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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

lsatenstein Re:A few things... (324 comments)

Hungarian dude here.

1. That will be delegated to the ISPs. The plan is, that the ISPs should pay these taxes from their profits, and are expected NOT to increase the internet subscription fees, however, they will anyhow.
2. It is a tax on everything. not just streaming.
3. They won't leave anything untaxed.

What happens when the ISP is the government?

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

lsatenstein Re:On the other hand... (688 comments)

Now consumers are becoming aware that there's a massive counterfeiting problem and can be better educated to ask their vendors "Hey, is my device legit?" I certainly had no idea that this was going on.

What happens when you buy the product at BestBuy or other BigBox store.

2 days ago
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The Future of Stamps

lsatenstein Re:What future? (131 comments)

There are still bills I pay with paper. (Some companies still charge for the "privilege" of paying online, which pisses me off even though the amount doesn't matter.)

I occasionally deposit checks via mail. Even if I trusted my phone enough to put banking software on it (which would be a silly thing to do), that only works for some kinds of checks.

Some companies respond to customer complaints via paper mail much better than they do via the net.

Sometimes I send checks to family members who aren't technologically sophisticated enough for there to be another way.

Maybe all of those reasons will disappear eventually, but I doubt that will be in my lifetime. It's also worth remembering that you can still send some mail anonymously - frankly, I'm surprised you still can, as there's nothing a totalitarian state hates more than anonymous communication.

For Canadians, cheques by residents are so passé. Businesses, of course, use cheques as proof of payment.

If you are doing consumer banking and If you do not take a special type of bank account, you are entitled to 3 cheques per month, and then whamo, around $7.00ea for the excess. So, we consumers have automated payment from accounts, or even online bill-payment options.

So, keep a balance to cover the cheques, earn no interest, and pay to make payments.

3 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

lsatenstein Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (550 comments)

Linux could work for the average user, at the end of the day there is no technical reason why not. After all Linux(in the form of android), dominates on the cell phone market, where the user base demands greater user friendlyness, has less patience, and wants even more bells and whistles, and is far less compitent with a computer. Linux has been shown to work marvelously with light meters, accellerometers, USB, touch screens(multi-touch even).

The big issue is how consumers by technology. They don't care about specs really, they don't care about merit. They care about branding and imagine. They want their Apple(tm), search with google(tm). Advertising and public relations gurus over the last few decades have build reality distortion bubbles, where people actively identify with brand names. GNU/Linux has no such brand name. They really don't care about "just works". Face it, windows does *not just work*, but people do whatever it takes, because they think windows is what they are supposed to be using. Microsoft presents the image of normalicy and conformity that most people identify with.

Apple on the other hand, presents an elitest artisan, fine craftsman, and intellectually supperior image, that marks the owner as part of an elite group.

Linux cleans up serverside, because it rode the wave of start up culture of the 1990s. If you had a great idea for a new website, but didn't have much capital, you could run a proffesional website with Linux, Apache, Mysql, and PHP out of an old desktop for a fraction of the cost of what constituted a proffesional server, of the day

As these companies grew, they continuted to use linux, and helped it transform into a proffesional class OS, that couldn't help but take notice.

Linux will eventually take over the desktop, and the reason is because microsoft has no real friends, and they have an ever growing list of enemies. Many of those pimpleface teenage nerds they stepped on back in the 1990s are now grown developers and sys admins. Their day dreams are now multi-million dollar products. Linux has a lot of corporate backers, many of which are household names, and some of the largest most powerful corporations in the world.

Whats eventually going to happen is that MS is going to piss off another giant like Google or Samsung to the point they want blood. You'll see a few large companies pour money, time, resouces, advertising into a distro with enough MS haters to accept them, and then use a Free as in beer product into the desktop market, to crush microsoft to prevent them from competing in other markets, by destroying their cash cow.

There will not be a year of the desktop. It will be a decade of pure hell, and microsoft is going to fight tooth and nail, and use every dirty trick in the book to keep the desktop market. They will eventually loose, because the nature of FOSS allows many companies to quietly pool resources behind a single banner, especially a not-for-profit, and allows more to join later without any real effort or diplomacy. Eventually it will be taken from them, and from that point its another 10 years before they go out of business.

