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Comment: Misleading- Good will is common accounting (Score 5, Interesting) 255

The implied assumption in the article and in the commentary indicates a deliberate misdirection or a simple understanding of the accounting principles involved in how a business accounts for a BAD DECISION. Every business has the ability to use this 'loophole'. But it's not a 'loophole'. It's a simple recognition that a capital purchase that turns out to not be a good deal should have the loss (cost of the purchase price minus the fair market value of the asset) amortized over the book life of the asset against the income produced by the asset.

Kids, this is basic accounting 301 (Intermediate management accounting). Most accountants will tell you that having good will on your books means you made a dumb decision at some point, and paid more than something was worth. The title SHOULD read:

"Ballmer pays twice what Basketball team is worse, can't write it off immediately, has to wait 15 years."

Comment: Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (Score 4, Interesting) 391

by cbelt3 (#47566877) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Because I BUILT my first personal computer in 1976. This involved individual IC's, a wire wrap board, making my own PC boards for power and display, lots of soldering, switches to load and store programs, and LED's. 6502 processor and 1,000 bits of RAM, baby ! I mock anyone who thinks that plugging in a few parts is 'building a computer'.

Comment: Do this (My solution) (Score 3, Interesting) 208

by cbelt3 (#47274833) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

I keep an encrypted online database of my passwords. Sort of. I use a 'modular' password. One word is different, the other is always the same. So in my will I have the same word (and it's l33t combinations) written down, along with the address of the database. So anyone dealing after my death will know ALL my codes. My wife of 30+ years also keeps a copy of it, and knows the super secret codes.

I started this after being in a coma, and my wife having to deal with my PDA bleeping about meetings to her until the battery died. Which made her cry even more.

Comment: Re:Ideas (Score 2) 195

Good approach. Making a mortal enemy of the outgoing sysop, or simply his object of scorn, will screw you badly.

Other than to say "you're screwed", the big step is to also ramp up the professionalism and start building a better system governance policy and documentation process. The best way to explain that to management is to ask "Do you fail the Hit By a Bus Test? ".... If your key administrators are hit by a bus, will your systems go dark ?


Lenovo Announces Grand Opening of US Manufacturing Facility 153

Posted by timothy
from the unstealing-our-jobs dept.
Kohenkatz writes "Chinese PC maker Lenovo had a ceremony [Wednesday] to mark the official grand opening of their new manufacturing facility in Whitsett, North Carolina. The 240,000-square-foot facility, located approximately 10 miles east of Greensboro, NC, was already being used as a Logistics Center, Customer Solutions Center, and National Returns Center, and is now also being used for Production. While actual line operations began in January 2013, the facility is on track to reach full operation by the end of June. The facility is equipped to build several types of Think-branded products, including desktops, tablets, and ultrabooks. Note that due to the extensive use of automation, the factory only adds 115 manufacturing jobs at the facility."

Comment: I would toss the whole Laptop paradigm (Score 1) 591

by cbelt3 (#43349157) Attached to: If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

A stylish wearable using 'cloud' functionality for processsing and storage, with haptic and voice input, and visual / voice output with beyond retina image quality that is projected into both eyes in a maskable area while using optical comparison to detect the ability of my eye to see it (avoiding bifocals, etc..) and projecting what Is actually in front of me based on eye position so I don't fall on my butt.

Comment: So desperately right handed it diagnosed injury (Score 1) 260

by cbelt3 (#43275431) Attached to: On handedness: I am ...

I'm so right hand dominant that, when I shattered my right arm, my wife was the first to notice it (docs in the ER did not... I had a traumatic brain injury and in a coma... you do the fatality inducing stuff first). I was flailing around with my left hand only. They pooh poohed it. She said "You don't understand. He's so right handed that you could cut his left hand off and he wouldn't notice for hours and hours.) .

Comment: Re:A wider color spectrum... (Score 1) 456

by cbelt3 (#43224793) Attached to: If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

Agreed, but I'd go for full E and B field senses... and the neural net to be able to understand intercepted brain waves from other devices and creatures around me.

Sense of smell is somewhat over-rated. I lost mine for almost a decade, and haven't really gotten much of it back. Smell is a warning sense (Don't eat that ! Mate with her !) , not a critical information processing sense. Which is why the simpler part of the brain handles it.

