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Metro Atlanta transit bill defeated across the board, quite pleased. While I do believe that transit in the metro area is a huge issue, this bill was not the way to go about it. As a fiscal conservative, I'm predisposed against any tax increase. This tax increase in particular... to put it simply, the bill was a MARTA bailout. MARTA is badly run, throwing more money at it in the hopes of fixing transportation is lunacy of the highest order.

The rest of the money that wouldn't have gone to MARTA would have essentially gone to the state as a new discretionary fund for transportation projects. The state does not have a good track record of managing money well, or of funding transportation projects properly (after all, if they did, we wouldn't be in this mess to begin with. This problem didn't develop over night). And finally, there's the fact that while this was slated to be only a 10-year tax, I guarantee you that it would never go away. Governments do not like giving up revenue streams. 

So I applaud the voters for ignoring the carrot and soundly rejecting TSPLOST. It's nice to see common sense prevail every once in awhile.
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It would have widened two lanes on 400 and fixed the 400-285 interchange. I wish it had passed. 
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Something I IM'd to a coworker after he told me implemented selinux on a server on purpose:


Me: i still think you're a masochist
Me: i think im going to get you a ballgag that has SELINUX printed on the ball for christmas
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I'd put selinux into the same bucket with openbsd and some other fabulous but dangerous code ... incredibly powerful tools for the skilled folks who have the time to build a solution on it and dangerous in the hands of newbies. Another point is that RH (etc) selinux isn't at all what that tech was designed for ... must orgs don't need multiple classification levels or mandatory access controls, much less both.
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Damn glad I'm not a Bank of America customer/investor right now. Hellish stock dip + major lawsuit would not be good for my blood pressure.
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Livestock, but not the investment, rather start raising some on your own. I agree that when the stuff hits the fan and the market normalizes in the recovery after it will be quite difficult and tangible things to trade are important.
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Why am I such a sucker for cop shows? I've usually got the mystery figured out in the first 20ish minutes, so it's certainly not the intellectual challenge. Maybe I just have a morbid fascination with all the bad things people do to each other.

(This musing follows watching last nights episodes of The Closer and Rizzoli and Isles)
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So the NSA chief is going to be speaking to the hacker crowd at DEFCON. That should prove to be the very definition of 'a tough crowd'.
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too easy a target!
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Reasons to love Linux -

Try installing OpenFire on a RedHat box.

Then trying installing Lync 2010 on a supported Windows version

See which one causes you to lose less hair.
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Hrm, just got L2IOU working. Crap. Now I have to write a netmap file to connect all this crap and edit all the INE config files /divasigh
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Hi Kenneth thats good my friend could you pls help us to get this so we also achieve our goals ......hope u come up with positive response
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Another discussion found me flipping through my copy of Network Warrior, and I was amused all over again by one of the maxim's the author lives by:

Maxim #1 - Network designs are based on Politics, Money, and The right way to do it - in that order
-Gary A. Donahue, Network Warrior

Truer words, etc, et al
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Now I don't care so much about the article, as I do about Slashdot's summary. I am so sick of hearing the tern "Year of the Linux Desktop". It makes me wonder if the folks who sit and dream about it aren't a bunch of Kina worshippers waiting on the Year of the Skulls (if you're not a Glen Cook fan, you won't get that one)
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I thought the "Year of the Linux Desktop" wasn't supposed to occur until about 3050 or so. Sure, I use Linux exclusively and have many clients doing the same, but there are quite a few of them that I would really prefer they didn't (as in I'm sick of explaining why Silverlight and Chrome won't run under CentOS 5).

We actually had one client get blocked from access to their bank's web interface because "we require IE 6 for security". Fortunately, they believed me and solved that issue by switching banks.
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A well-read, well-spoken Alpha Geek of epic proportions.

Also, kind of a dick.
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    AAS/IT, 2002 - 2004
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