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Comment People have always sucked, and always will. (Score 1) 954

People tend to have a disconnected view of history. We think of things that happened before our lifetimes as ancient events performed in very different times by very different people, depicted in black and white images from our textbooks. Those crazy primates voted for Hitler. And they participated in the Salem witch trials. And they bought slaves. And they committed genocides.

But thankfully they're not the same people as us. We learned from their mistakes, right? We're enlightened. We have smartphones and shiny teeth and refined morals. We'd never do that kind of thing. Would we?

Comment Re:The question is 'why' (Score 3, Insightful) 308

As a developer with >20 years of embedded experience, nothing makes me sadder than seeing desktop developers (like your .Net monkeys) programming in an embedded environment. They don't understand multi-threading. They don't understand being efficient with CPU cycles and with memory. They struggle if luxuriously rich API's and libraries are not available.

Whenever I see a kiosk or a bank ATM with a BSOD or windows error dialog on the screen, I know that the wrong kinds of developers worked on that project.

Comment get what you pay for (Score 1) 162

I worked in the vending industry for a very long time, and have worked with all sorts of bill and coin acceptors.

If the stakes are low (parking meters, etc), then a cheapass validator from some random Spanish company (like this one) is probably fine.
If the stakes are high, get a Swiss-designed Sodeco BNA validator with impeccable security, reliability, and accuracy. Unfortunately, it'll cost a small fortune.

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