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Comment Re:I'm curious (Score 1) 264

You are confused as to what a government is. A government has the 'legal authority' to steal from me, to kidnap me and to murder me. No corporation has the legal authority to do that.

1) See, "Academi"

2) See "Prisons, Privatized"

A government uses mob power that it buys with promises to the mob at the expense of the people who are actually paying for all these promises.

3) See, "Koch Brothers".

Comment Re:Benefit to end users? (Score 4, Insightful) 353

The thing is many people confuse beinf honest and technically sound with being a raging douchebag.


You can be a super-smart, cocky A type who's done more for your project than anyone else combined, who likes to be forceful, curt and to the point AND still not be a cunt.

The fact that Linus can't manage this isn't a facet of his awesomeness, it's a glaring revelation that he is simply a great coder and nothing else.

Worship him if you must, but there's far more interesting people out there who manage to be awesome at what they do and be awesome people at the same time.

Comment Re:No Different from NFL Gimmes (Score 1) 191

At least the people would have gotten something out of a stadium, for all the colossal waste they are. Instead its just money pissed away on joyrides for the rich. Except I doubt Virgin Galacitc will ever make a commercial launch, at this point.

Comment It could work. (Score 0, Troll) 353

Remember that forks sometimes do succeed.

Take Linux. It forked from OpenBSD which itself was forked from QNX with smatterings of FreeBSD code.

QNX programmed itself from vacuum tubes and trace wires left on the ground at Quantum Software in Ottawa one evening. Dan Hildebrand (RIP) apparently had something to do with this metamorphosis.

Meanwhile across the ocean, FreeBSD was forked from Windows 95 which itself came from the unholy union of MS-DOS and the GEM environment. MS-DOS was bought from a company in Washington State and was a fork of CP/M. GEM was a stand alone thing and should never have been born.

Where was I? Oh yeah, CP/M. CP/M was a copy of Apple's SOS used in the Apple /// series of super-powerful business computers. The source code was left at an airport where Gary Kildall read it when his plane was on auto-pilot.

Apple SOS was a mix/fork of Apple ProDOS and TRS-80's OS; I forget the name, not important. Radio Shack forked their TRS-80 OS from some source code they saw in Lions' Commentary on UNIX 6th Edition.


Comment Let's presume you're being honest for a moment (Score 1) 8

The burden is on anyone who proposes adding new laws to the many that already exist to show why they would be any more effective than the laws already in place.

By that logic, we can then say that leaving the laws alone is guaranteed recipe for failure as they are not working. For that matter, by that logic our country - "The Great Experiment" - should have never started as there was no precedent for a democracy of this size and style to have ever worked for long.

Even if we set aside the failures of your "logic", the reality is that the most common reform suggestion is to require meaningful background checks for all gun purchases. No person with the ability to actually bring up a bill in government has suggested anything more intrusive than that in the past decade. And what is the actual cost of this? It slows down purchases by a very small amount. I own firearms myself and I know a lot of people who do as well. I have never been in a situation where I have had an urgent need to purchase one, nor has anyone I know. Even if the purchase took another 24 hours for the background check, what's the big deal? Right now background checks usually take a couple minutes at the most, but what's the hurry?

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe