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UN Considering Control of the Internet

Publikwerks Sure, UN, Sure (402 comments)

The UN can't get pisspot dictators to stop comitting genocide, does it REALLY think it's going to be able to do anything with really powerful nations? Especially with the US, we don't want to give up control. So the UN thinks it can force the US to do so?

more than 3 years ago

A Peace Plan To End the Flash-On-iPhone Fight

Publikwerks Re:Apple Plan (495 comments)

Pop quiz, hotshot.
Do you have to buy a Microsoft Developer licnese to wirte code for Windows Machines?
You pay for the license to use their tools.

DO you have to pay Microsoft to release software for Windows?

Do you have to submit your program for approval before you can sell your program?

more than 4 years ago

The Laidoff Ninja

Publikwerks Re:From the article (237 comments)

Well, that depends on how you define stealing. One of the oldest sets of laws, the Old Testament, says that your allowed to go into a field and eat as long as you don't take any home or store it. Even the harsh dictates of the Old Testament yields to the fact that allowing your neighbor to starve is a far greater wrong than taking without asking.

more than 4 years ago

What Advice For a Single Parent As Server Admin?

Publikwerks Re:Holy shit (618 comments)

A $100 laptop will check email/surf the web fine. You can pick up a P4 laptop on ebay for around $100, and if your looking to set up a computer room on the cheap, they would work.

more than 4 years ago

After Discovery's Launch, What's Left For the Shuttle?

Publikwerks Re:Reduce the debt via... (150 comments)

A+++, fast shipment! Would buy again

more than 4 years ago

A Public Funded "Microsoft Shop?"

Publikwerks Re:hmm... (490 comments)

My company is becoming an MS only shop, and for good reason. By grabbing whatever the flavor of the month is, you ensure that your going to have all sorts of issues with compatibility. Additionally, you then have to maintain personnel with skills to service these different platforms. We randomly discover tools that were developed by someone using the flavor of the month that no one knows how to use, so then we have to start from scratch. By going to MS only, you can cover most(if not all) of your bases while only requiring one skillset to maintain them.

That alone will make up for any licensing fees.

more than 4 years ago

Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

Publikwerks Re:Step 1. (1197 comments)

Nahh, your screwed either way.

I worked for a large corporation. Not huge, but large enough to find shortcuts to covering employees. Instead of having insurance, they acted as the insurer and had Aetna act as a "manager" of the plan. Not only was this cheaper for them, they got out of all the regulations governing insurance. I had a kid, and they denied coverage because he wasn't a member at the time of his receiving care. But, I couldn't make him a member without a birthdate, so I fought with them for months. They I got canned, and lost access to mechanism to continuing fighting.

Long story short: State bureau of insurance couldn't do anything. Hospital hit me with $5,000 in bills, and the corporation probably got a tax write off.

I used to be capitalist until I saw capitalism in action.

more than 4 years ago

The Worst Apple Products of All Time

Publikwerks Re:What, no iPad? (469 comments)

How about the sanity not to overreact to a first post? And I don't think the criticism is unwarranted, based on what has been demonstrated by Apple.

more than 4 years ago

Space Shuttle Spy Gets 15 Years

Publikwerks Re:15 years? (402 comments)

He is a naturalized US citizen according to bloomberg

more than 4 years ago

Space Shuttle Spy Gets 15 Years

Publikwerks Re:If only... (402 comments)

Once they figure out how to stop him from breating, I'm sure they will

more than 4 years ago

A Reflection On Sun Executive Payouts For Failure

Publikwerks Re:How Companies Work (316 comments)

I disagree with the form/function of the Government. I think it follows exactly the same for as a corporation. As the stakeholders, politicians have to pretend to be working for us. But they are just like the two tiers of managers. They are always looking out for themselves and looking to advance to the next level.
Tell me the last time a politician voted on something they saw as political suicide?
And as for the motivations of us little people, I think a more accurate description is that we are too busy avoiding getting crushed by corporations and the government to act proactively for change most of the time. Besides, if we had the power to control our own fate, we would just give it back as we are too short sighted to handle it

more than 4 years ago

Obama Budget To Triple Nuclear Power Loan Guarantees

Publikwerks Re:what about (373 comments)

First off, wind power is a great supplement, not a replacement. It suffers from too much variability to be a reliable power source, and therefore replace fossil fuels. Yes, the issue of disposal of waste is tricky. But regardless of building new plants, we need a solution. And at least with nuclear power, the pollution is contained. With coal, everyone downwind gets to reap the benefits, including the radiation. As for your road tax solution, who cares if we pay it with income taxes or fuel taxes? Everyone uses and benefits from the roads. Even if you don't drive a car, everything you consume and buy is transported on roads. Sorry, but one of the keys to civilization is roads, and even if you don't use them, you benefit from them.

more than 4 years ago

Membrane That Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen

Publikwerks Re:Usefulness of touchscreens is overrated. (111 comments)

Used to support lotto machines(i.e. Powerball) that used touch screens. It would throw the calibration off if foreign matter such as crumbs or whatnot would get into the crack where the bevel would meet the screen. Like just about everything in life, if it is taken care off, it works great. Otherwise, it goes haywire

more than 4 years ago

Woz Cites "Scary" Prius Acceleration Software Problem

Publikwerks Re:Typical Customer Service Department attitude (749 comments)

Ummm, no.
Serious, your advice is to grow a pair? Well, instead of trying on giving me relationship advice(since I'm married, and I'm guessing your single), maybe you should focus on:
1.Woz breaking his Prius
2.My misuse of ratios
3.Ninjas vs Pirates

more than 4 years ago

Woz Cites "Scary" Prius Acceleration Software Problem

Publikwerks Re:Typical Customer Service Department attitude (749 comments)

Yes I did. I have no doubt, however, that I will be continued to be corrected throughout this thread. It is my destiny, and I can accept that.

more than 4 years ago

Woz Cites "Scary" Prius Acceleration Software Problem

Publikwerks Re:Typical Customer Service Department attitude (749 comments)

Yes, but as someone who worked in customer service, the problem is that the ratio of users who know what their talking about vs those who THINK they know what their talking about is approx. 1,000,000 to 1.

more than 4 years ago


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