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Comment: Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (Score 2) 199

by Rob Y. (#48229041) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Perhaps - but that's exactly why Ballmer's trying to dis them. The only business Amazon is in that Microsoft wants to be in is cloud hosting services. And for now, Amazon's beating them. I don't know whether Amazon makes any money off of their cloud or not. They're spending everything they take in on expansion (and perks like free shipping) - but is that expansion of warehousing facilities, or is it the build-out of their data centers? Either way, Amazon cloud hosting could be a moneymaker. Their online store probably could too, but so far it's relied on low (money losing) prices, cheap shipping and skipping out on sales taxes - none of which are going to hold up much longer.

Comment: no one does anything. (Score 4, Interesting) 151

by nimbius (#48221611) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination
'steering' exists in meatspace, and most consumers actively embrace it. Take the average supermarket. High value items are placed at the edges of the aisles so you'll see them first. floor tiles are set in different sized to influence your cadence and ultimately how long you spend in a particular section. the 'landing zone' of a supermarket features specially illuminated produce first, typically directly in the path of locomotion. loyaty cards belch coupons for related goods and services the grocery store wishes to 'move' that may be of a lower or higher price point. milk in the front of the store costs more than milk in the back, and its tagged and tracked through the payment system differently. Baskets are commonly difficult to find and carts have since 1970 increased 60% in size in order to induce the shopper to buy more.

bars and resaraunts do this as well. by pricing well drinks closer or identically to call drinks, the bar discourages patrons with less income. happy hour is cheaper than saturday night, and cheaper still than valentines evening.

Comment: this isnt exactly true. (Score 1) 661

by nimbius (#48221081) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

McDonald's hasn't changed its basic system of taking orders since its founding in the 1950s

Since the WSJ is a Murdoch paper now, its now been saddled with a conservative agenda just the same as fox. However, Mcdonalds has evolved ordering consistently throughout the past 30 years. multi-lane drivethroughs, extending the station model of drivethrough to the dine-in area, wireless communications systems, touchscreen back of house systems, and tap card payments are all recent additions to most stores. Its unrelated, but many McDonalds stores jave an automated fryer robot that drops and pulls fries based on order demand, allowing the drivethrough attendant to pack fries and food as well as take orders.

Comment: Its a lot of landmines to dodge. (Score 1, Informative) 94

The united states is currently shitlisting, per ITAR, 27 of the following contries:
Afghanistan, Belarus, Central African Republic, Cuba, Cyprus, Eritrea, Fiji, Iran, Iraq, Cote d'Ivoire, Lebanon, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, Haiti, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Republic of the Sudan (Northern Sudan), Yemen, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

ITAR means military goods and services are categorically banned. whats hillarious about this is many of these countries have militant regimes or massive destabilization as a direct result of our foreign intervention so its almost as though ITAR is to us as a 1 year AA chip is to an alcoholic. Others are just boogeymen left over from the cold war, and paradoxically countries like China and Vietnam are already enormous trading partners that could, if they decided to, temporarily grind the US to a halt with a trade embargo. Surprisingly Syria and Iraq, despite being on ITAR, receive funding and training from the US military respectively. Bureaucrats are strange.

Ultimately we cant sustain this simultaneous ideological demonization and capitalist embrace of free trade because, as is evidenced by our arms conractors at least, the United states is governed by private industry. What we do is no different than a baptist minister preeching against gays, but hiring a male prostitute on the weekends.

This happened in 2006 as well.
Instead of exercising their right in america to free trade, DPW just chose to back away cautiously from the frothing psychosis that is american political and social policy.

Comment: Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (Score 1) 522

by kwiqsilver (#48206549) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

We have about 350M guns. We have about 330M people. Apparently wherever you're from, they don't teach math skills.

3.6 murders / 100k is pretty damn low. But most of those are drug crime related. Our rate drops by over 50% when not including drug crime, as I said. Apparently wherever you're from, they don't teach reading skills.

The FBI crime statistics from 1993 to 2013 show a clear drop in US violent crime and murder rates, while we've dramatically pushed back gun control. Apparently that's nonsense to you, because it doesn't support your preconceived notions. Just go back to sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling "La la la la la...".

Comment: Re:Oh noes! Strategic Syrup Alert! (Score 1) 522

by kwiqsilver (#48206487) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Here's one. And there are plenty more out there. The Clackamas mall shooting was one. The US media doesn't cover them as much, because the body counts tend to be low, and they don't fit the narrative of "guns are evil".

It's not a good idea to lie in such absolute terms, when the internet can so easily prove you wrong.

