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Comment: Re:Figures (Score 1) 149

I agree that the Israelis would only use the bomb as a last resort - just don't see how they could do that and still keep their strip of land. Besides, if the issue is preventing Israel's enemies from getting their own nukes, and one of the primary reasons those enemies can cite for pursuing them is "Israel has them, so why can't we", then the best way to end the middle east arms race would be for israel to give up its nukes in exchange for a US promise to retaliate against any nuclear strike against them.

Perhaps Israel didn't trust the US as an ally in the 60's, but they have no other reliable friends now - so they better start trusting us.

If I was the Israelis, I would not trust the USA, even to the extent of pausing a meeting to go for a bathroom break. All too often the USA has let down its partners, and screwed them left, right and center.

Suppose Israel had the weapons (which so far, they have never claimed to have) and they gave them up. As Israel is a small country, comparable to Rode Island in size, would Israel exist by the time the USA reacted? I can just imagine the haggling in Congress as the months go by to decide if they should help Israel, and then under what conditions.

If Israel is going to disappear, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iran, all of these ideologies will disappear, with their lands not habitable for generations. Masada on a larger scale.
Israel's message -- Leave me in peace, I leave you in peace. Hit me, I hit you back. Make money, not war, lets do business together.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 1) 375

by lsatenstein (#46799961) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Why should anyone care about this "Potential Tragedy"? It takes 9 cans of American beer to equal the effects of 6 cans of any foreign beer. There was even tests of beer, and it was found that even the 4% beer was diluted to 3% beer. So all this time, you have been overpaying, and overpaying and overpaying. So, if the breweries add the cost, at least insist that they put back the missing percent that they did not provide. As an aside, I noted that my recent cans of beer from the 12 and 24 packs had no percentage numbers on each can, nor was it inscribed on the external packaging. Bottom line, you are paying for 9 cans but getting the worth of 6.

Comment: Re:Marketing geniuses (Score 1) 65

Honestly I miss the paper magazine thing.

Yes by all objective measures it's an inferior way to distribute and access data, but much like watching television vs streaming/on demand, it has it's charms and nuances that haven't been reproduced digitally.

Linux Voice specifically doesn't sound like my cup of tea based on reading the snippets on their site, but I can see where they might find an audience.

My local (provincial government) library carries two Linux magazines. One from the UK (A4 paper size) and the second from France( in French and also A4 size) I look forward to reading both. The one from France has a very large readership and produces "specials", which are add-on publications that can be described as books. For example, a special about python. We are not looking at 9 pages, but 90. we are not looking at overviews, but indepth use and examples.
the library maintains the back issues.
The England Linux magazine uses very high quality paper, lots of colour, and above average quality printing. The French magazine prints on very good paper, and mainly in black and white. Photos etc, are shades of gray,. however, links are provided to see the color images.

Both are great mazines, but would arrive in Canada at a newstand price of $15.00 per copy. I believe the yearly subscription (10 issues) is around 120/yr for each.

Occasionally a DVD is included with either publication.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 1) 391

He probably could have tried legal measures to implement reform if it was actually more important to him than being famous

Really? What legal measures could he have tried while remaining in the US? He would have been arrested faster than SSD read times, and never heard from again for "national security" reasons. The government's first response was to label him a traitor - they don't let you have much freedom as a traitor, in case you didn't know. I doubt any legal measures he could have tried before being arrested as a traitor would even have been reported on by the press, again for national security reasons.

Whether you think his revelations were right or wrong, I think you'd have to agree he couldn't have truly revealed anything successfully by staying in the US.

I guess the policy in the USA for anything that is security related is "Kill the messenger". In other-words, the whistle blower, while legally standing a chance, doesn't have a chance in Hell to survive his job. Whistle blowing in the US government is a career suicide, if such a career exists.

By the way the expression " faster than SSD read times" could be replaced with " faster than an I/O interrupt".

Comment: Re:Hero ? (Score 1) 236

by lsatenstein (#46734317) Attached to: GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

Changing part without changing part number is something which the engineer shouldn't have done. Sure, management wouldn't let him make the change and that is bad. However, by making a change without following the basic accepted procedures meant that sleuth work needed to be done to even identify that a change had been made. The engineer clearly did something wrong. That in no way reduces the responsibility of management for their decisions and the consequences of those decisions.

That said, naming names of an engineer is a really bad precedent. What is the goal GM is trying to achieve here. Do they want people to go break the guy's windows? Burn down his house? Call him in the middle of the night or deliver pizza? Apart from potentially removing the guy's livelihood for the remainder of his life because no-one wants to hire 'that guy' ever again, and a lot of abuse being targeted his way, what will this achieve?

If he did something criminal, then he should be charged. If he did something extremely incompetent then maybe membership of the engineering body should be revoked, but it isn't the place of GM to throw their engineers to the wolves.

OK, so the part number was not changed. But the date of the change is known, and cars manufactured one week after that date or with the arrival of the first batch of new parts is known. It is therefore not the total of all the cars manufactured. And yes, some replacement parts sales will also have to be checked.
I suppose that they can test if it is the new or old switch, just by testing manually. If the switch turns off with trivial pressure, its the old part.

If the engineer did the change when the company refused to do it, bless the man for saving lives.

