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Comment: Re:Grim (Score 1) 220

by lsatenstein (#47945363) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

It is grim because we don't want to "offend" anyone with the proper response (quarantine the zone) . Political Correctness run amok is going to kill people.

How many dead or sick people before we stop worrying about feelings and sensibilities?

Don't be daft.

It is impossible to quarantine an area encompassing Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Congo, etc. Furthermore, a quarantine condition would likely lead to a humanitarian disaster, which I'm guessing the US government foresees and wants to establish a presence on the ground to "assist."

As the days go by I can't help but think of the way in which the military was deployed in 28 Weeks Later (sequel to 28 Days). Let's hope treatment production can ramp up and get to the sufferers before a tactical military response is even contemplated.

Also, I suspect one reason why the US is out in front of this is that they've run epidemiological simulations on EBV and have found that the whole world, including the US, in a shitload of trouble in short time.

Why not send the sick to ISIS. Their belief in Alah will save the sick.

Comment: Re: What To Expect With Windows 9 (Score 1) 535

by lsatenstein (#47929321) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Microsoft has every other consumer OS hits going back to Windows 97

I think this probably indicates that they bite off too much in each release. It's actually a common problem when companies try to abandon an incremental development cycle and get a little ambitious.

barely supports metadata, much less user metadata

NTFS supports arbitrary metadata "streams", analogous to xattrs on unix. Windows and applications simply don't make use of them very much.

Also, Microsoft did introduce a new filesystem: ReFS. It is sort-of analogous to zfs or btrfs, but not very well supported in Windows 8 at the moment and not as feature-complete. Still, they seem to be ahead of Apple which is still using HFS.

I wonder if MS did this to spite Linux. Do you think they did it for spite?

Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 1) 326

If someone has so little self-control as to be unable to avoid talking or texting while driving, why are we allowing them to drive in the first place?

The energy in a 4,000lb vehicle moving at 40-60 mph is considerable.

Perhaps we need stricter drivers license requirements?

I drive with my wife. I will not touch the cellphone, for fear of the penalty and points. 3 points for driving and texting. And about $500 increase in the cost of car insurance.

But my wife texts, and she is sitting in the front passenger seat. My granddaughter is a social fiend, and almost continuously texts to her friends during the dropoff from home to school.

Nah, his idea would work if there was no one else in the car, and all the passenger seats were unoccupied.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 587

by lsatenstein (#47911697) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Just what I need in a firearm. One more area that can fail epically. Also yet another battery to carry and eventually run out of.

Call me crazy but none of my firearms accidentally go off.

None of mine either, because I don't have any guns. Could the gun be defeated if a person constructed and used a prosthesis of a hand.

Comment: Re: hahaaa.... (Score 1) 182

by lsatenstein (#47905259) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

The same thing that happened to the 1950's and 1960's era dream of delivering education by television, so that schools would be nothing more than broadcast studios and children could learn comfortably nestled in their suburban homes. People (cue indignant dissent here) like interacting with people, and classrooms, whether university or grammar school, are inherently more suited to most people's personalities and social desires than 1960's television lectures or today's failing MOOCs. Technology can cut corners and increase efficiency ("one prof for 100K students" chant the university accountants), but it can't provide the subtle reinforcements of being in a room with people.

Actually, the MOOC in my view is a success. I am retired, I do not need the certificates, and I do not want the stress involved in getting them in the 6 or 8 week time-frame allotted. Therefore, I am auditing four courses, I learn at my own speed, I repeat the lectures and I fit in my learning to accommodate my family responsibilities.

We are not after certificates, but we are after the knowledge. A lecture is the second best way to learn. The best way is of course, hands on.
My courses are automaton theory. Fundamental Algorithms, Encryption Theory and Practice, and a quick Python-C++ refresher course.

Please do not abandon the courses. We want the knowledge, not the certificates.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 94

by lsatenstein (#47905255) Attached to: Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

Are they going to use the drones to keep people from the states from border crossing illegally to Canada where the jobs are?
Where will the Canadians go when we have taken up the service jobs that no one else wants? To the North Pole to fill in for Elf shit work?
Will it be underpaid people from the states assembling these drones? Drones assembling drones? I could drone on and on.

They will go to Cuba, or go over the North Pole to Russia.

Comment: Re:You are a vendor to slashdot (Score 1) 290

by lsatenstein (#47897585) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Of course I'm one of slashdot's customers. Slashdot would be out of business if we (the customers) stopped coming to their website.

I'm an accountant.

Unless you are sending cash to slashdot, your relationship to them is most accurately described as that of a vendor or a supplier if you prefer that term. You provide data to slashdot in exchange for entertainment which is a form of in-kind exchange. Slashdot then uses that data to sell advertising to their paying customers. From an accounting perspective by providing this forum to you, you would be on slashdot's books as either Cost of Goods Sold or more likely some kind of Operating Expense. This effectively makes you a vendor to them, not a customer because they don't sell you anything.

It can get a little murkier if you have a paid subscription but they still advertise to you because then you become both a customer and a vendor. Which you are depends on the transaction in question. Logically it would make sense to have the subscription be treated as a contra-expense because then you don't have to have this dual relationship. But it's more likely that they would book it as income and have the user on the books as both a customer and (indirectly) as a vendor.

Anyone (paying or non-paying customer) have any success with contacting
Good luck to you too.

Comment: Re:I just want the new Nexus. (Score 1) 222

by lsatenstein (#47897581) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

The only real feature of note was Apple Pay, which might finally make NFC payments take off in the US. It's been a technology that should have hit it big a couple of years ago, but has never seen much consumer buy-in for some reason.

