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Comment: Mixed Feelings (Score 1) 572

On the one hand I commend him for exposing the extent to which American's communications are being monitored outside of what I consider to be the bounds of the constitution (no unreasonable search, etc). On the other hand, information about what the US is doing to other countries is a very delicate matter. True, we like to think of ourselves as the good guys who don't spy on our allies but, the reality might be that all countries are doing it. Certainly the Russians and the Chinese are.

My hope is that we will have some clarity and limitations on US spying respecting our constitution. Let's not forget that most of the people working at the NSA believe that they are doing the right thing to protect our country, but let's also not forget that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,

Comment: Re:Cop was "in his car"? (Score 1) 1010

vehicle owners have no right to plug in whereever they find an outlet.

I agree. I wouldn't be happy if I came home and someone had parked their car in my driveway and was charging it using the external socket on my patio. Of course, I live in Germany where our electricity costs 28 euro cents (about 38 US cents) per KW.

Comment: Re:Playing the race card again (Score 1) 1078

by dave87656 (#43633179) Attached to: Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

Oh where have the real "conservatives" gone? It used to be, growing up in rural America, that we, a politically conservative family back then, believed in not labeling anyone according to some physical trait. So the secretary at my father's office wasn't black or African American or anything else, she was just "Jinny" just like everyone else was who they were.

Of course, now the republican party has turned in to "the best government money can buy" and the democrats seem to have elements of the entitlement crowd both from the lower income side and from the big business side.

Sigh .....

Comment: Re:Playing the race card again (Score 1) 1078

by dave87656 (#43633163) Attached to: Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

After reading the article (RTFA) it appears that it had nothing to do with race. Had a white kid done the same experiment, he/she would have probably been treated the same way. The fact is, it creates an explosion. Now, expulsion and a felony for that is way overdone. A reprimand and a warning would have been enough, IMHO.

Comment: Re:Whats the alternative? (Score 1) 863

by dave87656 (#43479913) Attached to: ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

MS cannot sustain an 'every other version is a flub' business model

Funny you should mention that. I believe they can ... because they still pretty much have a monopoly. Do you really have a choice? Sure, you could get a Mac at 4 times the cost, but, that's not seriously an option.

BTW, I have a Win 8 laptop and I really don't think it's that bad, but this post is coming to you from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Comment: Re:Load and unload the X cruft on demand (Score 1) 193

by dave87656 (#43316579) Attached to: GTK+ 3.8 Released With Support For Wayland

Especially since stuff doesn't just randomly change for the sake of change

This is something which has really bothered me with Linux for a while. We are using Ubuntu for the most part and the constant changes drive me and the users nuts. Now Canonical which was going to use wayland is now going yet another direction. Sheesh.

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