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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Monopolies in a free market on: July 17, 2012, 10:09:14 PM
"Man, Economy and State", Chapter 10.  More than you ever wanted to know about monopolies.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sausage Party! on: July 17, 2012, 02:58:01 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/jonah-falcon-largest-penis-frisked-by-tsa_n_1675767.html
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Converting an anarcho-communist on: July 17, 2012, 02:50:55 AM
working for a boss makes you accept leadership

Can you cite any actual study to back this up?

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communism can produce better than capitalism, because it can give all basic functions to machines, allowing people to do science, art, and such

Logically proven false in 1921, see "Economic Calculation In The Socialist Commonwealth". Empirically proven false by the fall of Socialist/Communist France, Russia, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc etc etc etc.

^^  This.
4  General Category / Lounge / Re: Getting off the rolls. on: July 13, 2012, 09:02:41 PM
I'm on the list too. I don't worry about it. If I get called up, I WON'T go. The fact that my name is in the database has no impact on me.

I'd rather not have it on the list at all. If I'm called I won't go either, I just would rather never be called.
True. But here's a thought that will hopefully make you feel better.

Not being on the list can hurt you, for reasons that I think were mentioned above. Being on the list doesn't hurt unless you're called. But if that happened, you wouldn't be the only one pissed off. I don't think this country could get away with another draft. People are too opposed to it. People would flee by the hundred thousand, and when the state tried to stop it, there'd be a revolt. I think people in the military understand this. Now, back on topic. The benefit of being on the list is big enough to justify the costs, mainly because of the tiny probability that you'd ever be called.

Meanwhile in America. . .
5  General Category / Lounge / Re: What are you currently reading? on: July 13, 2012, 08:59:06 PM
Check out Cory Doctorrow for free, post-scarcity anarchist or pseudo-anarchist writings.  Specifically: "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom", "Little Brother", and "Eastern Standard Tribe". 
fixed

Thanks.
6  General Category / Lounge / Re: Make sure your computer is ready for Monday on: July 13, 2012, 08:56:48 PM
In Ubuntu, if the program isn't in the software repository (and many I've needed aren't) then you have to install it using the command line.  Clicking "next", "next", "next". . ."finish" is a lot easier than learning how to unpackage a tarball, configure, make and install.

Then it's the software that you needed. I rarely compile anything but the video driver for years at a time. Take out compiling kernels for fun, and that drops from "rarely" to "maybe twice ever".

And if a program you wanted to run on Windows had to be compiled, would you blame Windows?

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Another example.  I want to watch a movie on my laptop but stream it through an HDMI connector to our TV.

I don't disagree with you on this at all. However, I would point out one very big difference in user expectation which I think will illustrate what I consider the real issue:

If the "plug and play" had not worked in Windows, you would first blame the hardware makers. Not "Windows".

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Linux is great, but until issues like this are resolved, it's not an OS I'd dare give to my wife or mother-in-law.

My Mom disagrees. She's had a laptop for years running Debian Sid, I've had to make one setting change since I set it up for her. But I put it together already knowing what she would do with it, and made sure everything worked (it did, without problems) first. While her friends complain and mutter about all their frustrations with Windows, she just mouses on.

User experience is totally subjective. I'm glad that Windows works for you and for what you want to do. Just be careful about where you're placing blame.

I knew this is where this conversation would go.  It doesn't matter where the blame falls.  I can't stream Netflix on Linux because Microsoft Silver Light doesn't support Linux, not the other way around. But the end result is the same: if I use Linux I can't watch Netflix.  For the average user it doesn't matter so much who the blame falls on, it matters what the results are.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sausage Party! on: July 13, 2012, 01:53:48 AM
Observations:

1) The TSA agent retired instead of patting him down multiple times
2) Viagra Man wasn't tasered or arrested

Conclusion: This news article is fake.
8  General Category / Lounge / Re: Make sure your computer is ready for Monday on: July 13, 2012, 01:50:11 AM
I've had to expend a lot of time to bring my knowledge up to a point where Linux is finally becoming a very useful operating system.

