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Comment: Re:Nothing wrong with Socialism. (Score 0) 539

It's funny how socialism has such a bad reputation in 'merica. It's automatically equated to "evil" Commmunism.

Of the top 10 most prosperous countries, half are socialist countries. Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Netherlands. Of the top 10 most happiest countries, the majority are socialist countries.

It's funny how much happier people are when they don't have worry about things such as primary and university education, housing, health care, insurance, transportation, etc. It's also interesting how that correlates to a more productive society, making the country in general more prosperous.

Denmark often ranks in the top 5 year after year on both lists. While they have a 60% income tax, the people still manage to have more money in their pocket than the typical American. Why? The costs of their necessities are ridiculously low because it's distributed amongst the entire population. Their net income is higher than a typical American who has to eat the high costs of living (for the typical American, almost 50% of your income goes immediately into housing [rent, mortgage, etc.], then tack on health insurance, car insurance, loan debt, etc.) While Americans are racking up quarter million dollar debts just to go to school, Danes get paid to get a Master's Degree at University. Or rather, they're getting their collective investment returned to them when they go to school.

ACA is a good step forward. If everyone pays for health insurance, the costs will come down. You'd think fiscal conservatives would be all over that. Well, they were when Romney did it, but then suddenly were against it "just because."

What size is the population of the countries you are talking about? Norway 5.0 million, Denmark 5.6, Finland 5.4, Sweden 9.5, Netherlands 16.8 million.
How many are in the US... 318 million. We have states (California 38.8 million Texas 26.6 Florida 19.89 and New York 19.7)with larger populations than the largest of these countries Netherlands, in fact 22 states have a larger population that Norway hell there are more people in New York City than Norway.

How homogeneous culturally and racial are these countries? Very.

You are comparing tiny homogeneous groups of wealthy countries to a large continent spanning ethnically and culturally diverse mass that is the US.

Apples and Oranges.

You would be better off comparing the US (318 million) to all of Western Europe (397.5 million). Only that isn't a fair comparison either as Europe has a several thousand year head start on its development of infrastructure, its road system for example first started by the Roman Empire.

Comment: Re:Red Hat will crush Linux competitors (Score 2) 288

by lister king of smeg (#49612887) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

Red Hat is operating right out of Microsoft's playbook.

Remember when Microsoft was buddy-buddy with Apple, and IBM?

Once Linux is completely dependent on Red Hat controlled technologies, Red Hat will always be two steps ahead of the competition, it will be seriously difficult for Linux users to use anything except Red Hat.

What happens when Red Hat decides there is no reason for more than one package management solution? Red Hat will say that users demanded one standardized package management, and systemd will only work if Red Hat's solution is installed. Wait for it.

to late. Linux Standard Base (LSB) requires support for use of rpm (redhat package manager) they railroaded that through despite debian ubuntu and others protest.

Comment: Re:Modern approach to car safety is wrong (Score 1) 247

by lister king of smeg (#49565741) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

Indeed, the old school 1920s system of having a nigger named Belvidere driving one around is much safer for the car owner. Of course, poor Belvidere would get impaled on the steering wheel shaft in a crash.....

Or we could just have a drivers test that was more rigorous and improve our mass transit systems like bus and rail to cut traffic and give bad drivers a way to get from point a to point b without driving themselves.

Comment: Re:Yet TV shows ... (Score 3, Funny) 39

by lister king of smeg (#49565669) Attached to: An Open Ranking of Wikipedia Pages

... that more people care about the unreality show crap such as Kartrashians[sic] then the spiritually minded Oprah ...

[Kim Kartrashian] has 25 million Twitter followers, about a million less than Oprah Winfrey and nearly 5 million more than CNN Breaking News.

NSFW reference

I remember back when I had no clue who she was. I thought people had started watching Star Trek Deep Space 9 because I kept hearing them talk about the Cardassians. Sadly I had misheard. I do have to say I would watch a show about the Cardassians, especially if it featured Garak he was the best of the characters to come out of that show.

+ - A Complete Guide To The 5 Cybersecurity Bills Now Before Congress

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie writes: At press time, the House had passed two cybersecurity bills, one Senate bill had been passed out of committee and reported to the full chamber for a final vote, and a third House bill and a second Senate bill were awaiting review by the appropriate committee. The two House bills that passed earlier this week will be combined and sent to the Senate, but the Senate won't take up them up directly; instead, it will vote on its own two bills. It's complicated, so here's a quick breakdown of the key details.

+ - Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The blockade of the Pirate Bay by UK ISPs is causing trouble for CloudFlare customers. Several websites have been inadvertently blocked by Sky because a Pirate Bay proxy is hosted behind the same IP-addresses. In a response, CloudFlare threatened to disconnect the proxy site from its network.

Like any form of censorship web blockades can sometime lead to overblocking, targeting perfectly legitimate websites by mistake.

This is also happening in the UK where Sky’s blocking technology is inadvertently blocking sites that have nothing to do with piracy.

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+ - Patents show Google Fi was envisioned before the iPhone was released->

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smaxp writes: Contrary to reports, Google didn't become a mobile carrier with the introduction of Google Fi. Google Fi was launched to prove that a network-of-networks serves smartphone users better than a single mobile carrier's network. Patents related to Google Fi, filed in early 2007, explain Google's vision – smartphones negotiate for and connect to the fastest network available. The patent and Google Fi share a common notion that the smartphone should connect to the fastest network available, not a single carrier's network that may not provide the best performance. It breaks the exclusive relationship between a smartphone and a single carrier.
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+ - Microsoft, Chip Makers Working on Hardware DRM for Windows 10 PCs-> 1

Submitted by writertype
writertype writes: Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft. Years back, a number of people got upset when Hollywood talked about locking down "our content". So how important is hardware DRM in this day and age?
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+ - Apple Watch Launches->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The Apple Watch's release date has arrived, and retailers around the world have quietly begun putting them on their shelves. Reviews have been out for a while, including thoughtful ones from John Gruber and Nilay Patel. Apple has published a full user guide for the software, and iFixit has published a full teardown to take a look at the hardware. They give it a repairability score of 5 out of 10, saying that the screen and battery are easily replaced, but not much else is. Though Apple designated the watch "water-resistant" rather than "waterproof", early tests show it's able to withstand a shower and a swim in the pool without failing. Ars has an article about the difficulty of making games for the Apple Watch
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