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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

lsatenstein Re:Figures (149 comments)

I agree that the Israelis would only use the bomb as a last resort - just don't see how they could do that and still keep their strip of land. Besides, if the issue is preventing Israel's enemies from getting their own nukes, and one of the primary reasons those enemies can cite for pursuing them is "Israel has them, so why can't we", then the best way to end the middle east arms race would be for israel to give up its nukes in exchange for a US promise to retaliate against any nuclear strike against them.

Perhaps Israel didn't trust the US as an ally in the 60's, but they have no other reliable friends now - so they better start trusting us.

If I was the Israelis, I would not trust the USA, even to the extent of pausing a meeting to go for a bathroom break. All too often the USA has let down its partners, and screwed them left, right and center.

Suppose Israel had the weapons (which so far, they have never claimed to have) and they gave them up. As Israel is a small country, comparable to Rode Island in size, would Israel exist by the time the USA reacted? I can just imagine the haggling in Congress as the months go by to decide if they should help Israel, and then under what conditions.

If Israel is going to disappear, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iran, all of these ideologies will disappear, with their lands not habitable for generations. Masada on a larger scale.
Israel's message -- Leave me in peace, I leave you in peace. Hit me, I hit you back. Make money, not war, lets do business together.

yesterday
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

lsatenstein Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (381 comments)

Why should anyone care about this "Potential Tragedy"? It takes 9 cans of American beer to equal the effects of 6 cans of any foreign beer. There was even tests of beer, and it was found that even the 4% beer was diluted to 3% beer. So all this time, you have been overpaying, and overpaying and overpaying. So, if the breweries add the cost, at least insist that they put back the missing percent that they did not provide. As an aside, I noted that my recent cans of beer from the 12 and 24 packs had no percentage numbers on each can, nor was it inscribed on the external packaging. Bottom line, you are paying for 9 cans but getting the worth of 6.

yesterday
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Linux Voice is a New Magazine for Linux Users — On Paper (Video)

lsatenstein Re:Marketing geniuses (67 comments)

Honestly I miss the paper magazine thing.

Yes by all objective measures it's an inferior way to distribute and access data, but much like watching television vs streaming/on demand, it has it's charms and nuances that haven't been reproduced digitally.

Linux Voice specifically doesn't sound like my cup of tea based on reading the snippets on their site, but I can see where they might find an audience.

My local (provincial government) library carries two Linux magazines. One from the UK (A4 paper size) and the second from France( in French and also A4 size) I look forward to reading both. The one from France has a very large readership and produces "specials", which are add-on publications that can be described as books. For example, a special about python. We are not looking at 9 pages, but 90. we are not looking at overviews, but indepth use and examples.
the library maintains the back issues.
The England Linux magazine uses very high quality paper, lots of colour, and above average quality printing. The French magazine prints on very good paper, and mainly in black and white. Photos etc, are shades of gray,. however, links are provided to see the color images.

Both are great mazines, but would arrive in Canada at a newstand price of $15.00 per copy. I believe the yearly subscription (10 issues) is around 120/yr for each.

Occasionally a DVD is included with either publication.

2 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

lsatenstein Re:Useful Idiot (392 comments)

He probably could have tried legal measures to implement reform if it was actually more important to him than being famous

Really? What legal measures could he have tried while remaining in the US? He would have been arrested faster than SSD read times, and never heard from again for "national security" reasons. The government's first response was to label him a traitor - they don't let you have much freedom as a traitor, in case you didn't know. I doubt any legal measures he could have tried before being arrested as a traitor would even have been reported on by the press, again for national security reasons.

Whether you think his revelations were right or wrong, I think you'd have to agree he couldn't have truly revealed anything successfully by staying in the US.

I guess the policy in the USA for anything that is security related is "Kill the messenger". In other-words, the whistle blower, while legally standing a chance, doesn't have a chance in Hell to survive his job. Whistle blowing in the US government is a career suicide, if such a career exists.

By the way the expression " faster than SSD read times" could be replaced with " faster than an I/O interrupt".

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

lsatenstein Re:u can rite any way u want (431 comments)

I'm hungry. Lets eat grandma!

I'm hungry. Lets eat, grandma!

How about

the cat, the rat, ate. the cat, the rat ate,

about a week ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

lsatenstein Re:Or people could stop being fucking dumbasses (184 comments)

but that would be too much to ask.

