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Comment the problem is they got forty years behind (Score 1) 176

There IS a problem for them. The problem is they were allowed to get forty years behind. Now they have to get caught up. Private companies generally don't get behind to begin with.

What they were doing is using today's revenue to pay retirement for employees who worked forty years ago. Now they have to switch to investing today's revenue for today's workers. Paying as you go, as they are now required to do, isn't a problem. That's how everyone other than government does it. The problem is the switch - catching up from being forty years behind.

It's a lot like they'd been living on credit cards for forty years. Now they are only allowed to spend what they make - and they have ten years in which to pay off the debt they had racked up.

Comment false rumor. Only estimate cost of today's promise (Score 1) 176

That's a rumor put out by the union, and false.
They have to ESTIMATE, not pay, what today's employees might collect 75 years from now.

When they hire a 20 year old worker, they are promising to continue paying that worker when he's 80 - which is 60 years from now. They have to make a written estimate of how much today's promises will cost them in the future.

This is standard stuff, what's called Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP). Every company that issues stock follows the same rules.

Comment Actually they do, by law (Score 2) 176

Actually private companies DO invest money so the pensions they promised will be paid. Typically, the employer sendd their part to an IRS or 401k account in the employee's name. That way, the money is there 40 years later while the employee is retired.

Occasionally, an employer will get caught screwing around with that and not properly investing that money on behalf of the employees they promised it to. That's called fraud. It's just that federal agencies were allowed to commit this type of fraud. With the internet, USPS may not have the revenue to in 40 years to cover the retirement pay for today's employees. That's why they now have to invest retirement pay for today's employees today, just like private companies do.

Comment yes it can. *nix for graphics = Mac (Score 1, Troll) 278

My MacBook most certainly does drive three displays. My Mac Pro drives four, is quad-core with 16 GB RAM, and is almost five years old. I bet one a couple years old, like mine, could be bought for a couple hundred bucks.

I used Linux exclusively for fifteen years. I contributed to the kernel. When the boss put me on a Mac, I was surprised to discover how familiar it felt. I can use it just like Linux, with exactly the same workflow. The main difference is the cost of a Mac buys you nice hardware that "just works", and works very well. Mac has of course always been THE system for graphic design and publishing, so the display system is well done.

Comment FOSS developer here. Oracle's code, not mine (Score 2) 154

Same here. I support open source, I helped write a lot of it. I wrote one package from scratch that was distributed with Solaris. I wouldn't BUY their product, but that means I won't USE it. I wouldn't steal it, as these defendants allegedly did.

I wish Oracle released all of their stuff as open source, but they don't. I expect them to respect the license on my software (GPL), and people should respect their license.

Comment Oracle claims the defendants are distrib new versi (Score 5, Informative) 154

If I'm reading that right, Oracle clams that:
Oracle provides updated software versions for a yearly fee.
Defendants are unlawfully distributing the updated versions to people who haven't paid the fee.

If I'm reading that right, Oracle is being slightly non-generous by having annual payments to get updates. That's understandable, though, it costs them money to keep making new updates.

I see nothing in TFA about Oracle objecting to services the defendants provide, just and objection to them distributing new updates that haven't been paid for. So the headline is a load of bull, right?

Comment I know nothing, talk shit anyway. ftfy (Score 1, Offtopic) 128

> I have idea what the decoding capability is like ...
> it could possibly be very limited

Okay, you know nothing about it. I'm with you so far.

> misleading ... useless paper weight for everything but netflicks and youtube. This is just google pushing verticle integration.

And you go ahead and call it crap, and accuse them of false advertising (fraud).

Let me guess - you vote democrat.

Comment That's a great solution. wish I had mod points (Score 1) 227

That's a great solution, and one that actually answers the OP's question, assuming he can do a little shell scripting. I spent YEARS designing a great enterprise grade backup solution using LVM. I'm the maintainer of Linux::LVM, but I hadn't heard of lvmsync before. I'm sure I'll use it sometime.

Comment or a desktop, the AD servers don't know (Score 1) 227

The agency where I work is all Microsoft, all the time. They use Active Directory for everything. After I had been working there a year, security did a scan of the network and found out I was running Linux. I ran Linux for a year in that environment and had no trouble. My Linux desktop played just fine with their AD forest. LibreOffice had no trouble with any of the Microsoft Office documents I needed to handle. I've heard that some version of LibreOffice had some trouble with some feature as implemented by some version of MS Office. I saw no problems, though.

I did get in trouble for running an unauthorized OS. Now I'm still at a command line, but on a Mac when I need to be connected to the office network. Mac is certified Unix.

Comment ps - whatever power you give Obama, Jeb Bush gets (Score 1) 362

p.s remember that whatever power you allow Obama to have, the next president will also have. That may Jeb Bush or Sarah Palin. How much control do you want Palin or J Bush to have?

* I sure hope Palin never gets elected to anything else, but this country has already elected an actor as president, and Honey Boo Boo sure is popular. Honey Boo Boo for president?

Comment let me know when that happens (Score 1) 362

>. . You're right, goverment control does result in government control. The key is to have a government that is responsive to the will of the people.

Let me know when that happens, when a government is responsive to the will of the people for more than ten years. Then, we can talk about putting that government in control details of our lives.

>The alternative you propose is one where the voice of the people is only as loud as the size of their wallet. That's more freedom if you have a big wallet, less freedom if you have a small wallet.

Not quite. You propose taking the freedom from the people and giving it to the government, then hoping that the government gives it back. THAT results in "only those who control the government have fredom". See communist Russia and China for examples. I propose NOT giving all the control to the government at all, but leaving people's choices to each of the people. Imagine if the Koch brothers controlled a government that was actually limited to the enumerated powers. The elite would control the post office and a few other things. Big deal.

    That's a hell of a lot better than having them control what health care I'm allowed, based on my political beliefs. The single payer health care bill you wanted had the IRS running it - the same agency that systematically punished people who disagreed with the president. That doesn't look like freedom to me.

Comment let's see if you deny your own statement (Score 1) 362

>. noting that the socialist regimes that have failed have been authoritarian

Indeed when the government controls people's money (socialism), eventually the government controls people's lives (authoritarian).

That fact is so obviously true it's almost a tautology. If you are itellectualy honest, you will recognize that obvious fact and work from there towards an alternate means of reaching your goal.
If you're a fool, you'll stick your fingers in your ears and pretend that government control doesn't result in government control.

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