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2002/11/4-5 [Computer/Networking, Reference/RealEstate] UID:26396 Activity:high
11/4    I'm about 9000 feet from the CO. In an apartment complex.
        What kind of DSL speed can I expect? thanks.
        The Covad phone answerer claims they already checked my apartment
        and it can get 200/64.
        What if I move to SF duplex at 7000 ft from CO?
        \_ if thats what they claim at 7000' then the results of the MLT
           must have been pretty bad... ask them what the results look like.
           at 7000' you should be able to get their highest service unless
           there is something wrong with your copper pair. if thats the case
           then even DSL w/ pacbell will be limited.
        \_ Why don't you ask Covad about your potential new address?
        \_ http://www.dslreports.com/faq/4676
           How about Telco ADSL?
        \_ Covad routinely lies to get you to upgrade to more expensive DSL
2002/11/4 [Politics/Domestic/California] UID:26397 Activity:high 80%like:26402
11/4    http://www.giantleap.org/envision/pr4.htm
        http://www.fairvote.org
        End the 2 party system.
        \_ Yes it's a much better system. Now if I could see something
           indicating how to do it. Changes to the Constitution are
           ...difficult. San Francisco enacting the instant runoff system
           was a hopeful thing to see, though.
        \_ Fuck that noise.  The two party system has given us a stable and
           functional government for 200+ years.  What?  You want something
           like what Italy has?  Get stuffed.
           \_ They done brain-washed you real good.
        \_ Strangely enough, most reasonably stable democracies I can think
           of tend towards a two party system, both of which tend to gravitate
           very close towards each other, except in times of economic crisis
           (take Turkey), at which point they get replaced by...another two
           parties.  France, Germany, the UK, Russia, Italy, Spain, Israel...
           there's usually a rightist and a leftist party, wich some smaller
           ones sniping from the sidelines.  The only difference being that
           the countries with parliamentary as opposed to three-branch systems
           of government tend to see coalitions with a whole bunch of smaller
           parties... -John
           \_ You are right, and the two parties "gravitate" as close together
              as possible.  Just like gas stations. -crebbs
           \_ Does parliamentary necessarily equal proportional representation
              by party?  i.e. by "parliamentary systems" do you mean those
              Where if a party gets 10% of the vote it gets 10% of the reps?
              And is that a common understanding of "parliamentary" versus
              US-style democracy??
2002/11/4 [Recreation/Sports] UID:26398 Activity:nil
11/3    http://espn.go.com/nfl/columns/garber_greg/1453717.html
        ESPN writes about Cal Professor saying teams should go for it more
        on 4th down.
        \_ that's about a month old. but yes, it it interesting.
2002/11/4 [Politics/Domestic/California, Politics/Domestic/California/Arnold] UID:26399 Activity:nil
11/3    A few good reasons for SFers to vote yes on prop N:
        http://csua.org/u/4c6 --from http://sfgate.com -urld
2002/11/4 [Uncategorized] UID:26400 Activity:very high 66%like:24847 66%like:25165 50%like:25403 50%like:27258
11/4    MOTD poll: who do you think is going to do better in Country X:
        (1) the person who speaks language Y and kind of knows language X or
        (2) the person who speaks language X and know nothing of language Y?
        [while we're at it, let's make up some other rigged and biased polls]
        [we could all get jobs at Zogby with enough push-poll experience]
        (1):
        (2):
        \_ This is a dumb poll.  It depends on what line of work the person is
           in.
           \_ We just fired one of our english-as-a-second-language
              programmers at my company, though it wasn't entirely a
              language issue.
2002/11/4 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Motd] UID:26401 Activity:very high 66%like:25165
11/4    MOTD poll: who do you think is lamer, (1) bilingual motd denizen with
        imperfect command of English, or (2) monolingual motd denizen who
        feels it's his patriotic duty to rag on (1) every time he posts or (3)
        the monolingual motd idiot who thinks shitty grammar is ok if you're
        a foreigner and should never be corrected leaving (1) looking like a
        semi-literate FOB monkey for the rest of (1)'s life:
        (1): ......
        (2): ......
        (3): ........
        (4): .....
        (5): .......
        (6): ......
        (7): ...
        (e): .......
        (pi): .......
        (-15): .......
        (11): ...
        (i): .oOo.
2002/11/4 [Politics/Domestic/California, Politics/Foreign/Europe] UID:26402 Activity:very high 80%like:26397
11/4    http://www.fairvote.org
        End the 2 party system.
        \_ Yes it's a much better system. Now if I could see something
           indicating how to do it. Changes to the Constitution are
           ...difficult. San Francisco enacting the instant runoff system
           was a hopeful thing to see, though.
        \_ Fuck that noise.  The two party system has given us a stable and
           functional government for 200+ years.  What?  You want something
           like what Italy has?  Get stuffed.
           \_ They done brain-washed you real good.
              \_ Ad hominen is a waste of bits.  Go to Italy.  The last thing
                 this country needs is extremists in office that PR allows
                 to happen.  Government and voting is about getting a
                 functional stable government, not about letting every little
                 2 bit crack pot group that can garner 3% of the vote a say in
                 governing the 97% of the normal people.
                 \_ The cutoff wouldn't have to be 3%, and if it was, that
                    wouldn't affect you because 3% of congress can't force
                    the rest to do anything.
                    \_ You mean like how if some crackpot group had only 3
                       Senators right now that would be ok with you?  Nutty.
           \_ I want something like The Netherland, Belgium or Germany has.
              \_ I don't know about the first two but German government is in
                 the shitter.
