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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

ChristTrekker Re:Had to be done (148 comments)

equinox-project.org

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ChristTrekker Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

Couldn't agree more. I've said for some time that if you're not voting third party (at least considering the candidates based on their merits), you're not paying attention. We need to implement a Condorcet voting system, too. And proportional representation in one chamber of bicameral state legislatures would probably be a good idea.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ChristTrekker Re:If money equals speech then I'm entitled to mon (818 comments)

You have a right to speech, but you have to make your own speech. Just like you have to make your own money. Entitlements are not rights.

about 3 months ago
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Debian m68k Port Resurrected

ChristTrekker Re:Cool story, really.... (145 comments)

That's pretty cool. I was trying to port the pkgsrc framework to A/UX at one point. Nice to see lingering enthusiasm for A/UX out there. If you succeed, let me know, I'll update the FAQ.

about a year and a half ago
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Debian m68k Port Resurrected

ChristTrekker Re:Cool story, really.... (145 comments)

Ever heard of NetBSD? That and A/UX are the only *nixen I've ever run on my 68k Macs.

about a year and a half ago
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US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

ChristTrekker Re:All this effort, just to avoid the real problem (1306 comments)

Frankly, we can't worry about "political suicide" any more. The way we are spending, we are on the verge of actual national suicide. The Federal Reserve is talking about bankruptcy as a real possibility. Nationally and internationally, there are signs that faith in the dollar is waning fast. If the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency of choice, the US economy as we know it will go into a tailspin of hyperinflation. We're at the point where we have to cut, deeply, and across the board, or we'll see a depression that will make the 30s look mild by comparison.

more than 3 years ago
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US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

ChristTrekker Re:All this effort, just to avoid the real problem (1306 comments)

Why even look for specifics? Take the budget from 25 years ago, adjust all numbers for inflation, and use that. Presto!

But since you asked for specifics:

  • Pull all troops from Germany, Japan, Korea, and any other place we fought more than 10 years ago. It's time our allies protected themselves instead of relying on the US. Wonder why the US military budget is so big? Because nobody else pulls their weight.
  • Eliminate all farm subsidies.
  • Privatize Amtrak. What a waste of money. If it can't operate in the black, it's mismanaged and/or unnecessary.
  • Cut funding to PBS. The recent scandals, as well as the admissions they don't need federal funding, ought to be sufficient justification for this.
  • Axe the War on Drugs. Waste of time, money, and lives.
  • Cut the Dept of Education. Unconstitutional. Anything that is really needed, the states can do just fine.
  • Cut the TSA. Their incompetence knows no bounds.
  • Cut pension plans for Congress. Drop in the bucket, I know, but it's the principle of the thing.
  • Cut the IRS. Seriously. Do you know how much money is expended just to take in the tax revenue, with all the compliance monitoring that has to take place? Good grief! Enact a simple consumption tax, and BAM, you get instant savings, and much less potential for abuse by politicians. Plus getting back all the lost productivity in the private sector that was going toward record keeping and the filing process itself.
  • Cut the SSA and end Social Security. Fund existing obligations through sale of unconstitutionally held federal lands. (Do you realize something like of US land west of the Missouri River is owned by the FedGov? Insane.) Let people plan their own lives, because they have incentive to do it right. DC has squandered the money and made a thorough mess of it.

That's just the outright cuts I can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure there's plenty more, and still more that could be pared back and reorganized.

more than 3 years ago
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Hackers Respond To Help Wanted Ads With Malware

ChristTrekker Re:so HR will just open any file? or is a word mac (113 comments)

True. I've sent nicely formatted PDF resumes with tasteful fonts, and still get pestered for .doc files that will look like crap because they won't have my fonts and they probably run a different version of Word than I authored with. Very frustrating.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Employees Buy Their Own Computers?

ChristTrekker Re:Good for everybody but the IT guy? (498 comments)

5 year old pentium D with 2GB of RAM running XP [...] can't install IE9, which means HTML5 cannot be widely adopted until the majority of the business world installs Firefox.

Fixed that for you.

more than 3 years ago
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Causing Terror On the Cheap

ChristTrekker Re:Attitudes have changed over the years (448 comments)

During the era of IRA bombings, you kept a close eye on red-haired folks with Irish accents doing suspicious things like leaving luggage sitting about. Profiling of that type these days is not Politically Correct. We've legislated against common sense, hence we find it more palatable to frisk 85-year-old nuns and paraplegic veterans than actually single out members of groups that have committed 99.9% of the attacks against us.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ChristTrekker Re:Counterpoint (2058 comments)

The example in question could have been remedied easily. What should have happened in this case? FD could have said to homeowner, "You didn't pay your fee (insurance) this year. We will put out the fire, but you will be liable for full costs associated with this. Do you want us to proceed?" I think the FD was stupid for not handling it this way, but that's beside the point I was arguing.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ChristTrekker Re:Counterpoint (2058 comments)

Dude, if you are so petty as to ridicule me for not updating my signature (which has been the same for, oh, maybe six years now) then you need to get a life. And clean up your mouth while you're at it. You've reminded me why I started coming to Slashdot less and less several years ago. This isn't worth my time.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ChristTrekker Re:Counterpoint (2058 comments)

