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Comment The answer is pride (Score 1) 259

It's hard to swallow the safety net. You have it banged into your head while you're a kid that you shouldn't need help, and if you do it's because of your poor character and life choices. Over and over again I hear the phrase "There's always a choice". I hate to keep harping on this but tell that to the kids with permanent brain damage from lead in Flint, Mi...

None of this is by accident. This is how the ruling class stay in power. It's part of what keeps the pitch forks at bay. When FDR & Co pushed through Social Security so we wouldn't have legions of homeless starving old people they pretended it was a pension program because those people wouldn't take the help. Ayn Rand nearly died homeless late in life before one of her close friends talked her into taking the help she needed (her books didn't do so well when there weren't billionaire asshats pushing the Austerity agenda).

There are other factors at play. For one thing people measure their quality of life relatively, not objectively. This is why it's important to have an underclass (blacks in the south, the bottom caste in India, etc, etc). It's the whole "Starving kids in China" syndrome. As long as someone has it worse people don't demand better. Part of that's fear of losing what little they have (aka Conservatism) and part of that is just how people measure things when they're not used to Math and Science. Again, there's a reason why the ruling class is fighting against public education these days...

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 1) 151

Aside from all the jokes about not using vi, etc. I seriously marvel at the idea of a "really stripped-down server" including an X system.

Actually, after writing that, I realized that, yes, really a stripped-down server does not include X. I have some servers configured this way.

The point that I was trying to make is that a server should not need a desktop window manager. Earlier, in the arguments over Wayland, the response was "just use VNC". But for VNC, you need a window manager.

I have found that managing KVM guests without virt-manager (and hence X) is a pain (although not impossible), so on my fairly stripped-down servers that act as KVM hosts, I include virt-manager and X. I run virt-manager as a network-transparent application, with the X-server on my desktop. On the servers that don't host VM guests, I can eliminate X.

Comment Is there anyone left on /. (Score 1) 259

who doesn't think H1-B hurts them? Oh, and doesn't have a sweet gov't job (either directly or because they served in the Military & work for a defense contractor now).

I'm curious. Not too long ago when a story like this hit all the posts chimed in about how they'd just leave and go to another better paying company that doesn't do this stuff. Nobody thought it would even catch up with them and they all thought they were irreplaceable. Me being me I knew sooner or later they'd get around to everybody except a few MIT geniuses (who have better things to do than bitch on /.).

Basically, I think the /. crowd has finally realized their in real trouble here. We're all in the same stop the blue collar guys were in the 80s when manufacturing went overseas. What I'm wondering is if we're gonna do anything about it? Or are we gonna roll over and play dead like the blues did.

Comment Drat, that won't work (Score 1) 259

it might give us a few years of relief, but it won't work in the long run. You could make the base pay 8x the going rate for a tech and it wouldn't help because sooner or later Sanders will be out of office and the "going rate" will be defined as whatever it takes to get around the rules. It's like Wargames. The only way to win is not to play.

Comment There is no left (Score 5, Interesting) 259

The owner class is hard, hard right. Like Robber baron grade hard right. The workers are left on social issues, but a lot are still hard right on the economy.

That's sort of the problem. There are lots of folks who are left wing socially (pro-gun control, pro-gay rights, pro-choice, etc) but get real right wing real fast when they think they're taxes are going up. Our Media is left wing on social issues but hard right on economics. Free Trade, Trickle Down economics and Austerity are practically gospel in American media.

Part of the problem is folks look at just about every expense that isn't food as taxes. I've caught lots of folks doing it. Insurance? Tax. Phone Bill? Tax. etc, etc. The other problem is that after the Iraqi War Americans aren't seeing good returns on their taxes. Literally Trillions of wealth was just handed to a lucky few in exchange for nothing. We've let large scale corruption slide for so long that folks have lost confidence in the gov't. They've also forgotten what America was like before the Feds stepped in and started preventing super fund sites from happening (Flint Michigan Water Supply anyone?).

The other problem is Bill Clinton. He moved the country hard right so he could forge an alliance to get into the prez office. Again, left on social issues hard right on the economy. Trump brought up Tariffs but made it a point not to use the "T" word. What's funny is watching all the folks out there who know something is wrong but can't figure out what to do about it pushing Trump and Sanders up in the polls. It's gonna be funnier when Rubio or Bush gets the election despite popular vote thanks to hard right stuff like Citizens United.

Oh, and the colleges have been moving hard right too. Where do you think those $10,000/semester tuition bills came from?

Comment Actually it's basically under a mattress (Score 1) 68

It's all sitting in banks doing nothing. World Poverty has fallen not due to investment but due to massive improvements in food growing & distribution tech... most of which was funded the gov't... and by laws and subsidies that keep food prices down.. again gov't. Venezuela was doing just fine thank you until the Saudi's decided to dump oil on the market. They're struggling like every oil nation now. They're struggle is a little more obvious because unlike the Suadis they don't just abondon their lower class at the first sign of trouble.

Comment This is what I hate about Conservative Politics (Score 2) 68

sooner or later they win, because they have unlimited money and can just wear everybody else down. Here in the states the corps are salivating over Obama exiting the White House so they can bring back all those profits tax free without contributing a cent to the civilization that made it all possible. They win, and we all lose (schools, health care, food banks, etc).

Comment Re: What do you mean... (Score 1) 184

If it were truly a better system I wouldn't have to switch endlessly between ribbon tabs while performing simple formatting tasks. Once configured (even minimally), the toolbar stayed *put*, allowing muscle memory to speed operation.

The ribbon is great for discovery and people who never get past "ransom letter" documents. It sucks ass for experienced users.

I'm glad that the tasks you do are so constrained that they fit into a single toolbar. As an experienced user I use many different features and being able to switch context to have a much wider selection then would fit into one toolbar is beneficial. This is even more true in Excel then Word.

Swore at it for a month when I first started using it because I needed to unlearn some habits, now find it much easier.

Comment Re:shifted to corrupt union bosses, yes (Score 1) 577

Yes, because the several other Unions that did agree to the needed terms, the company said it needed to remain afloat also blamed the one Union that refused to cooperate and thus forced the company out of existence

And that union probably did not believe the threats to close the company because the management awarded themselves huge increases while demanding cuts from the union workers, who had already given large concessions in pay and retirement benefits.

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