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Comment: Not suprising at all (Score 3, Interesting) 669

by pulse2600 (#48259843) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right
It was a Catholic priest who first developed the idea that became known as the big bang theory, which Einstein did not accept until he saw Msgr Lemaître present his theory at a conference or something. It is unfortunate that some scientists are so anti religion that they ignore the contributions of the Catholic Church and clergy to many of the ideas that they so rabidly defend as "proof" that there is no God or that religion and science are incompatiable.

Comment: Re:correct response: "OK, put me on the list." (Score 1) 508

by pulse2600 (#38597722) Attached to: US Threatens Spain For Not Implementing SOPA-Like Law
Other US industries are backing the legislation. SOPA is intended to block distributors of ALL pirated/counterfeit goods...so clothing manufacturers, for example, like it because they want to be able to block sites selling cheap knockoffs of designer clothing, bags, sneakers, etc.

Comment: need vs want (Score 2) 851

by pulse2600 (#38462418) Attached to: Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?
Most people don't NEED a smartphone. However they WANT a smartphone. Most people also don't know the difference between the two. When enough people have them, the carriers will convince/dictate to you that you NEED a smartphone too. When plain old device service (PODS) is discontinued by the carriers, you will not have a choice but to have a smartphone.


BTW, I claim patent, copyright, and trademark on that acronym. I will sue everyone and Steve Jobs' corpse for 1 Billion dollars if you do not pay my license fee for using that acronym. Even if you are quoting me, you violate the EULA for my acronym.

Comment: Re:How about Fedora? (Score 1) 685

by pulse2600 (#38029150) Attached to: Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

Come over to sid. It's "unstable" in terms that it changes a lot. Sid is almost ALWAYS newer than Ubuntu. Because every 6 months Ubuntu draws a line in the sand and says "Nope, we're stopping here." Sure you get bug fixes and can go through and find a ppa that backports. As long as that ppa developer doesn't stop. Then you find another PPA. But it has a different naming convention and it's a (@#* nightmare.

I would go to Sid except for exactly what you described...it's called unstable for a reason, one day I will try to update my system and it will break. Only reason Sid works so well as the baseline for Ubuntu is because they take that unstable and manage it as it if was a stable branch, keeping it patched, dependencies working, etc. Running Ubuntu is like having a happy medium between debian stable and unstable.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 392

by pulse2600 (#37661728) Attached to: Amazon Pushes For National Internet Sales Tax
We do have national and local roads, also state roads and county roads. Each type can get funding from any variety of sources for many reasons. However I think the previous poster is commenting on how a nationally collected tax would provide disproportionate funding to federal infrastructure on a state by state or local level. There might be more online shoppers in areas of higher population and wealth, but that federal internet tax money would be applied to federal projects in areas that may not be contributing to the pot as much...in other words, like every other federal program in existence.

Comment: Why would the community care... (Score 1) 591

by pulse2600 (#37045190) Attached to: Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop
...about porting Linux apps to the Cloud? TFA talks about how OpenOffice/LibreOffice will never make it to the cloud in time to be competitive vs Google Docs/Office Live...but if the Linux/FOSS crowd wants their software to remain open, why would they use such applications in the cloud? Would providing the app via the cloud into a browser be considered "distribution" of the application or binary, and if so would the cloud provider be required to provide their modified source to interested parties? If not, I see no reason why OSS advocates would even want to use such applications in the cloud...and without those who are most feverishly supportive of Open Source, what real market would "Cloud LibreOffice" or "GIMPCloud" have?

Comment: Re:If they're not operating illegally (Score 1) 65

by pulse2600 (#36908838) Attached to: HBGary Federal Forces Aaron Barr Out of DEFCON
That's not true. Congress can not pass any law that would cause freedom of speech to be abridged. That also means any government entity created by a law Congress passes is held to the First Amendment. That also includes funding of other government entities, including state or municipal entities which accept federal funding which happens to violate someone's freedom of speech. My point still stands. I can tell you to be silent, I can tell you I will sue you if you do not silence yourself. It is not a violation of your freedom of speech. There are no legal ramifications to that. If I own a company, and my company tells you that we will sue if you disclose xyz, we would be within our legal right to say that.

What happens in court if you actually disclose xyz and it goes in front of a judge may be another matter, but the threat is not a violation of your freedom of speech.

Comment: Re:If they're not operating illegally (Score 1) 65

by pulse2600 (#36907420) Attached to: HBGary Federal Forces Aaron Barr Out of DEFCON
Amendment I

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

The government can not violate your freedom of speech. A private person or organization can do whatever the hell they want.

Comment: Re:If you want a bleeding edge Linux distro ... (Score 2) 729

by pulse2600 (#36013020) Attached to: Ubuntu Unity: The Great Divider

... then maybe it's time to switch to Fedora?

or Arch.

Ah yes, Arch, the distro that tries to convince its users that it's a BSD (hint: aur is NOT the same as ports), and contributes nothing upstream. Are you guys still throwing everything in /usr/bin?

I would say Arch is trying to be a blend of BSD/Gentoo without all that compiling everything nonsense. Very easy to build/maintain a minimal system, no release cycles, and piece of cake to unofficially distribute your own software packages to the rest of the Arch community. Arch is probably one of the most promising ideas for a distro we have seen in a long time.

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