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Comment: Re:Think that's impressive? (Score 1) 207 207

I don't think the public has spoken. They're just not aware what's going on and the potential harm. Would people accept it if they had to click an "OK" button telling them they were being tracked each time a site tracked them? I don't think so. Sites added the tracking with very little public discussion or disclosure.

Comment: Re:Many are leaving ham radio too (Score 1) 135 135

Except that you're wrong. Amateur radio licenses are at an all-time high. The last two years saw an increase of 13% and 15%. That's huge growth. You're trying to compare amateur, experimental communications with a commercial offering. I specifically took up amateur radio because I think computers and cell phones have become a boring turn-key consumer experience, unless you're writing code.

Comment: Depends on the enforcement level (Score 1) 335 335

I don't have a problem with properly implemented speeding cameras if the speed limits are reasonable, there are posted warnings and the enforcement level only catches the egregious violators, e.g., 20mph over the speed limit, not 5 over. It also needs to be safety-based not revenue-based and any net-profit should go to state coffers, not directly reward the local police departments. If it's really about safety and not revenue, they won't have a problem with this.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 700 700

That's part of the problems with the current state of IP law. No one would accept this in the physical world, but with IP, no one's quite sure if what FTDI did was illegal or just a bad idea, versus popping up a warning box every time you try to use a fake chip.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 353 353

I think that a pretty lose use of the of word "subsidy", but the idea is that the providers won't build the infrastructure at all without a carrot up front. The large ISP's believe that those low-density areas aren't sufficiently profitable. I live in Montana and rural areas are ofter served by small local ISP's. The big ISPs come into the smaller towns with wired access, prices and speed that the small guys have a hard time matching, pushing the smaller ISPs out to the less-profitable rural areas, often using wireless. What would help the small ISPs is high-speed fiber to small towns that they could access at a reduced price. Many small towns are supposed to get high-speed fiber for schools and libraries, but I don't believe that small ISP can access this.

Comment: Re:No offense to Unbuntu but.... (Score 1) 232 232

I have to disagree. I think tons of things are broken in Ubuntu. They usually get the GUI right, but the underlying system is a mess, especially if you want to configure things from the command line. hostname -f has been broken for years. I like sane limits in ulimit. I agree with you on the aliases to rm. Training wheels.

Comment: No offense to Unbuntu but.... (Score 2) 232 232

When someone asks me to connect to a Linux server, I think "Cool". When I find out it's Ubuntu I think they probably don't know much about Linux or they wouldn't be running Ubuntu as a server. My sampling is probably biased, but most of the Ubuntu user's I've met are beginning desktop users.

+ - OpenVMS gets new leason on life through VMS Software, Inc->

Larry_Dillon writes: It appears that the death of OpenVMS has been exaggerated. VMS Software is taking over exclusive development of OpenVMS and is planning on porting to x86. A road map of planned enhancements and developments is available at http://www.vmssoftware.com/new... OpenVMS development languished under HP's stewardship, never finding a good fix in HP's portfolio. Hopefully independent leadership will breath new live into this venerable OS that still sees widespread use in banking, medical and financial applications.
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Comment: Resturant seating (Score 1) 404 404

This isn't exactly the same, but it reminds me of the restaurant seating problem that happens when patrons, upon seeing that there's limited seating, have members of their party camp on a table before they've ordered. It exacerbated the problem. People who have just got their food can't find a seat because table-campers have what would be empty seats.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?

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