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Comment Re:Funny humanity (Score 1) 105

The whole Dark Matter thing was based on the presumption that there is NO WAY that WE can't see it.

Not at all. The whole dark matter thing was based on the presumption that there is mass that we can't see and this matter that we can't see was called "dark matter".

Others may have read more into it, but the name itself betrays the real, original intent behind describing this matter that we can't see or identify.

Comment Re:It is better to not be all things (Score 1) 93

A browser cell phone doesn't need to be a calculator, a word processor, a typing instructor, a device manager, etc.

A browser/cell phone/Desktop Environment/etc doesn't need to be anything but what people want it to be. I want my cell phone to be a calculator, word processor, typing instructor, etc. And I'm perfectly happy with my browser extensions that share screens and do other stuff that is useful.

People don't buy minimalism, they buy features.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 412

What you're saying is that voting disenfranchises people and removes their ability to exercise self-determination if they either lose, or don't vote.

If the implications of a vote have such broad reaching implications as to change the course of history, to impoverish people or to make people rich, then the system is wrong: it is a system designed to increase inequity, as power always begets power. Yes, democracy increases inequity.

And, to wit, you can't fix a system by being a part of the system, particularly not a dichotomy like our political system. That isn't how the money and vote brokering works. Sorry: you become a part of he system by being a part of the system. It's already happened with Johnson - he's "sold out" the libertarian party, significantly - and it will happen further.

Comment Re:Too Bad He's Shown His True Colors (Score 1) 412

Wrong.

The Dept. of the Treasury can not be eliminated, as it was founded on direction from the Constitution.

The IRS itself, didn't exist until the Civil War (and that should be a very big clue to you as to how legal it is).

The Revenue Act of 1862. Look it up. It's the sole basis for the IRS, and it was unconstitutional as the Constitution REQUIRES taxation to be uniform - which the tax code has never been.

Comment Re:Oh hell no (Score 2) 216

Describing them as "death traps" is hardly fair. In truth, they are approximately as safe as driving a car. A certificated aircraft flying in VFR conditions has a death rate per hour of flight a little less than twice the death rate per hour of driving a car, and a death rate per mile of flight slightly better a car. This makes sense; they go significantly faster than a car.

And that compares a fleet of aircraft with an average age of 30 years or more, to cars with an average age of perhaps 5 years. And even on newer aircraft, very little has been changed in the last 30 years except perhaps instrumentation.

Comment Re:Does the submitter even read Slashdot? (Score 1) 982

Windows 10 wrests control away from the user in ways that are unacceptable. I cannot compromise on these things. I will not use Windows 10.

I wonder how many people reading this have no qualms about using an Android phone with "Google Now" that do essentially all of these "telemetry" things and much more.

Comment The end of the modern era (Score 1) 203

This is the beginning of the end of the modern era.

It was modern medicine - antibiotics, mainly - which allowed the advances which make modern life possible. Things like space flight, or even high capacity public transit, become untenable when the possibility of fatal bacterial strains being spread in the public: people will shun crowded, filthy public transit for fear of contracting something.

And just forget about manned space flight.

Comment Re:White Noise (Score 1) 130

Virtualized platforms also have a hard time with entropy, as their hardware is emulated.

There are several daemons you can use, eg. haveged or randomsound, or entropyd. You can also use network broadcast traffic to seed entropy (can't recall how at the moment), and various other sources. What's needed, I think, is a means to source all of these to generate entropy so this becomes less of a problem.

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