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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? (154 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?

2 days ago

Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

lsatenstein Re:You dorks (381 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 @ 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 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.

2 days ago

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?

4 days ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

lsatenstein Re:This makes sense. (278 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, 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 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.

  sekalf nroc

(read backwords)

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

lsatenstein Re:Simple (507 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.

5 days ago

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 a week ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

lsatenstein Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (750 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 a week ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

lsatenstein Re:666 (750 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 a week ago

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

lsatenstein Re:Not France vs US (308 comments)

This is not at all about the French/US competition, the big French sites like 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 two weeks ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

lsatenstein Re:Subject bait (368 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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

lsatenstein Re:Americans don't care (201 comments)

Look. On the one hand, it will be virtually impossible to make the technology disappear that allows any government unprecedented surveillance powers.

Based on the historical evidence of the governments of men, it would also be rather reasonable to expect there will exist elements within our governments willing to exploit national security fears to abuse surveillance powers.

With awareness, ignorance is left off the table as a selection. At least if we are made aware, we then choose to make a difference or play along.

Actually, with widespread incorporation of encryption, NSA will not ever have the resources to try and decrypt what they now fetch in the clear. And lets hope that it is incorporated soon, to keep Google and other search engines out of your life.

about two weeks ago

No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

lsatenstein Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (401 comments)

I'll call you on your trolling and bs. My wife works in the Comp Sci department at a major university and also works *with* people in the programs at others. Well over half the grad students in most programs are born and raised in the US, and many of the best candidates are from the US. This story is about outsourcing based on cost, not on 'deep understanding of theory'. If you're not trolling you're just woefully wrong.

Actually, you are both right, 60% is about cost, and 30% is about intelligence, and 10 % is the reluctance to train the dedicated and very capable employee.

about two weeks ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

lsatenstein Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (385 comments)

It would be more like what is happening in Germany. Massive investment in wind, solar, wave and geothermal, but crucially also a massive investment in a new smarter grid to support it all.

I have no doubt that it will happen in Europe, but the US is going to find it hard. Things like subsidising residential solar are seen as un-American and socialist, even though it's fine to heavily subsidise companies building fossil fuel or nuclear plants. The grid is a money-making privately owned infrastructure, not something that is supposed to work for the public's benefit. In other words, the problems are all cultural.

Yeah man, I concur.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

lsatenstein Re:Python is better overall but R is more like SAS (143 comments)

R has more single function high level commands devoted to stats, these are done right internally and are self consistent with other functions for further processing. But its not as general a programming language as python. if you want something different than the canned functions in R then you will need to write them yourself at which point you might as well be using python. however if you like SAS then chances are R will seem more like what you are hoping for.

R has more single function high level commands devoted to stats, these are done right internally and are self consistent with other functions for further processing. But its not as general a programming language as python. if you want something different than the canned functions in R then you will need to write them yourself at which point you might as well be using python. however if you like SAS then chances are R will seem more like what you are hoping for.

The original poster failed to define creativity in the context of the end-user and his problem solving. I think that the end-user of SAS should be the one asking if R or python or other language is more suitable.

Perhaps the poster should visit the customer(s), to see what they are doing, and return with an R equivalent or propose R as a better solution. No need to change 4 quarters for a Dollar.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

lsatenstein Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

But it is impossible to "not use any confidential information he had access to" without surgery. It's in your brain, you will use it if the situation arises.

He may have had brilliant ideas that Amazon refused to consider, or if presented to Amazon, he would endup with a handshake. Ergo,
move to another cloud vendor where you can present ideas that were held private.

Can Amazon sue for things you thought about, but decided to implement with a competitor? Prove the employee had the ideas before leaving.

about three weeks ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

lsatenstein Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

"Please don't do an audio countdown. It doesn't work for us hard of hearing people."

Where I live, they have audio ticking for blind people. They make a ticking noise when it's green for pedestrians.
Although some of them seem to be made for almost-deaf blind people, since it's very loud even during daytime.

We have this too, in our residential neighbourhood. Neighbours resorted to wrapping the speaker that broadcasts the ticking sound with soundproofing material.
What was asked finally, and was implemented was the pushbutton walk request. No sound until a request to walk button is pressed. The ticking is concluded when the light turns green for the opposing traffic. Accidents and angry resident complaints have stopped.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

lsatenstein Re:Perl (536 comments)

Take the semicoln in C. It's not needed. It's really just a pleasant confirmation to the compiler to let it know that your current statement is done.

It certainly is needed, if you want to keep white space insignificant. C compilers can skip over every space, tab, and line break that isn't part of a string. Getting rid of semicolons would needlessly complicate lexical analysis.

Without the semicolon, you would have to rely on indentation. Thats turning C into Python.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

lsatenstein Re: Perl (536 comments)

That you think C aids in expressiveness over Perl, Python, Ruby, awk, Go, Swift, Rust, D, C#, Scala, Clojure, or even C++ shows you're talking out the wrong orifice

I expect we're using the word "expressive" differently.

C is a lot of things, but it is not terribly expressive or high level.

Definitely not high level.

C lacks concise and easy to use language syntax to express ideas, but almost any idea that can be imagined can be expressed (implemented) in C. That is what I meant by expressive.

Higher level languages provide all sorts of direct language support for ideas that are not directly present in lower level languages, but all high level lanagauges ultimately compile down to machine code, which can be represented by assembler. Therefore, nothing that can be expressed in any language can't be expressed in assembler. Therefore assembler is maximally expressive. Anything else is just a subset of what you can do with assembler.

However there is PLENTY you can do in assembler, that you can't do in any other language, and C, is the lowest level language above assembler, and while there are some things that can be done in assembler that can't be done in C, there's not a lot that can be done in a higher level language than C that can't be done in C.

Not easily. Not concisely. And not safely... because if you implement a reference counting garbage collector in C to do your memory management (and you can) there is nothing in C stopping you from directly manipulating the GC state to achieve all kinds of stuff you can't do in the higher level language ...and should probably never do!! -- but this isn't about *should* -- its about *can*.

I would program in Ivorson's APL Seed Dialog APL. Its intrepreted, rapid development, and super easy to debug/trace. That was my favourite languages of the 60's and it still is.

I'm sure it could be interfaced to any browser.

about three weeks ago



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 3 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 4 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 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."

39500 Meawatt Hrs of Electrical Consumption

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about a year 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  |  about a year and a half 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  |  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."

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."

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"

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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