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Comment: Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (Score 1) 870

by GeekBird (#46635003) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

All self-checkout systems I have used have horrible user interfaces. That's why they get taken out -- the customers hate them.

This.

The voice and the 'dialog' on the ones at Safeway and Lowes drives me insane. It is both irritating in tone, and infuriatingly condescending. I don't need a machine to talk loudly at me like I was a five year old in a snotty teacher voice like it was talking to a barely sentient animal. Plus, the work flow assumes that you scan, pile up, then bag your purchases in store provided bags. If you are in a municipality that requires that you bring your own bags, it breaks the workflow and the ****ing thing nags at you loudly until you do everything its way, regardless of how inconvenient or inefficient it is. I don't like being essentially yelled at like a bad puppy by a machine.

+ - US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The hilariously named "Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property" has finally released its report, an 84-page tome that's pretty bonkers. But amidst all that crazy, there's a bit that stands out as particularly insane: a proposal to legalize the use of malware in order to punish people believed to be copying illegally. The report proposes that software would be loaded on computers that would somehow figure out if you were a pirate, and if you were, it would lock your computer up and take all your files hostage until you call the police and confess your crime. This is the mechanism that crooks use when they deploy ransomware."
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+ - SPAM: Robert Kiyosaki Conspiracy of The Rich

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Robert Kiyosaki

launched his recent book as a viral event by having chapter by chapter released online and collecting comments from readers. The end result is a physical book “Conspiracy of the Rich:

The 8 New Rules of Money”.

Judging by the stream of traffic flowing to his ConspiracyOfTheRich.com website and comments from readers, it has not put the world alight, but worked fairly well."

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+ - Kobo Aura HD Could be The First True Kindle Killer-> 1

Submitted by Nate the greatest
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "For the longest time now ereader makers have been copying each other. The leading ereaders have been improved by adding a frontlight, touchscreen, and even a higher resolution screen, but for a couple years now it's seemed like Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon never looked beyond the features already found on competing devices.

Today that changed. Kobo has unveiled a new ereader with a unique screen size. The Aura HD has a 6.8" E-ink screen with a resolution of 1440 by 1080. Not only is that the sharpest e-ink screen on the market, it is also a higher resolution screen than can be found on the Nook HD or any other 7" tablet. It looks like the Aura HD could ignite an ereader arms race as Amazons scrambles to release an ereader with a screen as sharp as the one on the Aura HD."

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+ - ZDNet proclaims "Windows: It's over" 1

Submitted by plastick
plastick (1607981) writes ""You can think Windows 8 will evolve into something better, but the numbers show that Windows is coming to a dead end."

ZDNet is known to take the side of Microsoft in the past. ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols explains "The very day the debate came to an end, this headline appeared: IDC: Global PC shipments plunge in worst drop in a generation. Sure, a lot of that was due to the growth of tablets and smartphones and the rise of the cloud, but Windows 8 gets to take a lot of the blame too. After all, the debate wasn't whether or not Windows 8 was any good. It's not. The debate was over whether it could be saved.""

+ - The Rise of the Worker-Friendly Data Center->

Submitted by 1sockchuck
1sockchuck (826398) writes "Data centers are designed primarily to house thousands of servers, but the nondescript concrete bunker of the past is giving way to campuses optimized for humans, complete with comfortable offices, conference rooms, theaters and gaming areas. An example: a new data center in Dallas includes a climbing wall, fitness machines, a spiral slide between floors and a putting green. More common examples of amenities include office space, swanky conference rooms and gaming areas."
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+ - News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier 2

Submitted by Ch_Omega
Ch_Omega (532549) writes "According to this article over at the Guardian, itself an extract from this earlier (and longer) essay by Rolf Dobelli, news is bad for your health. Further, it leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply, Dobelli claims. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether"

+ - Raspberry Pi Production Heats up in UK, More UK Made Pis than Chinese Ones Soon->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Majority of $35 Raspberry Pi production was shifted to a Sony factory in Wales from that in China and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced this week that the factory in Wales has produced its half millionth unit in just over six months. The Foundation announced that the weekly production has shot up to 40,000 units in the UK factory alone and that the number is ‘set to climb further.’ The Foundation is optimistic about the Welsh factory and said there will be “more Made in the U.K. Pis in the world than their Made in China cousins.” The Foundation didn’t reveal anything else apart from this but, we already know that it sold the millionth Pi back in January."
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+ - What happens to your digital inheritance?

Submitted by ron-l-j
ron-l-j (1725874) writes "The last few months a digital inheritance idea has been floating around in my head, and I am sure the thought has crossed your mind as well.With Google talking about the inactive account program it made me wonder, will my children get my iTunes, and amazon movies? I have plenty of mp4 movies on my server that will just set itself to admin with no password after I do not log in within a 6 month time frame.

  But what about the millions of dollars spent on digital content?
We all know your favorite DVD will become scratched, and will be worthless after a few years. But the possibility of your purchases lasting a long time is more relevant today with more reliable storage. Will it be the case of my boring 2D movies being laughed at by my kids and their 3D holographic displays? I do have a collection of written material, photos, home video, and a database I would like my descendants to have access to.

I can see the lawyers now grabbing for a fee, and the government digging in to tax your digital life in an inheritance tax."

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 2) 220

by GeekBird (#34396380) Attached to: Microsoft Ups Online War, Says Google's 'Failing'

This. I had one twit looking for a sysadmin who wanted me to put his entire business "in the Cloud". I asked him what his product was. He couldn't tell me. But he wanted all of his infrastructure "in the Cloud" - intranet, development, production, Everything!! I pleaded ignorance and got off the phone.

No serious CIO or sysadmin puts all their critical services and ultra sensitive data on someone else's hardware, trusting their entire future to Company Z's business plan. Hell, I didn't hear about *any* security in "the cloud" until 2 years after the cloud hype began.

I'm not saying that cloud computing (really hosted virtualized computing) has no place. It is great for backups, development testing/QA/staging, overflow processing, production scaling, and a lot of stuff that is easily reproducible and/or redeployable. But live, working copies of confidential data and intellectual property repositories? No, and anyone worth their salt knows it. Encrypted backups are one thing, but not your live copies.

When people call me up and want a "Cloud Sysadmin" I want to puke. Yeah, I can use someone else's hosted servers and upload web panel, same as I can use $company's internal panel and/or shell. The only thing is that I have to call outside if it breaks. It's not even a new concept, for crying out loud.

It's just another slot on my Buzzword Bingo card.

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