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Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

PrimaryConsult Re:Wake up America ... (95 comments)

There's *always* work to be done. Employing additional cleaners / landscapers to keep facilities looking tidy is one that immediately comes to mind, and one that cannot be easily automated. "Peace officers" (unarmed cops) in neighborhoods to help keep crime down and give people directions. Additional secretaries in offices. Additional window people at post offices and the DMV to help speed lines. I would very much like unemployment insurance to be replaced with (intended to be temporary) low-skill government jobs.

about a week ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

PrimaryConsult Re:Really? This is a problem! (398 comments)

Not necessarily. If 10 people are regular smokers, and the increased cost inspires 5 to quit, you are getting revenue from the other 5 while still reducing smoking.

about a week ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

PrimaryConsult Re:This is good (398 comments)

Clearly you have never driven in a real city. If you leave enough space for someone to slam on the brakes suddenly, another car will move into the space you are leaving, and you'll have to slow down to drop back further, prompting people to pass you and take that newly vacated space. Eventually, you'll be getting a ticket for impeding the flow of traffic.

about a week ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

PrimaryConsult Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

I am guessing where you live, either no one makes left turns at traffic lights, or they gun it the moment the light turns green before the opposite direction traffic has a chance to enter the intersection.

about a week ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

PrimaryConsult Re:In Japan (331 comments)

Since Japan is one of the most public transit connected / bike friendly countries in the world, the number of people who would need to use a personal motorized vehicle to get home from a bar is rather low.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

PrimaryConsult Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Pretty much this. Though, I wouldn't say avenged so much as, the sheriff would do something about a well liked individual being murdered, and people would be cooperative in the investigation. But the guy who regularly takes a piss in the horse trough, spanks women as they walk by, and randomly shoots his gun spooking the horses in front of the saloon? Must've been hit by a stray bullet.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

PrimaryConsult Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

Actually yes. When being an asshole means sooner or later someone will shoot you (and no one will rat on the shooter), there's a lot fewer assholes around.

about two weeks ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

PrimaryConsult Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

For a more modern example look at abortion laws. In my great state the politicians are too afraid to go one way or the other so they come up with bullshit like waiting times. In order for a woman to get an abortion she has to wait three days. No reason. She just has to. This is because someone couldn't get an anti abortion law passed so they settled for attempting to shame the woman into keeping the child with arbitrary regulations and rules.

Not to jump into the hornet's nest, but a three day wait is actually pretty reasonable. Some people might be pressured (by parents or the guy) and need a few days to realize they also have the right to choose life, and that there are groups out there that will help alleviate that pressure. There is also a not small number of women who feel they rushed into the decision and regretted it (either for moral reasons or for medical ones resulting from unexpected complications). If the woman is the type to be shamed out of it in three days, imagine if the shame came after it was too late to undo?

They have five day waits for firearms, a three day wait for something more controversial than the 2nd amendment shouldn't be too much to ask...

about two weeks ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

PrimaryConsult Re:Contact tracing the second nurse (381 comments)

The only options would be Canada and Mexico followed by a land crossing, and I think we could get Canada to agree to a similar quarantine. At a US airport it doesn't matter how many countries you pass through beforehand, unless you've (illegally) ripped out the page from your passport that has the stamp for the country in question, or gotten some other country's immigration officer to cover it with a sticker, the evidence would easily spotted.

about two weeks ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

PrimaryConsult Re:Contact tracing the second nurse (381 comments)

You cannot prevent an American citizen from returning home. However, a mandatory, no exceptions 60 day quarantine would have worked (60 days from departure of affected country).

about two weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

PrimaryConsult Re:Oh great (549 comments)

Probably more an ancient Unix backend. My college for the longest time truncated the Unix passwords to the first 8 characters (both when setting and authenticating). We used to type in the first 8 letters carefully then type an additional 10 characters randomly to confuse shoulder surfers... this was still the case as late as 2008.

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

PrimaryConsult Re:A bit of a straw-man (238 comments)

The problem is, using cash is "leaving money on the table" if you have credit cards with any sort of rewards program. Unless there is a cash discount, when you pay cash you are in essence subsidizing the credit card users.

That said, I will try to use cash at small busnesses / independent stores to help show support...

about three weeks ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

PrimaryConsult Re:Would this be legal if a proposed law passes? (249 comments)

The same way in my state it is illegal to charge extra for a credit card transaction, but not illegal to offer a discount for using cash. Thus, the "cash price" vs "credit price" at gas stations...

about a month ago
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China's Island Factory

PrimaryConsult Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

I only have layman interests in languages. I don't particularly want to read some wikipedia article on languages.

As do I, though I have taken a few linguistic courses as well. In any case, 'layman interests' is exactly what Wikipedia is for. I sent you to the specific section of the page which answers your question, unlike your relativity example which is the top level page of something I did not express any interest in (to you). If you don't care enough to read the Wikipedia article, being that you're an AC, I'm not sure you're worth answering anyway.

If you must know *why* I think it is that great, The part I linked to is where it explains that the design of the letters is based on the position of the mouth when making the sound. The other reason it is that there's only a handful of "letters" but they group together to form blocks. Each block makes a complete syllable (so that it flows naturally when reading) but unlike other phonetic alphabets such as Kana, you do not need to memorize every possible block to learn to read / write, just the component letters and the positioning cues.

about a month and a half ago
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China's Island Factory

PrimaryConsult Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Or, I have better things to do than read slashdot 3 hours after posting?

In any case, here is the relevant section of the wikipedia article on Hangul, which does a far better job at explaining than I can.

Now go back under your rock, troll.

about a month and a half ago
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China's Island Factory

PrimaryConsult Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Everyone uses / used the Chinese alphabet because they were "first past the post" in the region, not because the Chinese at one point owned it all.

The Japanese learned it when they sent scholars to learn in China. They then proceeded to improve on it by making simpler alphabets (Kana) so that it did not take 10 years of dedicated study to learn enough to read/write a shopping list.

The Koreans acquired the writing system through Buddhism, and they too decided to improve on it and made Hangul (IMO the most efficient and logical alphabet in the world).

The Vietnamese also borrowed it, but managed to so badly screw the writing system up while trying to improve on it that they gave up on their version and picked up the Roman alphabet from the Portuguese instead.

about 1 month ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

PrimaryConsult Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

You might want to learn to read usernames; I'm not the GP.

And unless you have a ", MD" after your name, you have no more qualification to discuss this than the rest of us, so why don't you take your profanity laced drivel and shove it up your ass.

about 2 months ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

PrimaryConsult Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

Of course not, but let me put it in sysadmin terms:
System a is having a problem
System b with a slightly different configuration is avoiding the problem

When trying to solve the "problem" the normal way (Documentation, Google) fails usually you start making "a" look more like "b" until the problem goes away. Or are you saying that finding a working example of what you are trying to accomplish is not extremely valuable?

about 2 months ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

PrimaryConsult Re:Hire Engineers as Employees. (212 comments)

That's what we do with Oracle and we're actually doing pretty well with them. We only let them build the dev environment, train our staff, and create documentation. The other environments are built entirely by the people they trained using the documentation provided, and once we are confident we can rebuild the system even if Oracle vanished off the face of the earth, we send the consultants on their way. This approach should be done with *any* vendor though.

about 2 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

PrimaryConsult Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

The config overwriting used to annoy me as well, but the universal solution is to chattr +i the file that keeps getting overwritten. There's often an added bonus that whatever keeps overwriting it generates an error logged to the console or syslog whenever it tries again, providing a nice breadcrumb to figure out what's overwriting it.

about 2 months ago

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