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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

kenh Re: Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (178 comments)

Well if the Conservatives 'got in'(was there a miscount?), it can only mean the rules didn't work too well.

Wow. So the point of the initial election reforms in Canada was to block out the Conservatives, and having failed in their attempt to silence their opponents, the new Minority party (liberals? I don't follow Canadian politics.) is upset that they now find themselves being suppressed.

There are a couple ways to respond:

"You started it"

"Turnaround is fair play"

"What's good for the goose is good for the gander"

"Serves you right"

9 hours ago
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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

kenh Lazy politicians... (178 comments)

Why is Comcast cast as the villan? This is SOP for any major letter writing campaign I've ever heard of - outside group offers supporters 'sample' letters to send to those making the decision, supporters simply copy-and-paste the 'sample' letter, and everyone pretends it means something.

The anger should directed at the compliant and lazy politicians that never learned how to copy someone else's work and avoid detection.

yesterday
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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

kenh Because this is so completely unlike... (82 comments)

...the Raspberry Pi board, you know, that $30-35 "PC" that not needs a keyboard, mouse, SD card, TV, case and power up ply to be usable as a desktop...

What makes his project not cost efficient IMHO is going to be the collection and testing of recycled modules.

2 days ago
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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

kenh Re: Depends on use (82 comments)

Also, the CPU needs big and fast memory, and plenty of I/O bandwidth to do useful stuff. Not typically the stuff you find on a cell phone.

Maybe not your cellphone...

2 days ago
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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

kenh Re: Oh Boy! (82 comments)

Check out the HP Stream 7 tablet - $100 for a 7" tablet with full Windows 8.1 and 12 months of Office 365 for the tablet and ANOTHER PC (2 installations). But, oh wait - it comes from a traditional computer manufacturer - will they go under or ride the wave?

2 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

kenh Re:Making a profit off publicly-funded infrastruct (208 comments)

Because it "stifles innovation" - you certainly can't expect start-ups to play by the same rules as the companies they are competing with, can you?

Reminds me of one version of the "pro net neutrality" argument - if you allow existing companies (with their massive resources) to pay for improved bandwidth to customers, then how will the under-funded start-up ever compete? You must tie the hands of the entrenched companies to give their competitors a chance...

3 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

kenh What's the big deal? (208 comments)

It's not like they are running a business out of their car... Oh wait.

We have restrictions on running businesses out of the house, there should be similar restrictions for running a business in your auto.

The real issue will be when a "personal use" driver damages his car (and potentially a paying passenger) when involved in a traffic accident AND the driver's private insurance refuses to cover the damage and any ensuing lawsuits.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

kenh Re: Nostalgic for Windows 7? (640 comments)

Good luck with pushing [Windows] 8 to the corporate world... it's about as adoptable as an angry badger with syphilis.

Why would a corporate customer choose to install Windows 8 when Windows 10 is just around the corner? MS will still be pumping out FREE security updates for Windows 7 for 4-5 more years, certainly long enough to wait for Windows 10 SP 1...

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

kenh Discriminatory (480 comments)

We are constantly told that millions of poor, minority, and women voters are incapable of securing and retaining photo ID to allow them to vote in an election that requires state-issued ID, how in the world will these same voters wrestle up the where-with-all to set up a secure Bitcoin identity, and be able to successfully vote by holding on to said Bitcoin identity?

Will setting up your required Bitcoin identity require voters to prove their identity? That's RACIST!

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

kenh Re: That's nice.. (480 comments)

How can your politics be so screwed up that both houses are run by the opposite party to the president in power.

Because every candidate in the House is up for re-election every two years, accounting for 435 discrete elections, the Senate has 1/3rd of it's members up for re-election every two years, resulting in 33 discrete elections, and the Presidency is up for re-election every four years.

Why would you imagine such a process would result in all three having their majority be the same party?

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

kenh Re: Anonymity (480 comments)

No, what he said he was (and this is staggering) it takes to long/it's too hard to do the research, WRITE DOWN his choices, then head to the polls and vote!

