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Comment: Re:Damn you Uber (Score 1) 226 226

If a specific, non-consequential word is enough to "utterly DESTROY" an argument, then it was not a good argument to begin with. Since your only rebuttal was the usage of the word then my argument remains valid. Getting hung up on presentation vs content is a good way to miss an underlying message or is an attempt to appear intellectually superior to the other person. Put simply: look for fault in what I say, not how I say it.

Comment: Re:Damn you Uber (Score 1, Troll) 226 226

I suppose it's possible to get someone else's SSN and assume that identity. But even still they're paying taxes. I thought the biggest "BLURB BLURB" was the lack of paying taxes like good ol' MURICAN wealthy conservatives who throw the majority of their incomes into offshore tax shelters and don't report on them. I suppose that's the difference between a tax evasion strategy and "DEY TURK ER JERRBS".

Comment: Re:Streisand Effect.? (Score 1) 190 190

Well now, wait, why not? Imagine having a headset on your head that was able to simulate the large, concave screen in a way that was portable and private. Essentially a "movie theater" in your pocket. That's not outlandish and I can see IMAX'S point of view on this.

Comment: Re:Select FOSS And Open Standards (Score 1) 255 255

Often times the commercial software comes with something the closed source stuff doesn't: expedited support. If I'm running a hospital and my EMR system goes down, I don't have days/weeks for some neckbeard wizard to find time to solve my issue between his Stargate SG1 marathons and WoW raid. I also want paid engineers/developers/customer service people on the vendor side who will work to ensure that I am getting my organization's money's worth of support. And if your answer is "well you can just do it yourself", understand that very, very few companies want to get into the business of modifying software, especially to make it work with their own organization.

Often times it's also fairly easy to reach out to a vendor and have them revert a UI change or at least improve the issues with a change they made previously. Most vendors are in the business of keeping their customers happy -- especially those with deep pockets. Meanwhile if I go, let's say, Drupal's site and say "Hey, I hate how the system is designed so that it's really complicated to get news article submitted and reviewed differently than an editorial" without hearing how my suggestion is just "stupid" or that I just don't "get" how the software works or how the command line is an obviously superior interface to the UI.

Comment: Re:Of course, if you're RMS (Score 1) 323 323

None of the above (with the exception of companies) would have been lost if there was only RMS's open source world. Viruses would still be a thing, H1B Visas would have came into being, and managlement would have gone on mangling. Those are constructs inherent to any human-technology based system.

Comment: Re:Call me old-fashioned .. but you took out the l (Score 1) 1032 1032

If your mortgage is 2x the amount than what you started I'd question if it was all from raising a family. But then I've never subscribed to the belief that starting a family means you're somehow automatically contributing more to society. Put more bluntly, not everyone needs to start a family. Sometimes getting married and not having kids is a far better decision than continuing the overpopulation of this planet.

Comment: Re:Call me old-fashioned .. but you took out the l (Score 1) 1032 1032

Well sure. Hindsight is always 20/20. Although one may consider those who choose expensive professions like teachers, doctors, lawyers, etc to have made a good decision up front. And I agree, private schools aren't always the way to go. However even state schools can charge up to $40K for an education. Consider the interest, interest capitalization, and the low entry wages of college grads these days, it's not too hard to understand why some are so discouraged that they just don't even make an effort. Is it right or noble? Probably not, but then the same could be said of charging someone an obscene amount of money to do what they're told is the best way to secure a future and then be told you're a deadbeat if you can afford your bill. This is by the same generation who was easily able to afford college working part time, with massively less strenuous educational requirements, in a world where a college degree meant MUCH better job prospects and wages than is seen today. The playing field, the players, and even the game has changed...but the refs still haven't caught on yet.

Comment: Re:Call me old-fashioned .. but you took out the l (Score 1) 1032 1032

Not all people feel like joining the military. There's a multitude of reasons, but it doesn't mean that your method was the best way or, more precisely, that it should be the "sacrifice" made. A highly educated society benefits everyone, so there's something to be said about sharing the burdens.

Comment: Re:Call me old-fashioned .. but you took out the l (Score 1) 1032 1032

It's easy to say "grow up" when the biggest loan you had to take out was for a motorcycle. An education in the US can cost 10s-100s of thousands of dollars not including living expenses. Couple this with low earnings coming out of college and interest rates that capitalize (interest is added to principle) which occurs during forbearance, deferment, or even while you're still in school. For the vast majority of people, repayment is not so simple when the average wage for a US employee is $45,327 as of 2012 according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. This doesn't take into account the costs of living, healthcare, health insurance, transportation, or god-forbid entertainment.

Comment: Re:pricing (Score 1) 1032 1032

Simple: Fund what the national average for a state university education would cost. Need more -- that's up to you via public student loans. Need less? Fine, you aren't given it. Education should be completed within the standard degree timeline +1-2 years for general hardships/scheduling difficulties (where the college has too many students and you couldn't schedule a class or whatever) as a buffer. Additional time would need to be reviewed and granted on a case-by-case basis. It's simple, clean, and would make college doable for many people without crippling debt.

Comment: Manual? We Don't Need No Stinkin Manual (Score 0) 244 244

Let's be honest. Manuals are a concept best left in the 90s/early 2000s. With the advent of media sharing, communication platforms, like Youtube, or Skype, it would be far better to show a person what to do. No more looking through complex manuals trying to find "that one page". Textual interfaces are good for some things, but education has always been best at hands-on learning. Sitting someone down and step-by-step showing them how to do something in a video would be far more useful.

Comment: Re:I don't buy it (Score 1) 265 265

Yes and no. Most of the general public that deal with software who have any real influence are your managers/executives and I think they're the ones more or less meant in this article. My company won't lay in bed with Open Source because of the recent issues and their opinions on the lack of support. I'm not saying FOSS is bad, just why ONE company chooses not to.

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 651 651

I wouldn't say pistols are teh best self-defense weapon. It depends highly on the situation, environment, and other engagement parameters. For example, at home, your best weapon could be a shotgun with rounds that don't easily penetrate through drywall. It could be a semi-automatic rifle with a larger clip meant to provide extended engagement times without reloading against targets. It might be an airsoft rifle against some idiot kid.

There is no "one-size fits all" weapon. But that's not to say that weapons shouldn't be tracked to some degree. I don't mind the government knowing what I have...I'm protected by the Constitution and case precedents set by the US Supreme Court. I also fully understand that if the government wants my weapons I'm in no real tactical position to fight them off. They have superior numbers, firepower, and ability to make my life suck. I would let them take what they wanted and fight for it in court. Cliven Bundy and all his little cohorts might've thought they stared down the US government, and maybe they did. But if Uncle Sam wanted to he could've waived his hand, dropped a few bombs, and wiped out the whole ranch in under an hour. I favor a peaceful approach over an aggressive approach whenever tactical advantage isn't on my side.

Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. Corollary: Following the rules will not get the job done.