Perhaps what is needed is an app in the cellphone and an app in the car, so that if the user was sitting in the car with the car motor running or the car transmission not in park, the cellphone would cease to function.

about a week ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

lsatenstein Re:Hero ? (236 comments)

Changing part without changing part number is something which the engineer shouldn't have done. Sure, management wouldn't let him make the change and that is bad. However, by making a change without following the basic accepted procedures meant that sleuth work needed to be done to even identify that a change had been made. The engineer clearly did something wrong. That in no way reduces the responsibility of management for their decisions and the consequences of those decisions.

That said, naming names of an engineer is a really bad precedent. What is the goal GM is trying to achieve here. Do they want people to go break the guy's windows? Burn down his house? Call him in the middle of the night or deliver pizza? Apart from potentially removing the guy's livelihood for the remainder of his life because no-one wants to hire 'that guy' ever again, and a lot of abuse being targeted his way, what will this achieve?

If he did something criminal, then he should be charged. If he did something extremely incompetent then maybe membership of the engineering body should be revoked, but it isn't the place of GM to throw their engineers to the wolves.

OK, so the part number was not changed. But the date of the change is known, and cars manufactured one week after that date or with the arrival of the first batch of new parts is known. It is therefore not the total of all the cars manufactured. And yes, some replacement parts sales will also have to be checked.
I suppose that they can test if it is the new or old switch, just by testing manually. If the switch turns off with trivial pressure, its the old part.

If the engineer did the change when the company refused to do it, bless the man for saving lives.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

lsatenstein Re:Slowly (451 comments)

Then run like hell!

Wile the AC made this into a joke it really is the best advice if you do this badly.

Rather than be the person who is going to be perceived as the one who pushes Linux into your workspace I would recommend getting in a consultant from a reputable firm and get written recommendations on "how" or even "why not to". If this is done properly then everyone looks good. A Professional Consultant could come up with relevant recommendations in less then a week (assuming a small organization of say less than 100) contrary to what some would say.

Another thing don't be the person who is going to be stuck supporting a Linux environment unless you really have had experience, one or more support personal and get paid accordingly.

In a small ma and pa shop (as described), consultancy fees may be a serious expense. I would do things as follows:
post a bulletinboard notice asking for two volunteers to try Linux in place of XP for one week. At the end, they should provide a verbal feedback. Recommend or Abort the project. If they like it, convert the other users and have them assist in the training. Choose a woman and a man for the Mint trial.

about two weeks ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

lsatenstein Re:i pledge to you... (722 comments)

...if you like your 7.1 million sign-ups, you can keep your 7.1 million sign-ups.

I think that if there was a strict audit, that you would find numbers closer to the truth, around 9 million. Some opponents are embarassed to report that "affordable care" is a success.

Too bad you don't have what we do in Canada. Single payer.

My friends wife has just had $100k of medical treatment (ruptured bowl, split intenstines, Cerebrial Circulation problems. She had surgery, had machine forced breathing, a trachia tube for feeding, and more. It is now about 1 month in hospital, and she can sit, can write on a tablet, and will be outpatient within the next three weeks. No extra costs for drugs). What would 2 months of intensive care cost in the USA?

My friend pays $16.00/day for parking and about $10.00 for his meals while he stays at her bedside. Socialism has it's place in a country.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

lsatenstein Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (469 comments)

You can only hear up to like 20k Herz.
But there are so called overtones, multiples of the base frequency. In this case 40k, 60k, 80k 100k etc.
No human is able to hear 40k and above frequencies, but we all can hear if a 20k frequency is combined with an 40k overtone, or an 100k overtone even. Modern lossy compression algorithms cut off these overtones (as the overtone itself is unhearable) ... nevertheless we can hear if it is 'there' or not.

Completely false. Often repeated. But completely, utterly false.

The human ear can only make out an amplitude rise equivalent to a ~20k Hz sine wave (lower as you age). No amount of "overtones," monster cables, or megahertz sampling will change the ability of the hairs inside the ear to move/accelerate only so fast. The ear is mechanically band limited.

I believe that you are wrong. The harmonics of two frequencies, say at 18khz and18.1kh will at some point have a difference that is well within the audio range. The point you may want to make perhaps, is that the beat frequencies at the 5th or 6th harmonic, while being in the audible range, are two feeble to be heard and noticed. I bet that with a digital filtering system, the beat frequencies will have a woofer speaker putting out a very nice audible sound.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

lsatenstein Re:Let it die (509 comments)

I mean seriously. There is no down side to going from not hearing to hearing except for having to listen to contemporary "music".