Comment: Great.. you took old technology and publicized it (Score 2) 272

by cbelt3 (#42544891) Attached to: World's First Linux Powered Rifle Announced

I worked on a much more advanced and ultimately classified project for the Navy SEALS that produced a 'first shot kill' gun sighting system for the SEALs in ... 1993. The sight was designed to go on crew served weapons and sniper weapons. It included aim point calculation, full ballistics computing, sensors, range finder, thermal and optical sighting, low light level, yadda yadda yadda. At the time the sofware was required to be ADA (thanks, DOD).

Just because you put a shiny Linux on something doesn't make it all new and stuff.

Comment: How tall is that in 5081 Punched Cards ? (Score 1) 172

by cbelt3 (#42406453) Attached to: As 2012 comes to a halt, my data takes up ...

At roughly 35 miles high per TB... assuming no compression... My data reaches nicely past the Mesophere.. into Outer SPAAACCEEE ! Of course if those Gazillion punched cards got sucked into the jet stream, the resultant shade would blot out the sun and cause global cooling on a massive scale. Hmm...


Paul Ceglia Arrested and Charged With Fraud Over Facebook Ownership Claims 109

Posted by Soulskill
from the know-when-to-fold-'em dept.
whoever57 writes "The man who claimed ownership of 50% of Facebook has been arrested and charged with fraud in connection with his claims. The United States attorney in Manhattan said, 'Ceglia's alleged conduct not only constitutes a massive fraud attempt, but also an attempted corruption of our legal system through the manufacture of false evidence.' 'Dressing up a fraud as a lawsuit does not immunize you from prosecution.'"

Comment: Re:The 60s and 70s (Score 3, Insightful) 181

by cbelt3 (#41547565) Attached to: Bruce Perens: The Day I Blundered Into the Nuclear Facility

Bingo. I can recall being in the research reactor at U Mo in Columbia in the early 1970's. People forget how accessible facilities were before 9/11 . Apparently we're so used to the Police State that we've created that it's pretty much taken for granted.

Which is a great pity. The less accessible cool research is for our children, the less interested our children will be in becoming cool researchers. Big Bang Theory and Mohawk Guy nonwithstanding.

Comment: Author never read Cory Doctorow's "Scroogled" (Score 4, Insightful) 376

by cbelt3 (#40244243) Attached to: Could Cops Use Google As Pre-Cogs?

A quite logical extension of such thinking. When it comes to liberty of thought, the road to Orwell's 1984 is paved with 'good ideas' gone wrong.

In the late 1970's I purchased a copy (paper) of "the Anarchist's Handbook". Why ? I was doing research for a story I was writing for a Creative Writing class in college. I already *knew* how to make explosives.. I was an Engineering student !

Criminalizing people for their knowledge would mean that pretty much every Engineer will end up in jail. Yeah... that will definitely not help a modern world.


Could Cops Use Google As Pre-Cogs? 376

Posted by timothy
from the oh-sure-that's-easy dept.
theodp writes "Remember the Pre-Cogs in Minority Report? Slate's Will Oremus does, and wonders if Google could similarly help the police apprehend criminals based on foreknowledge collected from searches. Oremus writes: 'At around 3:45 a.m. on March 24, someone in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., used a mobile phone to Google "chemicals to passout a person." Then the person searched for "making people faint." Then Google again, for "ways to kill people in their sleep," "how to suffocate someone," and "how to poison someone." The phone belonged to 23-year-old Nicole Okrzesik. Later that morning, police allege, she and her boyfriend strangled 19-year-old Juliana Mensch as she slept on the floor of their apartment.' In theory, Oremus muses, Google or could have flagged Okrzesik's search queries as suspicious and dispatched cops to the scene before Mensch's assailants had the chance to do her in." I bet you're already thinking of just a few reasons why this might not such a good idea.

Red Wine and the Secret of Superconductivity 105

Posted by timothy
from the just-ask-bender dept.
cold fjord writes "Red wine is a popular marinade for meat, but it also may become a popular treatment for creating iron-based superconductors as well (Link to academic paper): 'Last year, a group of Japanese physicists grabbed headlines around the world by announcing that they could induce superconductivity in a sample of iron telluride by soaking it in red wine. They found that other alcoholic drinks also worked — white wine, beer, sake and so on — but red wine was by far the best. The question, of course, is why. What is it about red wine that does the trick? Today, these guys provide an answer — at least in part. Keita Deguchi at the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan, and a few buddies, say the mystery ingredient is tartaric acid and have the experimental data to show that it plays an important role in the process. ... It turns out the best performer is a wine made from the gamay grape — for the connoisseurs, that's a 2009 Beajoulais from the Paul Beaudet winery in central France.'"

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...