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Comment Re: 2nd (Score 1) 88

In what way is giving away some "freedoms" you never really needed anyway for the good of the community a bad thing? Society is more important than individuals, we Europeans know that.

A society that doesn't protect "unnecessary" individual freedom is not one worth living in. There are two things to note here. First, it's easy to define any sort of freedom as unnecessary. North Korea has done so, for example. Similarly, the idea of primacy of society has justified all sorts of abuses against people by powerful parties who can convenient align the interests of society to fulfill their own interests.

Second, it is better to black list proven harmful action and behavior (I would go for a much more stringent sort of harm, substantial harm against innocent parties who aren't "coming to the nuisance" or otherwise engaging in behavior that deliberately and expectedly exposes themselves to the harm by choice) rather than white list proven harmless or necessary action and behavior. I shouldn't have to prove to society or government that my desired actions are necessary to me. It simply shouldn't be the business of society or government to make that determination, particular since neither has ever shown any competence or impartiality in doing so.

Comment Re:another view... (Score 1) 117

Exactly. And it isn't like the roads were unoccupied, there were roughly just as many cars as normal.
Also, I have driven it on clear days where there is much less traffic - like Presidents Day or other holidays during the week that not everyone gets off. And the traffic patterns are the same.

There's always 2 or 3 people who need to go 10 mph faster than everyone else. I can be going 75 (15 over the limit, btw) in the left lane, with a series of cars in front of me, and some jackass will come flying up behind me, then swerve into the middle lane, then the right, pass a few cars on the right, swerve into the middle lane again, then cut someone off ahead of me by cutting into the fast lane of traffic. Then lots of brake lights. I am not saying that is the cause of all the traffic issues, but it sure doesn't help things. Not to mention that its usually pretty crowded, so it isn't like they get anywhere faster than anyone else.

Comment Hilarity? I think not. (Score 1) 86

Interesting idea that could have been 1/4 the length. I still don't get the premise, faster and better quality than a dot matrix? Clearly. Wireless? Not new. The print head and speed was impressive. But knowing how printer manufacturers screw you on things like ink, I can only imagine how many different cartridges are in that behemoth. For me, printer manufacturers have a long long way to go to rebuild trust in them and their products.

Comment another view... (Score 1) 117

I am not really in favor of these cars, but consider this counter argument.

I have a 17 mile commute to work. The divided 2 and 3 lane highway is a mile from my house, and my office is right off the exit. So it is effectively all highway miles. I can usually make it in 20-23 minutes. Most of the trip is a 60MPH speed limit. Traffic is normally 70-75 MPH, with a few others on the margin of that. Pretty much what you stated.

But why does it take me 20+ minutes to get to work? Because when we aren't going 75, we are stopped. There are natural areas where it slows, like where it goes from 3 lanes to 2, or where onramps bring in more traffic. But there are other areas where we just come to a stop for no reason other than people jockeying for position, right-lane-passing, tailgating and braking.

One day it was snowing quite a lot, and mostly everyone was driving a bit more cautious. It was 60 MPH all the way to work. I didn't even need to touch my brakes until I exited for my office. People stayed in their lanes and it was so much less stressful. It took me 22 minutes door to door. So while the idea of self-driving cars still creeps me out, there is part of me that KNOWS it would be more efficient in some ways. It's a big leap to get to that point, and I personally don't see myself ever having a self-driving car... but who knows. I think it is worth testing it out.

Comment Good news everyone! Piracy is dead... (Score 2) 103

"If it is not on Bing or Google, then we have effectively eliminated piracy. Great job everyone."

Bonuses will be rewarded, a few more jobs at MS/Google to monitor piracy claims. Lawyers will creep away and chase something else.
But most of all - piracy will be dead!

OK, maybe not.
It could curtail the casual infringer. It will not deter true pirates, or those who may operate in the gray areas.

What is a gray area? I think there are many.
I once pre-ordered a CD from a band I really liked who had a new album coming out, two months ahead of the release. Release day came, and went. It was in stores, but I didn't have mine yet. After a week, I downloaded it. Another week passed, and my CD showed up.

I have purchased a DVD for my kids (many, actually) where I could not rip it to put on my media server. I was able to download it in less time that it would have taken to rip it.

I have a Roku, and I also have Charter cable. For a lot of the Roku channels I just have to log in with my Charter account to get access. Pretty painless process. However, for some of the channels (like Comedy Central) this doesn't work because they list multiple Charter providers, none of which are mine. So I am out of luck for those channels. It's not that big of a deal to me, so I don't download those shows. But I could see how that could piss some people off and why they might seek out to download them.

Comment This is great news!!! (Score 1) 90

OK.. so I am not sure why, but it is.
See, at work people always get praise for "going the extra mile", working overtime to get the job done. The people who rarely get the accolades are the ones who work effectively and efficiently at just doing the work. They don't get "recognition awards" for getting things done on schedule. That's just their job. But the downside is that to prove your worth, it is in your best interest to create a little chaos so you can step up and put out the fires.

Kudos to Linus and the kernel maintainers for continuing to do what they do.

Comment Re:Windows (Score 2) 224

Am in a similar boat. Linux is my desktop. No looking back. I use Wine for quite a number of apps that I need, and it does take some wrangling occasionally, but it's no comparison to Windows. I have a dual boot option for when I something such as to edit an image in Photoshop.

Linux is my desktop, and has been since 1998. My kids have windows PCs, and I have an old one that has been sitting around for a while. I still haven't had to boot it up for anything.

The only time I have needed windows for anything was recently to join a webex for work. I can work from home on my linux machine, I just run a container that has openconnect and xfreerdp on it, it launches and connects me to the VPN at work, then rdp's into my machine there. But on this particular occasion, I needed to have a webex and use the video. I used to be able to do this no problem, but I couldn't get it to work on my linux machine. It was really an issue with webex. It detected that I wasn't using an "approved" OS/Browser. I could even join their "test meeting" no problem, but couldn't get it to work with the one I was trying to join. So after a frantic 30 minutes, I just joined via phone. It was clearly due to some 'upgrade' on webex and not something on my side. So if I have to do that again, I will likely fire up that old windows machine just for that purpose.

  I have more games than time to play... I have Emulation Station installed, so I have MAME, Gameboy, Atari, and Super Nintendo to play. And quite a few games from Humble Bundles and Steam.

And I understand that some people may have some apps that they need Windows for, but unless you are a professional, I don't think Photoshop is one of them. Give GIMP a try. I understand if you spent the cash and are comfortable with Photoshop, but imagine not being tied to it.

Comment Re:Sanders, soon all Democrats, disagrees (Score 1) 202

That Fake News was form when they were trying to get Obama and Hillary elected. What has been dropping is the number of unemployed looking for jobs, once they gave up and stopped looking they no longer add to the unemployment rate...

You are talking about two different things. The definition of "unemployment rate" hasn't changed. It's not Fake News, it's called statistics, and they clearly define what they are measuring. Nothing fake about it. What is fake is people who make up things to push their position on something, and pretend they know what they are talking about. Like saying unemployment is something different than what it is. Saying people stopped looking for work is fine and may be true (no real stats to back that up though) - but saying the government is making up unemployment stats is patently false - or alternative facts, whichever term you prefer.

Comment As long as we have centralized, we'll have local.. (Score 2) 47

I too run a local email client.
In fact, I run pine (well, alpine). Yep, text based email.
Everyone I work with thinks I'm crazy. For me, it's what I need and I have used it for a long time.
For a few years back in the mid 2000s I ran Thunderbird, but it was still too heavy. And I couldn't get to my mail if I was elsewhere very easily.

I do have a few emails, and pull them into my local account with fetchmail. I can ssh in from work or elsewhere (even mobile) and check it. This means that I don't have to pull my mail into my work computer, or use webmail, which I really don't like. Attachments or URLs in an email are simple if I am at home, and can be a little problematic if I am remote. But it's a good tradeoff for blazing speed and simplicity. Archive off by month, I can grep my history quickly.

I know I am probably in a very remote few people who still use this, especially as my primary email. But I love it. Sorry Thunderbird.

Comment Re:Had to be said (Score 1) 202

Didn't see a post on it yet, but yet another Trump job creation victory! Seems like we'll be hearing a lot more like this in the coming four years.

I wonder what Trumps re-election prospects will be given a dramatic rise in jobs and economic growth is pretty much assured at this point, due to the administration before holding the economy down for so long... the geologic concept of elastic rebound applies here I think.

Say what?
The unemployment rate has been on a steady decline for the last 6 years. That was after we entered a recession (which, by the way, was caused by previous administrations) It is right about at pre-recession levels.

But don't let actual data stand in the way of your argument.

  And this announcement is just that - an announcement. A promise of jobs. By a company that markets people who sell an image, who do jobs that do nothing, for a premium price. If you don't mind, I'll just sit back and wait to see what happens.

Comment Re:Zuck off - perhaps... but... (Score 3, Insightful) 104

I know very little to anything about him. However, I think this entire story is such shit.

yes, he's a multi-billionaire and the CEO of a huge company.
All he did was post some information that was rattling around in his head - which EVERYONE seems to think is absolutely a necessary thing to do these days.
Then, he thought better of one sentence, and removed it.

And people lose their fucking minds and consider that to be NEWS worthy of reporting on. It's all asinine.

It's not important. It really isn't.

Comment Market distortions. (Score 1) 490

Thanks to rent control, I'm paying $300 per month less than market rate.

Market distortions can make it financially disastrous to move, as compared to staying in the same place.

Rent control is one.

Another is, for homeowners, is Proposition 13 in California (and similar laws in some other states). Think of it as "rent control on taxes", designed to keep the skyrocketing housing prices from driving people out of their homes:
  - Stay at the old place - get taxed on the price of the house when it was bought (or Prop 13 went into effect) plus a small inflation adjustment.
  - Sell it and buy a new house in CA (or the same state etc.) - get taxed on the new house's CURRENT price, plus a small inflation adjustment - forever forward. Then there's being taxed on the hyperinflated price of the house you sold as if it were a lump sum of income, unless you take the once-in-a-lifetime exemption or one of the other income tax rules for switching houses without being bankrupted. And the new mortgage is at the current rates, too, and on a much pricier home.

Moving used to be much less of a financial hit than it is now.

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