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Comment: Subsidies and lobbying (Score 1) 374

Maybe it could theoretically work (or maybe not), but it's irrelevant because almost impossible to do.

The problem is: how do you take away money (subsidies) from those who have a lot of it (partly precisely from subsidies)?

They can spend a lot for lobbying and public relations in general. The industries which would need to receive these subsidies don't have comparable means for their campaigns, and in part these industries don't even exist yet, because the money is lacking to develop them.

In social movements, many poor can force a few rich to pay more.

But industries are different. How do a few poor convince that the money of many very rich industries (which also feed many workers) should go to them?

Comment: Re:How about a home brew dynamic DNS system? (Score 1) 495

by rduke15 (#47358029) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down Domains

If you already have a server with a static IP, it's pretty easy to configure bind to accept dynamic updates. See for example Set up your own Dynamic DNS.

I set it up like that, and have short scripts on my Linux and Mac notebooks to do the updates when the network comes up. On Linux, it's a short script in /etc/network/if-up.d/. On Mac, it's a script called by a LaunchDeaemon (a .plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons).

Comment: Proof (with silly statistics) ... (Score 4, Informative) 283

by rduke15 (#47302157) Attached to: Perl Is Undead

Is it dead? Well, some quick scripting can tell us the truth, using Bash and of course Perl.

On my Ubuntu notebook and main machine:

sudo find /etc /bin /sbin /usr/bin /usr/sbin -type f -executable -exec file -b "{}" \; \
| perl -MData::Dumper -nle '
        next unless /script/;
        if ( /(shell|python|ruby|perl|bash)/i ) {
        else {
            warn "Other: $_\n"
        END {
            print Dumper(\%types);


Other: a /usr/bin/make -f script, ASCII text executable
Other: a nickle script, UTF-8 Unicode text executable
Other: awk script, ASCII text executable
$VAR1 = {
                    'perl' => 283,
                    'python' => 104,
                    'bash' => 1,
                    'Ruby' => 3,
                    'ruby' => 9,
                    'shell' => 602

On a server:

Other: a /bin/dash script, ASCII text executable
$VAR1 = {
                    'Python' => 36,
                    'Perl' => 139,
                    'shell' => 267

Looks very much alive. Unless of course, Perl realized what it was calculating and cheated and made it's own numbers up on the fly...

Comment: But LSD must be better (Score 2) 164

by rduke15 (#47158053) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

Because it's inventor died 14 years older at 102. :-)

And seriously, the one time I tried ecstasy, I didn't like that it seemed to interfere with my emotions.

LSD modifies percepetions and paths of thought, which can be a fantastic experience (or just great fun) if you are in the right mood for it, but I don't remember it ever modifying my emotions.

Ecstasy gave me the impression of creating out of proportion artificial emotions in me. After the fact, I really didn't like that aspect. No wonder it was all the rage during the years of techno music. I guess people dancing to that cold techno music really needed something to still feel human.

But anyway, peace to "Godfather of Ecstasy" and all chemists experimenting with psychoactive drugs. When used right, these all give valuable experiences.

Comment: Start looking for another job? (Score 1) 185

by rduke15 (#47141557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

You could waste many hours calculating how much it would cost (equipment, maintenance, support calls, unsatisfied customers, risk of legal actions, etc.). After spending a lot of time on this, you could most probably demonstrate it's a bad business idea.

But why bother? I'm sure you have more interesting things to do than writing a memo to explain in detail why a stupid idea is stupid.

It is also pretty obviously a bad idea from an "ethical" point of view. You don't have to spend hours doing boring research to explain that. You can just explain it.

Maybe most of the board will understand it straight away (if they didn't already when one of them suggested it). If not, then you don't want to work for these people.

So after explaining to them why you think it is a bad idea, just say you will not help implement it because you feel it's not ethically acceptable. If most of the board people are smart, they will appreciate your clear point of view. If not, they will show you the door, and you will be grateful for being forced to leave these idiots.

Could it be that a single idiot on the board came up with the idea, and that the rest of the board didn't want to discuss it and just asked you to "write a memo" to get rid of the subject?

Comment: Who tried most of them? (Score 1) 611

by rduke15 (#47136967) Attached to: Which desktop environment do you like the best?

I selected "other", because I can't compare what I have now (Unity) to the others. For the others, I have either not tried them at all, or a long time ago so they may be very different now, or not long enough to have an opinion. For example, Knoppix has some desktop which is neither KDE nor Gnome. But I only needed that Knoppix disk a couple of times, so cannot have an opinion.

But I tend to mostly use a file manager, and applications. So the Desktop environment doesn't matter so much. Windows always have minimize/maximize/close buttons. I don't care much if they are on the left or on the right side of the title bar.

I use Midnight Commander a lot in Terminal. (And on Windows, Total Commander of course).

In Ubuntu, I use Krusader a lot. I don't like it, but it's what comes closest to Total Commander (all the others are just lacking too many features).

I have tried most file managers, but if someone has tried many desktop environments and has a comparison, that would probably interesting. Especially since I need to replace my Ubuntu 12.04 laptop, and have to decide if the next one will still be Ubuntu, or Mint, or plain Debian or something else, and then decide which Desktop environment I want with that.

Comment: Re:The Republicans here... (Score 1) 132

by rduke15 (#46835837) Attached to: Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

I have actually read that "Director's Rules" pdf, and dont' see how it would prevent equipment upgrades to allow faster Internet.

What I see in the pdf, is that working on or installing equipment on public property requires a permit, and it lists what documents must be provided to get the permit (like a plan with street names, etc).

I sure hope every city in the world has similar rules. What is the problem? What did I miss? And what do republicans have to do with that? Aren't they against any rules other than those of The Market?

Comment: OWC? (Score 2) 353

by rduke15 (#46654151) Attached to: An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

They may have fine SSDs, but the ones I bought to add to 2 mac minis were ridiculously slow for SSDs. Around 80 MBps read/write according to BlackMagic's disk speed test. Not faster than the original normal drive that came with the machines. In one of the Mac minis, I replaced the OWC with a Samsung, and it's much faster (I forgot how much, but certainly over 120 MBps).

So in conclusion, yes, SSD may improve performance, but only if they are fast SSDs. Some aren't and won't make a big difference. (and when they fail, they tend to do so without warning and completely, so be sure to always have backups).

+ - Income Inequality Through Assortative Mating: Marry Up->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "While tax laws, minimum wages, and patent extension are frequently blamed for the rising gap between "haves and have nots", an international economics study finds another simple factor behind income inequality. Marriage. As gender equality has improved in the professional workplace, paired incomes don't occur randomly. "Better educated people are increasingly more likely to marry other better-educated people while those with less formal schooling are more likely to choose a less well-educated partner." Using Census data, the (UPenn directed) researchers found that "across the board, the income gap between couples with relatively high and those with relatively low levels of education had widened substantially since 1960 relative to the average household income... the relative earnings of couples with high school degrees had fallen by 20 percentage points relative to the average while the household incomes of highly educated husbands and wives had increased by 43 points."

The Economist notes, " The economic incentive to marry your peers has increased. A woman with a graduate degree whose husband dropped out of high school in 1960 could still enjoy household income 40% above the national average; by 2005, such a couple would earn 8% below it." And in Slate, Matthew Iglesias puts it in terms a nerd can related to. "She likes Doctor Who; I like Star Trek...But one thing about us is pretty similar: We both went to fancy colleges full of people with high SAT scores. And in that regard, we’re pretty typical." Perhaps "Natural Selection" is the best explanation for rising college tuition, and increasing student debt."

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