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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

lsatenstein Re: Tag, you're it! (181 comments)

That's what Israel tells the world after they bomb schools ....

Don't let israel brainwash you!

That's what Israel tells the world after they bomb schools ....

Don't let israel brainwash you!

Hello, Mr. Hamas Troll,

The other day when BBC was interviewing a doctor who was inside a hospital in Gaza, in the middle of the interview two Hamas rockets were fired from the 3rd floor of the same hospital

The sounds of the rocket firing was heard clearly, and the doctor himself admitted in that live broadcast that two rockets were fired from the hospital

That broadcast was not sponsored in any way by Israel. It was a BBC broadcast !

That's what Israel tells the world after they bomb schools ....

Don't let israel brainwash you!

That's what Israel tells the world after they bomb schools ....

Don't let israel brainwash you!

If it was the USA in Israel's situation, would they send knocker bombs or pamphlets or make phone calls. I bet you that the USA would have dropped napalm, and would have just eliminated Gaza.

Want to live with terrorists in your midst, here is a link Here is the funeral of one such terrorist stopped by Israel. The funeral was taking place in Gaza, They failed to remove the suicide belt before the burial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

lsatenstein Re:Time Shifting? (305 comments)

Time Shifting? Worked for the VCR.

If you bought the CD/DVD, you are entitled to protect the CD/DVD from scratches and damage by copying to the car's hard disk. This hard disk is integral to your car and is not transferable. Ergo, I believe that there is no need to pay for a second copy of the purchased entertainment.

This is another unwarranted grab

yesterday
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

lsatenstein Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (93 comments)

According to Tesla, it will have as much production capacity as all current li-ion battery factories combined.

The giga does have some meaning, as the factory has a planned production of 35 gigawatt-hours of batteries per year.

This is a great investment, Robotics galore, people only for telephone and emails. And the best part, just when the site gets to be profitable, new technology will come along and make that investment a major flawed decision.

2 days ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

lsatenstein Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (93 comments)

Will this factory battery be able to replace my car's lead-acid wonder? My car's battery has survived 7 subzero winters of -20F and 7 100F summers, and occasionally being drained when we forgot to turn off the headlights.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

lsatenstein Re:The American Dream (560 comments)

Not a pyramid scheme, but due to usurious interest rates (19.5% plus late payment penalties that are not considered interest). If the cards were at 6% (bank interest is 2% on savings), debt could be paid down.

2 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

lsatenstein Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

" disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn't even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps"

Every single water filtration plant has very large diesel generators that can run the place for months without electrical power. And no, a solar flare can not burn out giant motors and generators, all that can be ran easily without the SCADA system. In fact we used to run drills operating the place by hand, as most of the guys that did it from 1940 until 1990 did it mostly by hand.

One problem I see, is tha that the municipal storage tanks would need to be refilled, once fuel was consumed. But to do that, you need to have a way to pump the fuel to the transport trucks, and to ensure the truck can deliver the fuel. Not too sure your idea is possible, except for a short time, perhaps less than a week.

5 days ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

lsatenstein Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (242 comments)

Simple, it's the same people who get into a hissy fit whenever someone posts something that's contrary to their view of the world. The group think on /. is thick, and the site is screaming in decline as noticed by the lack of comments on topics and poor commenting.

Of course it is in decline. University/College/school is out for the summer as students try to earn money to cover the next semester. I just love for profit everything, including education. Wanna buy a masters degree, we have a ghost writer for you, real cheap". Our university has no buildings, ergo, degrees are cheap to come by, and while you are working to pay for that diploma, we'll keep you to busy to write to /.

Where are the well educated? In countries where education is low cost. Almost every country has geniuses that are able to obtain PHD and other degrees. Oh yes, the degrees are in earned in Spanish, French, Portugese, Hebrew, Aisian (Chinese/Japonese/Korean) and yes, English too.

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

lsatenstein Re: Here we go... (454 comments)

Its time to return most of California to Mexico, and the lands back to the native indians.

Jerusalem and Jordan and the current land of Israel were always inhabited by Jews. For over 100 years Jews were buying up land in that area. There is no way that Israel will tolerate terrorism against it.
Hamas has refused to recognize peaceful co-existance. Their charter says to have muslim world domination and death to infidels and Jews. Had Hamas concentrated in building infrastructure, schools, universities, roads, etc, the hundred of millions of dollars poured into cement walls for tunnels was a theft from their citizens.

