A 9% failure rate might be OK for some things in life, but you would not want to use a seatbelt if you knew that there was a 9% chance that it would not work the way it was designed to. They why does the United States use an electoral process that has that same failure rate in the election of our President? A voting system like the electoral college seems to work at first glance, but upon closer examination, it is clear this process includes faithless electors, underrepresented states, and a system that at times elects the loser of the popular vote; a system that is imperfect and needs to be changed.
To start to understand why the electoral college needs to be changed, you first need to know why the election of the president is decided by electors. When the Founding Fathers got together for the Constitutional Convention in 1787, some of them wanted only the white men who were educated and owned land to be able to vote. Others thought that the people should be able to vote directly for their representatives irrespective of their level of education or if they owned land. It was James Madison that took these two different points of view and came up with the compromise that both sides agreed with. It was decided, as it is written in Article II, Section I of the Constitution, that each state will appoint Electors how it chooses, and the number of Electors shall equal the number of representatives in Congress (“The Electoral College”). The persons who come to be President and Vice-President is decided by who gets the most Electoral votes. The trouble with a system like this, is that the Electors are not bound by any rules that say they must cast their vote for the person who won the popular vote in their state and they would then be Faithless Electors.
I was watching TV when a ad came on for a local computer repair shop. In the ad they said “We repair Mac’s and PC’s.”. Made me sad that the one place that should know better is using the Mac vs. PC phrase. Apple didn’t help things with there ads “I’m a Mac. I’m a PC” but even they said publicly that they knew it was wrong. It just sounded really good in a ad. So to be clear Mac’s are personal computers just like all the ones that run Windows.
Also if you are talking about Apple’s line of computers, get this right. iMac are Apple’s desktop PC’s and MacBook’s are Apple’s laptop PC’s. Use the image below for Microsoft’s and Apple’s operating systems.
Its that time of year again. Time to find out how much you suck at life from some teenager high on junk food and pop. It is Call of Duty time in the form of Modern Warfare 3. But this time there are two main things that are working against it. COD has competition with the release of Battlefield 3 and the fact that this COD had three different developers working on it. Im going to only be covering the single player part of the game because I’m not very much into multiplayer.
You start right where Modern Warfare 2 ended and of course you are right in the middle of the action from the start. Your mission is to find and stop the Russian super terrorist Vladimir Makarov. That is it. There is not much more you need to know about the story and that is one of the biggest problems with the game. COD has a style that it has followed from the start with over the edge action. This is what made it stand out from the start but now its just over played and over used. You know from the start of every level that shit is going to hit the fan and its aimed right at you. You’re going to kill a lot of people, get yelled at and told what to do, and you can’t save the world without blowing up a few things. COD has become predicable and borderline boring.
What gets me the most is the lack of depth to the game. By that I mean everything that makes you feel like your in the middle of that action. COD does nothing to do that. It just puts you in the middle of a Hollywood action movie and tell you “Do everything this man says!”. To point this out we need to compare it to Battlefield 3.
Where I live they send out a news letter with your water bill. A few months ago they let us know that the water failed some test by something like 0.02%. You would need to drink so much water that you would make yourself sick before whatever limit they were over would be of any harm to you. Do you think Coke or Pepsi is going to tell you that about your bottled water?
Apple posted another video showing another smartphone, this time the Droid X, losing bars when held in the death grip. Problem is other people can’t recreate this, even Engadget can’t do it. The other thing is Apple made a big deal about the media blowing this “Antennagate” thing up. We know Apple, some smartphones lose bars if held just right. Move on.
My girlfriend got a Palm Pre when they were first released. While I think the Pre makes a better paper weight then a phone, I really like the OS and the way it does multitasking. If you put it on a more power phone or even better a touch screen tablet, you might have something that can go head to head with the iPad.