Nah, I am pointing out that it IS about politics and taxes.
So, we are going to have to implement population control next... Logan's Run here we come!!
And extremely naive. Taxes and world government is EXACTLY what it is all about. Carbon taxes, carbon credits, carbon markets the world's politicians are virtually salivating at all the political favors and capital they can grant and gather if they could just get the idiot masses to fall in line.
You do realize that people BREATHING creates carbon dioxide, don't you? You do realize that carbon dioxide is quite literally PLANT FOOD, don't you?
That is horrible advice - and it is colored by your own targeted experience.
I have followed Ken Starks effort to provide disadvantaged children with Linux computers for 5-6 years now (maybe longer) and he is doing some amazing things. There are a lot of distros and software out there and Reglue provides an age/environment appropriate distro and software to the children that he helps. At this point there is not enough hardware available to give every disadvantaged child a computer so it is focused on those that will make the most of it. Good students that will and can take advantage of the computers provided. He makes every effort to get them internet access also although it might just be for a few months to get them started - he also routinely tries to get ISP and local businesses to provide connections to the families he helps. Even if all it means is that the student can be at home working on a paper or assignment while having to watch siblings instead of having to choose between going to a library and leaving them alone or not getting the assignment done the program is providing good ROI.
I don't think that it is accurate to say predatory lending laws prevent cards from being LEGAL. They may have prevented them from being profitable enough to grow beyond the upper/upper-middle classes. Amex, Carte Blanche and Diner's club were created in the 1950's.
Having a credit card and using it wisely is an important and vital skill to have - paying off in full each month to get a cut of the interbank fee just makes sense. And if you are really careful taking advantage of interest free / other special offers can really pay off too.
Just because mortgage interest is tax deductible does not mean that you should not pay off your mortgage. No matter how much interest you pay when you deduct it you will only get back a PORTION of it so you are still net out of pocket in almost all situations. When you start taking into account "real" interest rates and rates of inflation then sometimes your advice might make sense. That said, I do have a mortgage and its nice to see the deduction but I am still paying a lot more in interest than it is saving me on my taxes.
Let them claim that but then you revoke all those badges and let the company give them "Security" shields. If they work for a private corporation they are private security NOT LEO.
If you really want to change the way you code then read the following article.
Pick an old project that you think might be a good candidate for a major re-factoring and follow EVERY SINGLE ONE of the rules and rewrite it using them.
I think that some of the rules are a bit overkill but as an exercise and to force yourself to learn some new tricks follow them all and don't stop following them until they are second nature.
So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.
Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.
(and yes, our playground)
After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.
I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".
In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.
An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.
As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.
So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"
Or was I the only one that watched Caprica...
Whether the NSA was breaking the law or not is immaterial. I think that the more important questions is SHOULD they be doing what they are doing?
I think its an important distinction because if they were breaking the law then there are other avenues Snowden could have pursued that probably would not have required breaking his NDA. However since many at LEAST believed it was legal and appropriate that is what required Snowden to go public - and I think makes him more hero than traitor.
Just install Oracle VM VirtualBox and create a virtual machine. The development tools and build times will probably not be as big a resource / time hog as you think.
Sorry, I wasn't clear enough. I was using the Pi as the client/player not as a media server. It probably would suck as a server since the storage would have to be through USB 2.0.
Try again. OpenELEC or RaspBMC have made great gains and raspberry pi distros dedicated to running XBMC. I have tried OpenELEC and it has worked VERY well so far.
I bought two Raspberry Pi's a few weeks ago and set one up using the OpenELEC distro for XBMC and it works very well streaming HD video over my wired network using samba shares off of my ASUS N-66RT and other computer shares. Once my cases get here I will be trying to set the other one to output using the composite video. Using the android remote app (over wireless network) to control it has a perceptible lag on the menu but works well and is just fast enough that it is not annoying.
I had the same initial reaction then I actually read the article...
It is not as clear cut as it seems. The man is able to map most commenters to identified customers but the seven identified in the suit are exceptions. His contention is that they are NOT customers and are making fraudulent statements bringing it under libel law instead of free speach. Apparently he was able to provide convincing evidence to the judge.