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Comment Re:Broken Windows Policing (Score 1) 191

There should be no laws criminalizing mere possession of any substance intended for consumption, in a society that respects bodily autonomy, period. Possession with intent to distribute, and especially for commercial purposes, is another matter.

Prostitution is involuntarily precisely because it's illegal in and of itself - since prostitutes cannot resort to police and courts to have the same protection from the society as other occupations. In countries which have properly legalized that industry, like New Zealand, the pimp problem has diminished significantly, because prostitutes can now just report anyone attempting to pimp to police, without fear for themselves. I would strongly recommend studying NZ experience with prostitution in general, and comparing it to Sweden (where the "ban it and crack down on it" model has been followed for a long time).

Comment Things have changes (Score 1) 509

IMO, the big difference between now and, say, 10 years ago, is that the gap between "real DEs" like KDE and Gnome, and "back to the basics" minimalist DEs and WMs (Openbox etc) has been filled. It used to be that you had to pick between "it just works" - but with all the bells and whistles, too - and hand-editing config files.

Now, though, there's Xfce, LXDE, and even, to some extent, MATE, to fill the it's-not-fancy-but-it-works niche. Xfce in particular is really nice - I would say that feature-wise, it's about where Gnome 2 was (which is a sweet spot for many), except with fewer bundled stock apps, and more configurability with more sensible defaults. So if you just want to get work done, and want a traditional desktop environment, it gives you that with minimal overhead, compared to Gnome and KDE.

Comment Re:konqueror best filemanager (Score 2) 509

But Finder vs. Windows File Explorer vs. Thunar vs. Nautilus? I'd be curious if anyone can show that the choice has any measurable impact on productivity. It seems to me purely a matter of taste.

Here's what you can do in Dolphin and Konqueror versus all the rest:

There's a guy up there in the thread that is very happy with mc. Mc is visually identifiable at a glance because it has 2 panes and a command line. There is a profile that re-creates mc in Dolphin and Konq, which you cannot do in other file managers because they can't do panes.

Why do this in Dolphin or Konq instead of just running mc in a terminal? Because you can drag-and-drop from/to Dolphin and Konq to other programs.

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Comment Re: Not quite... (Score 1) 220

The point being that windmills have been a fixture on the island itself for going on 40 years /at a minimum./

It doesn't matter if the eggbeater type sucks or not. Windmills have been in use and we have a so-called resident of Adrian Block's island who has his frilly panties and his delicate sensibilities in a twist about them.

He should GTFO the island if that's the case.

BTW, the island makes its money exclusively on tourism and it's likely that he thinks that this is going to affect the tourism negatively. Windmill farms in other parts of the world have shown this o not be the case.

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BMO

Comment Re:Not quite... (Score 2, Funny) 220

You're bitching that you can fucking see the windmills?

As a former resident of RI who still loves the damn state for all its political and economic faults and the goddamned provincial attitudes and is a former member of the 294/295 telephone exchange:

You, and everyone like you in RI is everything that is wrong with Rhode Island.

Go. Fuck. Yourself. From. Point. Judith. All. The. Way. Across. The. Sound. To. New. Shoreham. And. Then. Fuck. Off. Some. More. Hopefully. Out. To. Sea. Forever.

tl;dr:

Fuck You.

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BMO

Comment Re:Bash is outdated (Score 2) 396

That's why we have zsh and fizsh with syntax highlighting and all that fun stuff and other interpreters like tcl.

I've used powershell. It's the first thing I install on a Windows system if it's not already there.

It's fucking awful. The only useful thing about it is that the two letter unix commands are aliased, so I don't get a dumb error when I type ls.

The syntax of powershell is un-fucking-readable. You can type it with tab completion and aliases, but man, Looking.At.AlltheObjects.LabeledThis.Way for more than 15 minutes makes my eyes bleed.

Microsoft /could/ put REXX (or tcl!) in as a system scripting language, but since that makes too much sense, they'll never do it. They could do a lot of things that make sense, but we're talking about Microsoft here.

Pfui on PS.

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BMO

Comment Re:Canadian Border Guards... (Score 1) 276

The "whom are you visiting" and "where you're staying" questions are run of the mill when visiting another country. A foreigner visiting US will often hear the same. Which is why, when you actually are visiting someone, it's common to ask them to write an invitation letter in advance detailing all this - usually makes it much faster when you show it.

Comment Re:What, never? No: never. [Re:Plucky underdog] (Score 1) 285

I actually meant the opposite of what you think I intended. When you look at turnout of his supporters, it was dismal. All that "enthusiasm" was wasted on rallies and such, and if those people have actually showed to vote with the same enthusiasm, he would have the numbers he needed to make it much more competitive. But, as usual, millennials under-performed when it came to doing rather than talking in politics.

Comment Re: And when Trump says the same thing, it's an ou (Score 1) 217

"Step 4: Recruit group of persons who are willing to accept cash and keep their mouths shut to get driven around all day and be told who to vote for."

HAH! Unlikely!

"Three people may keep a secret if two are dead" - Benny Franklin.

People talk. They love to talk and tell stories. They hate being told to shut up, even for money. It usually has to be a lot of money for them to shut up, especially when it comes to a federal crime and they are spotted. They will roll over on you and your scheme to stay out of jail.

$SUFFICIENTBRIBE == At least minimum wage for 24/7 behind bars for a year or two, plus extra for damage to reputation and future earning loss. And you have to /trust/ every last one of these people to keep their word.

Suddenly your "bus full of voter fraud" becomes very expensive, and you're better off just hiring more canvassers.

Voter fraud doesn't happen because it's too much work for the results and the penalty for being caught at it is too high for the risk. Electoral fraud, however, is fucking rampant. Various idiots like to conflate voter fraud with electoral fraud, most likely because "their side" is the side that does the electoral fraud and project on the other side voter fraud.

Why the public just goes along with electronic voting with no paper trail? I don't fucking know. It's not like this hasn't been talked about for the last 20 years, since the introduction of electronic voting machines.

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Comment Re:not what i expect (Score 1) 394

Now you're switching goalposts - "top cause of repairs" is very, very different from "top complaint".

I know quite a lot of people who use smartphones - not techies, just your regular casual users. Do you know how many of them have ever complained about their phone dying due to exposure to water? Zero. But they do complain about plenty of other stuff, mostly software.

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