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School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

kenh Or you could just... (230 comments)

Or you could just have the kids learn a 4 digit PIN, like the majority of schools in America do...

Honestly, the cashier has a keypad, the kid just types in their PIN after the cashier adds up their purchase, and the account is debited (unless the student is eligible for a free meal, in which case the student does the exact same thing, but no money is deducted from an account - thus removing the stigma of being from a low income family, at least as far as lunch in the cafeteria is concerned)...

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: Cue the fanbois (249 comments)

Imagine the savings if they simply went off computers entirely and reverted back to pen and paper! They could fire all their IT folks...

Who needs a website? You can just put bulletin boards all around town!

The savings are amazing!

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: Admirable, but why stop there? (249 comments)

Let me guess - the high school you currently attend has laptop carts full of chromebooks, and that's how you just know they'd work great for government workers?

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (249 comments)

Yeah, managing 8,300 Linux desktops and user accounts requires nothing more than a couple shell scripts...

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: maintenance costs (249 comments)

Please explain how you propose they manage those 8,30 desktops and user accounts without Active Directory, Group Policies, or System Center - all of which are included when you license a Windows operating system...

Ubuntu wants $105/yr for their desktop management solution...

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: The Microsoft Tax can buy you... (249 comments)

Yeah, the future of Microsoft is based on giving away free upgrades to a 14 year-old OS...

Has Linux cracked 2% of desktop users? Last I saw MS Vista had nearly ten times larger market share than ALL Linux desktops...

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: ... and back again. (249 comments)

Because government transparency is based on their choice of a desktop operating system...

And no, it isn't based on file formats used by your preferred office application suite either.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: ... and back again. (249 comments)

Welcome to Slashdot! ;^)

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: ... and back again. (249 comments)

Did you really just try and compare Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 with Kubuntu?

Apples and oranges.

It makes me question your actual experiences with both...

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: What's in the EU water? (249 comments)

they prefer the games because its OSS.

Seriously, THAT is why they prefer those particular games, because they are OSS?

Puh-leeze.

Either it is because they are cheaper/free OR they are just simply better games.

about a week ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

kenh Re: Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (249 comments)

Go price a management solution for your 8,300 'free' desktops - a Ubuntu wants $105/desktop per year for a system that hopes to someday be as stabil and robust as MS Active Directory and Group Policy solutions that are (essentially) free with Windows Server...

http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/...

At 8,300 desktops and $105/yr, after six years you've invested neatly $5M to manage the desktops like you used to under Windows XP... Where did the savings go?

Then again, they could just cobble together a bunch of free tools and 'roll their own' management solution, I'm sure they welcome taking on that burden in the IT department - with no additional resources... To ensure maximal savings!

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

kenh Re: Wrong Title (499 comments)

Secession is not the same as overthrow - not even on Wikipedia...

about two weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

kenh Re: Wrong Title (499 comments)

1) somebody did a terrorist assault on the IRS. hmm I wonder who he identified with?

Because he felt he personallywas being targeted/harassed by the IRS.

2) someone shot a democratic congresswoman. hmm I wonder who he identified with?

He was a staggeringly apolitical college student, he (according to friends and relatives) had no political leanings one way or the other, he was all about proper grammar and precise language.

3) somebody bombed an abortion clinic. hmm I wonder who he identified with?

Wonder all you want, if he was a member of AARP, does that make all seniors responsible for his actions? How about the Sierra Club? The AAA?

4) somebody bombed a public event in a liberal city (boston marathon). hmm I wonder who he identified with?

As foreign students they probably didn't pay any taxes, and they didn't vote - why would they identify with a group opposed to a certain political party or be upset with taxes they didn't pay?

4) the US govt identified radical republicans as the greatest internal threat. hmm I wonder why?

Yes, the same DEMOCRAT government that admitted (and apologized, before denying it ever happened) to targeting right-wing 501c(3) and 501c(4) groups that applied for tax-exempt status.

Shocking that the party in charge felt comfortable trumping up baseless claims on their political opponents.