Israel wants peace. Trade with neighbours would have helped Lebanon,Jordan, Gaza, Palestine, and more to improve the life of all residents. Shame on power blind leaders--only 1 religion allowed, and Christianity is amoungst many excluded.

about a week ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

lsatenstein Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

You want people to adopt electric cars and hybrids in greater numbers sooner? You want to wean the general populace off of fossil fuels? This is how you do it! Of all the complete wastes of money the U.S. government commits, this comparatively speaking would be a drop in the bucket and of great long-term benefit to the entire country. While we're at it how about they sink some money into electric vehicle support infrastructure like rapid charging stations, too?

Whatever increases government net revenue would be the guide for the best solution. Please note, some of that money would come as party donations. Gas, Electric, Nuclear, wind, coal, water, they are all financing one or other political party.

Why think that the governments (fed and state) are going th be in favour of hybrid car subsidies?

about two weeks ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

lsatenstein Re:You dorks (394 comments)

Ads and marketing in general have evolved from simple, respectful "hey, try this! It's good" into manipulative nonsense. Few people can see through it and the result has been devastating to them. It has shaped and certainly harmed the culture of the US and even results in violence in some extreme cases where people want things so badly they hurt and kill each other to get it. Though most will disagree exactly when things have gone "too far" few will disagree that they have.

I have always subscribed to yahoo.com @ 20/yr. This last renewal, they rejected my visa payment because they were not equipped to have Visa transfer my payment directly to my provider for approval. And there is no way for anyone to contact yahoo.com. No way, I discovered, and no ombudsman, I could not get my payment processed. SHAME

So now I am getting the same repetitive annoying add from a dating service. I will try the following... Edit my profile and change my age to 12 or 13. Just to stop that repetitious dating stuff. I am of the belief that we need a free from adverts NET NEUTRAL internet. If I pay my ISP for a connection, I expect him to not count the adverts in my download allotment. Fortunately, using Thunderbird, I got rid of most of the stupid adverts.

Set your age to 12 for youtube, twitter, gmail, hotmail, and whatever, and see what happens.

about two weeks ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

lsatenstein Re:This will die in the senate (148 comments)

They'll never pass up an opportunity to squeeze more money to fund pet projects back home. Hell, they're already talking about tapping the untouched potential of my 401(k).

Do you pay taxes on services. Get the car repaired and pay for labour and taxes? In most parts of the world, labor is value added and is therefore taxed. Are your phone services taxed?

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

lsatenstein Re:This makes sense. (280 comments)

The point of password reuse is to use an algorithm that you can remember but not someone can guess.

This is not my password but it's an example of how I create one:
If I visit a site and it's name is GoogleSucks.com, I will use my "easy" word + the first syllable of the site + a padding word that I use on all sites, Depending on how asinine the password requirements are, the beginning or end of the password will be padded with numbers and symbols, but always the same ones.
So Googlesucks.com might be turkeyGootrucking8
and another site like a bank site that I want higher entrophy on will use a different algorithm, so BOA might end up a hard non-englisht word + the passing word, then the company's initials + needed password entrophy, so BOA would end up with namastetruckingBOA8

So when I use sites that want to remember my shipping address or credit card (I never save my credit card number, I don't care how "safe" your site is) I use the harder credentials. I just want to post a comment on the many HuffPo type of sites, easy password all the time. So while each password for each site is unique, effectively the easy password is reused but padded with something unique to the site so that even if the password was stolen it's unusable for any other site.

When a bank's or other stupid organization calls on using a password with a Capital letter, an integer and a minimum of 8 characters, and two adjacent characters not the same, it is recipe for easy hacking. Mathematically, easy.

I protect my passwords by including the wonderful €, and symbols which are on my standard keyboard.

yours
  sekalf nroc

(read backwords)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

lsatenstein Re:Simple (509 comments)

Suggesting she become a homemaker despite her explicit request for career information and knowing nothing about her other than her gender -- yes, almost certainly misogyny.

Homemaker is a career, and it does take certain skillsets that are developed over a lifetime. It's an important career chosen by many women throughout history. Consider what happens if the next generation is not nurtured and educated.

And it is a future proof job - can't outsource child making and rearing, and she has capabilities unique to her sex. (eg: half the potential competition of other career paths) Kids are also an effective retirement plan when raised well.

Even if you don't think it's the best option, it's a valid option, and a noble one.

Chez nous (Canada), women are in construction industries, in taking over the gardening/snow removal businesses, plumbing, motor mechanics, refrigeration systems and electricity. These are skills that will be required for centuries to come.

