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Comment Re:House loses most staunch Democrat (Score 1) 406

Are you aware of these 535 people called "Congress"? They negotiate and pass bills. The President just signs or vetoes them.

That's not accurate either. The President via the OMB basically drafts the federal budget. Since the executive branch runs the bureaucracy it knows what resources are necessary to make a program successful. So even when Congress is against the President there's a limit to how effectively they can force their will. Congress can easily kill programs they don't like by defunding them but it's much harder for them to force the executive to run a program effectively when the executive wants to kill it.

Comment Re:A guess (Score 1) 243

Palm's issue, was that the "Pre" was to late to the smart phone market, by then, Apple was already with iPhone. When I had my Palm, and my cellphone, I kept wondering why the two were not melded. My wonderment lasted over two years.

So if it was so difficult, why not break Palm OS to make it work on phones.

Never heard of the Treo? Palm was selling smart phones since 2003 when they acquired Treo from Handspring. But I don't think it was ever successful. Blackberry devices were more efficient and by the time the iPhone came out they had switched to Windows Mobile.

Comment Re: FreeBSD has as well STILL not patched. (Score 1) 208

The installed binaries built from the ports tree are not automagicly updated with the standard OS patches, this is why many people chose NOT to build from the ports tree and instead chose to use the binary package installer pkg tool such that the packages are then updated automaticly by the FreeBSD team as opposed to the user having to re-fresh the ports tree and manulay rebuild every package that gets an update.

I call bullshit. Binary packages have never been up to date on FreeBSD. Anybody knows anything about FreeBSD knows to use the ports tree. Especially for something that takes 2 seconds to build. The ports tree since yesterday has had the NetBSD workaround which is even safer than GNU's own since it disables the vulnerable (and hardly used) functionality entirely. (Who intentionally imports shell functions from the environment?) While we're going to be updating our Linux systems yet again for GNU's next attempt at fixing this.

FreeBSD isn't even vulnerable to begin with. /bin/sh is Almquist shell.

Comment Re:What did the US expect? (Score 1) 297

Pakistan was founded as a Muslim state, and it is not a reasonable expectation for it to work against Islam in Afghanistan by supporting the heretical idea of secular government.

Not accurate. Pakistan was founded as a secular nation. Their motivations in Afghanistan are all about power and control. Pakistan had militarily supported the Taliban against the Northern Alliance in the 90s, and so now that the Northern Alliance runs the government they ally themselves with India instead of Pakistan.

The only reason Islamabad gave the US the time of day in the past was to obtain arms to use against its mortal enemy India which was buddies with the Soviets during the Cold War.

The US came to India first. They wanted to be able to put missiles in India aimed at the Soviets. But India wanted to be neutral. Pakistan saw this and decided to ally with the US for money and arms to use against India. After China invaded India and gifted land to Pakistan, India gave up on neutrality and joined with the Soviets.

India would be wise to make buddies with the US after the US-Pak relationship collapses. If it comes to war, US assets could help India take out Pak nukes which are a menace to civilization.

It's never that simple. There have been several wars. And India always wins. Pakistan wants Kashmir because that's where the water is. There's not enough to go around so Indian dams cause the Pakistani rivers to run dry. They are so desperate for it that they constantly send their soldiers over the border posing as Kashmiri freedom fighters to fight and die. Like North Korea they are a doomed nation with nothing left to use. So they continue to terrorize out of spite. Even before both sides had deployed nuclear weapons, India had always stopped short of invading Pakistan because they see no use in trying to occupy it.

Comment Re:And they suck. (Score 1) 245

It's not a hardware problem. We have lots of T60s at work and they all the same problem in Ubuntu 10.04. The open source driver support for the 1400 is not good. I have to disable most of Compiz to avoid glitches. ATI's closed source driver worked a little better in some ways but they dropped support for those chipsets and the old drivers don't work on current kernels.

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