They also labelled anyone with political bumper stickers as a threat to the government - that's some sound reasoning there...

about two weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

kenh Re: Wrong Title (499 comments)

Zimmerman mentored underprivileged minorities (typically blacks) - the racist!

Lough ER was the most a-political person I've ever read about... He wrote to his congresswoman to force people to use proper grammar... He was likely 100% ignorant of her party affiliation! and he had no documented affiliations either.

What about the fellow that went to shoot up the Discovery channel because "they weren't doing enough' to combat global warming? He brought bags of Chik-Fil-A sandwiches to attempt to deflect blame onto right-wingers.

about two weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

kenh Odd... (499 comments)

But federal investigators say that Barr lied during a routine background check about her affiliations with a domestic terrorist group that had ties to the two organizations to which she had belonged in the early 1980s. On 27 August, NSF said that her 'dishonest conduct' compelled them to cancel her temporary assignment immediately, at the end of the first of what was expected to be a 2-year stint.

How her colleagues are ignoring that she lied on her background check... They probably never got to the point where they investigated her involvement with the group (which, if she had disclosed it initially may or may not have barred her from working at the NSF).

Is it really acceptable yo lie on federal background checks?

about two weeks ago
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E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

kenh Uhm, no... (116 comments)

And the screen of 3.2 inches isn't that much smaller than the 3.5 inchers on the older iPads.

You mean iPod Touch...

about three weeks ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

kenh Cheap press (137 comments)

This $190K expense will buy google an awful lot of free press.

It's nice that Google did this, but let's be clear - the Chicago Public School system has a staggering number of problems, and a marimba and a classroom full of MS Surface laptop/tablets won't really make a difference outside of the handful of children that will be able to actually touch/use these items.

about a month and a half ago

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MPC can't process Warranty Claims

kenh kenh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kenh writes "Something has gone horribly, horribly wrong at Gateway/MPC. Here is the very short version of my experience: Dec. 2005 I bought a Gateway Convertible laptop with a 3-year warranty. Oct. 8, 2008 I call MPC, who has taken over warranty calls for Gateway systems (they apparently bought the professional services arm of the company) I'm told part will ship next day. Oct. 20, 2008 I call back, find out where my part is (I had said Ground was fine for shipping), found out the warehouse shipping system had "been down for a week, it just came up, and the part will ship by Wednesday". Oct. 24, 2008 I call back, am told the part is out of stock, call back Wednesday, we should have a better handle on the inventory/ETA. Oct. 29, 2008 I call in, only to find the warehouse hasn't shipped anything for almost two weeks, the part is in stock, and the call center staff has no idea when the part will ship (the system is still down), it could be another week or so. Now, this is bad, but since my average wait time for each of these calls is around two hours, I have to believe I'm not the only customer in this situation. I'm wondering if any here knows the answer to what's going on at MPC?"
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Trouble in iTunes Paradise

kenh kenh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kenh writes "Universal Music, responsible for one out of three new tunes released in the USA, has decided not to renew it's current 12 month contract — yet.[NYTimes Link] The dispute opens the possibility that Apple could lose the ability to offer Universal music for sale through iTunes, and that Universal could take it's music library to another seller. It is unclear what impact this possible change might have for iTunes customers that have bought Universal music from iTunes and need to re-load their iPod/computer if the deal is not renewed? Presumably Apple would have to keep any song ever sold on it's servers in perpetuity."
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kenh kenh writes  |  about 8 years ago

kenh writes "For years my father has gotten along the Information Superhighway with just an i-Opener and an Earthlink account, but the internet has moved too far ahead of his burned-in-ROM browser to be useful tohim anymore (and dial-up is a bit slow these days). Anyway, while investigating various options (Apple Macintosh, Knoppix Linux/Ubuntu Linux with USB key file storage, WebTV) none are very appealing for various reasons. What, o fellow Slashdoter's are the real options today? The criterion are: Dial-up support, no update/anti-virus/etc pop-ups, and no software "update" downloads, support for PDFs, Flash, Javascript, etc. to accomodate modern websites. The i-Opener was 'foolproof", if things went wrong, you could just shut it off and try again, everything I see today lacks that ability (to varying extents)."

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