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Comment Re:Oh, that's funny. (Score 1) 381

I think most libertarians in the US would be perfectly happy with a government the size of the one the US had in, say, 1910 or so. Which would be about a fifth what it is now (as a percent of GDP, in real terms it would still be quite a bit bigger and more intrusive). And when, strangely enough, the US was still not in any way like Somalia.

Comment Re: Senior IT management? (Score 1) 154

It's pretty tough to get blacklisted if you're aren't actually sending spam. Block port 25 outbound from your office LAN so trojanned laptops can't send spam, and you're probably good to go.

SPF, DKIM and PTR records take maybe an hour to setup right.

And yeah, if it goes down at 3 am, I fix it, just like any other production system. I probably won't have to drive since it's on a VM on redundant hosts like all the office servers, but if necessary, sure.

Comment references in open source (Score 1) 136

In 1994 the network consulting company I worked for decided to become an ISP. As part of building up the systems to support that, on a craptastic System V UNIX from Novell they called UnixWare, I was installing all these open source tools and they all seemed to want to be compiled on something called Linux, by default. Getting some of them to compile on UnixWare was so much fun.

Eventually I figured out Linux was an actual open source OS, and I tried some Slack disks, but it didn't run very well and had like no driver support for my RAID and network boards, so I stayed with UnixWare.

At my next job in 1996, though, I installed Red Hat Linux, and never looked back. I was running a Linux desktop by 1997 I think.

I have tried Debian a couple of times but never really got into it; I just had too much time invested in building RPM packages and doing things the Red Hat way, and the Debian installer has always been so useless it's quite off-putting. I did run Ubuntu on my laptop for a couple of years, though.

I now run a mix of Gentoo and CentOS, depending on application.

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 1) 515

Linux can definitely be hard to use. Normally it isn't quite that bad.

In exchange, though, you get to not be spied on by your OS maker and whatever governments and partner companies they're friendly with, among many other freedoms.

No one else cares if you use it or not. Except for the companies currently spying on you.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine