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Comment Re:Split it. (Score 1) 451

I can think of at least two examples of this: Untangle and Asterisk. Asterisk seems to have the right idea with free versus supported models.Maybe one of those two could be a model? There's also Redhat with their...would clone be the right word?... unofficial community version, CentOS. I've heard stories of customers with mixed RHEL/CentOS environments getting indirect support from redhat with a CentOS issue.

Comment Picard? (Score 1) 618

Hard to believe Picard is winning this one. I assume because fewer and fewer slashdotters bother to go back and watch TOS (damn kids). And it is rather dated.

I just happened to recently finish watching DS9 on Netflix a few days ago (had never seen it straight through before). I'm not sure I would say Sisko was a bad captain, the show was just written so differently it was hard to express in what way he was really leading...or commanding. I don't think they ever got the chewing-out scenes perfected for example.

TNG on the other hand had Picard who could stare down and out-curse any number of Klingons towering over him. With Sisko it just seemed like stuff happened around him and he was along for the ride. Or maybe that was just my perception.

On a semi-related note, I think DS9 is way under-rated as a series. Try to watch it all the way through while not drawing comparisons to TNG or Babylon 5...you might like it...

Comment Re:That's like applying to be Canadian... (Score 1) 385

Since not a single republican voted for the ACA I don't think the republicans got "what they wanted".

Also, Obama doesn't want what Canada has: In Canada's system everybody, from the PM down to the normal citizens, use the same system. That would never happen in US. As Obama said when he was trying to pass it he is perfectly happy with his own health care. Healthcare isn't his problem, it's "the problem of uninsured". He and everybody else in power would continue going to their private doctors. Only the rest of us would deal with the the health care system.

And lastly I think he's happy with what was passed. My personal theory on the ACA is that it was about creating a new union, public or other wise, out of the country's doctors/medical providers thus creating a permanent voting block for his party long after he is gone from office (or at least revenue stream via union dues). Obviously a ridiculous notion.

Comment Re:Notice the intolerance? (Score 3) 570

I've had quite enough conservative trolls spewing their vitriol against liberals, progressives and Democrats, that they then follow-up with a complaint that its the liberals censoring and rating them because they're called on their personal attacks and petty insults.

And other conservatives? Resounding silence.

I don't know which conservatives you've been referring to. If Rush Limbaugh is an example he was calling for Akin to drop out for like a week. Romney called for that as well. No idea where this "silence" is coming from. Maybe you just mute all conservatives?

Comment Re:An auspicious date (Score 1, Insightful) 558

I disagree that a bad Windows 8 will result in consumers/developers leaving Windows. If no other reason the simple fact is there is simply no alternative: Macs are too expensive (I've tried many times to convince family members to switch, always came down to cost). Linux is just a hopeless mess (ex. Less than a year ago there was a thread on slashdot about the state of audio drivers in Linux and not being able play two audio streams at once. An issue resolved in Windows more than 15 years ago...)

PC gamers will continue to game on windows, normal users will continue to get their hotmail and check the weather on windows, and few businesses will want to take to the training time/money of switching to a different OS and compatibility issues that go along with it, although I suspect businesses would have stayed on 7 for several more years even if 8 had a traditional UI.

Comment Re:TV doesn't have the budget to do superheroes we (Score 1) 396

In a way Dr. Who is a "super hero" in that he can travel through time and seems amazingly good at avoiding death no matter the circumstance. And at least to my spoiled American eyes has an incredibly low production value. And yet the writing is amazing the latest doctor seems to be winning best actor awards. They do a lot with the budget/production they have in other words.

If a show could be made along those lines - low budget/production values but super-great acting/writing - I think just about any super hero show could work. There's a lot of "if" in that statement however.

Comment Re:Free market at work (Score 1) 469

This seems somehow revisionist history to me. Bush didn't "put anyone in charge" of the FCC: Powell was nominated and had to be voted upon to get into that position. And if you remember the senate was 50/50 (something like that) back then and pretty much every vote for judges and the like was filibustered in the senate. If the the opposing party didn't want Powell he would not have had that job. Also, phone calls are more expensive today than in 1997? Really?

Also, dial-up internet had taken off before 1996. Even in my tiny little town I was using a dial-up in ISP in 1992/93 with "spry mosiac" (windows 3.1!) and...well i forgot the name of the dial up software we had...point is ISPs were taking off and Win95 including a browser (along with netscape's success) brought the idea of the web to the masses and contributed to internet popularity in the 90s. Actually AOL was still around and quite popular in 2000. Took years for them to finally collapse in subscriber numbers. Not any where near "suddenly".

The ISPs, from what evidence I've observed first hand, started going out of business thanks to readily available DSL/Cable/microwave/fiber connections for roughly the same price as dial-up. In rural areas that still don't have DSL as an option dial-up is still in use (there's still a dial-up ISP in my tiny town and I know multiple people still using dialup living "in the sticks").

Comment Re:Home porn videos? (Score 5, Informative) 332

* Medical coding/transcriptionist. I know this is a very common work-from-home job, though it requires a fair amount of relatively expensive training. It pays roughly as well as a junior level sysadmin job in many areas, I've noticed. You can work from home, usually at odd hours (doctors need their notes transcribed at all hours of the day), with a fair amount of flexibility for things like "the kids need dinner". You'd have to be able to type fairly quickly, know the coding of medications, and things like that. I'm not sure about the costs or time requirements associated with the training, however. Anywhere with a regional hospital nearby is going to need quite a few people to do this (a 100-workstation private practice I'm familiar with had 6+ doing this).

I work for a relatively small hospital in a relatively rural area and we just got through outsourcing/cutting out our transcriptionists: some of them are still working for the hospital but now employed by an off-shore company while the doctors are apparently going to be using "Dragon Medical" speech dictation software. Point is this option's future my have a shelf life.

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