links for 2008-09-21

  • what to make of the american election: a guide to the brit-perplexed
    I found this fascinating - not seen anything like it in any of my reading elsewhere. I'd be interested in an opinion on its accuracy from an informed American.
  • EA Loosens Spore's DRM, Account Restrictions
    Don't be fooled, anyone. EA's use of DRM still treats the people that pay as the enemy while doing nothing whatever about the people who don't. It's invasive, potentially harmful but most importantly it is the pinnacle of disrespect to say "thanks for the cash but we're going to mess your machine up in a way you can't fix, becuase we think you may be a thief but not one smart enough to actually get round the harm we're doing." EA calls you dishonest and dumb, even after these "concessions".
  • My comment on Luis Villa’s Blog / what you can (and can’t) learn from Google’s EULA mistake
    Keeping a note of my comment, because I think this is an important point both for my client/colleagues and for others. By the way, Luis, I wish your blog kept the name entered when OpenID is used to authenticate.
  • Tax Plans (that’s one for you, nineteen for me).
    If you are a lover of Edward Tufte's clear graphic communications, you should find this chart wonderful. The design, anyway, the truth it reveals is much more disturbing in many dimensions.
  • Keynote for Holland Open 2008
    My keynote slides from Friday - probably only of interest to conference attendees.
  • Manually entered with ScribeFire again.
Comments:

Looks like comments are working OK, at least for me...

Posted by Simon Phipps on September 21, 2008 at 02:34 AM PDT #

Not that I am particularly best informed, but...

Conventional wisdom is to focus your efforts on the mix of states which deliver a winning electoral college vote. This results in people living in smaller states (like my own) to feel disenfranchised, because they are pretty much ignored by the major party candidates in both the primaries and in the general election.

This is also often why national polls, even of "likely voters" often can lead to results which don't bear out in actual election results.

Yes, it's screwed up. Yes it need reform. But, that's OK, I don't understand the system in Britain either.

Posted by Dave Stewart on September 21, 2008 at 08:31 AM PDT #

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