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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

lsatenstein Re:Nobody's neutral because it''s important (129 comments)

Is the constitution the zeroth amendment.

Does the 1st amendment amend the zeroth?

Does the 2nd amendment amend the 1st?

Ohh! The amendments are independent of each other.

Thanks for telling me.

1 hour ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

lsatenstein Re:min install (198 comments)

I worked in the IBM mainframe era (MVS) etc. The OPSYS was built by a gen, as IBM could not generalize MVS for all environments. We indicated what we had as disks, tapes, printers, etc, and token ring (remember Token Ring) stuff. and then a while later, a test system was ready,

Perhaps we should be downloading a minimal generator system that uses a pick list for the kernel. We do the checkbox tour, picking what we want to include, and after a click to save the list and initiate the compiles, we obtain a kernel to test boot. Who does not want a kernel that is anorexic lean and mean?

Patches will still come as updated sources. To apply, we go through the previous exercise and out comes an updated kernel.

I bet that my linux kernel could shrink in size by 50% Is what I write about a dream?

2 hours ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

lsatenstein Re:The WHO (435 comments)

We'll see how he feels when he's 75.

I am 73+, and decided on a physical and mental exercise program. Almost daily, I do a 5 mile (7km) walk with the dog. On rainy days its 2 miles or about 4km. For exercising my mind, I write blogs, I do C language programming, and I keep up to date with hardware, software and Linux technology.

Currently I am exploring the use of LibreOffice writer as a way to document Linux stuff. My favorite distribution uses Docbook, which I find horrid for collaboration and for editing. Docbook to me, is text preparation at the assembler language level. Do write content for 20% of the time and spend 80% of your time on formatting your text to Docbook tags (my rant). I keep a pretty good social life, and have an enjoyable time with slashdot.org. I am also auditing three courses from Stanford about automata theory, encryption, and fundamental algorithms.

The Who guy must be depressed. Does he come home and just watch the soaps on TV? I have no time for that.

2 hours ago
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Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

lsatenstein Re:Non Tax Based?!? (88 comments)

So, is Google's non-tax based public school funding

They pay billions in profits to an empty office in the Carribbean so they don't have to pay taxes, and give a small portion of that money back through school funding, and take that as a tax deduction.

In the process, they get enormous influence over the educational agenda. It is largely in a direction Slashdotters can agree with, but imagine it was a church doing this.

Like Al Capone giving some of his money to the Chicago slums, it may be better than if they weren't doing it, but it hardly gets Google out of the crooked, lobbying megacorp set.

Google always throws out the bait and then two years later, after everyone has bitten it, pulls in the line. What they do today is for something they plan in two years time. Beware the gods bearing gifts.

2 days ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

lsatenstein Re:Short answer - No. (155 comments)

Actually yes. In area, is there a competing phone company? Do they have dealers? And so....

What is good for Verizon, AT&T, etc -- no dealerships, must also be true and allowed for Tesla

3 days ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

lsatenstein Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (319 comments)

Is Canada still taxing blank media

Youu mean the blank media levy? Yes.

Which is particularly ironic now that Bill C-11 passed in 2011 (despite otherwise unanimous objection to it by all other parties, the Conservative government, controlling slightly more than 50% of the seats in the House of Commons, was able to finally push it through, which they had been trying to do repeatedly since 2006, and were only able to do so once they had a majority government), and which happens to make it illegal to bypass or break any kind of technological protection measures on copyrighted works, even for personal use, and considering the increased reliance of such measures in an only ever-increasingly digital era, this bill makes the levy on blank media, which was supposed to exist to subsidize for private copying only by the way (not piracy, as some people believe), an extra expense that Canadians are paying for and practically don't even have the right to legally enjoy (although the government has said they will not enforce the bill in matters for strictly private use, it would still apparently be technically illegal).

Did I mention that I really hate the Canadian Conservative government? I sure as hell didn't vote for them.