Apparently, the ability to do his research with his ABSENTEE BALLOT in front of him, marked as he decides is also too hard - maybe his mom refuses to take his mail tithe mailboxes?

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

kenh Re: Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

Question: Let's say the tabulated election results and a paper trail/audit trail are different, which will be used for the "official results"?

If we always trust the audit trail, then why even tabulate the results?

If we always trust the tabulated results, why have the audit trail?

If 'it depends' then on what does it depend? Which party stands to gain from a particular version of the results!

The only response that makes sense with inconsistent election results is to hold a new election... Are you prepared to hold a second election, considering the time it would take to (for example) print new absentee ballots, mail them out, then wait SEVERAL WEEKs for those absentee ballots to return?

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

kenh Re: Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

U.S. election laws forbid the creation of a 'receipt' that lists who an individual votes for, because to generate one would allow voters to (provably) 'sell' their vote.

Voting needs to be easier? How is it in any way hard now?

You can register to vote during many ordinary interactions with government (motor voter laws).

People can solicit your registration and deliver it to the government.

The polls in some localities are open for WEEKS because some people's schedules are so onerous they can't find the time in a given 24 hour election to vote.

You can vote by mail via absentee ballot, in most cases the only reason needed is a desire to not go to the polling station.

You can request absentee ballots be sent to you in perpetuity, never requiring you to ask for an absentee ballot again.

Campaigns will drive to your house, pick you up, and deliver you to your polling station if you ask them to.

Campaigns go out and canvass hospitals, mental institutions, and even prisons to 'dig up' voters that can't make it to the polls.

You can register to vote on Election Day in many localities... No waiting period.

And you don't even need to remember to bring ID to the polls, unless you live in one of the two dozen or so states that require state-issued ID to vote.

Where is the onerous burden that Bitcoin-based online voting addresses that is not equally-well addressed by the current absentee ballot programs across the country?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

kenh Re: For that matter... phones. (790 comments)

Where? There's a good chance the company that provides your local phone service isn't the same one that serves my house...

I find it hard to believe your local switch doesn't support pulse dialing - did they just upgrade the local switch (doubtful) or stop offering it as a 'service' (more likely).

about two weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

kenh Re: I guess that means ... (340 comments)

given enough hands it will never, ever, lose...

That is the exact claim every person with a gambling problem says - it is also the exact same principle that has funded countless casinos...

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

kenh Re:old != bad (189 comments)

The code that truncated years to two digits (Y2K bug) or relied on the epoch clock (2038 bug) were not designed to work past year 1999 or 2038, try were built with limitations that were accepted by the developer, testers, and users - even if they didn't understand the trade-off they made or the self-imposed self-destruct mechanism they hard-coded into their program. In effect, they were designed to fail, so I guess one could argue they 'work as defined', they were just poorly defined.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

kenh Re:Modern Technology (189 comments)

My experience with migrating from legacy apps says you'd churn out a half asses solution, which isn't compatible with the existing stuff, and which can't be made so, and which would eventually be abandoned as untenable.

This is something the federal government proves over and over again... The current tax code is a staggering collection of decades-old COBOL code, the air traffic control systems until very recently ran on vacuum tube computers, and the FBI has tried, and failed, repeatedly to transition off a collection of mainframe tools for agents onto something more modern and flexible, wasting billions of dollars in the process.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

kenh Re:"A related article suggests..." (255 comments)

Is it safe to assume you prefer the party that told you 'we have to pass the bill, to see what's in it', that couldn't be bothered to read bills they were cosponsors on, and admonished fellow politicians to 'never let a crisis go to waste'?

BTW, all the preceding statements were made by actual elected officials of the Democrat party (Rep. Pelosi, Rep. Conyers, and Rahm Emanuel) - Grover Norquist is a commentator brought on shows to be outlandish, not for striking compromises with his opponents.

about three weeks ago

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MPC can't process Warranty Claims

kenh kenh writes  |  more than 6 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  |  more than 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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