I agree with your comment and agree entirely with you, if it comes to a music, we need to get away from the electronic repetition digital sounds and bring back true musicians that can play an instrument. We need a revival of good wind, string, or real drum music, not the digital perfect pitch of the preprogrammed noise machines.

about two weeks ago
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Evidence Aside, FBI Says Russians Out To Steal Ideas From US Tech Firms

lsatenstein Re:I've worked with many Russians... (132 comments)

Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ?

That sounds preposterous to me.

If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not happening, so there must be some error in your calculations. I hope you realise that windows is more than just Office ? Its a whole system that runs the computer from start to finish, and that is a very difficult thing to acheive. A lot of people dont realise this.

Microsoft just spent billions of dollars and many years to create Windows 8, so it does not sound reasonable that some new alternative could just snap into existence overnight like that. It would take billions of dollars and a massive effort to achieve. IBM tried, and spent a huge amount of money developing OS/2 but could never keep up with Windows. Apple tried to create their own system for years, but finally gave up and moved to Intel and Microsoft.

Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible.

I think you need to re-examine your assumptions.

Microsoft stole (cloned) the best parts of OS2. IBM was there, as was Zerox, before MS. Linux started as a clone of a Unix derivative. Please do not heap praise on MS. Their past is not without stealing ideas.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

lsatenstein Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

The fruit of knowledge. There was a reason the bible described things as it did. Knowledge isn't just the anti-christ, it's the anti-god.

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Churches, Synaagogues, Mosques, Templsw, and other reigious mass meeting places serve two purposes. a) social gathering and b) worship.
The Internet transfers the first to the web. Now, whats left is worship, and cynically, financial dues for building and clergy. The dues rise as memberships drop. It does not take much thinking to come to the same conclusion as did MIT research.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

lsatenstein Re:Shorewall (187 comments)

AFAIK, Fedora 20 has a very good firewall offering, and it is presented as a dynamic software, meaning that you can make changes to network protections, etc., on the fly.

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

lsatenstein Re:Reversible (208 comments)

Indeed. :)

And I worry about 100W @ 5V, that's 20 A!

Sounds a bit troublesome through these small connectors.

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I think that it is possible as the power will be supplied on 180degree pairs of wires.

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

lsatenstein Re:In a society that has destroyed all adventure (364 comments)

So you're that guy who races up to red lights and then has to slam on the brakes.

Here's what happens. You and I are stopped at a light with you in front of me. There's another light 20 seconds away at 35 mph or 10 seconds way at 70mph. The first light turns green and the second is due to turn green in 20 seconds. You arrive at the second light in 10 seconds and have to come to a complete stop. I arrive in 20 seconds the moment the second light turns green but I have to stop because of you. Everyone behind me also has to stop because of you. Your actions caused us all to decelerate and accelerate unnecessarily.

Actually, I wouldn't stop. I'd slow down giving you enough room to accelerate so to minimize my change in speed, but most people wouldn't apply that forethought.

The concept of aliasing is not applicable to the timing of traffic lights for a number of reasons. First, you're going the wrong way, a more reasonable answer would be 17.5 mph also works for lights timed for 35mph, but that's not true either. The timing is a phase variance, not a change in frequency. There's pretty much nothing you can do to beat the system of lights timed for a given speed other than drive that speed. That's a pretty optimal solution anyway.

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We had an interesting situtation at a local traffic jam. It was on a through street in a residential community.
Two police officers worked together. They determined the number of cars that could get through on a light, and one of then walked back in the queue. He had them shut off the motors until the queue in front was clear, then he let in a another packet of vehicles. It worked out well. Polution was down, but there was some discomfort in that the A/C in the car had some catch-up to do.

about two weeks ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

lsatenstein Re:It's a pity (161 comments)

I for one used this service to share files between my Ubuntu desktops, it worked seamlessly. It is especially useful for development files (programs and scripts) that I share between my different workplaces.

If anyone has a replacement suggestion that integrates well with the Ubuntu desktop, I would be glad to hear from it.

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Dropbox or Spider Oaks.

about two weeks ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

lsatenstein Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

I have made the open offer before that anyone who thinks waterboarding isn't torture is welcome to explain to me why that is, as long as they can do it while being waterboarded until I am satisfied with what they are saying is the truth.

water boarding is a beautiful torture. It leaves no physical bruises. Allows the perpertrators to be in denial and get away with it.
It only has consequences if the victim drowns or dies of a heart attack. Blue bodies from interrogators are signs of oxygen deprivation.