And while they may be at 80% of the "professional rate", the lifespan for the former is longer, both in age, and in working years, and in pension years.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

lsatenstein Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

Among dinosaurs who still use desktop computers, instead of laptops or tablets, I guess.

You're either retarded, or you don't do anything useful with your computer.

Anyone who wants to do anything graphics-intensive would laugh at someone trying to push a laptop on them.

I hate idiots who think laptops are for gaming. They go buy the crappy $200 Walmart bargain, then wonder why it won't play BF4.

For you, a desktop computer is a toy. But for me, with 7 disks, and different applications per disk, and with the amount of coding in differing languages, and my need to use a real keyboard, so as to net get carpal tunnel problems, and with a 23 inch monitor and speed, the laptop is the toy. My smartphone is a current Nexus, and I still need glasses to read the fine fine text.

My smartphone is my voicemail and voice support and my price comparison friend. When I am about to purchase a product at xyz, I do my due dilligence and do price/guarantee comparisons.

Laptops are too flimsy, overheat and are just a device onto which to spill coffee, to use to play with social media and to end-up with another several hundred dollar purchase when the keytops suddenly fall off, or the laptop falls on the floor, breaking the hinge. My tablet (Samsung) for browsing the web, playing free-cell, for some emailing, but not for true work.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

lsatenstein Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (753 comments)

Are we assuming all transactions humans do are with merchants?

Naive as hell !

Crappy list of examples, I'm sure there are hundreds of examples:
1) What about if I want to buy your [insert bike or computer or whatever]?
2) Baby sitter?
3) Kid's allowance?
4) Pay some kid kid to mow yard.
5) Underground transactions (illegal stuff)

  It already happens in Africa, with cellphone to cellphone transactions. You take some money from the bank which goes to your cellphone account. You spend your cellphone account and get more money. Taxi drivers receive cellphone cash, and visit the bank to convert some of it to cash, but use the cellphone money to buy gas, food, etc.

Why cellphone. Printing money that wears out or is germ laden does not pay. And the cellphone technique limited to small transactions works.

The importance of cash will continue to decline with transactions with merchants, but it will never remotely approach "cashless".

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

lsatenstein Re:666 (753 comments)

Good luck everybody

It is coming, particularly for businesses. Cash will still be available for small purchases, but others no.

It could happen two ways. For a fixed fee, a business will arrange for unlimited debit transactions to be processed immediately to their account, with once a day reconciliation. As for credit transactions, there will be no initial change. but later, there will be a merge with debit and credit accounts. Individuals will have a line of credit, and if that is exhausted, the credit card rates will apply after 20 days.
Automated payments for taxes, utilities, and other fees will grow in number. And faster checkouts will be needed before this happens.
The question to answer is "How fast is it going to occur?"

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

lsatenstein Re:Not France vs US (309 comments)

This is not at all about the French/US competition, the big French sites like fnac.com are subjected to the same rules of course.

You can think one thing or another about the rules, but they are about the big sites killing off the small local shops.

Fortunately where I live, the laws prevent Depanneurs and groceries from having more than one sales person on the cash overnight. This law was passed to even the playing field, where the local food stores could only keep two shifts of staff (6-16hrs and 14-24hrs). It did not pay, timewise for a person to do his shopping at 2am, as the sales person at that time was more preoccupied with shelf replenishment.

The French like fairness. A company is not a person. Ergo, companies have respect persons and these persons own small businesses.
Some say it is socialism. Others say, "so what, jobs keep the economy rolling", automation kills jobs, and as a result of automation the standard of living in societies drops. "Out of work people" can't afford to purchase big corporate products.

about three weeks ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

lsatenstein Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

I worked on the beginning of Regan's Star Wars project. We viewed the problem as one in which you try to stop a bullet with a bullet. Add long range and intelligence to the bullet and the problem gets harder.The problem is hard and physics places many constraints on the solution. At one point management thought that space based defense was what we wanted until we showed that the time/distances were too great to be effective. Now we just have a scaled back terminal defense with very limited capabilities.

After all these years the only value that I think that missile defense has is PR. Effective? Not really. Forget Star Wars the movie. It's not going to happen.

The bait is to prove that the Iron Dome did not work well enough. From the Israeli TV (in Canada), we saw to the contrary. There were some misses, but many successes.

If the Iron Dome can zero in on rockets, the next generation of rockets will be able to evade the Iron Dome software and the cycle of development for better defense/offense rockets/missiles continues.

