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Comment: freedom the principle, donation culture needed (Score 1) 244

by Eravnrekaree (#47899387) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

One of the things that drove me to open source initially was the asinine closed source model which prohibited you from seeing what was running on your computer, and the endless red tape of Microsofts licensing boodoggles which made it even more difficult to maintain the system, such as by using Live CDs and such for recovery, which is much more flexible on Linux as your not bound by so many restrictions on how the US can be used. People deserve the freedom of reading the sources of software they run, and being able to modify them. its the only way to control your computer rather than it control you

Many people bring up the issue of programmer pay. I do want programmers to be paid, the best would be a donations based model where it is open source, and the developers benefit from donations. In addition, the fact is, a lot of the money people spend on Microsofts crap doesnt even go to computer programmers. What is Bill Gates net worth again? Microsoft is still a near monopoly on desktop which allows Microsoft to exploit both programmers and consumers to benefit some elites who quite honesty are not worth more than the people who work at McDonalds, but instead milk the monopoly that was handed to them by IBM and then seek to exploit their workers to grab more of the profits for the elites who are not worth what they are paid.

Comment: Re:Not really true? (Score 1) 108

by Eravnrekaree (#47895389) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

The link read a lot like Cable Company Astroturfing, trying to obfuscate the issue. Its really quite simple, that when you pay for a bundle, your money is going to fund channels many of which you utterly despise and which you do not want to have any part in supporting. The problem is, you can't get the channels you might want unless you pay for the ones you dont.

Comment: Re:Ala-cart, not all it is cracked up to be. (Score 1) 108

by Eravnrekaree (#47895321) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

WRONG. What you are describing is NOT ala-carte, its just another form of bundling. Real ala-carte is where you can buy JUST one or more of the channels that you want with nothing else, from all of the channels available. So stop using cables own broken form of so called ala-carte to try to suggest people dont want the real thing.

Comment: Many people do want ala carte (Score 1) 108

by Eravnrekaree (#47895311) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Its hard to think that anyone can honestly say that a large percentage of users do not watch only a small fraction of channels in their cable package, thus funding channels they will never use and may even despise intensely. Dismantling the everything or nothing bundling is about allowing people to opt out of funding mind numbing garbage that they may even despise and want to be no part of. I should have a right to not support programming that I think is total rubbish just to get the programming that I want. This will actually make the providers more responsive to customer wishes. Its also good to have an ala carte per program option, which, it should be obvious many want.

Comment: Marketing poison to the masses. (Score 0, Troll) 228

by Eravnrekaree (#47852325) Attached to: DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

This is why GMOs should be made illegal. Coffee is perfectly fine the way it is. Thanks, but no thanks. The fact is that GMO technology is not safe is a scientifically proven fact. Numerous rat studies have proven that they can cause cancer, lesions in the digestive tract, kidney and liver damage, among too many other diseases to count. All of this has been documented by independant research such as in Jeff Smiths book. The pro-GMO stuff is propoganda put out by the agribusiness industry who use psychological marketing techniques to sell dangerous products to the public, the same way that cigarrettes were sold as being good for you, the BP and other large corporations are just so darn safe with offshore oil drilling and that just dont look at the gulf because there was no real harm from that, as the CEO of BP said, it was a drop in the bathtub. Whatever.

Edward Burnays extensively used psychological mechanisms to dupe the public into thinking things were good for them, hip, cool and so on for marketing purposes. This is exactly what we see here with corporations marketing noxious poison to an ignorant population.

Maybe we can do what they did to wheat, crank up the gluten level 1000 times to cause an outbreak of allergies and obesity. Or create GMO tomatoes scientifically proven to cause lesions in rats, or Soy which has super high levels of trypsin inhibitors and much less protein. Jeff Smith has documented how obesity levels of food caused illnesses have skyrocketed since the introduction of GMOs. Go to the countries where GMOs are banned and you will see thin, healthy people. Go to the USA and the difference is stark, rampant obesity, illness and so on. You can literally tell the difference in peoples appearance.

if you want less caffiene, buy decaf, or mix decaf and caf to get the level you want. If you want a flavor added to your coffee, such as cinnamon, buy some cinnamon and put it in. Nuff said.

Comment: Re:Is there any point continuing GCC's development (Score 4, Insightful) 99

by Eravnrekaree (#47838543) Attached to: LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

GCC's support for Fortran and Ada make it valuable, the point is the need for an open source compiler so when your requirement is open source a commercial compiler wont do. Many assiduously avoid closed source software and want to be able to have the facility for ada and fortran. Many "infrequently used" platforms are more important than you think, such as the system Z platform from IBM.

