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Comment: Re:But but but (Score 1) 322

by wierd_w (#48614857) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

desalination plants are likely to have some serious issues with CA in general.

1) They arent very pretty, and will HAVE to be on the coast. This makes NIMBYism a very real problem for any project that works with desalinators.

2) CA has some insane environmental effluent rules. Desalination plants dont just wave magic wands at the salt. In addition to concentrating fresh water, they also concentrate salt. This is usually in the form of very briny water if RO desalination is used, and in the form of crude, non-food grade salt id evaporation plants are used. Both are dangerous contaminants that need to be disposed ofl and in large quantities. Simply dumping the salt back into the ocean wont work-- it will kill local marine life.

3) Desalinators will present a major power consumption drain on CA's already overtaxed power and light infrastructure.

4) Logistics and civic planning to have the water pipeleines from the desalinators routed to where the croplands in the valleys impacted by the drought need the water most is not going to be a trivial matter. Expect political BS to delay, delay, delay as everyone tries to get the biggest slice of the water produced, or get consessions for allowing transport.

Comment: Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (Score 3, Insightful) 115

by wierd_w (#48607195) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

You seem to have mis-identified my political affiliation. I am not a marxist communist. I have simply read the manifesto, and marx's rhetoric. I was pointing out that the AC above had clearly not done so, having created such a strawman to beat.

Genuine criticisms, such as "You cant cultivate marginal lands as if they were fully arable! It's madness!" are fully fair game, and I apply them with gusto. However, asserting blandly that Marx had not contemplated human nature? That's clearly not supported by his rhetoric, but is rather a consequence of ingesting pre-chewed propaganda pieces.

I value correct, well based arguments. that's why I bothered to read Marx's rhetoric in the first place. It is a necessity to develop and use proper analytic skills.

Does Marxism work? Fuck no.
Did Marx think about the freeloader problem? Definitely.

That latter part is all I was trying to point out. It never ceases to amaze me how such a correction makes people instantly apply "You must be a marxist!" as a reactionary measure.

Please avoid doing so in the future. Thank you.

Comment: Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (Score 2) 115

by wierd_w (#48607043) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

Clearly you have not actually READ the manifesto,or much of Marx's rhetoric. Marx does indeed rail against freeloading, and outright says that any system that permits it cannot be sustained, as the number of freeloaders will rapidly outpace the number of producers, bankrupting the system. (in general in his rhetoric)

In fact, he sets the univeral requirement of *ALL* to labor, as bulleted item #8 in his manifesto.

These measures will of course be different in different countries.

Nevertheless in the most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c., &c.

(Found in chapter 2 of the manifesto, in case you wondered)

Marx is not strictly against the providence of support for those that are physically unable to labor anymore, he just stresses the insistence that these cases need to be strictly evaluated, and limited in number, otherwise they will overtake production, and the system will collapse. For those that are able to lablor-- even just a little-- Marx asserts that it is their duty to perform such labor. This means that the paraplegic in the wheelchair goes to work doing something with his hands that does not require the use of his legs, and in return, gets the fruits of the redistribution of wealth, same as a person who has legs-- etc. Marxist rhetoric is very much against "Full disability" type welfare, except where it quite literally is true that the person cannot work at all.

Comment: Re:Prospects were grim when I check earlier this y (Score 2) 110

by wierd_w (#48590399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

You should have used the wayback machine.

I found familiar-linux's git repository in there, circa 2008.

They also have the prebuilt packages in there (wayback machine), but you have to dig those out yourself.

Comment: Re:Possibly android (Score 4, Informative) 110

by wierd_w (#48590301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

For the interested party, I found a github mirror of the original "Familiar Linux" distro, which is defunct.

It should at least open the door to permitting a more "Recent" build using updated packages for those so inclined, since they have the build system and everything there in that mirror repository.

Comment: Re:Some things (Score 1) 110

by wierd_w (#48590291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

He said that at least one of them has a GPS module, and cited the generation of the radio used.

I am not sure if Familiar Linux still has binaries and sources up or not... Let me check.

I found a github mirror of the source.

It should be possible to build an image using a cross-compliler.

Comment: Re:Back in the day... (Score 1) 110

by wierd_w (#48590249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

I remember those but I was more a fan of the Toshiba Libretto that was out at that time.

It was quite a bit larger than the casio, but it was functionally more powerful and user friendly. However, it too had issues with getting linux on it, since the floppy disk drive was attached to a very proprietary controller via a silly looking detachable cable. With no peripherals attached, and the lid closed, it was very near the size of a vhs cassette. Very impressive for the mid 90s.

Comment: Possibly android (Score 3, Informative) 110

by wierd_w (#48590185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

There were some community ports of linux to compaq ipaq series pocketpcs of that era, one of which is "Familiar linux".

There were also some efforts to port early android builds in the Froyo family, but i cant seem to dredge any up at the moment.

These devices are a tad dated, but I could see them being used as a fancy IR remote control, and a few other things.

Comment: Re:Lucky grab (Score 1) 81

by wierd_w (#48588559) Attached to: Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

Yes, everyone is surprised when they learn about government and buttseccs. From what I understand, a new bill about that is going up for general consideration soon.

The Government Operational Amendment for Transfer of Sensitive Exchanges


This amendment allows government unprecedented leeway to perform "exchanges" that they consider to be of a "Sensitive" nature however and whenever and with whoever they wish.

Naturally, anything related to BUTTSECCS, or the Bureau for Universal Totalitarianism, Terrorism, Subjugation, Extortion, Corporate Corruption and Slavery (A joint branch handled by staff members of the IRS and the Joint chiefs of staff operating under the executive via executive order) is of course a matter of National Security, and needs to handled with the greatest amount of confidentiality and secrecy allowed. Naturally, since BUTTSECCS just wouldn't be the same without GOATSE, and we obviously need this secret buttseccs organization to have a strong, healthy government, the occasional circumstance where an innocent american citizen gets inadvertantly fingered, and subjected to multiple, deeply invasive, penetrating examinations and cross exchanges can hardly be grounds for denial, now can they?

I am sure the intelligent folks here on /. would like to join me in asking our congress critters to "Make a pass at GOATSE, and give BUTTSECCS a chance." There's a big, gaping hole in america, and it's there job to help fill it!

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