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Comment Re:The downside is taxpayers... (Score 1) 283

If I want to take my hypothetical basic income check and spend it on crack, why do you care? At least I'm not out on the street robbing people for the money. If I spend my check on fancy clothes and can't afford my rent, why do you care? I'll learn my lesson real quick when I get evicted.

Or maybe I'll take my check and use it to start a small business and bootstrap myself into a better life.

I couldn't do that with food stamps, and housing vouchers.

Comment Re:Look to the past (Score 1) 257


In 1990 Windows 3.0 came out, which can still run in a VM today. Considering today's slower pace of change in computing technology, I think it's a safe bet any modern OS will run, in a VM, on future computers.

Just pick a popular and open VM container format so you're not tied to a vendor. OVF for example.

You might want to also consider visualizing the version control system as well. Source history may be important to future developers making changes. Use a decentralized VCS like git, so version history gets archived with the development machine automatically.

Comment Re:Doing it now... (Score 1) 267

If you're expecting Mono to cover every aspect of the .NET runtime you're missing the point. I look at Mono as an excellent, open source, managed runtime environment and language that also happens to follow the ECMA standards Microsoft released for the .NET CLI and C#.

People expect Mono to be able to run any .NET app under the sun on any platform. That sometimes works, sometimes doesn't depending on the app. It's much more suited developing a new apps that you want to be cross platform.

As other posters pointed out, this is all a mute point anyway. .NET is now open source under MIT license. The Mono team is working closely with Microsoft on merging the two code bases.

Comment Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 4, Insightful) 430

There is only so much space on the utility polls and under the streets. The number of companies who are allowed to run network cable has to be limited. It's the same with electric, gas, and phone line. I don't see why people don't understand this. It's government enforced monopoly because it's the only practical way to do it.

With common carrier regulation the companies that have the right to use PUBLIC lands for profit must lease their lines to other companies at a fair market value.

The real solution to all of this is the government should build the infrastructure using tax dollars and then lease it to private companies. If I was Bush/Obama in 2008 during the economic crisis I would have used the bail out money to build a nationwide Internet service. Would have hired a lot of people for quite a few years and we'd be better off as a nation for it.

The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.