My goodness, If the line for Conservative dislike is formed single file, it would stretch from Ocean to Ocean. Time for a new broom to do some clean sweeping.

3 days ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

lsatenstein Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (319 comments)

why does anyone other than netflix need to know who their customers are?

If your article is for sale in a foreign country, and I pay for it with local currency, I would like to know how many millions are leaking out of the economy. Perhaps VISA, MASTERCARD, and other payment systems should be obliged to report foreign purchase payments.

3 days ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

lsatenstein Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (458 comments)

No, because if that is what the poster was referencing, "going on a tear" was actually saying "guys, don't do that", with the context being: sexual propositioning a stranger in an enclosed space in a foreign country at 4 AM after having just listened to the person you're propositioning give a presentation that included discussion on how the constant sexual propositions she received at these conferences made her uncomfortable.

THAT in turn led to her receiving a never-ending wave of abuse, including rape and death threats, and including having one of the most prominent male voices in the movement insultingly state that women in the west shouldn't complain about sexism because women in Islamic countries have it a lot worse.

It was after all THAT, that she, quite rightly, started going on a tear.

I really wonder if all that "sexual harassment" is really harassment. Suppose I was single and I asked a co-worker out, is that wrong. Do I have to wait until we both get home, to search out her phone number and call her from home?

Women put on lipstick, get hair and nails done, put jewelery in their earlobes and navel cavity, apply some perfume, and wear low cut tops to highlight the valley between, and wear up-lifting bras for one reason -- to feel feminine, to catch the eyes of males, to receive complements and perhaps, because it is the mode. So, if you advertise your femininity, and you receive messages that hurt your feelings, is it any wonder why? My opinion is that it is only harassment if there was an invitation or insinuation for physical contact, or if a person told a second person, "I'd like to go all the way with her", while she overhears it.

Some women like to feel sexy, and recognize what it is, and others, interpret sexually based remarks the wrong way. Again, no to touch, no harm to responding to "sexy" with politeness, but not crudeness.

3 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

lsatenstein Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

Which is what, a euphemism for "slavery" ?
Isn't that the GOAL of Capitalism??

Forced labor with pay. The philosophy is that the goods have to be delivered with quality work and on time.

4 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

lsatenstein Re:Grim (221 comments)

It is grim because we don't want to "offend" anyone with the proper response (quarantine the zone) . Political Correctness run amok is going to kill people.

How many dead or sick people before we stop worrying about feelings and sensibilities?

Don't be daft.

It is impossible to quarantine an area encompassing Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Congo, etc. Furthermore, a quarantine condition would likely lead to a humanitarian disaster, which I'm guessing the US government foresees and wants to establish a presence on the ground to "assist."

As the days go by I can't help but think of the way in which the military was deployed in 28 Weeks Later (sequel to 28 Days). Let's hope treatment production can ramp up and get to the sufferers before a tactical military response is even contemplated.

Also, I suspect one reason why the US is out in front of this is that they've run epidemiological simulations on EBV and have found that the whole world, including the US, in a shitload of trouble in short time.

Why not send the sick to ISIS. Their belief in Alah will save the sick.

4 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

lsatenstein Re:they will defeat themselves (952 comments)

Maybe we should let it (Ebola) get exported to ISIS. They want no doctors, except for the powerful leaders, and they want stupidity in their population. Does that remind you of cattle?

4 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

lsatenstein Re: What To Expect With Windows 9 (541 comments)

Microsoft has every other consumer OS hits going back to Windows 97

I think this probably indicates that they bite off too much in each release. It's actually a common problem when companies try to abandon an incremental development cycle and get a little ambitious.

barely supports metadata, much less user metadata

NTFS supports arbitrary metadata "streams", analogous to xattrs on unix. Windows and applications simply don't make use of them very much.

Also, Microsoft did introduce a new filesystem: ReFS. It is sort-of analogous to zfs or btrfs, but not very well supported in Windows 8 at the moment and not as feature-complete. Still, they seem to be ahead of Apple which is still using HFS.

