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Comment: Re:We deserve this guy (Score 1) 496

by tanderson92 (#48799943) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs
The purpose was to balance the large and small states' influence in Washington. There wasn't any language added saying states must be roughly the same size in population, so the system is working as intended. Now, the result might not be something that results in governance that the slashdot crowd is fond of, but it isn't a perversion of the intent of the constitution in the same way as gerrymandering is.

+ - White House: Petition to Remove US DA in Aaron Swartz Case is Inappropriate

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "One year and 90K signatures after We the People petitions were submitted to 1. Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz and 2. Fire Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann, the White House has responded with a non-response: "As to the specific personnel-related requests raised in your petitions, our response must be limited. Consistent with the terms we laid out when we began We the People, we will not address agency personnel matters in a petition response, because we do not believe this is the appropriate forum in which to do so." So, the Administration is commemorating the 2nd anniversary of Swartz's tragic suicide by calling on citizens to Tell Us What You Think About We the People and This Petition Response on U.S. Attorney's Office Personnel Matters. Unfortunately, prosecutorial overreach shows little sign of letting up. Georgia Tech CE/CS student Ryan Gregory Pickren, the NY Times Reports. faces a possible 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine after being charged with computer trespassing for allegedly posting a calendar entry stoking a football rivalry days before the Georgia Tech-Georgia game ("Sat., November 29, 2014/ 12:00 pm/ Get Ass Kicked by GT"). Pickren's sister is trying to crowdfund her brother's defense."

Comment: Re: Please don't (Score 1) 280

by tanderson92 (#48619029) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?
I agree with everything you said. But while it may be true that your starting salary does not increase by too much, from my experience with my friends and I who have graduated with and without internships, your increased competence on the job when you have internship experience means you are more likely to be more quickly promoted. The benefits in salary are not necessarily immediate.

Comment: Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (Score 1) 643

by tanderson92 (#47769927) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

You need citations for Congressional use of the "power of the purse"? Really?

Here in the United States, the term Power of the Purse refers to relationship between Legislative and Executive branches of the same government.

The relationship discussed in this sub-thread is between different governments: Federal vs. local ones...

An excellent example is that of the federally mandated minimum drinking age:

Briefly, Congress threatened to cut specific funding to states unless they followed the federal government's leadership in setting the drinking age at 21. This despite Congress having no direct authority in the Constitution to make the states obey them. It's a pretty clear-cut case of federal overreach.

Comment: Re:My experience this past month with Linux (Score 1) 727

by tanderson92 (#47717799) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

p>Laptop: Asus Zenbook UX41LA

After pissing around for half an hour with bios settings, I finally managed to get it to get farther than the grub bootloader. Things seem to work, but KDE crashes randomly, Cinnamon and Unity don't remember window locations and have their own oddities. None of them let me control screen backlighting, even after trying all the 'hacks' posted around the net.

Then I find out that video performs even worse with the open source Intel video drivers.

I know this won't help you now, but in the future you should know that Lenovo Thinkpads have some of the best out of the box linux support I have ever seen. All the little details work seamlessly and effortlessly.

+ - Can I buy the Classic interface? 3

Submitted by Max Hyre
Max Hyre (1974) writes "LWN almost went under a number of years ago because its volunteer editors couldn't afford to keep it up. The readers rose up and insisted that they be allowed to pay for it.

Can we do the same for Classic?

I'm a nerd. I read. I'm the one in the museum ignoring the display and reading the description. I want text, easily accessible, clearly laid out, and plenty of it. I'll pay to keep the UI I know and love.

The Beta has none of those characteristics. The Beta site is repellent, unusable, and unneeded. I won't use it, and if ``Classic'' goes away, I won't visit /., and it'll be a pity.

How much do you actually receive in revenue for each user? I suspect I'll match it to keep the status quo. Ask us what it's worth to us. I'd certainly pay $1/month, and would think about $5/month. I bet that I'm not alone."

+ - Owner: Vote, your choice: Get rid of Slashdot:Beta OR everyone goes elsewhere-> 1

Submitted by Ying Hu
Ying Hu (704950) writes "Slashdot Beta is not Slashdot:
What was loved about Slashdot does not appear in the new design — those creating the latter, please fire yourself and go work for a commercial consumer site (which we never read, and never will). OUR site should work without JavaScript, and JavaScript that IS used should to do something actually desired by a reader or commenter, not waste our bandwidth and CPU, and electricity, sending CRAP onto our computers. Improvements/ plugins,, won't be enough."

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