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Comment Re: Why not call it its actual name? (Score 1) 199 199

The savings is supposed to come from less people freeloading on the system (by not having insurance and getting free ER care when they get sick). Whether that savings actually is realized or not, who knows. As an independent, I'm constantly surprised by Republicans And Libertarians suggesting that the current system (pre Affordable Care Act) which encourages the young and working poor to freeload on the system. Where did the "personal responsibility" crowd disappear to?

Comment Re:what? (Score 1) 376 376

Most large organizations these days have at least some familiarity with what Linux is, even if they don't make much use of it. If they ask what kernel you are using, you say 3.11 (as in three point eleven or three eleven). They're not going to ask "What is it's nickname?" They just want the version number.

Comment Re:As Winston Churchill Said (Score 1) 1276 1276

I'm pretty sure that if you do some research, you'll find that the Irish famine was made worse by the fact that the Irish were governed by a stable English parliamentary democracy instead of a stable Irish parliamentary democracy. The Irish did not have complete self-determination and were not allowed to try all remedies available to counter a famine.

Comment Re:What a waste of time. (Score 1) 689 689

So let me get this straight... Your comparison is between an organization that protected and moved its employees from one location to another and allowed them continued contact with children [the Catholic Church] to an organization which removes those employees from contact with children immediately (sometimes without actual proof of abuse) [the New York City Schools]. I think your evidence is actually against your point.

Comment Re:More Teabagger bullshit (Score 1) 990 990

Well, the government does have to approve permits for new power plants and arrange for right-of-way for power-lines and transformer stations (and probably should be checking the output of coal-fired plants). I think the government's hope is that, as population density increases, that the average person's usage drops -- so they can avoid costly upgrades.

Comment Re:Because it won't pay for itself. (Score 1) 219 219

Unless your goal is to improve the technology to the point where it does become cost-effective. These types of investments are common to governments all over the world -- and are not new to the United States. It is not a sign that we are living under a repressive socialist government (at least not a repressive socialist government that started in January of 2009),

Now whether this project is a good investment or not ...

Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?

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