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Try Gnome 3.12 Preview in Fedora 20

↳ Posted on March 6th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Gnome 3.12 is due out later this month, but if you want to try it out now on Fedora you can use R Hughes’ COPR repository for a early peek. I’m currently using it and it’s pretty stable. I especially like the new updates to Gnome’s Epiphany browser.

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Favorite Twitter App for Linux

↳ Posted on January 26th, 2014 by Ben Spera

hototFor far too long I’ve settled with Twitter’s website when I was using my desktop computer. This is because the universal social programs for linux (e.g. Gwibber and Pidgin) always looked sloppy and cluttered to me. I put effort into maintaining a certain chi on my desktop and I wanted something that matched my theme. Eventually, I opted for Tweet Deck, which had more features and a clean look but it required me to use the Chrome web browser and to have Chrome open in order to access Twitter. I prefer to use the open-source Firefox browser. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

↳ Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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how-google-fiber-stacks-up-against-verizon-fios-25a06bc913In 1994, Verizon made an agreement with the state of Pennsylvania that it would deploy infrastructure, giving every home in the state access to fiber-optic internet. In exchange, the state would give Verizon over $2 billion in tax breaks. The deal required Verizon to be done by 2015 and to hit the 50% threshold by 2004. In 2004, Verizon was providing fiber optic internet service to 0% of Pennsylvanians. And here it’s 2014 and they haven’t made much more progress. Verizon doesn’t seem too worried about it either. Read more…

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Gnome 3 Native Theme for Firefox

↳ Posted on January 7th, 2014 by Ben Spera

gnome-ffThese quick tweaks will give Firefox a nice facelift, making it look completely native to your GNOME 3 desktop. These tweaks are said to also work if you’re using GNOME 3’s ‘Global Dark Theme’ option found in Gnome Tweak, but I haven’t tested that claim.

This not only makes Firefox a little easier on the eyes, but it also reclaims some priceless real estate from Firefox’s toolbar and status bar. Many of the GUI design features that have kept me clinging onto Chrome have been relieved with these tweaks, allowing me to finally leave the botnet-infested Chrome for a real open-source browser. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Herman Cain Supported 2008 Bank Bailout

Posted on May 23rd, 2011 by Ben Spera

I have to admit, even I got caught up in the excitement over GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain. He is a strong candidate and has given a lot of attention to basic conservative principles so far. One flag that has concerned me is his support of the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP. This program is more commonly known as the 2008 bank bailouts. This was first referred to in an article by Robert Costa on the National Review. Costa quotes Cain as “chiding the “free-market purists” who criticized the legislation. “Wake up people!” he wrote. “Owning a part of the major banks in America is not a bad thing. We could make a profit while solving a problem.” Read more…

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