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Comment: systemd is just a step. (Score 1) 282

by taj (#47859077) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

Looks like the submitter has trolled everything from windows to java to systemd.

systemd is a large experiment many hope goes poorly. But its there because there was a gap that applies to servers as well as desktops. Do better and you can kill systemd.

The days of pure desktops are coming to an end but it's issues are actually much like those that servers run into. systemd is objectionable but not because of desktop vs server.

Comment: Re:Not that bad (Score 1) 85

by taj (#44846647) Attached to: Boulder's Tech Workers Cope With Historic Flood

I'm not in Colorado now but I was there in the 70's when they had the Big Thompson flood which oddly enough was the 'other' 100 year flood that took almost 150 lives not 4. They are starting to have quit a few 100 year floods :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Thompson_River#Big_Thompson_Canyon_Flooding_of_1976

Mountains are neat to visit but if you don't respect them, they can take you out in many ways. It's not Disney world.

But the nature of the floods is much different than say the Mississippi or other areas away from the mountains. What happens is you get significant rainfall in a mountain valley that comes down the valley as a wall of liquid concrete taking out roads bridges, houses and anything else in the way with incredible force. Impressive and dangerous. But it passes in a couple days without more rain. The towns like Boulder, Colorado springs, Lyons and fort Collins just see high water levels for a short period of time. There is no drainage problem at 1 mile above the sea.

Comment: Nice technology, bad laws (Score 2) 271

by taj (#44057445) Attached to: Monsanto Executive Wins World Food Prize

The technology is great stuff. The real valid reason Europe and others complain goes back to the laws around these innovations - it really is innovation not round corners on a dumbed down interface.

Lets say the innovation results in a 20% increase in production. A farmer producing crops by traditional technology becomes a cash loss as prices decline. A farmer producing with the new technology does not own the seed and perhaps the product as they sign contracts to work for monsanto. The IP owner dictates what the cash crop worker does, how much they are paid and if they get to be viable next year.

That's markets, right? more efficient things come and less efficient things go. The measure of success of the market is the price we pay for food.

So we move to a contract mentality and family farms go away. You get short term goals with no concern about the productivity of the land from one generation to the next. Land does not work that way. You can do a decades worth of damage very quickly.

But what stake does Monsanto have in this game? So total productivity drops 30% due to short term corporate farming practices. It applies to farms moving back to traditional technology as well and Monsanto has a 20% advantage. Small farmers go away. Monsanto wins. We lose.

I have no fear of eating GMO agricultural products other than the damage it does to our future.

Comment: Re:get real (Score 1) 279

Am I misunderstanding a couple basic concepts here?

          A person did nothing illegal but did expressed views some consider abnormal.
          A person was detained for expressing what was considered abnormal views.

How many opinions on /. are considered society norms? There are some crazy posts here but who do they harm?

+ - AT&T Quietly Adds Charges to All Contract Cell Plans->

Submitted by guttentag
guttentag (313541) writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AT&T Mobility, the second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., has added a new monthly administrative fee of 61 cents to the bills of all of its contract wireless lines as of May 1, a move that could bring in more than a half-billion dollars in annual revenue to the telecom giant.

An AT&T spokeswoman said the fee covers "certain expenses, such as interconnection and cell-site rents and maintenance." The increased cost to consumers comes even though AT&T's growth in wireless revenue last year outpaced the costs to operate and support its wireless business. The company has talked of continuing to improve wireless profitability. Citigroup analyst Michael Rollins noted that the new administrative fee is a key component for accelerating revenue growth for the rest of the year. He said the fee should add 0.30 of a percentage point to AT&T's 2013 revenue growth; he predicts total top-line growth of about 1.5%.

Normally, consumers could vote with their wallets by taking their business elsewhere. AT&T would be required to let customers out of their contracts without an early termination fee if it raised prices, but it is avoiding this by simply calling the increase a "surcharge," effectively forcing millions of people to either pay more money per month or pay the ETF."

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