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Comment Re:Qustion on US views (Score 1) 289

I don't want government internet because my government thinks it's ok to read my email (and everything else). Letting them be the ISP makes it that much easier.

I can't believe on /. of all sites I had to read this far into the comments to find someone making this point. This! This! Yes. Fine. Let them set up the pipes if they want. Let people subscribe to the service if they want. I, for one, wouldn't go anywhere near it. Governments in general (though probably less so at the local level) have proven themselves untrustworthy given access to the people's communications. Being the actual broker of those communications? No way!

Comment Re:Oops! (Score 1) 255

I'm really confused by this.

So, to be clear, you are saying that Illinois is in a much stronger position economically than Indiana or Wisconsin? I think if you're going to make that claim you probably need to provide some data that explains how it was arrived at. Having lived in IN all my life and worked in IL for over 15 years, I think the "real world" might actually disagree with you. As of a couple years ago when I left, IL was billions in the hole, had massive budget deficits, unfunded liabilities (read: pensions) with no hope of ever being paid for, infrastructure that was either falling apart or being sold off, a laundry list of contractors and vendors threatening to sue because the state couldn't pay for services rendered and massive population exodus. Indiana at the same time had a budget surplus, population growth (largely from people and businesses fleeing IL) and was making plans for serious infrastructure improvements. Even Gary was making a comeback. The only blip I can recall in IN economics was when the steel industry faltered and Bethlehem quit paying their taxes. That situation largely sorted itself out, though.

I can't speak specifically to the state of Wisconsin's economy since I can usually find local places to get cheese, but IL has been teetering on the brink of bankruptcy for years.

Comment Re:Listen! (Score 1) 174

It's a reference to a Dr. Who episode in the most recent series wherein The Doctor theorizes that a creature may have a perfectly evolved ability to hide from all physical observation yet your subconcious knows it's there. Like the feeling one sometimes gets of being watched when in what appears to be an obviously empty room.

Comment Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (Score 2) 202

Militia still meant militia though, and not everybody.

It means just about everybody.


US code Title 10, Section 311:

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

In other words, just about everybody.

Comment Re:How about we hackers? (Score 1) 863

I did that many moons ago, actually. I wrote a perl sys v style rc that would run your regular sys V scripts, but if they were written in perl it would suck the code in and run it in an eval(). Saved shedloads of forks and execs and launching of new processes from all the commands in bash scripts and made the whole thing really fast. Also allowed a flag for "don't bother to wait for me. Just move on" that would fork before the eval to parallelize where useful.

Fun little project.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg