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    posted a message on Windows 8, 8.1 For or Hate?
    Quote from sammyandsam»

    I don't really have a problem with 8.1. I went from 7 to 8.1 because I got a new computer. I would recommend 8.1, but its not really designed for desktops.


    Really what about it is not designed for desktops, keyboard shortcuts still work mouse still works. If it is because the start screen has buttons instead of 20 tab menus I will ask you what is quicker to search through not to mention program files tendency to sometimes label things by application or company that owns it.

    Quote from c3p0_»

    Use it on my pc for the reason of games. I would fully switch to linux within a heartbeat but unfortunate it doesn't have that wider support for those applications.


    8.1 is a really nice and most important much faster os over windows 7. Once you figure out how everything works <_< At first glance it's confusing and unstructured for productivity thats why I use linux for productivity and not 8.1. So I'd pick 8.1 over 7 anytime. But still linux > windows.


    Really just the Linux Kernel nothing else? Funny you bring up a Linux Distro considering every major one runs an UI similar to Win8, Unity Gnome3. KDE is even moving to a interface based more around searching under a menu then a bunch of tabs for your applications. I like Win8 because it brought the UI closer to the Linux DE I use often.

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    posted a message on Windows 10-thoughts?
    I don't really have a problem with the no border thing however it does bother me that there is no shadow. Every other OS that has no window border have really harsh shadows to compensate I guess however windows 10 really lacks it and for some reason I really dislike the non borders in it.



    Just an example from my work/personal laptop.
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    posted a message on How to get Start Button on Windows 8 / 8.1
    Could also just use the clearly better Windows 8 modern interface. Start Menu is dated and involves far too much clicking to get anywhere.
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    posted a message on The Communist Thread
    I offer similar thoughts as Torrusty other then him being a reactionary.

    As a whole I think the Marxist community here did a lot of good in its run we educated at least a few dozen persons, even if they did not suddenly become Socialists we forced the debate here to shift outside the normal circle and political debate amongst forums where anyone can post and without censorship.

    As far as people here if you are looking for other resources.
    r/communism
    r/socialism
    Both are solid reddit communities we also have the old revleft forums. If any comrades here want to go push into another forum of this sort and try and shift the political discussion there I might be interested in a project. While not a single handed push here was without a doubt a catalyst to my shift in political opinion and I am glad and sad that community is going away.

    This is Xaanos posting here for the last time probably a person who came here as a Sexist Liberal and left a Marxist.
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    posted a message on Capitalism
    Quote from abpop

    What has communism achieved? Starvation? Poverty? Capitalism is flawed, and should be regulated, don't get me wrong.

    Again, what has communism achieved? When was the last time a communist country thrived?


    To have a movement that is for the destruction of a system.As a movement we created one of the most progressive countries for its time. The Soviet Union legalized homosexuality, first to have no fault divorces, achieved a level of gender quality the US would not reach for many years. It had high ranking Women political leaders in a time when the USA was just giving women the right to vote. Research into persons who were Transgender had a start there. Moving away from the USSR. Who is consider the father of the field of Sociology was a Communist. While Adam Smith first initially started describing the system he saw developing around him. Capital is really the first in depth analytical look at Capitalism describing its systems. We have the entire concept of Dialectic Materialism and from that Historical Materialism.

    The reforms that FDR brought about were in part a reaction to the massive growth of the Communist party and Socialist parties during the great depression that many in the government began to fear a massive social upheaval. This is why so many of the reforms were torn down as what they saw as the threat passed by later persons in government. Pro-Labor movements and Unions had an inherent start from Socialist thought. The Anti-Imperialist and Internationalist stance motivated the Black Panthers to take action, while less revolutionary MLK Jr was a Christian Socialist. During the great depression an economic problem that the whole world faced excluding the Soviet Union.

    "From what I have already seen of the workings of the Soviet Government, I can only say that anybody who lifts his hand against it ought to be shot! It is the government's duty to put down any opposition to this really free society with a firm hand, and I hope they will always do it, for I already regard myself at home here. This is home to me. I feel more kinship to the Russian people under their new society than I ever felt anywhere else. It is obvious that there is no terror here, that all the masses of every race are contented and support their government."
    "Here I am not a Negro but a human being for the first time in my life ... I walk in full human dignity."
    Paul Robeson
    http://www.mltranslations.org/Miscellaneous/RobesonSU.htm

    In how many countries do you think at the time Paul Robeson could have been to and not seen racism. In a time when the United States was still lynching people in the south the Soviet Union achieved a level of racial acceptance that the United States could not even hope to have claimed to until recently.

    We are not wanting a competition with Capitalism we are wanting to bring in what will replace it not exist side by side.
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    posted a message on Capitalism
    Quote from abpop

    So... Do you like capitalism? Is it better than communism?

    I am a communist, capitalism achieved great economic performance from the systems of old. That does not some how mean it is immune to the same reasons the old systems were ripped apart.
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    posted a message on Is the United States Headed in the Right Direction?
    Quote from Metzgermeister
    There is a point where you lean so far to the left that it is indistinguishable from the far right.

    Yes every time I see a Republican I realize hey they are basically indistinguishable from Socialists.
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    posted a message on Is the United States Headed in the Right Direction?
    Quote from abpop

    I would like to put all the dumb people on a train to nowhere. However, we have to make the best of a bad situation, don't we?

    Define dumb people, changing breaks on most cars is pretty simple you would have to be pretty dumb not to know how to do that. How about people who don't know what time of year certain crops are planted? Welding is pretty important to manufacturing and knowing the basics you would have to be pretty dumb not to know how to do it.

    How are you determining who is dumb? Amount of stored knowledge, knowledge on being about to produce goods and items we need every day? Ability to learn, how do you measure someones ability to learn.

    Earlier you seemed to like the idea of IQ deciding that. IQ is highly basic on economic situation and is not some innate no matter what this is how smart you are.

    "The daily pressures and stresses of poverty take up so much mental energy that it reduces cognitive function. According to a new study, published in Science today, being preoccupied with money can cause low income people to suffer a drop in IQ of 13 points on average. "
    http://www.businessinsider.com/poverty-effect-on-intelligence-2013-8

    Earlier you talked about 80 being the cut off so from just being in poverty a person is is average drops to being part of the groups of undesirables in your book? This is also on average so that means for some people it drops more then 13.

    "Recent research consistently reports that persistent poverty has more detrimental effects on IQ, school achievement, and socioemotional functioning than transitory poverty, with children experiencing both types of poverty generally doing less well than never-poor children."
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9491747

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/medical/health/medical/mentalhealth/story/2011-12-27/IQ-isnt-fixed-at-birth-and-can-increase-with-education/52237552/1

    IQ can very during a persons lifetime and it depends on the persons stress. So people who are stressed too easily get on the trains then?

    So we also have the problem not only does poverty and the stress from that cause problems nutritional problems can lower it. With something around 1/5 children in the USA living in food insecure homes do they all get punished purely do the economics they had no choice in. You also have nearly half of the children in the USA live in homes under the poverty line.
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/19/food-a19.html

    A total of 16.3 million children live in poverty, and 45 percent of children in the US live in households whose incomes fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/23/chil-j23.html
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    posted a message on Is the United States Headed in the Right Direction?
    So from what I am getting from people here history is the only important knowledge for voting for who to run a country.
    Technology is pretty important, how about only people who can describe the OSI model are aloud to vote, on top of knowing at least 2 programming languages?Though what about history of other countries that is pretty important to. I without a doubt probably disagree with your version of History if you only know it from US textbooks your views on history are probably horribly flawed. So how do we solve this History is not some universal truth.
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    posted a message on The Communist Thread
    Quote from mlbstar115
    Communism has been given a bad name because of famous communist leaders who had no idea how to rule. A good communist works for the people, not for his/herself.

    Communism entails 2 classes: an equal civilian class and the government class. Communism is, again, a type of government, not a certain system. There are many different ways a communist country could organize itself. To have a successful communist country, you need equality, a selfless leader, and diplomacy.

    You are 100% wrong in every way basically, Communism is an ideology, and a mode of production. It is not a type of government, Lenin and Stalin did not give the ideology a bad name western propaganda was doing that for years. You sound like a Liberal who read a very incorrect definition of the word and then decided ya that's true lets ignore Marx, Engels, Lenin.

    Communism as a system a mode of production a post socialism mode of production, should not and is not a hard concrete definition as it is a word to simply mean post socialism really. It is when all parts of the class system have truly been removed.

    While old and dated it is probably one of the better short reads to grasping Communism.
    https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm
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