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

lsatenstein Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

It's as simple as asking: "do you want to take that risk"?
There's plenty of people in the world willing to participate to something that will likely end their lives, as long as they perceive it as heroic. It's one of the freedoms I value in a civilized world.

With that being said, 15 years ago I would have volunteered, but today, for the sake of my family, I wouldn't.

on earh, that person may be a paraplegic, but in space, he would become as agile as the person with legs. Ergo, for this individual (a Steven Hawkins ) health category of person, it would be advantageous.
If the trip has the high risk of failing (death), then why should I be complicit in the risk?

about two weeks ago
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Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

lsatenstein Re:Here's how to secure your "Internet of things" (106 comments)

Why should they be on a network at all? My refrigerator does just fine with a basic thermostat, electrical fusing, a device to pour water into a mold, dump it in a bin when frozen, then stop dumping it when the bin fills up, a switch to turn on the light when the door opens and a fan so it runs without the need to be defrosted. The additional gewgaws don't help with core operation.

Same with a stove or a microwave. For safety's sake, it should only be able to be turned on by someone who is physically present.

Sometimes, there is just no real point in adding a device to the IoT, and the fewer devices that have networks, the fewer attack vectors an attacker will have to operate with.

This doesn't mean that isolated networks are bad... for example a vehicle needs the CANBus. However, if one doesn't need to have that functionality in a toaster, why built it in?

If we have to have a network or bus for statuses, why not a read-only bus, essentially like a serial port with the return line cut so the device can send status messages out, but not have them go back. The basic concept of a data diode. This way, one can tell if their fridge is over temperature, but a blackhat can't log on and turn the fridge off and spoil someone's steak stash.

There are appliances that I would absolutely like to have under internet access. Here are a few and my justifications.
a) I am a working stiff: In the AM, I put a roast in the oven, I set the turn on time for 20 minutes / lb (50 min/kilo) and I leave for work. Suddenly I have to work late. I want to delay the cooking of the roast.
b) I have a setback thermostat in the house. I would like the heat/air-conditioner to turn on to normal temp 1.5 hrs before I plan to arrive. I am coming home late, and want the system to start 1.5 hrs later.
c) I have a keypad access to the garage. I have a repair man coming for the washer/dryer. When he arrives, I want to see who she/he is, and then change the keypad code once to allow him in.
d) Usually turn on the sprinklers early am, but I know it is going to rain tomorrow. I want the system to skip a watering and therefore I use my cell to tell the sprinkler system to skip the day. Ditto if the gardener is coming to work in the yard or on the flower beds.

Probably you noticed that most of the access is not to control temperature, but to control when a device that is preset to a temperature or action, that it may start or be stopped. And of course, access security. If I have a security system that alarms to me about someone in the house, I want to see if it is my mother-in-law visiting, or a stranger. And I want an event message sent to me if someone goes into the master bedroom.

about two weeks ago

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Blue screen of death on McCoffee's menu display.

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about two weeks 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 a month 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 2 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 ago

lsatenstein writes "I am a heavy user of the net, particularly slashdot and a few other blogging sites. Lately, with heavy mouse use, both with the laptop pad, and a physical mouse, I have severe carpal pains in my arm between the wrist and the elbow. It was so bad that I could not work for 3 days. I have tried everything from readjusting keyboard/mouse height to taking five minute breaks every half hour.

Is there a better mouse alternative that could relieve the forefinger from that overuse of the left mouse button? Could there be a floor button? or some other technique to stop repetitive action problems? Pain cam be compared to the most severe toothache."
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39500 Meawatt Hrs of Electrical Consumption

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about a year ago

lsatenstein writes "The Hydro Quebec Electric company, which supplies Electricity to Quebec and its neighbours reports that last nights (2013-01-23) consumption between 4pm and 10am -hit that number. Outdoor temperature was -27C or roughly -17F. Windchill put the skin temperature at -40C or -40F.

Forecasting a colder night today (2013-01-23) between 4pm and 10pm the temperature is supposed to drop to -30C. This will, for all intents and purposes, project a 40,550 megawatt hour demand between 4pm and 10pm.
This trend will continue for 3 additional days.
The CAA (equivalent to AAA) agency is expecting 10000 calls today to boost start cars.

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USA and the CLIFF

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about a year ago

lsatenstein writes "This is really enlightening!

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/EW5IdwltaAc?rel=0

much of the worlds economy is tied to the US umbilical cord.

    If you watch nothing else today....please watch this short illustration lesson. This is a non-partisan video produced by an accountant, Hal Mason, who retired after 27 years with IBM. He looks at the budget, its revenues and expenses, and very simply illustrates the financial problems of the U.S.

