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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

lsatenstein Re:DVD (247 comments)

I have DVDs that I've burned as a teenager kept in a nice, high-quality soft "archival" binder for the last 18 years. Nearly all of them, of varying quality/expense, are unreadable due to degradation.

OTOH, I've got old 500MB harddrives that read/work just fine and are just as old. I'd expect sealed HDDs to be as good as it gets - tape is nice, but maintaining a supported/working tape drive was always difficult (used to have one). But, unlike every other type of storage, harddrives are actually capable of warning you of an impending failure. (I've been *saved* by S.M.A.R.T. at least twice, over the years.) Add some rudimentary RAID, and you're probably good. The only way I can think of to go further is to use two/three, and cycle them between your PC(often/all the time), a nearby firesafe(When you are heading in that direction), and a safety-deposit box (seasonally?).

I do a double backup to external hard drives. One is kept on site, the other offsite. When I backup something, I switch drives and redo the backup. Or, in other words, I take the backup to the second site and copy over the backup to the second one.

I expect sata / usb interfaces to be around for the next 10 years.


Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

lsatenstein Is it Serious ovrflw problem or potential problem? (209 comments)

A very serious security problem has been found and patched in the GNU C Library (Glibc). A heap-based buffer overflow was found in __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function, which is used by the gethostbyname() and gethostbyname2() function calls.

In all legal ways to use the function, recognizing PATH_MAX == 256, is there a problem? So, it is a potential problem.

So, some library code was found that does not check for potential overrun. By broadcasting the routine name, hackers or ganifs will attempt to break into the system.

Why not just say, a new glibc has been released and fixes some serious bugs.


Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

lsatenstein Re:But does it matter any more? (172 comments)

Is Windows really relevant anymore?

Of course Windows is still relevent, it remains the authoritative source of Windows reboot sounds.

Without Windows, Linux desktop development would stagnate. Yes, MS is development and so will W10, when it is released.

2 days ago

Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

lsatenstein Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (376 comments)

Google Images search for windows 10 continuum brings up images such as this one from this page. It looks like a small chunk of a Windows 8 Start screen and part of a Windows 7 Start menu put together. I'm assuming that the appearance of the new Continuum start menu didn't change when Microsoft removed the option to use full-screen Start screen.

If I compare that to the Gnome 3.14, I think I would prefer Gnome 3.14. with two supported and freely available tweaks.

2 days ago

Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

lsatenstein Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (390 comments)

The United States is not a democracy, it's a constitutional republic.

1. The article is about Britain, not America.
2. The US is not a direct democracy, but it is still a democracy.

I dispute 2) It is a pseudo democracy. Actually it is a democracy for the 1% super rich. When the Koch brothers can give 1 billion towards the republicans in order to sustain their mining business, they have bought the government. Its no longer governmeny by the people of the people, for the people.

I guess that pretty soon there will be reams and reams of faked encryption messages being mailed amongst a few possibly valid ones.

2 days ago

At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

lsatenstein Re:Bullshit (211 comments)

When a oscillating body in air is given a nudge at resonance, the energy provided the bell's pendulum is only that which was lost with a swing against air pressure. The dry battery can last forever, particularly if fresh air is in contact with some material that provides oxygen or other gas to replenish the battery.

4 days ago

UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

lsatenstein Re:I won't notice (331 comments)

A human adult with average vision can't distinguish anything much above current HD resolutions from normal TV viewing distances at typical physical TV screen dimensions either. This is one of the big problems all the businesses creating flashy new 4K TVs haven't quite worked out how to deal with yet.

Meanwhile, plenty of people still have DVD players rather than Blu-Ray, because even moving to HD doesn't make much difference for a lot of material in practice, and the old "get them to buy Star Wars for the seventeenth time two step" has run out of music.

Then you have to consider the rise of on-line sources and the generally poor experience of the physical disc systems. Most of that poor experience isn't actually because of swapping discs. It's because of all the other silly things that all legally manufactured players are required using tortured legal tricks to implement, preventing otherwise obvious improvements in competing devices such as skipping to the !~%# movie straight away.

So personally, I'm expecting 4K and other very high resolution formats to flop outside of niche markets, like say luxury home cinema systems with a projector and a screen several metres across. Even where they do get adopted, I'm expecting the market to demand less messy distribution, which would make any sort of disc-based successor to Blu-Ray even less likely to succeed.

I suppose that if you use that high definition to drive a side of a building display, composed of multiple panels, that the high definition will make a difference when you are standing at close range.

4 days ago

Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

lsatenstein Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (894 comments)

Its not stupid at all.

