked.

This isn't new to Windows 10, either. My 8.1 laptop, when I open the lid there's a 50/50 chance it will automatically unlock itself. I open the lid, the screen turns on to the clearly labeled "This computer is locked" screen, which will then sometimes within a second or so slide up automatically without me touching a thing.

If it happened every single time then obviously I fucked up on the configuration, but when it only sometimes works, I'd like to know what the hell is going on.

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