        \_ Strangely enough, most reasonably stable democracies I can think
           of tend towards a two party system, both of which tend to gravitate
           very close towards each other, except in times of economic crisis
           (take Turkey), at which point they get replaced by...another two
           parties.  France, Germany, the UK, Russia, Italy, Spain, Israel...
           there's usually a rightist and a leftist party, with some smaller
           ones sniping from the sidelines.  The only difference being that
           the countries with parliamentary as opposed to three-branch systems
           of government tend to see coalitions with a whole bunch of smaller
           parties... -John
           \_ You are right, and the two parties "gravitate" as close together
              as possible.  Just like gas stations. -crebbs
           \_ Does parliamentary necessarily equal proportional representation
              by party?  i.e. by "parliamentary systems" do you mean those
              Where if a party gets 10% of the vote it gets 10% of the reps?
              And is that a common understanding of "parliamentary" versus
              US-style democracy??
              \_ no.
              \_ No.  Parliamentary in this case meaning a system lacking
                 separation between legislative and executive branch (i.e.
                 the prime minister is chosen by the legislative, with no
                 or only a weak president to balance it out--Germany, the UK,
                 and Israel are examples.  As for proportional representation,
                 I think most major democracies require at that at least an
                 initial hurdle in terms of vote percentage be cleared for
                 a person to obtain a seat.  Whether this is done on a per
                 candidate or per party basis differs.  -John
           \_ That's fine that there are two major parties, but that's a lot
              different than ONLY two parties. This country gets lowest-common
              denominator politics, whereas in for example Germany small parties
              like the Greens can and do get representatives in the gov't.
              Essentially there's 0.01% chance of another party getting any
              power, and this directly lends itself to corruption and
              special interest politics.
              \_ Many people see it as a good thing that an extremist minority
                 party like the Greens don't have any power in this country.
                 If you and enough others like the Greens so much they'll get
                 some power.  But they won't because they don't represent
                 enough nutcases to allow them to ruin anything for the rest
                 of the country.  I laughed my ass off when the German Green
                 party got into power.  It was the end of Germany's chances at
                    \_ Shhh! He hadn't figured that part out yet!
                 recovering and becoming a great nation anytime soon.
                 \_ It's not about extremist minorities you buffoon. Look at
                    California; with PR you would see more conservative
                    representation.
                    \_ I don't want to see more of any representation.  I want
                       to see a functional and stable government which is still
                       responsible to the people.  PR fails the first and part
                       of the second.  Idiotic response from clueless third
                       party purged from motd.
        \_ This is cool. Don't mathematicians study voting systems?
           Can anyone recommend a mathematics text on voting?
           \_ http://www.ctl.ua.edu/math103
           \_ Yeah, yeah, we all read slashdot.  Troll harder.
2002/11/4 [Academia/Berkeley/CSUA/Motd] UID:26403 Activity:insanely high
11/4    I'm dedicating my life to bringing you cool new MOTD polls.
        Here's the first one.
        If your suicide note was an email, what would be the subject line be?
                                                  -- new motd poll guy (NMPG)
        \_ "Woke up this morning, got yourself a gun."  -- NMPG
        \_ "The, Meeting Sexy Singles in Your Area jxkcpp" -geordan
        \_ "Hello, world!"
        \_ "I felt really bad about that thing with your sister and AIDS..."
        \_ "goodbye, cruel motd"
        \_ "(ADV) Free XXX Hot 40 year old virgins masturbating!"
2002/11/4-5 [Uncategorized] UID:26404 Activity:kinda low
11/4    Anybody know why collection agencies are usually based in Nevada?
        What especial law exists there?  Thanks.
        \_ Yeah they get to break your leg and put yermom in a brothel to
           recover funds.
2002/11/4-5 [Uncategorized] UID:26405 Activity:moderate
11/4    Boomtown is a pretty good new show, except last night's episode was
        ridiculous.  Thoughts?
        \_ It'll last longer than Birds of Prayer or Fired Fly.
2002/11/4-5 [Computer/SW/Languages/Perl] UID:26406 Activity:high
11/4    Ok, I rtfm'd and stfw'd. How in perl do I swap 'foo' with 'bar' and
        'bar' with 'foo'? I assume it has to be one s///g statement, but how?
        \_ let the "I can do this in .... notes" olympics begin!
           I'll start.  I think you want:
                perl -pi -e `s/foo/bar` filename
           \_ I wonder if perl is a good candidate for upperbounding kolmogorov
              complexity of various text processing programs.
           \_ I think he wants to swap them.  Not just simple replace.  There's
              probably a more elegant way, but easiest is to use three replaces:
                s/foo/%%placeholder%%/g
                s/bar/foo/g
                s/%%placeholder%%/bar/g
              If it's a complex match, you'll probably want to do grouping,
              and will need some temp variables to save grouping matches across
              s/// statements, --scotsman
              \_ Ah ok. Thx. I was thinking there was some magical perl
                 operator that would do this for me in one statement.
                 \_ s/foo|bar/{foo=>'bar',bar=>'foo'}->{$&}/ge
                    --dbushong
                    \_ niloc's shortened solution:
                       s/foo|bar/$& eq'foo'?'bar':'foo'/ge
                       -geordan
                       \_ Wow, look at all that wasted white space... :-)
                       \_ Neat. Thx again.
                       \_ slight tweak:
                          s/foo|bar/$&gt c?bar:foo/ge
                          -alexf
                          \_ Works only on the "foo/bar" case, but I
                             appreciate the sentiment.  It also gives
                             bareword warnings, I think. -geordan
                             \_ Not in the raw perl -pe context on soda;
                                it'll (naturally) start screaming bloody
                                murder once it's using -w or something like
                                that. A hack's a hack =) -alexf
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