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Comment: Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (Score 1) 539

by kirkb (#45890147) Attached to: FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

Every time somebody diverts attention from the real issue to the partisan blame games, America loses. The fact that yours is one of the first top-rated posts shows how well-trained Americans have become to attacking one another instead of facing the real sources of their problems.

Comment: get what you pay for (Score 1) 162

by kirkb (#45283575) Attached to: Hackers Break Currency Validator To Pass Any Paper As Valid Euro

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.

Comment: Tomi (Score 2) 1027

by kirkb (#40325741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

Submitter dismisses Tomi Ahonen as a 'commentator' (the quotes betray his disdain), but Tomi's an ex-Nokia guy with far more mobile experience and smarts than 99% of us. For what it's worth, Forbes recently picked him and his blog as a top influencer in the mobile industry.

Opinions are like assholes -- we all have one. But when your predictions are consistently correct for a very long time, this makes you one smart asshole -- and that's what Tomi is ;).

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