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+ - Federal monies to influence State elections?->

Submitted by bkcallahan
bkcallahan (2515468) writes "Seems a taxpayer-subsidized tour is coming through Oregon — one of the states voting on legalizing marijuana this year — and it seems they're trying to influence a ballot Measure — #91. Regardless of which side you are on with respect to the Measure, shouldn't there be more outrage at this? Why isn't this on the news. Kevin Sabet has been caught on a local forum with an unequivocal message: Vote No On measure 91"
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+ - 32 Cities Want to Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "More than two dozen cities in 19 states announced today that they're sick of big telecom skipping them over for internet infrastructure upgrades and would like to build gigabit fiber networks themselves and help other cities follow their lead.
The Next Centuries Cities coalition, which includes a couple cities that already have gigabit fiber internet for their residents, was devised to help communities who want to build their own broadband networks navigate logistical and legal challenges to doing so."

+ - TorFi, an alternative to Anonabox, already up at Kickstarter->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Riding on the coattails of the desire for anonymity on the Internet displayed by Anonabox, new Kickstarter project TorFi "aims to satisfy the demand demonstrated for a simple, plug-and-play, secure access point to the Internet. With no more technical knowledge than what it takes to plug into a home ISP connection..." It appears to use OpenWRT and pre-existing hardware to accomplish this and claims it will only cost $30."
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Comment: The transcript doesn’t show a lot of push-ba (Score 2) 44

IMHO, These are far too rational for Mr Moore to get past cabinet, as they might be seen as desirable regulation. The politics of the day is to avoid regulating (ie, policing) industry.

They're directly applicable to copyright trolling, by the way, and quite a good idea. I'll suggest that.


Comment: Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (Score 5, Informative) 312

You consider $230 a considerable amount of money? Do you live in Sub-Saharan Africa or some shit?

I live in Romania, where the headphones I mention cost around half the average monthly salary. There's a wide range between Third World poverty and your presumably US income, and many Eastern Europeans would balk at spending so much for headphones.

Comment: Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (Score 4, Interesting) 312

"Invest" in this case is a venerable old metaphorical usage (see "to make use of for future benefits or advantages" in Merriam-Webster), meant in this case to express my outlay of a considerable amount of money in the expectation that these particular headphones would provide me with such long listening enjoyment that the initial purchase price would hardly seem excessive.

Comment: Re:Clueless (Score 1) 312

AKG's I can't speak for, but having used noise cancelling headphones I won't settle for ordinary ones. It doesn't matter how good the speaker in the earpiece is, if its competing with noise from outside, its not a clean sound.

Fair enough, if that's what your listening preferences are. I can only represent my own way, and I listen mainly to a genre of music and with a personal approach that emphasizes contemplative listening, so I generally don't want any activity going on around me as I listen, and noise-cancelling technology is outside the kind of headphone I look for you.

Comment: One crap audio brand battling with another (Score 2) 312

by CRCulver (#48178755) Attached to: Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores
Both Bose and Beats are fairly ordinary products that have simply learned to dazzle the public with good marketing. An element of fashion is also involved, as Bose used to be marketed in posh fora and Beats has a distinctive look and Dr Dre endorsement. So, I can't feel sorry for either party -- or for Apple whose own acquisition of Beats betrayed their own tradition of fairly decent sound -- in a bitter patent battle. For what it's worth, after evaluating a few Beats 'phones and being immediately disappointed, I invested in a pair of AKG 701s (see my Amazon review) that offer what one immediately recognizes as better sound, and are around the same price (and well below audiophile woo-woo).

Comment: Re:Hope! (Score 1) 516

by CRCulver (#48177277) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

I used to like Slackware until they lost their minds requiring a full install for what used to be a minimal system.

I'm a longtime Debian user, but upset at the whole systemd thing, I installed Slackware on a spare computer I had to see how that distro was. During the Slackware install process, I was given the ability to either install everything, or choose which packages I wanted. I did the latter, and installed only a bare minimum of packages. I don't know why you think it's all or nothing.

Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 186

by CRCulver (#48174195) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

There is a gap between writing for academics and writing for the public.

And I don't get where you see this dichotomy. Tolkien's work was ignored by academia for decades. While The Lord of the Rings sold in modest amounts for the first few years, its sales jumped in the 1960s through ordinary people (often young, idealistic, and of an anti-academic bent) simply falling in love with the world it depicted. I take it you don't listen to much rock music of the 60s and 70s, where Tolkien was allued to by a number of acts. In part because of this popular following, the book was not widely discussed in academia until nearly half a century had passed since its publication.

And the point I was trying to make in my post above is that both Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon classics that inspired him have more appeal for ordinary readers than you are willing to credit them with, in spite of their lack of women and the strict societies they depict. Seamus Heaney's Beowulf translation didn't become a bestseller -- and it continues to stay in print as a ordinary paperback -- based just on a couple of hundred academics.

Comment: Re:Some Sense Restored? (Score 4, Informative) 516

by CRCulver (#48174141) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

You know what's funny, you blast systemd as insecure yet it is every init based system with Bash installed (most of them, though certainly not all)

Debian (you know, the topic of this discussion) and its many derived distros like Ubuntu had for many years used dash as their /bin/sh. Init wasn't passing anything to bash. Indeed, the switch was made because dash offered faster boot times for a script-based init system than bash.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928