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Comment: Re:America Cannot Compete (Score 1) 215

by BoFo (#46005939) Attached to: Accenture Faces Mid-March Deadline Or 'Disaster'
I agree, and the sooner that America gets rid of their biggest government clusterfuck, the US Military, the sooner the entire world will be better off. American exceptionalism - we're number one in terrorizing the weakest and most pathetic countries in the world. More torture and more drones. Perhaps Accenture could be put in charge of the Military Industrial Complex so with the resulting disaster after disaster military effectiveness could be reduced to the size where it could be drowned in a bathtub.

Comment: Re:Why are you looking at the Obama Administration (Score 2) 215

by BoFo (#46005821) Attached to: Accenture Faces Mid-March Deadline Or 'Disaster'
And allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines is what the industry has been salivating for and the Republicans have been working hard to pass. Tha same thing happened with the banking industry with credit cards. That is why all credit card companies are based in South Dakota. When the government allowed all banks to operate across state lines, the race to the bottom began and South Dakota won. Whichever state has the loosest regulatory structure is the one that will be chosen and every consumer pays the price.

Comment: Re:Two months? (Score 2) 215

by BoFo (#46005757) Attached to: Accenture Faces Mid-March Deadline Or 'Disaster'
Plus, there was tremendous scope creep. The website was designed to only front end the entire qualification/enrollment process. After determining if the customer was qualified and in which state the party lived, the work for the government website was done. Then the user was passed to the website for the state. The Supreme Court then came along and increased the task by ruling that individual states could opt-out of the program. Now had to be able to apply rules from the 26 states that chose to deprive their less fortunate citizens of reasonably priced health insurance. That increased the complexity of the project at the last minute but the deadline was fixed. I know I've been in those sort of projects and the roll-out isn't pretty.

Comment: It's the money, Lebowsky! (Score 1) 264

by BoFo (#45379077) Attached to: Tesla Fires and Firestorms: Let's Breathe and Review Some Car Fire Math
If one is a stock investor, money is made in the churn. The corporate-dominated media trumpets each failure and then investors can buy stock at a lower cost. Then they make money after it recovers. I wish I could buy a significant amount if the stock is down, eventually it will be like IBM and Xerox.

Comment: Don't want it... (Score 1) 178

by BoFo (#45324943) Attached to: Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice
By coincidence, I was looking for a better option to read/edit office files on my Galaxy s3. I almost bailed the minute I read that storage was in the Google Cloud. Why in bog's name should I continue to give my personal data to Google? Look, I know there is no privacy on The Internet, but I refuse to give my assent. In any case, I started the install and backed out again when it stated that network access was required. Then I figured, maybe it is only required if I CHOOSE to accept their offer of 15GB of cloud storage. I installed and opened Quickoffice. On the first screen it was asking me to specify the account I would use for Google. Evaluation period over, uninstall. Sewer rat might taste like punkin' pie but I'll never know 'cause I'll never eat the bastard.

Comment: ridiculous... (Score 1) 108

by BoFo (#43073631) Attached to: Nearly Every NYC Crime Involves Computers, Says Manhattan DA
I'm sure 90% of the crimes for the last 50 years involved a telephone. Meaningless statistic. The flatfeet are more aware of the "computer related" crime because they are not well equipped to deal with them. It's clear that there are too many laws. 100% of the crimes they deal with involve laws. Get rid of 50% of the laws and crime rates will plummet.

Comment: Piece of cake... (Score 1) 203

by BoFo (#38324148) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Print From an Android Tablet?
For the past 34 years I've been an IT professional working on diverse hardware from mainframes to minis to PCs. I was a programmer long before I was a user.

For all that time, printing has been the bane of my existence. Anyone who believes that computers are aware and have malevolent intent have had severe disagreements with printing hardware/software over the years. The time it takes to print a document (a real document for business, not just a screenshot or receipt) is inversely proportional to the time available to complete the task to get to that meeting where its presence is crucial.

I suffered with text-based DOS and WYSIWYG word processors and dot matrix, laser, inkjet, what have you. I have inevitably ended up shouting at the hapless device that will not produce the output in a usable form without exhausting both my patience and paper.

When I saw this post, I picked up my Samsung Galaxy S2 and did something I'd never had the occasion to do -- I brought up the Gallery to print a photo.

I have a wireless HP Photosmart 390a I'd bought for the business a couple of years ago that happens to have Bluetooth capabilities. Within seconds I had paired with the printer and about 20 seconds later the printer started printing the selected photo. I should have been flabbergasted however I reacted with the aplomb that any would display when an electronic device just friggin' does what you ask it to do.

Who would have thought it possible?

Comment: A quote from the article (Score 1) 815

by BoFo (#38121014) Attached to: In the EU, Water Doesn't (Officially) Prevent Dehydration
One thing I noticed when reading the article was the fact that the headline did not reflect the entire issue. Since it was from the Telegraph, I have learned to parse the words with care. "They applied for the right to state that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration” as well as preventing a decrease in performance." As well as preventing a decrease in performance. That seems a bit more than claiming their bottled water can reduce the risk of dehydration. Preventing a decrease in performance almost sounds like a health claim. In any case, I agree with the ruling (what can I say, I live in Brussels) in the sense that the claim does imply that bottled water has some special property other than coming in a convenient reusable container. I used to buy bottled water (carbonated) but got sick of the amount of plastic recyclable waste I was creating. Now I drink tap water.

Comment: Trust us, we won't betray your confidence. (Score 1) 114

by BoFo (#35018366) Attached to: NY Times Considers Creating a WikiLeaks Type Site
Great, now the NY Times can supress stories that displease their corporate masters and cut out the middleman. There was a time in the not so distant past that led people to believe if only a story could be taken to the New York Times or the Washington Post that the minions of the press would then work tirelessly to get the storty out and expose the corrupt evil-doers. We now know, in the case of Judith Miller's coverups at the NYTimes that helped the re-election of George Bush in 2004 and the Post's meetings with policy makers to provide them access to WP's reporters to manufacture friendly stories that the corporate owned for profit media organizations will do whatever is necessary to avoid biting the hand that feeds it. I support an independent organization like WikiLeaks with a proven track record over the easily corrupted state news organs any day. It's a trick -- they will bury the story if it suits them or expose the leaker if they're pressured.
Open Source

Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-and-improved dept.
diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin