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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Eric Damron Re:Ok seriously though ... (367 comments)

Perhaps, but this is typical for hardware contracts in an environment that Microsoft seeks to control. If the banks have hardware maintenance contracts for their ATM machines, they are likely bumping up against the same problem.

about 5 months ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

Eric Damron Re:Ok seriously though ... (367 comments)

I have worked in an IT department where we were getting slammed every few years with huge upgrade crunches. These were on desktop PCs not ATMs so I don't know how closely our problems mirrored those of banks but for us it was all of in-house software that had to be tested and upgraded to work with Microsoft changes.

We had a hardware maintenance contracted so every few years,like it or not, we would get new PCs that had Microsoft's newest OS. It's not as easy as just dropping new PCs on everyone's desks. Every piece of software that our employees used needed to be tested with the new version of Windows. A lot of them broke. Microsoft products like MS Office mostly worked in vanilla form but we had to test all of our macros and any third party add-ons like Dragon Dictate which often broke.

Basically any third party or in house applications were a crap shoot. The PCs would come in and we had little time to adapted. It was a total pain. If we were running Linux we could have tested at our own pace and then deployed instead of rushing to meet someone else's schedule.

about 5 months ago
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Naming All Lifeforms On Earth With Hash Functions

Eric Damron Why bother (97 comments)

At the rate we are driving species extinct a much simpler system of naming the few surviving will be sufficient.

about 6 months ago
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Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

Eric Damron Re:Superdeterminism (108 comments)

"Note that superdeterminism doesn't necessarily rule out 'free will'."

I guess I don't understand how the example that you gave following that statement supports the idea of "free will." For me the more interesting question is: "What does awareness mean in a deterministic world?"

Are we just observers riding the deterministic "roller coaster?"

about 6 months ago
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Making Sure Our Lab Equipment Isn't Tricking Us

Eric Damron Free Will is an Illusion (108 comments)

"a scenario that, however far-fetched, implies that a physicist running the experiment does not have complete free will in choosing each detectorâ(TM)s setting."

Of course the physicist doesn't have free will. No one has free will. If the universe is controlled by natural laws everything that has happened or ever will happen must be preordained. Every synapse that has ever fired in our brains is just an electrochemical event caused by a long chain of other events that can be traced back to the big bang.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK

Eric Damron Re:Problems due to inflexibility (89 comments)

I'm old enough to have lived through the entire Microsoft history of dirty tricks, disingenuous press releases and out right illegal anti-trust violations. It seems that some things never do really change.

Part of the compatibility issues are due to the time lag caused by the need to reverse engineer Microsoft's âoeStandard.â If the past is any indication of how this company works they haven't been forthcoming on providing complete documentation to their document format. There may be a bit of the âoeWindows isn't done until Lotus won't run...â attitude left in a company that has a history of wanting not just to compete but do completely crush anything that remotely smells like competition. And if that takes lies, dirty tricks or anti-trust violations requiring decades to litigate then so be it.

For the younger folks here: Watch this company with a skeptical eye because they don't have YOUR best interest at heart and they will do practically anything to win.

   

about 6 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

Eric Damron Re:New MS business plan (513 comments)

Very true but Microsoft is known for using their operating system to extend power in other areas.

They did this in the non-OS software areas by using undisclosed API calls giving them an advantage and now they want the tablet market.

They probably figure that most people would end up using Windows 8 because most new PCs are sold with a Microsoft OS. Once people get use to Windows 8 they probably figured that they would gain an advantage in the tablet market due to OS familiarity.

They never learn.

about 7 months ago
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Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches

Eric Damron ecigs not really a good thing... (314 comments)

I understand that e-cigarettes may be able to be used to kick an addictive habit that has horrific health risks. However, it is another addictive pastime that probably has health risks of its own.

It has the potential of becoming a fad which would hook millions who believe it to be safe into a dangerous and expensive habit. Something the corporate powers would relish being that they consider this a real cash cow and anyone hooked a mere crop to be cultivated.

If I didnâ(TM)t have morals and I controlled an evil tobacco company I would endeavor to gain control of the e-cigarette market so that I could manipulate the price of both products. That way if tobacco sales started to fall off I could raise the price of e-cigarettes enough to drive customers to the more affordable tobacco products. Back and forth I would cultivate my crops.

about a year ago
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Rick Falkvinge On Child Porn and Freedom Of the Press

Eric Damron Re:Absurd (580 comments)

First I didn't put any words into anyone's mouth. It sounded to me like he was suggesting that more porn=less rape inferring that the production and distribution of child porn would reduce child molestation. I asked him if that is what he was saying.

Second because of your rude and nasty reply I must assume that you are either mentally challenged or have anger management problems. Either way I doubt you will be able to understand what I have just explained.

about 2 years ago
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Rick Falkvinge On Child Porn and Freedom Of the Press

Eric Damron Re:Absurd (580 comments)

In the summer when the weather gets hot and people eat ice cream the cases of malaria go up. Should we make ice cream illegal?

There is no evidence that the increase in porn is related to the number of rape cases.

Are you suggesting that we should encourage video taping of the molestation of children in order to reduce child molestation?? That is just stupid.

about 2 years ago
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Rick Falkvinge On Child Porn and Freedom Of the Press

Eric Damron Absurd (580 comments)

From the article:

It would not be effective, and possibly counter productive, in catching child molesters.

This statement starts with a false assumption and ends in an erroneous conclusion. The assumption is that the ultimate goal is to catch child molesters. It's conclusion is that it is not effective and may actually make it harder to catch child molesters.

The laws that make child pornography illegal is a separate but related issue to child molestation. It is related because in order to create child pornography a child must be molested. It is separate in that it can stand on its own. The idea that for child pornography to be illegal it must aid in the apprehension of child molesters is absurd.

The author then invents a fairy tail where a person with eye glasses with a built-in camera turns a corner and records a child being raped. He then makes the erroneous conclusion that video recording a crime in process would be a crime itself. It would be illegal if the person who caught it with his camcorder just walked away and didn't report it or worse yet posted the recording on the Internet. People on this guys web site have brought this to the authors attention but he chose to double down on dumb by saying that child pornography is illegal no mater how you get it period. However, if turned over to the police it would NOT be pornography it would be evidence of child molestation. It would only become pornography if it were kept by the individual.

Even if this guy were correct the law could be changed to exempt those situations. Again using this fairy tail as an excuse to legalise child pornography is absurd!

The entire article is filled with this pseudo logic and erroneous conclusions. Not really worth the read IMHO.

about 2 years ago
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Poll-Based System Predicts U.S. Election Results For President, Senate

Eric Damron Re:Not possible! (519 comments)

I really don't know what Romney gives a damn about. It seems like he's been on both sides of every issue so who can tell what he believes?

I do know that he is surrounding himself with neocons and that is disconcerting. Without his own convictions he will just go along with whatever his advisers tell him. We are already hearing them beat the drums of war with regards to Iran.

I predict that if Romney gets elected we will see a repeat of the Bush years. There will be more unfunded wars. We'll see a loosening of regulations that are already too watered down. After the next banking bubble forms and bursts due to the lack of regulations, we will enter into another gilded age. We are already seeing the beginning of a gilded age now with the massive corruption in our government. The common people are no longer being represented. Only a few very rich individuals and powerful corporate powers control our government.

about 2 years ago
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Poll-Based System Predicts U.S. Election Results For President, Senate

Eric Damron Re:Not possible! (519 comments)

It is a common practice for a candidate to drift more to the centre in order to win the undecided vote. The reason people are undecided is that they don't adhere to either party line.

Romney would like to grab these votes but the Republican Party's position is to fundamentally change Medicare and Social Security. They want to control the cost occurred by the government by issuing vouchers that the recipients would use to obtain private insurance. That would ensure that the cost to the government would be predictable and controllable. It would do little to control the cost of medical care for the recipients particularly for the elderly who tend to have serious medical conditions. That group may not even be able to find insurance that would be fully covered by the voucher.

Obviously if they clearly and truthfully explained their plan they wouldn't win many votes so they make statements to deceive people into thinking that their plan would be a good thing. i.e. They claim that they are the ones who will "save" Medicare. What they don't tell you is that they will make it useless to the most vulnerable and thus kill it. It would be "Medicare" in name only.

about 2 years ago
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Romney Taps Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan As Running Mate

Eric Damron Re:WTF is this doing on MY slashdot? (757 comments)

I think you are living in a fact free zone.

