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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

gtall Re:HP Calculators (580 comments)

And it better have RPN, I still cannot use anything TI ever produced.

1 hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

gtall Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (580 comments)

My HP-45 from 1974 still works fine.

1 hour ago
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

gtall Re:It's Not Really Oracle (154 comments)

Yes and no. If you aren't careful, you'll wind up with a dirty snowball which wasn't so much designed as it was congealed. Modularity will not save you. If your site won't scale, then you are going to need a new design.

I agree with starting small though, as long as the tradeoffs are understood and management doesn't cough up a hairball when a redesign is necessary.

yesterday
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

gtall Re:It's Not Really Oracle (154 comments)

If "glork" isn't an English word, it should be. The mean would be something like the contravariant meaning of "grok".

Programmer 1: did you grok that function?

Programmer 2: nope, it glorked any thought I had about the spec.

yesterday
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

gtall Re:Crapware (154 comments)

My only experience with Oracle is with Oracle forms. I've done some extensive work with Java in the past, it is really breathtaking how badly Oracle can design interfaces using it. It is as though they absorbed all of Sun's expertise in interfaces and puked it back out with their own special distaste for useability.

yesterday
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

gtall Re:Voluntary? (387 comments)

And how would Snowden get such information given that there's no way Putin is going to let him roam free, and why would Putin care if he's caught lying?

2 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

gtall Re:Not sure how standing up would solve anything.. (308 comments)

Actually, it takes more energy to stand because your muscles must keep your body balanced. And most people fidget more using their legs while standing. Your heart has to work harder too.

2 days ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

gtall Re:Is it dead? (109 comments)

More importantly, companies beyond a certain size can specialize the ARM architecture to suit their needs. Intel won't let you do that. Game over.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

gtall Re:Militia, then vs now (1571 comments)

Bullshit, the U.S. military doesn't need that many small weapons, the Army is under 400,000, the Marines under 200,000, the Air Force doesn't count unless you want to count the purses they carry, and the Navy is small (the Marines being part of the Navy). Count that against the millions of small gun owners who would rather their kids get nailed by an idiot with an AR-15 than give up their right to bear arms.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

gtall Re:Militia, then vs now (1571 comments)

You point to a bigger issue, strict Constitutionalists in the U.S. believe the Constitution brooks no amending, somehow it was born of immaculate conception and henceforth shall remain ever as is until fossilized. This would of course take the U.S. back to the 1700's and deprive them of their automatic weapons which are needed for hunting small woodland creatures and to defend their property against the hobgoblins of their imagination. Last we heard, automatic weapons were useless against hobgoblins but that argument doesn't appear to carry water with the Libertarians.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

gtall Re:Militia, then vs now (1571 comments)

And to pretend that the Founders never intended the Constitution to be amended is silly since we have an amendment process. Why would they do that? I'll tell you why. They weren't stupid enough to think that the way the Constitution was written in that time and place would suffice over the centuries. They were building a nation to endure over time, not some brain-dead, still-born corpse of nation that would immediately start rotting. Their examples were the extant countries they saw in Europe.

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

gtall Re:This happened to my wife (630 comments)

Nested in the bowls of the White House, and Evil Presence plotted an atrocity on the sainted American people who would never think to hide their income. He theorized, he inspected the tax code with a malicious mind bent on Total Domination. Let the American People eat IRS Death he sang to his sycophantic followers in a speechifying voice.

What kind of moron are you? Is it not possible the IRS was just following the law that Congress had passed and, given the death of tax money to cover the U.S. debt that Congress has rung up, decided to shake the pockets of the sainted American people for some missing nickles. Then Congress, realizing they themselves were the idiots involved, waxed poetically and hysterically in front of the Klieg lights and television camera about what an abomination this was, the Republicans only too willing to attribute it to the the Evil Obama.

Get a grip, try the little yellow pills this time.

4 days ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

gtall Re:Another thing (135 comments)

You heard it first here, folks. ShieldPuppy says we're all gonna die, all is woe, repent Ye and face damnation. The man knows the future, he's even from the future and thought so much about it he came here on Slashdot to inform us all of our fate, which is not good. A cave-dwelling existence is our ultimate destination, there's no escaping his analysis, he alone among us knows.

4 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

gtall Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

And we have studies detailing the risk for vaccines and none of them implicate autism. The woman refuses to accept them. This is akin to the World Trade Center nutjobs who claim a conspiracy...which would only involve several hundred people who all managed to keep their mouths shut due to some mystical influence from...choose your hobgoblin: The Illuminati, the Jews, the Government, the Man, the Aliens, the Republicans, Ronald MacDonald, the Gecko on the insurance commercials, Gordon Gekko, former President Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Sasquatch, etc.

The woman is either a liar or too dim to understand the implications of what she's saying. In either case, she's a menace to the other dimbulbs who believe her and society which relies on vaccines.

5 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

gtall Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

It isn't illegal, it is part of the tax code. And they cannot shuffle profits made in the U.S. to offshore accounts, especially given the current lack of funds in Washington and the political hay that could be made cracking down on them...except they cannot. A congressional committee had Apple's CEO in front of them to explain it to them. He did. They wrote it into the tax law and it became part of the playing field Apple and the rest must play on.

Congress is the problem. And don't even think to complain about lobbyists, it is congresscritters that have sold their own votes. They are to blame, companies compete wherever their competitors choose to compete.

5 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

gtall Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

Nice fairy tale. The IRS had their budget cut and the chances of being audited is the lowest it has been in years, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/....

Now, you probably think this is a good thing, except that the sainted American people will do anything to cheat on their taxes. Whether you like it or not, much of higher and lower education rely on taxes, as does most fundamental research. But Congress has been cutting that as well because research grows on trees, right.

And the problem isn't with the IRS, it is with the tax code. Congresses and Presidents have written that. The last simplification happened because Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan agreed to simplify it and rammed it through Congress, although it took them several years. The current crop of congresscritters cannot agree on where the sun rises, good luck in simplification.

5 days ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

gtall Re:Stop Now (174 comments)

Aide to Senator: Senator, you should cut funding for fusion research. I read this AC on Slashdot who said it would never lead to a practical source of energy.

Senator: Aide, that's some ironclad reasoning, I agree.

about a week ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

gtall Re:Last hope (174 comments)

Gee, videos on youtube, that must mean it is eminently viable.

Put a different way, if everything you said about its cost+research is true, GE would already be all over it.

Put a different way, there's not a chance in hell the U.S. is going to let Ma and Pa Kettle put up a nuclear reactor just because GE refuses.

And I support nuclear energy.

about a week ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

gtall Re:i dont understand this (226 comments)

Well, in fairness to your daughter, you'll be getting dumber and dumber until she hits about 21. Then you'll start getting smarter again. If I were you, I'd use the "dumb time" to pick up some high return hobbies so you'll be ready for her when she hits 21.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

gtall Re:Air-gapped systems? (245 comments)

The hardware gives up its ghost.

about two weeks ago

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Microsoft To Educate North Carolina High Schoolers

gtall gtall writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gtall (79522) writes "From the article: "Microsoft said Tuesday that North Carolina has become the first US state to implement Redmond's Microsoft IT Academy Program for its public high schools — 628 in total. The program offers students and teachers the latest Microsoft software for classrooms and labs, Microsoft e-learning materials, discounts on courseware, access to Tech Net, and marketing resources to help promote the institutions' association with Microsoft, along with certification in Microsoft technologies."

Has education come to this where a company can decide the curriculum to turn out drones tuned to its products?"

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