I can coexist quite well with Catholics who think my being gay is a sin; we can do good works together, have lunch, be friends. I can coexist quite well with Seventh Day Adventists who think alcohol is sinful, too. We can all be friends. Heck, I can coexist with people who have a religion I think is patently absurd (I'm looking at you, Mormons), because when it comes down to it -- everyone has beliefs, and things they think are right and wrong. As long as it goes no farther then their skin, we can all be friends.

Tolerance doesn't mean you beat someone until they agree with you, its that you recognize peoples differences and don't try to force them to change. Now, where a minority of Catholics and I part ways and will have problems being friends is at the point where those Catholics try to enshrine their beliefs into law.

It has nothing really to do with my sin being a choice at all (for the record, it obviously isn't), but at the line between beliefs and mandates.

Hate the sin all you like, I don't care. Teach that the sin is against God's given path all you like, I don't care. If that's what you believe, all power to you to believe whatever it is. I'll argue the other side and we'll see who is more convincing. Try to mandate that the State give you special rights that I don't have, there I start caring. Try to argue for violence or discrimination based on your beliefs, there I care a lot.

Not everyone is as tolerant as you. Good for you.

My personal religious belief (humanism) allows me to respect life and the people who are different in all ways. But then the orthodox extremists would deny your right to be as you are. They cannot believe it is biological (its not genetic, in the sense of being passed from generation to generation). I say fuck the intolerant,

In Quebec, where I live, Gays marry and have adopted children. We have secular beliefs that do not allow religious barriers to the well being of a child. And if you are married, adoption is an easier process than if you are single. And yes, if you insulted my wife, mother, or children in public, expect a strong punch. But if you use satire, I may not like it, but I will winch and do ask to not persist further.

There was an old western movie in which it was asked, "Why did you let that guy yell at you with "Hey you old bastard". The response was, "Acceptance depends on the tone". "Je suis Charlie" was not an angry insulting tone.

4 days ago

Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

lsatenstein Re: Did Congress pass a law? (122 comments)

As we know, there is quite a bit that the President can do without congress. As well, with the lifting of restrictions that are within the President's power, a "critical mass" for full lifting will build. Don't fool yourself, it will - and should - happen.

As far as I know, its only the USA that has that embargo. The rest of the world enjoys the beached of Cuba in the winter, and the superb education and healthcare system. Yes, the politics there has created poverty, but it would be dreamland to think that the standard of living would jump of the USA suddenly recognized a dying regime. There are always individuals who are being groomed to take over if the Castro brothers die.

4 days ago

Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

lsatenstein Re:"Free Market" religion (182 comments)

Does anyone think the sponsors of this legialation have serioulsly considered the issues of user access and cost? Of course not. As in so many areas of public life, Republicans have adopted the mantra of "free markets". Which is another way of saying on behalf of large corporations, "Let the Wookie win". Let the big strong arm-ripping behemoth have its way. This disregards the needs of the majority of the population and lets corporations take the profits resulting from public investment and tax dollars.

The internet has never been about "free markets". The internet was developed by the government and universities (with public funding). As far as the big ISPs are concerned, most of them, such as Comcast and Time Warner, make use of public right-of-way to carry thier signals to their customers. Most of this right-of-way was obtained either through imminent domain (for the public good) or for other purposes entirely (to carry power lines). This has resulted in a protected monopoly for these ISPs. They have no competition, the exact opposite of a free market.

Title II will treat the ISPs as utilities so that their rates will be controlled and their fiber optic cables will be available to all content providers under competitive conditions. This is really a free market in content, rather than the coroporate oligarchy envisioned by this Republican legislation.

Is it time for a second internet, where all the devices that could/would/"need to be" connected could do so. (At a very low priority and very small message size)?
The regular internet for users would be neutral. As it is streamers who watch movies, etc pay for their bandwidth by their monthly fee. The networks make money from that fee, and are now also wanting to ding the providers. And with the loss of neutrality, will come the nickel and dime-ing of everyone who is connected. The loss of net neutrality creates an Open Highway Toll road which again shifts the money from the middle class to the super wealthy, but does not provide the needed services as part of a basic fee.

4 days ago

SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

lsatenstein Re:Paradox (200 comments)

Community colleges are not equipped to train people for high-paying coding jobs. They can teach you the basics, sure, but any kind of advanced programming skill comes from interning, mentorship and/or *gasp* actually sitting home and coding, coding, coding. All night, non-stop, my-brain-is-a-compiler-now coding. Most people aren't fit for that, and it's not a crime to point that out.

