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Comment Re:A non-free market acts erratically. So? (Score 1) 211

Something that is technically an impossibility. A true free market is only theoretical construct. In general, consumers rely on price to accurately reflect production cost. Competition without collusion is supposed to drive efficiency in the market, moving the price to ever more accurately reflect costs.

In my example I was using ignorance of the true cost of dumping toxic sewage in rivers and oceans by all parties. "Out of sight, out of mind" is one form of ignorance, and humans are very poor at judging long term consequences from actions.

Comment Re:A non-free market acts erratically. So? (Score 1) 211

True, but it does happen when production exceeds storage and you can't just dump the product because of disposal costs or something similar.

And I can't think of one market that has ever been totally free. The only time they're free is when due to ignorance and lack of regulation producers can externalize waste costs. e.g. -- dump waste and sewage in the river or ocean for free, etc.

Comment Hypocrite (Score 2) 12

The number one proven techniques to reduce abortions is easy access to contraceptives. If you honestly cared about eliminating as many abortions as possible, you'd be promoting contraception left and right.

No, I don't mean your holier-than-thou abstinence bullshit.

I mean the "realize there are 7 billion people in this world because sex is fan-fucking-tastic, and the vast majority of humans aren't anywhere near in control of their hormones -- and never will be -- so here are cheap and plentiful condoms, pills and shots so you can control when you get pregnant" effort.

But you won't. Because forcing your beliefs on others is MUCH more important. You want to reduce abortions, but only if they do it YOUR way.

The Catholic Church and their head-up-ass teachings on contraceptives are responsible for more abortions than Planned Parenthood, Cold War Communist regimes and coat hangers combined.

Don't like what you see in the video? Grow a set and do something about it that might actually help reduce the number of abortions in this country. Lobby for real sex education classes -- ones based on medical facts and no religion involved -- starting in Middle School, and start passing out free condoms at High Schools.

Until you do that, you're doing relegating all those unborn fetuses to lesser importance in your world.

Comment Re:OpenWRT vs DD-WRT (Score 4, Interesting) 94

You're confusing "not open source" with "sloppy mess". From the same link you sent:

DD-WRT is a third party developed firmware released under the terms of the GPL for many IEEE 802.11a/b/g/h/n wireless routers based on a Broadcom or Atheros chip reference design.

Here is a tutorial on compiling DD-WRT from source:

The business model doesn't change the GPL nature. Brainslayer arranged professional versions with customization for commercial applications. (Note: Stock, GPL DD-WRT works find on the Buffalo WZR-1750, so it isn't a matter of close-source tweaks.)

I'm interested in OpenWRT because it *is* a cleaner code base and more modular in nature. I like the idea of the packages vs a monolithic system. But that doesn't address the question of why one GPL project has working code for a particular system and another can't use it for their own GPL implementation.

Comment OpenWRT vs DD-WRT (Score 1) 94

Do these groups communicate at all? I ask because I have the Buffalo WZR-1750DHPD router that comes with DD-WRT straight from the factory. Full open source, etc.

And OpenWRT doesn't really support this router. The comments in the HW database are:

As of OpenWrt 15.05-rc3 (Chaos Calmer):

The 802.11an radio is not recognized.
The 802.11bg radio is misconfigured such that most wireless clients will connect to the AP with only a very weak signal.

Which strikes me as odd for a device that already has an open source implementation. You'd figure getting a basic function like the Wi-Fi drivers working would be fairly easy, given a working sample with source.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955