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Comment Re:data caps (Score 1) 39 39

Or people just won't be able to leave Internet TV on in the background all day. All the services I use ask me if I'm still watching at least every couple of hours, so it seems that they want to avoid unnecessary use.

Caps will have to go up, but ISPs and video services do not want people to use their bandwidth streaming 1080p video 24/7 to have something on in the background, so don't expect them to go away.

Maybe you are right, but this means is that these services cannot satisfy a very command demand people have, which traditional TV could satisfy. Something/someone will (have to) fill this hole

Comment Re:It's finally time (Score 1) 314 314


I'm not sure what dental plans you're concerned about. Most don't cover things like crowns and Hollywood veneers. Most cover regular checkups and fillings - maybe braces for kids if you pay extra. That's not a huge burden on the USA economy... not with 15 Trillion in debt - mostly spent on the military.

What, really? Jesus.
Because here in Germany I have basic dental in the public health insurance, which covers, basic needs. On top of that I have private insurance for 288 EUR a year (24 per month) which covers:
100% of anything left out by the public insurance for basic work on teeth (like anesthesia in cases the public would not cover).
85% of costs for crowns, gold fillings, implants, etc..
Professional cleaning twice a year (which is around 150 EUR, so if you do that anyway it's already more than half of the cost of private insurance)

Comment Re:It's finally time (Score 2) 314 314

...and while it's nice that your granny is getting the surgery, I completely fail to see how "lost confidence" is justification for physical surgery, let alone having it become sufficient justification for payment from the public purse.

It's called prevention. If it diminishes the chances that due to lost confidence she will lose her abilities earlier, fall and break her hip requiring more expensive surgery, and require many more years of care, it may well be economically worth it. If helping out your eldery as a matter of course doesn't do it for you, or the fact that life is nicer with less miserable people around you.

Comment Re: Unity next (Score 1) 494 494

No, what I'm saying is that your complaint about sid breaking is misplaced. systemd's problems in sid, if they exist, may be systemd's or Debian's bugs, I wouldn't know and you or the other AC just wrote a general unspecific complaint so it would be difficult to say. But even so, yes, software has bugs, this is why sid exists.

Comment Re: Unity next (Score 1) 494 494

One Debian unstable breakage due to systemd is understandable.

Two Debian unstable breakages due to systemd is disgraceful.

A Debian unstable installation that will likely not boot properly after each update due to systemd, month after month, is unacceptable.

Unacceptable according to whom? The description says:

'"sid" is subject to massive changes and in-place library updates. This can result in a very "unstable" system which contains packages that cannot be installed due to missing libraries, dependencies that cannot be fulfilled etc. Use it at your own risk!'

Comment Re: Unity next (Score 2) 494 494

Debian unstable is a misnomer. Before systemd was introduced, Debian unstable was very stable. Ubuntu's packages are based on the Debian unstable packages, as far as I know.

Before systemd, "stable" in the Debian lexicon referred to an extraordinarily high degree of stability, unmatched by other Linux distros. Even extreme stability appears to be "unstable" when compared to Debian's (former?) overachieving definition of "stable".

Somebody like yourself, who obviously has never used a truly stable Linux distro, probably couldn't understand this.

I ran Debian 15 years ago, you don't need to explain the fundamentals. The point stands that a development branch can break any time by definition, and the introduction of a new init system leading to boot failures here and there comes as part of your decision to run unstable. It's your fault if you upgrade without checking first, it's not systemd's fault. I've lost X or couldn't boot after an upgrade more than once.

Comment Re: Unity next (Score 2) 494 494

I had been running Debian unstable for years, which contrary to its name was very stable (more stable than the stable releases of many other distros I'd tried, even). But once systemd was installed during an update, it was one broken thing after another.

Development branch of a distro, which is called unstable, sees breakage when switching the init system. A TOTAL SHOCKER.

Comment Re: Only a matter of time... (Score 1) 277 277

I just sensed come cultural superiority in that post, and wanted to add the info that the West was very bad in this regard until very recently as well for the benefit of my younger readers :)

I agree with your reply re the gender issues but would expect that the woman has legal standing in the US against Uber. Else she can't sue anyway

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