I wonder if MS did this to spite Linux. Do you think they did it for spite?

about a week ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

lsatenstein Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

If someone has so little self-control as to be unable to avoid talking or texting while driving, why are we allowing them to drive in the first place?

The energy in a 4,000lb vehicle moving at 40-60 mph is considerable.

Perhaps we need stricter drivers license requirements?

I drive with my wife. I will not touch the cellphone, for fear of the penalty and points. 3 points for driving and texting. And about $500 increase in the cost of car insurance.

But my wife texts, and she is sitting in the front passenger seat. My granddaughter is a social fiend, and almost continuously texts to her friends during the dropoff from home to school.

Nah, his idea would work if there was no one else in the car, and all the passenger seats were unoccupied.

about a week ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

lsatenstein Re:Great one more fail (599 comments)

Just what I need in a firearm. One more area that can fail epically. Also yet another battery to carry and eventually run out of.

Call me crazy but none of my firearms accidentally go off.

None of mine either, because I don't have any guns. Could the gun be defeated if a person constructed and used a prosthesis of a hand.

about a week ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

lsatenstein Re: hahaaa.... (182 comments)

The same thing that happened to the 1950's and 1960's era dream of delivering education by television, so that schools would be nothing more than broadcast studios and children could learn comfortably nestled in their suburban homes. People (cue indignant dissent here) like interacting with people, and classrooms, whether university or grammar school, are inherently more suited to most people's personalities and social desires than 1960's television lectures or today's failing MOOCs. Technology can cut corners and increase efficiency ("one prof for 100K students" chant the university accountants), but it can't provide the subtle reinforcements of being in a room with people.

Actually, the MOOC in my view is a success. I am retired, I do not need the certificates, and I do not want the stress involved in getting them in the 6 or 8 week time-frame allotted. Therefore, I am auditing four courses, I learn at my own speed, I repeat the lectures and I fit in my learning to accommodate my family responsibilities.

We are not after certificates, but we are after the knowledge. A lecture is the second best way to learn. The best way is of course, hands on.
My courses are automaton theory. Fundamental Algorithms, Encryption Theory and Practice, and a quick Python-C++ refresher course.

Please do not abandon the courses. We want the knowledge, not the certificates.

about a week ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

lsatenstein Re:So.... (94 comments)

Are they going to use the drones to keep people from the states from border crossing illegally to Canada where the jobs are?
Where will the Canadians go when we have taken up the service jobs that no one else wants? To the North Pole to fill in for Elf shit work?
Will it be underpaid people from the states assembling these drones? Drones assembling drones? I could drone on and on.

They will go to Cuba, or go over the North Pole to Russia.

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

lsatenstein Re:You are a vendor to slashdot (290 comments)

Of course I'm one of slashdot's customers. Slashdot would be out of business if we (the customers) stopped coming to their website.

I'm an accountant.

Unless you are sending cash to slashdot, your relationship to them is most accurately described as that of a vendor or a supplier if you prefer that term. You provide data to slashdot in exchange for entertainment which is a form of in-kind exchange. Slashdot then uses that data to sell advertising to their paying customers. From an accounting perspective by providing this forum to you, you would be on slashdot's books as either Cost of Goods Sold or more likely some kind of Operating Expense. This effectively makes you a vendor to them, not a customer because they don't sell you anything.

It can get a little murkier if you have a paid subscription but they still advertise to you because then you become both a customer and a vendor. Which you are depends on the transaction in question. Logically it would make sense to have the subscription be treated as a contra-expense because then you don't have to have this dual relationship. But it's more likely that they would book it as income and have the user on the books as both a customer and (indirectly) as a vendor.

Anyone (paying or non-paying customer) have any success with contacting yahoo.com?
Good luck to you too.

about two weeks ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

lsatenstein Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

The only real feature of note was Apple Pay, which might finally make NFC payments take off in the US. It's been a technology that should have hit it big a couple of years ago, but has never seen much consumer buy-in for some reason.

