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Richard Stallman's Solution To 'Too Big To Fail'

krgallagher I do not like Richard Stallmana (649 comments)

He is a Socialist. I am a Capitalist. He wants to punish companies for being successful. I think that is a bad idea.

By the way, I have seen GNU software in HPUX and Solaris. We don't call them GNU/HPUX or GNU/Solaris. Linux is a Kernel. Ask anyone developing embedded systems. No GNU there, but it is still Linux. He gave his software away. Now he wants everyone to bow down because we used it. What happened to the HURD Kernel? Get over it.

Yeah I know. Call me a troll. It is a subject I am passionate about. Sorry if I offend, but I have a right to my opinion.

about a year and a half ago

For personal printing, not work, I usually use ...

krgallagher Re:Fedex/Kinkos (266 comments)

I print three or four times a year. When I need something printed, I email it to myself, go to FedEx/Kinko, and print it. Costs me about ten cents American. I usually have to send it somewhere, so I can take care of that at the same time. I call them "My Office When I Am Away From The Office."

about a year and a half ago

Telepresence Robot Rundown

krgallagher Miss Read Rundown as Run Down (51 comments)

When I saw the headline I thought someone had hit a robot with a truck.

about a year and a half ago

How To Make PC Gaming Better

krgallagher Product Placement (337 comments)

I am sure this will be an unpopular idea, but there should be no fee to play an MMORPG. Instead potions should be things like "A nice refreshing Pepsi!"

about a year and a half ago

My relationship to military service:

krgallagher Re:Yet Another Missing Option (525 comments)

"Military family - grew up on and around bases, Father retired enlisted, majority of siblings served in one way or another. Me, they didn't need."

This was going to be my missing option as well. My father was a lifer, fought in Korea - actually a non-combat role. I have two brothers who served and a niece-in-law who is currently enlisted and stationed abroad.

What most people do not understand is that when one family member serves, the whole family serves. Most of my siblings were born abroad, as I was. My mother raised a family on a soldiers wages. When my family goes to war, we organize local efforts to send care packages and letters. It is a lifestyle.

about a year and a half ago

Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

krgallagher Re:Everyone's first answer is wrong (515 comments)

-You can't eat them.
I grew up hunting. I can kill game. However, in a post-apocalypse world I would do more trapping and fishing and save the ammunition.

-You can't drink them.
I can brew beer and make wine. Who wants to drink a weapon?

-They can't power your well, sump pump, freezer, or furnace
No, neither can a roof over your head, but that doesn't mean I would live in the open.

-A gun doesn't do a very good job of providing you information about the weather, news updates from the CDC, or other emergency management information.
No that is why I have an emergency radio. See my answer above.

-1000 rounds of ammunition == approximately 1000 dead zombies +/- your accuracy. This becomes a problem when the zombie population goes > 1000 zombies. A delta of zombies is a bad thing.
I have reloading equipment. Also I do know how to make gunpowder from sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter, but god forbid it comes to that.

-Guns cannot process large game into juicy delicious steaks all by themselves.
No but I can! See my answer to number one above.

A lot of what you are saying is the equivalent of "A boat is not a car, so why would I want a boat?" My answer is when you NEED it you will WANT it.

more than 2 years ago

I get most of my books...

krgallagher Re:No audiobook option? (283 comments)

By.... not depicting either? Sorry but I fail to see the specific issue. Illustrations could be used outside of the depiction of those two individuals, and if they needed to include visuals during those passages, let them be impressionistic representations or abstract patterns.

You know you may be right. I am / was probably letting my ignorance / prejudice reflect in my opinion.

I stand corrected.

about 3 years ago

I get most of my books...

krgallagher Re:No audiobook option? (283 comments)

"I hope one day books will be available as multimedia presentations with text, audio, illustration, glossaries, and in some cases video"

You know I have seen a lot of versions of the bible done this way. I think that at this time, you have to have a book that has a huge appeal to make it proffitable to do a book like this. The Bible is an obvious choice, but I honestly cannot think of any other book that warrants this treatment. I would say The Koran, but with Islam's restriction on depicting Allah and The Prophet Muhammad in human form, I am not sure how you would pull this off.

about 3 years ago

Scientists Breeding Super Bees

krgallagher Gratuitous Post (248 comments)

I for one welcome our new Super Bee overlords!

about 3 years ago

US Wants Drivers To Test Wireless Auto Safety Tech

krgallagher on step closer (137 comments)

Looks like we are one step closer to flying cars. We won't get flying cars until cars can fly themselves.

about 3 years ago

If I must read a bit of spam, I'd rather it be ...

krgallagher Re:Spam localized using web translators (186 comments)

It gets even better: I get auto-translated Greek spam!

