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Comment: Re:municipal broadband is the only solution. (Score 1) 343

by vikingpower (#47139677) Attached to: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot
Mod parent up. Insightful. The USA suffer from thinking that everything and anything will be solved by "the markets", and hence are an übercapitalist type of hell. One with the infrastructure of a 3rd world country. There clearly is a role for government and local collectivities here.

Comment: A mechanical alarm clock, and a watch (Score 1) 153

by vikingpower (#47134909) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

When I was a very young boy, about 5, my parents had been using an old-fashioned mechanical alarm clock for years, complete with two bells on top of it. As they replaced it, I got it - and felt the irresistible urge to take it apart. Just driven by sheer hunger to see the insides, and understand. Same thing with my father's watch.

It is still the same urge that drives me: using a machine whose workings I don't understand drives me mad.

Comment: The difference with the USA (Score 4, Insightful) 80

...is that Germany is much closer to being a true and functioning democracy. I don't see how this would come through the Bundestag, the German parliament, without being at least watered down, viz. being quietly forced into starvation as soon as a left-leaning government comes into power.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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