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Comment Re:Techie Republicans why (Score 1) 113

Right. But for some reason, older politicians view 'on the Internet' as some exotic and alien phenomenon. They think that because emails are sent 'over the Intertubes' that they don't deserve the same protections that a letter written longhand and sent via the USPS does. Younger people who grew up around these modern technologies experience them as daily realities, and therefore no different from older forms of communication. That was my point.

Comment Re:SWATing needs serious consequences (Score 1) 208

Agreed. Those with a legitimate use-case for spoofing (LEO's, PI's, skip-tracers, &c.) should be required to obtain and maintain a licence to use spoofing. In no way, shape, or form should the general public be allowed to spoof phone numbers. Anyone who spoofs illicitly should be charged federally with wire fraud and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That would cut down on this bullshit.

Comment Re:That's why I pay to recycle monitors (Score 1) 274

Do you know how much CO2 is generated to make concrete

How much CO2 is generated mining ore to retrieve lead and other metals present in a CRT, or drilling and refining the petroleum to make virgin plastic, as opposed to reusing what has already been extracted from the earth? This is to say nothing of turning a patch of land into a lunar landscape after the mining company has moved elsewhere.

Comment Re:Techie Republicans why (Score 3, Insightful) 113

I think that as more 'digital natives' run for political office, this will improve. In the Senate at least, many of the members are older and have probably never sent an email in their lives. As those people die off and get replaced, people who are more comfortable with modern technology will fill the vacancies. I doubt Orrin Hatch, for example, knows how to operate anything more complicated than an IBM Selectric -- even then, he'd have some gal type up his documents and fetch his coffee for him, too.

Comment Re:This is needed (Score 2) 164

Bullshit. I have a 2005-vintage Pentium D box with 1GB of RAM running the latest copy of Linux Mint (xfce as desktop environment) and it absolutely flies. Granted, as a NetBurst machine it consumes quite a bit of power and serves as a pretty effective space-heater, but try running anything newer than Windows XP on such hardware -- I bet the fucking thing would take at least five minutes to boot to a barely usable desktop. However, with Linux on there, I can actually do some productive work on it if I so choose, and have the benefit of a recent OS release with modern features and security.

Comment NO. (Score 1) 449

When I was a young kid (early- to mid-1980's), computing filled me with a sense of wonder and awe. It seemed like a wide-open frontier, with infinite delights to discover. The field has become so brazenly commercial and profit-driven, with few if any genuine life-changing applications (as opposed to a trivial and frivolous kabuki theatre of bread-and-circuses 'apps') that I now look upon it as a way to pay the bills and not much more. I keep waiting for something to reignite the fire in my belly, so far in vain. I am coming more and more to the conclusion that my choosing computers as a hobby was merely arbitrary, and that the sense of wonder and awe is unique to childhood and something that can never be recaptured for the rest of my life. :(

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