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Comment: Re:That clinches it. (Score 1) 393

by Zontar The Mindless (#49152441) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

I use OpenSUSE. The few things I've not been able to find in their stock repos (most notably a non-braindead version of VLC) have always been available in the alternative repos which can be located simply by searching (Packman rocks, BTW). The only stuff I ever *have* to compile on anything like a regular basis is for work.

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 617

by harrkev (#49140311) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

Not quite true. Bandwidth IS a finite resource. The cable to each DSLAM can only carry so much data per second. This is why you (probably) don't have gigabit speed to your house right now. As people consume more bandwidth, the providers need to upgrade the equipment. However, hopefully this will persuade them to actually upgrade, instead of looking at slow speeds as a bonus (Gee Netflix. Sorry things are so low, but for a low fee of a million dollars, we might be able to upgrade).

Comment: is it 4/1 already (Score 5, Funny) 617

by Some_Llama (#49139819) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

this seems to good to be true... it's what the populace wants, what the corporations didn't, and it makes sense.

I can't correlate this with being a current government agency that interfaces between the public and commerce...

after so many time being disappointed by the choices our government makes i guess im in battered wife syndrome type shock.

Comment: Re:Yes. It will. (Score 1) 144

by Some_Llama (#49130825) Attached to: 18 Months On, Grand Theft Auto V's Mount Chiliad Mystery Remains Unsolved

Yeah, it's not like EA where you get sold the same game every year with an ever changing number that, oddly enough, corresponds to the years that passed since the last time some bitch managed to bullshit her gullible husband into believing she got pregnant without screwing around.

I'm sensing some misdirected rage here?

Comment: Re:..and we're done (Score 2) 318

by the gnat (#49129675) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

. . . says yet another person who appears to be totally ignorant about history. Do you really believe that if you went back in time to, say, 1950, you couldn't find politicians saying equally idiotic things, perhaps in even greater numbers? And do you think "technology" is limited to, say, space travel?

I am carrying, in my pocket, a computer significantly more powerful than anything I used as a child (and much cheaper in absolute dollars), with access to a global information network containing most of human knowledge, and the ability to instantaneously communicate with anyone in the world. The overall computing infrastructure is rapidly overtaking the technology depicted in a 20th-century show about 24th-century space exploration. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of people across the planet, whose parents lived in virtually pre-industrial economies and regularly suffered from pandemics and famine, now have relatively comfortable middle-class lives thanks to improved technology and the expansion of the global economy. These improvements have mostly happened within my lifetime (i.e. since 1980 or so). So I'm not exactly losing sleep over the fact that the developed world still has a handful of proudly ignorant fools in government.

It's also worth remembering for context that shortly after the close of World War II, the British government drove one of its greatest scientists to commit suicide at the age of 41 because it was run by superstitious, self-righteous prudes who disapproved of his homosexuality. Today, the UK has some random back-bencher spouting nonsense about homeopathy. I think that's an improvement.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.