Sep 30, 2004

David S. Bennahum: Abolishing the Electoral College

David S. Bennahum: Abolishing the Electoral College David Bennahum explains the black magic behind electoral college in US. The "most democratic" country of all does not really have direct and fair presidential elections, but does like to rub other countries' noses whenever they like... BTW, on top of what he points out as a very interesting mixture of odds (a vote in Wyoming is worth 2.3 votes in New York), there's always a chance that a governor can cast electoral votes not in accordance with how votes were set out by voters...

Sep 3, 2004

Namazu: a Full-Text Search Engine

Namazu: a Full-Text Search Engine Found this one by way of an article on Slashdot. Tried to compile it under Cygwin, but failed. After digging a little bit around, force converting ^M's to proper UNIX line endings with sed -i 's/^M$//g' (that's Ctrl-V, Ctrl-M to get an ^M) in a few files, and finally manually creating src/.libs/impgen.c out of libtool shell script, I got it to compile. Will give it a few days of testing and see if it really is so good :) There is, by the way, a Windows binary for the same, but I am almost 100% sure that I'd run onto some silly issues trying to run it under Cygwin cron. By the way, I still cannot understand why is there MinGW and Cygwin, and why some things can compile under the former, but not latter? After all, they both seem to be GPL-licensed...