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Comment Re:sunset mode (Score 1) 58

Every project goes this way eventually. Firefox is usually the other poster child, right after GNOME. For my part, I really miss avant-window-navigator and compiz+emerald. For me that was kind of the apex of eye candy and usability. I haven't tried to build that stuff recently, but last time I gave it a shot, it was a long and uphill battle with very little satisfaction at the end.

Comment Re:Finally, I can switch to Gnome! (Score 1) 58

Ugh, no. Nobody means CDE. Though frankly I'm not clear why anyone would use mwm when they could use fvwm2. It looks just as bad, out of the box it works pretty much the same way, but it has all the bells and whistles that we expect to at minimum be contained in a vaguely modern window mangler. I have used mwm without the rest of CDE — I forget what the panel was called, ISTR it had some long and descriptive name which is no doubt why I can't remember. But the panel was arse, whereas just good old mwm was still fine.

Comment Re:Why federal law? (Score 1) 83

Speculation: because the local governments have already signed their souls over.

Translation: because the local governments have already entered franchise agreements with the incumbent cable provider.

Sadly (not really), the existence of a franchise agreement between the local government and the cable company is not a reason that this is a power granted to the federal government. "We don't like the way you exercised your local prerogatives" isn't grounds for federal preemption.

Submission + - Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use (

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.

Comment Re:Municipal/County Fiber (Score 1) 83

Or, you know, you could just eliminate the laws that prohibit/restrict Municipal and/or County fiber projects.

That would be a major change to contract law. The issue with a city competing with an incumbent cable provider is one of contracts. The cable provider has a franchise that has all sorts of conditions and requirements, which would be patently unfair for the city to ignore when it wants to compete. If a company has to do X to operate within a city, then the city itself should be required to do X when it wants to do the same thing.

Of course, the big boys (Verizon et al) Hate it, because it dramatically lowers the bar to their competition.

No, they hate it for two reasons. First, it costs them a lot of money (in franchise fees, for one thing) to comply with the terms of their franchise, none of which will be an expense to the municipal provider. Second, they have to operate at a profit in order to exist; the municipality has the general fund (taxpayer's pockets) to dip into if they operate at a loss, and no requirement to be profitable at all.

Comment Re:Yeah, maybe (Score 1) 83

And, IMHO, it's an issue for the states, not the feds. Communications which enables Interstate Commerce is not itself Interstate Commerce.

And more important, it is an issue of how a municipality manages it's own rights of way. Since the conduits will be empty, as you point out, it cannot be enabling interstate commerce.

I can see this at the state level, but not federal.

Comment Re: No complaints here (Score 1) 237

Others make the case better. I'm just here to call out pseudo-skeptics for what they are; liars and morons. Do you think, say, anti-vaxxers, Creationists and the whole "HIV doesn't cause AIDS" crowd deserve some sort of continued decent respect. At some point, people who make false and absurd claims should simply be treated like the intellectual midgets they really are.

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