Amazingly, we get all the media talking heads blathering and shouting for hours and never give us clarity. This guy does it in a few minutes. The message seems to be very clear. Where Greece is today, we will be tomorrow, unless our representatives in Washington start to take some very decisive steps.

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

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about a year and a half ago

lsatenstein writes "I've been watching the campaigning since the beginning of September. I watched the debates, I read the body language, and I also looked at the promises.
Here is why, if I was an American, I would vote Democrat.
a) In Montreal, next three weeks, my entire family will get flu shots. The shots will not be $29.95 each as was advertised by one of your leading pharmacies, but my entire cost for 9 of us is $0.00. It is one of my benefits from Canadian (Quebec) Medicare.
Obamacare was a desire by Pres. Obama to try to provide the equivalent.
We have country wide (federal universal) Medicare, run by the provinces. No matter where in Canada (and in some partner foreign countries (USA excepted)), I can travel and get full medical treatment. Canada has an exchange deal going with me, a tourist, and their tourists.
Obama had to fight tooth and nail and make unpleasant compromises to the insurance companies to get his plan partially implemented. The USA population should see the insurance rates go down, as perhaps only 2% of the 30 million to soon be insured people are in need of medicate, and the other 98% will be paying for it and for insurance company profits.

Regarding Job creation by Romney, with his exaggerations, I was wondering how you could believe such out and out lies.
Bain Capital was one of the many organizations responsible for some unemployment and for those who have left the job search market. As owner of Bain Capital, Romney transfered $50/hr manufacturing jobs to China where the salary is $2.50 per hour. Thats a 25x savings over domestic manufacturing. Who is left? Well, I call them the best available at minimum wage or just above. (Walmart, Target, etc.)

To create jobs, you must have people who have net-net discretionary money. Net-net means this. The first net is to remove the Federal and State taxes, then for the second net, remove food, housing, car, insurances, cellphone, debt and schooling for your kids, and what you have left is the net-net discretionary amount. Is there any money left from the net-net that you can use to purchase goods and services? If your net-net is not large enough, after putting away savings and for your pension, then you can't buy other than the minimum of extras. To create jobs, you need paying customers.
Romney knows this, but he wants to be president and promises to create jobs, all via the private sector. (Will the better ones be in China or the USA?).
Bill Clinton's discourse about arithmetic was what is and what was credible.
Some socialism in a country is essential. The need to have minimal education standards, the need to have Medicare, roads, postal services, etc. is socialism that you take for granted.

In closing, the election results from the polls has just started to trickle in. If this was an election in Canada, the stations and the internet postings would not be allowed until the polls close in California or the most western timezone in the country. This disclosure for California, at 6pm Central time can influence the outcomes in the West.

Obama has pulled the USA out from the brink of greedy disaster. Sadly, because of greed by financial institutions, and the global recession (yes, the world is suffering, and the world is also an American customer), many foreclosures took place as a money grab. (In Canada, the banks gave latitude to those late with mortgage payments, realizing that a person living in a house where he sunk money, was going to maintain it. Partial payments were accepted until the individual found steady work, or sold the property. It's called "Being human")

So the vote counting is occurring, and I believe that American recovery under the Democrats will prevail. America under Clinton was great, and it will also be so again.
The USA debt to other countries must be reduced, to pay for it.
Too much military spending is for obsolete technology. Shift it towards cyberwars and drones. There enough missiles in the American hands to annihilate any enemy.

Is there something wrong with the wealthy paying their fair share?

To get the economy rolling, every country in the world resorts to infrastructure spending. Roads, airports, bridges, technology (internet to rural areas), water, clean energy. Recovery has started, but a push by government to increase spending will not happen. What will happen (I guess), is to reduce the fat military budgets and put that spending to the areas I mentioned."
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What can Linux steal from Apple

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  about a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "Perhaps I am niave, but my wife wants an Ipad for Sunday. She says she needs one or two every month for hygenic reasons. I explained to her that this was an electronic device, her response was "Ohh, I did not know""
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Has email push of slashdot stopped

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lsatenstein writes "For the past years, almost since SD started, and until a week ago, I was getting my daily selection of topics. They were filtered to my interests.

Now, as a retiree, I don't see the daily message in my inbox any longer. Is it my message filtering or has email push stopped?

Leslie in Montreal"
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Linux is not (yet) ready for the Desktop

lsatenstein lsatenstein writes  |  more than 4 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  |  about 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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