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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Bonzoli Next year it should be less than 40M (397 comments)

As people learn the location of the camera's and just stop speeding because of them, the revenue will go down. I expect many people that do speed will take alternate routes. It might be more dangerous in other area's because of the new traffic patterns.

Perhaps someone could have done some actual analysis vs. relying on the company that is selling the equipment?

They have their camera's and the company has its money, time to raise taxes to make payments on the bonds.

4 days ago

IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

Bonzoli Retirement Heist - Ellen E. Schultz (84 comments)

Its a great book, you should read it and the light will go on. It features IBM a lot, right next to GM.

5 days ago

Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Bonzoli Re:misleading (72 comments)

That changes if your kids have school computers and need it to do 2-3 hours of homework every night, much of it before you get home at 6pm.

about three weeks ago

Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Bonzoli Re:Soon to be patched (329 comments)

Its not hobbiest, not sure where your coming from, you seem like the same guy trolling a conversation that makes no sense. All OS's have problems and will require patches on a regular basis. Let me know if any Non free or free OS that does not require security patches.

about a month ago

Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Bonzoli (540 comments)

Being older myself, how do you suggest those 30+ million folks died under stalin? How about why everyone was trying to leave before the wall was up and after? How about the cuban missle crisis that almost melted the planet?
Are you saying there were not shortages of basic items in communist countries?
The wall fell in 89, do you remember driving to Berlin and having Russian officers trading you bars off their collars for cigs and jeans at the stops?
Your making it sound like it was a walk in the park. Better Red than dead? Right?
How do you explain extermination buses in china? Sounds fun.
The problem with communism is the same problem with most governments. Its about money and power, and that is not to be shared.

about a month and a half ago

Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Bonzoli Composite material wearout/decomposition. (448 comments)

Special rings in the chamber that corrode/expand over time or wear out like a lightbulb at 700hours-ish of usage. Guidance chips that require preauth would also work in missles/laser artillery to some degree.
I'd bet on the components breaking down as a better option as its much harder to create a good spring inside a sealed case, etc..

about 2 months ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Bonzoli Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

Never read any of those in school. Our reading was . I suppose if I'd taken more advanced literature I'd have done Shakespeare's writings.
I'd have better grammar also, chances missed. :)

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)

Bonzoli Re:Reality check (36 comments)

Actually unless you guarantee a number of sales or purchases up front(with money), the vendor almost always just orders as needed. The manufacturer will always improve the Mboards/cards/etc. So you get a,b,c version of the same numbered board. The only way to guarantee you get the same board and replacement board is to order up front all of them plus 40% so you have specific backups if one goes bad. Most likely you have to specify they all come from the same manufacturing run.
Even then you get subtle differences, as capacitors might change a bit, components the supplier uses change. Most keep the same numbers.
Writing a piece of paper that specifies these things is beyond most engineering departments as the cost of doing that is much better spent buying a machine from a company that controls the whole pipeline.

about 2 months ago

Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate

Bonzoli Could we reduce the cost by.. (368 comments)

Could we reduce the cost of a patent by giving back some of the patent money if someone can show a working prototype within 6 months of the filing? or perhaps charge them more if they can't show a prototype? Would this reduce the number of patent trolls?

more than 3 years ago

Single-Player Game Model 'Finished,' Says EA Exec

Bonzoli Re:Bioware (439 comments)

Yes and DA is not multiplayer. You can still find good multiplayer servers for nwn2 though . pw server

more than 3 years ago

IBM Releases Power7 Processor

Bonzoli Re:Uh, did you look at your link? (231 comments)

Because an Oracle LISC per Core costs you 18k to 40K x 64 more cores.
Anyone care to do the math? Wait till Oracle only runs on Sun for 254 Cores.
Uncle Larry needs a new Island!

more than 4 years ago

$338M Patent Ruling Against Microsoft Overturned

Bonzoli Re:Excellent news! (238 comments)

This wasn't a stupid patent. I'd actually say it was one of the better ones ever created. Remember 1993 fast modems were not in around. Someone willing to do something like this was really thinking ahead for that time. The internet wasn't around. This latest judge process is suspect for reasons that do not appear logical.

about 5 years ago

Interviewing Experienced IT People?

Bonzoli You should rethink why your asking the questions (835 comments)

1) Age is not legal when considering an employee. 2) Everything your working on today is going to change or be replaced in 2-4 years for more tech. You might still have older stuff around, but chances are really good it will not be in heavy development. 3) Languages that are very portable will be around a while. But the platforms they are running are going to change to something else.

So what you should be asking is, how fast do you learn new widget tech xyz? How do you learn it? If you need 10 classes and hand holding thats an issue, someone that reads the book is what your looking for, because next year you will need a new set of books.

Check out how they think, working on something and being able to push it over the finish line, under time and on budget, with few flaws will save you a lot of money as a company versus what you saved on salary.

How long do you think this guy at the lower end of the pay scale will stay if they can get a 30% raise by taking a new job somewhere else. Retraining new people costs way more then salary if they flip the people every year and a half. Your expertise just left with that guy when they leave. That will cost you.

More experienced people will pursue the problem if they are motivated and will not settle for "To be Determined" when the server restarts for no reason.

On the flip side to all of this: If you can't manage people, motivate them with honestly, and understand they are real people, then you should look at why the last guys quit.

Whats the difference between a Clone Trooper and a Storm Trooper? Answer: Management

With one management change, they go from the good guys to the bad guys.

more than 5 years ago

The Neurological Basis of Con Games

Bonzoli Most of that 2 percent work on WallStreet. (218 comments)

Its the bottom feeders you see, the smartest of that 2 percent aspire to Manage large multinational companies where they play the role of Neutral Evil Management. Treating you like crap, pilfering the company, and making you think its a Career.

Wall street anyone? It looks like the biggest Pidgen drop game in the world. AIG has to be the biggest winner here.

more than 5 years ago



VoIP for Crossplatform gamers

Bonzoli Bonzoli writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bonzoli writes "Having issues hooking up with your voice communications when your on linux and your squad is on windows? Getting tired of making Wine and Ventrilo work on Linux every time you upgrade? Getting ticked your 5 year old version of Teamspeak that doesn't give up the /dev/dsp audio device wont let you hear the game? Well Mumble is the opensource solution to cross platform gaming. This VoIP Cross platform application supports encrypted connections, ingame directional audio from channel members, graphical overlay to see who is speaking, multiple channels, groups, sysadmin, pulseaudio support, text-to-speech, dbus, and a whole lot more to improve the gaming experience. This isn't just a catch up product, mumble is paving a new road for opensource gaming."
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