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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

lsatenstein Re:So? (475 comments)

> Because there isn't really a good pie yet, they take far too long to pay off and can be
> dangerous to air traffic and wild life if they are A. in the wrong place, or B. installed incorrectly.

Note the conflation of a single location on the planet with every system everywhere.

> Oh, and if they don't have over spec'd components, they can cause a phenonom called "flicker"
> which is destructive of delicate electronics like your fridge, washing machine, A/C, and computer

Offgrid PV systems are far *less* susceptible to flicker than the grid. Which shouldn't be surprising given that off grid PV systems are essentially a very large UPS.

Expect more AC posts like this, the power companies are paying green washers to come up with moronic arguments so people in the same tribe can re-post them thinking they actually make sense and won't look like a tool in the process:

http://matter2energy.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/wont-anyone-think-of-the-seniors/

Wow, FUD at it's best. In the next few years, more efficient solar panels will be developped. And with similar or higher performance batteries such as used by Tesla, that flicker will not be a problem. The reader should think that what solar energy that is captured today, many be used tomorrow. Systems will have 48hrs of reserve.

In my area, (Quebec Canada), we have an abundance of HydroElectric Power. Our corporate rates vary from 3.8cents/kwh to residential rates of 7.5cents/kwh.
Most very large energy consumers are dual energy --natural gas and electricity.

Wind will be out. One needs wind generators with a 20 year mean time to maintanance. Today, manufactures rely on value engineering to cheapen a product to the guarantee period and three months. No can do with solar or wind energy.

13 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

lsatenstein Shades of Ubuntu Unity and GNOME and KDE (636 comments)

Immitation by Microsoft is the greatest form of flattery. If they would like a good interface for Windows 10, they have three such examples from which to choose. They will be about 2 years behind and when they catch up, they will again be two years behind.

But, if they arrive with a good product, then the Desktop Linux will be history. On the North American continent, Linux Desktop is for the most part, a hobby system.
I write that because the BigBox stores do not sell Linux based systems other than Android, and there is no retail Linux system with long term support.

One cannot provide or discuss codecs and a bunch of software that is permissible if you reside within North America. We have to go offshore to download superb Linux desktop software because of the North American patent laws.

There are countries (eg Russia, et al) who do not allow or recognize software patents. They do recognize copyrights, so the question is, is there much difference between the copyright and the license for the end-user?

 

13 hours ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

lsatenstein Re:Agreed. (187 comments)

I mastered masturbation in far less time.

Have you stopped? When?

yesterday
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FCC To Rule On "Paid Prioritization" Deals By Internet Service Providers

lsatenstein Re:We are fucked (125 comments)

My guess is we are fucked.

Did you say "fucked"? Definitely, from the wallet to the waist, From the waist to the brain. Net Neutrality died and so has democracy. All roads are toll roads, and the providers have their hand in your pocket. Your thinking and what you can see is falling under more control. Sad sad sad is the day that the internet became toll road.

2 days ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

lsatenstein Re:May not take apart? What? (173 comments)

My wrist watch a 7 year battery. And I replaced the battery, along with a new back cover gasket for $8.00 combined parts and labour.

My next wristwatch, if one day I decide to get one, will be a model with photocell to charge the internal battery/capacitor. As the abilities to use 14nanometers of line thickness, and tighter densities, I would say that power consumption of small devices will drop and all devices could last forever.

But then, value engineering, the art of making a device last the length of the guarantee period plus some cushion, will come into play. Instead of a 20 year device, it will be a 2 year device. Examples are the radios that my grandparents owned, and the ones we walk around with, and throw away when the plastic case cracks, or the battery dies, spilling it's contents all over the printed circuit wiring.

2 days ago
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NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

lsatenstein Re:that's sorta the problem (189 comments)

they are capable for a little while. Usually the 90 days to get out of any warranty work. Maybe a few of 'em even run at the clock freqs without crashing. It's not just clock freq either. Nvidia shuts off broken cores in software. You're games might run but they'll crash a lot. What Nvidia's worried about is that You'll blame them for a buggy card and go buy AMD. It has major brand damage potential especially with Alibaba about to become a household word what with their IPO.

Why would I not buy AMD anyway?

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

lsatenstein Re:Really? (492 comments)

One would think that this makes perfect sense. How is it "passing the loss on to customers"? It used to be that night-time electricity was cheaper because the supply was largely flat, while the demand got lower at night. If the day-time electricity production gets to be largely covered by PV, the whole thing may either turn around or at least shift toward day-time electricity being cheaper simply because of basic economy principles, not because of some malicious intent.

A crude measure.

Pricing = (sales -costs) plus markup. Costs don't change, and if dividends per share remain flat, then sales prices have to rise.

3 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

lsatenstein Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (596 comments)

I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last as long as they are sposed to.
Of course they still save money in power costs

Where I live (Canada-Quebec), our winters are very severe and our summers quite hot. But daylight hours in winter are about 9-10 meaning that lights are on from 4pm onward. Summer daillight hours are 4am to almost 11pm. We rarely use lights during daillight hours.

But here, electricity is very very inexpensive (ranges from 4cents(offpeak) to 12cents (peak) or standard all you can use rate of 7.5cents per kwhour). Our homes are mostly electrically heated. Since they are electrically heated, any heat from an incandescent displaces heat from baseboard elements.
As far as CFLs are concerned, if we get past the incipient failure, They last their 5000 hours. But they cannot be used outdoors in the winter, as the bulbs will not ignite. (too cold). If ignited, they will sustain themselves in the cold.

I have a few LEDs, as an experiment, and they lack sufficient efficiency. I have not been able to find a 900 lumen output, comparing to the standard 60watt incandescent output. And we buy our incandescents from the Chinese import stores (Dollarama, Dollartree, and other DollarDeal stores).

So, we use CFLs where lights will be left on 16 hours a day, and incandescents (Halogens included) elsewhere.

4 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

lsatenstein I don't mind monitoring if... (353 comments)

I don't mind the monitoring of meta and actual data if and only if the data is not kept for more than 10 days.

So, in the event of a child kidnapping, for example, the police could investigate messages within that window.

If the message needs to be kept for a longer period, a warrant would be necessary to retain that message and to search the contents of associated messages.

5 days ago
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Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate

lsatenstein Re:Nobody's neutral because it''s important (132 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.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

lsatenstein Re:min install (221 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?

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

lsatenstein Re:The WHO (478 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.

about a week 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.

about two weeks ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

lsatenstein Re:Short answer - No. (156 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

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

lsatenstein Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 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.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

lsatenstein Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 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.

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

lsatenstein Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 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.

about two weeks 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.

about two weeks 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.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

lsatenstein Re:they will defeat themselves (981 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?

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 4 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 6 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 7 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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Journals

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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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