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Comment: Re:Finance is a valuable activity (Score 1) 712

by deKernel (#46298325) Attached to: Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Well, I would suggest that you actually own and run your own company for a period of time to just find out. Here, I will give you one example: say you need to pay your employees but you don't have the cash on hand. Guess what, like many companies, you take a loan out for a short period until your cash flow balances out from your receivables finally arriving.

Comment: Re:should have gone with a browser... (Score 1) 346

by deKernel (#45986113) Attached to: 95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

Ah but when company A purchases that piece of hardware from company B, it is company B that is providing the device driver to company A. Now remember that company B is also selling that piece of hardware to other companies for many times different applications so company B just provides drivers for the broadest environment and guess what that is. At this point company A has a choice, do they devote resources to develop their own driver for their own special sauce OS (and please remember they will have to maintain that for the life of the product) or do you just go with the OS that the overall majority of your devices support natively. The numbers make it pretty darn easy sometimes.

Comment: And I Will Stop Buying... (Score 3, Interesting) 521

by deKernel (#45795415) Attached to: Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

I can tell that both the designers and people who think this is a great idea don't actually use a pickup for a living. I use a pickup on a ranch, and I use it HARD so that is where I am coming from. The new pickups in the last 10 years just don't last anymore because they are making them lighter and more economical to drive, and they just can't take the abuse that workers put them through on a daily bases.

Comment: POS Hacked? (Score 1) 191

by deKernel (#45735567) Attached to: Target Has Major Credit Card Breach

If the story does have the details correct meaning their POS terminals were somehow compromised, then Target must have some type of central server that the terminals call into to see if there are software updates because don't see any physical way so many terminals could be compromised. With that, the terminals could be reprogrammed to first send the authorization request, but then send a second message out with all the needed information which indicates an inside job.

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