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Comment: Re:Shit may be hitting the fan (Score 1) 283

by fretlessjazz (#31867256) Attached to: Iceland Volcano's Ash Grounds European Air Travel The number of 5+ mag earthquakes is well within the annual norm, as documented since 1900. In terms of the earth's history (I have a degree in Geology), the Iceland volcano is a flea fart. We're in status quo, trust me.

Comment: Re:The Limbaughs and O'Reillys of the world... (Score 1) 365

by fretlessjazz (#26445449) Attached to: FOSS Development As Economic Stimulus
Sadly, I have to agree. Furthermore, I think that it would be very difficult to concoct a mechanism that dictates which FOSS project receives more money than another. Would it be need-based, or dependent upon the amount of capital that a project could inject into the economy?

It would become to politically charged and too biased before it got off the ground.

Comment: A good idea, but... (Score 1) 365

by fretlessjazz (#26445387) Attached to: FOSS Development As Economic Stimulus
This sounds awesome, but let's be realistic. How can we determine who gets funding? If the government treats the appropriation of funds for FOSS projects similarly to the bail-out of financial institutions, the only projects that would qualify are the ones that are ailing. At the risk of being a troll (albeit a realistic one), can you justify taxpayer dollars for projects like OpenOffice?

Clearly, the government cannot treat FOSS projects in the same as financial bailouts. Therefore, what system could be put in place that determines which projects receive stimulus funding?

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown