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Comment Re: Nice. (Score 3, Interesting) 154

I live in a smallish town in Saskatchewan, Canada. All of the small shops closed up shortly after Walmart moved in 17ish years ago. I find Amazon to be the lesser of the two evils in this situation. Plus Amazon has a much bigger selection than the local Walmart, and I'm not really willing to drive an hour away to buy stuff in the next town over unless I desperately need something that day.

With that said, I do my best to support the local businesses I can. I buy meat from the local butcher, eggs and other produce from local farmers market, go to the smaller independent grocery store over the big box chain, pet food and supplies from the local pet store, etc.

Comment Re:Backported to 2.6? (Score 1) 89

The problem is all of the mainstream distributions have made systemd a requirement.

So some users are opting to stick with older releases to avoid systemd, and that means losing out on new kernel features.

As I mentioned in my other comment, some distributions do not require systemd, and still offer modern kernels.

Comment Re: Backported to 2.6? (Score 4, Informative) 89

Running 4.9 on 4 physical machines in my home. And also running 4.9 on over a dozen VMs in a datacenter without systemd.

There are a few distributions that don't push it down your throat. There are even a few others that offer (optional) alternative kernels and init systems.

Personally I use funtoo.

Take a look at for more.

Comment Re:Remote workers (Score 1) 158

I'm self employed and work from my home office.

I set my own hours and basically do whatever I want so long as the clients are happy.

Generally my week days goes like so:
- 7:00am get up, shower, get myself ready
- 7:45am get the kids up, check sons blood-glucose, administer meal time insulin, feed kids breakfast, get them ready for school
- 8:40am take the kids to school
- 9:00am sit down at my desk, work or play on computer (depending on workload and mood)
- 11:30am go pick up my daughter, check my sons blood-glucose and administer lunch time insulin
- 12:00 noon lunch for myself and my daughter, my son stays at school
- 1:00pm-ish get back to my desk, my daughter will possibly bother me all afternoon. Some days she leaves me alone
- 3:30pm pick up my son from school, begin planning supper
- 5:00pm-6:00pm cook supper, check sons blood glucose, administer meal time insulin, feed kids
- 8:00pm check sons blood-glucose, administer basal insulin, bedtime for both kids
- 8:30pm after kids finally in bed, sleeping, go back to office and work some more, sometimes I'll sit in the living room and put on Netflix in the background and use the laptop to casually work on something, or muck about on the web.
- 2:00am-4:00am go to bed

My wife's work schedule is all over the place, but she's in there too depending if she works or not, or what shift she's stuck with. If she's home during the day I'll spend time with her in the morning instead of work if I can get away with it. I'll forward my office phone to my cell if we leave the house.

Weekends are a free for all. I'll squeeze in some work if it needs to get done.

Comment Re: If the *.AA think it's bad (Score 2) 134

Serious question:

Did he really believe he would be able to write stuff that people will /want/, and make a living at it?

That's the problem with creating anything. People have to want to buy it. Whether it be books, movies, tv shows, beer or basically anything else.

Personally I'm pretty picky about what I spend my money on. I pay for Netflix because it's convenient. I buy the odd movie here and there if I like it. Maybe twice a year if there is something really good in the theatre's I will take my wife or my family.

Never once have I paid for a book. Never once have I been compelled to buy a book. Never once have I pirated an book or ebook, as there is simply WAY TOO MUCH legal free content online that I enjoy reading.

Books are a dying medium, and believing you'll be able to put bread on a table by simply writing an ebook is asinine. Too much free and paid content around, he'll get lost in the ocean.

If his work is truely good, he'll partner up with a publisher and get a big fat advance and residual income from sales down the road.

One of my clients, and fairly good friends, is a writer. She writes for the Young Adult Genre (read: tween romance), and wrote a trilogy that has done quite well. She wrote the first one, and they gave her an advance to live on while she wrote the remaining two. The third one was just published last month, and she's already earning from the first two.

Self publishing in digital formats is not going to get you bread on the table unless you already have a following.

The alternative is write for the love of writing, and publish it for free. If it catches on, ask for donations and maybe you will be able to ask for money for later works some day.

Sorry, but this is the sad truth in the book business.

Comment Re: Question about Canada and "media tax" (Score 3, Informative) 134

There are levies on certain devices, and recordable media (writable CDs), now-a-days dubbed as the "ipod tax".

It only covers personal use, technically. Sharing content while making a profit is still illegal (eg. File sharing site with ads on it), and punishable with hefty fines and possible jail time.

Sharing with friends and family is a grey area, and generally regarded as safe to do.

Basicslly as long you're only downloading for personal use, there is nothing the media corps can do about it. If you seed back into the torrent swarm, however, it gets a little muddier, as technically you are contributing to sharing the content.

Android based TV boxes that use illegal streams (usually from China) are rampant around here, though, as technically there is no uploading or contributing back to the "illegal" sharing of content, so they are generally accepted as legal by the public.

Lots of gotcha's but all in all generally regarded as legal, fair use of content.

There is no additional taxes or levies on internet connections that I am aware of.

Comment Re:(3)... (Score 2) 79

... or use an e-mail client (desktop, mobile) instead of their web based mail client? I'm not sure if Outlook supports plain old IMAP and SMTP, though.

Back when I used Gmail for a brief period, that's what I did.

Now I pay for e-mail through a service provider... though I'm working towards putting together an e-mail cluster of my own.

Comment Re:just another slashvertisement (Score 1) 79

No mention of how much storage space. Doesn't clarify if you have to pay the fee for each mailbox on a custom domain or if that yearly fee gives you all 5 mailboxes. No real information anywhere.

I did read in the comments below the article that if you buy a domain through them, Microsoft owns it and you can not transfer it out.

Comment Re: moving all the time is dumb (Score 1) 490

I would buy if I could. I am 28 years old, married, with two school aged children.

Here in Canada they keep making it more and more difficult for first time buyers. They took away 30 year mortgages, they raised interest rates, they increased the mortgage qualification bar for first time buyers.

I'm also self employed. Apparently that looks bad on an application, because I can't "guarantee" my income will continue at the level it's at. Despite providing financial records from the past 3 years that show a steady growth. It is an absolute bullshit excuse, because no job is ever guaranteed.

By being self employed, I have control over my future. I decide how much money I pay myself. I decide if my business continues, or if it fails in how I manage it. If I worked for someone else, my future would be in the hands of my employer. I've worked for 2 companies in the past that went under due to mismanagement. Businesses fail, whether they are mine or not.

So now here I am paying $1200/mo in rent for a house that if I could have qualified for the mortgage (this exact house was on the market when I was trying to buy), I'd be paying less than I am currently and building up my own equity. I pay all of my own utilities (power, heat, water/sewer, garbage/recycling collection), so its not like the landlord is doing me any favours.

We can clearly afford it, as we're not struggling in any way. The banks said no, but the guy that bought this house is a serial purchaser, turns around and rents out to make a profit and builds up his equity on my dollar.

It's a messed up system. Because those who buy to rent out make a profit, and the young families miss out on opportunities, and are forced to pay more by renting.

On the other hand, we already decided we're going to move across the country when the lease is up. Mostly because we've lived here most of our lives and are ready to experience somewhere new, but also because we're not tied down, and some other unrelated reasons.

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