The real experts are well aware that a few non-elite college classes aren't going to fill the advanced skill level, high-paying, rock-star-coding-ninja slots, and the President is doing a vast disservice in painting a rosy picture that communicates to people that all you need is a couple of entry-level courses and you too can be a professional coder, when the real problem here is access to the jobs that will get you the experience and the status.

And where are those slots advertised? Hint: not in the community college placement offices.

(Apologies if I sound glib to the parent poster; I mean only to be glib towards the original quote.)

Our colleges require a 16 week stage at an IT shop, where the programmer must work on a project, and write up a report at the conclusion of his internship.

The internship may(not) be a paid one. Result looks great on the CV/Resume

about a week ago

Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

lsatenstein Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (316 comments)

In Quebec, where I live, the things they can take away are weapons and drugs. Or if your carrying three cell phones, then two were most probably stolen. They can also take your bicycle if they thought you stole it if you did not wear a helmet or pants clips.

about two weeks ago

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

lsatenstein Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

At age 6, with two working parents, I and my sister (age 5) walked to school and back everyday. I had a key around my neck. I can say that we understood to stay away from strangers. At home, I cooked (fryed my eggs for lunch), listened to the soap opera on the radio, and at 1pm, walked back to school.

I believe in destiny. If you are to befall harm, there is very little you can do if you can't spot it. At 6 years old, I could spot it.

Oh yes, we were a few kids all around the same age, and we walked the same route.

about two weeks ago

Red Hat Engineer Improves Math Performance of Glibc

lsatenstein Re:C versus Assembly Language (226 comments)

I programmed in Assembly Language. Over small highly repetitive sections of code, I could beat every C compiler around. However, when my assembly code for the entire program was compiled and tested, the C program proved to be faster. The reason is that the C compiler could do global optimization, guided by the user's wishes. Example of optimization for speed was loop elimination, other optimisation -- common code fragment reuse, and more.

I tended to look at the next bottleneck and tackle that delay in assembly, not always standardizing on using specific cpu registers, and I was sometimes guilty of not looking seriously to determine of there was a better way to solve the business problem. (Generous definition of business to mean any processing problem.)

about two weeks ago

PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

lsatenstein Re:Saturation (130 comments)

As PC sales increase in volume, should we not expect the prices to come down? I for one recognize the 300% markup from the FOB factory price to the consumer. I am now looking at just buying the essentials, the mother board, memory, and CPU. All the rest I have (I have case, power supply, fans for cooling, keyboard DVD burner/writer, hard disks, SSD, mouse and monitors). From my perspective, what I have is should be more than half the cost of a new AMD or Intel computer.
And I really feel that the I-7 computers are at double the price of what they should be sold. Someone is going to oneday take a bunch of qualcom or other small processors and make a PC that will run circles around the existing bus architecture. Give me 8 independent processors doing what each can do best, and junk the single chip multi-processor systems.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

lsatenstein Re:No (325 comments)

Get a desktop with a large inverter (perhaps you should go around with an I7 desktop machine strapped to an APC or Triplet UPS powersupply. I would be careful about APC stuff. i had the 350wh unit and the 550wh unit and each had the same identical model battery. For the same battery, the units should have the same cost to the consumer.

about three weeks ago

Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

lsatenstein Re:Fear (512 comments)

True, although the newspapers don't have control over the political choices that have led to a situation where we don't have any idea which people are actually in the nation.

I would say that ultra-orthodoxy is the cause. When certain individuals can't cope with life, and turn to religion, that belief is their anchor, the thing that cannot be unanchored. If that person, again for self esteem, needs to disallow any discussion that minimizes his belief. The religion feeds on ultra-believers and ultra-believers need the religion to survive.

Destroy one, and you harm or destroy the other. And if you can blame someone for destroying or harming your belief, you will search for revenge.

about three weeks ago

Mercedes-Benz's Self-Driving Concept Car Is Here

lsatenstein Re:Need the Concept Bus (167 comments)

Concepts cars are worthless, most never get made.

You want to convince me you are SERIOUS about getting into the driverless car? Then build a Concept Bus - or Concept Garbage Truck.

Those are large vehicles that honestly do not need drivers. They are expect to drive slow, not fast and usually travel set routes. Small cities can easily afford to self-insure them, and they won't have to worry quite so much about the stupid technology ignorant laws, as they will be purchased by the people that enforce, if not write the laws. Finally they are already expensive and the cities pay large salaries to people to drive them.

They will in all probability be the very first driverless vehicles we actually see on the road [as soon as we 1) convince the unions to let us and 2) actually get them to work.]

