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Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 1) 441

by homm2 (#49469777) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality
Well, in many or most cases it isn't for lack of trying. In the Senate they still have to contend with Democratic filibusters and even if they can overcome that, they still need to deal with presidential vetoes. They still (unfortunately, from my perspective) have a chance of pulling that off to derail the Iran negotiations.

If they don't stop net neutrality, that will be why.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately, it's still on piano (Score 2) 59

by homm2 (#49295561) Attached to: "Open Well-Tempered Clavier" Project Complete; Score and Recording Online
I like what Glenn Gould had to say about this. Late in his life, Bach reviewed a "Silbermann" piano, which may not have shared much in common with a modern grand piano, but was still an evolutionary step in that direction. In the end, the instrument met Bach's complete approval. Gould makes a number of other really good points.

Comment: Re:Rationale (Score 1) 253

by homm2 (#48895427) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts
I agree that the IRS should be able to do much more with the budget it has. It is far from efficient. On the other hand, we should probably be more careful with cutting spending on the IRS than most other government agencies. This is because cutting in the wrong areas will cost much more than you save. Cutting enforcement by $1 may cost $6 if Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is to be believed. I would also guess that a budget item for modernization efforts may be a similarly foolish place to look for cuts.

I lived around the corner from a major IRS processing facility in Fresno, California for many years. I can assure you that the neighborhood and the entire metropolitan area around it look nothing like these 5 counties (I've been to Fairfax County and Arlington County).

Comment: Re:Sorry, but again, NO... a resounding no.... (Score 1) 253

by homm2 (#48895317) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts
Speaking of utopian, I seriously think this is misguided. Most starve-the-beast libertarian types are not really interested in your civil discussion. The only people who would "wake up" are those who already know that the IRS needs to be funded.

What works is what makes great political soundbites and I'm sorry to say that most Americans would love the sound of "we're shutting down the IRS". The political right in the US is already completely convinced that the problem is with spending and the left usually just dithers about trying to find a compromise. Most people don't know much about the budget. Heck, most people can't even tell you what party controls the House or Senate. An informed, civilized discussion like you're proposing simply isn't possible.

Comment: Re:Love how he had all these great ideas (Score 4, Informative) 417

by homm2 (#48812395) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US
I'm so tired of hearing the supermajority myth yet again. Here's the timeline:

July 8, 2009: Al Franken was sworn in as the 60th senator to caucus with the Democrats.
August 25, 2009: Ted Kennedy passes away, removing the supermajority (59 / 99 votes is less than 3 / 5)
September 25, 2009: Paul Kirk is appointed to temporarily fill Ted Kennedy's seat, returning the supermajority to the Democrats
February 4, 2010: Scott Brown is sworn in to Ted Kennedy's former seat, thus removing the supermajority for the Democrats for good

That adds up to about 6 months of a theoretical supermajority, and that includes part of a summer break and a long winter break when the Senate was not in session. A large number of Democratic Senators were also "Blue Dog" Democrats, meaning that they voted with Republicans quite a lot. But despite all of this and the Republican's use of every procedural delay and obstruction tactic in the book, this brief supermajority still managed to pass the most important health care legislation in the last 50 years.

Comment: Re:Producing them is one thing (Score 1) 88

by homm2 (#46700815) Attached to: Samsung Claims Breakthrough In Graphene Chip Design
How did this get rated +4, insightful? Transistors are not fundamentally thermoelectric devices.

Thermal issues are very important in modern semiconductors, but the switching action of a transistor is not achieved by heating them to change their conductivity. Transistors function by altering bandgaps at the junctions between different semiconductors (or differently doped regions of silicon).

+ - Linux 3.14 Kernel Released->

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An anonymous reader writes: The Linux 3.14 "Shuffling Zombie Juror" kernel has been released. Significant improvements to Linux 3.14 include the mainlining of SCHED_DEADLINE, stable support for Intel Broadwell CPU graphics, Xen PVH support, stable support for ZRAM, and many other additions. There's also a tentative feature list on
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Comment: Re:KDE 4.9+ is rock stable and better than 3.x (Score 1) 122

by homm2 (#43222281) Attached to: What's Going On In KDE Plasma Workspaces 2?

I guess I'm a biased KDE user, but I prefer KDE apps in many or most instances. As another commenter noted, Gwenview is stable, fast, and reasonably powerful. As for photo-editing apps, most people may prefer Gimp, but I think Krita can hold a candle and even has a few features that Gimp doesn't (see this comparison).

Other examples of (in my opinion) superior KDE apps include Dolphin (vs Nautilus), Kate (vs Gedit), Kile (a LaTeX IDE, Gnome has nothing comparible), Kmail (vs Evolution), Okular (vs Evince), and K3B (vs Brasero).

There are definitely some Gnome apps that I find better as well, including Inkscape (vs. Karbon) and the newsgroup app you mentioned, Pan. I should add that not all of these are really "Gnome" apps, but they all use GTK.


+ - KDE 4.10 Released, The Fastest KDE Ever-> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: The KDE team has announced the 4.10 releases of KDE Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Development Platform. It brings many improvements, features and polishes the UI even further, which already is one of the most polished, stable and mature desktop environments. With 4.10 KDE users can experience a much more sane global-menu like implementation without interrupting their workflow. A list of improvements is available here.
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Comment: Re:While Grayson can be entertaining (Score 1) 549

by homm2 (#30533002) Attached to: Florida Congressman Wants Blogging Critic Fined, Jailed
The particular study that Rep. Grayson was referring to when he made these remarks claims that they "calculated approximately 44789 deaths among Americans aged 18 to 64 years in 2005 associated with lack of health insurance". The study goes on to say that this was in spite of things like free emergency room treatment and community health clinics.

Comment: This isn't the only technical problem with Ares I (Score 4, Informative) 414

by homm2 (#28745719) Attached to: Early Abort of Ares I Rocket Would Kill Crew
This is only the latest in a long line of technical problems with Ares I, to say nothing of all the delays, cost overruns and other management issues.

First, they discovered an oscillation issue from the SRB that could cause damage to the upper stage and the orion capsule. Last year, they found out that with a slight wind gust, the vehicle might collide with its launch tower.

Incidentally, both of these problems and the current one are all related to the SRB. President Obama needs to do the right thing here and kill Ares I before it has the chance to kill anyone.

Comment: Re:Maybe it's just an occupational hazard. (Score 1) 414

by homm2 (#28745545) Attached to: Early Abort of Ares I Rocket Would Kill Crew
You're absolutely right that space travel is inherently dangerous and that shouldn't necessarily deter us from engaging in it despite the risks.

However, that shouldn't excuse the disaster-waiting-to-happen that is Ares I. Particularly when there are better, cheaper, and safer alternatives. In particular, a recently released study finds that EELVs would absolutely be a safe, cheap alternative to the Ares I.

We definitely need to take risks in space travel, but not stupid dangerous risks of strapping humans to SRBs that cannot be controlled or turned off in any way and have a history of failing spectacularly.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel