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Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 88

Believing capitalism should be regulated doesn't make you a socialist

Wanting to alter capitalism into a more "humane" form through regulation is pretty much the definition of socialist, at least as commonly used today. "Communism" is the hypothetical ultimate evolved form of economy where all the internal contradictions of capitalism have been corrected and all its alienating elements removed. As these "alienating elements" include first and foremost hierarchies of power those sitting on top of them tend to see the mere idea a deadly threat, whether it's achievable in practice or not.

Comment Re:Yeah, but that just means... (Score 1) 190

I may not believe in all the Christianity/God stuff but "believing themselves to be wise they became fools" comes to mind when you Climate zealots hop on your hobby horses.

So what conclusion am I supposed to draw from your best counter-argument being an unrelated religious quote you don't even believe?

Comment Re:Yes/No (Score 1) 234

i agree with you! they should have shut down the Boston marathon (and all other marathons going forward) because of the risk of TERRORISM.

Can you point to the terrorist attacks that occurred in Boston two weeks before the running of the marathon. On top of that, can you point to the credible threats that shut down sporting events, and city centres in nearby countries also both within the last two weeks.

I realize that not being an idiot is difficult sometimes, but you could try harder or perhaps head back to high school.

Comment Re:problems (Score 1) 85

You know that Bill Gates isn't one guy doing all the work all by himself right?

Really? No, that's a total surprise to me.

The point is not who does the work. The point is who decides which path to take. And from what I've seen so far, Bill is anything but a hands-off manager. His education project is the way he thinks it should be done, and his malaria foundation does business with pharmacy companies that he holds stock in.

It might just be that he listens to his experts and then goes on stage selling their proposals as his ideas, but given his history with Microsoft and Windows and DOS, I doubt it.

Comment Re:Bad stuff happens in war (Score 3, Insightful) 364

Both sides are guilty of atrocities, but this being Slashdot... I'd rather the side that has an industry of designing CPUs for Intel beat the side that has a bizarre totalitarian religion that routinely generates suicide bombers.

One has a totalitarian martyrhood culture, and the other is using them as substitute culprits to avenge the Holocaust on. Why side with either? Unless, of course, your apocalyptic cult sees Israel as a key to its end-of-the-world prophecies, which seems to be the case for alarmingly many people.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 752

Debian changed because there were strong signs that developers were starting to introduce hard dependencies for systemd. While those could be overcome for Jessie, the feeling of the Debian people is that in 2 1/2 years there wouldn't be a choice.

Do you have a citation for this? I've been trying to collect this kind of information.

Comment Re:Allow me to predict the comments (Score 1) 233

At this size and price, Pi is going to take a serious bite out of the Arduino community.

It will take some, but the AVR (not necessarily Arduino) still has a few distinct advantages for some applications. TheRPi is a 3.3V device and the GPIO pins are NOT 5V tolerant. There's a lot of nice TTL hardware out there that it won't play nice with. Meanwhile, you can get a very small pro-mini clone from China for $2 each. The other area the RPi won't touch is extreme low power. If you remove the regulator and power LED (or on the pro-mini, cut the solder link to them), you can drop to 10s of micro-amps in various sleep modes and wake on pin-change interrupts or the watchdog timer. That makes a big difference if you want to run it on a LiIon battery. If you underclock the AVR (using the clock divider register) it can easily operate reliably down to the low cutoff voltage of the battery.

That's not meant to take anything from the Pi zero. It opens a lot of possibilities where you need more CPU power than the AVR can offer.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.