It's not about me "feeling better". Perfectly logical and rational on this end, thank you very much. Please don't project your stereotypes on me. There's simply nothing about my argument that requires that you have any additional information about me or my situation. Get it yet? That's the point. Liberty. I leave you free to deal responsibly with your own affairs, and you do the same for me. That's it, end of story. Nobody needs the details of the other's business. Hopefully you begin to understand soon.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ChristTrekker Re:Counterpoint (2058 comments)

I don't personally object to taxation to provide a fire department. (Though I also don't personally think privatization of the FD--which this case, an optional subscription/enrollment based service, is similar to--is a bad idea, either.) Narrowly, I was objecting to the OP's comment "Taxes are good, because they protect idiots like this one from themselves", which implied the purpose of taxation is to protect idiots from themselves. If that is the case, I want my money back, because I'm not an idiot.

More generally, I object to the larger premise as well. The purpose of government is not to protect anybody from themselves; the purpose of government is to protect the people's rights. I am vehemently against the notion that somebody else, somewhere else, who doesn't know me or my situation, can better determine my choices for me than I can for myself. Don't limit my freedom "for my own good". I don't need laws to tell me to buckle up, to wear a helmet, to buy health insurance, to buy fire insurance, not to smoke, etc etc ad nauseum! I can do the smart things on my own, and if I don't and get bitten by the consequences, I'll take responsibility for it!

The real problem, as I see it, is that nobody takes responsibility any more. Anybody with a decent moral compass can look at what they've bungled and say, "Yup, that's my fault," then, "How do I make it right?" or, "I guess I won't do that again." Morality is on the decline, and we've traded it for legality. We'll only admit culpability if it's legally required, after all the machinations and contortions and extensions fail to win a more favorable outcome. We want someone else to take the blame, someone else to pick up the tab. To do that, for every possible situation that might arise, requires an insanely complex set of rules. We call this the "legal system". To help us navigate it, we have more lawyers per capita than any society in history. We have waiting times to get into court that mock the right to a "speedy trial", bordering on unjust. Frivolous lawsuits clog the system, because people throw everything at the wall just to see what will stick. Nearly every law that's passed to limit some unjust action has overreach that will snag inoffensive actions as well. And then there are the laws that are passed because "it's a good idea". If it's so good, you shouldn't need a law to make people do it! That's how freedom is eroded.

William Penn said, "Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants." That's exactly what we're seeing. We've traded morality for legality, but legal doesn't make it right. "The system" is the tyrant, and it's of our own making.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ChristTrekker Re:Counterpoint (2058 comments)

That you are so sure you know what's best for me, even when you don't know a thing about me, indicates that you are a patronizing elitist. Go find a socialist country to reside in, where that kind of thing is appreciated.

Further, why should I answer questions if I don't want to? You don't need to understand me. You only need to leave me alone unless we mutually enter into a relationship or transaction. Don't force your will upon me, and I won't force mine on you. It's called liberty. That's what you need to understand. Since we'll all have differing ideas on what functions of gov't are beneficial to the general welfare, those functions should be limited to the smallest set we all agree on.

I'm not saying I should be exempted from a mound of regulations because of a "unique plight" of mine. I don't meekly submit an application asking if I may be allowed to use my rights. I'm saying the mound of regulations shouldn't exist at all, for anybody! That's why I don't feel obligated to open up any details to anybody.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ChristTrekker Re:Counterpoint (2058 comments)

Clarifying, I wasn't saying that taxes are only good for that. It was the GP that implied it, and I responded to that.

I do realize that there are tax-funded services that are necessary, but I would like the "nanny state" to be dismantled, and to keep that money in my own pocket so I can take care of myself. People need to be more self-reliant, and take their lumps when they screw up. No need to coddle adults, unless you want a society of perpetual children.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ChristTrekker Re:Counterpoint (2058 comments)

You don't know squat about me. What makes you think I need to be protected from myself?

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

ChristTrekker Re:Counterpoint (2058 comments)

I didn't say they were only good for that. There are, in fact, some legitimate gov't functions that are funded by taxation, and I do not object to those. But since "idiot protection" taxes are paid for by everyone and not only by the idiots who need that protection, I still want my money (and freedom) back. I do not need the gov't as my nanny.

more than 3 years ago

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Google: Evil as long as it aligns with the agenda

ChristTrekker ChristTrekker writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ChristTrekker (91442) writes "Apparently, Google doesn't mind being a little bit evil, as long as it fits a certain political alignment.

In the wake of the revelations about Obama's Social Security number and the questions raised by the report, that Google was suppressing access to information about the report, linking to completely unrelated stories when consumers would search for the issue on the site's news tab.

Now a similar search of the web portion of the site brought up several warnings. For a reference to the report at hunsbergers.net, another at cleanclock.com, and a third at ccweldingco.com – all just on the first page – Google warned "This site may harm your computer."

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Oregonian repeats the feat of Lawn Chair Larry

ChristTrekker ChristTrekker writes  |  about 7 years ago

ChristTrekker (91442) writes "The Bulletin of Bend, Oregon is reporting that 47-year-old Kent Couch has duplicated the stunt that made Larry Walters famous: flying to over 10,000 feet on a lawn chair with the help of helium balloons. Couch says he was inspired by a Mythbusters episode addressing the 1982 event."

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