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Comment Re:Most Ubuntu users won't need it (Score 1) 121

1) sudo apt-get install gdm gnome-shell synaptic deborphan

2) When prompted, select gdm as default. Then reboot.

3) sudo apt-get remove unity unity-2d unity-2d-common unity-2d-panel unity-2d-shell unity-2d-spread unity-asset-pool unity-common unity-lens-applications unity-lens-files unity-lens-music unity-lens-video unity-lens-shopping unity-scope-musicstores unity-scope-video-remote unity-services indicator-messages indicator-status-provider-mc5 appmenu-qt appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 lightdm unity-greeter overlay-scrollbar zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-datahub activity-log-manager-common activity-log-manager-control-center

4) sudo apt-get autoremove

5) sudo apt-get purge `deborphan`

6) sudo dpkg --purge `dpkg -l | egrep "^rc" | cut -d' ' -f3`

Trivial, even if you start with Unity.

Comment How were all these things paid for? (Score 5, Informative) 277

Just a few years ago, the budget was 2/3 of what it is now, so how were food inspections paid for then?

Most people don't realize that this big deficit spending problem started when the $787B "one time stimulus" became part of the baseline budget and was re-spent (and then some) year after year after year on the biggest government expansion ever seen on this Earth. That $787B is STILL being spent over and over again.

Bond Bubble Ben is still printing Bernanke Bucks at a rate of about $1T/year as well, because the FED is the only entity willing to buy new US debt anymore.

When are Americans going to wake up and realize that you can't spend money you don't have on things you neither want nor need and expect to come out ahead at the end of the day?

I guess "as long as I'm getting mine" is the new American Dream.

Here are some gross, as in disgusting, numbers for US Government Spending:

2006: 2655.1B
2007: 2728.7B
2008: 2982.5B
2009: 3517.7B
2010: 3456.2B
2011: 3598.1B

2001: 1862.8B

If you take the 2001 spending figure and adjust it for inflation, it is 2411B, so in 2011 dollars we're spending 1186B more than we were in 2001.

1.2T in government growth, people. That's 49%. And that's just government growth at the federal level. Government is taking fully 50% more money from us (and our kids, and their kids, and probably also their kids after that) than they were 10 years ago.

Sources:

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/HistoricalBudgetData.xls

ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/cpi/cpiai.txt

Comment Hey, Shuttleworth, Listen up (Score 0, Flamebait) 179

When I sit down at my PC, I want an interface that is designed for use on a PC, using a mouse and keyboard, and a large display.

When I pick up my phone or tablet, I want an interface that is designed for use on a phone or tablet, using finger swipes, taps, and gestures, and a small display.

THESE ARE TWO COMPLETELY FUCKING DIFFERENT THINGS.

Stop trying to make them the same.

Comment Announcing tomorrow, question mark? (Score 3, Funny) 121

Dear submitter,

Had you bothered to go actually look at the countdown timer, you would have seen the words "Tick, tock, tablet time!" in large print right there in front of your face, and you would have known to end the title of your summary with a period instead of a question mark, and avoided the whole "let me go make myself look like an ass on Slashdot" thing.

Thank you for your time.

Comment It's already in the US. (Score 2) 245

http://www.proterra.com/ makes a wireless charging electric bus that is in use in the Greenville SC area. Obama was down here not long ago celebrating its rollout in the upstate, and my little town was one of many that received federal grant money to help buy and deploy these systems.

So, I don't know why the article poster though this technology "mignt not make it to the US." Perhaps just a lack of journalistic research... who knows?

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