* Posts by orlock

2 posts • joined 19 Jul 2016

Australian Senate vote-counting-ware contract a complete shambles


Re: Electronically Count Manually Checked Votes?

Because the Australian Senate voting rules are simple in principle and complex in execution.

You get a ballot paper with 100+ names on it, which you number 1, 2, 3, ... until you are exhausted.

To get a senate seat, you need to have a quota of preferences. Once you reach the quota, the "excess" votes are distributed to second preferences. But, since anybody could have made up the quota, the excess votes are distributed on a pro-rata basis to the second preferences.

Next senate seat, preferences are re-distributed again, with people who have exhausted their first and second preferences distributed to third preferences. Again on a pro-rata basis.

Easy enough for the first couple of seats. Now do it 76 times.

Still want to do it on an abacus?

Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno


Dead man's curve

I've recently had training in directing firefighting aircraft. One thing they emphasised is that there's a period called the "dead man's curve" just before the drop where you shouldn't even speak to the pilot because if they slip up they're in a world of trouble. Having a drone floating about is idiotic.

(They also keep away from eagles for the same reason.)


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