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  • Canada used immigration as economic equivalent of taking methamphetamine and painkillers to get things done, instead of eating right, exercising well and seeing a doctor. Yes, it works in the short term, but it’s really only kicking a problem down the road and making it worse when it’s too big to ignore.

    We got here because we decided it was more important to give tax cuts to the rich and mortgage the futures of the poor, and when we ran out of poor people to strip-mine, we imported more, and it looks like we’re going to continue to elect governments that will twist themselves into knots trying to not get the rich to pay their fair share.

    If there’s any consolation, it’s that we’re not alone among western countries that have snorted the neoliberal line, but we are one of the most vulnerable because we have precious little that anyone wants, outside of oil, and when that wobbles all that we have left is selling houses to each other. At least the Americans and Europeans have industries.





  • Not that you’re wrong, but returning tax rates to what they were in the 1970s and earlier would help a lot.

    The issue, at the core, is that we allowed the rich to take money out of useful circulation. Before, when taxes were higher, you had the option of either reinvesting your profits into your business, or paying them as tax, which would get used to provide services. Now the rich can use it bank wealth, which means productivity gains go to the rich, and the rich alone, instead of to everyone.

    This isn’t a bad idea, and it helps at least with generational home ownership equity, but it’s still ignoring the elephant in the room.






  • Stable means different things in different contexts.

    Debian being stable is like RHEL being stable. You’re not jury talking about “doesn’t crash”, you’re talking about APIS, behaviours, features and such being assured not to change.

    That’s not necessarily a good thing for a general purpose desktop, but for an enterprise workstation or server, yes.

    So it’s not so much that Debian would replace Fedora, it’s the Debian would replace RHEL or CentOS. For a Fedora equivalent, there’s Ubuntu and the like.








  • I’m going to say Win8 & 8.1.

    Say what you will about the UI, they did great work on the underlying kernel, file system and APIs. If they’d continued to refine it, it’d be damn near perfect.

    They really started to lose the plot with 10; it kept a lot of what made 8 good (and steals a lot of goodwill from 8) but you can see the adware and telemetry start to creep in.

    The next best I’d have to give to Vista, which also did some much needed revitalization, only to see 7 get the glory because Microsoft flubbed the hardware requirements and vendors were sloppy with drivers.

    My favourite is NT3.5: full microkernel, no GDI in kernel space, no printer drivers in the kernel, less registry issues. We’d have skipped a lot of pain from the 90s and 2000s had Microsoft not went backwards with 9x and NT4.