May 5th, 2017


Interesting Links for 05-05-2017

Live streaming your life - threat or menace?
I "love" how they trotted out the "And of course you can livestream bad things!" and "Kids - don't forget that streaming video of yourself isn't the same as having friends!" Also, people seem to have forgotten that people have been doing this kind of thing since the late 90s...
(tags: video life money )
Labour eyes proportional representation as party's elections minister backs voting shake-up
(tags: proportional_representation voting labour uk )
Most US homes have mobiles but no landline
(tags: phones usa )
Sail from Britain to Japan in 20 days thanks to global warming
(tags: globalwarming arctic shipping )
After years of warnings, mobile network hackers exploit SS7 flaws to drain bank accounts
(tags: security phones banking OhForFucksSake )
Carly Simon plays You're So Vain's lost verse
(tags: music history )

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A few thoughts on the council election results

The results for the Scottish Council Elections are nearly in and I am delighted to see that there are no councils so far under the control of one party. Last time we had a few (mostly Labour), but this time around it's going to have to be coalitions all the way.

In fact, looking at the 2012 results, I'm reminded that we had pretty much every coalition possible, from Con-SNP to Lab-Con to Lab-SNP, with a sprinkling of minority administrations.

Labour's fall in Edinburgh means that a continuation of the SNP-Lab coalition isn't going to happen, so instead it's either going to have to be SNP-Con, or SNP-Lab + either Lib-Dem or Green (or SNP-Lab as a minority). I suspect that's going to take a few days-to-weeks to iron out.

In any case, I am very happy that we use STV as the voting system for the councils up here. A much better result than we'd have had under the FPTP system used in England/Wales.

(Also happy that the Lib-Dems are up 3 seats! My commiserations to Patrick for not getting in as one of my councillors for my ward.)

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