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Comment: Re:Free Willy! (Score 1) 438

by LDAPMAN (#47949795) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

That is actually the way it originally worked. It was changed by the 17th amendment. Senators were selected by whatever means each state wanted to use. Typically, they were appointed. There are a number of people who think the change has had a negative effect in that the Senate no longer functions as an effective moderating influence.

Comment: Re:Apple as a model (Score 0) 727

by LDAPMAN (#47715453) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

A small minority of the market thats still an order of magnitude bigger than that of desktop Linux. Your argument makes no sense. While no guarantee of success, being able to hand a "normal" a laptop with your OS loaded and not have their head explode is an important first step. Windows and OS X do a reasonable job of this. Far from perfect but the experience is not too bad for most people. Linux, regardless of distribution, is not there yet. It can be frustrating for highly technical users...much less normals.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 619

by LDAPMAN (#47511347) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

You should really read "1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars". It's an incredibly well researched history of what went on at the end of WWI. One of the key takeaways is that that Wilson wanted to avoid being punitive with Germany. He very much wanted to create a situation that would be the opposite of the conditions that lead to WWII. However, he was outmaneuvered and somewhat incompetent. The real villains were Clemenceau and Lloyd George.

Comment: Re:Lockout chip is a big part of the problem (Score 1) 608

by LDAPMAN (#47417049) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

BS! I can't speak for all the others but code signing is not a significant barrier to anyone who wants to do iOS programming. You can run your own apps on your own devices easily and $99 is all that's required to get a cert to distribute your app. Thats not a more serious barrier than any other field of endeavor. one has ever had to buy tools, musical instruments, or sports equipment.

Comment: Re:Network transparency of X has always impressed (Score 1) 204

by LDAPMAN (#47276171) Attached to: X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

Here is an example. An aerospace customer of mine wants to use their CAD and engineering apps from terminals on the shop floor. They do not want to put a high dollar workstation in that environment but they do want the full graphics. The current methods for doing this don't really work acceptably with todays video resolutions, much less with retina/4K resolutions.

How about remote access for contract developers over VDI? IDEs work better with more screen real estate today. How do you think they are going to work once 4K screens become commonplace.

Once upon a time, anything more than 16 colors and VGA was "eye candy".

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