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Comment: Re:Look at ninety percent of the effort towards go (Score 1) 459

by Brian Knotts (#41126311) Attached to: Republican Platform To Include Internet Freedom Plank

I know of a group of people who tried to start a small bank. Even though they had sufficient resources, government regulators prevented them from doing so.

That's how regulation always works. Those who are already in an industry use regulation to keep out competition.


+ - FBI raids homes of suspected Anonymous hackers->

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "FBI agents conducted raids at four New York residences as well as locations in California Tuesday morning in connection with an ongoing investigation into the hacking group Anonymous, a law enforcement source confirmed for CBS News.

The source said that no arrests were made but agents seized computers and computer accessories under search warrants at four homes of suspected hackers in Baldwin and Merrick both on Long island, in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

CBS News:"

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+ - US Ed Dept demanding principals censor more 3

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Toe, The
Toe, The writes "Education Department officials are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students. Under the new interpretation of civil rights laws, principals and their schools are legally liable if they fail to curb “harassment” of students, even if it takes place outside the school, on Facebook or in private conversation among a few youths. When children are concerned, where is the line between protection and censorship?"

+ - White House, Facebook join forces against bullying->

Submitted by dbune
dbune (1792602) writes "The White House and social networking site Facebook joined forces Thursday to battle bullying.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama opened a White House conference on bullying, while Facebook launched two new safety measures that will allow members of the site to privately report content to parents, teachers and other support groups."

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Comment: Re:1984 (Score 1) 1238

by Brian Knotts (#32236500) Attached to: Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History
The nature of the United States is that there are primarily two opposing political forces vying for control.

This is quite right, and is what is at issue here. One side has been controlling education for decades...really a century or so, and the other side is finally fighting back, trying to wrest control.

Now, in my opinion, the real answer is decentralization of education, with more homeschooling, and devolving large schools into small, independent (preferably private) neighborhood schools. Then, you have less centralized power for anyone to try to control.

Comment: Re:Gates and the defense contractors (Score 1) 449

by Brian Knotts (#32163260) Attached to: Defense Chief Urges Big Cuts In Military Spending

Too bad the Americans can't tolerate the idea of an empire based on non-American culture and values, as such an empire wouldn't necessarily listen to political and military pressure of the American government as it tries to enforce the ideas of political capitalism, that is, a capitalism providing benefits for the few instead of the many as it feeds the hungry, overweight employees of the American companies and the dictatorships formed by political assassinations.

As much as I tend towards isolationism, it's still hard not to respond that over the past century, at least a couple of "empire(s) based on non-American culture and values" have been proposed and imposed, with somewhat less than positive results.

Comment: Re:Monopoly or not. (Score 1) 439

by Brian Knotts (#30507928) Attached to: Psystar Not Closing Up Shop

As long as you don't distribute what you create, you are free to do whatever you like with GPL software. You can *use* it however you like. You are not required to even accept the GPL. The only limitation is that you have no right to distribute any derivative works, other than those provided by the GPL, if you choose to accept it. Read COPYING some time.

Comment: PHP vs. C++ (Score 3, Insightful) 752

by Brian Knotts (#30506170) Attached to: The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

This is idiotic, and is typical of the kind of pseudo-science underlying much of the climate alarmism currently en vogue. Like a lot of things, it is pretty much impossible to quantify which language ultimately uses more power, because of all the variables. As others have pointed out, you might save some power in the deployment of the code, but you would surely use more power in the development of that code. Then, you have to figure out what the total impact of that is, since you'd have more man-hours of coding, using human coders, who sit at desks, in offices, which must be heated and cooled, etc., etc.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis