You're always free to buy or not buy what you like or don't like.
Unless the cartel bundles what you don't like with what you like, such as the cooking channels with a cable channel that shows film adaptations of Tom Clancy novels.
If they have zero money to spend, why are the websites still "up", but returning a "sorry, we're closed" page?
First off, as has been noted elsewhere, the traffic appears to be rerouted to a single "We're closed" server rather than each organization hosting their own.
Secondly, these organizations, as public servants, still have an obligation to inform the public of the situation (i.e. "It's us, not you. And don't bother faxing, calling or driving in, either.").
As did the "development" time to produce the pages and install them.
The federal government spent the past few days and weeks preparing. The mothballs were prepared, all that was left was to commit.
Even if that's so (and I doubt federal agencies would be allowed to pay for things too far in advance, or too out-of-synch with the fiscal year), there's no point spending bandwidth when you can't power the routers.
Chrome OS/Chromium OS is [...] way different than the easy to use grandma friendly linux desktop. Not everyone only needs to surf the net or check their mail,f,y,t* account .
What does such a user do other than read web pages, watch Dailymotion and YouTube, edit Google Docs, or check webmail, Facebook, and Twitter? If you could name a few things that she would expect to do on a computer that can't be done as web applications or as packaged applications that use the Chrome APIs, that'd help me understand exactly why you consider Chromium OS "way different than the easy to use grandma friendly linux desktop".
It's all political theater. The Administration... is doing today exactly what it did with the sequester - it's punishing the American people as much as it can.
Why are you blaming "the Administration" for something that is the constitutional responsibility of the House?
It's despicable. Instead of doing their jobs and negotiating the best possible compromise between all interested parties, they've become a bunch of extremists (on both sides) who refuse to negotiate.
The 2012 elections were nothing if not a national referendum on this one particular issue. The Republicans lost, to the point where the only reason we're even having this conversation is gerrymandering. So long as we're still pretending to care about representative government, this is the best possible compromise.
Obama in particular ought to be ashamed of himself. He campaigned on a platform of unity and leadership
He campaigned on his passage of the Affordable Care Act, as did Mitt Romney.
In fact he's the biggest one going on national TV proclaiming with pride that he refuses to negotiate.
Democrats have been asking for negotiations for the past six months. If nothing else, it would be foolish to go through the farce of negotiations now that the House Republicans have shown just how far they are willing to go to gain the upper hand in such talks.
Fire them all. Seriously. Every last despicable goddamn one of them.
That was the Republican platform last year. It lost. The Republicans that remain are now throwing a temper tantrum. One does not "negotiate" with someone throwing a temper tantrum; if nothing else, it just enocurages more.
What does it cost to leave a website up, let it run on autopilot for a while, and not update any content? Just bandwidth and electricity.
I don't know where you live, but where I sit both bandwidth and electricity cost money.
Everything that is "non-essential" has zero money to spend, for an indefinite time. Not "very little," not "not much," but jack and shit, and Jack just got furloughed.
Rest assured, America! The multiple multi-billion-dollar data centers are still running, gathering all your facebook and phone calls, and the new ones under construction are still pouring cement today.
Nothing to worry about. Focus attention on Boy Scouts not being able to climb the Statue of Liberty and other deliberately-placed irritant memes those in power expect you to outrage over, like the good little programmable cogs you are.
Isn't this only useful if people produce hydrogen without burning fossil fuels to generate electricity to make hydrogen from water?
Either renewable biomass burning, or some other electricity generation, or some other method of hydrogen extraction magically not dependent on electricity?
Perhaps it would be better, if just for old-school pollution, I guess.
My last service call from my cable company indicates this isn't always true. I lost my paid cable signal (broadband) because a neighbor messed up some connections while attempting to get free cable.
Well, that guy deserves a [metaphorical] foot in his ass, but it isn't inherently like that.
No one is claiming he has a "right" to enter the US.
Quite a few of us are wondering what is happening to our land of the free, however. This guy was coming to attend an academic conference.
One wonders where the Constitution specifically allows political parties to deny entrance to invited guests purely for speech reasons. Probably the same part of the Constitution that grants the government the power to search citizens' papers witbout permission as you enter.
Let these be lessons of wisdom at how quickly freedom would evaporate inside the country were it not for the Amendments. All done "for The People".
Something will need to replace ubuntu soon as the easy to use grandma friendly linux desktop
Would Chromium OS qualify as "the easy to use grandma friendly linux desktop"?
(Before we can identify this "something", we first need to identify what qualifies as a "Linux desktop". Otherwise, we're likely to end up talking past each other.)
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