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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

cmdr_tofu Re:Sick Society (250 comments)

Japan is stable and developed and not majority white. Also has very good gun control and very few gun deaths. I must be a racist!

3 days ago
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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

cmdr_tofu Re:Sick Society (250 comments)

Russia has strict gun laws? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

As far as Mexico is concerned the gun homicide is not independent of US. In fact lax gun laws and huge drug demand in the US coupled with extreme economic disparity is creates this gun-toting criminal network in Mexico responsible for all the killings.

Other stable and developed countries like England and Australia have unfortunately had mass shootings like the US, and result was stricted gun laws and less gun deaths. As far as sound public policy is concerned, it makes sense to keep guns out of the hands of stupid an irresponsible people.

As far as keeping the King in check, gun owners do very little for that (who did more to influence the NSA all the gun owners in Texas or Edward Snowden). Voting and involvement in the political process is a lot more valuable than irresponsible posession of dangerous firearms.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

cmdr_tofu Re:first post :P (389 comments)

I recall the biggest food challenge for me at the university was that food was so expensive at the university and around it. I had cheap food at home but didn't often have time to pack a lunch. And with the 30 minute shuttlebus to get to main campus from the cheap parking lot, anything I ate would have to be walking distance or carried with me the entire day. I pined for NYC bodegas where you can get a roll for $0.50 or something cheap just to tide you over until you get home. I went hungry many long days, but thanks to both subsidized and unsubsidized loans and a little bit of income, I wasn't starving.

4 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

cmdr_tofu I'd give money to a gnome 2 foundation (693 comments)

Unfortunately Gnome 3 pushed me back to ovlwm and xfce. I have a feeling there are a significant number of users (and posters in this thread) in my situation.

It's a little sad because a few years ago, the Linux Desktop was really really great (especially with Gnome 2 + compiz fusion). These days, I really don't feel that way. I wish I could get myself to like KDE.

Wasn't Sun the primary funder of Gnome development?

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

cmdr_tofu Re:Complete access and indefinite support for free (650 comments)

Honestly if there were barriers to creating a semi-monopolistic software monoculture, I don't think that would necessarily be a bad thing.

But two swing out of the realm of opinion, you compare Windows XP to "OpenSource darlings like firefox" whose long-term support is measured in "months, not years". This is a bad comparison. A better comparison would be Ubuntu LTS which includes firefox and whose support is measured in years not months. However Canonical having only a fraction of a percent of the marketshare that Windows XP does, is not making a business model in supporting releases for over 14 years.

The key difference is any independent software vendor can with a very low barrier to entry. At my previous employer we had production software stack (purchased from a company) which dependent on Redhat 7.3 (not RHEL 7), but you know the one with 2.4 kernel from the 90s. Of course it was impossible to get updates from Redhat, but I made the vendor provide tested procedures for upgrading zlib and openssh and it was possible for them to do this.

I think it would be a great idea to require Microsoft to "open up" even if it was outside of their interests. Hell if Windows 8 could not compete with community supported open source XP, it still means that people get better software :)

about two weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

cmdr_tofu Re:Translation (193 comments)

These devices are designed to be jailbroken. The root switch involved a special keystroke on boot. It is fairly easy to put whatever you want on the Samsung Chromebook (I know very little about the chromebox but i think it has a physical "developer" switch). My Samsung Chromebook runs Ubuntu like a champ, but the touchpad is quite wonky and the hardware is just not the level of quality I'm used to. I'm tempted to trade up for an ASUS chromebook. x86 compatibility would also open up the possibility of using binary only apps (like Skype) and running Windows VMs.

about three weeks ago
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Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

cmdr_tofu Re: I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

what about usd? doesn't their production, maintenance and operation require large amounts of resources. What with counterfeiters getting more sophisticated, maintenance of the currency amounts to a "press technology and police pissing contest"

I still wouldn't accept payment in the form of bitcoins.

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

cmdr_tofu Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

We still have the self-checkout at Stop and Shop in Connecticut and every BJs I've ever been to. Often times using it will help you avoid waiting in a large queue. I can see automation creeping in (people order takeout/delivery online and even in-person in wawas). Idiocracy might be happening sooner than we think!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about a month ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

cmdr_tofu Re:growing pains toward a better future, maybe? (870 comments)

I agree with your end goal, but if in our current economic model, the basic necessities of life (assuming we're talking stuff like taco Bell) were fully automated, former fast food workers would be unable to eat. The parent corporation has no business interest in operating a charity for their displaced workforce.
I do still think minimum wage should be higher. It's expensive to live in this world.

about a month ago
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Startup Employees As an Organized Labor Group

cmdr_tofu Re:lol, yeah, overpaid techies need a union (107 comments)

I worked a union job doing Perl, Ruby and Linux sysadmin stuff for a state university. The benefits were pretty good (overtime pay or comp time if my work week exceeded 35/hours, no layoffs on short notice ie 1 month notice for every year of employment to a max of 12 months). I was considering working for a startup, but the "owner" really wasn't giving a fair deal ('at will' employment, long hours, no relocation bonus, no telecommuting and tremendous egos). As it would have cost me a bundle to move, I asked for a contract guaranteeing at least a years worth of salary under any circumstances. When the owner (who was a multimillionaire) balked, so did I.

