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Comment: Public Failure (Score 1) 68

by DiniZuli (#47358599) Attached to: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch
Cool and good that this is being done, but! I'm really surprised that no one in here appears to be outraged about the fact that a kickstarter campaign like this one is needed at all.
25% of 4th graders can't read an comprehend a simple English sentence like the one presented in the kickstarter video.
It's a massive failure of the (public) school system, and the public school system can probably thank the politicians for this failure.
To get such grand scale illiteracy in a country takes something else than just bad teachers and school leaders - it takes amazingly bad policy decisions at state/country level.

Comment: Re: Isn't this the ultimate goal? (Score 5, Insightful) 732

by DiniZuli (#45948875) Attached to: If I Had a Hammer
I agree, and I think one of the major problems in this is, when a robot replaces the workforce at some company the money (salary) that once went to many now goes to a lot fewer. The money shifts towards the people in 'higher' positions. So in the long run we need to reshape the economy, because continuing with the current model won't end well.

+ - Comet ISON is off->

Submitted by g01d4
g01d4 (888748) writes "From BBC News:

"Telescopes saw the giant ball of ice and dust disappear behind the star, but only a dull streamer emerge." It's too bad but the incoming, and especially the Stereo A & B images, were way cool."

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Comment: Re:Been saying that...Wrong, Simply Wrong. (Score 2) 376

by DiniZuli (#42814557) Attached to: Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished
Thanks for taking the time to clear things up for me.
Now I see I got caught a little by the flames, that usually burn around online discussions - pre-tty stupid.
While I agree, that patents seems like the only viable solution for the little guy to enter the market, it only holds true under the conditions currently existing in the market.
What the paper is trying to say, is that you could change things. I actually think that if we tried the solutions suggested in the paper, everybody would be better of, patents would be as good as gone, and everybody, big or little, would have a chance to innovate and enter the market.
You should read it if you haven't, it's quite interesting. It gives you some idea of, that we don't have to keep an outdated monopolitic system that mostly works in the favor of the big guys - even though it gives a little room for the small guy as well - because we can make alternative systems that are better.

Comment: Re:Been saying that...Wrong, Simply Wrong. (Score 1) 376

by DiniZuli (#42810531) Attached to: Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished
And you, sir, might be right!
So.... in the medical business... mentioning cancer drugs and getting cleared by FDA ... and he's not developing a pharmaceutical?
I'm not a native English speaker, but I did assume that developing drugs and medicine could be said to be in the medical business. But no? Is medical business only machinery? Or what is the difference? Or is it something else I'm missing?

Comment: Re:Been saying that...Wrong, Simply Wrong. (Score 5, Informative) 376

by DiniZuli (#42809449) Attached to: Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished
You, Sir, has clearly not RTFP!
Please at least read page 13 of the paper, and throw out your well preserved assumptions of how the world works.
- I'll give you a taste of page 13:
"There are four things that should be born in mind in thinking about the role
of patents in the pharmaceutical industry. First, patents are just one piece of a
set of complicated regulations that include requirements for clinical testing and
disclosure, along with grants of market exclusivity that function alongside patents.
Second, it is widely believed that in the absence of legal protections, generics would
hit the market side by side with the originals. This assumption is presumably based
on the observation that when patents expire, generics enter immediately. However,
this overlooks the fact that the generic manufacturers have had more than a decade
to reverse-engineer the product, study the market, and set up production lines.
Lanjouw’s (1998) study of India prior to the recent introduction of pharmaceutical
patents there indicates that it takes closer to four years to bring a product to market
after the original is introduced—in other words, the fifi rst-mover advantage in pharmaceuticals
is larger than is ordinarily imagined. Third, much development of
pharmaceutical products is done outside the private sector; in Boldrin and Levine
(2008b), we provide some details. Finally, the current system is not working well:
as Grootendorst, Hollis, Levine, Pogge, and Edwards (2011) point out, the most
notable current feature of pharmaceutical innovation is the huge “drought” in the
development of new products."

Comment: To "trolls" and "time-wasting-kids" answering (Score 1) 442

by DiniZuli (#36210892) Attached to: Should a Web Startup Go Straight To the Cloud?
Could all the people calling this person a troll, and "domyjobforme"-idiots just stop wasting others and their own time with these ridiculous negative non-helping no-good-for-anyone answers ? Who are you people anyways ? Why bother with answering ? What do you get from posting such answers?
You are so awfully clever on others behalf that it sickens me.
Give some proper answers - his a fellow nerd that asks perfectly legit questions to a community of nerds. It doesn't matter if he is out of his league, a new bee or a professional for that matter. He asks for advice, and those kind of negative answers is a waste of everybody's time and energy. Pardon my French, but go post your stupid answers somewhere else...

