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Comment non regulation -- good or bad? (Score 3, Insightful) 564

"Speculating on what the Internet could morph into under the Republicans' preferred lack of regulation,...

Well, just look how well lack of regulation worked with Credit Default Swaps in the financial markets, e.g., these past few years.

Not that I'm necessarily keen on big government, or more regulation.

Comment Re:It is Called Competition (Score 3, Insightful) 564

Ahem.

It's not about their servers -- how many there are, or how fast they are -- it's about them colluding with the ISPs to throttle other sites.

In a pure capitalist, free market, collusion happens, and I suppose everyone is okay with it.

But the internet was originally built with my tax dollars, and I don't want rich pricks colluding to slow down some content and not others.

Comment A file server? Linux? (Score 5, Informative) 417

Seriously? Okay. The OS that probably works best with this machine is --- drum roll -- OS X.

Without hardly thinking about it it'll serve files via AFP and SMB.

Google will tell you how to enable the NFS server on it. (That's right, you don't need OS X Server.)

Streaming video? If there's open source software for Linux to do this, there's a pretty good chance it'll build on OS X too.

Comment Re:What did you expect? (Score 1) 326

Basically the entire computer's assembled in a sweatshop by barely literate people who are being paid jack-shit to assemble a "rich-boy toy" for some perceived fat cat in the US who sleeps on piles of money.

People talk about Detroit autoworkers exactly the same way. Doesn't mean much, really.

Talk about them that way -- okay; they're not exactly in the same league though.

UAW autoworkers earn, on average, $28 per hour. That's average, some get much more. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070924073107AAuGk8O

Chinese sweat shop labor, e.g. at Foxconn, make about $168-176 per month. http://www.china.org.cn/china/2010-06/07/content_20199987.htm

Comment Re:This is stupid. (Score 4, Insightful) 140

I have nothing against my neighbors wanting a "free," quality, public education for their children, but why should I have to fund it?

(Never mind that my children have already gone through the public school system and are off to college now.)

I thought we understood that governments build infrastructure on the premise that we all benefit in one way or another. Roads, airports, shipping ports, military, etc. Otherwise I could extend your argument to include all those other things and more. I may never drive on the Trans-Alaska highway, fly out of Portland, Maine international airport, but I do believe that by making things better for the people who do use them, we've all receive a benefit. Likewise for me, for the things I use.

And that free public education my children received? If I'd had to pay "the going rate" every year they were in school, I could never have afforded it, so now I'm paying for it in installments through my town or county property tax (or your council tax), and my neighbors will be doing the same, and if not here, where ever I live, or they live. If you look at the big picture it all evens out, more or less.

Comment Re:side effect (Score 2, Insightful) 261

I'd go out on a limb and say it's not clear we need malaria-proof anything.

Spraying -- since the end of the civil war in Mozambique -- and distributing treated mosquito nets has greatly reduced Malaria in Mozambique and the lowveld regions of South Africa. Malaria was eliminated in Europe and the US without malaria-proof mosquitoes. (Remember that nasty DDT? It was intended solely for spraying the inside walls of houses in the south. Farmers saw how well it worked and started spraying it on their crops, and the rest is history.)

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