The Republicans are not offering real solutions. All they want to do is give tax breaks that will mostly go to their rich cronies and privatise everything, again for the benefit of the richest.

They are in the process of killing the U. S. Postal service by requiring that they fund their retirement system 75 years in advance. They want to sell off our national treasures and they don't mind rigging elections to get that done.

Right now they are enacting voter suppression laws that will primarily suppress voting in areas that would tend to vote for Obama under the guise of preventing voter fraud even though voter fraud has never been a major problem.

They create gridlock like little children throwing a tantrum. Can you say filibuster, filibuster, filibuster? Sure you can! And then claim that Obama can't get anything done. Well no shit Sherlock. Remember that they admitted that their number one priority was to make Obama a one term President! THERE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY! Screw the economy, screw anything else. And they announced their evil little pin head plan right from the start.

The American people cannot afford to allow these cheating low life scum bags to stay in office. They almost destroyed our country during the eight years that Bush and his cronies ran the country and we just can not afford to have a repeat. Oh, and isn't it curious that Bush didn't even really win the election but the Republicans suppressed the recount which later showed that he lost!!

Get ready folks. These bastards are gearing up to steal the election again. They have already voted in Iowa to extend the voting period for Republican leaning counties while shortening the voting period for Democratic leaning counties! That's right! Make it harder to cast your vote if you live in a primarily Democrat county and easier if most of the people would vote Republican!

Is it any wonder people are getting pissed off?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Valve Start Their Own Steam Linux Distro?

Eric Damron Re:why on earth would they want to do that? (316 comments)

So you are accusing the kernel team of unethical behaviour? Really? What proof do you have that they would do something like that? Yes there are purists but it would require someone who had the power to change the API to break things as you suggest and I don't see the kernel team doing that.

about 2 years ago
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Obama To Sign 'America Invents Act of 2011' Today

Eric Damron First to File... (244 comments)

Isn't that legalized claim jumping?

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid

Eric Damron It's our duty... (481 comments)

We need to trust these guys. They are after all scientists and therefore very smart and careful. I mean really. It's not like these guys would ever make a mistake that could cause this thing to slow too much and enter our atmosphere.

And even if they did, how bad would it really be. Just a crater 24 miles wide and trees 200 miles away would spontaneously burst into flames but hey, there is definitely a small chance that it will kill a lot of people. And after all this thing could be worth something like 25 trillion dollars! Isn't it the little peoples duty to risk and lay down their lives so that extremely rich people can get even richer?

more than 2 years ago
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The Quest For an EV Fast-Charge Standard

Eric Damron Re:Still not good enough. (248 comments)

" I could just about drive all the way across town and back on a charge."

Not just about. You could easily do it. The range you get in a LEAF depends on the speed at which you travel. Just like a gas car.

At 35 mph (city speed) the LEAF's range is around 130 miles. At 60 mph (freeway speed) the LEAF's range drops to about 78 miles. It drops to about 65 if you travel at 70 mph. So as you can see it's a perfect city car and not a bad car to go medium distances. It will be awesome when the network is in place to recharge these vehicles.

more than 2 years ago
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The Quest For an EV Fast-Charge Standard

Eric Damron Re:Still not good enough. (248 comments)

"For the Leaf they give 30 minutes for 30 miles using a faster charger."

No, that is not correct. The DC Quck Charger (The one that costs upwards of $40k but can be had for $16K) will charge the LEAF from flat to 80% in 25 minutes. You can go way farther than 30 miles with an 80% charge.

The Level 2 chargers will charge the current LEAF from flat to 100% in 7 to 8 hours. That will normally be done over night and you would not need to plug in at all to make a 60 mile round trip.

"Not impressed."

I think you mean "Not informed."

more than 2 years ago
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The Quest For an EV Fast-Charge Standard

Eric Damron Re:Electric cars are a pipe-dream (248 comments)

"The same people wanting us driving electric cars also don't want us building new power plants that would be required to support the additional load. "

Really?? Are you sure you're not just pulling that out of your @$$? Why yes, I thnk you are.

more than 2 years ago

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