FPTP is fundamentally flawed, in that it forces a two-party system to come into being, due to the effect of the "split vote".
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FPTP is fundamentally flawed, in that it forces a two-party system to come into being, due to the effect of the "split vote".
I'd love STV with something like 3-4 member constituencies.
Then I'd be able to take my issue to whichever of the members I thought was most likely to help on that particular thing.
The current One-Member system has the fundamental problem that if my Member is a Minister, or even worse, the Speaker, I'm stuffed.
The Minister must back the Cabinet due to Collective Responsibility, and the Speaker isn't allowed to express their opinion.
No. It is much easier to lose or change the contents of an electronic ballot box than the contents of a physical one.
While it is relatively easy to 'lose' a physical ballot box, it leaves a physical trail that must also be hidden - 3rd party observers saw it, and every individual ballot paper has to be accounted for.
An electronic 'ballot box' has a no physical trail, only a small amount of data describes its existence - all one would need is the signature, and poof, the entire box is gone or rewritten for the Lizard Party.
The 3rd party observers would have no way of seeing this, and no evidence would exist outside the system itself to indicate that a large-scale fraud had occurred.
Don't forget installation costs, and the VAT, which adds 20% to all the above.
So what you're saying is that it is uneconomic to use these because they will not pay back within their warranty period, unless you steal from the poor.
The 14.45p/kWh comes directly from everyone else's electricity bills.
Everyone who does not have the system is paying you for all the electricity you use.
Who can install these systems? Those who own their property and have either large enough savings to buy outright, or a good enough credit rating that a bank will loan them the upfront cost. In other words, the well-off.
Who pays for the systems? The poor and lower-middle class.
Isn't that simply evil?
It's simply a 120V version with different relay and MOVs.
While the circuit and component selection look fairly sound, the PCB design looks extra-low-voltage, and may not be suitable for EU mains voltage supplies. It's quite hard to get mains voltage thru-hole PCB design right.
Can't be sure without a sample, and there's no hint as to the backside of the board on any of their published docs, however the topside creepage looks like ~1.5mm, when the standard requires at least 2.4mm*. You don't run tracks down the isolation gap - those pins are that far apart for a reason - and Protective Earth looks really close to LN.
I don't think El Reg should mention any mains voltage kits for the EU unless they've got good reason (CE mark etc) to believe that it complies with the basic safety regs in the EU. These set of devices look like they meet most US codes, but not EU ones.
* Assuming 'normal' PCB material and that it's not hermetically sealed.
Indeed - though to be fair, the Surface Pro is actually a decent laptop.
As long as you can manage with 1 (one) USB port and no hardwired Ethernet.
A timer overflow is so obvious and predictable that you can even work out exactly when it will occur to the individual tick.
A mistake in a flight control algorithm that gives unwanted results when fed by a particular mix of wrong and right values is an incredibly hard thing to predict.
One is a failure to count.
The other is an inability to allow for and test all possible circumstances.
It has to come down fast because it can't hover.
The throttle only goes as low as ~1.8G, so the least it can do is roughly maximum braking of a high-performance car. (0.8G)
Lower throttle isn't possible because turbopumps don't do slow, among other things.
According to Scott Manley, it's trying to drive at a brick wall at 120mph, then slam on the brakes and come to a halt just touching the wall.
This time it slammed on the brakes ever so slightly too late.
Would they have shot him first instead if the cop hadn't got a Taser on him?
They can and do kill. It's not a magic stun-phaser like in Star Trek, and somebody high on drugs is at higher than usual risk of death if Tasered.
I wonder what would have happened if the policemen did nothing? Would he have quietly passed out after sexing the tree?
Eeewww! That's a hideous image...
Press release != science.
Then the reporting of the press releases gets even further from the actual results.
It's primarily shoddy journalists, who simply don't understand science at all, but pretend that it's just like the arts or humanities.
So that's equally 'predatory', yes?
Class action isn't really a thing in Europe.
That said, it's a wonderful own-goal by Sony.
The only possible legal results from this are that they cancel the alleged debt, or that they cancel the alleged debt and pay a fine.