It's pretty straightforward, to my mind. With the exception of all but the most staggering technological advancements, widespread adoption of new technology typically requires:

  1. a sound implementation,
  2. a robust support infrastructure, and
  3. an effective marketing campaign.

Geeks, for a variety of reasons, tend to respect the first, grok the second, and abhor the third. I personally believe it's what drives our perpetual cycle of incredulity on this subject--because we so detest the last part of this equation, we refuse to see its importance in getting all those squishy, distracted, emotional bags of water to adopt cool new stuff.

NFC has never had the effective marketing campaign in the US, and only kinda had the support infrastructure. The iPhone has incredible inertia on the marketing front, and Apple have clearly done the legwork on building a good starting lineup of financial institutions and retailers for Apple Pay. It remains to be seen whether this'll be sufficient to make NFC catch on, but it's easily the closest we've come to covering all three of the bases above.

Several years ago, I read about many African countries who had implemented Mobile (bitcoin?) Money. The government did not own printing presses or coin manufacturing facilities, and could not finance them without impacting other needed healthcare and education projects.
What was done was to work with banks, pharmacies, and certain other businesses to allow individuals to load money onto their cellphone. Small businesses were able to accept cellphone payments. (taxi drivers, and others). When cash was required, the small business visited the pharmacy or bank, and redeemed the cellphone money for cash. Charges for redeeming money was government managed. (Some of the charges were for tax collections, and a small amount for the bank). Service seems to still be in use after about some years of success.

Comment: Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 348

by lsatenstein (#47882105) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

Sadly that is true, that and a few other sexy items just grease the path.

I think the realization of us being $17 tril in debt, the decline in our national intelligence, the decline in our politically correct institutions of learning, our political commitment to mediocrity, and more such, have set us on the path for not doing basic research anymore as it does not get votes.

I think we are at the end, and some other nation, maybe China, will have to take over world "leadership."

Its too late, China, India, Russia, Japan have all advanced beyond the USA. An average worker in Russia, Japan, (and Canada -- not in the list) live better than the average American worker. Measure it by the net-net earnings. The Net-Net earnings remove costs such as taxes, shelter (homes), health, and education and child rearing. After subtraction, what is left is the net-net $.

What is the difference between the listed countries and the USA. In the USA the corporations run the country, and they appoint the government via their funding.

The land of abuse is due to Corporate America. It is no longer "government of the people, by the people, for the people." And how wonderful it is to move corporation head offices off shore, so the profits gained in the USA are not spent in the USA. SHAME.

Prove me wrong.

Comment: Re: So.... (Score 1) 170

by lsatenstein (#47858535) Attached to: Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

Or similar bullshit by people who think "scripting" languages are appropriate for base system tools. Now you will have python dependency hell every-time you want to do something simple like repartition your disks. Oh, and is that project python 2 or python 3? On and on..

gparted is a graphical tool for editing partitions and already has a raft of dependencies. One more won't make a difference especially since python is used increasingly in core distributions for scripting instead of bash.

Secondly, perhaps the reason that gparted is considered a mess is precisely because it mixes up the graphical parts and the low level stuff in one package, a problem compounded because the installer also has its own partition editor. Fedora appears to have written a layer called blivet to abstract out partitioning from the installer GUI and therefore it makes sense that they use it in the desktop also.

If you do not like the new tool, continue with Gparted. I am sure the Debian guys and SUSe will arrange for the RAID stuff to be included in Gparted.

Comment: Re:Like DRM? (Score 1) 448

As desirable as it would be in the case if ISIS, wouldn't implementing such kill switches on weapons be as ineffective as DRM for copyrighted material, with undesirable side-effects for "legitimate uses" and plenty of workarounds for "illegitimate" users?

Could tech have stopped isis from using our own heavy weapons against us? I say the answer is NO.
The USA does not have exclusivity on Software engineering and intelligence. Other countries are very capable of building electronic sophisticated mousetraps.

The Israelis have consistently outdone the USA, so have several countries in Europe, India and China. They are able to do so because of EDUCATION.
These countries demand and teach a higher level of knowledge for the equivalent American University level. And in these countries, innovation comes from the small entrepreneurs. Can an American really $$$ succeed as a small entrpreneur?

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 789

It won't be the end of humanity... There's no chance that this will ever develop to that scale.

War is an archetypal situation. Once the possibility of one starting develops, it has "suction": people react to the archetype, and that threatens to overwhem rational thought. The archetype was worshipped as a divinity in many cultures precisely because war behaves as if it was a living thing seeking to devour people - or, in this case, the entire world.

So yes, there's every chance this will develop into World War III: Last Dance.

Using nuclear is a joke, it is like spitting in the wind. It will only land elsewhere on your body.
Putin wants the land grab. He wants to relive the Stalin days with he replacing Stalin. And if he is not stopped now, he will succeed.

Comment: Re:It'd be nice... (Score 1) 248

by lsatenstein (#47794831) Attached to: US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

If somehow we could avoid letting the worst ideas just kinda slide.

There's not a lick of evidence that no-fly has helped anyone, but we need to insist its policies not face even the slightest judicial review. Asshole libertarians tend identify me as an authoritarian because I state the obvious vis a vis their fundamental beliefs, but this kind of deprivation without due process is still completely nuts.

I guess that Americans feel comfortable living in a dictatorial country. Since when does the Federal government have higher rights than the judicial system and courts?

If it was for espionage or spying, I still think that the courts should be allowed to know the rules. I hope the courts in the end are going to force the Feds to clean up their NoFlyList.

And if you criticize them, you too may find yourself on it.

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