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Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 260

Too complex - there's no need for taxation anymore. It's all a holdover from real money. With fiat currency (since 1971) the government can just print as much money as it needs. The personal income tax raises about $400 billion, which is only about 10% of the budget.

The only reason for taxation in 2014 is to show that the labor of "citizens" is collateral for the borrowing of the Federal government. But with debts > 1x GDP and unfunded mandates in excess of 10x GDP, even that appears to be unnecessary at this point.

Comment: Why the Hell did you get PhD? (Score 1) 371

by bill_mcgonigle (#47976155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

No, seriously, why? I hope it's because there was a topic you're interested in. You didn't say, but it'd have to be an awfully bullshit topic to have no interest to anyone anywhere.

Obviously sending in resumes through the front door is a waste of time. Work your network.

If you just did a PhD to kill time, then you're just a C++ developer who's been out of work for six years. If your thesis had nothing to do with the job you're applying for then *FOR THEM* you're just a C++ developer who's been out of work for six years. Maybe they wanted to know if you're aware of C++11 or whatever and that's why they were asking those questions.

But, for Pete's sake, you owe it to yourself to discover who your network knows (do you do LinkedIn?) in an industry that could use your interest's knowledge, and apply it. Unless you decided that after the PhD you hate that topic (it happens) and then you're just starting over.

You should have made friends with all of the faculty at your school while you were there, and not hidden in a cave for six years. Did you do that? Ask them for favors - maybe you can return them some day. The way it works is they help you then you help then, and it's a non-zero-sum game, but somebody has to go first.

Comment: HP MicroServer (Score 1) 284

by steveha (#47975671) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I have an HP MicroServer running Debian Stable, with several VMs running under Xen.

I love the MicroServer. Quiet, easy to work on, and inexpensive enough that I'm going to just buy a second one as a hot spare.

It doesn't support hot swapping of hard drives, but for my home use I don't need four nines reliability; powering down to swap drives is just fine for me.

I run an email server with a small number of users (family and a few friends). This makes me appreciate sysadmins more.

I am planning to switch from using Xen VMs to using Docker containers.

Comment: Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 1) 166

by bill_mcgonigle (#47975289) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

and Netflix can support customers paying via alternate methods who are willing to stream over a VPN -- so the result of this conflict is that both sides lose, and the citizen (not consumer, although them too) loses even more.

It's a conspiracy by the Bitcoin illuminati! Who knew they had moles inside the CRTC?!?

Comment: Re:Funny how this works ... (Score 1) 166

by bill_mcgonigle (#47975149) Attached to: Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Really? A radio and TV communications commission can block legal credit card transactions?

Presumably they simply rule the product as being 'illegal' and then the transactions also become such and there are extant mechanisms for interfering with those.

And, yes, political regulators have the ability to find a way to destroy ANY business - that seems to be what most voters want. The current system is based on silent consent - those not loudly objecting are considered to be supporting.
It's a stupid framework, but that's how it is.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 2) 119

by bill_mcgonigle (#47975005) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

I fail to understand how they don't just have a Google account and then you go into some kind of 'setup' or 'preferences' panel and check/uncheck boxes for 'enable: Picassa, YouTube, GMail, Plus, Reader (oops), Wallet', etc. If that's too complex it can be automatically enabled if you go to the relevant service and try to use it (upload a picture, post an update, etc.).

I don't believe that Google is irrational, but by making their services as hard to use as possible (I know, don't read the YouTube commments...) they limit page views to some extent, which much affect their advertising stream - but I haven't seen the wisdom of why they want to do that.

Is it just that disk space is expensive and the consumption stream size's increase is only proportional to the creation stream's size on a diminishing returns scale? I could possibly buy that - I have a hundred videos in my Watch Later queue on YouTube, so they won't make any more money on my views than they would if they made it easier to upload, edit, and share videos.

Comment: Re:It is all pork barrel politics (Score 1) 314

by mrchaotica (#47972381) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

[A] single rich man's yacht can literally motor right up the Chesapeake and detonate a bomb capable of wiping out DC without ever touching american soil and thus not subject to any nuclear scans or customs searches.

Sure, customs wouldn't bother scanning the yacht, but that's because the CIA would have intervened before it even got anywhere near the US.

Comment: This seems like a very veiled attack on systemd (Score 1) 206

by steveha (#47970421) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

He points out, correctly, that many servers don't need much. Particularly with cloud services, servers might spin up a whole bunch of very lightweight virtual machines doing one thing (running a web server like nginx for example).

So his big idea is a "server-only" distribution that doesn't have any support at all for GUI operation. But he doesn't really explain the benefit. As far as I can understand, he names one single benefit: such a distro would be "not beholden to architectural changes made due to desktop package requirements."

The only "architectural changes" I can think of recently are related to systemd, so I guess this was his very roundabout way of wishing for a Linux distribution with no systemd support.

Am I wrong here? Did you manage to find any other advantage listed in his article to explain why it would be great if you were unable to set up a machine running your server OS with a GUI?

"What man has done, man can aspire to do." -- Jerry Pournelle, about space flight