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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

deKernel Re: I hope not (507 comments)

I thought I was the only one that laughed at that one.

5 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

deKernel Re:Must be an alternate earth. (441 comments)

Exactly...what a load of crap. It has gotten real hard to find employers that are willing to cultivate people from within these days which is a real shame.

about a week ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

deKernel Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

There are several reasons why I would opt-out. First off, I could get a far better return if I had a professional invest that money. Second, I am not adding to a fund that Congress can "borrow from" whenever they want. Third, I abhor the idea that I am just adding to the massive atrocity called the Federal Government.

What really irritates me is that the monster has gotten to the point where it just can't go away because such a large percentage of our population has gotten so damn lazy that they now plan on relying on Social Security for their income during retirement.

Regarding the mortgage assertion....NOBODY FORCED YOU TO SIGN THE PAPERS!!!!!!!! When you sign up for debt, you pay it or pay the consequences.

about three weeks ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

deKernel Re:Mission creep. (285 comments)

Boy do I wish I could lump all of my mod points onto this comment.

about a month ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

deKernel Re:Laundering (232 comments)

If that is how you would have to operate...guess what...you can't afford to buy them show you should not be participating in the auction. See how easy that is.

about 3 months ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

deKernel Re:New OS? (257 comments)

If I had to bet, I would think the MMU will have a very different behavior so that alone might cause a drastic change that would necessitate a "new" OS.

about 3 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

deKernel Re:Not terribly surprising (306 comments)

I wish I could pile up all my points onto your statement because it is SOOOOO true. I love the "architects" that just jump right into coding without even taking a moment to understand the problem domain.

about 3 months ago
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How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

deKernel Re: It's just corruption (143 comments)

So let me get this straight...to not have corruption you need to have a big government... WOW.

about 4 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

deKernel Outdated Information (482 comments)

The author might want to walk into an ATT store these days. I was off-contract and wanted a new phone. Guess what, I bought my phone and I am still off contract meaning I can leave at any time because they didn't tie my phone purchase with my contract.

about 4 months ago
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New Apache Allura Project For Project Development Hosting

deKernel Re:This is very bad for OSS (43 comments)

This is exactly what I was thinking. I see the potential here because if devs/engineers at a company pick this then they will more than likely push back any fixes/enhancements to the project.

about 5 months ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

deKernel Re:This is actually good news (465 comments)

I really wish I had some mod points because you are spot on.

about 6 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

deKernel Re:Finance is a valuable activity (712 comments)

Well, I would suggest that you actually own and run your own company for a period of time to just find out. Here, I will give you one example: say you need to pay your employees but you don't have the cash on hand. Guess what, like many companies, you take a loan out for a short period until your cash flow balances out from your receivables finally arriving.

about 6 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

deKernel Re:should have gone with a browser... (346 comments)

Ah but when company A purchases that piece of hardware from company B, it is company B that is providing the device driver to company A. Now remember that company B is also selling that piece of hardware to other companies for many times different applications so company B just provides drivers for the broadest environment and guess what that is. At this point company A has a choice, do they devote resources to develop their own driver for their own special sauce OS (and please remember they will have to maintain that for the life of the product) or do you just go with the OS that the overall majority of your devices support natively. The numbers make it pretty darn easy sometimes.

about 7 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

deKernel Re:should have gone with a browser... (346 comments)

Then I would say you have wagered wrong. As I stated above responding some another persons uninformed opinion, the volume of crazy unique hardware in an ATM that you have to support might surprise you.

about 7 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

deKernel Re:should have gone with a browser... (346 comments)

Make a suggestion, get to know all of the crazy pieces of unique hardware that an ATM MUST support. Here I will give you a hint on just one: you know that clunky old 16 key keypad you see...well that does FAR more that just send key presses.

about 7 months ago
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Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

deKernel And I Will Stop Buying... (521 comments)

I can tell that both the designers and people who think this is a great idea don't actually use a pickup for a living. I use a pickup on a ranch, and I use it HARD so that is where I am coming from. The new pickups in the last 10 years just don't last anymore because they are making them lighter and more economical to drive, and they just can't take the abuse that workers put them through on a daily bases.

about 8 months ago
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Target Has Major Credit Card Breach

deKernel POS Hacked? (191 comments)

If the story does have the details correct meaning their POS terminals were somehow compromised, then Target must have some type of central server that the terminals call into to see if there are software updates because don't see any physical way so many terminals could be compromised. With that, the terminals could be reprogrammed to first send the authorization request, but then send a second message out with all the needed information which indicates an inside job.

about 8 months ago
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Next-Gen Windshield Wipers To Be Based On Jet Fighter "Forcefield" Tech

deKernel Bugs and Dirt (237 comments)

As one who drives through regions (think the U.P. of Michigan for U.S.'ers), I am curious as to how it will "fix" the bugs getting smeared on the windscreen.

about 8 months ago
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UN Mounts Asteroid Defense Plan Following Chelyabinsk Meteor

deKernel Re:It begins (163 comments)

So you are thinking that if either the U.N. or some similar body existed before either WWI or WWII that possibly either/both wars would not have happened....well, I am pretty confident in stating that the League of Nations sure didn't due the trick preventing a world war. Yes, the League of Nations is not exactly like the U.N., but they sure try to operate in the same capacity.

Crazy people typically can't be talked off the ledge or taught that world domination is a bad thing.

Just my $0.02.

about 10 months ago
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The Cognitive Cost of Poverty

deKernel Re:FTFY (459 comments)

Well, I am not sure where there study group came from, but there is a tremendous amount of real-world examples to show that just giving money to people does NOT fix poverty. Don't believe me, take a good hard look at every big city in America for the last 40 years. The amount of money given to people in poor environments is staggering, and there is no real numbers to show that we have made a dent on poverty (by dent, I mean helped an appreciable percentage of people out of poverty).

Do I have the answer, nope. Do I wish I had the answer, yes. The best I can conclude is that money, training, change of environment and a good dose of accountability.

about a year ago

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