The reason why MS will lose the desktop is closed source and closed mentality.
Our universities want to teach operating systems, their use, design, and tweaking. In addition, to do so at zero cost for software. This is where Linux came in.
We have students who have started in College/University with LFS (Linux from Scratch). They get to study internals, networking, security, end-user computing, servers and more. Included of course are the language courses in C, C++, Python, Perl, Bash scripting, etc. etc. And the students had the software and course material on their laptops.

MS had restrictions on what information was available.

3 days ago
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Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

lsatenstein Re:Or gamblers are masochists. (59 comments)

There's no brain patterns involved at all, it's a simple delusion rooted in statistical bias. You only remember the good times when you won, and you erase the bad times when you lost. So you think the casino is a money tree. And thus casinos pay their light bill. That's also why people play Powerball, they only hear stories about the people who hit the jackpot, never stories about not hitting it.

I could never be a compulsive gambler, I like active sex too much. Some people call me a dirty old man.

4 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

lsatenstein Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

Can they be a little more specific as to what it is that's in the soda that is causing this?

Its the bubbles.

4 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

lsatenstein Re:Windows 8 (303 comments)

"I'm a Windows Phone user"

WOW! Finally, I've 'met' one. According to the sales states there was someone who bought a Windows Phone but I didn't expect to actually make contact with you. Hey, how's it working out?

Have one, and I also have access to an Android. For my needs, long battery life was the only criteria. In the end, I stick to the desktop for Slashdot, and mainly use the W phone for email, skype and some occasional browsing.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

lsatenstein Will it matter in the long run? (520 comments)

Technology is leaping forward by the second. The availability of very high-speed internet means that thousands of small to medium business Linux systems will be transferred to the cloud. Cloud systems will mean a huge reduction in the need for in-shop linux systems. It means, essentially, that businesses will buy computing services, will give up the systems department and that expensive "Air Conditioned" computer room, and support staff.

This is Autumn 2014, and this transition is happening now. Is this season the beginning of the autumn decline of independently installed Linux business computer systems? Have you the guts and funding to begin a cloud service or to transition to a job in a cloud service?

Will you care about making a profit, or of the differences between Systemd and the existing interface?

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

lsatenstein Turn the cells into cubicles (407 comments)

This is an opportunity to convert a building, with cafeteria, gymn, etc, into a building housing software development people. Remove the bars, remove the toilets and restructure the builiding a bit, and there you are. Perhaps the prisons that are not sellable as a prison can be sold for land value.

about a week ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

lsatenstein Re:No technical solution for a social problem (210 comments)

Of course government can read my e-mail. All they have to be is waterboard me. Or install enough camera in public places to capture my unlock pattern. The question is what we allow the government to do, and in democracy we deserve what we get. No amount of encryption is going to solve this problem. We should have a direct popular vote for a commission of constitutional enforcement and then if majority of them rule that some secret agency is in violation, they will be able to disclose it legally.

After a mental debate about the pros and cons of NSA surveillance, I have reached some conclusions.
With total secured data and transmissions, businesses have the confidence that what is private to them remains so.
With total secured data and transmissions, criminals have the confidence that what is private to them remains so.
With total secured data and transmissions, NSA have the confidence that what is private to them remains so.
With total secured data and transmissions, terrorists have the confidence that what is private to them remains so.
So what?
As a citizen of a multi-cultural democratic country, can I obtain all my information about criminals and terrorists only by infiltrating their organizations? Can the NSA, in proactive mode, be able to do so before an illegal act occurs, or only after the bodies are buried. When do you want them to do the searching?

A positive point to consider:
If the NSA surveys the transmissions with sophisticated search engines, looking for illegal activities, and from the algorithms within the search engines, obtain a list of messages and meta data about the sender/recipient, can they protect us better?

A negative point to ponder.
Can the NSA search engine software be audited by some authority to insure that the searches are against legitimate use are not done, what would be your stance?