It's pretty straightforward, to my mind. With the exception of all but the most staggering technological advancements, widespread adoption of new technology typically requires:

  1. a sound implementation,
  2. a robust support infrastructure, and
  3. an effective marketing campaign.

Geeks, for a variety of reasons, tend to respect the first, grok the second, and abhor the third. I personally believe it's what drives our perpetual cycle of incredulity on this subject--because we so detest the last part of this equation, we refuse to see its importance in getting all those squishy, distracted, emotional bags of water to adopt cool new stuff.

NFC has never had the effective marketing campaign in the US, and only kinda had the support infrastructure. The iPhone has incredible inertia on the marketing front, and Apple have clearly done the legwork on building a good starting lineup of financial institutions and retailers for Apple Pay. It remains to be seen whether this'll be sufficient to make NFC catch on, but it's easily the closest we've come to covering all three of the bases above.

Several years ago, I read about many African countries who had implemented Mobile (bitcoin?) Money. The government did not own printing presses or coin manufacturing facilities, and could not finance them without impacting other needed healthcare and education projects.
What was done was to work with banks, pharmacies, and certain other businesses to allow individuals to load money onto their cellphone. Small businesses were able to accept cellphone payments. (taxi drivers, and others). When cash was required, the small business visited the pharmacy or bank, and redeemed the cellphone money for cash. Charges for redeeming money was government managed. (Some of the charges were for tax collections, and a small amount for the bank). Service seems to still be in use after about some years of success.

about two weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

lsatenstein Re:Easy solution (348 comments)

Sadly that is true, that and a few other sexy items just grease the path.

I think the realization of us being $17 tril in debt, the decline in our national intelligence, the decline in our politically correct institutions of learning, our political commitment to mediocrity, and more such, have set us on the path for not doing basic research anymore as it does not get votes.

I think we are at the end, and some other nation, maybe China, will have to take over world "leadership."

Its too late, China, India, Russia, Japan have all advanced beyond the USA. An average worker in Russia, Japan, (and Canada -- not in the list) live better than the average American worker. Measure it by the net-net earnings. The Net-Net earnings remove costs such as taxes, shelter (homes), health, and education and child rearing. After subtraction, what is left is the net-net $.

What is the difference between the listed countries and the USA. In the USA the corporations run the country, and they appoint the government via their funding.

The land of abuse is due to Corporate America. It is no longer "government of the people, by the people, for the people." And how wonderful it is to move corporation head offices off shore, so the profits gained in the USA are not spent in the USA. SHAME.

Prove me wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

lsatenstein Re: So.... (170 comments)

Or similar bullshit by people who think "scripting" languages are appropriate for base system tools. Now you will have python dependency hell every-time you want to do something simple like repartition your disks. Oh, and is that project python 2 or python 3? On and on..

gparted is a graphical tool for editing partitions and already has a raft of dependencies. One more won't make a difference especially since python is used increasingly in core distributions for scripting instead of bash.

Secondly, perhaps the reason that gparted is considered a mess is precisely because it mixes up the graphical parts and the low level stuff in one package, a problem compounded because the installer also has its own partition editor. Fedora appears to have written a layer called blivet to abstract out partitioning from the installer GUI and therefore it makes sense that they use it in the desktop also.

If you do not like the new tool, continue with Gparted. I am sure the Debian guys and SUSe will arrange for the RAID stuff to be included in Gparted.

about two weeks ago

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Why ask me to rate a day's postings when previous ratings are posted

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 5 months ago

lsatenstein (949458) writes "From time to time I am asked to rate articles (from normal to whatever). For each article I can rate, I see in the heading a previous or a rating that is a concensus of what others before me have selected.
That biases me from presenting my own rating as I deem it.

Further more, Insightful to me, has two meanings, with one meaning provoking. So, in that light, I find insightful should be removed(disappear) and to follow informative, I would put in "provoking" , as in "thought provoking"."

