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Comment: != (Score 2) 141

by pavon (#47725447) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection' and are two completely different sites. The .gov site is the official petition website for the US government. The .org site is like wordpress for petitions. Anyone can go an create a petition for any reason, and it has about as much weight as a wordpress blog does, which is to say most are completely meaningless, but on occasion once actually gets some momentum, and it is that momentum (not the petition itself) that matters.

Comment: Re: yeah (Score 4, Insightful) 232

by lgw (#47725269) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

This has nothing to do with "free marketism", unless you're in the market for strawmen. This is the opposite.

Do you think most towns can just stand up a muni broadband network on their own? No - they're going to hire some company to build and run their MAN, just the way that many utilities work.

This is existing corporate giants, which have government granted monopolies in many areas (the polar opposite of free marketism), using their political muscle to block competition from new "utility" companies who would be stealing their business.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 4, Insightful) 232

by lgw (#47725183) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Both parties have, as their first priority, protecting the financial interests of their largest (usually corporate) donors. Both parties lie about this to their voters, claiming to be the party of the common man. The only difference is that some donors don't give to both parties, and so different donors get favored depending on who's in power.

I cant speak for 45 years, but it's been this way for at least 25. Do you disagree?

Comment: Re:That's not quick? (Score 1) 74

by istartedi (#47725119) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Dollar General is planning to build a store in my neighborhood. They got approval a few months ago. Yesterday I saw ONE bulldozer parked near an old building on the site, which they plan to tear down. I won't be surprised if the dozer sits there for 11 days doing nothing. I would be absolutely stunned if they went from ground breaking to opening in 11 days, and there's nothing hi tech about a small box dollar store/grocery.

It's the red tape that usually makes these things take so long. How long did they spend wrangling with paperwork before they broke ground? They're not selling food so I'm sure that helps speed up some things.

Comment: Re:C++ is not the language you start with (Score 1) 469

by lgw (#47723999) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

First learn assembly, so you know how a computer works
Then learn Scheme and the lambda calculus, so you know what a computer does

Really, though, the most important thing to move past "coding for fun" is to completely grok the call stack, pointers, recursion, and lambda. You should have no fear, uncertainty, or doubt about these foundations, or you'll write ugly hacks where none are needed, or be unable to properly debug.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure? (Score 1) 654

by Zero__Kelvin (#47723615) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

"Sorry, I know the difference between restarting a service and a kernel. But, as I said before and I will say it again, we are talking about a desktop here"

So you don't know what services are then. Imagine my surprise! Your belief that services run on servers and not desktop systems is just one more indication of your complete cluelessness.

Comment: Re: Infrastructure? (Score 1) 654

by Zero__Kelvin (#47723517) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
You are an idiot if you think Linux from Scratch has anything to do with this discussion, and even more of an idiot for pointing out that all the $300 laptops run Windows, since that was my point. Furthermore, any idiot can register on LFS and download a book. Understanding it is quite another matter. Again, you have proved you haven't got a clue, and can't even understand exceedingly simple points of logic. Couple that with your absurd claim that Apple has a "far superior" product in terms of usability shows that you are merely some moron that downloaded LFS and didn't understand it, If you did, you would certainly not be mentioning it in this discussion.

Comment: Re:Reading between the lines. (Score 1) 210

The poor in Egypt were motherfucking skinny. At least they were in 2008. Maybe you were looking at the shopkeepers or taxi-drivers, or tour guides who spoke English.

Same for Peru. Also went through the Caribbeans, but never really saw the poor there.

Costa Rica is doing just fine. That was a pleasant experience. Nice enough I felt fine just driving around by myself. I'd feel fine accepting them in as another state if it weren't for my OCD demanding there be an even number of states.

Outright famine still happens, but is certainly the exception even in the latter.

I was going to give you shit about saying that first world nations experienced famine, but then I looked up the actual definition of first, second, and third-world nations. I thought it just meant established vs poor-as-shits-ville. Rather, it's a hold-over from the cold war. But sure, if you consider Oman first world, then that's totally legit.

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. -- Arthur R. Miller