The PR result is already clear.
No, that's known as an 'abusive contract' clause, which has no power whatsoever in any European country.
Dear Sony, you will lose. Trading Standards will rip you a new one.
I read it when I was young and foolish enough to consider making some of the recipes.
Fortunately, I was never quite foolish enough.
Not that load of bollocks again.
You can find somebody claiming anything if you search hard enough.
I pity you. It must be so difficult to maintain such a flawed and bigoted worldview.
Your right to throw a punch ends before it hits another's face.
I think that explains it.
Straw man - it doesn't matter how big a religion is.
He just missed the 'scare quotes' around 'standards'.
There are such things as proprietary standards/specifications though:
A company publishes an interoperability specification which others can use, perhaps even royalty-free, but the company retains full control over it.
Most APIs are like that.
If it's hard work, then maybe it's not right.
It might be hard sometimes, but marriage isn't work!
As far as I recall lithium ion batteries really don't like deep discharge and wear out much faster than the equivalent sealed lead-acid.
So this technique means you'll be replacing more, smaller batteries more often - hoping that 1000 small batteries costs less than 10 big ones.
Not to mention the interesting fire loading - lithium battery fires cannot be doused, and the batteries catch fire quite easily when damaged or overcharged.
You basically have to wait for it to burn out and then put out the secondary fires.
Can their fire suppression system cope with that?
A disc doesn't have to write a full block, it's the file systems that do that.
Not all file systems use blocks, and those that do generally allow you to choose the block size if you want a different tradeoff between storing the location of the data and the data itself.
If I, as a Brit, want to buy German bread then I can send a German bakery money and they send me the bread.
Shipping might be expensive and a bit stale once it arrives, but I can do it and the law does not affect my ability to do so.
However, if I want to buy German television, I cannot. It is simply impossible to do without breaching copyright.
If I want to watch it, I must breach the copyright.
This is the *only* type of goods or services where this is the case within the EU, and it's obviously stupid.
Under 4 microlumens per square inch.
Or 1.3 candela / sq metre in SI units.
So, roughly the brightness of a single candle diffused across a square metre.
Wolfram Alpha says it's less than half the apparent luminance of the twilight sky.
Which is very dim, as the human eye is logarithmic.
But certainly visible.
Why should I need to root my device in order to selectively allow/deny applications unnecessary privileges?
That is one thing Apple do a little better.
Odd that he lists the mostly solved problems as the "huge challenges", but ignores the "make one of these things actually work" and "make it not be a bloody superweapon of hideous death"
A simple and quick way to gain and retain Power is to define an "Other", upon which blame can be placed.
The powerful can either 'pity' "them", try to change "them" to be more like "us", or remove "them".
When a problem arises, it's tempting and really easy to say "The problem came from them", not "us.
Thus diverting attention from the real cause.
All the Mac users I know use USB sticks daily.
Most of them use a second USB device at the same time - what it is varies, but nearly all of them do.
So this one isn't even enough for you.
The nearest comparison is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, which has a grand total of one USB 3.0 port and one power port - and everyone I know ends up carrying a USB hub because it's not enough.
Most people use USB sticks to transfer files between computers. It's simple and intuitive.
At the office, everyone connects via the wired ethernet because it's faster - most via a desktop dock.
Surface Pro has a dock, does this?
This new Macbook is clearly intended as an alternate iPad with the same pattern of consumption-only use.
So, it's alienating all the professionals who use Mac for creative purposes - continuing a worrying trend from Apple.
Most modern PSUs (chargers etc) are quite capacitive and so have a low power factor in the other direction.
It's all pretty silly anyway, as after I got rid of my electric shower I've not used more than 400kWh in any given month, it's usually closer to 300kWh.
So even in a bad month, my mean (24hour) consumption is under 560W - or 1700W for 8-hour days - which means the error bars are rather significant.
18 months? Useless.
Mine ran for 5 years.
The replacement battery only managed 3, and I was so annoyed that I stopped wearing a watch altogether.
You also need two versions to cover about 99% of the population.