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Blue screen of death on McCoffee's menu display.

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 5 months ago

lsatenstein (949458) writes "Our local MacDonald's Big Arches now have the words McCoffee beneath the arches.
Went in to get some iced coffee and a muffin, when I noticed on the displays, the the blue screen of death message from MS . Windows 7 messages indicated to take a dump, to call a technician, and to send the dump file to them for analysis.

Apparently the digital billboard menus and the like run under Windows 7, and every few days the system crashes (possibly due to more malloc() calls than calls for free() (more new calls than delete calls). Too bad Linux does not enter into the minds of management.
As an analogy for Windows Development and why not Linux: "When you grow up with hammers, the solution to every problem is a nail.""

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Can we replace Insightful with another word in reviewing articles.

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 6 months ago

lsatenstein (949458) writes "I understand insightful as giving me insight to technology, to new things I have not considered.
Adjective
adjective: insightful

        1.
        having or showing an accurate and deep understanding; perceptive.
        "thank you for all the insightful comments"
        synonyms: intuitive, perceptive, discerning, penetrating, penetrative, astute, percipient, perspicacious, sagacious, wise, judicious, shrewd, sharp, sharp-witted, razor-sharp, keen, incisive, acute, imaginative, appreciative, intelligent, thoughtful, sensitive, deep, profound; More
        visionary, farsighted, prescient;
        informalsavvy, right-brained
        "he gives an insightful analysis of the text"

Use over time for: insightful

I do not mentalize insightful as asking me to raise or express self enthusiasm to trigger reactions from readers,

Perhaps provoking would be a better word."
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Moderators role to determine between Interesting,

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 7 months ago

lsatenstein (949458) writes "A hair they say, divides the false from the truth what then is the difference between...
Insightful, interesting and informative,
Many postings I read make me have none to all of the above three attributes. I often have difficulty in deciding between interesting and informative. For example, some postings bring me information that gives me a background into the poster's opinion or view. I then ask myself "Is it insightful or informative"?

If the topic is "new", "never discussed before", a "first" presentation, I would deem that to be informative. If the topic is "old", but the writer presented some side (consequential) benefits of that topic, would it be "insightful" or "informative."?

What do I do when the topic is all three of the above?

This is my dilemma. Guidance is requested."

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Carpal Tunnel problem caused by left mouse button

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about a year and a half ago

lsatenstein writes "I am a heavy user of the net, particularly slashdot and a few other blogging sites. Lately, with heavy mouse use, both with the laptop pad, and a physical mouse, I have severe carpal pains in my arm between the wrist and the elbow. It was so bad that I could not work for 3 days. I have tried everything from readjusting keyboard/mouse height to taking five minute breaks every half hour.

Is there a better mouse alternative that could relieve the forefinger from that overuse of the left mouse button? Could there be a floor button? or some other technique to stop repetitive action problems? Pain cam be compared to the most severe toothache."
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39500 Meawatt Hrs of Electrical Consumption

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about a year and a half ago

lsatenstein writes "The Hydro Quebec Electric company, which supplies Electricity to Quebec and its neighbours reports that last nights (2013-01-23) consumption between 4pm and 10am -hit that number. Outdoor temperature was -27C or roughly -17F. Windchill put the skin temperature at -40C or -40F.

Forecasting a colder night today (2013-01-23) between 4pm and 10pm the temperature is supposed to drop to -30C. This will, for all intents and purposes, project a 40,550 megawatt hour demand between 4pm and 10pm.
This trend will continue for 3 additional days.
The CAA (equivalent to AAA) agency is expecting 10000 calls today to boost start cars.

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USA and the CLIFF

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "This is really enlightening!

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/EW5IdwltaAc?rel=0

much of the worlds economy is tied to the US umbilical cord.

    If you watch nothing else today....please watch this short illustration lesson. This is a non-partisan video produced by an accountant, Hal Mason, who retired after 27 years with IBM. He looks at the budget, its revenues and expenses, and very simply illustrates the financial problems of the U.S.