Isn't Greek spam just gay porn spam?

about 3 years ago

If I must read a bit of spam, I'd rather it be ...

krgallagher Re:Ad spam: finanancial scams (186 comments)

My Church recently created a facebook page. I find it funny that I see adds to "Meet sexy women in your area" when I am reading about church news.

about 3 years ago

Drawing the Line Between Android and Linux

krgallagher Re:GNU/Linux (258 comments)

"So the GNU/Linux arguments start making a lot more sense now, aren't they? Cause if you just call it Linux, Android seems perfectly "Linux" to me."

I just don't get this. The gas pump you use probably runs Linux. The cash register at the store probably runs Linux (OK I've seen a lot that run windows.) Tivo runs Linux. Linux is a very popular embedded operating system. Most embedded systems run little if any GNU software. That does not make them less Linux.

about 3 years ago

Mathematics Museum To Open In Manhattan

krgallagher a raging brainer (80 comments)

"If math gives you a raging brainer"

I must be getting old. I haven't had a raging brainer in years, unless you count that 'morning logarithm' a couple of weeks back...

more than 3 years ago

$500,000 Worth of Bitcoins Stolen

krgallagher Honor Among Thieves (622 comments)

Whatever happened to honor among thieves...err I mean dopers...err black marketeers?

more than 3 years ago

What Cybercrime Stats Have In Common With Sexual Braggadocio

krgallagher Re:oh, this is victim's survey (69 comments)

Yeah when I read the headline, "What Cybercrime Stats Have In Common With Sexual Braggadocio 25," I thought they were going to find a link between bragging about sex and committing Cybercrime.

more than 3 years ago

Activists May Use Their Targets' Trademarks

krgallagher Hustler Magazine v. Falwell (203 comments)

I really thought that "The People VS Larry Flynt," had decided this.

From the article:
In 1988, Flynt won an important Supreme Court decision, Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, after being sued by Reverend Jerry Falwell in 1983 over an offensive ad parody in Hustler that suggested that Falwell's first sexual encounter was with his mother in an out-house. Falwell sued Flynt, citing emotional distress caused by the ad. The decision clarified that public figures cannot recover damages for "intentional infliction of emotional distress" based on parodies.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

krgallagher Re:Sysadmins VS Lusers, lets get ready to rumble! (1307 comments)

"on the side of following HIPAA regulations and not being personally liable for million dollar lawsuits, fines, and criminal charges"

I think what is being overlooked here is the CRIMINAL charges. The company will pay millions. You will lose your job. I will go to PRISON. I am not willing to play pick up the soap with a 200 pound man called "Betty" just because you wanted to hang an unauthorized server on the network!

more than 3 years ago

National Broadband Map Shows Digital Divide

krgallagher The Data Is Wrong (182 comments)

I typed in my Mother's address. She lives 40 miles outside of Dallas, and can only get 3G wireless from a couple of providers. Even then she rarely gets faster than 720 Kbps. It listed two "Fixed Wireless" providers with speeds up to 6 Mbps. I went to their web sites and typed in her address. They say, correctly, that she is outside their coverage area.

more than 3 years ago

Republicans Create Rider To Stop Net Neutrality

krgallagher Re:Vocalize (528 comments)

"Bullshit, I used to call all the time. Not letters call. You get some staffer who does not care and an email that says they agree with you and support $the_opposite_of_what_you_said 100%."

What did you expect. Do you want you senator answering the phone all day or do you want them to govern? Personally I send emails. I always get a policy paper back. Sometimes they support my viewpoint and sometimes they do not. What I do know, is that someone on the staff is keeping a record of the opinions that are coming in. That is what your congressman ultimately sees. the totals, not individual opinions.

Also, on occasion I bring up an issue that is completely off the radar of my representative. Sometimes that requires a few emails to school my elected official about why this issue is important. After all they are only human.

Finally, I would like to suggest that some creativity can be helpful. In this last election I sent my congressman a photocopy of the $25 cheque I sent to his opponent. I had warned him in an earlier email that failure to support a piece of legislation would result in my supporting his opponent. Idle threats are pointless. Follow through gets noticed.

more than 3 years ago



Walking Through a Door Makes You Forget

krgallagher krgallagher writes  |  about a year and a half ago

krgallagher writes "We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.

New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses."

