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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

DeathPenguin Re:Simple solution (2247 comments)

...as opposed to the complex solutions we have now that are also wrong :-P

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

DeathPenguin Re:In other words, we should give up. (2247 comments)

Actually, Ron Paul is *the* strongest advocate of any candidate D or R for cutting military budget. He is also the strongest proponent of bringing a swift end to middle east occupation and closing many bases in the over countries we have 'em in.

Search for Ron Paul's response on defense spending during the Oct. 18 debate in Las Vegas. Or, check out http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/national-defense/ :
Today, however, hundreds of thousands of our fighting men and women have been stretched thin all across the globe in over 135 countries – often without a clear mission, any sense of what defines victory, or the knowledge of when they’ll be permanently reunited with their families.

Acting as the world’s policeman and nation-building weakens our country, puts our troops in harm’s way, and sends precious resources to other nations in the midst of an historic economic crisis.

Taxpayers are forced to spend billions of dollars each year to protect the borders of other countries, while Washington refuses to deal with our own border security needs.

more than 2 years ago
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Get Speed-Booting with an Open BIOS

DeathPenguin Re:Why not EFI? (235 comments)

EFI is a specification, not an implementation, where the core pieces are still controlled (And _never_ opened up) by vendors and is usually still a big wad of real mode assembly that nobody wants to touch. There is no 100% open-source EFI-compliant BIOS implementation. The specification alone for EFI is over 1,000 pages.

To top it all off, to even begin development on stuff like Tianocore you need to agree to draconian licensing terms such as: "You acknowledge and agree that You will not, directly or indirectly: (i) reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the underlying source code or underlying ideas or algorithms of the Software; (ii) modify, translate, or create derivative works based on the Software; (iii) rent, lease, distribute, sell, resell or assign, or otherwise transfer rights to the Software; or (iv) remove any proprietary notices in the Software." ( https://www.tianocore.org/nonav/servlets/LegalNotices?type=TermsOfService ).

So I guess your question is sort of like asking why people don't like to use proprietary drivers, even though there are some out there that work very well. The nice thing about Macs is that Apple seems to have went out of their way to make EFI invisible to the user. I don't trust that this will happen on most other pieces of hardware. The BIOS belongs out of the way, IMHO.

more than 6 years ago

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Google Demonstrates 5s cold-boot using Coreboot at IDF

DeathPenguin DeathPenguin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DeathPenguin writes "Google recently demonstrated an upcoming Chromebook at IDF which is getting closer to the ever-elusive promise of instant-on functionality. The video demonstrates amazingly fast ~5s cold boot to login prompt time using Coreboot, a fully open-source x86 firmware implementation, without using suspend or hibernate tricks. The Coreboot portion takes roughly 650ms, the remainder is Linux kernel, system services, and X. Additionally, all stages of boot are verified for integrity to prevent malware and rollback attacks.

This follows the check-in of thousands of lines of Intel Sandy Bridge and and Panther Point support code to the Coreboot code repository."

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GOP Witnesses Power of On-Line Campaigning

DeathPenguin DeathPenguin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DeathPenguin (449875) writes "GOP underdog Ron Paul awed supporters and opponents alike on November 5th with by far the most successful mass donation drive of this election cycle racking up a total of $3.8M in a single day — and the number keeps growing. With a campaign largely powered by bloggers, Youtubers, websites such as http://www.thisnovember5th.com/ and other on-line activists, the 72-year old pro-small-government congressman and former career doctor continues to bring in much needed funding and support in the face of much better funded rivals. Could this large amount of cash indicate a large disconnect between mainstream media's polling numbers and actual support for Dr. Paul?

The most successful day still belongs to John Kerry who raised $5.7 million the day he accepted the Democratic nomination. Also, check out http://www.ronpaulgraphs.com/ to track the Paul campaign's fundraising progress throughout the year."

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