+ - Best IT-infrastructure for a small company 2

Submitted by DiniZuli
DiniZuli (621956) writes "I've been imployed by a small NGO to remake their entire IT-infrastructure from scratch. It's a small company counting 20 employees. I would like to ask the /.-crowd and gather some experience and knowledge from you — what worked out best for you and why? I came up with a small list:
Are there any must have books on building the IT infrastructure?
New desktops: should it be laptops (with dockingstations), regular desktop machines or thin clients? A special brand? Ubuntu, Windows or?
Servers: We need a server for authentication and usermanagement. We also need an internal mediaserver (we have thousands of big image and videofiles, and the archive grows bigger every year). Finally we would like to have our webserver in house. Which hardware is good? Which setup, software and OS'es have worked the best for you?
Network: We are redoing everything: routers, schwitches, wireless, authentication — even the wiring. Which setup do you think is the best for a small company?
Which backup solutions do you use?
Since we are remaking everything, this list is not exhaustive, so feel free to comment on anything important not on the list."
IT

+ - Remaking everything IT in a small company 1

Submitted by
DiniZuli
DiniZuli writes "I've been imployed by a small company to remake their entire IT-infrastructure from scratch. I've worked in several diferent IT-departments and I have a Bachelor in Computer Science, so I know a bit about what I'm about to do, but I'm the only IT-guy in the company and before this I've only helped build or manage different parts of the infrastructure, I've never actually tried building the entire thing. The company is run by young people and it's very dynamic, it's an NGO, and anywhere between ten and thirty people may be working on any given day, mostly it's around fifteen though. Theese numbers will allways stay this low and there will not be a day with 50 or 100 employees. The company runs a new project every year, and thus most employees only work there for a year. Only two employees need machines to handle media (photo and video editing) — everybody else just needs office and web capabilities. There are guests nealy every day who needs to hook up to our network. So I would like to ask the /.-crowd and hear your opinions in theese matters:
Where to find advice and guidance? Are there any must have books, and do you know of websites with good and helpfull communities in this area?
New desktops: should it be laptops with dockingstations, regular desktop machines or thin clients? Dell, IBM, Mac or similar — or doesn't that matter? Ubuntu, Windows or? (I think I'll go with Ubuntu except on the media machines).
Rewireing: The company is housed in a 200m2 apartment shaped like a big L. The current wireing is a mess. Any good solutions or ideas would be appreciated.
Servers: We need an internal fileserver, an internal mediaserver (we have thousands of big image and videofiles, the archive grows bigger every year) and a webserver. Which hardware is good? Which setup, software and OS'es to use for this?
Network: What to use for router, firewall, network authentication, wireless. I've seen several different setups — everything from a Linksys router handling everything, to one machine for each thing to handle (one is router another is firewall, etc.). We have an good 48 port L3 Gigabit switch from HP. Normally the network traffic isn't big, but once a year the webserver will be used, during two weeks, by around 20000 people every day — used meaning creating accounts, logging in and out and writing new entries (using drupal for cms).
We have a FreePBX phone server to handle our IP-phone system, and I think I'll keep it as it is, unless you guys know of another brilliant solution.
Since we are remaking everything, this list is not exhaustive, so feel free to comment on anything important, not on the list (for example power and cooling for the servers and network gear, Virtualization, network monitoring...)."

Comment: Re:Hurry up and wait (Score 1) 2424

by DiniZuli (#31566548) Attached to: House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212
Well from what I've read your country saves WAY more money on this bill than what is spent on it.
See the link in my comment further down:
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1590674&cid=31565886

So seeing this bill from your country's point of view, some of the 'trillion' dollors, saved not spend, are going out to all of it's citizens - resulting in a richer and probably more healthy America...
Try the first two pages to see some huge numbers:
http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/113xx/doc11355/hr4872.pdf

... and then there's the 30 million people without cover .... humans are way more important than money, but somehow the discussions always ends up beeing about money, and not the ones that actually make the money in the first place...

"Most of the people living on it [the planet] were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small, green pieces of paper, which is odd, because on the whole, it wasn't the small, green pieces of paper which were unhappy. And so the problem remained, and lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable..." - Douglas Adams

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