No idea what you do for the last 1% or so.
I luff my 3G Kindle.
Even works in deepest darkest Peru :)
I'm certain that it would be technically possible for Google to do, and pretty sure that they employ people who are good at it.
However, I'm also pretty sure that doing so would have simply got them sued, gaining them nothing.
This type of limitation is usually legal, not technical.
(There are several features we've been forced to remove from our products due to stupid patents that should never have been granted. Unfortunately, the court would have been in Texas, so...)
Any idea when they might be back in stock?
I have some money here that I want to dispose of in return for a nuclear furnace.
That's because the guy in charge of the UI is an insane control freak who has no understanding of his users at all.
He needs to be fired, he's a bloody idiot.
Ferro-electric NVRAM is on the shelves already, but the density is still very low and the price high.
I've not seen any FeNVRAM bigger than 256kbit yet. It compares very well with SRAM and battery/supercap backup, but not Flash.
Superfish were the party in question.
Unless they outsourced their entire product, in which case, they are not only evil, but stupid as well.
Except that heaven is described as being "brighter than the Sun", so somebody would have taken that to mean "nuke everyone"
As absolutely everybody predicted, and ICANN chose to ignore because money.
Actually, he didn't.
The Model T was originally available in a variety of different colours - none of which were black.
The point is that you are richer because you can afford the free time it takes to bake that delicious loaf.
You do it because it's fun, not because you have to.
Your free time is part of the bounty of being a specialist.
You could just deny it any access to your Internet connection.
That's easier and just as effective.
This married fan would disagree.
My other half isn't a fan but she's foreign so couldn't be expected to understand.
The line is "Triple fried-egg butty with chilli sauce and chutney".
The "chilli sauce and chutney" is repeated, they're definitely two separate ingredients.
Can't find the script online unfortunately.
I do wonder what was in the actual prop.
Don't tell the Elf.
The reason for quoting this cost is that the officers can't do anything else while waiting for Assange to come out.
The coppers and equipment would have been employed and the money spent either way, but it could have been used in other, more useful ways.
- walking the beat, responding to calls etc.
Instead the officers are standing around watching a door, hoping he'll come out and they can arrest him, pass him on to the Swedes or the courts and get back to doing something else.
There's no choice though. As a country we simply cannot allow anyone to abscond bail.
The difference here is that he convinced another sovereign state to let him sleep on their couch.
They probably wouldn't do that for me, but apparently he's quite persuasive.
Eventually they'll decide he can't stay anymore and that will be that. He'll be taken to Sweden, face the police there, perhaps be tried, be convicted or cleared and when that's over, he'll be deported back to the UK to serve his sentence for absconding.
At that point it would be trivial for another interested country to request the dubious pleasure of his company.
If his claims of US involvement are true, then absconding was the stupidest thing he could have done, other than flying to the USA and knocking on the door of the Pentagon.
Qt Creator is also considerably better than Visual Studio.
Infinitely better if you want to go cross-platform, whether Qt or pure C++. (Kits are awesome)
The MS C++ compiler is great for Windows, but only Windows.
Pretty much every developer knows that Windows is the wrong OS for IoT - too expensive in terms of hardware, development tools and per-unit licence costs.
Presumably this is MS' attempt to change that, but unless they become free they will fail.
IoT is low margin, high volume. That's the point!
I can do embedded Linux and RTX development for the cost of the hardware alone, and while I'm happy to pay extra for developer support, the key feature is that the resulting product has a zero cost licence.
For a device that has a total hardware cost of under $30, a $50 licence is laughable, and even $5 is unrealistic.
Enclosure or Windows? I pick enclosure.
Textual searching is fundamentally broken because it requires the user to know the name and spelling of the application.
Both of which may be unexpected and may change between versions.
Furthermore, if you have two items with similar names you cannot tell the difference in a flat list of search results.
This is why the Win7 Start Menu had that highlight of newly-installed programs, and why a hierarchical menu is necessary.
Or what they have done is of questionable legality, as asserting a copyright claim when it is obviously false may be a breach of the DMCA.