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Comment: Re:Experience outside the valley (Score 1) 494

by LWATCDR (#47568915) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

In the firmware development group I work in we actually have a good amount of diversity.
We will hire anyone with talent.
The lack of opportunity is not in the hiring area. It is in the home and education. Hiring someone because of race is bigotry. I doesn't matter if the race happens to be anglo or african descent.

Comment: Simple. (Score 1) 340

The Vendor will have issues with their product running if you do not configure the firewall correctly and will cost the Vendor support time.
If you get hacked because you let malware onto your POS systems or put a compromised machine on the network it is your problem.
A firewall will just prevent an exploit of a service. So only run the services you need. The real issue for this POS would be an exploit that gains access to the SQL server and a firewall is probably not going to stop that.

Comment: Dear HP (Score 1) 1

by LWATCDR (#47558289) Attached to: French fight the death of OpenVMS

How about this. Make VMS on Atom->i5 free and charge for VMS on i7->up on Intel and do the same with AMD. Make it free on the lower end chips and more expensive on the workstation and server chips.
You might even get some interesting apps made for it and maybe even pickup some support contracts.
BTW I know the i7 is often used on high end systems besides workstations. If you wanted you could slice it up by socket 1150 being free and socket 2011 and up being pay.
The idea is to get the OS out for more people to use. Frankly I bet HP could still be making money on Alpha and PA-RISC systems if they had wanted too.

Comment: Re:The only good thing (Score 1) 507

by LWATCDR (#47549537) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Only on Slashdot would some one compare heroin to alcohol and tobacco.
The difference is that you can use alcohol and not be addicted. Tobacco while really bad does not seem to cause health issues as quickly as heroin.
I don't drink or smoke and even I can see a world of difference between them.
BTW Drunks do often get thrown in jail for any number of reasons. Drug users often get off with community service and drug treatment programs for first offenses.

Comment: Re:But what IS the point they're making? (Score 1) 334

" I guess we're going to find out how much of that system we can destroy until we ourselves go extinct, or figure out a way to exist outside of the food web. Remember, just because you don't care about some little tree frog somewhere doesn't mean that the symbiotic and inter-connected nature of the system doesn't care.
Wow you see this is what makes me crazy.
1. humans are not destroying the system. Changing yes but not destroying. The ecosystem of earth seems very resistant to destruction and no Place on earth is completely lifeless.
2. No the interconnected system doesn't "care". If you are not religious you need to live in a reality that nothing outside of humans and a few other higher animals care about anything.

Comment: Re:This is why western nations knowingly allow ... (Score 1) 109

by LWATCDR (#47525345) Attached to: Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

" I doubt that Germany KNEW that we were listening in on their gov officials"
The US has anti spying agreements with the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. The German government knows that and the US does not have one with Germany.
Are they really that dumb?

It seems that more and more mathematicians are using a new, high level language named "research student".