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Comment: Re:that's not "astroturfing" (Score 2, Insightful) 142

by nhstar (#47178823) Attached to: Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

Lately I find that, more and more, the mentality is "Either you're with us, or you're EVIL!" and this is just proof of that... Instead of presenting a divergent view, it's easier to plaster such organizations with hate and malicious intent, forgetting that the corporations are only doing what they're chartered to do: using every resource to increase wealth for their share-holders.

I'm not advocating that this is the way it should be, just stating that, legally, this is the way that it is. Corporations aren't ~allowed~ to consider "the greater good" over that profit, so long as they're not doing greater harm. And I mean actual harm, not just perceived or "being kept down by the man" harm.

$0.02

Comment: Re:Could someone please explain to me (Score 3, Interesting) 204

by nhstar (#40662255) Attached to: Order Limit On Raspberry Pi Lifted

I was luck enough to get in on the first round of availabilty, and only had to wait 10 weeks to get it (only mostly sarcastic), and it's been a great unit. It's given me a platform to work on and learn far more about cross-compiling, working in a small(er) footprint, and generally programming in general.

Currently, I'm working to make it the core of a computer concept for my car. Will it be as good as stuff "off the shelf?" ~Really~ unlikely. Will it be a whole lotta fun getting it going? You betcha! And so far, I've only shelled out about US$45 for the Raspberry Pi and some wiring to get started on this project.

Comment: Go with your environment (Score 1) 319

by nhstar (#39226987) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Distro For Linux Lessons?

It will probably be the easiest long-term if you go in the same neighborhood as what your using in your dev/prod environment... If you're using RHEL or CentOS, go with RHEL, Fedora, or CentOS. If you're going with something from the Debian branch, stick to those choices (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint), or with Suse, go with Suse.

I've been a linux guy for a bunch of years (Started with RedHat, moved to Debian, but have tried all of the big players) and it's always the little differences (such as netconfig, default locations, service configurations) that annoy me when I wander from my comfy space.

Comment: Re:One time experience? (Score 4, Interesting) 441

by nhstar (#39215591) Attached to: RIAA CEO Hopes SOPA Protests Were a "One-Time Thing"

Sadly, you may be right... but fighting for the freedom to speak by forcefully shutting down someone else's ability to speak (a la Anon.)..? Is that the right answer? I think that it happened to work out well last time without having to run around in a nerd-skills pissing contest.

I agree with the message, just not the methods.

Math

+ - Cambridge puts Isaac Newton's notes online->

Submitted by nhstar
nhstar (452291) writes "If you're looking for a bit of light reading this holiday season, Cambridge University is here to help: they've digitized and made available online over 4,000 pages of the pioneering scientist and mathemetician Sir Isaac Newton's most important works.

  "Anyone, wherever they are, can see at the click of a mouse how Newton worked and how he went about developing his theories and experiments," Cambridge University Library's digitization manager Grant Young told the BBC."

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Comment: Re:Heresy (Score 4, Insightful) 689

by nhstar (#36761582) Attached to: Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

There's actually much more to it than the tax benefits. Married couples have the legal right to speak for their spouses in things medically related. There are issues surrounding inheritance when a spouse passes, joint ownership of property...

Imagine owning a house for years with your spouse, making it a home, growing old in that home... Your spouse passes, then your brother in-law files suit because as the closest-living relative, he should inherit.

It's not just taxes, and it's not to stick the proverbial thumb in the church's eye. It's about fair treatment in how you live your life.

Comment: Re:Taxes ARE a bad thing (Score 2) 73

by nhstar (#36568084) Attached to: Moon Dust Back In NASA's Hands

Taxes, when spent appropriately and for a good goal are not a bad thing. And no, I don't mean in the "let's cure the world from stupidity" way.

And, as just one small part of what that background science didn't help with, think on that the next time you use your microwave to reheat leftovers, or your GPS gear without having to pay subscription rates for the satelite signal...

just sayin'

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