I don't feel threatened by NSA and it's probing, as all my uses of email, web browsing, encryption, and purchasing of crap through the internet is for legal purposes.

So, draw your conclusions from my ponderings. Where do my thoughts lie?

   

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

lsatenstein Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

85 KW*hr in 5 minutes is about a megawatt of power. Even at 10,000 volts, you're talking 100 amps.

The Koch brothers are rubbing their hands in glee. Bye bye Oil, hello Electricity, hello coal.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

lsatenstein Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

It's true that they kill birds. But so do cars and skyscrapers. And I'd wager that coal - between the waste disposal, emitted mercury, and mining - kills birds, too.

Wind power gives birds a fighting chance. Solar, with the reflector technology that concentrates a beam of sunshine against a target boiler, is fatal if a bird flies through the path.

Which is likely to happen more often?

The saying from some people is "I have a lifetime supply of barbque fowl".

about two weeks ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

lsatenstein Re:Yea, best form a comitee to consider all option (193 comments)

Seriously, starting to experiment with uncertain approaches in a time of crisis is about the most stupid thing that can be done. Stick to what is known to work, there is no time to come up with anything better. If something better had been found in centuries of research into medical methods, then it would be the standard-approach. There is nothing. There will not be anything new even if you debate that question to death now.

This continues the series of incompetence, misinformation, self-aggrandizement and general fuck-ups that have become the signature of the fight against Ebola this time.

May I be polite and say that "You don't have exclusivity on intelligence". The decision to try experimental medication is a "last chance" possibility to save a life. And if it works, then perhaps it will work with others. If my life was in peril from Elboa, and I knew I had a 60% chance of dying, I would go for it.

I had a flesh eating disease(Necrotizing fasciitis) on one leg, and was told "Tomorrow we amputate, because the existing anti-biotics are not working. I responded, give me a stronger dose, and try a different medication. Result-- I still have both legs.

Yes, it is ethical, and even if it failed, we know the person would have died.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

lsatenstein Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

Restore the prohibitions against spying and require real warrants to engage. No more dragnets.

Things are just going to keep getting worse until it happens.

Too late. There is no trust in the internet. None, nada. Nicht, Non, Nein, Zift.
A new internet will arise, where all sessions are doubly encrypted. Workstation encrypts files, transmission is encrypted and receiver ( partner) receives and decrypts same. We are entitled to privacy.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

lsatenstein Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

lol
"Syntax that every programmer uses to make their program readable is unreasonable as a semantically meaningful syntax"

Come on, python's got its problems, but forcing you to lay out your program in a naturally readable way to compile isn't one of them.

For example, duck-typing might be one of the worst ideas in the universe, because it's doing the exact opposite of the whitespace thing. It's decoupling easy-to-make mistakes with the output of compiling of your code.

But this whining about whitespace just comes off as having never actually tried it.

My favorite language is Iverson's APL. It will never die. It is used by financial statistical and string oriented language used by actuaries moreso than other professions.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

lsatenstein Re:Wtf?! (335 comments)

Everyone on slashdot seems confused because this is on the internet. Spying is spying. It's legal in your own country to spy on foreign powers, it's illegal in the country you're spying on.

You're never going to agree to the extradition of one of your own spies if they get exposed, which is why you occasionally get "tit for tat" diplomatic expulsions, as it's the only real way of showing that you know you've been spied on, as the spy will most likely have diplomatic cover.

If you get caught red-handed spying abroad, it depends on which country you're talking about. North Korea would probably execute you, Canada would pack you off home and take you off their "actual diplomats" list.

OK Canada, please spy on xyz for me and I will spy on abc for you. Don't you just love these loopholes?

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

lsatenstein Re:Fusion isn't "expensive", it's lossy (315 comments)

The problem [is] that the energy output is less than the energy inputs.

Are you saying that science has found a way around the second law of thermodynamics?

There's always one in the energy stories...