Amazingly, we get all the media talking heads blathering and shouting for hours and never give us clarity. This guy does it in a few minutes. The message seems to be very clear. Where Greece is today, we will be tomorrow, unless our representatives in Washington start to take some very decisive steps.

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How can you create job when you have no paying customers.

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "I've been watching the campaigning since the beginning of September. I watched the debates, I read the body language, and I also looked at the promises.
Here is why, if I was an American, I would vote Democrat.
a) In Montreal, next three weeks, my entire family will get flu shots. The shots will not be $29.95 each as was advertised by one of your leading pharmacies, but my entire cost for 9 of us is $0.00. It is one of my benefits from Canadian (Quebec) Medicare.
Obamacare was a desire by Pres. Obama to try to provide the equivalent.
We have country wide (federal universal) Medicare, run by the provinces. No matter where in Canada (and in some partner foreign countries (USA excepted)), I can travel and get full medical treatment. Canada has an exchange deal going with me, a tourist, and their tourists.
Obama had to fight tooth and nail and make unpleasant compromises to the insurance companies to get his plan partially implemented. The USA population should see the insurance rates go down, as perhaps only 2% of the 30 million to soon be insured people are in need of medicate, and the other 98% will be paying for it and for insurance company profits.

Regarding Job creation by Romney, with his exaggerations, I was wondering how you could believe such out and out lies.
Bain Capital was one of the many organizations responsible for some unemployment and for those who have left the job search market. As owner of Bain Capital, Romney transfered $50/hr manufacturing jobs to China where the salary is $2.50 per hour. Thats a 25x savings over domestic manufacturing. Who is left? Well, I call them the best available at minimum wage or just above. (Walmart, Target, etc.)

To create jobs, you must have people who have net-net discretionary money. Net-net means this. The first net is to remove the Federal and State taxes, then for the second net, remove food, housing, car, insurances, cellphone, debt and schooling for your kids, and what you have left is the net-net discretionary amount. Is there any money left from the net-net that you can use to purchase goods and services? If your net-net is not large enough, after putting away savings and for your pension, then you can't buy other than the minimum of extras. To create jobs, you need paying customers.
Romney knows this, but he wants to be president and promises to create jobs, all via the private sector. (Will the better ones be in China or the USA?).
Bill Clinton's discourse about arithmetic was what is and what was credible.
Some socialism in a country is essential. The need to have minimal education standards, the need to have Medicare, roads, postal services, etc. is socialism that you take for granted.

In closing, the election results from the polls has just started to trickle in. If this was an election in Canada, the stations and the internet postings would not be allowed until the polls close in California or the most western timezone in the country. This disclosure for California, at 6pm Central time can influence the outcomes in the West.

Obama has pulled the USA out from the brink of greedy disaster. Sadly, because of greed by financial institutions, and the global recession (yes, the world is suffering, and the world is also an American customer), many foreclosures took place as a money grab. (In Canada, the banks gave latitude to those late with mortgage payments, realizing that a person living in a house where he sunk money, was going to maintain it. Partial payments were accepted until the individual found steady work, or sold the property. It's called "Being human")

So the vote counting is occurring, and I believe that American recovery under the Democrats will prevail. America under Clinton was great, and it will also be so again.
The USA debt to other countries must be reduced, to pay for it.
Too much military spending is for obsolete technology. Shift it towards cyberwars and drones. There enough missiles in the American hands to annihilate any enemy.

Is there something wrong with the wealthy paying their fair share?