Link to Original Source

How do you crete a unique internet persona?

krgallagher krgallagher writes  |  more than 5 years ago

krgallagher (743575) writes ""

I am pissed.

My name is Kevin Rene Gallagher.

My first access to the internet happened in 1991. At that time I began looking for a unique 'Nome De Plume' to create an identity on the internet. I searched for "Kevin Gallagher", and I discovered that there was already a ""Kevin Gallagher" on the internet. My next choicce was "Gallagher but that still resulted in too many hits. Finally I decided on krgallagher. I have been krgallagher anywhere I can preempt the name for the last ten years. For at least the last five years, I have been the top ten results for any Google search for krgallagher.

It is not this other person's fault that her name is similar to mine. Still, I have put a lot of energy into creating a unique persona, and she does not want to be saddled with my identity any more than I want her to have my ID. I realize that I can register a trademark, and then sue anyone that tries to use my identity on the internet. Isn't there a simpler way?"

Get a Linux-powered HP netbook for $299 shipped

krgallagher krgallagher writes  |  more than 5 years ago

krgallagher (743575) writes "CNET News has an article about the HP 2133 sold by Amazon. In the market for a netbook? Amazon has the baseline HP 2133 on sale for $299, down from $499. Right away that solves one of the HP's main problems: its high price. Best of all, this is a new unit, not a refurb, and you don't have to deal with any rebates. The HP 2133 is the one netbook model Amazon is selling has SUSE Linux and costs $299. By all accounts, Linux runs much faster on the 2133 than Vista, so it should be much more usable."

Supreme Court rules on gun ownership

krgallagher krgallagher writes  |  more than 6 years ago

krgallagher (743575) writes "In a 5 — 4 ruling, the Supreme Court has struck down a DC handgun ban in the high court's first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the opinion for the majority. At issue in District of Columbia v. Heller was whether Washington's ban violated the right to "keep and bear arms" by preventing individuals — as opposed to state militias — from having guns in their homes. Scalia was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, who are all considered conservative voices on the court. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often seen as a swing vote, also joined the majority."

Toshiba throws in the towel on HD DVD

krgallagher krgallagher writes  |  more than 6 years ago

krgallagher (743575) writes "Toshiba hit the eject button on its high-definition DVD players yesterday, ending a two-year war with Sony. The company said it will stop making and distributing its HD-DVD players, leaving Sony, with its Blu-ray format, as the winner in the high-definition DVD player market."

Novell Boosts Linux Virtualization with VMware

krgallagher krgallagher writes  |  more than 6 years ago

krgallagher writes "Novell announced significant enhancements in the performance of SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server when the Linux operating system is running as a virtual machine guest in a VMware environment. To deliver this improved performance, Novell modified the SUSE Linux Enterprise kernel to support the VMware Virtual Machine Interface (VMI), a communication mechanism between the guest operating system and hypervisor that simplifies the task of virtualization and makes Linux a more efficient guest operating system when running in VMware environments. The VMI modifications, along with the paravirt-ops interface, have been accepted by the upstream Linux development community and will be included in upcoming releases of the standard Linux kernel, as well as future versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell(R)."As the first enterprise Linux vendor to provide these enhancements for the VMware VMI, Novell continues to demonstrate our commitment to providing enterprise Linux customers benefits through virtualization and other innovative technologies," said Holger Dyroff, vice president of product management for SUSE Linux Enterprise at Novell. Novell is publicly previewing the enhancements this week at VMworld 2007 in San Francisco, and the VMI code is available today to customers who participate in Novell's beta program."
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Radio Frequencies Help Burn Salt Water

krgallagher krgallagher writes  |  more than 6 years ago

krgallagher (743575) writes "An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century. The discovery has scientists excited by the prospect of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel. Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations. Roy will meet this week with officials from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to try to obtain research funding."

openSUSE Turns Two

krgallagher krgallagher writes  |  more than 6 years ago

krgallagher (743575) writes "CNN reports:

On the second anniversary of the creation of the openSUSE(TM) project, the community program this week marked two new milestones — the availability of the first beta of openSUSE 10.3 and the continued growth of the openSUSE Build Service. The openSUSE Build Service is an innovative framework that provides an infrastructure for software developers to easily create and compile packages for multiple Linux* distributions. The development team today released the first version of the end-user interface for the build service, with which users of any openSUSE, SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu or Mandriva distribution can easily search and browse new software for their distribution. Users of the upcoming openSUSE 10.3 can install their software with one click directly from the Web interface. In the past four months, more than 13 million packages have been downloaded from the openSUSE Build Service as developers build packages for various distributions using the tool."


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