It's not about 'creating' energy, it's about accessing the energy already stored in things. Think of it like a gold mine: Just owning the gold isn't enough. You have labor costs and other overhead. if it costs you $50 to mine $100 worth of gold, you're doing better than breaking even. If it costs you $150 to mine $100 worth of gold, you're better off leaving it where it is. At no point in the process are you creating gold.

Same idea with energy. Existing processes don't create energy, they get at existing energy. It takes a certain amount of energy to access that existing energy. Some (coal, oil, fission) are like the first gold mine, producing enough energy to make the process worth it. Fusion energy is currently like the second gold mine: you can get gold out of it, but it's going to cost you more than the gold is worth to do it.

There's probably something wrong in there (sorry, I'm rusty), but it's close enough to get the idea.

Edison fought to only distribute DC. In the end, he was wrong. Nicola Tesla pushed for alternating current distribution and the feelings between the two were strongly bitter. But when you have money (Edison), and you don't(Tesla), guess who won.

If the fusion reactor works, and if the fuel that is consumed is low cost or the energy conversion ratio is 90%, there is a good chance that it will solve the "burn coal for energy and polution" problem. Lets see if the fusion in the lab will work, and then review the costs.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

lsatenstein Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

The government shouldn't be providing services that can be done by the private sector.

Why? If it demonstratively runs better ...

Private police, armies, judges, prosecutors, --- wow. You are saying "All highways should be pay roads."

Highways are not restricted to 30mph (50kmph), so why is the INTERNET not at, for example, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Israel, and two dozen other countries speeds. The internet is a highway. Why are you forced to a snails pace. Answer because we can charge for normal high speed. (grin)

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

lsatenstein Re:IN OTHER WORDS? (774 comments)

Doesn't have a damned thing to do with Windows or binary files, it has to do with the fact that Debian has been made Red hat's bitch by way of ex RH and Ubuntu employees taking over the board. For those that want to know what systemd is REALLY about its about cloud computing, specifically RH is pushing cloud computing like mad and systemd is gonna end up being a "SVCHost" for Linux dedicated to managing cloud computers.

This is one time me and the FOSSies are actually on the same page, as just like windows 8 was forced from on high and gave the users a big fat greasy finger so too is systemd being pushed by corporate with exactly zero fucks given about what the end users want. Ironically despite all this "empower the user" talk Linux has always had this is one case where Windows users had more power thanks to the ability to vote with their dollars, thus getting Win 8 shitcanned in favor of a much saner and nicer Win 10. But this does not mean that all hope is lost in Linux land, it just means you are gonna have to organize and SCREAM BLOODY MURDER and refuse to take this bullshit. You especially have to organize all the volunteer coders and get them to walk away, because losing all that free labor and forcing Red Hat and friends to pay for every single dime's worth of work is the ONLY way most of you can hit 'em in the pocketbook. those of you that run non cloud based servers can of course tell them you will no longer use their products but considering how much time and money you have invested in your servers I really don't see that happening.

Finally you need a rally cry, something simple and catchy and on message to focus the narrative and rally the troops, a "fuck beta" for systemd if you will. And since old Hairy will ALWAYS stand for the users allow me to give you one as a show of solidarity in your plight. Its simple, concise, on message, and sums up in a single simple sentence WTF is wrong with systemd..

SYSTEMD...Its the Metro of Linux!

As I see it for the corporate world, the server in the cloud is the way to go. It is just like outsourcing the data centre to IBM, CGI or other operations organization. It will be cheaper, it will not require a diesel generator and a computer wing, or expensive system admins or rooms of backup tapes and those couriers picking up and returning backups daily.

The server is going to be an appliance. Only if you work for the cloud company will you retain your career in Linux

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

lsatenstein Re:Typical (293 comments)

Management doesn't know shit.

Actually, what he was referring to was the difference in knowledge between an IT graduate from the USA and an IT graduate from India. Management's argument would be "Why choose a graduate that can be productive in a month, against a graduate who requires 3 months and lots of hand-holding." The second argument would be lower cost in favor of the former graduate.

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 6 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 8 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 2 years 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  |  about 3 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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