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Comment Re:but (Score 1) 191

re I live, it costs more in permits than materials to build a two-bedroom house.


Even in the most expensive parts of the country, you could barely manage to build an uninhabitable, unfinished shell of a house for the price of a building permit.

It's not the cost of the building permit itself, per se, but the hidden cost of kickbacks...

Comment Re:Saw it on the news (Score 1) 132

I can't understand why the US places so much importance on their president... They can't even make laws --

No, they can't make laws. But they can and do veto the laws that Congress makes, so they have considerable political influence. They also control the federal government's executive branch, so they and the cabinet ministers under them wield substantial real power, up to the limits imposed by the constitution and enacted law.

Wouldn't it be better if the pres actually served in an armed force prior to election as chief commander?

I don't think so. Despite the fact that it would help immensely for the C in C to have first-hand military experience, it would also exclude a whole pool of folks who for whatever reason haven't served in the military. The founding fathers got this right. The only two constitutional restrictions for presidential candidates a native-born citizen at least 35 years of age.

Comment Re:Considering who this is talking about, so what? (Score 1) 377

Switching to Linux is easier now than ever. I've just tried Ubuntu Natty, and it's a breeze to install with Windows, either dual-boot from the live CD or along side with wubi. I'm a longtime user of Red Hat and it's derivatives, and I'm jealous. In my opinion Fedora 14 is much easier and less time-consuming to install than Win7 with equivalent default apps, but Canonical's latest offering is even easier still, seemingly by an order of magnitude. It's so simple I'm going to try it out on my mother, a total luddite, just for fun.

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RedEaredSlider writes: On the occasion of the last launch of the Endeavour, is a look at some of the great moments from the space shuttle's history. After one more shuttle mission, it looks like American Astronauts will be hitching rides with the Russians. But it's worth looking back and realizing that it was a worthwhile program, if only because it showed us how to make spaceflight routine — and with luck there will be others.

Comment Re:SELinux type security for Android (Score 1) 198

SELinnux? You're kidding, right? I'm a longtime Fedora user, and it's shipped with SELinux since FC2, I think. Although the policies and tools have improved drastically, some things like Apache, Samba and 3rd party RPMs still require manual intervention, sometimes to the point that it's simply easier to simply disable. It's hardly ready for Joe Sixpack's Adroid phone.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.