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Comment Re:Techie Republicans why (Score 3, Insightful) 111

I think that as more 'digital natives' run for political office, this will improve. In the Senate at least, many of the members are older and have probably never sent an email in their lives. As those people die off and get replaced, people who are more comfortable with modern technology will fill the vacancies. I doubt Orrin Hatch, for example, knows how to operate anything more complicated than an IBM Selectric -- even then, he'd have some gal type up his documents and fetch his coffee for him, too.

Comment Re:This is needed (Score 2) 164

Bullshit. I have a 2005-vintage Pentium D box with 1GB of RAM running the latest copy of Linux Mint (xfce as desktop environment) and it absolutely flies. Granted, as a NetBurst machine it consumes quite a bit of power and serves as a pretty effective space-heater, but try running anything newer than Windows XP on such hardware -- I bet the fucking thing would take at least five minutes to boot to a barely usable desktop. However, with Linux on there, I can actually do some productive work on it if I so choose, and have the benefit of a recent OS release with modern features and security.

Comment NO. (Score 1) 449

When I was a young kid (early- to mid-1980's), computing filled me with a sense of wonder and awe. It seemed like a wide-open frontier, with infinite delights to discover. The field has become so brazenly commercial and profit-driven, with few if any genuine life-changing applications (as opposed to a trivial and frivolous kabuki theatre of bread-and-circuses 'apps') that I now look upon it as a way to pay the bills and not much more. I keep waiting for something to reignite the fire in my belly, so far in vain. I am coming more and more to the conclusion that my choosing computers as a hobby was merely arbitrary, and that the sense of wonder and awe is unique to childhood and something that can never be recaptured for the rest of my life. :(

Comment Re:That sounds good to me (Score 3, Insightful) 158

I pay for my domain name, host all data on my server and back the server content encrypted to my home machine and to a friend of mine home machine.

Unlike the child posters, I'll refrain from being an AC. If your process could be made derp-proof, I'd be all for it. Unfortunately, few non-geeks have the acumen to implement such a backup plan. The Cloud(tm) remains the only practical solution for most.

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