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Comment Re:I tried to get the patch (Score 5, Insightful) 256

I'm sure some people probably thought their computers were broken and took them in for service,but since they couldn't get on the internet, most people probably called their ISPs, who have technicians in India who have no troubleshooting skills beyond asking them to reboot.

I fixed that sentence for you.

Comment Why are we even arguing about it? (Score 5, Interesting) 395

This is simple. They are ether common carriers or they are not.

If they are common carriers then they can not inspect the content they carry and as such are not liable for that content.

If they are NOT common carriers then they can inspect the content and charge what they like. However, they are liable for the content they carry. Thus if they choose to not be common carriers and someone is transmitting Child porn, threats, selling drugs, pirated music and movies,etc. Then they are liable for the transport of that data and we should prosecute them for it.

Do it just a few times and all the ISP's will be on board with becoming common carriers.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 2) 438

While citizens do not have access to the same class of weaponry as the state, we out number them.

There are 300,000,000 gun in private hands.
Compared to the whole of the US military and civilian law enforcement which comes to just under 3,000,000.

If 3% of the adult population stands up and says we will not give up our guns then we outnumber the government almost 3 to 1.

Thought I think they would have an issue collecting the guns from the 25,000,000 people in Texas.

Before someone says "They will just bring in the UN troops" Well, that will add about 150,000 people. Not really enough to make a dent.

Comment Wow has it been that long? (Score 5, Insightful) 316

I remember when Linus posted it. I downloaded it and played with it a bit.

When Slackware 0.99a came out I gave it another try. It was not long before I was converting my Minix boxes at the house over to Linux.

In 1995 I switched from Windows 3.11 to Slackware and never looked back. To this day I run linux on all my systems at home save a small laptop that runs Windows XP though it is just to manage the spectrophotometer which does not have a linux driver.

Linux has come a long way and I am always amazed at how much of the world runs linux from Cell Phones, to routers, to supercomputers.

Comment Re:Activism (Score 1) 323

Yes, the trees, grass, plants, and plankton breath in CO2 and release O2, converting CO2 to O2 and bonding the Carbon into carbohydrates.

There are more trees on the planet earth than there are stars in the milkyway galaxy.

So the real question is, how much co2 does a tree sequester? (48lbs a year)
How many trees are there? 3,000,000,000,000

I guess you can do the math on that one. ;)

Comment Re:application recovery vs infrastructure recovery (Score 2) 239

Off the top of my head I can name over 20 companies that have full failover to a backup DC. One of them is an Airline that everyone knows the name of.

Hell, I have configured stretch clusters for companies so that in the event of a DC failure the secondary DC is available with 0 down time and the failover is automatic. So it is done, it is normal operating procedures/best practices, and there is no reason the SECOND LARGEST AIRLINE IN THE USE IS NOT DOING IT!!!

If you want to argue that some small company of 1000 people is not doing it that is fine but there is no excuse beyond management failing to do their job for this one. I think the board needs to look into it and start cutting people from the top down.

Comment Re:Law and Equity (Score 1) 195

This type stuff is common. Heck when I went to sign and get a business internet connection from Comcast they handed me a single page contract that we very reasonable until I got to the last line. It read "By signing this you agree to this contract and all pages published at http://xxxxx.comcast.com/"

That to me was not "fine print" it was bait and switch. I refused to sign tell I had read everything at the web address. Turns out they had 900+ pages of legal text published there. Most of what was stated in the one page contract was amended or removed by the published pages. They also included such gems as, under grounds for termination "Making public any information which may reflect badly on Comcast.", and "Running any service which allows a user to make public posts." It also stated that the service could be terminated at any time, without notice, with or without reason and that they could not be held responsible for any financial losses. I was not about to sign it because it put my business at the mercy of Comcast.

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