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Comment: Re:"Living Constitution" (Score 1) 1252

by gigabites2 (#31120716) Attached to: Texas Textbooks Battle Is Actually an American War

I feel your tidbit about Thomas Jefferson founding the Democratic party is rather misleading. He founded the Democratic-Republican party, which later disassembled itself into Democrats and Republicans, but his views cannot be easily categorized one way or the other. On the other hand, despite his idealist notions of strict constructionism, he ultimately succumbs to pragmatism.

Look at the Louisiana Purchase, for example. He had no authority to authorize the purchase, but it was too good to pass up, so he went through with it anyway. Besides which, he contributed directly to the cause one of the main influences on the issue of States' Rights: the Civil War. His Virginia Resolution introduced the concepts of nullification and succession in protest of the Alien and Sedition Acts. With the conclusion of the Civil War, states' rights were debased somewhat and the issue died to the point that it was forgotten for decades, leading to the further erosion of states' rights.

This isn't to say I'm a person who disagrees with the concept of having a centralized, federal government. Personally, I see that type of oversight as necessary and more efficient in a lot of ways, but the fact remains that your claims about Jefferson are a bit preposterous.

Comment: Re:Other distros? (Score 3, Informative) 220

by gigabites2 (#30958822) Attached to: Video Review of Hivision's $100 ARM-Based Android Laptop
Actually, there's a minimal iso image for a net install and you can install a command-line-only system from the alternate install disk. Both use a modified version of the Debian ncurses installer. I've used it both options a few times and found them to be very useful for building a lightweight system from the ground up.

Comment: Re:Blame piracy (Score 1) 497

by gigabites2 (#30918868) Attached to: Future Ubisoft Games To Require Constant Internet Access
The idea that a decrease in piracy will lead to a decrease in price is incredibly naïve. Even if pirates decided they were going to actually buy games all of the sudden, prices wouldn't change in the slightest. Like it or not, in our economic system, the overwhelming goal is to make money and lots of it. Prices will never go down. The genie is out of the bottle. Publishers have found that they can routinely charge $50 for a brand new game, and they're working their up to $60. Look at Modern Warfare 2. Personally, I find your sentiment manipulative, but you are entitled to your opinion.
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Levonn Lawrence writes "Moving in to day 4 of 7, TSG (The Speed Gamers) continue to play a Final Fantasy marathon for an unusual reason. The reason being... Charity. The guys at TSG are playing through every main Final Fantasy game from one to twelve, over a period of 7 days in hopes or raising $20 000 for ACT Today (Autism Care and Treatment). ACT is a charity helping to financially support families effected by Autism. The marathon started 6pm CST, Friday, July 17th, 2009 and is going until Friday, July 24th 2009. So far they've raised over $18 000 (not a typo) and they're only 70 hours in. Stop by and donate, message, and give them all the support you can. http://www.thespeedgamers.com/"

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 2, Insightful) 414

by gigabites2 (#28745313) Attached to: Early Abort of Ares I Rocket Would Kill Crew
Depends. Does the high bidder have a better track record? Do they devote more resources and talent to the project? Lowest bidder implies doing it the cheapest way possible which usually entails cutting a few corners. Now, believe it or not, more money has a way of alleviating these issues. Obviously, the reputation of the bidder is important as well, but then again, it's someone's job to investigate so that the decision is made in an informed manner. Of course, this is strictly academic as the damn thing's about finished anyway.

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