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Comment One year after switching to Arch as my work OS... (Score 1) 74

and I don't have any complaints. I wanted to up my skill level and have done so dramatically. I know what services are running on my machine and why. Also, I know how to perform routine networking tasks without ifconfig! Sure there were challenges at first, but after the initial learning curve I feel much more in tune with my OS than when I ran Debian or CentOS. Servers at work still get Red Hat because that's what we're allowed to use. However, when I get to spec out a special project (which is the focus of my job) I usually choose Arch because I want a very specific set of services running and don't want anything to interfere. Use what works for you. This works for me.

Comment Re:Impressive... and improbable. (Score 2) 74

I don't have many problems with it. When I do I just fix it. Arch isn't really is distro for people who simply follow direction. Sometimes there are puzzles for us to solve. Usually though, "problems" that pop up just regular Linux system administration tasks other distros "fix" for you. I'm happy you found a distro you're happy with. That's one of the beauties of the Linux community. As of late there are distros for all skill and interest levels.

Comment Re:Who CARES what non-science approaches "think"? (Score 1) 567

Agreed, but it is very misleading since not all planets in our solar system share a point near Earth's barycenter. This can lead to a good deal of confusion when asking questions such as, "Does Jupiter revolve around the Sun?" No, it does not. But how many people do you think would knee jerk a "Yes"? So the correct response anytime someone asks if a planet revolves around a star is "No." And that is because they do not. Let's use our words to educate instead of mislead due to a lazy explanation. If we want to teach something to someone who cannot understand what we are trying to teach, we are teaching them incorrectly. They should not suffer due to our laziness. (This comment is directed at our education system; not any of the posts in this thread.) http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/barycenter/en/

Comment Re:April Fools stories are gay (Score 1) 1482

He should not be prosecuted for giving his funds, but for spreading his hate speech in public against gays.
And the proper punishment would be: banning him to repeat that or face a heavy fine (yeah yeah free speech lala I hear you, idiot!)

Your going to need to explicate. What "hate speech" are you referring to? My understanding of the situation is that he has never given context to the contribution or his views on the subject.

Comment Will somebody please... (Score 1) 449

think about the privacy?!

While the PSTN may be illegally tapped as routinely as I eat pizza, evidence gathered in such a way is not admissible in court. It is only a short matter of time before we likely see our other communications showing up in court without warrants to obtain. With the NSA's data harvesting being public knowledge and law enforcement agencies able to request it there will no longer be an expectation of privacy. Our governement has done a great job labeling all forms of dissent "terrorism" and will stop at nothing to prevent political reform.

Comment Weirdest? (Score 1) 322

Really the weirdest? If the weirdest is really what you're after I would say an ATM. Those usually run Windows and when I saw one running Linux I was very surprised. But it isn't really that weird to find linux in places that aren't obvious. So much so that now I expect to find Linux if I find a device where I assume there is a high level language used to maintain it (and surprised if it is something else).

A few quick examples of places Linux is gaining ground that may not be obvious to the average consumer:
Cable boxes
Gaming consoles
Auto-mobile dashes
Soda dispensers
Aquarium/Terrarium controls

Comment Re:To require? (Score 1) 390

Citizens (in a democracy) decide on who occupies the positions of power

Oh? And when did the average citizen start deciding who is in the presidential primaries? By the time a politician has enough clout to run, he/she is already entrenched in such a political mud-hole that no winch of candor could pull him/her out. When is the last time a third party had a chance? The options the average person has to vote on are already primed and ready to turn us citizens on one another with our political angst. If given a choice, I would rather vote on a leader than a politician. But I have never had that choice; it's always A or B.

"The geeks shall inherit the earth." -- Karl Lehenbauer