I heard about this on the way to work this morning. Through this executive order INTERPOL agents become completely immune from prosecution in the United States, and that their property cannot be searched. That said, why are INTERPOL agents in this country in the first place? I thought we had the FBI for federal-level policing activities.
You might be able to blow up a train just like an airplane, but planes being blown up, killing a hundred or so in the process was a problem well before 9/11. The difference is that you can't crash a high speed train into a skyscraper, causing it to collapse resulting in thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage. A train moves but its path is restricted to railways. A bus is much more dangerous because, if you managed to carry a bomb on board, you could crash the bus into a target and blow it up, damaging the target and killing everyone aboard the bus. Considering that, a train is no more dangerous, in terms of being a target for terrorism, than any other densely packed but static location, like a sports stadium.
I saw the movie twice -- the first time in 2D, the second in 3D. The first showing left me cold -- I called people after I left the theatre and told them not to see the movie. The second showing was astounding. I think seeing Avatar in 2D is
Sidestepping your ignorance or deliberate deception on periods of typical Linux support contracts
He didn't say if he was stating lengths from release or length of overlap (to me the latter is the more important figure)
Who cares if support goes out 10 years
It's 10 years (5 mainstream, 5 extended) minimum from release, 7 years (2 mainstream, five extended) minimum overlap between releases and 2 years (all extended) minimum overlap if you skip a release. IIRC XP will have exceeded all of those.
if you can't buy a new hard drive that will work with the OS?
These "advanced format" drives will work fine with XP, they just require a little extra effort (either using a third party paritioning tool, fitting an extra jumper to change the sector mapping or using the WD tool to realign the partitions after setup) if you want maximum performance. Besides I can still by PATA drives so I doubt these drives will be the only ones on the market any time soon.
Similarly if I go to almost any major vendor I can still get computers and computer parts that are supported with XP, some of the consumer crap isn't but virtually every buisness machine and seperately sold peice of hardware i've seen lists XP as supported.
It's articles and comments like this that give me difficulty discerning what exactly Microsoft "support" entails.
For most of us the most important part of the support is continuation of security updates (though they have occasionally refused to release one that they really should have released by claiming that it's not nessacery in a default environment), I would be very uncomfortable running exposed systems (and I coun't any machine used to browse the web as exposed) on an OS that was no longer getting security updates.
There is also problem support and non-security hotfixes (free if created while in mainstream support, pay for if created during extended support) but for most of us these are fairly irrelevant.
As I alluded to above though what really matters is support from third party vendors, I can still buy the latest hardware and run XP on it with no problems, just try doing that with a comparable aged linux distro (e.g. debian woody).
Use a toolkit, like Qt. Problem solved.
Siemans not Semens.
Once again proved that our natives are more superior than yours. Time to wipe out the white-man based Euro-centric NWO.
To that end, I propose that for future elections in any jurisdiction which adopts this plan:
- Ballots shall be optical scan ballots.
- Physical ballots shall be retained for no less than three years.
- All specifications of the document format from which the physical ballots are printed, as well as the full technical specifications — including parts lists and electronic schematics — of ballot scanning machines, as well as any drivers and software used by ballot scanning machines to generate electronic ballot scans, as well as the image format of the image file of the scanned ballots, as well as the software used for counting votes based on the scanned ballot images, shall be open source and published at least one year prior to use in a general election, or 90 days prior to a primary election in order that proper scrutiny may be given to the software and hardware systems to be used in an election.
- Images files of the optical scans of the ballots shall be made publicly available — preferably online — as soon as possible after the election, and that election results cannot be certified as official until thirty days have elapsed from the time when election officials certify that all ballots have been published for review and recount.
- Anyone who desires to perform a recount of the election may do so during aforementioned the thirty day period. Such recounts may be "manual" or electronic. Any custom software or intellectual property used in conducting a recount must be made available to election officials, without license fees, in the event that the preliminary election results generated by election officials are being contested on the basis of using said custom software or intellectual property in conducting the private recount. Any copyright or legal encumbrances which prevent election officials from reproducing a recount shall render invalid a request to certify vote counts based on the proposed recount in question.
- Trust in the integrity of the voting processing being of the utmost importance, anyone who intentionally tampers with the process of counting votes, or destroys or misplaces physical ballots, or causes electronic scans of ballots to not be counted, or in any way causes a discrepancy between the number or content of the physical ballots and the published electronic scans of ballots shall be sentenced a mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Any governor commuting or pardoning a person so sentenced shall be immediately subject to a recall election, and a governor may not commute or pardon a person so convicted if there is less than two years remaining in their term in office.
- A technology review committee shall be convened every fourth year to review the effectiveness of the voting system, and propose any changes that might be needed to the elections systems or process.
What feedback can the slashdot community give to improve this idea?"
Ten billion for an operating system... am I the only one thinking that the money we spend on military adventures and bailing out Wall Street would be better spent funding the creation and development of open source software?
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Most work is done via Office — so I understand that people with extensive Excel macros may not be able to switch, but what about using Linux as the base and running Vmware with Windows for those who need access to Windows apps.
What are the compelling business reasons does the Slashdot crowd (know of |have used) that we could make to switch to using the same Linux(RHEL) as our servers? Cost really isn't the issue, but security and integration are important (remember we have to talk to people whose only experience is with Microsoft or none at all).
From the article:
No current time frame has been offered up as of yet, but some of the details on which models, and distros to be offered are going to be released in the near future. One small step for penguins.. one giant leap for penguin kind....""At least half of the comments effectively said, 'We want Free Software, GPL-licensed drivers which are maintained in kernel.org, for all hardware in Dell systems,'" Domsch wrote in his blog. "This request is not new to us — it's been our standard operating procedure for the last eight years on PowerEdge servers, which today have no closed-source drivers necessary. For new Linux desktops and notebooks, we'll use drivers already in the mainline kernel.org kernels for as many components as possible. In these cases, the drivers will be included in your distribution of choice. This includes storage, wired networking, power management, USB and more."