+ - Blue screen of death on McCoffee's menu display.-> 1

Submitted by lsatenstein
lsatenstein (949458) writes "Our local MacDonald's Big Arches now have the words McCoffee beneath the arches.
Went in to get some iced coffee and a muffin, when I noticed on the displays, the the blue screen of death message from MS . Windows 7 messages indicated to take a dump, to call a technician, and to send the dump file to them for analysis.

Apparently the digital billboard menus and the like run under Windows 7, and every few days the system crashes (possibly due to more malloc() calls than calls for free() (more new calls than delete calls). Too bad Linux does not enter into the minds of management.
As an analogy for Windows Development and why not Linux: "When you grow up with hammers, the solution to every problem is a nail.""

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Comment: Re:Slowly (Score 1) 451

by lsatenstein (#46730947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Then run like hell!

Wile the AC made this into a joke it really is the best advice if you do this badly.

Rather than be the person who is going to be perceived as the one who pushes Linux into your workspace I would recommend getting in a consultant from a reputable firm and get written recommendations on "how" or even "why not to". If this is done properly then everyone looks good. A Professional Consultant could come up with relevant recommendations in less then a week (assuming a small organization of say less than 100) contrary to what some would say.

Another thing don't be the person who is going to be stuck supporting a Linux environment unless you really have had experience, one or more support personal and get paid accordingly.

In a small ma and pa shop (as described), consultancy fees may be a serious expense. I would do things as follows:
post a bulletinboard notice asking for two volunteers to try Linux in place of XP for one week. At the end, they should provide a verbal feedback. Recommend or Abort the project. If they like it, convert the other users and have them assist in the training. Choose a woman and a man for the Mint trial.

Comment: Re:i pledge to you... (Score 1) 722

by lsatenstein (#46730917) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

...if you like your 7.1 million sign-ups, you can keep your 7.1 million sign-ups.

I think that if there was a strict audit, that you would find numbers closer to the truth, around 9 million. Some opponents are embarassed to report that "affordable care" is a success.

Too bad you don't have what we do in Canada. Single payer.

My friends wife has just had $100k of medical treatment (ruptured bowl, split intenstines, Cerebrial Circulation problems. She had surgery, had machine forced breathing, a trachia tube for feeding, and more. It is now about 1 month in hospital, and she can sit, can write on a tablet, and will be outpatient within the next three weeks. No extra costs for drugs). What would 2 months of intensive care cost in the USA?

My friend pays $16.00/day for parking and about $10.00 for his meals while he stays at her bedside. Socialism has it's place in a country.

Comment: Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (Score 1) 469

You can only hear up to like 20k Herz.
But there are so called overtones, multiples of the base frequency. In this case 40k, 60k, 80k 100k etc.
No human is able to hear 40k and above frequencies, but we all can hear if a 20k frequency is combined with an 40k overtone, or an 100k overtone even. Modern lossy compression algorithms cut off these overtones (as the overtone itself is unhearable) ... nevertheless we can hear if it is 'there' or not.

Completely false. Often repeated. But completely, utterly false.

The human ear can only make out an amplitude rise equivalent to a ~20k Hz sine wave (lower as you age). No amount of "overtones," monster cables, or megahertz sampling will change the ability of the hairs inside the ear to move/accelerate only so fast. The ear is mechanically band limited.

I believe that you are wrong. The harmonics of two frequencies, say at 18khz and18.1kh will at some point have a difference that is well within the audio range. The point you may want to make perhaps, is that the beat frequencies at the 5th or 6th harmonic, while being in the audible range, are two feeble to be heard and noticed. I bet that with a digital filtering system, the beat frequencies will have a woofer speaker putting out a very nice audible sound.

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 1) 509

by lsatenstein (#46719765) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

I mean seriously. There is no down side to going from not hearing to hearing except for having to listen to contemporary "music".

I agree with your comment and agree entirely with you, if it comes to a music, we need to get away from the electronic repetition digital sounds and bring back true musicians that can play an instrument. We need a revival of good wind, string, or real drum music, not the digital perfect pitch of the preprogrammed noise machines.

Comment: Re:I've worked with many Russians... (Score 1) 132

Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ?

That sounds preposterous to me.

If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not happening, so there must be some error in your calculations. I hope you realise that windows is more than just Office ? Its a whole system that runs the computer from start to finish, and that is a very difficult thing to acheive. A lot of people dont realise this.

Microsoft just spent billions of dollars and many years to create Windows 8, so it does not sound reasonable that some new alternative could just snap into existence overnight like that. It would take billions of dollars and a massive effort to achieve. IBM tried, and spent a huge amount of money developing OS/2 but could never keep up with Windows. Apple tried to create their own system for years, but finally gave up and moved to Intel and Microsoft.

Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible.

I think you need to re-examine your assumptions.

Microsoft stole (cloned) the best parts of OS2. IBM was there, as was Zerox, before MS. Linux started as a clone of a Unix derivative. Please do not heap praise on MS. Their past is not without stealing ideas.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1037

by lsatenstein (#46691013) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

The fruit of knowledge. There was a reason the bible described things as it did. Knowledge isn't just the anti-christ, it's the anti-god.

Churches, Synaagogues, Mosques, Templsw, and other reigious mass meeting places serve two purposes. a) social gathering and b) worship.
The Internet transfers the first to the web. Now, whats left is worship, and cynically, financial dues for building and clergy. The dues rise as memberships drop. It does not take much thinking to come to the same conclusion as did MIT research.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell