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Comment: Voting for Gary. (Score 1) 409

by allometry (#41877657) Attached to: Ralph Nader Moderates One Last 3rd-Party Debate for 2012

I live in New Mexico and Gary has my vote.

I'm tired of the whining in Washington and our government's sacred cows. Gary can't do shit to reform government directly, but at least he can put the fucking breaks on this non-sense from both sides.

C'mon guys: time to redefine reasonable military costs, environmental spending and all the shit we're regulating.

I have a metaphor: Gary is a new set of break-pads for this GM car speeding down the road of insanity, driven by an ass and an elephant!

Comment: Re:republicans (Score 4, Insightful) 1080

by allometry (#41449989) Attached to: Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

My understanding of their argument is how efficiency is met as a goal. If you read the story, Representative Burgess said, "It's something the market place should determine. Let consumers make the choice. There was no reason for the government to make that choice for them."

That doesn't sound like standing against innovation or hating on, "the gay." Certainly, it doesn't sound like that's giving to the rich. In fact, banning incandescents seems like it's going to cost us more money. Where you or I may be OK paying extra for a bulb that lasts twenty years, perhaps the poor you're talking about, the ones that do count pennies, will be fucked at the register when they can't replace something that used to be less than a buck.

But this is for a greater cause, right? I mean, energy efficiency. We've got to break a few eggs to make omelets here!

I'm all for a cleaner, safer, planet. But, I'm more in favor of individual freedoms and responsibilities. However, those pesky poor people and their damn hoarding. If only they were as rich as our dear leaders in DC, maybe this wouldn't be a problem.

"It's something the market place should determine. Let consumers make the choice. There was no reason for the government to make that choice for them."

Comment: Re:They weren't thinking about it though (Score 1) 1239

by allometry (#37007466) Attached to: United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating

As a member of the Tea Party, I don't necessarily disagree with what you have to say. Most of us are pretty pissed off at how the government has dealt with our tax dollars.

The fact of the matter is tax cuts need to be met with spending cuts, otherwise they don't make sense.

Though, I disagree with personal income tax. While over time the income tax rate is historically low, there is a large percentage of Americans not paying any tax at all.

I'm not just some rich fat cat spewing anger and vitriol at those who get all their tax dollars back. I'm a 26 year old married individual with two kids who earns a combined 80k a year, with a house and debt to pay off.

I suppose that is a big bugaboo though, saying everyone in this country needs to have a stake in what's going on... Not just the upper middle class hitting the AMT and the, "super rich."

For me, it's ridiculous that we can't get any movement on cutting entitlement spending and government assist programs. Taxing our way to a balanced budget isn't going to fix our problems. We've simply got to cut how much money we're spending and not do it by 1% over 10 years.

Comment: No (Score 1) 440

by allometry (#36427988) Attached to: Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET

Perhaps its just me, but this question is mixing apples and oranges.

JS/HTML5 are stand alone utilities in their own right, but you typically don't see a website these days without some form of ajax going on. You still need something to fulfill those requests from a server and .NET, PHP, Java and many others fill that role well.

So, why posture a question like this? Why would Microsoft want to kill .NET development and toss away all the progress they've made with ASP.NET, C#, WP and XBOX?

I do quite a bit of .NET development with MVC 3 and I'm not the slightest bit worried. Anyone who's doing work with Silverlight should be, because I can see that technology being axed in favor of pushing tools that use HTML5, JS and CSS 3.

Comment: A Cultural Solution to a Bureaucratic Problem (Score 1) 123

by allometry (#36127852) Attached to: O'Reilly Author's Laptop Rescued By 'Twitter Posse' and Prey

"Power tweeted that he had called police but said they told him they wouldn't pursue the case unless he filled out an incident report."

Let this success story be a testimony that you can still rely on your neighbor when you're in need! Kudos to those who helped, when the police bureaucracy let it fall through the cracks.

Comment: Opening the doors for competition (Score 1) 372

by allometry (#35839486) Attached to: Comcast's 105MBit Service Comes With Data Cap

Comcast is a bit ridiculous on their data caps and pricing.

Having worked for a small-business ISP in the past, the cost of bandwidth doesn't match up to the cost in services that Comcast provides. It's a matter of fact that Comcast's rates well exceed cost and reasonable business profit of 20%.

If you use a resold bandwidth model of in/out of $0.18/$0.08, your costs should be about $65.00/mo per 250GB up and 250GB down. However, if you own your own infrastructure, those costs are significantly reduced. I'd estimate Comcast is spending no more than pennies for their bandwidth and are making an absolute killing on internet services.

I've contemplated going back into the ISP field, but this time as an owner. I imagine that a lot of customers see these rates and caps as nickel and diming, and people are sick of it. I'm sick of it.

Comment: Re:LAMP (Score 2) 467

by allometry (#34898464) Attached to: Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

I picked up Linux when I was 16, working for a local ISP. It was the first time I ever worked with a RADIUS server to auth our dial-up clients.

I was encouraged by the sysadmin to try out Debian and just go nuts with it. I remember doing a complete install, getting X to work and then proceeding to fuck everything up. By the time I was 18, I was proficient enough at setting up a LAMP stack from scratch on Gentoo and eventually getting a Tomcat and Apache to work together with mod_jk.

What sold me on learning Linux was validating my preference that I like things done a certain way. In terms of distribution, I love Debian. My fresh installs are 100% vanilla, all the way down to installing base packages. My web servers are clean and lite. I prefer knowing exactly package-for-package what is on the box, so I can easily maintain it and keep it secure. I still run a LAMP stack, but am looking at switching out Apache for Nginx, because of easier load balancing.

I think that's the ticket to really getting someone to pick-up Linux, is that they have to got want to do things a certain way. It's not enough to sell them on the philosophy, but fufill the answer, "what's in it for me?"

My proudest moment as a sysadmin was seeing one of my boxes round the 1000 day uptime mark.

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