It's perfect Dicedot content.
Doing it to avoid NSA backdoors, however, is healthy and makes good sense long term.
What the NSA sees, its employees themselves may decide to exploit. It doesn't matter how "good" MSFT products are as they hail from a nation whose government is committed to global espionage on friend and foe and every one of its own citizens.
Let's also not forget that all commercial closed source software from US companies should be presumed to have been backdoored by the NSA with the vendors cooperation (coerced or bought).
Snowden proved the US government will stop at nothing to spy on every communication it can. Foreign governments running Microsoft operating systems hand the NSA the keys to their kingdom.
FOSS advocates should hammer this relentlessly. It is not at all fanciful in light of the US goal of total global communication surveillance.
Further, if a disgruntled "Snowden" has access and can leak data, that means others have the same ability and may use information for their own financial or other benefit. When you consent to NSA surveillance, you aren't trusting just an "agency", but everyone in that agency with access to your data. If they grab your proprietary corporate secrets and sell them to competitors they may financially ruin you.
As EV fleet vehicles become more common it will make perfect sense to take advantage of them during off hours.
Building battery banks into a structure eats space and is inconvenient when those batteries require replacement. Vehicle fleets OTOH are sold off periodically and replaced. For the cost of wiring and the fleet-building interface a business can have upgraded battery tech every few years.
We need a place where global laws don't apply, and there is no such place, for the lawmasters control all.
Now that I torrent whatever I want to watch I don't care how much paid services suck.
Saving money by dumping cable makes me smile too.
"Be quick and write that book where a large government structure, say like the Bastille,is being stormed by citizens, and the Repulbic of the truly Free can finally be established"
Even blackjack and hookers would do nicely.
"Do you have any idea what was happening in Russia after the USSR fell apart?"
Most Slashchan readers aren't that old, nor are they "nerdy" enough to care about ancient times.
Gaming is kiddy shit (sorry) and it's naive to expect much idealism from from the core audience.
For Linux to reach a larger audience means catering to portions of that audience who just want free stuff.
Yes, they are lucky.
I confirmed the DNR order for my wife as she would have for me.
We were deeply in love for 24 years, and I did my duty to her until the end. I stayed for several days in her hospice room, holding her hand and touching her, until a bit after she drew her last breath. (Cessation of vitals isn't necessarily the cessation of brain activity even under deep sedation.)
Love means doing your duty, even when it's tough, because love is the willingness to sacrifice your self. Many of us will care for dying loved ones. Bereavement always carries regrets, but if I can pass on any advice to others, it is to know your duty and do it to the best of your ability.
My Dad degraded to the point where he expressed to me he wanted to die. He was a WWII infantry combat vet and had no illusions about death. He was bedridden and unable to suicide.
I'd have assisted, but there was no way I could take him out myself without going down for murder so I did not.
I wouldn't have felt bad about doing it for I loved that man. I do feel bad about NOT assisting his death, but I and my late wife cared for him with hospice assistance in our home until he died.
We all die. I don't fear death, but I do fear protracted and miserable dying. Seeing people you love trapped in their bodies where they can do nothing and you can't do enough is a profound experience.
My respects to any hospice staff reading this. It takes a special person to do it well. I can't even imagine dealing with pediatric cases.
SGLI is an exception. Interestingly, GI insurance pays out even for suicide. Sometimes the military understand more than they are given credit for.
"SGLI Denial of Payments
Cause of death is irrelevant for purposes of paying SGLI (see 38 USC Sections 1965 - 1976 and
38 CFR Part 9). So long as you are covered, SGLI will pay your beneficiaries even if your death
is the result of DUI or not wearing a seat belt (even suicide is covered). Again, cause of death is
irrelevant for purposes of paying SGLI.
SGLI will not pay out in certain circumstances, but these circumstances relate to whether the
individual was covered by SGLI at the time of death. For example, a service member who is
AWOL for more than 30 days, confined by civilian authorities for more than 30 days, or serves
more than 30 days under a court martial sentence involving total forfeiture of all pay and
allowances is no longer covered by SGLI (see 38 U.S.C. Section 1968(a)(1)(B)). Further, any
person guilty of mutiny, treason, spying, or desertion, or who because of conscientious
objections, refuses to perform service in the Armed Forces of the U.S. or refuses to wear the
uniform is not covered by SGLI (see 38 U.S.C. Section 1973).
Factors such as DUI or not wearing a seat belt in a jurisdiction that requires the
use of one could well be the basis for denying Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) to
otherwise eligible beneficiaries. The reason is that in order for your beneficiaries to receive DIC
your death must not have been due to your own misconduct. There is no such test for SGLI."
"Suicide is illegal, as well. "
Not necessarily. Best to check one's own jurisdiction.
"So glad I live in Oregon. "Come for the cheap weed, stay for the assisted suicide."
As we move towards our final years, that's seriously a Very Good Idea.