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Comment: Debian GNOME needs some attention (Score 1) 163

by Bruce Perens (#47979731) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

After something like 20 years I finally found a system that won't run Debian unstable right now. My Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 magnesium tablet + iKey Jumpseat magnesium keyboard. Systemd and GDM break. Bought (for less than full price) because I am a frequent traveler and speaker and really do need something you can drop from 6 feet and pour coffee over have it keep working.

But because of this bug I have ubuntu at the moment, and am not having fun and am eager to return to Debian.

Comment: Re:It is all pork barrel politics (Score 1) 314

by shutdown -p now (#47977797) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

This exact scenario has been rehashed in more than one fiction book that I've read.

By the way, you can think even further outside the box. Rich people don't just have yachts, they also have private planes. How much screening do those go through when they enter US airspace? And how devastating would an air explosion over a populated city be?

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 271

Only tax based on use (i.e. Sales Tax)

A national sales tax is arguably unconstitutional.

Historically, that sort of thing has been found perfectly fine at times, and absolutely wrong at other times. Just depends on how the Supremes of the day read the law.

Which means it would probably require another Amendment to make it legal.

Comment: Re:DAESH, not ISIL (Score 2) 425

by shutdown -p now (#47977017) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

My understanding is that "Daesh" omits the "Islamic" part of the name.

Either way, it seems to piss off the mujis when they hear themselves being referred to under that name, to the point that any local heard using it in the areas controlled by them is punished. Given that they clearly hate it, I'm all for using it on that basis alone, regardless of what it means.

Comment: Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (Score 1) 425

by ConceptJunkie (#47976537) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

And don't forget the Christians, who were able to live under Saddam's regime. This is no longer possible and Christians throughout the Middle East are being driven out and/or killed. This alone doesn't mean we should have left Saddam in place, but it certainly is one of the things that needed to be weighed against the benefits of removing him.

Comment: Re:I'll just let my sig do the talking (Score 2) 425

by ConceptJunkie (#47976413) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

>> Remember, you are a citizen of your state first and a THEN a citizen of the United States.

This is how it was supposed to work. And it's the only way it can work well.

It also occurred to me that excess centralization of power is likely to be the driving force behind all the secessionist movements, such as what we saw with Scotland last week. If government were kept as local as possible, these kinds of problems wouldn't happen... or would be much less likely to happen. This is what the Founding Fathers envisioned: Several sovereign states joining together only for those things (and they were very few, although very important) were there is strength in unity. Otherwise, they were supposed to mind their own business, ensuring the success of a republic made up of very diverse populaces. However, this is no longer possible.

Comment: Re:I Voted For Kodos. (Score 1) 314

by CrimsonAvenger (#47972963) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Slashdot hasn't ever solved any problems in a real sense.

I'm curious - whyever do you think slashdot is supposed to solve problems? In a real sense or otherwise.

Personally, I come here to get a feel for how people think about various topics that may be of interest to me. I've never expected to solve anything by being here, anymore than I expect voting to solve anything...

But if we're supposed to be here to "solve problems in a real sense", then I'm wasting my time. And so is everyone else....

Comment: Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (Score 1) 266

by shutdown -p now (#47969411) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

(including the Russians who would have called us out on it had we obviously been filming on a sound stage

FWIW, most Moon landing conspiracy theories claim that Soviets were in on the scam, either because they were bribed (a common theme claims food shipments were the bribe, thereby "explaining" why the USSR didn't have any more devastating famines),

Things equal to nothing else are equal to each other.