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Comment Re:BTRFS is getting there (Score 2) 130

I don't why so many in the Linux community are so hooked on ZFS.

Because it is good. In particular, it offers the only sensible way to make good use of the ephemeral storage offered by Amazon's Web Services (AWS) in a general case — the fast (SSD) storage can be used as read-cache for a ZFS stable of mount-points.

Why not just put your energy there?

Why do put any energy into reinventing the wheel? And struggle with triangular "wheels" in the process?

Comment Re:Blaming KKKorporations (Score 1) 217

Or are you challenging the assertion that corporations are in complete control and gorging themselves at the public trough?

I fail to see, why you'd single-out the corporations. There is no difference between a citizen voting for a candidate to get free cell-phone and a corporation helping a candidate win in exchange for government's cheap loans and other help.

government employees "confiscating the monies"

Are you going to challenge the assertion, that the IRS' very purpose is to confiscate the taxpayers' monies?

Comment Re:Blaming KKKorporations (Score 1) 217

Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society... it's not money "confiscated,"

The two aren't necessarily contradicting. You may wish to call such involuntary payments something else and comfort yourself with the thoughts of "buying civilization", but as long as you are forced to part with the money — on pain of going to prison and/or losing your possessions — the term "confiscation" most certainly applies.

a bunch of fucking idiots who like to term it that way

You fucking asshole, who you calling "idiot"?! Nice having a civilized discussion with you, crotch-stink.

Please, don't hate.

Submission witnessing a sign of global cooling from a lunar eclipse->

turkeydance writes: LUNAR ECLIPSE DETECTS GLOBAL COOLING (BUT ONLY A LITTLE): On Sept. 27th, millions of people around the world watched the Moon pass through the shadow of our planet. Most agreed that the lunar eclipse was darker than usual. Little did they know, they were witnessing a sign of global cooling. But only a little.
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Comment Blaming KKKorporations (Score 0) 217

Unless you're a corporate "person" in which case it most certainly IS a magic purse.

Cute. "KKKorporations sit there in their... in their KKKorporation buildings, and... and, and see, they're all KKKorporation-y... and they make money."

Nice try switching the conversation to "corporations", but the truth is, most Americans now receive government benefits of some kind. You and your kind may think, this is marvellous, but the situation does not benefit the country — the primary beneficiaries are the vast body of government employees paid for confiscating the monies (the IRS) and handing some of it out...

Submission Sprint continues to struggle->

tripleevenfall writes: On the heels of Sprint's announcement that it will not participate in a major auction of low-band spectrum, a memo to managers states that the company now aims to reduce its number of employees and cut between $2 billion and $2.5 billion in costs over the next six months. The cost-cutting will also include a hiring freeze.

T-Mobile recently overtook Sprint as the United State's third largest mobile carrier.

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Comment Why does the government have this kind of power? (Score 1) 130

taxi industry used every political maneuver in its arsenal to keep Uber and Lyft off the strip

The only way to keep a competitor out of "your" turf is — or ought to be — by providing superior service at lower price. Being able to use "political maneuvers" instead or even addition to that is a sign of bona fide corruption.

It does not matter, whether the politicians involved took bribes or were sincere — the government simply should not have the power to be a player. The war, that Uber, Lyft et al wage against taxis is simply the more visible of the fights, which private businesses wage every day. We can bemoan the undue influence of lobbyists all day long, but the underlying problem is that, given the number of licensing requirements and regulations, the corporations can not afford not to have a lobbyist on payroll. Instead of, or, at best, in addition to, pleasing us, the consumers, all businesses of appreciable size must be pleasing the government as well.

That's not free market capitalism, and it sucks...

Comment Re:Dear Amazon (Score 2) 222

the correct course of action would be to make the available everywhere, not to remove products

The announced product-removal is means to the end of making the service available everywhere.

There is nothing magical or exceedingly hard about Amazon Prime Video. My 2008 Sony can play it. If Google and Apple aren't offering it, it is because they don't want to, not because they can not.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 4, Insightful) 1148

Israel has very low rates of gun violence too, but many people are packing. And soldiers always carry their rifles — even when going to beach for R&R — with two magazines each. It is not uncommon to see a girl in a bikini guarding a gun-pyramid, while her girlfriends are swimming, for example...

Whatever the reasons for lower gun-violence in Japan or Israel or what have you, the ban on weapons is certainly not the only reason. Whether it is even a contributing factor is not at all obvious.

Comment Re:For me it is way beyond advertising... (Score 1) 116

I don't know, what "OCD" means in this context. No, I don't want to publish my filters for they aren't sufficiently generic anyway. They will allow people to know, which sites I frequent, however.

The first step is to disable all of the "whitelists" in Ad Block-supplied filters. You know, the items shown in green — which are, what bigger sites have paid Ad Block authors to whitelist. You can do that by applying sed(1) to remove disabled=true to the ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/adblockplus/patterns.ini (while Firefox is not running)...

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 4, Insightful) 1148

Yeah, an Illiberal web-site running an op-ed aiming to convince populace into obediently surrendering their rights. Surprise...

They fail, though. The only thing they even claim is "not a single case includes evidence that the killer chose to target a place because it banned guns". But they all (or most) did happen in a gun-free location. How do I know? Simple, if it weren't so, MotherJones would've highlighted this fact in the very title. They did a commendable job putting the 62 mass-shotings incidents over 30 years together, but, curiously, do not have a boolean column "Gun free zone Y/N" in it...

But the shooter picking a place because it is gun-free is only part of the problem. There is no one there to stop him — whether he was cunning enough to count on that or not.

Comment I'm not old enough to compete with her (Score 1) 162

have you been at it longer?

I'm not old enough to compete with her... Read my first Unix book in 1988. Was exposed to a Unix-computer for the first time in 1990. Got my own computer upon moving to the US (486, 33MHz) — and installed FreeBSD on it in 1993. That made me a sysadmin instantly, so I claim 22 years...