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Comment MS just can't win (Score 2) 628

For literally decades MS has been getting lit up for all the botnets in the wild based off of unpatched Windows boxes. So, they finally do what everyone knows needed to be done, and force updates on home users, to ensure they get patched. And what does slashdot do when MS finally does what was asked of them? Bitches and moans that they don't want what they asked for. Let me guess "you should be able to easily disable it" - so that the first vulnerability that hits a Windows box turns updating off, and we're right back where we started. Am I a big fan of it? No. But I 100% get the reason for it.

Comment Re: trickle down economics (Score 2) 227

If a 'rich fucker' lives in a house that is valued at twice the average value in their community, then they pay twice the property taxes to help fund public schools their 'average' neighbor pays. (There are no deductions or loopholes.) If that 'rich fucker' then turns around and enrolls their child in a private school they are 100% responsible for the tuition costs and get NO deduction or credit on their property taxes.

That depends ENTIRELY on the state. There are plenty of states that give the parents vouchers to send their kids to that private school. So no, they aren't 100% responsible for the tuition costs, and they do get a "deduction" or whatever you want to label it, in the form of a voucher.

The real motivation for change/improvement in public education will be school choice/vouchers - that will allow concerned parents to abandon failing public schools for better ones, and as failing schools are shuttered bad teachers can be weeded out of the system. Competition is healthy, the lack of serious competition is (contributing to) our currently failing public education system.

No, shitty parents are why our schools are failing. There's absolutely nothing a school can do to cope with parents who don't discipline their children, or make any attempt to help them with their homework. There are only so many hours in the day, and at some point a parent needs to be a parent. When all those "failing public schools" close down, and the state mandates private schools not turn children away, the same shitty parents with the same shitty kids will cause the same shitty problems in the private schools. You're delusional if you think otherwise. Unless of course you're advocating that private schools should be allowed to deny students access to an education after all of the public schools have shutdown. In which case you and your elitest worldview can pound fucking sand. When the poor revolt don't expect anyone to rise up and defend you.

Comment Re:Finally ... (Score 1) 95

That's great if you're either:
A. doing startup type work where you don't necessarily care about an enterprise support agreement so you can use one of the illumos derivatives. And when I say enterprise support agreement, I mean things like having the OS on your storage vendor support matrix/application support matrix/HBA support matrix/etc.

B. you can tolerate dealing with the devil and using Solaris proper with *shudder* Oracle "support".

For everyone else, while I agree this is a sad, sad imitation of Zones - at least it's a start.

Comment Re:and what will happen to people automated out of (Score 1) 341

How are you planning on acquiring those raw materials when they're all owned by a select few who have absolutely no incentive to share them? If they've already got all the money they could ever want, why would they bother selling it to you? In their ideal world you die, and they buy whatever pittance you own for pennies on the dollar.

Comment Re:Bollocks. (Score 1) 138

If that were the case they'd limit it on everything, not just mobile GPUs. Clock speed is just one of the ways Nvidia differentiates cards, and is usually the one with the least overall effect. It's far easier and more effective to disable pipelines in the card's firmware. Plus it gives the added benefit of binning parts that have faulty hardware (you just turn off the faulty parts instead of throwing out the whole GPU). This isn't about "making people buy the most expensive card".

Comment Re:One fiber to rule them... (Score 4, Insightful) 221

Funny you mention street lights and potholes. I've found anytime I've called to report a street light out, it gets replaced within 48 hours max. Potholes are generally a little slower, but within a week. The reason they generally go untouched is because people don't actually report it. They bitch and moan about it on their commute, but by the time they get home they can't be bothered to pick up the phone and let someone know.

Comment It's all about Taxes (Score 1) 706

If I get competition in the ISP space, tax away. Speakeasy DSL over Qwest lines was one of the greatest services I ever had, and it was competitive at the time. I remember how crestfallen I was when the government decided that next gen fiber and cable internet services wouldn't be title II, and as such, ISP's didn't have to lease their lines. If that hadn't been the case, we wouldn't even have to discuss whether or not it's OK for Comcast to double charge. The second they tried to do that, everyone would just switch to a different ISP.

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