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Comment Re:And who were the contractors? (Score 4, Insightful) 349

Notice they've got Oracle in that list. This vendor list is a nasty bunch of international billionaires-- individuals and corporations. These are the kind of companies who want to "partner" with you if you use their products-- one doesn't "buy" Oracle (or IBM or BT) products, one carries them like an STD. Note the three local contractors and sub-contractors who sell to the government, and then sub out to a bunch of bloated global corporations who have no (non-monetary) interest whatsoever in the project working, and probably won't repatriate the profits. This does keep the salaries in the field high. And the government has no choice but to bid out another contract for a plum software project right soon. There's a lot more partnering to do.

Comment Re:It usually works like this (Score 1) 176

You're missing the fact the government and the corporations are practically the same entity now. There's an open door between mid-level government bureaucrats, mostly regulators, who go to work for private firms, and their co-workers who.go back into government. Many people in oil, pharma, and finance, especially banking, spend time as regulators, and then go to work for the companies they previously regulated. Private individuals can't really fight corporations (viz. the oil spill in Arkansas). Only government is powerful enough to control the corporations, and smaller government will make it weaker in that regard.

Comment Re:Devil's advocate (Score 1) 229

what's different between an ug concert and some guys playing cello at your daughters graduation party?

The difference is measurable as decibels measured at some distance from the event. Most people are consistently against being woken by loud amplified music, no matter what the genre. The cellos playing at the lawn party down the street could not wake me up, unless they were amped and cranked, in which case I'd be disturbed. This kind of argument has fueled a generational divide for more than half a century, with the old people saying "turn it down," and the youngsters taking that as a sleight to their favorite band, musical genre, or lifestyle. My (now grown) children went through this, I did it when I was a younger, and my father did too. Before that, I guess there wasn't a lot of amplification, so I assume they had different issues.

Comment Re:Devil's advocate (Score 1) 229

This comment should be modded up. Impromptu concerts / house parties are very disruptive in residential areas, and the disruption is caused not just by the music, it's caused by the people and cars and the drugs. It's easy to forget, there are first responders sleeping, and people who have invested time and money to keep their neighborhood tidy and safe, who are very averse to getting woken up, having their lawns dug up by bad drivers, and having deal with the litter and general mayhem that accompanies any large crowd. If concerts are actually being closed down, that means the undercover work is at least partially successful, the egregious examples cited in the TFA notwithstanding. No matter how one feels about freedom and the police state, the fact is the police's job is to address this kind of disruption. This method seems low cost, and not too invasive. And much more cost effective than a massive turnout of force (in all their new TSA regalia) to shut down an event in progress.

Comment Re:oh no (Score 2) 140

Oh, the SDS guy. OK then. And no one has explained how Mr. Ayers was not interested in the violent overthrow of the government, he was interested in resistance to specific injustices, specifically the draft and the Viet Nam war in general. Then as now the arms were nearly always in the hands of the police. He was never charged or convicted of any crime-- his only crime was thinking (and writing and speaking) against the status quo. He's now dragged out as a symbol of violent insurrection by the right because the media knows almost no one will bother to look him up to find out the real story anyway. Besides, no one is interested in Ayers-- he's been a college professor for 30 years-- only in his relationship to Obama, which was slight, and the opportunity to use an unfair and incorrect innuendo to besmirch the President.

Sorry to nit-pick, but it's important to be informed.

Comment Re:oh no (Score 4, Informative) 140

Are you referring to the right Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Because Rev. Wright is an honorable, articulate, educated, honest, and forthright man, who is at least second generation military, served as a Marine and a Navy corpsman, has more academic degrees than most Tea-Baggers have fingers on their right hand, is a college professor and runs a church. The fact that the fucktard-right-- errr, I mean mainstream media-- in this country can't tell the difference between an intelligent man's hyperbole (used to illustrate a point about the history of racial oppression) and violent insurrection-- does not condemn the man.

And if not Rev. Wright, then who are you talking about?

Comment Re:I used to block ads (Score 1) 978

Thank you for proving definitively that my experience has been wrong for all these years. I never got to enjoy that online world of the past, blessed with all that lovely non-shitty and bloat-free "user created content," when browsers could cope with whatever was posted, and search engines only returned relevant results. For so long, my experience was just the opposite. It's a relief to finally realize I was living in an alternate universe.

Comment Oracle is losing their class (Score 1) 193

I was entertained that Larry Ellison attached crapware to their security updates, which have to be specifically turned off in the installation, and their stupid toolbar turns off popup windows, but that disables Oracle's Discoverer product, and it works differently than the IE popup blocker, by not looking for user configurable exceptions. So for pennies per user, Oracle collects from the toolbar makers for every installation. And they're alienating IT departments. I hate working with them-- they're more mafia-like every year. End of complaint.

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