To get the economy rolling, every country in the world resorts to infrastructure spending. Roads, airports, bridges, technology (internet to rural areas), water, clean energy. Recovery has started, but a push by government to increase spending will not happen. What will happen (I guess), is to reduce the fat military budgets and put that spending to the areas I mentioned."
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What can Linux steal from Apple

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "This was a good question, and the answer is, "Users". As I was born during the 1939-1945 era of the second world war, there are hundreds of thousands like me who are retiring and are looking at simplicity in a device. We don't require adult toys such as Ipods, Ipads, Iphones, and Iprofits. We need low cost appliances that fit in shirt pockets, and that will not break if we drop them or sit on them in the car. Low cost is the prerequisite, reliability is another, long battery, and ease of use. Voice activation is quite important as some of my peers have the onset of Parkinson, or shakes, so that scrolling is a problem. A Bluetooth connection to a hearing aide would be useful.
Linux can offer that facility only when we can purchase devices void of operating systems, allowing a small vendor to offer his Linux choice for that device, much like we do it today for desktop machines."

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Some Denver Victims have no health or other insurance

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "Just a plug to indicate that universal medicare as proposed by the Democrats would stop these victims from full bankcruptcy. To pay medical bills, some will need to remortgage or sell house and car.

What alternative is there for these victims?"

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ACTA Rejected by European Parliament, Now All But Dead

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "By Joey Sneddon, Published July 4, 2012

ACTA – the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement — was dealt a life-threatening blow by the elected representatives of European citizens today.

Showing that democracy doesn’t only benefit the lobbyists with deep pockets, the European Parliament rejected the contentious treaty in a damning 478-to-39 vote.

Yes, politicians in ‘listening to citizens’ shocker.

The result leaves ACTA all but dead – at least in Europe. Other countries – pretty much only America and Morocco — could still ratify the treaty. But even that is looking unlikely."

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Spanish Basque --all government software must b open sourced and published.

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsatenstein (949458) writes "The regional government of Spain's Basque Country has decreed that all software produced for Basque government agencies and public bodies should be open sourced. Joinup, the European Commission's open source web site, cites an articleSpanish language link in Spanish newspaper El Pais, saying that the only exceptions will be software that directly affects state security and a handful of projects which are being conducted in conjunction with commercial software suppliers."
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Is a relational database a UBIQUITOUS product?

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "I've been noticing that there are many database systems, from the most expensive to the least, beginning I guess, with Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, and ending with Sqlite

Along the way I used PostGres, SQLITE, Firebird, and even some BTREE/ISAM file systems. All with legacy code.

Do we really need to purchase excessively expensive server support, when, because of being around many years, all the database systems on the market are relatively bug-free, and rarely experience extremely rare failures? A good database backup and recovery regime negates the need for costly support options. Would it be better to pay emergency support on a per case basis?
many being around for many years."
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Ipad, what is it for?

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "Perhaps I am niave, but my wife wants an Ipad for Sunday. She says she needs one or two every month for hygenic reasons. I explained to her that this was an electronic device, her response was "Ohh, I did not know""
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Has email push of slashdot stopped

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "For the past years, almost since SD started, and until a week ago, I was getting my daily selection of topics. They were filtered to my interests.

Now, as a retiree, I don't see the daily message in my inbox any longer. Is it my message filtering or has email push stopped?

Leslie in Montreal"
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Linux is not (yet) ready for the Desktop

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lsatenstein writes "Author makes a very convincing argument as to why Linux on the Desktop will always be the "Linux Killer" application. That is, until drivers and good regression testing occur, Linux for the desktop is just a little more then a hobby platform."
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Quebec Canada Wants to pass SLAPP Law (Bill 9)

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 5 years ago The Montreal Gazette of 8 April 2009, Page A8 reports that a bill was tabled before the provincial parliament to halt abusive suits. The anti-SLAPP law, designed to protect people and groups from abusive, costly lawsuits, was introduced in the National Assembly yesterday. The demand for anti-SLAPP legislation began in the province after AIM Inc, a Montreal-based metals company, sued environmentalists for $5 million after they complained AIM was illegally polluting the Etchemin River, near Quebec City.

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It would be great if this law was passed in each of the United States, or was adopted as a Federal law. It could be applied to certain companies who are forcing bankruptcy of individuals and students.

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