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Comment Re:this just encourages them (Score 1) 262

I think you're misusing the term "free market". A (truly) free market is a market without regulation. This has nothing to do with the level of competition in the market, unless you incorrectly believe that a free market necessarily implies competition.

I think the term you're looking for is more along the lines of "competitive market".

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 0) 240

I think you might be doing your math wrong:

1. The failure rate calculation you use should be 1-N*(probability of survival of one component).

2. In your signature, what is it about 1=-1 that implies 1=0? Anyway, I think 1=-1 is a good enough conclusion by itself.

Comment Why specifically tax electronics? (Score 0) 381

One thing, of the many things, that bugs me about this is the idea that the electronics market should bear the burden of news print's failure. I could imagine reasons (if I really cared) for subsidizing newspapers, but that subsidy should come from a general fund.\n\n First, there's the obvious fact that a tax on electronics hinders the consumption of electronics goods. Screw that. But the second reason that really gets me is that the FTC is basically _blaming_ electronic print for the death of news (and newspapers). Not only has the internet done wonderful things for the availability of news in general, but the death of newspapers is at most the fault of newspapers for not being desirable enough. It's just how a functioning economy is supposed to work.\n\n So, in summary, this is ridiculous.\n\n By the way, how the hell do I separate paragraphs???

Comment My experience with btrfs (Score 0) 269

I've been using btrfs with compression for my root partition with kernel 2.6.33 for about 3 months now. As far as I can tell, it's been rock solid. I haven't noticed any significant changes in speed compared to XFS, so maybe it's not worth the risk. However, I do like the fact that it's so easy to create separate subvolumes for /usr, /var, etc. (not /etc) in the same partition. Not that I'd necessarily recommend other people take the plunge at this point...

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