   

about a month ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

cmdr_tofu Re:Tried it already. It kind of flopped. (459 comments)

I'd second this. Since becoming vegan my menu has expanded dramatically. Technically the set of veg foods is a subset of (meat + veg foods). That's simple math, but the set of all things veg-people eat is quite large larger than the typical non-veg people. For instance at this time on any week I usually eat many servings of at least15 different kinds of fruit, and so on with pulses and vegetables and roots and seaweeds and greens and things.

about a month and a half ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

cmdr_tofu Re:No place for 'almost', 'not quite' and 'nearly' (423 comments)

I duno the Maker movement is going on strong . RS could welcome makers, host "hobby nights", let people share designs for 3D printers and then sell parts to build them.

That being said, I don't do hardware only software, but I know plenty of hardware hackers!

about a month and a half ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

cmdr_tofu Re:two words (423 comments)

I went to radio shack to buy an inverter so I could drive 500 miles while listening to audiobooks on my laptop.
Online they appear to have some reasonable options http://www.radioshack.com/fami...

But in their store there was nothing for less than $60, and that would be for something on the lower end. I knew I could get something better online for cheaper, but I needed something that Sunday afternoon. So I drove 20 minutes to Advance Auto parts and got something better for half the price. It's the same thing with basically *any item* that Radio Shack carries. You can always find it cheaper online or in a different (non RS) brick and mortar shop.

IMHO, RS prices are borderline extortion, and for now, I will go to significant effort to avoid spending money there. I'm not happy they are going out of business. I wish they had a better business model and I'd be happy to do my part to support them.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

cmdr_tofu Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

An understated point (at least I've never heard anyone state it.. just thought of it). Some religions might be fore same sex marriage. Indigineous people had the berdache, could Arizona be violating people's right to freedom of religion. If your religion says you have to be gay,then Arizona is no just discriminating against gay people, but they are practicing religious discrimination. Putting a sign outside the store saying "no (insert name of religious faith here) allowed" would be more obviously illegal.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

cmdr_tofu Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

Different question: is it okay for the state to tell someone who they must do business with?

Indeed this is something that I and many others believe should be regulated (and it is regulated).

It was only the government telling private businesses that they had to treat customers equally or forcing them to treat customers of different races equally (in a famous case letting them eat at lunch counters) that ended Jim Crow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws)

about 2 months ago
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11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

cmdr_tofu Re:Prediction (180 comments)

There may indeed be an increased risk of brain tumors from cellphone use though http://www.sciencedirect.com/s...

This has been known for a while. I didn't even know about the risk of cancer (which we now believe isn't there), but the risk of brain tumors is a concern for me. My phone switches to wifi when I am at home or work, and I increase the distance of the phone from my head by using bluetooth, or car stereo, and also limit time spent on the phone to try to decrease my risk.

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

cmdr_tofu Re:I agree with the claimed motives... (380 comments)

Bear in mind, Obama cannot run for a 3rd term. Also bear in mind that the NSA spying began under a Republican (GW Bush) administration which fast-tracked the Patriot act through and created numerous other unpleasant changes in the name of fighting terrorism.

https://www.eff.org/nsa-spying...

about 2 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

cmdr_tofu Re: even a broken clock... (523 comments)

Ah I see you are saying that because the Federal government effectively solved problems in the past (like Jim Crow), it *no longer* benefits anyone. And I do not think it is offensive to talk about race and history as long as it's done respectfully. If we don't acknowledge the past, we cannot possibly have any meaningful discussion about the present.

But I take your meaning to be that I have demonstrated to you that a powerful Federal government has been of benefit in the past, but you no longer believe that in this current day, the Federal government benefits anyone. If this is your stance, than no exhaustive list of past accomplishments could satisfy you. I would ask you to wait 5 years, but during those 5 years carefully track all of the innovation that will result from current NSF, NIH and DOE sponsored research (and new college graduates who recieve aid). Just think of how much our lives have been changed in a few short years thanks to federal advancement of GPS technologies.

about 3 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

cmdr_tofu Re: even a broken clock... (523 comments)

It didn't harm me any when I rode my bicycle through the south and ate in restaurants and drank from water fountains too. Also I attended racially intergrated schools!

Either you have to admit that you are against these things or you have to concede that the Federal government has done a fair amount of good for "most people".

about 3 months ago

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Secret anti-Linux message in FruitLoops commercial

cmdr_tofu cmdr_tofu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cmdr_tofu (826352) writes "Apparently Tux has made his way into this very strange Fruit Loops commercial as well as the concept of "sharing" and "theft". Is Microsoft the abominable snowman and Tux the secret weapon of thieves? Watch the youtube link to see a very strange commercial..."
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Unison Unified Communcations- Exchange Killer?

cmdr_tofu cmdr_tofu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cmdr_tofu writes "Seems interesting enough to be worthwhile maybe even to Microsoft shops:
"Unison combines e-mail, telephone, instant messaging, calendars and contacts into a single system. It includes a Linux-based server, Unison Server(TM), which powers all text and voice communications for an organization, and Unison Desktop(TM), a Windows or Linux-based desktop client that gives employees all communication inside one application, including e-mail, IM, voicemail, telephony and more..."
"The first Unison sponsors are Canonical, Inc., the London-based commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu operating system, and Intermedia, the New York-based hosted business applications provider. ""

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