Comment: Re:Dont mess with my coffee!!!! (Score 1) 166

by Eravnrekaree (#47834403) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

There is a lot of logic behind my arguments. The fact is, selective breeding is natural as far as the actual coding process being controlled by natural systems. My other points are very valid. The kinds of manipulations with GMO would never happen with selective breeding or other natural gene transfers. GMOs have significantly higher risks. Small changes in the genes can have enormous effects, genes have many functions which are not known and with effects that can cascade throughout the organism. This makes GMOs unpredictable. GMO soybeans had significantly increased levels of trypsin inhibitor and reduced protiens, therefore, it made every negative quality of soy worse. Sure, selective breeding has its own problems, which can be seen with wheat as described in the book wheat belly that as a result of Green Revolution manipulation, wheat is now a health destroying food thathas vastly more gluten than it had before and has a lot to do with the obesity epidemic and all of the fat ill people waddling around. But you can take the effects of selective breeding and amplify the danger a hundred times with GMOs. GMO manipulation has been shown to have vastly greater and more devastating impact, for instance, by causing the GMO organism to produce carcinogenic compounds, as shown with studies.

If you want to see a more full treatment of the dangers of GMOs, please do read Jeffrey Smith's book on GMOs. All you are hearing is the marketing propoganda paid for by agribusiness that is designed to cover up the danger and whitewash it just as they did with smoking and lung cancer. These are the same people that told you that smoking was safe and used clever marketing to trick you into it so you would think it was cool. The environmental organizations such as Greenpeace have no fish to fry except to be concerned for your safety, which is the reason they exist. I am not anti-technology, to say that unless you support every and any technology you are antitechnology is absurd, this was nonsense cooked up by the agribusiness PR psychology unit people to manipulate you for their purposes. I am against technology which threatens human health and is unethical. With GMO we are messing with the environment by inrroducing changes that would not occur in billions of years of evolution, selective breeding or with natural breeding.

Comment: Dont mess with my coffee!!!! (Score 1) 166

by Eravnrekaree (#47834151) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

This is more evidence of why we need a ban on GMOs. We don't need bubble gum flavored coffee or whatever crap they come up with, I like how my coffee tastes just fine. I like the bitterness that coffee can have its flavor profile as it is, the flavor of coffee is what makes coffee what it is. We don't need people telling us to drink less caffiene, if someone doesnt like the caffiene, drink decaf, or mix decaf and regular coffee to get the caffiene level that you want. No need for screwing up the coffee genome.

The fact is, GMOs are not safe, and its not the same as selective breeding. Selective breeding puts natural limits on reproduction since only the genes of two of the same species can be combined. There is a slower rate of change which limits the risk and the danger. Because GMO allows for changes that would not occur in regular selective breeding, the danger is greatly and vastly increased. Studies have shown that GMOs can cause liver and kidney damage and can cuase cancer. I know some of these studies were done by Greenpeace. So what. Do you expect the pharmacuetical corporations will be glad to carry out studies that show their own products kill people? Its much easier to see a profit motivation behind studies funded by pharmacuetical companies who have a profit motive, than a non-profit like Greenpeace which only has your welfare and the welfare of the environment in mind.

Comment: Mass media takeover and destruction of 'net (Score 4, Insightful) 253

by Eravnrekaree (#47830823) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

This is basically designed to bring the old big media, broadcast ways to the internet. Hence, to basically destroy the Internet, allowing for mass reproduction of centrally created Corporate content, where independant voices are locked out. The protocol is designed for that, mass distribution of corporate created, centrally distributed content to an ignorant, consumption only masses which are treated with disdain and objects of manipulation by the elite. This is to bring big media and the stranglehold they had for so many years on information the public has access to back.

With the Ipv6 transition needed its time to focus on that rather than on this plan to destroy the internet and turn it into the digital equivalent of 100 channels of centrally produced, elite controlled, one way cable television programming designed to psychologically manipulate and control a feeble and dim witted public.

No thanks and get your #%#% hands of my internet.

Comment: Re:What Linux alternatives are there to TI-84 (Score 1) 359

by Eravnrekaree (#47825011) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

The point I think i would make is, that its good to have a programming language mathematical system and library of functions from a programming environment, but it also can be useful to have as well a more GUI environment, for instance, it makes things faster to be able to just hit Sqrt key on the GUI rather than to have to type in sqrt(number). Both the programmatic way and the key based way are importand and have their uses, so I do not want to be misconstrued as downplaying the need for a rich mathematical programming environment with a complete suite of mathematical functions and features, modelling, graphing, etc. which I know is important.

Comment: What Linux alternatives are there to TI-84 (Score 1) 359

by Eravnrekaree (#47824399) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

At one point, there really was no powerful analog for a graphic calculator on Linux, I mean one with the same user interface with all of the easy to access buttons that such a calculator has through the GUI. That may be the case still. Anyone have any recommendations on a Linux application that could completely replace all of the functionality of the TI-84, in functionality and user interface?

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