I believe the correct phrase would be "begging the question", just how many years did you use Windows, the expertise with which you are comparing to your expertise with Linux?

At the age of 9 it took me a few weeks to learn how to use Windows 95.  I could install programs too.  In Ubuntu, if the program isn't in the software repository (and many I've needed aren't) then you have to install it using the command line.  Clicking "next", "next", "next". . ."finish" is a lot easier than learning how to unpackage a tarball, configure, make and install.

Another example.  I want to watch a movie on my laptop but stream it through an HDMI connector to our TV.

1) Windows 7:  Plug in the cable.  Everything works.

2) Ubuntu 11.12:  Plug in the cable.  The video transfers over, but not the audio.  Go to audio settings.  No way to switch to an HDMI interface.  Ok.  Google the issue.  Find others who have had the same issue.  Follow some false leads.  Finally find some code to install the correct settings to output HDMI sound.  Download software (via command line), re-open audio settings and successfully find the output setting to stream sound over HDMI.  It works!  I am now 2/3 of the way done with my movie if I had played it in Windows.  My wife is fed up and has gone to bed.

Linux is great, but until issues like this are resolved, it's not an OS I'd dare give to my wife or mother-in-law.
9  General Category / Lounge / Re: Enter The Mind on: July 11, 2012, 05:47:46 AM
I just start clicking in whatever order is closest to the pointer, opening each section in a new tab.  I jump over to the next tab, the first opened section, and open all the new topics in new tabs.  I continue until everything new is in it's own tab.  I then read and respond as desired.  After that is all done I go back to the first tab with the forum index.  I reload the tab to see if anything I responded to is new, if not I click close all other tabs and am just back at the index.  

^^  Almighty Thor.  It all makes sense.


Edit: Changed the deity whose name I took profanely.   
10  General Category / Lounge / Re: Make sure your computer is ready for Monday on: July 11, 2012, 05:44:47 AM
I'm not saying that Windoze always gets viruses I am saying the following: 1. There aren't many viruses for Linux. 2. Linux allows you to see things without levels of abstraction. 3. Everything requires your explicit permission. 4. Microsoft's design policy seems to be "our users are stupid". 5. Windoze is malware, and so is OSX for that matter.

Yes, but some users are really "stupid".  That is, my mother-in-law needs a simple operating system that doesn't require her to know how to use a command line in order to install programs.  Windows has it's purpose, and if used correctly, is not that bad.  In some ways it is certainly way more convenient than Linux. 

I've had to expend a lot of time to bring my knowledge up to a point where Linux is finally becoming a very useful operating system.  However, I worry less about viruses when using Linux and certain privacy features seem to be easier to implement.

Can you expand on (5)? 
11  General Category / Lounge / Re: Make sure your computer is ready for Monday on: July 09, 2012, 03:02:55 AM
". . . estimates that almost 66,000 computers could be affected. . ."

In other news, you could get killed in a car accident today.

Also.  Linux.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: life in a post revolutionary anarcho communist society on: July 07, 2012, 10:57:21 PM
Sadly, everyone seems to have missed the acronym.
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: life in a post revolutionary anarcho communist society on: July 02, 2012, 04:32:24 AM
Dude, assasin7, I've started to come around to your point of view.  I found this new an-comm writer who is totally brilliant.  He destroys the idea of capitalism and the necessity of developing capital, and deconstructs ancap property rights in explicit detail.  You can find his master piece here:

"Forging a Unique Comprehensive Karma: Anarchist Negations of Capital, Oligarchy and MoneyS"
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: What is your favorite OS? on: July 01, 2012, 11:24:05 PM
Windows 95
15  General Category / Lounge / Re: What are you currently reading? on: June 30, 2012, 05:00:26 PM
Check out Cory Doctorrow for free, post-scarcity anarchist or pseudo-anarchist writings.  Specifically: "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom", "Big Brother", and "Eastern Standard Tribe". 
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