Posts by Brent Jackson

  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?,

    Looking at your chart, it appears obvious that USA should never have been a part of it. Removing the USA dots gives heaps of overlap for the remaining dots.

    However, it is probably just indicative of how simplisticly arbitrary this sort of chart is. There are hundreds of clauses in the agreement that each of the different nations would put greater or lesser emphasis on, and reducing that sort of complexity down to a two-dimensional, scale-less chart, is highly unlikely to reveal anything meaningful.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in an STV election, in reply to Michael Homer,

    You planning to use your program for anything ?

    If you have access to any old STV election data, it'd be interesting to pump it through your program, and compare the results to see if they ever differ. I'm guessing that it is unlikely to ever make a difference in a real world election.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in an STV election,

    Thanks for that Steve. The correct link is this.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dear Dudebros,

    I can’t fathom what’s going through their heads.

    I could hazard a guess, that for some of them, it is a safety mechanism. It is the risky behaviour that is at fault, so as long as they don't do any of that risky stuff, they think that they will be safe.

    But if I did, I'd probably be man-splaining ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in an STV election, in reply to Steve Todd,

    In fact, I consider NZ STV is about as far as we can go in the refinement-manageability-public understanding trade-off in the single transferable vote

    The one change I would like to see is a mechanism to reduce invalid ballots, which would also allow a person to rank the candidates they want at the top, and the ones they don’t want at the bottom, without requiring them to rank every candidate.

    Something like, upon reaching 2 or more candidates with the same ranking, the remaining vote should be split evenly between them. So if someone mistakenly writes two 14s and no 16, then the votes split to those ranked 14. If one doesn't require it, it goes to the other, and if neither require it, it continues on to 15.

    In addition, any unranked candidates are assumed to have the lowest ranking that has not been assigned to any candidate.

    For example : With 40 candidates, and 1,2,3, 39, and 40 assigned on the voting paper, then the other 35 candidates are given a ranking of 38. If 1,2,3 no longer require all of the vote, then the remainder is spread over all the other candidates, except those that were ranked 39 and 40.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

  • Access: How many agencies does it take…,

    If a person's life depends on a ventilator, then it MUST have a battery back-up. It's not the car-crash or the electricity company that is responsible for the death, it is the DHB for supplying a life support device that was not fit for purpose.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    Looks like the gummint is finally going to do something. Threats only at this point, but that is a lot more than what they've done to date.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    I notice the caption under the Herald photo of a person leaping off the bonnet of a car, has changed from "A teenaged driver leaps from the roof of his drowned car" to "A passenger returns from a crashed vehicle after retrieving belongings through its sunroof".

    I guess they eventually got around to reading the photographer's copy, rather than just making shit up.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Colouring Girl,

    My mother used to hand colour black and white photos. I remember seeing a half finished one as a kid, and marvelling at how realistic the colours looked.

    It's amazing that Nola Mann worked through to 1998. I'd've expected that the job would've demised pretty rapidly around the mid 70's when colour photography became mainstream.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Understanding the Audiences, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Add "don't have access to broadband" to your "can't afford tech"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 555 posts Report Reply

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