Iron Dome is version beta, with real-time non-laboratory use. The next release candidate will be much better. And would/could be deployed globally. Remember, it is a defense system, not an offense system.

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

lsatenstein Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (415 comments)

Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that?

Uh, yeah. Most judges rubber-stamp search warrants.

Also, does concealing a memory device now automatically imply child porn?

The cops get bolder every year, and people just go along.

Cop: "I asked him for his ID, and he went fishing in a pocket. IT COULD HAVE BEEN A GUN OR KNIFE, SO I SHOT HIM".

How does the dog do it? Can it read and type?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

lsatenstein Re:Every day (282 comments)

The other side of that coin is:

Is the new opportunity worth the hassle of starting over in some locale where the COL is 3 times higher, your rights are much more restricted, no big game hunting because of the population density precludes the use of even a bow and broad heads, despite the fact that you'll wreck a car a year running into said big game, and its 4 hours to someplace where drowning a worm might get you fish for dinner.

That occurred to me when a head hunter called me, offering 10% more to be the Chief Engineer at a tv station in the top 25 market. But it would have come with all of the above limitations. Even at 200%, which said tv station could well afford, it wasn't worth it to me.

Basically I had found my place back in 1984. I can walk to hunt deer or fish, COL is 1/2rd that of the big city, the house that came with the girl I married in 1989 has been paid off for 15 years, and stayed here till I retired 12 years ago. Technically, my reputation for being able to walk on water when the boat has already sank has been well established, and I still get yells for help occasionally. As a technician who can actually fix things, I am a C.E.T. & have what used to be a 1st phone license before the commission threw us under the bus, we are a dying breed, literally, and I find that I have, at nearly 80 yo, inherited some of the local radio broadcasters, because the engineer they were calling when the cash cow laid down and went dry, had died.

But the surprising detail most find hard to believe is that I am not a "papered" engineer, I have an 8th grade education, but was good enough with electronics that I quit school in the middle of my freshman year in high school, mostly due to health/allergy problems, and went to work fixing what was then these new-fangled things called televisions. Circa 1948-49. And yet the medical help locally available is pretty good. In early June, about a month ago, I woke up, just barely conscious and couldn't breath, on the bedroom floor while trying to tie my shoes to take the better half out for dinner, a pulmonary embolism that damned near punched my ticket. The better half, sitting in the car waiting, finally came back in to see what the holdup was & called 911. They got me to the local shop, started the clot-buster, and shipped me off to a larger facility. I am not 100% yet, but getting there, and TBT I feel better now than I have in years.

The guy from ultrasound looked at my heart with its blown up 2x right half as it was trying to pump into the blockage, for about an hour. I presume looking for places that ought to be bypassed or stented, couldn't find any and said once its shrunk back to normal, you ought to be good for another decade. 2-3 months to shrink again. Sort of feels like getting a warranty renewal but there is no such thing in life.

So I'll be here to pester you folks for a while yet, offering my comments on having observed life for nearly 80 years now. Some comments will come from my experience as a working joat, I am a decent mechanic and am now playing with smaller CNC machinery. I've also made some furniture & remodeled a few guns over the last 50 years.

I rather enjoy being close to the biggest frog in the pond, even if the pond is just Pedersons Puddle. It has its advantages.

Cheers, Gene

I'm only 7 years behind you and enjoying life that is great. I bought a large duplex home after my daughter took ill with MS. Wife and converted a dining room to our bedroom. Our 2nd floor tenant was to leave 18 months after our purchase and we were to move upstairs, but... my son and his wife asked to have the place. After 6 years of togetherness, we are still one big happy family. Best thing that happened to us all.

All our neighbours are crying, because their kids, on finishing university, have fled to other cities. They all complain of big empty houses and they look forward to having the children and grandchildren visit for holidays. When you have love, give love, encourage, don't criticize, and are optimistic, life is without stress. My wealth is the richness I have in family, friends, health, and who gives a damn about monetary wealth. I live in a country where anyone can go out at night at any time, and come home safely.

Now, at retirement, I enjoy developing software and do C coding with Linux. I am preparing to install Cent0s 7, released yesterday, I will setup a version 7 webserver and do all that at a pace that I enjoy. As we age, we do not become dumb, though we take the time to smell the roses. Some of the older people I knew forgot about libraries, plays, community places and waste away. I cherish my life with all it's wonderful offerings. I am lucky.

about three weeks ago

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

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 3 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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