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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

abe ferlman Re:Fuck Obamacare (721 comments)

Yeah but then again emergency car repair places don't have to fix your car at everyone else's expense if you show up at their door, so the distinction actually makes the case for the ACA. We're already paying for everyone to get health care, we're just doing it in about the dumbest way possible by waiting until they crawl into the ER willing to put themselves in debt forever.

about a week ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

abe ferlman Re:No... (627 comments)

That's a terrible analogy. It makes you a bad programmer in the same way that using a CD Player makes you a bad violinist.

about 2 months ago

Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

abe ferlman immature (79 comments)

I tried installing it in Ubuntu 13.10. Segfaulted on the first file I tried to import and complained about not being able to find video/x-surface decoder on the second. I have all the gstreamer good/bad/ugly plugins installed. I know free video editors routinely have problems but this certainly can't be the most mature.

about 2 months ago

The Ridiculous Tech Fees You're Still Paying

abe ferlman Re:Economics 101 (318 comments)

This. Specifically, business travelers can get reimbursed for their internet much of the time, so they're less likely to balk at the fee. Moreover, business travelers often have little choice in where to stay (conference hotel, etc.) and so aren't going to pick a different hotel for the free wifi even if they'd prefer it.

about 6 months ago

Python Family Gets a Triplet Of Updates

abe ferlman Re:2.7.4 (196 comments)

Wake me up when they bring 2.x style print back. Taking away convenience features is not the way to encourage adoption, if anything they should add more.

1 year,10 days

Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains

abe ferlman Re:Troll? (295 comments)

Yes, we all pine for the days when posters could disagree reasonably about how hot the grits should be that Natalie Portman should be slathered in.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

abe ferlman Re:no love for mutt? (464 comments)

I still use Alpine (free/libre version of PINE). I hope I never have to give it up. So fast, so clean, so configurable.

about a year ago

Interview With TSA Screener Reveals 'Fatal Flaws'

abe ferlman Re:Firing in US (582 comments)

The minimum wage is loosely indexed in fits and starts around the poverty line, that is, the average minimum acceptable cost of maintaining a household. The minimum wage is only a problem if you think people would work for less, and if they'd work for less poverty and all its associated ills would become a worse problem. Arguably, the minimum wage probably has only survived as long as it has because it actually *protects* the economic order by keeping the poor from getting too poor and rioting in the streets.

about 2 years ago

Interview With TSA Screener Reveals 'Fatal Flaws'

abe ferlman Re:Firing in US (582 comments)

Yes, who could forget when hundreds of thousands of professionals, all wearing their big-boy pants, marched on Washington and demanded the right to be fired for no reason. Corporate bigwigs, reluctant to let their little darlings flee the coop, were nevertheless powerless to stop this people-powered onslaught, and they shed a collective tear as they realized that the American Worker was all grown up now and ready to go out and start making minimum wage.

The minimum wage is next! Power to the grown-ups!

about 2 years ago

The State of the Diablo 3 Beta (Two Videos)

abe ferlman Re:Yeah but does it work on Linux? (237 comments)

Corporate/private patronage and episodic content releases based on player prepayments could solve this problem. It's true the industry would be different and possibly smaller, but not gone. Someone would find a way to make money even if software was free, and the public domain would greatly benefit.

about 2 years ago

European Parliament Blocks Copyright Reform With 113% Voter Turnout

abe ferlman Re:Whoops (297 comments)

You guys have it all wrong. On matters relating to the music and video industries, duplicate votes are worth exactly as many as the originals.

more than 2 years ago

Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

abe ferlman Re:I am not worried about it (1367 comments)

> ... Before 0?

Good bit colder than it is now. In the sea of Galilee there are sunken cruiseliner with iceberg-sized holes in their hulls.

> ... Before 300 B.C.?

LOTS colder than it is now. The story about the nose of the sphinx being used for target practice are well known, but the story about its earmuffs being used for mortar target calibration are not nearly so well known.

> ... Before 1800 B.C. ?

Wooly Mammoths would huddle for warmth with carnivorous dinosaurs in crowded caves. Titanic ice sculptures of ancient swans dotted the landscape, carved by the frost titans before they left the quickly warming earth for Jotunheim.

more than 2 years ago

5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons Announced

abe ferlman Re:exponential version growth (309 comments)

I wanted to start a 1ed game but we couldn't find enough player's handbooks, and ebay wanted too much. I understand they used to sell pdf's of the 1ed books but that practice must have let too many people enjoy the game without buying new books every year because they are no longer available.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft To Offer Flight For Free This Spring

abe ferlman Crude Humor and Mild Violence (241 comments)

It's probably the inflatable auto-pilot and the nun with the baseball bat.

more than 2 years ago

Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops

abe ferlman Re:I wish there were a law (983 comments)

If you can figure out how to make this part of a real legislator's platform I will be amazed. There's not too many who want to make life harder for the police, civil liberties be damned. Maybe someone from Rodney King's district.

more than 2 years ago

Developer Blames Apple For Ruining eBook Business

abe ferlman Re:Business 101 (660 comments)

The problem with your analogy is that it ignores the fact that Apple is a walled garden. A better analogy is: you made a deal to sell shoes in Wal-Mart, and now they've decided to charge you an amount that happens to be your profit margin for shelf space while they introduce their store brand alongside them.

The problem is that the idevices are, if not a monopoly, effectively the only game in town. Good luck getting the courts to fix that. Eventually they'll squeeze too tight and there will be a killer app you can only get on android or some other future competitor device, but who knows when or what. Probably after Steve Jobs steps down someday in the distant future, they've gotten pretty good at this.

more than 2 years ago

Groupon Deal Costs Photographer a Year's Free Work

abe ferlman Re:42% would not repeat (209 comments)

There's a good chance that a lot of those 42% won't repeat because they only needed to drum up initial publicity once. Having done it, they don't need to do it again.

more than 2 years ago

Is Sugar Toxic?

abe ferlman Re:This is not the logic you are looking for (1017 comments)

They banned smoking in bars and restaurants around here, and maybe all those people are smoking other places, but my shirt doesn't smell like smoke any longer. I find it very hard to believe that consumption hasn't gone down, and maybe some people have quit/not started who otherwise would be smoking today. I'm sure not getting any second hand anymore and I love it.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering

abe ferlman Do Any US Carriers Allow Tethering? (513 comments)

I'd really like to know if any US carriers allow tethering without ridiculous additional fees. I use very little data, but occasionally need to use my laptop for a task (usually connecting somewhere via ssh) that would be inconvenient on an iphone, and since I "upgraded" to 4.x I can't tether anymore. It's kind of ironic that I probably use less than 1/2GB data per month, but because I want to use it in a way that's convenient for me they want to charge me double for no additional work on their end.

more than 2 years ago

Nook Color Rooted — Will B&N Embrace the Tablet?

abe ferlman Re:Reaction (181 comments)

Laws against slavery restrict the free market too. The free market is not an unmitigated good.

more than 3 years ago



Windows Update Forces Anchors to Parking Lot

abe ferlman abe ferlman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

abe ferlman writes "Pittsburgh TV Station WPXI built a shiny new newsroom, but on their ribbon-cutting weekend their broadcast was forced out into the parking lot due to a Windows Update glitch. Reporters read the news off dead-tree media in front of a chain link fence while they waited for the update to finish."



Hm, this is new...

abe ferlman abe ferlman writes  |  more than 12 years ago

interesting... I wonder if there's an easy way to retrieve the contents of one's journal?

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