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The Lounge / Re: True or false?

You might nap with the cats. :P
The Lounge / Re: True or false?
False. Even if there were for some odd reason I imagine the cats would quickly take care of it.

You think it's weird that network cables go white orange, orange, white green, blue, white blue, green, white brown, brown.
The Lounge / Re: True or false?
False. I prefer blackberries; they grow all by themselves. *grins*

You're going to eat lunch within the hour.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
So: The world was destroyed! (I didn't notice... Perhaps from Portugal it looks different?  :)  )
Destroying, not destroyed. Perhaps you still disagree, but it's a slight distinction. :P
Browsers & Technology / Re: E-readers
I assume the price will be significantly more than I'm willing to spend, but hopefully it'll pave the way through richer people the way Apple paved the way for finally improving resolution again.
Ah, I thought you wanted my opinion on the matter when spelled correctly. :P
I think that's wildly unfair toward, say, the CBS.

BTW, what does "reprentation" mean?
They don't teach civics in Germany? :P
How can people speak about "proportional representation" about "democratic processes" when oftenly, the biggest representation, abstention, is not even considered at all for determining results?
That's precisely the point. In a well-functioning democracy you simply don't see the kind of voter disenfranchisement you're talking about (which would seem to include Portugal about 80%). The United States consistently performs at the lower bounds of an actually functional democracy with about 50% voter turnout for the House of Representatives.

I'd mention referendums (for the very rare cases they get allowed)  which are ignored when the outcome doesn't fit the agenda.
Referendums are mostly stupid because your average citizen knows next to nothing about policy and politics. Direct democracy (that which @OakdaleFTL so aggravatingly likes to call democracy) is therefore not a very good idea. Politicians aren't experts on most subjects either, which is why there are all kinds of (semi-)governmental organizations in place to advise them on the right course of action.

tl;dr Representative democracy sucks, but it's the best we've got.
That's largely circular. If by good governance you mean matters such as better quality of life, increased feeling that you are actually represented by the democratic process, better care of the environment, more privacy, less government waste, lesser income inequality, punishments aimed at decreasing recidivism rather than being punitive, and less military brouhaha, then proportional representation is demonstrably better in the real world than all other alternatives we've tried so far.

However, if your definition of good government is focused more on efficiency of process than on the long-term outcome for the populace, for example, then a well-run despotic regime will always be more efficient. It could therefore even be superior on many of the aforementioned points in the short term (i.e., one despot's lifetime).

Edit: btw, contains a good summary of some electoral systems in use.
But has anyone shown that the first-past-the-post system can be made fair somehow, even theoretically?
I think that an ideal winner takes all is likely still worse than a mediocre proportional system:

(Edited to fix embedded video.)
I meant the next stage after "list pulling": The number of seats obtained by the party are treated as a single sum and the seats are filled by the central decision of the party leader(s) regardless of how many votes the individual members got.
That sounds pretty ridiculous. The Dutch parliament website has a list of candidates who were voted in by preferential votes: (my own vote contributed to one candidate on that list).
such as if the party is allowed to collect all the votes centrally, treat its gained seats as a single sum and distribute it between the party members at the discretion of the party leadership (this is a widespread phenomenon in multi-party countries)
If I recall correctly, the Netherlands, Israel and South Africa have the most proportional systems in the world.[1] For the record, I haven't voted for a "list puller" in the past several elections, but for a candidate of my choice.

My general impression is that politicians in multi-party countries are more capable and willing of genuine cooperation. Filibustering occurs only when party leaders have a long-standing personal enmity or when a party that is viewed as fundamentally suspicious (like "nationalist extremists" in many European countries right now) gains seats in the parliament.
For the past few years the PvdA had a ridiculous policy of systematically opposing every proposal by Wilders, even if they agreed with it. @OakdaleFTL's quote claims they cannot be voted out of power because reasons, but they've been decimated to a measly 9 seats, down from 38. One can hardly take serious an argument that they haven't been punished just because they managed to maintain a few seats in the house.
Belgium's a bit odd because of the Flemish/Walloon divide.
The idea that Asian Americans would vote as Asian Americans as opposed to whatever their political ideas might be is patently ridiculous provided society doesn't treat them as Asian Americans, but to deny groups of people a voice is similar to denying them freedom of speech. For that I can simply quote John Stuart Mill:

But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.

It is necessary to consider separately these two hypotheses, each of which has a distinct branch of the argument corresponding to it. We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.

Representation in the houses of representatives is effectively a formalized discussion of the sort Mill describes about the way in which we should govern a country.

Of course I should let this opinion go if the evidence were against it, but it's clear from your own sources that proportional representation categorically outperforms first past the post.

It's a system for children.  :)
What's good for children and women tends to be rather good for adults and men as well.
My Thunar problems have lessened but I still get the occasional freeze (which is a lot better than the virtually guaranteed freeze). In any case, that's why my radar's active for filemanager news:
It's not important from that whole cookie perspective, but I'll have to look up the search engine perspective.
Both work for me, but I'd say that www should 301 redirect to no-www or vice versa.

I've always been inclined to say that www should redirect to no-www, but makes a very convincing argument to the contrary.

By default, all popular Web browsers assume the HTTP protocol. In doing so, the software prepends the 'http://' onto the requested URL and automatically connect to the HTTP server on port 80. Why then do many servers require their websites to communicate through the www subdomain? Mail servers do not require you to send emails to Likewise, web servers should allow access to their pages though the main domain unless a particular subdomain is required.

You should use www because today you have a small web site, and tomorrow you want a big web site. Really big.


When using a provider such as Heroku or Akamai to host your web site, the provider wants to be able to update DNS records in case it needs to redirect traffic from a failing server to a healthy server. This is set up using DNS CNAME records, and the naked domain cannot have a CNAME record.


Another reason has to do with cookies. One common web site optimization is to serve static content from a subdomain, such as If you are using www, then this is no problem; your site's cookies won't be sent to the static subdomain (unless you explicitly set them up to do so). If you use the naked domain, the cookies get sent to all subdomains (by recent browsers that implement RFC 6265), slowing down access to static content, and possibly causing caching to not work properly. The only way to get around this problem and keep the naked domain is to buy a second domain name just for your static content. Twitter, for instance, which does not use www, had to buy new domain names just for static content.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
That's from Austria.  :)
Right, it's obvious from the URL. I actually didn't know Austria was a Bund as well.
The Lounge / Re: True or false?

You're going to eat cheese for lunch.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Nothing special
Right, but definitely expressway/freeway-style as opposed to regular.

Bicycles are legally permitted a meter towards cars from the painted edge of the driveway, but those insane enough to use this right are not among us anymore.
I'll bet the shoulder of the road also tends to be full of all manner of debris.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
In Belgium they call it an autostrade. Btw,

Mit der Änderung von 2006 des Bundesstraßengesetzes 1971 wurden sämtliche Unterscheidungen von Schnellstraßen und Autobahnen aufgehoben.

Anyway, sounds a bit like what I said about provincial vs national roads. I don't think of provincial expressways as "expressways" (snelwegen) even though many of them effectively are. I think there's an element of distance involved as well.

But actually I got my wires crossed. Wikipedia says it's a freeway I'm thinking of:
The term expressway is also used for what the federal government calls "freeways".[74] Where the terms are distinguished, freeways can be characterized as expressways upgraded to full access control, while not all expressways are freeways.

I guess that in the places where I've been there's no distinction or (just as likely) people just aren't aware of the technical brouhaha.
DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Even for regular highways (70/80 km/h) that's potentially somewhat eyebrow-raising on account of the speed difference. On the other hand, I went to take a quick peek at the Tour of Flanders yesterday. The speed limit for cars is 50 and those cyclists sure seemed to go by a fair bit faster than that. The fastest I've personally gone on a regular city bike, with medium-strong wind in the back, was about 56 according to the bike's speedometer. I'm not entirely sure if I peaked in how fast I could've physically gone, but I peaked in speed I dared to go. I stopped pedaling because I became scared, not because I was used up. But what about the limited intersections?
The Lounge / Re: True or false?
False. Unless the gas were out that wouldn't be a thing anyway. You've got neighborhood warm water?

Your cats are fighting over a box.
I thought the Debian equivalent was quite amusing.

The space agencies running the International Space Station (ISS) reported that a laptop accidentally threw to space as waste in 2013 from the International State Station may have connected with a parallel Universe. This laptop was running Debian 6 and the ISS engineers managed to track its travel through the outer space. In early January, the laptop signal was lost but recovered back two weeks later in the same place. ISS engineers suspect that the laptop may had met and crossed a wormhole arriving a parallel Universe from where "somebody" sent it back later.

Eventually the laptop was recovered and in an first analysis the ISS engineers found that the laptop have a dual boot: a partition running the Debian installation made by them and a second partition running what seems to be a Debian fork or derivative totally unknown until now.


Add ten new language locales that do not correspond to any language spoken in Earth, with full translation for four of them.

The Lounge / Re: Random Chat
The first cell basically just looked like a cordless phone:

Although I also remember seeing vids from the '70s or '80s (and possibly even early '90s?) of people carrying around these big boxes with basically a regular phone on top. I guess those are carphones but I'm not sure if everyone used them in cars. :P