So forget about concept 'cars' and show me a concept bus or concept garbage truck.

Regarding unions. Their raison-d'être is job creation, protection, and union dues. The problem that many municipalities have is union agreements and idiotic outdated rules. For example of such a rule is , "a driver drives, and does not get out of the truck to pick up or deliver". Another example, "The electrician is responsible for the breakers. We had a swimming pool front door attendant plug in a kettle from home, and with it and the other electrical stuff on the circuit, caused the breaker to trip. The attendant unplugged the kettle, but had to call the electrician to reset the breaker. (Job protection). Gosh, we stopped using glass fuses eons ago.

In small communities, with the introduction of vehicle automation, the driver can be outside the vehicle, can be helping the crew, and when the truck has to be displaced a few feet, can use a remote control to advance the vehicle. Nothing wrong for the gardener or plumber or electrician to handle several kinds of jobs.

about three weeks ago

Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

lsatenstein Re: Waste of money (341 comments)

...and at least some assurance that motherhood wouldn't throw them completely off their career track.

And therein lies the rub. Unless he mandates a hysterectomy before hiring at Intel, that biological clock will be there, ticking. There isn't shit that you (or the Intel Corporation) can do about it, either. I know quite a few women in tech (including Intel employees) - the highly successful ones are childless, and have no inclination of having kids (the only exception is a former manager of mine - and she has an MBA, not a CompSci degree). The reason why? They forewent the child-rearing thing and went all-in when it came to technology - just like the guys do.

When you bear a child, your priorities change - hard. All the sudden, that project/application/datacenter/whatever doesn't seem so damned important anymore, and your life's focus changes. It's not sexist to say that women in general are affected by this a hell of a lot more than men are. Guys are generally used to sucking it up and getting on with the business of focusing back on that whole hunter-gatherer thing - it's how we're wired. There are exceptions in either direction of course, but they're not the general rule. Generally, the business of getting that little snot factory raised, educated, nurtured, and prepared for the world becomes a woman's focus much quicker than it does for a guy.

Even with compromises (day care, schools, etc), it still changes the top priority for most (not all - most) women. This in turn throws the statistics off pretty hard for careers that require constant education and constant renewal.

I don't see it your way. I see it as a rush to maintain 60hour workweeks, and to not balance "home life" with "work life". Why do we need a new car model every year? Why do we need a new cpu chip every few months? Why do we rush on that treadmill, and are still standing still? Why are American technologists living on burn-out street?

Most of Europe, shuts down for a month during the summer. Attribute it to whatever you want, but vacations are part of working -- not skipping the vacation because of artificial deadlines. And the ten days between Christmas and New Years is also a washout for many European corporations. Why are you obsoleted and discarded at age 50, and you are forced to become an independent consultant?

Those are my questions, what is the answer?

about three weeks ago

Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

lsatenstein Its in you or it's not (840 comments)

From the age of 5, I had already built a home telegraph. I had bell wire (house wire for doorbells), I got doorbell push buttons, lights, and made a partyline circuit. I learned morse code, at a very few words per minute.

By age 8 or 9, I was fixing tube radios. Usually it was a dead tube, or a bad electrolytic capacitor.
By 11, I was building kits from Heath and Eico. My preferred were from the latter.
By 15, I was fixing all appliances, changing tap washers, and finding out about watch and clock mechanisms.
By 17, I was Mr watch repair for Sears, I was charging bargain prices. And I did all the other stuff too. I was into hi-fi, Vinyl longplay records and the finest of turntables (rec-o-cut, Garrad), I had my vtvm, my sweep generator, and Heath Oscilloscope.
By 19, I was a carburator expert. I had all the tools for changing spark plugs, rotating tires, and knew the V8 engine design by heart.
We were learning sponges in those days.

Today, kids are whiz kids an smartphone apps. They know not about epicycloidal gearing, "angles and draw" for watch anchors and escape wheels, "watch beating" incabloc, jeweling, carburators, plug-changing, welding, and so much more.

I left that for a masters degree in math, but I have never stopped playing and loving it. My thoughts were always impressed with the watch mechanism engineers who could work with near microscopic sized parts and movements.

Ahh them were the fun days. It was an enjoyment to do all that I did as a hobby. Today, I maintain my home and garden, and look at my grandkids. I am disappointed at how little they know.

about three weeks ago



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

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about 9 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 10 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 10 months ago

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

        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."

Moderators role to determine between Interesting,

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about a year 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 2 years 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."

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.


USA and the CLIFF

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "This is really enlightening!


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.


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

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 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."

What can Linux steal from Apple

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 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."

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 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"

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.


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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