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Comment Meh (Score 1) 53

So as you can see reading comprehension is a rare and precious commodity and most of these people think this is about sales taxes....

Anyhow, I'm ambivalent. If governments could tax internet service they would be more inclined to accommodate providers with right-of-way and other regulatory favors for digital build-outs and upgrades, so service availability might actually improve. On the other hand, I have no trouble imagining states like Illinois just pummeling citizens with stupid high taxes so they can pad their bonuses, benefits and pensions harder. They would drive people off the Internet.

Comment Re:How long is that then? (Score 1) 143

Lets analyse how long this time is. The initial wayland release was on 09 February 2012...

The 'what about network transparency?!' concern was appearing long before the initial release. Here is the usual huge thread about it from 2008: http://linux.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1017147&cid=25619591

About 7 months ago I began using Linux on a headless workstation via VNC as my primary interface for development work. On my gigabit LAN the performance is amazing; certainly at least as good as remote X, but without all the font and window manager glitches inherent to remote X, and I don't need an X server on my desktop. The server software is TightVNC and the viewer is TigerVNC. It's actually far better than RDP from a new Windows 10 laptop on the same network. All Wayland would have to do is match that and I'm good with it. At least on fast local network.

Comment Re:Good thinking! (Score 1) 176

If the Venezuelan government says a Llama is equal to one Bolivar than a Llama is equal to one Bolivar.

Sure it does. And if that means the one Bolivar Llama is entirely theoretical because all the real Llamas are elsewhere being traded at market prices, then that's just greedy speculators undermining the revolution.

Comment Good thinking! (Score 4, Informative) 176

That's a great idea. Not surprisingly your plan is shared by other brilliant folks, such as Venezuela's new economy czar Luis Salas. He has pointed out that "inflation does not exist." Specifically, the traditional Western economic model that claims printing money devalues currency is bogus and all price increases are merely the result of the parasitic businesses seeking excessive profits. Therefore government should do as you say and print whatever funds they require while diligently preventing greedy speculators from raising prices.

And it's a good thing, too. Prior do Luis Salas's incredible insights Venezuela's fortunes were looking pretty bleak. Doubtless his printing presses will be able to turn all of that around and the rest of the world will be thrilled to restock PDVAL's shelves in exchange for beautiful new bolivars. Why, only yesterday we learned that Luis is importing newly printed cash by the planeload to implement this strategy.

So thankfully your thinking has been adopted in the nick of time and saved Venezuela from collapse. Good work.

Comment Do not want (Score 2) 311

The history of "Quality Journalism" is filled with well compensated hucksters like Walter Duranty, polluting the world with fictions and lies. When you pay journalists celebrity wages you get celebrity journalists promulgating the views of their powerful allies.

Do not want. We're no worse off with our contemporary "journalism" and we may indeed be better.

Comment And nothing of value was lost (Score 1) 276

I watched AJ America a few times. I found it indistinguishable from the other cable news stuff except the advertisers were more obscure. It was available free for years on all the streaming platforms; if it mattered it would have had an audience.

I think it comes down to demographics. Old people watch cable news and they've picked their poison from among CNNMSNBCFOXNEWSBBCMURICAETAL. AJ America offered nothing compelling to them. The young have almost lost the ability to find a cable news network on a traditional teevee. So no one cared and no one will notice.

Comment Re:$30B a year for war ("defense") is cool (Score 0) 230

half of our military spending ... would pay for universal healthcare

cms.gov total US healthcare spending for 2014: $3 trillion.

DOD budget for 2014: $520 billion.

Our half of our military spending would pay for less than 9% of universal healthcare. And no, you don't get to assert that your "universal healthcare" would be cheaper and make up the difference; you're no more willing to tell all the healthcare providers, researchers and educational institutions that they're in for a huge pay cut than are the libtard politicians you vote for.

Comment More laws (Score 1) 257

That "hour" will get abused to be anything, anytime, plus confiscate and search.

No thanks. Life sucks. Cops can't fix that. Stop adding cops to every "problem." It doesn't help.

The people I live among have the good taste not to do this to others. Foster decency and honor and leave the cops out of it. For that you'll need discipline, respect and a degree of prosperity. The exact opposite of what our leaders give us with their welfare state, grievance mongering and controlled decline.

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