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Comment: Re:It will never pass and not for the reasons (Score 1) 109

by linuxguy (#48532717) Attached to: Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

If he really gave a rat's ass about it, he wouldn't have waited till he was in a lame duck Senate to propose this.

Ron Wyden isn't going anywhere anytime soon. He is in office until 2016!

This is all about getting some good press for himself and possibly the Dems in general, and bad press for the Reps coming in next month who'll actually have to vote on this bill. "See?!? WE wanted to fix this horrible thing, but those EEEEVVIIILLL Republicans stopped us!!!!!!"

Honest question. Why would Republicans not support this bill?

Be a terrible shame if there were enough Tea Party types (or sympathizers, at least) in the Senate next year to actually approve this bill and make it law....

Last time I checked, tea partiers were all Republicans.

Comment: Re:Not anywhere near "dead easy" yet. (Score 1) 400

"Actually. Most conservatives understood intuitively that you could not add tons of poor to insurance roles and cover all pre existing conditions without raising prices heavily on the healthy."

I think you are forgetting a few things. ACA increases the insured pool by mandating that everybody get insurance. That certainly helps offset the increased cost of insuring people with pre-existing conditions.

On a side note, I was denied insurance before, because on the application form I could not tell them when I had last seen a doctor. I haven't in probably 15 years or more. They came back with a quick rejection. With ACA I was able to get insurance. Now they get easy few hundred dollars from me every month. I still have not seen a doctor. Don't need to.

Comment: I have an Intel tablet (Score 1) 91

by linuxguy (#48379031) Attached to: Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

I personally have owned several ARM based Android tablets and recently bought an Intel Atom based 7" ASUS Android tablet for my kid on sale for about $100. For that kind of money, I was not expecting much, but have been pleasantly surprised at how fast it is. It is as fast, if not faster than most modern Android tablets. And it lasts just as long as my Nexus 7. I was not expecting Intel to have achieve parity at this time. But they have. If they are able to offer a solution that is a little more performant while using less power than the ARM chips, I think they can succeed.

People have shown willingness to spend money on high end phones and tablets. I currently own a Samsung Galaxy S5. A $700 device. Do I wish it was a little faster and lasted a little longer? You bet! There is a lot of room to improve the mobile experience. At the pace that Intel has been developing their mobile solution, I think they can and will succeed in this space.

Comment: Has it been working so far? (Score 5, Interesting) 387

by linuxguy (#48164019) Attached to: Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

At the end of the day, he created and manages the largest open source project ever. More than 20 years on, it is still going strong. I am not about to find faults with his management style. People have been free to fork it and run with it. Nobody has done that. Perhaps a little bit of screaming every now and then is needed for this job.

He gave us Linux and he gave us git. Maybe we should stop nitpicking and say thank you for once.

Comment: Hate Amazon for this (Score 3, Informative) 77

by linuxguy (#47876143) Attached to: Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

I generally like Amazon. I am a Prime subscriber and I am supposed to be able to watch their Prime videos as well. However we're an Android family and do not have any iOS or Amazon devices. I have tried them, but I did not like them.

Netflix supports Android devices well. And I like them for it. Amazon is pulling these shenanigans in order to prop up support for their mostly uninteresting platform. Android has the largest market share and my family has 4 Android tablets and 4 Android phones. None of these devices can play Amazon instant video. Damn you Amazon!

Comment: Re:Yep. (Score 3, Funny) 150

by linuxguy (#47831371) Attached to: Hackers Break Into

> Please tell me your comment is snark.

No sir. I am dead serious! Obama is incompetent. Take for example this business with Putin and ISIS and Taliban. It is getting out of control. Not because these are hard problems, but because Obama is a pussy. He wants to keep thinking about it. As GWB would say, time for thinking is over. Its time to kick some ass. If you have seen the Rambo series of movies, you'd know what I am talking about.

Man, I hope to God Chuck Norris runs for president and wins. I'd like see the expression on Putin's face when that happens.

Waste not, get your budget cut next year.