Comment: Re:Good thing Canada's pretty much a "Gun Free" zo (Score 0) 522

by kwiqsilver (#48204863) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Except for the bans on carrying a gun, using a gun, owning certain guns, owning normal sized magazines, etc.

And apparently that gun control doesn't work out so well.

In the US, we have the highest gun:citizen ratio (over 1.0), and if we don't count gangland violence (which our history with alcohol prohibition shows is caused by the illegal drug trade, and independent of gun ownership), we have one of the lowest violent crime rates and murder rates in the world. And both of those rates have plummeted in the past 20 years as we've repealed gun control, while Canada's has gone up over the past 20 years as they've piled on the gun control.

Comment: cities themselves have limited service. (Score 4, Informative) 115

by nimbius (#48203873) Attached to: Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People
While you might find 911 service operable and efficient in the burbs, cash strapped cities with large populations like Miami run out of operators before they run out of capacity. dialing 911 in Cincinnati for example, or any other major city in the rust belt, results in a pre-recorded message instructing you to stay on the line and wait for the next available operator. Its a fun joke to make on sitcoms, but when you've actually in danger its not. Having been backed over on a motorcycle by a truck, I was at the mercy of this hold system for nearly 10 minutes in a busy downtown intersection.

Comment: this has been a problem fro quite some time. (Score 3, Interesting) 79

by nimbius (#48203399) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices
in neonatal units for example, nearly everything is wireless and unencrypted. Its why visitors and parents are frequently told to shut off cellphones as no ones entirely certain the devices wont interfere with heart rate monitors or life support systems. Its theoretically possible to create a denial of service condition in a hospital where a nurses station for an entire floor suddenly sees life-threatening conditions for every patient, or receives a nurse request page for every patient. Injection attacks can also result in patients that are dead for hours but reported as still alive.

Comment: A few important questions need to be asked. (Score 1) 154

by nimbius (#48202495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?
Whats the framework like? the code will need to breech the walls of the corporation and enter into the open source ecosystem (dont worry, the waters pretty warm out here!) Have you consulted management and legal? while they likely wont have any major restrictions, keeping them in the loop could afford the project some unexpected resources.

1. What is the license of this code? GPL? Affero? BSD? Apache? Open Source is a pretty diverse term and can often determine numerous limitations and options for perpetuating the codebase.

2. Do you have hosting? does the project have a name and a home base that users can at least visit to learn about the project, what it does, and how its helpful. marketing the basics is pretty important and while some projects like those by Linus Torvalds become a smash hit with a simple post to a mailing list, the open source ecosystem is blindingly vast.

3. Do you have mailing lists or irc rooms? google and facebook arent bad, but many other open source projects have IRC or mailing lists because its what devlopers and users in the community are most accustomed to. The important part is to have open and easily accessed channels of communication that members can participate in and help foster growth.

Comment: Re:Probably the wrong way to fight it anyway (Score 1) 57

More often it's a patent on the "all new time-release capsule version of Medication A". Essentially the same stuff, packaged differently. The stuff's not new, the packaging's not new, but putting the stuff in the packaging gets awarded a new 20 year monopoly. The worst case I've read of for this was when asthma inhalers were forced to be reformulated to take out ozone-depleting propellants. So they used a new propellant and got a new monopoly, and a cheap, established medication became very expensive again, since the generics were monopolized off the shelves. No invention, per se. Just abuse of the patent system.

Comment: its not a claim, its a fact of life. (Score 5, Insightful) 551

by nimbius (#48188917) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

They claim that "systemd betrays the UNIX philosophy"; it makes things more complex, thus breaking the "do one thing and do it well" principle.

This isnt a thought or a prediction, this is something systemd actually does when it takes NTP, console, logging, and networking and forces them into one application. the fork threat is to be taken seriously because of the leaderships inability to actually recognize this as a massive security, scalability, and overall functionality problem that was steamrolled into debian largely at the behest of KDE and Gnome devs. The best solution to avoid a fork in my opinion is to give the user something thats also been forgotten about in the linux community: choice. Systemd or RC Init, or uselessd (a fork of systemd that tries to rehabilitate systemd)

Comment: Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (Score 1) 341

by kwiqsilver (#48188203) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

I thought about the separate line, but there'd be a lot of people who go straight to the ice line, causing backups while the ice salesman explained the setup. And it would create an extra unnecessary step, when lines are short.

I propose the In-n-Out drive through solution: When lines get long, have a salesman walk down the line taking pre-orders. He takes the cash, and gives the customer a number of ice tokens (it's Nevada, so they should be able to find a local company that can provide high quality casino-style chips that are hard to forge). Then when the customer gets to the head of the line he plops down N tokens and takes N bags of ice away.

COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray