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Comment Re:This Month/This Year? (Score 1) 329

You know.... you could just interpret it outside of relative calendar restrictions as "within a week, a month, a year".

Because, like, that's what everyone else is probably doing :D

No, some with interpret it as written and others will interpret it as it should have been written so there goes the scientific objectivity of this Slashdot poll.

Comment Re:Age Census in Disguise (Score 1) 330

This poll is more useless than most because cell phones haven't been available to the public long enough. In order to make any sense out of the results of this poll, age data would need to be provided in order to categorize responses based on technological practicality. All the results for this poll tell me is what I already knew: the majority of people on this site are older than the internet.

And some of us are older than electronic computers!

Comment Re:Wow, 3% = doom? (Score 1) 609

"People just don't get it. The US government does not need to cut its budget by 3%. It needs to cut its budget by 50% or more."

We are in a recession/depression. Hundreds of thousands have lost jobs, lost their homes, lost businesses, their children their hopes of college, etc. In this financial state we are cutting down on government spending, thus causing thousands to loose jobs directly and suppliers to fire workers. It's been working so well that (snicker) that many want it expanded. This will result in more foreclosures, etc. But don't worry this is the road to prosperity; Greece and Spain, for instance, have had fiscal austerity forced on them and are watching their economy spiral down the drain. We should follow this model?

Governments role is to try to preserve jobs during fiscal downturns; if cutting government spending is needed it should be done in good times when the effects of this economic poison is diluted.

Comment Re:[shrug] (Score 1) 226

I work for a US Federal Agency and our notebooks were all encrypted about two years ago. I know that some problems arose from that but in my major problem is that it takes 10 or, more often, 15 minutes from boot to have a usable machine! We will soon need to insert a "LinkPass" card in our machines to be able to use them (we have had the passes for a few years), we must wear the cards in the facility, and they will be used to unlock exterior doors, too. It's going to be difficult to remember to take the card out when one leaves the vicinity of the office/cubical.


Submission + - Secession petitions flood White House website ( 1

RNLockwood writes: reports that several petitions to secede from the Union have been created at the White House site, We The People, for many states; all since Obama's re-election. Texas and Louisiana lead the list with Texas needing only 7,000 more signatures to qualify for a White House response, probably less now as more Americans have become aware of the petitions. (Probably there is no mapping to post election racist tweets Post Election Racist Tweets Map )

If the petitions spark the state legislatures to petition congress and the nation agrees to allow Louisiana and Texas to secede the we will save a LOT of money. For instance the Corps of Engineers will no longer be spend tax dollars to prevent flooding in Louisiana. Think of the savings if all the Federal buildings, bases, and facilities in Texas are closed! The residents of those states can take charge of their problems without federal interference at last. Since the citizens and businesses won't be paying Federa taxes, money saved will be used to create jobs, prosperity will follow, and show how just right Romney and Bush really were.

IMHO this is an experiment worth trying!! Slashdotters, get busy and sign as many of those petitions as you can.

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